The dates and details of upcoming live shows.
How’s this for the latest possible notice? I’m going to be taking part in a poetry reading/launch-party for the Cafe Review’s spring issue — tonight at Mayo Street Arts!
Here’s some details:
Join The Cafe Review family and friends for a community launch party to celebrate the journal’s spring issue, which features a cover by local artist Ed King. Co-hosted with the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, the celebration will include brief readings, live music, and a raffling-off of Ed’s fantastic cover art.
Doors at 6:30pm/ Show at 7:00pm
I’m pretty sure we’ll be doing shotgun readings: 4 or 5 poets — 5 to 8 minutes per. Plus raffles, music, and THIS stage, which looks like something out of Mr. Roger’s Land-of-Make-Believe. If you’re in Maine, maybe see you there!
25th International Folk Alliance Conference: February 20 – 24, 2013
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Come on out and see me play 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 times — @ Folk Alliance.
I love playing these PBR-sponsored tribute nights. So far we’ve covered Elvis Costello, The Clash, David Bowie, 1984, the 1970’s, and as of last Friday (@ Mississippi Studios) — Cities: where 5 bands took folks on a musical tour of 7 cities around the world, playing songs by artists from those cities.
I didn’t see it until after the show, but the Portland Mercury wrote a very nice preview for this night. Read the whole thing HERE, or see below for the part about me:
When PBR did a ’70s show, musician Chris Robley took 1971, performing Pink Floyd’s “One of These Days,” Nilsson’s “Without You,” and Jethro Tull’s “Cross-Eyed Mary”—a diverse group of songs, to say the least. Robley nailed all of them. “He’s living in Maine right now and this is the only time he could do the show,” Slessler says. “We’re doing this show around Chris Robley’s time schedule, because I just had to have him play.”
This time Robley performs songs from Los Angeles, which could mean the punk scene of the mid- to late-’70s, including X and the Germs; there’s the hardcore scene that developed just outside of LA, with Black Flag and the Circle Jerks; there’s the Sunset Strip hair metal scene, with bands like Guns N’ Roses and Mötley Crüe. But there’s also the music of the ’60s, including bands like Love, the Byrds, and the Doors—not to mention the Beach Boys—and the Topanga and Laurel Canyon scene that followed shortly thereafter. And there’s the gangsta rap that epitomized the ’90s, or more recent Silver Lake indie rock.
For anyone who missed the show, I’ll spoil the mystery and catch you up: Beck’s “Golden Age,” Randy Newman’s “Little Criminals,” Harry Nilsson’s “Coconut,” and Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream.”
I want to cover Richard Thompson for the next tribute night, but I’ve been told that one might not sell so well.
An intimate listening room; a solo set of durable indie-pop and dark, fractured folk; good food; and home by 11pm! (Assuming you’re not driving up from NYC or anything).
January 11th, 2013 — Chris Robley at Blue — 8 to 9:30pm
Admission is free, but with several forceful passing-rounds of the collection plate.
The first 10 people in the door get full-color posters to prove they were there in the thick of things.
So, we’re playing every night for a week — for free! July 17th through the 23rd @ McMenamins’ brand new Crystal Hotel venue called Al’s Den in Downtown Portland. 7-10pm. Each evening we’ll be joined by different guests, including Little Sue, Steve Wilkinson (Mission 5), Nick Jaina, Jeremy Wilson (Dharma Bums), Ben Union, Lara Michell (Stolen Sweets), Duover (featuring Nathan Jr. from M. Ward), and Matt Brown (She & Him).
Wow. This website keeps getting sinfully neglected! We’ve been busy playing, traveling, traveling to play, and also putting finishing touches on the album we began LAST summer. But now we’re back, and THIS summer, every Monday in June, we’ll be playing at the White Eagle Saloon in Portland. It’s our favorite haunted former Polish brothel in town. Each night, different guests, different songs, different weather. Hope to see you at one of these thangs. They’re fun. Also, thanks to Dan for designing this poster, lovingly titled “Hair Hill.”- Chris
|Sunday’s Seattle Show:
w/ Red Jacket Mine and Nathan Wade
It’s been a while since we’ve driven up north for a show in Seattle, but this Sunday we’ll be gassing up the van and putting on our rock hats. We’re psyched to play with such awesome bands at such a great venue in the Fremont neighborhood.
The High Dive
Sunday, March 13th
See ya soon-