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Happy Recordings & High School Workshops

With the students of Kent Meridian High School. Photo by Sarah Anne Carson

The seeds of 4Culture’s Arts Project Grant award are starting to take fruit. Two weeks ago I visited Kentridge and Kent Meridian High Schools along with Skerik, Tim Kennedy, and Evan Flory-Barnes for a workshop on artistry and emotion. We had an incredible conversation about what we all do and why, and brought a few brave volunteers up to make some music with us. We’ll be doing more and more of workshops in the future, so keep an eye out for how you can help make these happen.

I’ve also spent the last few weeks polishing the audio from Happy’s video recording and just released a few full-length tracks for streaming on Soundcloud. Check em out below and let me know what you think!

Happy Orchestra Video & Website

Writing for and rehearsing Happy Orchestra has been my main focus for the last few months and, after some solid progress, it was time to document the music and give the project its own internet home. Take a look at the video above to hear Skerik, Thomas Marriott, Andy Coe, Tim Kennedy, and Ian Sheridan play through my composition “The Dance” and visit happyorchestra.com to see and hear more.

Thanks to 4Culture for the financial support, and to all of you for coming out to hear the music! See Happy Orchestra at Nectar 9/10, Rhythm & Rye 9/11, and The Goodfoot 9/12.

KPLU Video and Thank You 4Culture!

A few weeks ago McTuff visited the KPLU studios in Seattle for a live broadcast ahead of our Bellevue Jazz Festival appearance. The guys played like a dream and luckily a film crew was on hand to capture it all in HD! The video above is of one of my favorite McTuff tunes “Smack,” and you can find two more tracks on KPLU’s YouTube page.

happy4cultureI also just got word that I’ve received an Arts Project Grant from 4Culture! The funds from the grant will allow me to write for, rehearse, and record Happy Orchestra over the next year AND compensate everyone in the band for their time and talent. Keep an eye on the Happy page of this site for updates.

Thanks to KPLU, 4Culture, and all of you for the support! Great things to come…

Winter: Happy, McTuff, & The Tiptons

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The past few months have been full of incredible shows with equally incredible musicians, including performances in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, California, and New York. McTuff toured the west and played to packed houses at The Crocodile and Neumo’s, the second incarnation of Happy Orchestra performed to a sold out room at Nectar along with special guests Skerik (Critter’s Buggin) and Barrett Martin (Tuatara), and The Tiptons made their way up and down the west coast and to NYC to audition for the State Department’s American Voices Abroad program.

As for what’s next, I’ll be flying to Japan for a week of wandering and music making, the Happy small group shows featuring incredible Seattle players continue, McTuff will visit MT and CA again in April, and I’ve applied for 4Culture’s 2015 Arts Projects grant to fund writing and recording a full-length Happy Orchestra record.

Good things are happening, thank you all for the support!

Coming Up: McTuff on Tour, Hardcoretet CD Release, and Stand-Out Shows

Allen Stone drops in at Seamonster

Allen Stone drops in at Seamonster

With so much great stuff on the horizon, I thought I’d take a second to highlight what’s coming up! McTuff will be on the road, Hardcoretet will be releasing a new CD at a very special Seattle show, and some awesome double and triple bills are in the works.

First, McTuff is piling into a gigantic green van and making our way to Colorado and back. We’ve got stops in Richland, Moscow, Salt Lake City, Telluride, Denver (with Pimps of Joytime), Missoula, Livingston, Billings, Big Sky, Bozeman, and Butte with more on the way. We’ll also be hitting the west coast in May, but I’ll leave that for another day.

Next up, Hardcoretet will finally be releasing our new record, produced with a generous grant from 4Culture, on April 8th at a very special Tractor Tavern show with one of my favorite bands, Grammy-nominated Kneebody! We’ve got preview tracks up now and will be releasing more as the show gets closer. GO TO THIS SHOW!

In the midst of all that, there are some great double and triple bills happening. McTuff and Industrial Revelation will be playing their first bill together on February 22nd at Jaam Rek (formerly Hidmo), then on March 29th at Goodfoot and April 5th at LoFi, McTuff will be teaming up with Funky2Death and Bucket of Honey for a funk/soul revue. The three bands did this last year in Portland and it was incredible. Again, GO TO THESE SHOWS!

For more details visit the links above or check out my full performance calendar. Thanks for all your support and I’ll see you at the shows!