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Five Songs from the Espresso Joe’s Performance

Here’s a YouTube playlist of five songs from my performance at Espresso Joe’s last month. Thanks to my parents for capturing these on their iPhones!

The playlist includes:

  1. “Pompeii” – cover of Bastille
  2. “Tired” – original double-breasted song featuring Ardith Collins on cello
  3. “Say Something” – cover of A Great Big World featuring Ardith Collins on cello and my sister on backing vocals
  4. “Across the Universe” on ukelele
  5. “Melt with You” – cover of Modern English

If you can’t see the video playlist embedded below, click here.

The Music Den on Sunday

Music Den 30th Anniversary

On Sunday, July 13th, I’ll play with double-breasted at the Music Den’s 30th Anniversary celebration.

The Music Den has had quite an influence on my musical upbringing. One of the owners was actually my first elementary music teacher. I remember when he left the teaching position to devote himself to the Music Den store full time. Later, as I pieced together my first drum set, I bought many pieces from the Music Den. I bought my first electric guitar there. Most importantly, I took my first lessons on drum set there, studying with John Hvasta. He taught me so many skills that I still apply to my playing today.

It’s hard to believe that the store has been open for 30 years, but I’m happy to help them celebrate and perform a set with double-breasted.

Of course, the celebration is open to the public… I hope to see you there!

Sunday, July 13th
with double-breasted 
The Music Den – 30th Anniversary
1030 Route 10 West 
Randolph, NJ 07869

Canal Day Recap

Last Saturday, Kristy, Ardith, and I played Wharton’s annual Canal Day. It’s great to see how much the festival has grown so much since we first started playing it years ago.

We played under the gazebo.

d-b playing Canal Day 2013

Photo by Nanette

The setlist.

Canal Day Setlist 2013


Drumming is my happy place.

Josh drumming

Photo by Nanette


A drummer’s perspective.

Drummer's perspective


After our performance, we roamed the festival and ran into Brian from The Wag. He snapped this great photo of the three of us.

Josh, Kristy, Ardith

Photo by Brian Ostering

Cape May Recap

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Playing for a packed house in Cape May, NJ. Photo by Damien Musto.

Had such a great time playing for a packed house with double-breasted at the historic Chalfonte Hotel in Cape May, NJ.

Here’s the setlist.

cape may setlist

I went with a very minimalist drum set up.

cape may drum setup

This is what the harp looked like with our new backdrop.

cape may harp through backdrop

And here’s a new cover song we debuted. This video was captured during sound check.
“Sweet Nothing” http://youtu.be/5gGuchZPkRs

Cape May on Wednesday

It’s that time of year again. Ardith, Kristy, and I will drive down to Exit 0 off the Garden State Parkway and host an evening of double-breastedmusical entertainment at the historic Chalfonte Hotel in Cape May, NJ.

Wednesday, August 7th

Chalfonte Hotel
301 Howard Street
Cape May, NJ 08204

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Check out this video from last year’s performance. The song is “Easy to Leave,” from Suit Yourself.

This Week’s Performances

Please join me this week for two performances in New Jersey.

Friday – double-breasted in Keyport


Friday, May 17th
Espresso Joe’s
50 West Front Street
Keyport, NJ 07735

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Join us for this very acoustic, very intimate performance at Espresso Joe’s in Keyport, NJ. It’ll be our first performance at this venue. I’ve heard great things and am excited to check this place out.

Saturday – Temple of the Kitty in Hoboken

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Saturday, May 18th
Temple of the Kitty (with Christina Alessi and Jonathan Andrew)
Northern Soul
557 First Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Christina, Jonathan, and I will perform together at Northern Soul for the third time this year. What began as a one-time songwriter’s collaborative has turned into a semi-regular gig.

Here’s the basic gist. The three of us perform each other’s songs as a trio. We throw in a few covers, too. And for the first time, we’ve decided to give this little project a name. So – at least for this show – we will be called Temple of the Kitty. Stop by on Saturday to find out why.

Hope to see you there!

Photos from Homegrown Radio Performance

Thanks to Homegrown Radio for having us perform last night! 

Here’s the whole group: Carl, Connie, and us!


Ardith, rocking out.


Kristy rocks out. Jim Morrison looks on.


Me. Singing and playing.


Thanks to Damien for the photos and thanks to Homegrown Radio for inviting us to play!