Friday, January 4, 2013

Jen Chapin shows in NYC Jan 5 & 6 #music #nyc

January 4, 2013

Happy New Year everyone!

Here in Brooklyn, we are emerging from the happy holiday cave of family and food (oh yeah, and a bit of wine and whiskey…) and starting off the year with two weekend shows in NYC this Saturday 1/5 and Sunday 1/6.

The concert on Saturday will be a benefit for our local elementary school where our son Maceo is thriving in the 2nd grade. The school has suffered greatly from budget cuts over recent years, yet the principal, teachers and staff, with support from many parents and the community, carry on bravely in maintaining a nurturing home for a diverse group of kids to learn and grow and be safe together.

Be safe together. Like many of you, I cried many tears over the lives lost last month in Newtown CT, but never were the emotions so powerful as the following Monday morning when I took Maceo back to school. I was overcome not with fear for he and his classmates, nor more sadness for the families of strangers; but with surging love for the dedicated, creative, underpaid, and tremendously loving staff of this humble place. Though we kept him sheltered from the news, Maceo was a bit sad that morning and the kindness and hugs he received from our security guard, our school office, and his teacher in his first few minutes back were both a credit to the institution and an indictment of the rest of us. On that day and every day, how can we not fully support and compensate those who nurture our children?

Yes -- I’m for enhanced mental health services (can we at least stop gutting the system?) and for solid gun regulations (and as is rote in these discussions I can spout my own open-minded credentials as someone who has accompanied in-laws on duck hunts and has in my freezer a gift-wrapped slab of Colorado elk meat brought down by the guns of my cousins -- Recipe suggestions welcome) but I have nothing new or illuminating to add to that crowded debate. For the moment, I’m just for really, truly, valuing teachers and kids.

So if you are in the area of Brooklyn NY this Saturday night, want to try my home-cooking, and are looking for a cozy night out of music and community, come on down. The price seems steep at first ($70 per couple, $40 per individual) but when you consider that proceeds benefit public education and provide two sets of music, dinner, drinks, dessert, and childcare (our wonderful neighbors next door keep the kids delighted!) After my set, fellow PS9 parent and acclaimed musician Jeremiah Lockwood will play his own unique brand of mystical virtuosic blues nourished by ancient Jewish and African traditions. Yeah you got that right!

Sorry that we can’t offer food and babysitting the following night, Sunday January 6th, at Rockwood Music Hall, but we will have a special guest appearance from my dear friend, inspiration, and musical comrade Martha Redbone, who will step off the plane from London that afternoon and join us for some improvised background vocals.

The focus for both these shows will be working out newer songs in preparation for our upcoming recording in March — my first album of all original music in 7 years (Yes, that duration exactly coincides with the life of my first son — coincidence?), though I must say it’s been fun to play some of my dad Harry’s tunes over a number of tributes last month. As many of you know, we recorded our set on December 1st for a live CD, Jen Chapin Trio: Celebrating Harry’s 70th, that is available via PalPal and features our renditions of I Wonder What Would Happen to this World, Flowers Are Red, Tangled Up Puppet, Shooting Star, and Cat’s in the Cradle plus a few of mine and some bonus studio tracks. Here it is. Many of you have let me know that you really love the CD — thank you!

Peace to you. And thanks for listening,

Upcoming Shows
Saturday, January 5th * 6 – 9 pm
House Concert to benefit PS9 Arts Programs
Our place, near Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn * 347 432 0283
$70 couple, $40 individual includes dinner, drinks, dessert, music and childcare!
Tickets on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets
With Stephan Crump, Jamie Fox and maybe Liberty Ellman if he can finish his move in time.

Sunday, January 6 * 8 pm
Rockwood Music Hall
196 Allen Street, NY NY 10002 * 212.477.4155 * $10
With Stephan Crump, Jamie Fox and Liberty Ellman

Friday, March 1st * 8 pm
Katherine Hepburn Performing Arts Center
300 Main Street, Old Saybrook CT 06475 * 877-503-1286 * $25
Full Band including Dan Rieser on drums

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