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The Sting Engagement – Monday, August 12th

On Monday, August 12th more than 40 local musicians will pay tribute to the music of Sting and the Police at a beautiful setting on Hoboken’s waterfront. New York City will be the backdrop for over two hours of music.

I’m excited to be playing drums on five songs – “Englishman in New York,” “Shape of My Heart,” “All This Time,” “Fields of Gold,” and “It’s Probably Me.”

Each song features a line up of different musicians and singers. My bandmates from Christina Alessi and the Toll Collectors – Sean-David Cunningham, Jonathan Andrew, and Maribyrd – will all be participating as well!

Hope to see you there!

Monday, August 12th 
The Sting Engagement
Frank Sinatra Park 
401 Sinatra Drive
Hoboken, NJ 07030

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Here are some photos from previous years, when we paid tribute to David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, and Simon and Garfunkel. And here’s a great write-up in HMAG about the event this year.

Fox and Crow with the Toll Collectors 6/28/19


Join us on Friday, June 28th as we play two sets at Jersey City’s Fox and Crow. This is a cozy little spot with a nice back room for lounging and listening. Hope to see you there!

Friday, June 28th 
Christina Alessi & the Toll Collectors
Fox and Crow
594 Palisades Ave.
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Two sets starting at 10pm.

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Today, I’m releasing a brand new cover song – “Latch” by Disclosure (featuring Sam Smith).

I tried to reimagine this club hit from Disclosure as something you might enjoy on your favorite acoustic playlist in your living room. A pop song, in its power and simplicity, can often have potential to be interpreted in many different genres. Yet, so often we only get to hear the one version. With this interpretation, I wanted to stretch the song to a place that sounds familiar but feels like something new. Without the bass thumping, there’s a tenderness and a vulnerability to the song. In this version, you’re in on the secret – it’s a love song. Someone so consumed by love that they want to latch onto it and never let it go. 

The cover image comes from an photo I captured on Lover’s Bridge in Prague. There were so many locks attached to this bridge, where people from all over the world would come to “lock in their love.” I thought it was a nice fit.

As for the music, my good pal Ty Tuschen played electric guitar on this, including the tasty lead. I sang and played all of the other instruments.

This single is now available everywhere you can consume music – Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon Music, Tidal, iHeart Radio, Pandora, and more.

Here are handy links:
Apple Music / iTunes
Amazon Music
CD Baby

Hope you enjoy it! If you do, please share with others. Thank you!

ART X SOUL NJ Renaissance

I’m very excited to have a new collection of my photography featured at the next ARTxSOULNJ show, which kicks off with a big party on Saturday, February 23rd! Come celebrate local art. Everything will be for sale!

Here’s a sneak peek at a few of my framed prints.

Hope to see you on Saturday for the opening of the show!

Saturday, February 23rd 
ARTXSOUL NJ Gallery Show (Exhibiting Photography)
Renaissance Tattoo Studio
15 Grand Ave. 
Englewood, NJ 07631

Recap: Fox and Crow with Christina Alessi & the Toll Collectors

I had a fantastic time with Christina Alessi & the Toll Collectors playing for the first time at the Fox and Crow in Jersey City, NJ on Friday, February 15, 2019. This was a great little room to play with such an attentive audience.

Jamie Rose opened the night and rocked it.

Here was the Toll Collectors setlist.

Setlist Fox and Crow 021519

And because the room was so attentive, we decided to play a Crosby, Stills, and Nash cover, “Helplessly Hoping.” It really showed off the vocal harmonies of Christina, Maribyrd, and Jon, who unfortunately got cut from the visuals in video below. I even got to play a little piano. Check out the video below or click on this link to watch it on YouTube –

Sometimes I Play Music Where I Work

I hope your new year is off to a good start and I hope you are braving this cold weather in a warm cozy place.

It’s funny, ever since I started working in educational publishing I’ve met people of extraordinary talents and who have an artistic pursuit outside of the day job. Maybe it’s the nature of the jobs in the industry – writers, designers, coders, creators. We are committed to some form of creation all day and then somehow we still have a need to create outside of the confines of the office. 

At least once a year, my company likes to celebrate this. We have an Art, Music, and Poetry Expo where we hang artwork, eat, drink, rent a stage, and have a show. Poetry readings, musical performance, dance… it started a couple of years ago and now it’s become a Thing. 

So here’s a video of my performance. I played an original and a cover: “Knocking Down My Front Door” and “Happier” by Marshmello and Bastille. Hope you enjoy it!

If you can’t see the embed below, use this link to watch and share: