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NORTHWEST SUMMER, BROOKLYN BOUND

Secret Garden at Colinwoof Farm, Port Townsend WA

Secret Garden at Colinwoof Farm, Port Townsend WA

It's the first cool Seattle day in weeks...

...and my last hours on this side of the country!
Below are some pictures from my journey:
filled with the incredible people, music and gatherings
SEATTLE/OLYMPIA/PORT TOWNSEND! 
(SIGH!)

NOW it's back to NEW YORK for a hot second, gearing up for
TWO SHOWS at the SIDEWALK CAFÉ in the EAST VILLAGE:

AUG 20th with Vanessa Daou,
SEPT 5th with Anna/Kate.

IN OTHER NEWS: 
The “I'm One Too” ALBUM RELEASE SHOW & MUSICAL FEAST
will be NOVEMBER 23rd at Judson Church in NYC!!!
Come celebrate the finished album with the whole orchestra!
Details forthcoming!

Incoming Seattle WA

Incoming Seattle WA

I know this road Port Townsend WA

I know this road Port Townsend WA

Shape Note Singing: SO CRAZY! With Tim Erikson

Shape Note Singing: SO CRAZY! With Tim Erikson

Pulp Production's Peter Pan in Olympia WA

Pulp Production's Peter Pan in Olympia WA

Sam Doores (Deslondes) and Pony Hunt (Seattle WA)

Sam Doores (Deslondes) and Pony Hunt (Seattle WA)

Somewhere over the rainbow (Olympia WA)

Somewhere over the rainbow (Olympia WA)

Spring Rain Farm (Port Townsend WA)

Spring Rain Farm (Port Townsend WA)

You can teach a fish to dance... at the Chimacum Corner Farmstand

You can teach a fish to dance... at the Chimacum Corner Farmstand

House Show with Eleanor Murray (Olympia WA)

House Show with Eleanor Murray (Olympia WA)

Bainbridge to Seattle or Vice Versa

Bainbridge to Seattle or Vice Versa

Kate Copeland, Aimée Ringle, Judith-Kate Friedman on KPTZ with Phil Andrus

Kate Copeland, Aimée Ringle, Judith-Kate Friedman on KPTZ with Phil Andrus

Mindie Lind singing in the sunshine (we JUST made the ferry)

Mindie Lind singing in the sunshine (we JUST made the ferry)

Joe Breskin describing the fate of these tomato plants. He designed an incredible greenhouse at Colinwood Farm!

Joe Breskin describing the fate of these tomato plants. He designed an incredible greenhouse at Colinwood Farm!

The Cob foundation of the Tea House - a project of the Rainshadow Natural Builders of Port Townsend!

The Cob foundation of the Tea House - a project of the Rainshadow Natural Builders of Port Townsend!

Are those raspberries in your basket or are you just happy to see me? With Chris Faroe at Spring Rain Farm PT WA.

Are those raspberries in your basket or are you just happy to see me? With Chris Faroe at Spring Rain Farm PT WA.

With Matt Sireily at the Farmer's Market Port Townsend WA (Photo by James Curtis)

With Matt Sireily at the Farmer's Market Port Townsend WA (Photo by James Curtis)

Isn't she beautiful? One day she will be set up to tour across the country as a mobile stage/kitchen. . . stay tuned!

Isn't she beautiful? One day she will be set up to tour across the country as a mobile stage/kitchen. . . stay tuned!

That's all for now! I can't help but get blown back to the Northwest so keep an eye out for me! 

That's all for now! I can't help but get blown back to the Northwest so keep an eye out for me! 

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Philadelphia Day Tripper

Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia's West Side

On an impromptu trip to Philadelphia, I am once again reminded of the synchronicity that accompanies traveller's luck. Having missed the bus to D.C. for my Dad's birthday, I decide to hop on a bus to Philly. Turns out the twins I end up staying with for the next two days have the same birthday.

A two hour bus ride from New York City, Philadelphia is a welcome break from the hustle and bustle. Philly's West Side shares a similar vibe with Portland, OR or the more suburban areas of Austin, TX: a laid back, somewhat gritty but liberal oasis, located at the intersection of communities. Baltimore Ave in particular is filled with old victorian houses, some that are crammed with young folks living in communal housing for $250 – $300/month. The beautifully rustic old houses are in varying stages of repair, nestled in beautiful tree-lined streets about 15 minutes from U Penn/Drexel campuses, and a 45 minute walk to the downtown area. If you don't feel like walking, hop on the 34 trolly, a $2.50 commute to downtown.

 

West Philadelphia, Baltimore Ave

All resources below are located between 40th & 53rd street on Baltimore Avenue.

Serendipity Café – Biker friendly cafe/smoothie/juice bar with a large loose herbal tea selection. Great resource hub and friendly living room vibe. “People come in here all the time saying 'I have this condition', or 'do you have anything for headaches' and it's really gratifying to be able to serve them something gentle and fortifying”.

