The dates and details of upcoming live shows.
I’m returning to downtown Portland’s coziest listening hole — Al’s Den — for a seven-night musical marathon. New originals, deep-cut covers, plenty of old standbys, and fantastic featured guests each night.
Here’s what’s on tap (besides McMenamins beer):
Sunday, April 2 — Chris Robley & the Fear of Heights perform “The Great Make Believer” in its entirety; with special guest The Half Hearted.
Monday, April 3 — Nilsson Night (Chris performs solo some of his favorite Harry songs); with special guest Rebecca Sanborn of Swansea.
Tuesday, April 4 — Triple Album (Chris plays a trillion new songs he’s written since the release of “The Great Make Believer” to find out which ones are worthy of going on the next album or three); with special guestsThe Faints.
Wednesday, April 5 — Chris plays “Irretrievable Beauty: Songs from the Collapsing Star;” with special guests Little Professor.
Thursday, April 6 — One-Man Bar Band (Chris does unlikely covers), plus a set with the Fear of Heights; with special guests Vacilando.
Friday, April 7 — Chris Robley & the Fear of Heights, plus a set of Chris performing songs of WAR & protest; with special guests Moody Little Sister.
Saturday, April 8 — Chris Robley & the Fear of Heights, plus a set of Chris performing songs of PEACE & protest: with special guests The Resolectrics.
Music nightly from 7-10pm.
All shows are free. Tips and commerce encouraged.
303 SW 12th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97205.
Hope to see you at one or more of these shows. Collect all seven for maximum respect.
Last month I hosted the first of a new reading & performance series at Blue (the best listening venue in Portland, Maine) called VERSES VS. VERSES where writers and songwriters all attack the same theme from different angles.
At the inaugural event in January we had Megan Grumbling, Kathleen Sullivan, and Rob Cimitile (of the band Builder of the House) talking about… “First Times.” The kickoff was really great. A full house. A great audience. Fun contributions from the crowd. And engaging poetry and songs.
For February, the theme is “This Means War” and we’ll be hearing from Portland poet laureate Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Linda Aldrich, and Doug Cowan of the band Welterweight.
I play at all of these too, so it’s a good chance to see me each month playing a — hopefully — different set of songs while also catching some other talented Maine writers and singers.
It’s always the 4th Monday of every month at Blue — 650 Congress St, Portland, Maine, 04101.
Suggested donation of $10.
All things being equal, it’s been about 5 years since I’ve “toured.” Which I suppose I’m defining (for this purpose) as a string of more than three nights in a row in different towns.
So, the rust is gettin’ shaken off — and my friend Bob Dunham (frequent Fear of Heights guitarist) is flying East to play these dates with me. Super psyched. If you’re nearby, come visit with us.
Fall, 2016: a Tiny Little Tour…
9/29/16 – Chicago, IL @ Cafe Mustache w/ Matt Wheeler and Williwaw
10/09/16 – Winooski, VT @ The Monkey House w/ Loch Lomond
10/10/16 – Portland, OR @ Blue w/ Starcrossed Losers
10/11/16 – East Greenwich, RI @ The Nook w/ Buck Nature
10/12/16 – Dennis, MA @ Harvest Gallery Wine Bar w/ Monica Rizzio
To celebrate the release of my new album, I’m playing a free show at Avant Garde in Lewiston, Maine.
All the tunes from The Great Make Believer. Four or five Harry Nilsson songs. And a hot handful of other hits.
Last month I played seven nights in a row at Al’s Den in Portland, Oregon, and had more than 85 songs ready to pull from the hat. Down below the Spotify playlist are the (60+) songs that actually got played over those seven nights.
And here’s a playlist of all those songs I could find on Spotify…
[Note: my new album and a few unreleased tracks are not yet available on Spotify, but check back soon!]
If you were there, which of these songs were your favorites?
Stained Glass Windows
User-Friendly Guide to Change
The Love I Fake
Little Love Affairs
Half Awake, Half Asleep
An Unlikely Proposal Repeats
Anxiety on Parade
The Soldier’s Bride
Xmas Card from NYC to Anyone Who’ll Read It, 1946
Sitting Inside a Sinking Submarine
Head to Head with the Smarts of Our Leisure
Maybe He Was Meant for You
Mr. Richland’s Favorite Song (Harry Nilsson)
Everybody’s Talkin’ (Harry Nilsson)
Gotta Get Up (Harry Nilsson)
Without Her (Harry Nilsson)
One (Harry Nilsson)
Cuddly Toy (Harry Nilsson)
1941 (Harry Nilsson)
Without You (Harry Nilsson)
Coconut (Harry Nilsson)
Don’t Forget Me (Harry Nilsson)
The Muppets Theme Song
I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon (Sesame Street)
When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano (The Ink Spots)
Tonight You Belong to Me (Rose & David)
Blue Skies (Irving Berlin)
Inchworm (Danny Kaye)
Oh You Pretty Things (David Bowie)
Space Oddity (David Bowie)
Ashes to Ashes (David Bowie)
Memory of a Free Festival (David Bowie)
Dancing in the Dark (Bruce Springsteen)
Big Love (Fleetwood Mac)
Everything In Its Right Place (Radiohead)
Time (Pink Floyd)
Dirty Work (Steely Dan)
Right Down the Line (Gerry Rafferty)
Gymnopédie No. 1 (Erik Satie)
Teenage Dream (Katy Perry)
Junk (Paul McCartney)
Let Me Roll It (Paul McCartney)
Sunny Afternoon (The Kinks)
Nobody Does it Better (Carly Simon)
Goldfinger (Shirley Bassey)
I’m happy to finally play the much-fabled Loft, a kind of underground performance space in Somerville, MA (a stone’s-throw from Boston) run by my friend Audrey Ryan.
Here’s what she says about the show:
We’re celebrating Lost Sock Memorial Day (it’s really a thing!) with performances by Red Right Hand, Molasses Jones, Chris Robley, and Audrey Ryan at The Loft on Saturday, May 9, 2015.
And for Pete’s sake: 21+, BYOB, $5-10 suggested donation.
The Loft is located at 438 Somerville Ave #4, Somerville, MA.
I go on 2nd. Hit me up if you want more details. And if you live in the area, hope to see you there!
Splash some sunshine on your face, pull your Spring pants up, and let’s all at once burst out of hibernation at the finest live music venue in Lewiston: She Doesn’t Like Guthries!
My first show in more than four months will be happening there on April 17th. I would love to see you.
Friday, April 17th
115 Middle Street
Lewiston, Maine, 04240