Last Saturday, April 18, was Faith UMC’s Annual Coffee House. I say annual, but it took a break last year so this was actually the return of the Coffee House – part showcase for Faith UMC’s Music Ministry, part fundraiser, part social gathering.
Many Music Ministry acts and bands shared the stage, and there were even some interesting pairings especially for the show.
Some “friends of Faith” performed, including Cuban Middle Aged Missle Crisis which was one of only a handful of performers who entertained the crowd with “secular” songs. Of course, they chose some of the most ultra-obscure covers (including The Shaggs’ “Philosophy of the World” and Jonathan Richman’s “Dodge Vegamatic”) and handled them quite nicely. Frank Rocco has turned into a fine drummer, and finally brought his brand new drumset out of the basement, err, living room.
Another popular act was the trio of Wade, Gary and Brian!
RTK in the Studio:
You may know that I’ve been in the studio recording a batch of new (and not-so-new) songs with Kevin Fisher since last May. The original plan was to release a 10-12 song CD before Christmas 2014. Now, I haven’t been documenting the activity very regularly here (or even on my Facebook page) but December came and went and we still had a lot of work to do.
Last night we moved 5 songs into the “let’s get these finished!” stage. So, instead of waiting 10 more months for a full CD, I’m going to release a 5-song EP!
I don’t have an exact date yet, but I think we can make this happen around May. So, stay tuned!
Also coming up in May, I’ve been invited to perform at this year’s Matsuri of Faith at Faith United Methodist Church in Torrance. It will be short set in the afternoon, and we will be performing songs from the recent sessions. And who knows, we might even have a horn section!
Keep checking our Facebook page for more information…
I’ll be appearing at Kulak’s Woodshed in North Hollywood this Tuesday evening (7/8/14) sometime between 7:00p and 10:00p. The set up is similar to an open mic night – bunch of songwriters playing 2 songs each.
You can stream the evening live at the Kulak’s Woodshed website. I’ll try to post an update to Twitter and Facebook when I’m getting ready to hit the stage.
Check it out and get a preview of a couple songs from the new record!
3. I’ve got a batch of songs that need to be recorded…
2. It’s time because I’m on a 10 year recording cycle (The R & D Project in 2004, Confidential Reasons in 1994)
1. I get to work with Kevin Fisher!
Kevin and I met today and began planning our approach to the recording sessions, which will start in a few weeks. We’ll keep you updated with postings here, on our Facebook page and via Twitter.
My next solo performance will be at the Namaste Cafe in Redondo Beach on Friday, February 28th. I’ll be doing a 25 minute set, plus giving away copies of my Confidential Reasons CD!!
It’s always an fun evening: lots of music, coffee and snacks.
Doors open at 7:00pm – $8.00 donation
Friday, February 28
Redondo Beach Center for Spiritual Living
907 Knob Hill Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(corner of Knob Hill Avenue and Prospect Avenue, across the street from AltaVista School and Park.)
We submitted this video from our appearance at Suzy’s last December to an original song contest on indi.com and are now in ROUND 2!
We’d appreciate it if you would click the link above, watch the video and vote for us. It would be great if you would also forward this link to your friends via email, Facebook or Twitter – heck, even Pinterest! The more votes, the better shot we have at some free recording time!
We could win some cool stuff so please watch often – you can vote once per day.
Pete and I appreciate your support!
Our next performance will this Friday, November 1st when Pete Sheppard and I return to Suzy’s Bar and Grill in Hermosa Beach. It’ll be a 30 minute acoustic set of originals from our various CD releases plus some surprises!
There are 3 other acts on the bill including the hard-rocking song stylings of The Ride featuring our pals Bruce Braddock and Ben Davis. And did I mention that Ragin’ Cajun has taken over the kitchen? Oh yeah!! See you Friday night…
Friday, November 1
Suzy’s Bar and Grill
1141 Aviation Blvd
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(corner of Aviation Blvd and Prospect Avenue, next to Big Lots)
Backwards Hat Attack
Robert Thomas Kuhlmann