Faubourg St. John neighbor Spencer Bohren will be touring the country both near and far. Check it out…
I felt it this morning – even here in New Orleans! Perhaps it is a cool front coming in, or perhaps it is the late-year tilt of the planet, but the air just felt different. Yes, yes, it got to 80 degrees today, but not for long, and there was still that unmistakable crisp! That wasn’t here yesterday.
And that means . . . time to hit the road. Tomorrow SPENCER BOHREN and I do just that with a route that is more circuitous than usual. It may sound a bit wild, but that just means we will be closer to more of you with offerings of concerts, residencies, and workshops. So here we go – Hang on!
Wednesday, September 12 – Martinsville, Virginia
THE RIVES THEATER at 215 East Church Street in Martinsville, VA, in the very southern part of the state. Dinner is at 6 pm and the show follows. It is best to get in touch for a reservation. Call our kind friend Len at 276-732-4701.
Friday, September 14 – Pittsburgh, PA
MUSIC NIGHT ON JUPITER – showtime is 8:30 pm. This is a house concert, so you’ll need to check with the host on current availability: [email protected]
Saturday, September 15 – Scranton, PA
We are pleased to be invited back by Poconotes (http://www.poconotes.com/pages/Poconotes.htm) for a concert. The venue is TRIPP HOUSE, 1011 North Main Street (take a look here: http://www.tripphouse.com), and the venue phone is 888-800-POCO. Showtime is 8 pm. We had a fine time a couple of years ago, with a visit to this community. There were several surprise guests in the audience – folks we hadn’t seen in many a year! Huge kudos go out to Dolores and Pat for their deep love of the arts and the energy to keep Poconotes going. Additionally, we want to thank Dolores for her annual forays to New Orleans to help with the rebuild.
Sunday, September 16 – Hunt Valley, MD
Thursday, September 20 – Rhinecliff, NY
The Friends of Stuart Hall and WKZE 98.1 FM co-sponsor this show at the RHINECLIFF HOTEL. That’s near Red Hook, y’all. Showtime is early – 7 pm – and you can make your reservation by calling 845-750-5260. It should be quite the event, as Spencer is playing the last show of a long-running series. If you are anywhere near, you’d best come by. Need more convincing? Check out the website: http://www.therhinecliff.com
Friday, September 21 – Ashfield, MA
ELMER’S STORE hosts Spencer for their concert series. Located at 396 Main Street, the show goes on at 7 pm. Last time we were in Ashfield, the show sold out quick as a wink, so get your call in NOW: 413-628-4003. It is a sweet venue, and a fine dinner awaits you, as well. Check it out – http://www.http://elmersstore.com It turns out that your host is none other than Nan Parati, the woman who hand letters all the signs for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – a bit of deja vu up in the North Country!
Saturday, September 22 Mahopac, NY
The PUTNAM ARTS CENTER in Mahopac proved to be another delightful venue when we visited a couple years back. Give them a call to reserve your seat: 845-803-8622. Showtime is 7 pm. Mahopac is a sweet town on a small lake north of NYC, one of those towns where you take a deep breath in the morning when you first step out your door and know you are in the right place right now.
Sunday, September 23
Back by popular demand is the MAHOPAC GUITAR WORKSHOP, this time with your host Rob Hammel. Spencer will share his guitar and vocal secrets and squeeze as much guitar playing in as one very full day will allow. He promises your fingers will be sore when you leave, but you’ll have new songs in your repertoire and a smile on your face! To reserve a spot, call 845-803-8622.
Now here is where it gets a little tricky from our end . . .
Tuesday, September 25 – Rockford, IL
Spencer and I will have driven like the wind to get to Rockford for a concert at JUST GOODS, 201 7th Street. Showtime is 7:30 pm, and you can make a reservation by calling 815-965-8903. Both the concert and a school residency on Wednesday are sponsored by the fine folks at the Crossroads Blues Society. Thanks, y’all!
Monday, October 1 to Wednesday, October 3 – Laramie, WY
The UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING presents Spencer in residency for a variety of classes, a concert and a community event. We are delighted to be in the town of Laramie for a few days, a truly Western venue if there ever was one!
Friday, October 5 to Sunday, October 7 – Kemmerer, WY
The WYOMING ARTS ALLIANCE is holding their annual booking conference in Kemmerer this year. Kemmerer is a fossil-hunter’s paradise, known for its variety of fossilized fish. We are hoping for clear weather on the drive over there! It is always a pleasure to meet with the arts folks of Wyoming, and I’m sure this year will be no different. http://www.wyomingarts.org
Wednesday, October 10 to Thursday, October 11 – Bentonville, AR
The OZARK BLUES SOCIETY OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS presents Spencer Bohren to their community in a variety of settings TBA
Sunday, October 14 – New Orleans, LA
The CRESCENT CITY BLUES AND BBBQ FESTIVAL (http://www.jazzandheritage.org/blues-fest/), which runs from October 12 to 14, is chock full of notable blues players, including SPENCER BOHREN from 1:15 to 2:15 on Sunday. This one is FREE, folks, and is held outdoors at Lafayette Square in the lovely City of New Orleans.
Well! That should be enough for now! I will say, though, that from New Orleans we head back out West for several weeks. So if we didn’t get to your area on this leg, we just may do it on the next. See below for a play-by-play.
And we will check YOU out down the road ~
Sun. October 14
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival in New Orleans
Frid. October 19
BB’s Lawnside BBQ in Kansas City
Mon. October 22 – Fri. October 26
School Residency in Bozeman, MT
Thurs. November 1
Ronan Arts Concert in Ronan, MT
Sat. November 3
Private Party in Worley, ID
Fri. November 9
WYO Theater in Sheridan, WY
Tues. November 13 – Tues. November 20
Residency at Natrona County Schools in Casper, WY
Fri. November 16
ARTCORE Concert in Casper, WY
Sat. December 1
Swallow Hill in Denver, CO
Sun. December 9
Blue Moon Farm in Silverhill, AL
Fri. December 14
Dew Drop Jazz Hall in Mandeville, LA
Thurs. December 20
Snug Harbor Christmas Show