On Saturday May 3, 2014 I will be back in Germany with the ERIC13 TRIO, back at the world famous PAUNCHY CATS club for their 10th Anniversary Outdoor Festival!! I'll be joining headliners BABYLON BOMBS (SWE), as well as the one and only LONDON QUIREBOYS (UK) and WHITE TRASH PRESIDENTS (SWE) on the bill!! PAUNCHY CATS, located in Lichtenfels, Germany (about an hour northwest of Munich), is one of the premier rocknrollclubs in all of Europe. I've played here with SEX SLAVES and as ERIC13 many times, been tattooed in the back booth, and even given a tattoo or 4 here!! This will be one for the record books I'm sure. PROST!
SHOWS, SHOWS, more SHOWS...and a MAJOR announcement soon #MUSICLIFE
THU 2/6/14 Bellmawr, NJ Dominic’s Tavern 4p-7p COHOST Open Mic THU 2/13/14 Philadelphia, PA Rogue’s Gallery 8:30p-11:30p TRIO SUN 2/16/14 Philadelphia, PA Gloria Dei Church 10a w/choir, bells TUE 2/18/14 Somerdale, NJ Shady Katie’s 9p-1a HOST OPEN JAM WED 2/19/14 Philadelphia, PA DOBBS Open Mic 9-9:30pm DUO with Andy FRI 2/21/14 Atco, NJ Devlin’s Pub 9:30-12:30 TRIO SAT 2/22/14 Bellmawr, NJ Dominic’s Tavern 4-7pm TRIO THU 2/27/14 Philadelphia, PA Rogue’s Gallery 8:30p-11:30p TRIO
SAT 3/01/14 Philadelphia, PA Gloria Dei Church 6-10 SOLO SAT 3/15/14 Mexico City, Mexico Hell & Heaven Festival w/Combichrist TUE 3/18/14 Somerdale, NJ Shady Katie’s 9p-1a HOST OPEN JAM THU 3/20/14 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live CANDY VOLCANO
I'm currently helping produce & write for new Philadelphia musical artist SUNOKO MOON. She is a talented bohemian gypsy rocker, with whom I've written music & lyrics for her debut EP. The project is being run at the ART INSTITUTE OF PHILADELPHIA; a semester long, program wide project that spans audio, video, photography, fashion & live performance. Here's a shot of me with the young men of the audio production class, after laying down guitars for the brand new song "WILD CREATURE". Stay tuned for the forthcoming release from SUNOKO MOON! #MUSICLIFE #PHILLY #SUNOKOMOON
CANDY VOLCANO is an amazing musical project I became involved with in November 2012. It was intended to be a one time happening, a group of South Jersey and Philadelphia musicians joining together to perform David Bowie's classic album "Ziggy Stardust". The event was a fundraiser for the Collingswood Bike Share. The show turned out to be such a success that another booking ensued, followed by another, each time the crowd growing and the name spreading. As each member has their own ongoing artistic projects, it presented an interesting conundrum - "What do we do with this band??"
Well, it's certainly nice to have demand, and the friendships, so the beautiful musical collaboration continued on. After a handful of additional performances in the area, Band leader and founder KEVIN MONKO, along with Bike Share head honcho JOE BONAPARTE secured a show at the SCOTTISH RITE THEATER, and a huge musical party ensued. Take a peek below at the video documenting that nights events.
Special thanks to my longtime friend and Candy Volcano bassist SCARLET ROWE for vouching for me to the other guys, who ultimately let me join in on this project. It's been such a great experience to play music with, and get to know this group!
Another busy month in the #MUSICLIFE of ERIC13, here's December's shows...
TUE 12/31/13 Tuckerton, NJ Redmen’s Lodge 9p-1a TRIO SAT 12/28/13 Clementon, NJ Harper’s Pub 9:30p-1:30a TRIO FRI 12/27/13 Westville, NJ Nipper's Pub 9p-12a SOLO TUE 12/24/13 Philadelphia, PA Old Swedes Church 7pm w/Bell Choir SUN 12/22/13 Philadelphia, PA Fergie's Pub 3p SOLO FRI 12/20/13 Philadelphia, PA Ortleib's HOST BURLESQUE SHOW THU 12/19/13 Philadelphia, PA Rogue’s Gallery 8p-11p SOLO WED 12/18/13 Westville, NJ Nipper's Pub 9p-1a HOST OPEN JAM FRI 12/13/13 Atco, NJ Devlin’s 9:30p-12:30a TRIO SAT 12/7/13 Philadelphia, PA Max’s Brew Bar 4p-7p SOLO THU 12/5/13 Bristol, PA Freddie’s Tavern & Grille 9p-11p TRIO TUE 12/3/13 Somerdale, NJ Shady Katie’s 9p-1a HOST OPEN JAM
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...