Hibiscus – Rasta Vegan Food and Juice. Delicious smoothie selection and supplements. 4907 Catharine Street. I had to ask if all the pineapples they had on display were real! “Have a blessed day”

Food Coop – Relatively cheap for a large coop grocery store, friendly staff, bulk selection, cheap local eggs! Everything you want from a grocery store without the hype. Open to non-members, but bring your out of town coop membership card in to get their 5% discount. 

Studio 34 Yoga – Ongoing classes daily, varying styles. Check for events, teacher trainings and more. $6 classes and a very down to earth volunteer staff. 

A Space – Anarchist space hosting various ongoing workshops, events, and classes. Permanent free pile outside the front door. I attended a Shape Note Singing chorus practice which rang on into the night. “Rule #2: Be Real.”

Clark Park – Large outdoor space, great for frisbee, picnics, games. Host of local farmer's markets Saturday's and some Thursdays during the summer.

Best Vegan Hoagie in Philly: $5 tofu hoagie at the deli on 47th and Baltimore Ave.  

Philly Church
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Philly Empty Lot
Philly Houses

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PETE'S CANDY STORE 03/11/14

With Great Dog Almighty and Baby Copperhead

Great Dog Almighty at Pete's Candy Store

Great Dog Almighty at Pete's Candy Store

Pete's intimate setting and laid back crew provided the perfect setting for Nate Weida's band Great Dog Almighty to unleash 6 (count em': 6!) new songs. Alongside the raw orchestral folk from Baby Copperhead and my own Abakis set infused with 4-track found sounds, this night was full of collaboration and new content. 

Baby Copperhead's mini orchestra at Pete's Candy Store

Baby Copperhead's mini orchestra at Pete's Candy Store

Not to mention (shhh!) this event was also the soft release of my most recent letterpress project! Nate Weida (aside from being the band leader of this hilarious folk trio) is also a composer and playwright. After 10 years in the making his Folk Opera "I's Twinkle" will be preformed in it's entirety at Judson Church in April. THE I's TWINKLE LETTERPRESSED CD is now available - including songs from Act I of the opera. 

Printed on a Vandercook by Abakis in Brooklyn NYC. We used the glue-less Arigato Pack from Stumptown Printers. 

Printed on a Vandercook by Abakis in Brooklyn NYC. We used the glue-less Arigato Pack from Stumptown Printers. 

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JUDSON MEMORIAL CHURCH 03/05/14

ABAKIS // DAVID MOORE // MARIANNE RENDÓN
// VICTORY GARDENS //

"We believe that the act of art is a sacred act, and that the performers here tonight are offering you their gift. We want to provide a space for art to live."  - Micah, Bailout Theatre Director

Abakis at Bailout Theatre's, Judson Memorial Church 

Abakis at Bailout Theatre's, Judson Memorial Church 

The Bi-Monthly Bailout Theatre at Judson Church always dishes up free food and good performance, and this past Wednesday night hosted by Victory Gardens and all of her harmonizing friends was no exception.. 

The night opened with the subtly sardonic folk songwriter David Moore who's instrumental repertoire runs the gambit from piano to banjo, guitar, and voice. (Also the sometimes classical pianist/leader of ambient band Bing & Ruth) His dry and bitingly accurate lyrics are sneakily timed and wrapped up in classic old time melodies. He will break your heart right off the bat, then tell you the story of how it happened. Don't think he won't pull out a screamingly powerful hymn with just himself and a percussive block as accompaniment to close out the night. 

David Moore at Bailout Theatre, Judson Memorial Church

David Moore at Bailout Theatre, Judson Memorial Church

Following David was the immediately provocative Marianne Rendón. A theatre grad student at Juliard, Marianne brings a confidence and performative aspect to her music that catches you off guard almost as much as her falsetto. Opening with Regina Spektor's "Marianne's a Bitch", her songs weave through complex lyrics and calming guitar lines. Her confidence never wavered, and neither did the generosity of her gaze. She had everyone eating out of the palm of her finger picking hand.

Marianne Rendón singing her song with Victory Gardens at Judson Memorial Church 

Marianne Rendón singing her song with Victory Gardens at Judson Memorial Church 

I went right after Marianne and you can imagine it was quite an act to follow! I love playing at Judson: you can feel as big as the cathedral, and as intimate as the whispers echoing off the chamber walls. Everyone is always so attentive and respectful. The strongest part of my set were the final two songs "Talk Nasty to Me" and "Home" with Victory Gardens accompanying me on harmony. Both of these songs will be on my upcoming album I'm One Too. 

Tory Giardina aka "Victory Gardens" closed out the set. Her voice is like an unbreakable snowflake, delicate and complex, while also incredibly strong. She opened with a vulnerable song "Heaven" with David Moore on piano. She continued to add and subtract the other performers in turn, concluding the night with all of us on her song "Bad News": David on piano and both myself and Marianne singing harmonies. It was such a collaborative musical performance and an honor to celebrate the Bailout Director's birthday on the same night. Happy Birthday Micah!

Victory Gardens singing her song "Bad News" with Abakis and Marianne Rendón 

Victory Gardens singing her song "Bad News" with Abakis and Marianne Rendón 

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