I'm super excited to officially announce that I'm a part of the Natal family of artists!! If you're unfamiliar, check out these drums - especially if you're into a vintage sounding kit that's easy on the eyes! These drums are easy to tune, easy to play, have a warm "buttery" sound (as described in the Feb 2017 Modern Drummer), and are stunning on stage. I really appreciate having the support of this company and I'm honored to join this family of bad-ass drummers (who you should also check out if you're unfamiliar: Marko Djordevic of Sveti and Jonah Smith fame, the shuffle king Jason Smay w/ J.D. McPherson, Jano Rix from the Wood Bros. These guys are killing!). If you make it out to a Honeyhoney show this summer come check these babies out!
New York City based drummer.
What's up everybody? Welcome to my website! Come in and take a look around. Please sign up for my email list and check out where I'm playing. I'm trying to get some new videos and other content together so check in again soon to see what's new.
Can you believe this album cover is an actual photograph? This album is a fresh sound for AS&TM - very pop/RnB - produced by keyboardist/producer (and legendary story teller!) Juny-Mag. It's gonna make for a crazy live show. Check out the album "The Glass Hour" and come check us out live at one of these shows!
FEB 10-15 Rockboat XVII - Tampa FL
MAR 1 The Middle East - Cambridge, MA
MAR 2 Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
MAR 12 World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, PA
MAR 19 Jammin' Java - Vienna, VA
MAR 24 HI-FI - Indianapolis, IN
MAR 25 Elbo Room - Chicago, IL
I'm very excited to announce I'll be joining Dr. John and Charles Neville for "Such a Night" of New Orleans music at the Academy of Music in Northampton MA on February 25th. I've had the great fortune to work with Charles Neville often over the last 12 years and have learned so much from playing and talking with him about music and musicians. I've been a big fan of Dr. John since I saw him perform with Ringo Starr's All Star band in 1989 at one of the first concerts I went to (w/ Ringo, Levon Helm and Jim Keltner on drums!). It's an honor to be playing with these two masters of New Orleans music.
This event is a fundraiser for Blues to Green, an organization whose mission is to harness the power of music to bring people together and inspire positive social change, something we could use a lot of right now! It's also happening the weekend before Mardi Gras, so get your friends together, get some tickets and come party it up!
If we've been friends for a long time or if you hung out at La Cocina in Pittsfield MA a lot in 1997, you probably know about a band called Catfish Blue. We played roughly a million gigs between 1996 and 2003 but parted ways before recording a whole album's worth of material. This past summer we got together for a week in MN and went into the studio to finally lay those songs down. It was a great week of music, inside jokes, basement rehearsals, family + friends, gigs and recording with Sean McPherson Steve McPherson and Todd Stentiford. I'm very excited to share the result, "Sky Grows Light" by Catfish Blue - please check it out!
Click here for "Sky Grows Light" and all other things Catfish Blue.
"Sky Grows Light" is a brand new record of songs written 15 years ago by a band that doesn't really exist.
Here's a little taste:
I'm excited to announce the release of Jojo & The Pinecones "Night & Day" available on itunes and Spotify today. This is a fun jazzy recording for kids that we made in partnership with Lincoln Center Education. Today is the perfect day to listen to some fun jazzy kids music, right? Take your mind off things - check it out and enjoy!
Co-produced w/ Ben Gallina, w/ arrangements (& playing) by Nick Consol, Bruce Harris, Dana Lyn, & playing by Conor Meehan& Jared Schonig. Special guests: Jazzy Ash & Tim Kubart & kids from Acme Hall Studios in Brooklyn. Engineered and mixed by william farr & mastered byJonathan Jetter. Not just for kids. We made it for adults, too. Check it out on iTunes & Spotify. Hope it brings you some joy today!
