Jen Chapin (@jenchapinmusic)'s gig calendar -- Manhattan Brooklyn Piermont + MA & CT
January 2, 2014
Happy New Year Y’all!
I’ve had a bit of an obsession over recent weeks with the amazing CD
“James Brown’s Funky Christmas.” Much of the album serves as James
Brown’s expression of gratitude for his blessings, and his fervent wish
for others to escape the poverty that he knew as a child. He’s especially
thankful for his success and his audience: “You came to see my show —
that’s a debt that I’ll always owe.” That the most celebrated and
imitated showman and innovator in pop music saw himself in debt to his
audience, though he arguably gave more in performance than anyone, is
something for me to think about. (Of course my dad was famously generous
in his concerts and otherwise, and also spoke of his good fortune in
having such an excellent line of work!)
So I am grateful to continue to be able to make music in 2014. Thank you
for making it possible! I sometimes regret that my shows don’t offer the
sweat or spectacle, raw force or storytelling of a James Brown or a Harry
Chapin show, but I do strive for truth and love in the music, and
continue to be awed by the magic-making of my musical collaborators who
bring so much artistry to the stage.
This year will be the first that I remember performing over the Martin
Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, and I am thinking of these shows as a
special opportunity to celebrate MLK’s truth-telling and love-spreading,
along with a little extra dose of show(wo)manship as well. (MLK was also
no slacker in this department…)
Friday, January 17th will see my full band returning to The Cutting Room
in NYC, and tickets are on
sale now here. Some of my favorite people in the world
will be on stage with me: Dan Rieser on drums, Stephan Crump on bass,
Jamie Fox on guitar, Chris Brown on piano, and Erin Hill on harp and
vocals. The room is majestic and the menu offers many temptations. For those
of you eager to come but feeling the pocketbook pinch, reply to me now
about a spot or two on the guest list, as I have 6 tickets to give away
to the first folks I hear from.
The Trio with Stephan and Jamie will continue on up to Hingham MA on
Saturday 1/18, and Stafford Springs CT on Sunday 1/19, and will be in
Piermont NY on Sunday 1/26. More details and ticket links are below, but
first, some other news:
My dear friend and colleague Nathan James
Leatherman has completed an intimate new music video for the title
track to Reckoning.
Please watch it here, share it, leave a comment if so
I really enjoyed doing these two recent
substantive conversations with Pollstar and New York Minute. I hope you enjoy reading them!
you Thank you Thank you!
PS -- Here’s that James Brown record.
Upcoming Shows Saturday, January 11th * 6-9 pm A
Benefit House Concert for PS9 Brooklyn
near Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn NY * 347-432-0283
$70 couple/$40 individual
Includes dinner, drinks, music and world-class music for a local cause!
also featuring Pyeng Threadgill