Congrats to my buddy Frank Wood on being selected for a Character Study piece in the New York Times, Sunday November 24, 2013. Frank is an old school rocknroll promoter and it's a cool, funny article and a nice tribute to a real NYC underground mainstay. And guess what?? ERIC13 gets a mention in the article too. Cool!
Frank and I have been friends for many years and many beers. We've done countless shows together in NYC, New Jersey, Philly and beyond including the classic "Lawpalooza" festivals at our mutual friend John Law's place. In fact, Frank Wood helped the band Sex Slaves book it's successful 2004 Japan tour, having introduced us to our tour manager Yasuyo Watanabe. He's still at it, of course, and you can find him down at Otto's Shrunken head every Sunday booking and hosting shows, and otherwise causing a ruckus. I'm proud brother, you earned it.
After the release of my first solo album RITUAL DANCE, I had the opportunity to do a solo acoustic tour of Europe in the Spring of 2011. I played 13 shows in 19 days across Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Italy. On one day off, I visited the beautiful small central European nation of Liechtenstein.
Here I visited Schloss Furst, the castle of the sovereign Prince of the country, and paid tribute with this song. Enjoy! #musiclife
Another unique experience for the #MUSICLIFE today - I was invited to Philadelphia's Channel 6 ABC Studios to perform my song "Hey Hey It's Your Birthday" for senior editor Mr. Lee Farber. Lee is a beloved member of the programming department, as evidenced by the exuberant turnout and participation in the surprise birthday party.
Everyone was friendly and hospitable, and they were nice enough to give me a guided tour of the whole station following the birthday action. What a cool place! I was inside Studio 2 while the 4PM news was "On Air". The remotely controlled camera and mic system was impressive. The kicker was meeting Philadelphia icon, the original Anchorman, Mr. Jim Gardner. He was gracious in taking a photo with me, and was amused by the "13" in my name.
Thank you Niki Hawkins and the whole crew for hosting me, and inviting me to share in the fun. Special thanks to my booking agent Rob Sankey of SIDECAR BOOKINGS for concocting the idea to secretly bring me in to surprise our friend Lee. Some pix below...
Today marked another step forward for #PhillyPEG, the Philadelphia Pizza Eaters Guild. Last week I performed my new song "Pizza Brain Anthem" for First Friday festivities at...Pizza Brain of course!
(For those who don't know, Pizza Brain is an amazing pizza restaurant in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia.)
After the song, owner Brian "Brain" Dwyer offered me a pie for my efforts. I asked if I might have a rain check, as I was solo and I wanted to feed the other members of the Whiskey Bendin' Cowboy band. Well, today was payday, or in this case, pizza day.
Here's me, Brain and the awesome pizza makers on First Friday
and here we are today, after putting a Forbes Waggensense in our bellies.
Pictured: Bassist Tommy Ciccone, Pizza Brain's Chris Coulton, eric13 & Saxophonist Andrew Donaghy
Lots of shows this month, very excited for all of them. Here's what we've got coming up:
SAT 11/30/13 Mt. Holly, NJ Hebe Music 7p-10p ERIC TRIO THU 11/21/13 Philadelphia, PA Rogue’s Gallery 8:30p-11:30p ERIC13 SOLO SAT 11/16/13 Collingswood, NJ Scottish Rite Theatre w/Candy Volcano FRI 11/15/13 Little Egg Harbor, NJ VFW Hall 7p-11p ERIC TRIO SUN 11/10/13 New York, NY Otto’s Shrunken Head 11p-12a ERIC TRIO TUE 11/12/13Mt. Holly, NJ Hebe Music 7p-10p ERIC TRIO SAT 11/9/13 Bellmawr, NJ Dominic’s Tavern 4p-7p ERIC TRIO SAT 11/2/13 Philadelphia, PA Max’s Brew Bar 4p-7p ERIC13 SOLO FRI 11/1/13 Philadelphia, PA Pizza Brain ERIC13 SOLO
On September 28th, 2013 I had the honor of performing at a very important Philadelphia event "Charlie's Fight Night", a benefit for Cystic Fibrosis research. It was held at the Diamond Club at Citizen's Bank Park, which is of course the home of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team.
Charlie's Fight night is an annual event, now in it's tenth year, which raises money and awareness for this disease. Celebrities, athletes, politicians, friends, family, classmates all united toward a common goal. It was extremely fun, powerfully uplifting and something I hope to participate in again. #MUSICLIFE
ABOVE: with the lovely hostesses of the event.
BELOW: with Mr. Charlie Clark himself!
BELOW: Mr. Scott Hartnell of the Philadelphia Flyers was on hand.
and Mr. Kimmo Timmonen, Finnish defenseman for the Flyers got in on a selfie with me.