Sep 3 Charlestown, RI - Rhythm & Roots Festival
Sep 4 Charlestown, RI - Rhythm & Roots Festival
Sep 17 Bristol, VA - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
Sep 18 Bristol, VA - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
Oct 14 Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room
Oct 15 Bozeman, MT - The Eagles Ballroom w/ The Lil' Smokeys
Oct 18 Missoula, MT - Top Hat Lounge
Oct 19 Boise, ID - The Olympic
Oct 20 Enterprise, OR - Wallowa Resources Fundraiser @ OK Theater
Oct 23 Eugene, OR - Sam Bonds Garage
Oct 27 Mill Valley, CA - Sweetwater Music Hall
Oct 28 Bakersfield, CA - Temblor Brewing Co
Jun 9 Abingdon, VA - Abingdon Music Experience w/Cicada Rhythm
Jun 10 Wilmington, NC - Ziggy's by the Sea w/Cicada Rhythm
Jun 11 Saxapahaw, NC - Haw River Ballroom w/Cicada Rhythm
Jun 12 Atlanta, GA - Sunset Series @ Park Tavern w/Cicada Rhythm
Jun 19 Charlotte, NC - US Whitewater Center
Jun 22 Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark w/Ryan Joseph Anderson
Jun 23 Columbus, OH - The Basement w/Ryan Joseph Anderson
Jun 24 Lousiville, KY - Haymarket w/Ryan Joseph Anderson
Jun 25 Indianapolis, IN - Sun King Brewery
Jun 26 Chicago, IL - Elston Ave Sausage & Music Fest
Jul 5 Boulder, CO - eTOWN w/ Margaret Glapsy
Jul 6 Mt. Crested Butte, CO - Live! From Mt. Crested Butte
Jul 8 Telluride, CO - The Ride
Jul 9 Telluride, CO - The Ride
Jul 10 Telluride, CO - The Ride
Jul 14 Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte w/ JJ Grey & Josh Ritter
Jul 15 Boise, ID - Botanic Gardens w/ JJ Grey & Josh Ritter
Jul 16 Seeley Lake, MT - The Bob Marshall Music Festival
Jul 17 Alta, WY - Targhee Fest
Jul 21 Spokane, WA - The Bartlett w/Korey Dane
Jul 22 Seattle, WA - The Tractor Tavern + Outdoor Show w/Korey Dane
Jul 23 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge w/Korey Dane
Jul 26 San Luis Obispo, CA - SLO Brew w/Korey Dane
Jul 27 Santa Cruz, CA - Bonny Doon w/Korey Dane
Jul 28 San Fransisco, CA - The Independent w/Korey Dane
Jul 30 Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour w/Korey Dane
Jul 31 Solana Beach, CA - The Belly Up w/Korey Dane
New band! Henry Sugar is a new project I'm playing with based on big drums and big vocals. We're playing our first show at SoHo House NYC this May. Listen to our music on Spotify or below and stay tuned for more shows this summer.
Check it out:
It's hard to believe we're only a little over a month into 2016. I've been all over the place, and I've already been lucky enough to work on several projects with talented musicians who are also great friends.
I hit the ground running on New Year's Eve playing with Joelle and the Pinehurst Trio at a restaurant in Times Square. It was a crazy but very cool experience. A week later I got back on the road with my pals HoneyHoney. We traveled down the west coast opening for one of my new favorite bands, JD McPherson. Getting to know JD and his band as we traveled from Vancouver to San Diego was a great time. The band is killing and all super sweet, and I hope to hook up with them again in the future.
When we were got to Los Angeles I finally had the opportunity to go to NAMM, something I've wanted to do for years. I connected with a bunch of great companies that I love (more on that in the future). A highlight was meeting one of my personal heroes, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie!
I flew from San Diego to Miami to spend the last week of January with Andy Suzuki and the Method on the Rockboat XVI. We cruised from Florida to Costa Maya Mexico then to Grand Cayman Islands. Like last year, it was an incredible experience playing for appreciative crowds, being surrounded by great music, and getting to make friends with some really talented musicians. It wasn't easy saying goodbye to the Method and the climate, but flying west to Denver meant a reunion with HoneyHoney and headlining new venues in Colorado with a new set list.
