WesFest 12 in L.A., March In The Northeast & Dallas, And Then…Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
I’m back from Asia, I’ve finally beaten the jet lag (though I’m still too tired to replace this e-mail’s header graphic), and the world touring for Joe Satriani and The Aristocrats is now over for a while. Here is one last THANK YOU to everyone around the world who made the past 20 months so exciting and wonderful. What a ride.
2017 will see me sticking closer to home, slowing down, and doing a lot of writing on my very-long-overdue third studio solo album. I can’t tell you how excited I am about that. But first I’ve got a couple of things in March and early April to share with you.
WESFEST 12: SUNDAY, MARCH 12 AT THE BAKED POTATO IN L.A.
It’s time for the WesFest 12 concert and the annual WesFest scholarship fundraising drive! As many of you know, every year there’s a Los Angeles area concert and related fundraising drive to benefit the Wes Wehmiller Scholarship at Berklee College Of Music. The show will be held at the very intimate Baked Potato in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 12. This year’s headliner is jazz pianist and R&B vocalist Patrice Rushen, but you’ll also see the scholarship winner – an amazing young bassist named Jonathan Elyashiv – as a part of a night of great music and warm vibes that not only honor this year’s scholarship winner, but also continually honors my dear friend Wes, one of the greatest bassists and humans I’ve ever had the privilege to know.
Even if you can’t go to the concert (which is most of you out there who aren’t SoCal based), you can still donate to the fundraising drive with just a few clicks. This is the sound of me inviting you to consider supporting this very worthy cause.
And if you’re local, come on down. I’ll be the M.C., which means I’ll be running my mouth most of the night. Yes, it’s still worth going.
BRYAN BELLER CLINIC APPEARANCES
I’m very excited to get back into the educational spirit with these two appearances in the Northeast:
MARCH 18-19 – Gerald Veasley Bass Boot Camp – Philadelphia, PA
(at Courtyard by Marriott City Avenue)
MARCH 20 – Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center – Wheaton, MD
Sponsored by: D’Addario Strings and Planet Waves Accessories
I’m also really psyched to be doing a few more shows with my dear friends Mike Keneally, Joe Travers and Rick Musallam in the Northeast and Dallas!
MIKE KENEALLY & BEER FOR DOLPHINS
Mike Keneally – gtr/keys/vox
Bryan Beller – bass
Joe Travers – drums
Rick Musallam – special guest guitar at the NYC shows
MAR 31 – Kennett Square, PA – Kennett Flash
APR 1 – Dunellen, NJ – NJ Proghouse @ Roxy & Duke’s
(**Beller will also play with Teddy Kumpel’s LOOPESTRA at this show:
Teddy Kumpel – gtr
Bryan Beller – bass
Aaron Comess [from the Spin Doctors] – drums)
APR 2 – New York City, NY – The Iridium (two shows)
APR 3 – New York City, NY – The Iridium (two shows)
APR 4 – Bearsville, NY – Bearsville Theater
APR 5 – Marlboro, NY – The Falcon
APR 7 – McKinney, TX – The Sanctuary Music & Events Center
Tying up a couple of loose ends:
* The drama of my stolen basses has died down somewhat, though not for lack of effort. I’m still on the lookout for them, and I deeply appreciate everyone who’s helped and continues to help in that regard (if this is all shocking news to you, just click here to read the original Facebook post and go forward in time from there, as the story gets a little happier in the subsequent posts). Right now I’m working with the kind folks at Mike Lull and Spector to rebuild the arsenal. I’m very grateful to them.
* Brendon Small’s “Galaktkon 2″ album is now in mastering, and I think it’s yet another huge metal masterpiece from Mr. Small. I’m sure he’ll have some news about that in the coming weeks and months. The best way to keep up with those developments is to follow Brendon’s Twitter feed.
* I mean it when I say I’ll be taking some long overdue time off in the coming months. Some folks out there don’t believe it’s possible for me to really do it. All I can say to them is: Hold my vodka and orange juice.
Thanks again for being interested in what’s I’m up to, and maybe I’ll see some of you in L.A. or in the Northeast (or Dallas) soon.
Best wishes to all,