This photo (from 2009) was taken in VT at the end of a guitar masterclass workshop (the emphasis was on acoustic blues as you might have guessed from all the acoustic guitars in the photo).
It came up in my Facebook memory feed which surprises me from time to time because I tend to forget about “everything” when there’s “so many” things happening.
I write music, I perform music, and I teach music (on my own with no affiliation to any college, other than maybe the Charlie Banacos school).
I debut one of my new bands tonight (called the “Street Band”) just in time for Fat Tuesday.
That’s 8pm at “Chianti” in Beverly MA. That’s Timo Shanko and Benny Benson in the photo.
Come see me this week.
Thursday (2.15) in Nashua (Riverwalk)
Friday (2.16) in Somerville (Bull McCabes)
Saturday (2.17) in Jamestown Rhode Island (Narragansett Cafe)
Just because I was asked to play this song 3 times in the last week.
“True love is deep, deep as the ocean.” (I stole this line from Ramana Maharishi)
I don’t usually share these sort of notes, but I am today.
“Evan, we can’t say enough how much it meant to us that you showed up and rocked the “house” at Shelter Fest to support affordable housing. You and your band are AMAZING – a big sound with even bigger heart. Love your CD, too. Thank you so much for being there for us. You guys are awesome! Bethany, Harborlight Community Partners”
I know a lot of musicians and artists who either get a day job or move hours out of the city centers because they simply can’t afford housing. When the real estate agents and even the slumlords continue their “squeeze” there’s a massive “cultural loss” that’s a bit incalculable.
When an artist has to spend time making $ to support his/her art, it takes away time from doing the work that makes that art stand out and be fantastic and inspiring.
As a result of this time vs. art focus equation, in the end, we’re seeing more and more mediocrity. Mediocre painting, websites, songs, youtube gurus.
If you find something exceptional and you value it being there, support it.