After a week in the mountains, I flew back home to get the semester at Williams started and meet some new students. I can't believe it, but this is my 10th year teaching drums at Williams College!
It's kind of crazy, but somehow this year already seems like it will be busier than 2015. In a good way! I'm back on the road now with HoneyHoney until the end of winter, and I'm looking forward to continuing to polish up the new songs we're performing over the next couple of months. Come check us out if you can! Tour dates are on my shows page, and on HoneyHoney's website . There's nothing as good as seeing old friends while on the road, except for making new ones!
Honeyhoney Westcoast Tour w/ JD McPherson
Jan 11 The Biltmore w/ JD McPherson - Vancouver, Canada
Jan 12 The Showbox w/ JD McPherson - Seattle, WA
Jan 13 Wonder Ballroom w/ JD Mcpherson - Portland, OR
Jan 15 The Fillmore w/ JD McPherson - San Francisco, CA
Jan 16 The Rio w/ JD McPherson - Santa Cruz, CA
Jan 17 Harlow's w/ JD Mcpherson - Sacramento, CA
Jan 19 The Ritz w/ JD McPherson - San Jose, CA
Jan 20 Teragram Ballroom w/ JD Mcpherson - Los Angeles, CA
Jan 21 Alex's Bar w/ JD McPherson - Long Beach, CA
Jan 22 Beauty Bar w/ JD McPherson - Las Vegas, NV
Jan 23 The Belly Up w/ JD McPherson - Solana Beach, CA
Andy Suzuki & The Method - Rockboat XVI - Miami/Costa Maya Mexico/Grand Cayman Islands
Jan 26 Rockboat XVI
Jan 27 Rockboat XVI
Jan 28 Rockboat XVI
Jan 29 Rockboat XVI
Jan 30 Rockboat XVI
Honeyhoney Headlining Tour continues:
Feb 03 Ivywild School - Colorado Springs, CO
Feb 04 Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
Feb 05 Sherbino - Durango, CO
Feb 06 Taos Mesa Brewing - El Prado, NM
Feb 11 River Road Ice House - New Braunfels, TX
Feb 12 House of Blues Dallas - Dallas, TX
Feb 13 House of Blues Houston - Houston, TX
Feb 14 Spanish Moon - Baton Rouge, LA
Feb 18 1884 Lounge - Memphis, TN
Feb 19 Camp House - Chattanooga, TN
Feb 20 The Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC
Feb 21 Cats Cradle - Carrboro, NC
Mar 02 Knitting Factory - Brooklyn, NY
Mar 03 World Cafe - Philadelphia, PA
Mar 04 The Hamilton - Washington, DC
Mar 05 Club Cafe - Pittsburgh, PA
Mar 10 The Bishop - Bloomington, IN
Mar 11 River Roots Music Series - Madison, IN
Mar 12 Memorial Opera House - Valparaiso, IN
Mar 13 Seven Steps Up - Spring Lake, MI
Mar 16 The Ark - Ann Arbor, MI
Mar 19 Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
Mar 20 Mountain Stage - Charleston, WV
I'm playing the role of "drummer" in the latest Honeyhoney video featuring the hilarious and beloved David "Gruber" Allen!
