Phew! It has certainly been a long time since this blog has been updated, but with fall’s imminent arrival I thought it might be time to dust off the cobweb:
It has been a busy summer at the Dan Charness music factory: writing, performing, and preparing a new set list for the upcoming season. I performed my last full band show with the Treemeisters in May, at which point we decided that, upon our return as a full band in the fall, we needed some new material. The shows were fun, but seemed a wee bit doused in melancholy. That’s fine if you’re in the mood for it, but our audience deserved something more upbeat in these economically downtrodden times.
So I went back to the drawing board–you wouldn’t know it but they have those for songwriting (www.staples.com/thatsridiculous) –and came up with four new tunes to bolster our ever-growing set list. There’s some indie-rock (“Insomnia”), some delta blues (“Hiding in the Bottle”), some John Mayer angst-crooning (“Not For Love”), and even some Bon Jovi style 80s rock (“Long Way To Go”). They are fine songs, if I do so say so myself, and I can’t wait to play them in our upcoming full-band shows in New York.
Without the Treemeisters, the summer also gave rise to a few solo acoustic shows in New York, (Caffe Vivaldi, Bitter End, Rockwood), a nearly sold out show at Rockwood with Lora Faye, and even a mini-tour up to Canada, where I played along with Sarah Charness (violin) at the Free Times Cafe in Toronto. I could launch into a slew of Canada jokes right now, but the truth is that I am half-Canadian, and doing so would infuriate an entire side of my family. So I’ll just leave it at the fact that folks at this bar tipped me in “loonies.” Utterly ridiculous…
The fall is looking busy, with a touring schedule filling up (including a trip to the West Coast in December) and a new E.P. in the works! I’ll be making my first appearances in Burlington, Vermont (The Skinny Pancake 10/1) and Portland, Connecticut (The Portland Fair, 10/7), as well performing at my familiar haunts here in New York City. The next gig in New York is this Coming Saturday (9/17) at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 1, at 7pm.
I hope to see you out there!
-Saturday, September 17th, 7pm: Rockwood Music Hall (New York, NY)
-Saturday, October 1st, 8pm: The Skinny Pancake (Burlington, VT)
-Thursday, October 6th, 8:30pm: Caffe Vivaldi (New York, NY)
-Friday, October 7th, 7pm: Portland Fair Mainstage (Portland, CT)
-Sunday, October 16th, 7pm: The Bitter End (New York, NY)