UPDATED: Bryan Beller Band To Tour Northeast With Mike Keneally Band In Early May! (Ticket Links, Cambridge Now All Ages)
Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
(this has been bumped back to the top of the page)
Yes, you read that subject right.
The maiden road voyage of the Bryan Beller Band will be a 5-city tour of the Northeast, supporting my longtime friend, partner, and mentor Mike Keneally.
Not only will the two bands tour together, but the two bands will share members! We’re calling it the “THEY’RE BOTH THE SAME BAND – NORTHEAST TOUR 2010.” Cute, huh?
Here’s the joint lineup:
Mike Keneally – guitar/keys/vocals Rick Musallam – guitar/backing vocals Griff Peters – guitar Bryan Beller – bass Joe Travers – drums
And the dates at a glance (with more details below) are:
Tuesday 5/4 – Philadelphia, PA: World Cafe Live Wednesday 5/5 – New Haven, CT: (Lilly’s Pad at) Toad’s Place Friday 5/7 – Boston, MA: The Regattabar Jazz Club at the Charles Hotel Saturday 5/8 – New York City, NY: Highline Ballroom Sunday 5/9 – Baltimore, MD: Orion Sound Studios
This is my first-ever real tour, and the Bryan Beller Band will be playing tunes from both Thanks In Advance and View. Meanwhile, this will also be the touring debut of live material from Keneally’s amazing new album Scambot:One. The five-piece band is a new configuration for Mike’s constantly evolving live project, and I can’t wait to see what he does with it.
I cannot express how grateful I am to Mike Keneally and Exowax Recordings Head Dude Scott Chatfield for giving the green light to this idea. I am deeply committed to the tour’s success (in other words, I’m putting my money where my mouth is!), and I invite you to come out and enjoy a really unique concert experience.
You’re getting early word on this. Some of these venue websites might not have the gig posted yet. Trust me, it’s happening. Here are the details on each show:
Mike Keneally Band with special guest The Bryan Beller Band
I am beyond excited about this. I hope you are too.
I also know that some folks in other parts of the country might be thinking about flying into the NE for this. I won’t discourage it, that’s all I’m saying. I don’t know when we’ll do this again. Hopefully sooner than five years, but you never know. It depends on how this all goes.
Just giving y’all a quick reminder of this weekend’s duo gigs I’m doing in Wisconsin and Chicago with my lovely and talented wife, Kira Small. It’s Friday night (tonight!) at a venue in Marshfield, Saturday and Sunday night house concerts near Milwaukee, and a very special Monday night venue gig in Chicago. If you’re here in the upper midwest, we’d love to see you. We’ll play good, I promise.
Plus, Saturday night’s gig is going to stream live on the interwebs! If you’re planning to take in the show online and want a shout-out right to you from the stage, just e-mail me and Kira will Say Your Name. Really!
Everyone knows there’s this thing called BellerBytes, my e-mail newsletter, right? I’ve only sent it out 75 times, as you can see.
Anyway, it’s generally a big info dump on the latest happenings, gigs, travel plans, and other inside news. Because some people just won’t subscribe to anything (and you know who you are, you recalcitrant ne’er-do’well’s), I tend to post it on my MySpace blog. You don’t even need to be on MySpace to see it – just click here to read the whole thing. There’s a lot of cool news in there, like me getting on Facebook, a WesFest 5 wrap-up, stuff about my YouTube page, and more. Plus there’s news about gigs with Keneally in SoCal, and with Kira Small in Milwaukee and Chicago.
And after you read it, please subscribe! Just click here to sign up. It won’t hurt a bit, I promise. And I try to keep it fun as well as informative. Really!
The Really Big News is coming very, very soon. Stay tuned.
New YouTube Video – Bryan Beller Band Live At The Baked Potato, 1/22/09
Friday, March 5th, 2010
Got some new exclusive video for ya. It’s from the Bryan Beller Band Thanks In Advance record release party gig on 1/22/09. Behold, “Greasy Wheel”:
That’s Rick Musallam on lead guitar, Griff Peters on harmony guitar, Michael Bluestein on keys, Joe Travers on drums, and Nick D’Virgilio on tambourine. I’ll be posting a new one every two weeks for a while. All praise to Dave Foster for shooting and making the video.
And don’t forget to read the post directly below this, posted the same day…
First, to everyone who supported and attended WesFest 5, thank you SO much. Without going on and on about it, I’ll just say it was the best attended, most professional, and generally most awesome WesFest event we’ve ever put on. The music was great and the vibe was even better. I’ve been laying low and recovering a little bit since then.
But not totally resting. There is a swirl of stuff cooking in the background that, if you’ve been following along in these parts for any length of time, will blow your mind when it goes public. I. Can’t. Wait. To. Tell. You!
In the meantime, if you’re not a subscriber to BellerBytes, my e-mailing list, now’s the time. It’ll be the easiest way to get all of the details on The Big News delivered straight to your inbox when it comes around. I’ll probably post a link to it when the next one goes out, because it’s going to be so epic.
I know, enough hype for you? Trust me, it’ll be worth it.