Sep 22nd Vintage Wine Bar - Redding, CA
Sep 23rd Sierra Valley Lodge - Calpine, CA
Sep 24th Harlow's - Sacramento, CA
Sep 26th The Federal - Long Beach, CA
Sep 27th Adams Ave Street Festival - San Diego, CA
Sep 30th Coconino Center For The Arts - Flagstaff, AZ
Oct 1st Skylight - Santa Fe, NM
Oct 2nd Cactus Theatre - Lubbock, TX
Oct 3rd Club Dada - Dallas, TX
Oct 6th Scoot Inn - Austin, TX
Oct 7th Grand Opera House - Crowley, LA
Oct 8th One Eyed Jack's - New Orleans, LA
Oct 9th John Emerald Brewery - Opelika, AL
Oct 10th Red Clay Theatre - Duluth, GA
Oct 11th Third & Lindsley - Nashville, TN
Oct 15th The Ballroom at Taft Theatre - Cincinnati, OH
Oct 16th Hi-Fi - Indianapolis, IN
Oct 17th Harvest Party @ Founders - Grand Rapids, MI
Nov 4th Bluebird - Bloomington, IN
Nov-5th Limelight - Peoria, IL
Nov 6th Turner - Milwaukee, WI
Nov 7th St Andrews - Detroit, MI
Nov 10th Iron Works - Buffalo, NY
Nov 11th The Drake Hotel - Toronto, ON
Nov 13th Colby College - Waterville, ME
Nov 14th Billsville House Concert - Manchester Center, VT
more to come...
For those of you who don't know, The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow is like the Captain Planet of folksy roots-rock music. Five individuals with each their own unique and powerful singing and songwriting gifts: Blues, Bluegrass, Folk, Rock, and of course, Heart. And when their powers combine...
Anyway, these guys are the shit and have a lot of energy, soul and great songs to share. Last Monday I was lucky to join them (Billy Keane, Tory Hanna, David Tanklefsky, Greg Smith, Chris Merenda along with bassist extraordinaire Andy Wrba) in recording a live CD/DVD as part of the "Shire City Sessions," a new this year Pittsfield concert series that will hopefully be around for many years to come. Check back for some clips soon.
I'm looking back on this Honeyhoney tour and I'm glad we made these videos cause it's all a blur at this point. Weeks on the road? 12. Show's played? 45. Bison seen? 1. Visits to Denver? 3. Denver Omelets? At least 30. Miles driven? About 1.3 million by my estimate. It was crazy and a lot of fun. If you missed it, no worries: We're hitting the road again this fall. Check us out!
This is a big year for Honeyhoney and I'm psyched to be a part of it. Their long awaited third album is coming out this May on Rounder Records and we're hitting the road in a big way to support it this spring and summer. I'm especially looking forward to a hometown show at one of my favorite NYC venues, Bowery Ballroom on June 15th as well as dates throughout New England in mid June. Come get yourself some sweet Honeyhoney! Dayum dayum daaayum!!
APR 14th George's Majestic Lounge - Fayetteville, AR
APR 15th Proud Larry's - Oxford, MS
APR 16th Greetings From Levy Park Series - Crowley, LA
APR 17th The Nick - Birmingham, AL
APR 18th Earth Day Festival - Nashville, TN
MAY 23rd Meadowgrass Festival - Colorado Springs, CO
MAY 24th Campout for the Cause - Bond, CO
MAY 29th Soda Bar - San Diego, CA
MAY 30th Valley Bar - Phoenix, AZ
MAY 31st Santa Fe Railyard - Santa Fe, NM
JUN 2nd Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
JUN 4th Bottleneck - Lawrence, KS
JUN 5th Wakarusa - Ozark, AR
JUN 6th Crossroads KC - Kansas City, MO
JUN 7th Old Rock House - St. Louis, MO
JUN 9th 7th St. Entry - Minneapolis, MN
JUN 10th High Noon Saloon - Madison, WI
JUN 11th Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL
JUN 12th Woodlands Tavern - Columbus, OH
JUN 13th Music Box Supper Club - Cleveland, OH
JUN 15th Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
JUN 16th Iron Horse Music Hall - Northampton, MA
JUN 17th Sinclair - Cambridge, MA
JUN 18th Higher Ground - South Burlington, VT
JUN 19th The Ballroom At The Outer Space - Hamden, CT
JUN 23rd World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, PA
JUN 24th Thunderbird - Pittsburgh, PA
