The dates and details of upcoming live shows.
The cons: Blue doesn’t serve whiskey.
The pros: it’s a lovely listening room, a Friday night in the heart of fall, plenty of great beer and wine to choose from, and me (along with Brad Dormanen on bass) performing at least a couple new songs of mine and a couple new covers.
And afterwards we can all get some Otto’s cranberry/squash pizza down the street.
I’ll be performing at Blue on Friday, November 21st.
The show is free, with a suggested donation of $5-10, and runs from 8-9:30pm.
Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!
No. No monster trucks, but you’ll probably see a lot of monster tractors. That’s right, it’s time once again for the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity, Maine — an event that attracts over 60,000 people (and hundreds of farm animals) every year.
I’ll be kicking things off at 10:30 Sunday morning (September 21st) on the Spotlight Stage. Come out, find a nice spot in the field, chew some straw, and sing along. It’ll be just like outdoor church.
Or find a nice big piece of cardboard and use it as a sled down the grassy hill. Hundreds of other people will be doing it too. I don’t mind being background music to that.
[Oh, and I’ll also be playing a few unannounced sets throughout the day in secret locations. Shhhh!]
Here’s what Heather has to say:
THIS IS GOING TO BE SO EPIC AND YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS IT, SERIOUSLY. Heather Styka, Connor Garvey, Chris Robley. Three awesome songwriters in-the-round. It’s a game. It’s a concert. And it’s bound to be an intimate and hilarious show. Two jars, one with “truth” prompts, one with ”dare” prompts. Truth questions range from “What did you have for breakfast today?” to “What was one of your most embarrassing moments?” or “When was the first time you fell in love?” Dare prompts involve songs, like, “Play a song that mentions a body of water,” or “play your sappiest love song,” or “play your saddest song,” etc. Just like the game you played in middle school, but with songwriters.
Let the chaos commence.
Our featured guests:
You may know CONNOR GARVEY as Portland, ME’s favorite ginger, but he’s also a super award-winning (and award-deserving) badass. Kerrville New Folk winner, Falcon Ridge Folk Fest’s “Most Wanted,” and as of a few days ago, winner of the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival contest. So yeah, he’s about as good as they come. AND he’s rather funny, so expect to laugh at him… ahem, with him.
Crazygood poet and songwriter CHRIS ROBLEY came from the other (larger) Portland before settling here in (the smaller but clearly better — and it was here first, so there) Portland, ME. NPR likes him, the LA Times Likes him, the Boston Globe likes him, and if you don’t like him, you obviously have horrible taste. “Dark fractured folk & lush orchestral indie-pop with exposed, sparking wires—or a little bit like John Lennon w/ Attention Deficit Disorder.” Bam.
And our host, HEATHER STYKA:
Chicago-bred, Maine-based songwriter Heather Styka’s tunes have a vintage familiarity that draws inspiration from folk and Tin Pan Alley sounds, but her image-heavy lyrics are as fresh, smart, and unexpected as they are hummable. With training as a poet and an actor, Styka is equal parts wordsmith and performer. In addition to numerous songwriting awards, Styka’s 2011 release Lifeboats for Atlantis received critical praise, hitting #3 on the national FOLK-DJ charts. . She’s putting out a new album next month. Oh, and she’s pretty funny sometimes.
Ok. And speaking for myself now, both these songwriters are top-shelf, so I hope you’ll come out and watch us embarrass one another.
My great friends at Chicken3000 designed yet another fine concert poster for me.
I don’t know what they call it, but I call it “BeerBear, Just Because” — and it’s purpose is to help advertise my show coming up on Saturday, June 28th at Local Sprouts Cooperative, the best family-friendly food & drink establishment in Portland, Maine.
It’ll be a Saturday. It’ll be summer in Maine. It’ll be the perfect place to bring your kids and let them wrestle in the toy-pit while you enjoy a strong, hoppy beverage and sing along to some catchy indie-pop numbers.
In summation: it’ll be an awesome time. The show is free and runs from 7-9pm. Hope to see you there!
Local Sprouts Cooperatives
649 Congress St.
Portland, ME, 04101
In 2004, I joined a band called The Imprints with this bass player who’d recently moved to Portland, Oregon from Austin, TX — and he kept talking about how cold it was all the time. He’d actually wear long johns (thermal underwear) in the the Fall, Winter, and Spring. This in a place where it maybe snows once a year.
Ok, maybe that would’ve made sense considering he’d traveled from Texas. But come to find out, he’s actually from KANSAS — where it sometimes actually IS really cold! So how could that mild Oregon air feel so harsh in his bones?
Well, the whole body temperature regulation thing remains a mystery to me. But one thing is for sure: I’m happy to have met and befriended Tim Huggins.
We’ve played together in various projects throughout the years, and now — after having both moved away from Portland, Oregon — we’re meeting up in Kansas City, MO (his new town) to perform a handful of times at the International Folk Alliance Conference. Graham Nash and Al Gore will also be there, so ya now, that’s kinda cool.
Anyway, I’m excited to play some of my new tunes with Tim on bass and vocal harmonies. If you’re out there in Middle America, come see one of our showcases!
Giant-sized THANKS to my friends at Chicken3000 for designing the sweet illustrated poster shown below, announcing that on Friday night, I’ll be testing out my brand new parlor guitar at Local Sprouts Cooperative in Portland, Maine — a super kid-friendly place with tasty beers and yummy food.
I’m doing a solo set at 7pm and Silent Sam & the Evans are on at 8pm. The music is free; the oxygen wafts are locally-sourced; and I very much hope to see you there!
Local Sprouts Cooperatives is at 649 Congress St. Portland, ME, 04101