Friday, February 3, 2012

Jen Chapin (@jenchapinmusic) in February, Larchmont and Brooklyn

Subject: Jen Chapin in February, Greenwich Village, Larchmont and Brooklyn NY

January 31, 2012

Hi everyone!

First, I’d like to send a shout out to all the places where we are not playing this month --

Ohio, Indiana, & Iowa — nothing on the horizon yet, but we never go too long without a midwestern tour taking shape!

Paris — a family trip will take us to France in early May. Il ya quel qu’on en cette belle endroit qui voudrais offrir un concert du maison?

Maryland — I’ll be joined with the full “Rosetta Trio” (featuring Stephan Crump, Jamie Fox plus Liberty Ellman; now making a fantastic tour in Europe) for a private house concert on June 2nd near Baltimore. Please let me know if you are in the vicinity and would like us to pay a visit to your living room or neighborhood venue that weekend..

New England/Atlantic Canada — We’ll be doing our now traditional August tour up to Nova Scotia and back, and hope to see you in Rhode Island, upstate NY, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and/or New Brunswick..

Where we are playing is in and around NYC: This Thursday 2/2 will have me returning to my old home base in Greenwich Village, The Bitter End, for a duo show with one of the first musicians here that I admired from afar (and now near), electric bassist Kevin Jenkins. I’ll see if I can get Kevin to contribute his luscious backing vocals too, for a few songs on our 1/2 hour set opening up for old friends Burlap to Cashmere. By Tuesday 2/7 my regular trio-mates will have returned, and we will head up to Westchester County to play the Watercolor Café on Larchmont. Come for dinner and catch an opening set by Garry Novikoff!

We have two Valentines-themed shows the following weekend in Brooklyn, for which we will be pulling all the love songs out of the archives. The tiny, wonderful Barbés in Park Slope will be the place on Friday, February 10th, and then on the 11th we host our own benefit house concert for art programs at my son Maceo’s school. PS9! PS9! The gorgeous Pyeng Threadgill will also be pulling out the romance on that one.

Speaking of the greatest love (“justice is what love looks like in public” -- Cornel West), I’ll leave you with a tragically relevant call to action from Martin Luther King, taken from his 4/4/67 speech at Riverside Church in NYC.

...If we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered. A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies...

True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that the edifice that produces beggars needs restructuring.

Upcoming Shows

Tuesday, February 7th * 7:30 pm
The Watercolor Café
2094 Boston Post Road
Larchmont NY 10538
914 834 2213 * $20
With an opening set from Garry Novikoff
Reservations strongly recommended

Friday, February 10th * 8 pm
376 9th Street (corner of 6th Avenue)
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215
347 422 0248 * $10

Saturday, February 11th * 6 – 9 pm
House Concert to benefit PS9 Arts Programs
Our place, near Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
347 432 0283
$65 couple, $35 individual includes dinner, drinks, dessert, Valentines music and childcare!
Tickets on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets

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