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
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.
RSVP on Facebook!
Our Spring tour to support the release of 'movie theatre haiku' begins.
To celebrate, we're taking a queue from our good friends at LiveWire Radio. We'llÂ be holding a haiku writing contest at each show so come to the venue with your poet caps on. Be prepared to quickly write a 3-line poem (5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables) about a given topic.
We'll post notable entries on our blog and the winner each night (chosen by the band, completely objectively, of course!) will receive a free CD.
For Ashland, theÂ topic wasÂ dilapidated buildings and structures.
the flower reaches / through a whole in the ceiling / peace comes slower still
Winner! Sarah Rubin:
I hate this building / It is broken just like me / Maybe I'll sleep here
Runner Up. Karl:
The vines are thick 'cause / the roof fell in. Push me 'round / Push me 'round again.
Runner Up. Anonymous:
This building sucks ass / but then ass is not so bad / maybe I'll get some.
For Modesto, the topic was trust, or lackthereof.
One rule still matters. / Because we are hypocrites / we are not failures.
Winner! Shawn Franco:
I wish that your eyes / matched the display of stories / that your lips speak of.
Runner Up. Anonymous:
The midnight Watchmen / sleeps through quiet dark moonlight / leaving innocence.Â
For San Francisco, the topic was childhood crushes.Â
This worn ticket stub's / reminding me of your breasts / I praised in darkness.
Winner!Â PF Dumanis:
Oh, you broke my heart / Valerie Bertinelli. / Eddie Van Halen???
Runner up. Anonymous:
You bit my knuckle / but you were Jenny's boyfriend. / I still have a scar.
Runner Up. TP:
Parted feathered hair / redÂ corduroy OP shorts / Deal breaker? Lice.
Runner Up. MF:
We were at the beach / when she called me a faggot / Now she is divorced.
For Merced the topics were Sex and Thomas Jefferson.
Poor old John Adams / chasing that Virginian man / Dead on the same day.
Winner on account of their winning combination of the two topics. Anonymous:
Thomas Jefferson / loved the ladies and good wine / but found time to smoke.
For San Diego the topic was Vampires and LA.
Winner. Portland's own Michael Jodell:
thick, wooly belly / slung low over your city / can't see straight through gauze...
Runner up. Matt B:
Hollywood sucks ass / cause that's where all the blood lives. / Bloody teeth dripping
Runner up. Anonymous:
The girls love vampires / but just the L.A. version. / The cheesy romance.
City of anglers' / geometry. Shapes' shadows. / No bodies, borders.Â
For Mountain View the topic was Maps.
Because Mountain View is computer-ville, we got about a dozen haiku submissions about google maps. Here was our favorite, having just been victim of an iPhone lie.
the blue dot is there / but I don't know where I am. / iPhone steered me wrong.
For Chico the topic was Home.
Home, like a flicker / firefly in the black night / close the glass jar lid.Â
Blue shirt, brown jacket / rock 'n roll jet propulsion / driving through mountains.
And my personal favorite of the trip (because I choose to assume they were talking to me):
I'm going home when / this pitcher is done and you / want to come with me.
For Portland the topic was Awful Ways of Dying.
Winner, Leigh Marble:
pit and pendulum / this is not what we fear most / fear the smiling clown.
The praying mantis / eats the head of its poor mate. / You start with the heart.