As a musician, staying busy is a good thing. And, as much as I love living in Austin, I need to get out and travel quite a bit, for the sake of my own curiosity and wanderlust. That's why I'm pretty happy to be heading out with Nelo next week for a very, very long drive: from Austin to Montana to Washington to Oregon and back to Texas. All in a week's time, or less. That's gonna be nuts.
But when I get back I have many things to look forward to, including Progress' residency at Club DeVille during the whole month of September! We're going to play every Wednesday night that month, and I hope to bring in some exciting guests to help us fill out the shows. It will also be a chance for us to stretch out a little more than we've been able to lately, maybe even throw in some Herbie Hancock tunes and the like.
I'll also be joining my friends in Snarky Puppy for a handful of Texas shows, and, if I can make my scheme work, hitch a ride in the van for some dates outside of Texas as well. The band is absolutely killing right now, and I'll be grateful for any part I can play in the music they're making at the moment.
Finally, I'm playing with my friend Paul Deemer tomorrow night at the Elephant Room, which promises to be a good time. Deemer is a prodigious trombonist and a great musician all around, and we're going to be joined by Carter Arrington (guitar), Daniel Durham (bass), and David Sierra (drums). Best of all, we're playing tunes you don't hear very often, thanks to Paul's good taste and curiosity. Come check it out if your Tuesday is looking empty and boring. Or even if it isn't, really.
8/21: Paul Deemer at the Elephant Room, Austin, TX
8/24: Nelo with Pat Green at ACL Live, Austin, TX
8/25: Nelo at the Aardvark, Fort Worth, TX
8/29: Nelo at the Great Northern, Whitefish, MT
8/31: Nelo at the Treehouse Cafe, Bainbridge Island, WA
9/2: Nelo at Black Butte Ranch, Sisters, OR
9/5: Progress at Club DeVille, Austin, TX
9/6: Nelo at House of Blues, Houston, TX
9/8: Nelo at Schotzi's, College Station, TX
9/12: Progress at Club DeVille, Austin, TX
9/15: Snarky Puppy at Gypsy Lounge, Austin, TX
9/16: Snarky Puppy at Prophet Bar, Dallas, TX
9/17-9/18: Snarky Puppy at Dan's Silverleaf, Denton, TX
9/19: Progress at Club DeVille, Austin, TX
9/26: Progress at Club DeVille, Austin, TX
9/28: Nelo at Stubb's BBQ, Austin, TX
9/29: Nelo with Bob Schneider at Uncle Billy's on Lake Travis