JUN 25th Hamilton - Washington DC
JUN 26th The Southern - Charlottesville, VA
JUL 3rd High Sierra Festival - Quincy, CA
JUL 1st El Rey Theater - Los Angeles, CA
JUL 7th The Independent - San Francisco, CA
JUL 9th Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR
JUL 10th Tractor Tavern - Seattle, WA
JUL 11th Electric Owl - Vancouver, BC
JUL 13th Top Hat - Missoula, MT
JUL 16th Reverb Lounge - Omaha, NE
JUL 17th The Mill - Iowa City, IA
JUL 18th Riversong Music Festival - Hutchinson, MN
JUL 22nd Egyptian Theater - Boise, ID
JUL 23rd OK Theater - Enterprise, OR
JUL 24th Top Hat Lounge - Missoula, MT
JUL 25th Live From the Devide - Bozeman, MT
JUL 26th Babcock Theater - Billings, MT
JUL 28th State Room - Salt Lake City, UT
JUL 30th Belly Up Aspen - Aspen, CO
JUL 31st Dillon Amphitheatre - Dillon, CO
AUG 1st Mishawaka Amphitheatre - Bellvue, CO
AUG 2nd Ivywild Music - Colorado Springs, CO
AUG 5th AAA Radio Convention - Boulder, CO
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While NYC was being repeatedly covered in snow this January, I was cruising from Miami to Mexico on a floating rock music festival with Andy Suzuki & The Method. I'd never been on a cruise and had no idea what to expect, and aside from the literal rocking of the boat, the RockboatXV was pretty much awesome on all counts. There were a ton of great bands playing constantly at at least 7 venues and a whole family of Rockboaters who love and support the artists and each other year after year. Sixthman and Sister Hazel do a great job curating such a unique and inspiring experience. A big thanks to all the Rockboaters for accepting Andy Suzuki & The Method into the Rock Boat Family. I hope we see you again on Rockboat XVI!
The second half of 2014 seemed to fly by and now I'm writing a "happy new year" post and January is already almost over. I'm just trying to keep up! I played a lot of great shows last year and saw a lot of the projects I'm a part of progress in really exciting ways. I love the energy the new year brings and am always eager to get back to work after the holidays. Hopefully this will include some quality "me time" in the practice room. I'm starting this year with a lot of irons in the fire:
Honeyhoney is releasing a new album in the spring on Rounder Records and will be hitting the road this summer in support, including some summer festivals. Andy Suzuki & the Method will be starting off aboard "The Rock Boat XV" next week, cruising from Miami to Cozumel Mexico with over 40 other bands and a literal boatload of fans. Horizon Bell is a new band off to a good start with a bunch of shows in NYC + some fresh new tunes that we'll be recording in the next couple months. I'll be playing at Birdland and Rockefeller Center with Joelle Lurie this February.
I've recently reunited with my western MA homeboy and 7-string guitarist extraordinaire Jason Ennis and along with bassist Michael O'Brien, we've vowed to make 2015 "the year of Trio Jota Sete!" We play a mix of traditional and contemporary Brazilian arrangements, jazz, and Jason's originals, which incorporate a little of each. Looking forward to see where we take it!
So many more to mention, but I'll leave it at that for now. Check out where I'm playing and come hear some live music. See you soon!
After being on tour with Marc Broussard this Sep/Oct, Andy Suzuki is back on the road this November with an east coast mini-tour.
NOV 7th - Choate Rosemary Hall - Wallingford CT
NOV 9th - Church of Boston - Boston MA
NOV 11th - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 - NYC
NOV 12th - Tin Angel - Philladelphia PA
NOV 13th - Ebeneezer's Coffee House - Washington DC
Come out! Click here for more info.
Thanks to Michael Bialas from the Huffington Post for this review of Honeyhoney's show at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, CO on October 19th 2014. Check it out: