Valentine’s Day recap featuring Ben Folds, blurry pic police and temporary dining rooms

UPDATED 2/17/09 to include YouTube video... Ben Folds performs "Fair" in Dallas, Texas, during an October 2008 performance (link). Because Ben Folds was playing at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia last night, my girlfriend, Alison, and I basically celebrated Valentine's Day on Friday night. We exchanged gifts, she made me dinner and I gave her … Continue reading Valentine’s Day recap featuring Ben Folds, blurry pic police and temporary dining rooms

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Christian Beach (with yours truly) to perform at The Strand in Lakewood, NJ, on Feb. 7

My friend, singer-songwriter Christian Beach, will be bringing his band to the stage for a four-song set at the historic Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ, on Saturday, February 7, 2009. I will be part of the backing band, playing organ and accordion. The set will be part of Main Man Records' CD release party for … Continue reading Christian Beach (with yours truly) to perform at The Strand in Lakewood, NJ, on Feb. 7

Ben Folds Five reunites for Chapel Hill, N.C., show on 9/18

I was stunned to see this news this morning, but Ben Folds will be performing with former bandmates Darren Jesse and Robert Sledge for a Ben Folds Five reunion show at UNC-Chapel Hill's Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Sept. 18, 2008. The show, which kicks off MySpace.com's new Front To Back concert series, … Continue reading Ben Folds Five reunites for Chapel Hill, N.C., show on 9/18

“Hair Apparent” available Sept. 9

"Hair Apparent - The Main Man Records Tribute to Hair Bands" A couple of weeks ago, I posted that "Hair Apparent - The Main Man Records Tribute to Hair Bands," featuring a bluegrass version of Twisted Sister's "I Wanna Rock" recorded by Christian Beach, was going to be on sale at http://www.mainmanrecords.com today, Sept. 2. … Continue reading “Hair Apparent” available Sept. 9

Another appearance on a Main Man Records CD

A few weeks ago, my friend, singer-songwriter Christian Beach, recorded a bluegrass version of Twisted Sister's "I Wanna Rock" for an upcoming Main Man Records tribute to 80s hair metal. I contributed the accordion part and some backing vocals to the track. Well, Main Man Records posted a blog on its MySpace site a few … Continue reading Another appearance on a Main Man Records CD

Bowie tribute album set for Christmas release

A few weeks ago, my good friend Christian Beach invited me to play organ on a recording of David Bowie's "Five Years." Well, I am pleased to report that Christian's cover of "Five Years" will be the first song on the second disc of a 2-CD Bowie tribute album to be released by Main Man … Continue reading Bowie tribute album set for Christmas release

Artist to Watch: Oppenheimer

Oppenheimer is a duo from Belfast, Ireland, who recently finished a U.S. tour opening for They Might Be Giants. I know there are a lot of people out there who don't care at all for opening acts, but I have had pretty good success at seeing openers who went on to bigger and better things. … Continue reading Artist to Watch: Oppenheimer

Artist to Watch: Illinois (the band)

I was trying to catch up on my reading about bands featured on WXPN's My Morning Download and came across a band from Bucks County, Pa., strangely named Illinois. Yep, the band took the name of a state.Because of my ties to the Bucks County area, I decided to check them out...and you know what? … Continue reading Artist to Watch: Illinois (the band)

Ben Folds’ MySpace webcast

Ben Folds put on a show in his Nashville studio last night that was broadcast as a live video webcast on his MySpace site. It was pretty cool...and I found the following video on MySpace that shows a bit of Ben's performance of "Kate" last night in Nashville.We and Ben FoldsAdd to My Profile | … Continue reading Ben Folds’ MySpace webcast