I’ll host a house show at my place in Waltham MA on Friday 9/26, and you’re invited… I’ll play a few songs to get things going, to be followed by writer friend Wayne Rhodes reading from his recent work and then ace songwriter Chris Toppin’s new band, LOVE LOVE. $10 donation at the door, all proceeds going to Wayne and LOVE LOVE. Seating is limited because I live in a cottage, so if you’re interested in attending hit me up at tarbox66 [at] gmail.
I’ve benefited greatly from playing house shows and have come to see them as an excellent way to see artists of worthy of your attention and support in an intimate setting. This is my small way of repaying the generosity I’ve received. I hope to sponsor more of these shows in the coming months. My goal is to bring together musicians, of various persuasions, with writers and poets.
I have to say that I found visiting Market Basket — a New England grocery chain long in the throes of dispute –– yesterday kinda moving. It’s great to see that, for once, the workers won one (call me defeatist, but my default view is that they’re gonna lose). The people working there were obviously thrilled to see things go their way — it was in the air. And it was cool to see customers, congratulating workers on their victory, being thanked by employees who said it couldn’t have happened without their boycott. It was a conversation I overheard at least three or four times while shopping. It restored my faith, a bit, and made me wish I could see such extraordinary scenes more frequently.
Hey, does anyone in CT, NJ/NYC or Philly wanna host a Tarbox solo house concert on Saturday, November 8? I’ll be in the area and hope to book a show. Hit me up at tarbox66[at]gmail if you’re interested, or curious, and thanks!
My Sunday residency at The Plough & Stars in Cambridge concludes this weekend. It’s been a good run, one that’s given me the chance to introduce and mess around with a bunch of new songs. Thanks to Jim Seery for setting it up and to the initimable Nate the bartender for doing sound, playing cool music and being one of my favorite people to work with. I’ll be joined by Chris Toppin and her mighty new band LOVE LOVE for this weekend’s Labor Day blowout. 10.30 PM. Don’t miss it!
From Sunday’s show. Photo courtesy of David Michael Curry.
Bottle Up & Go, with the brilliant John Sands on drums.
I’m in the middle of a Sunday August residency (all Sundays except August 24) at the mighty Plough and Stars in Cambridge. The shows have been a blast, and have given me an opportunity to bust out a bunch of new songs. I’m also having some of my musical friends and heroes drop by to play mini-sets. This week I’ll be joined by alt-Gothic country pioneers The Willard Grant Conspiracy. The band’s main man, Robert Fisher, has just returned to New England after years in California, so I hope to be able to see WGC more frequently. My guests on 8/31 will be Love Love, ace songwriter Chris Toppin’s crispy new duo. I can’t wait to check their stuff out.
Here’s info for Saturday’s loft show in Union Square Somerville.
Loft Show, 7.30 doors. Music starts at 8 PM.
438 Somerville Ave. #4
Union Square Somerville
*21+, BYOB, $5-10 suggested donation
Where is it?
If you’re facing the Market Basket in Somerville, there is an Indian grocery store in its parking lot to the right. Turn the corner of that building. The first door is the entrance to The Loft. Bands may park against the side of The Loft’s building. Audience may park on Somerville Ave. Do not park in any of Market Basket’s lots…they will tow!
A friend just sent me a link to this performance of Jack of Diamonds…
There’s snow in the forecast here in Boston but winter’s winding down. I’d be lying if I said I’m not relieved. I’ve been a shut-in for extended stretches of the last few months; it’s given me a chance to catch up on both writing new songs and editing some older ones. It’s been a good time. And now that Maris is a bit older I’ll be traveling more, getting to places that are new to me and meeting new friends. I’ve been playing more solo shows lately, which gives me a chance to experiment with space and improvisation in a way that’s different from what I do with the band. Whether I’m playing solo or with the group, I hope to share some of my new songs with you soon, either in Boston or somewhere on the road.