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Kickstarter!
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My main musical squeeze, Johnny Blazes and the Pretty Boys, are fundraising to record our first studio album, and we need your help! Head over to my media page to stream our single and then contribute at our kickstarter!

Please share this far and wide!

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Central NY at Speed
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Snow in Harvard Square
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Some scenes from around Harvard Square tonight. The kids at Harvard were really getting into it! (Clickenzee to embiggen)

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Goli at Lizard Lounge
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Goli fits the shape of my heart and mind so well. They claim that they’re actually going to be working on a new album now that they’re out of grad school…

Might have some video coming soon as well!




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Upcoming November(ish) Performances
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Lots of upcoming performances with both bands!

  • October 31st, 2013 – Johnny Blazes & The Pretty Boys at Club Oberon (Cambridge, MA) [Facebook Event]
  • November 1st, 2013 – Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band at Club Oberon (Cambridge, MA) [Facebook Event]
  • November 8th, 2013 – Johnny Blazes & The Pretty Boys at Club Oberon (Cambridge, MA)
  • November 9th, 2013 – Johnny Blazes & The Pretty Boys at Radio (Somerville, MA) [Facebook Event]
  • November 16th, 2013 – Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band at The Blue Shamrock (Lowell, MA) [Facebook Event]

The Pretty Boys have ridiculously fun sets planned for Halloween at Cirque of the Dead, and the lineup out in Lowell for Cosmic Bop is going to be non-stop if you can make it out – Riverhawk Party Band put on a very tight show at Honk this year!

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Waves on the Charles
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The Penny Jive
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Friend, bandmate, and violinist extraordinaire Ripley is in the throes of creating an electroswing “immersive theater, dance, burlesque and circus spectacle” called The Penny Jive, and had their workshop performance earlier this week. Check out some photos below, and support their kickstarter campaign if you can.

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Upcoming June(ish) Performances
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There’s a handful of shows coming up before I start my Masters program at The Boston Conservatory this summer, and they all promise to be excellent!

May 31st, 2013 – Johnny Blazes & The Pretty Boys at Johnny D’s

Joining us on the bill is the sublime Molly Zenobia, as well as Groove’s Moons and George Woods Band. [Facebook Invite] [Tickets]

June 8th, 2013 – Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band at Johnny D’s

Band-crush This Way to the Egress (who we thoroughly rocked out with at Steampunks World Fair) and Crystal Bright and the Silverhands join us. [Facebook Invite] [Tickets]

June 14th, 2013 – Johnny Blazes and the Pretty Boys at Club Oberon

Singer Mali has invited The Pretty Boys to be part of a Prom themed ORG! [Facebook Invite] [Tickets]

June 18th, 2013 – Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band at Middle East Upstairs

Fellow locals Somerville Symphony Orkestar help us welcome Austin’s incredible Wino Vino, who we played a show with at Honk!TX last March. [Facebook Invite] [Tickets]

… and then I start in on a Masters of Music in Music Education degree! Whee!

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Unwoman
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Unwoman

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SchoolTree CD Release, w/ Count Zero & WANTON REVELRY
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SchoolTree released their new album, Rise, at the Lizard Lounge (on the Ides of March!) with support from Count Zero and a small troupe of variety & burlesque acts. An exquisite night! Just a few lazy snapshots from my seat, I was mostly just enjoying the show:




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Now go buy the album!

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Speakeasy Dollhouse
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A few snapshots from the Speakeasy Dollhouse in NYC, taken at the March 2nd, 2013 performance. I forgot how ‘fun’ shooting in almost no light whatsoever could be…

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Beck’s Song Reader
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I’m playing on six songs, and this show will really be something special. Get your tickets and RSVP on the Facebook event.

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Central Square in the Storm
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New York, NY
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Beck’s Song Reader at the Somerville Theatre
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On February 28th, Brendan Burns is once again bringing together a collective of incredibly talented musicians and performers at the Somerville Theatre to bring Beck’s upcoming Song Reader “album” (which is only being released in sheet music form) to life.

Our version of ‘Old Shanghai’ was arranged by Brendan, with:

Vocals – Mary Bichner
Guitar – Brendan Burns
Bass – Tony Leva
Trumpet – (yours truly)
Tenor Sax – Brendan Higgins
Trombone – Randy Pingrey
Baritone Sax – Kathy Olson

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Untitled
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I feel like this photo needs a strong title. I’m at a loss, though.

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Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra
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Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra closed out their tour in Boston on Saturday, November 17th 2012. It was a beautiful show, especially the crowdsurfing during Bottomfeeder.

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First Snow
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Not a big snow, but the first one we’ve had this year. Just a couple of snapshots wandering around after swing last night.


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Route 2
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This is always the worst part of my day.

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Sarah Rabdau
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Sarah, of the most excellent Sarah Rabdau & the Self-Employed Assassins. (Their next show is Sunday, September 30th at Brighton Music Hall)

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