Wednesday, May 25

Oh the insanity

Well, everything's gone crazy. Steph and I moved house this weekend. Is there anything more exciting than lugging boxes and random objects up and down stairs for 22 hours? I am nearly certain that I have evolved new, specialized muscles designed to carry oblong poles at awkward angles, etc.

The house is great, although somehow we failed to realize that three of the second story rooms are hideously pink. The bathroom is pink with black trim. I feel like Mollie Ringwald.

The band will rehearse this Friday for the first time in two weeks. We will deploy our new practice space/studio in my basement. And soon we shall book our first show. So good stuff is afoot.

Tuesday, May 10

It's hot

Poked past 90 today in the KC metro. Bizarre, as Steph and I will be flying to colder, mountainous weather shortly. My brother warns me to wear warm clothes.

Rehearsed last night with my new drummer, Billy Brown. I noticed that he flips his sticks in the air as he plays (particularly during the easy parts) which is pretty cool. When questioned about it, he indicated that if I watch, he will mess up, but if I don't, I can be confident that the sticks are flipping smoothly. Rock.

We are rehearsing seven songs, and will likely make our debut in late July. More info soon!

Thursday, May 5

KC X Fest

Tomorrow I will kick off the KC X Fest at the Downtown Neon Gallery. The X Fest is a a celebration of neon art, poetry, improvisational dance and experimental music organized by Brother Iota, Kansas City's space music ensemble.

This show will mark the one year anniversary of my first live guitar loop performance at the Cup and Saucer. This won't be my last loop show, but I expect to play the Sleight of Hand material less and less frequently as I've already written an album's worth of "rock" songs for the new band (we will debut soon!)

It'll also be First Fridays in the Crossroads, so come down for a full evening of art, music, poetry and dance. Here's the complete festival lineup:

Friday, May 6th

Jesse Kates (amazing looping guitarist) 8 to 9 p.m.
Michelle Brown, Kacico Contemporary Dance (improvisation) 9 to 9:30 p.m.
Trapdoor Eyes, featuring Bill McKemy and Sterling Holman
(free improvisation music duo with dancer Tuesday Faust) 9:30 to 11 p.m.

Saturday, May 7th

SEEK , featuring Fred Mullholland (experimental music from Lawrence) 8:30 to 10 p.m.
Michelle Brown, Kacico Contemporary Dance (improvisation) 10 to 10:30 p.m.
Brother Iota (Kansas City's space music ensemble) 10:30 p.m. to midnight

Both Nights

Neon Art Showing, 5 to 7 p.m.
Poetry Reading, Mary Frances Wagner, Greg Field, Carrie Allison 7 to 8 p.m.


The Downtown Neon Gallery
1921 Truman Road
Kansas City, Missouri 64127
816-472-1190 telephone / fax

913-888-0484 or

Hope to see you there!