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Last Week Recap

And what a week it was!

Four gigs. Each unique in their own way.

Bowery Electric

First, a solo acoustic show at Bowery Electric. Sunday, March 15th. This place had a great vibe and an even better sound system and sound guy.

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Performing at Bowery Electric. 3/15/15


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Setlist. Bowery Electric. 3/15/15

Pete’s Candy Store

Second, a duo performance with singer/songwriter Shayfer James at the picturesque Pete’s Candy Store in Brooklyn, NY.

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Pete’s Candy Store with Shayfer James. 3/18/15.

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My view from behind the kit. Pete’s Candy Store. 3/18/15.


Setlist. Pete’s Candy Store. 3/18/15.

Northern Soul

Third, I played with Christina Alessi and the Toll Collectors at Northern Soul in Hoboken, NJ. It’s always a blast to play with these guys. This was such a great show!


Christina and the Toll Collectors. Northern Soul. 3/19/15.


Jonathan Andrew and I rocking out. Northern Soul. 3/19/15.


Christina and the Toll Collectors. Setlist. 3/19/15.

Espresso Joe’s Guitar Pull

I finished up the week with a unique show on Saturday, March 21st – A Guitar Pull sponsored by blowupradio.com. I had a fantastic time getting to meet and share the stage with David Bronson and Mike Regrets.

We took turns playing songs, talking about writing, recording, and everything in between. I always enjoy playing at Espresso Joe’s. Not only because they hosted my photography for a month back in November, but because the audience is top notch. They sit, listen, and pay attention to the show for the entire duration. It’s such a joy to see places like this still exist and I’m always so happy to play there.


Performing at Espresso Joe’s. 3/21/15.

Guitar Pull on Saturday


I’m excited to be joining fellow acoustic musicians David Bronson and Mike Regrets for a Guitar Pull.

What’s a guitar pull, you ask? Sponsored by blowupradio.com, the evening will feel more like sitting around a campfire and listening to old friends sharing songs. Usually the songs are accompanied by stories, or conversations about the creative process. It’s a collaborative show format that I know you’ll enjoy watching.

Really excited for this one. Mark your calendars.

Saturday, March 21st 
Solo Acoustic Guitar Pull
Espresso Joe’s
50 West Front Street, Keyport, NJ

Northern Soul with Christina Alessi and the Toll Collectors



I’m really looking forward to playing with Christina Alessi and the Toll Collectors again. We played a show back in December at Tierney’s in Montclair, NJ and had a ton of fun. Can’t wait to play another one!

Thursday, March 19th  
Christina Alessi and the Toll Collectors
Northern Soul
577 First Street, Hoboken, NJ

Watch Two Videos from the Tierney’s Performance

What a gig!

I had a blast playing with Christina Alessi and the Toll Collectors last Friday night at Tierney’s Tavern in Montclair, NJ – 12/12/14. It was so great to play in a band with such excellent musicians.

Here was the line up:
Christina Alessi: voice and acoustic guitar
Jon Andrew: Bass
Josh Bicknell: Drums
Ty Tuschen: Guitar
Mari Hubley: Mandolin/ Vox
Sean-David Cunningham: Epic Violin

Here was the setlist:


Watch a cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”
In case the embed doesn’t work above, here’s the link: http://youtu.be/PetxyoxW2Kk

Watch a cover of “Wagon Wheel” (which actually has a pretty interesting origin story):
In case the embed doesn’t work above, here’s the link: http://youtu.be/MwjWWagcN8U

We hope to do it all over again sometime soon. Stay tuned!

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.

Recap of Cape May Performance

I had a great time with double-breasted playing at the Chalfonte hotel in beautiful, historic Cape May, NJ.

The Chalfonte is always great about putting up signs and advertising the performance.


We had a great turnout and an attentive audience.


Here was the view from behind the drums (pre-show).


Here was the setlist.

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And here we are after the show in the King Edward Bar!


Bonus: You can watch a clip of our cover of A Great Big World’s “Say Something.” I’ve embedded it below, but in case you can’t see it, you can also watch it on Facebook here.

Last-Minute Solo Acoustic Show on Saturday


Sure, it’s last minute. But sometimes last-minute gigs can be the most fun and spontaneous. If you’re around on Saturday, I hope you stop by. I’m going to try out at least one new original song and also a new cover.

Saturday, August 16th 
solo acoustic
Northern Soul
557 First Street
Hoboken, NJ

See you Saturday? Hope so!

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

Sunday in Wharton, NJ

Josh, Kristy, Ardith

Photo by Brian Ostering

Join Kristy, Ardith and I for a performance this Sunday in Wharton, NJ. The show is part of Wharton’s new spring concert series in Hugh Force Canal Park. The performance is free to the public and family-friendly. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, June 8th
with double-breasted
Hugh Force Canal Park (in the Gazebo)
170 West Central Avenue
Wharton, New Jersey

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