Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Jen Chapin performing at TEDxManhattan, performance live online

ReckoningFebruary 25, 2014

Hello Hello!

It’s been a quiet month at home with the boys and the snow, as my bandmates have been out touring in Europe as Stephan Crump’s Rosetta Trio. They just flew back in from Liechtenstein (!) and then drove down to DC to play the lovely Bohemian Caverns, which is just the spot where we will kick off our own Jen Chapin Trio tour with Stephan and Jamie Fox next month.

But before we head a little south and a lot midwest, we’ll be bringing the music to NYC and the world via livestream as the house band for TEDx Manhattan: “Changing the Way We Eat.” My friend and fellow WhyHunger “Artists Against Hunger and Poverty” member Martha Redbone will lead the house band — that very same internationally-acclaimed Rosetta Trio — with me as we play our songs throughout the day amid the inspiring talks. Tune in on March 1st!

On to the tour to DC, IN, MO, IA, IL, MI, NY & OH! The details as I know them so far are listed below. For the heart of the tour we are honored to be featured in the Quad City Arts Visiting Artist Series, which will have us sleeping in one place for a week while making small trips back and forth across the northern Mississippi for our various engagements. Other highlights include return visits to Des Moines (3/22), Davenport (3/28), and Indianapolis (4/5); an opening slot for the wonderful Brian Vander Ark at The Ark in Ann Arbor (3/29), and our first show in Chicago in years (4/3)!

I’ve been thinking that it’s about time I ask for help selling merchandise at our shows. If you’d like to help attend to the CD/LP/water bottle table and receive two complimentary tickets and one item of your choice at any of these shows, please let me know! This should be a pretty low-key task, but having your help before and after the shows and during intermission will allow me to talk and autograph without having to do arithmetic at the same time! Just reply here if you’re interested. Thank you! And we hope to see you.

One last note — our full band show last month in NYC was a truly magical one, and was beautifully documented in this kind review. We’ll reconvene on Tuesday May 20th at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2, in downtown NYC. Tickets on sale now, here.

I am so grateful to all of you for making this a wonderful year of Reckoning. Thank you for listening!


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Upcoming Shows
Saturday, March 1st * 10:30am-6:15pm
TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat”
watch live online
With Rosetta Trio and special guest Martha Redbone – we’ll be the “house band” for this sold out event!

Sunday, March 16th * 7 pm & 8:30 sets
Sundays@7 Series — Women’s History Month
Bohemian Caverns
2001 11th Street NW, Washington DC 20001 * (202) 209-0800
$20/$15 advance, here

Tuesday, March 18th * 7 pm
“Will Read and Sing for Food”
Kimball International Auditorium
1600 Royal Street, Jasper IN
$10 minimum (to benefit Community Food Bank)
Also featuring Scott
Saalman, Abbie Rumbach, Marc Steczyk, Billie and Buddy Hart, Kris Lasher and Ed Walston

Wednesday, March 19th
New Harmony IN

Thursday, March 20th
Private House Concert
St. Louis MO

Friday, March 21st * 8 pm
Café Paradiso
101 N. Main St., Fairfield, IA 52555 * (641) 472-0856 * $15/ $12 advance

Saturday, March 22nd * 7:30 pm
Progressive Voices Concert Series @ First Unitarian Church
1800 Bell Avenue, Des Moines IA * $20/$15 advance, here

Monday, March 24th * 6:30 pm
Moline Public Library
3210 41st St, Moline IL 61265

Tuesday, March 25th * 7 pm
Clinton Community College, Technology Center
1951 Manufacturing Drive, Clinton IA 52732

Friday, March 28th * 12 noon
Jackson Concert Series, Wesley Methodist Church, Wesley United Methodist Church
400 Iowa Ave, Muscatine IA 52761

Friday, March 28th * 2 pm
Muscatine Community College, 152 Colorado St., Muscatine, IA 52761

Friday, March 28th * 7pm (6:30 doors)
River Music Experience
129 Main Street, Davenport, IA 52801 * 563-326-1333 * $15
This show will also be recorded for later broadcast on Iowa Public Radio’s “Java Blend with Ben Kieffer”

Saturday, March 29th * 8 pm (doors 7:30 pm)
The Ark
316 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor MI * $15
Opening for Brian Vander Ark

Sunday, March 30th
Legion Arts/ CSPS Hall
1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids IA * 319.364.1580

Tuesday, April 1st * 7 pm
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg MO

Thursday, April 3rd * 7 pm
Reggie’s Live - Music Joint
2105 South State Street, Chicago IL * $10
Rachel Marie opens

Friday, April 4th
The Phoenix
1122 Broadway, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802 * (260) 387-6571

Saturday, April 5th * 8 pm (7:30 doors)
The Irving Theater
5505 E. Washington St., Indianapolis IN * $15/$12 advance, here
Briagha McTavish opens

Saturday, April 12th * 8 pm
Unison Arts Center
68 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, NY 12561 * 845-255-1559

Tuesday, May 20th * 7 pm
Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2
196 Allen Street, NY NY
$15 purchase here
Full band show!

Friday, May 30th * 7:30pm
Doors open @6:30pm for silent auction
A Benefit for Boys & Girls Club of Ellettsville
KRC Banquets & Catering
5660 West State Road 46, Bloomington, IN 47404 * (812) 935-6970 * $35 includes concert, light appetizers, glass of wine, silent auction

Saturday, May 31st * 8pm
Cincinnati OH

Sunday, June 1st * 8 pm
Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza and Live Music
5601 North High Street, Worthington OH * (614) 436-COAL

Thursday, June 12th * 8:30 pm
Sound It Out concert series
Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
58 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215 * 718-622-3300
Duos featuring Stephan Crump: one with me, one with Mary Halvorson as Secret Keeper

Reckoning Videos
“Reckoning” by Nathan James Leatherman

“Go Away” by Nathan James Leatherman

“Feed Your Baby” by Maria EugĂȘnia with Nick Matias

Jen Chapin’s Reckoning (Pledge Music video) by Kate Chumley

The Making of Insatiable by Rich Sullivan

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Robert Ross in Staten Island Friday, Manhattan Sunday March 2nd, Middletown NY March 16th

 Robert Ross wailing on slide at St. George Theatre on 12/7/13 with Queen Tipsy. Photo by Jeff Mason.

Robert Ross on Staten Island!
Robert Ross Duo @ Phunky Elephant 
Friday, February 21, 2014
Time: 9pm - 12am
Address: 1271 Bay St., Staten Island, NY 
Phone: 718-448-4282
Featuring: NY Blues Hall of Fame inductee George "More Or Less" Morales (drums & percussion); & two time NY Music Award winner & NY Blues Hall of Fame inductee Robert Ross on vocals, guitar, slide guitar & harmonica from 9pm to 12am. Outstanding food, great vibe, extraordinary music, and FREE Admission!!

The Robert Ross Band @ The Wayland
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Address: 700 E. 9th St (corner of Avenue C), NYC 10009
Phone: 212-777-7022
Time: 9:30pm to 11:30pm
This is a very cute little place in Alphabet Land so come on out and suppport us lest we go extinct like the dodo bird. Featuring: Angello “The Little Italian Pony” Olivieri on bass; George "More Or Less" Morales on drums; and two time NY Music Award winner & NY Blues Hall of Fame inductee Robert Ross on vocals, guitar & harmonica from 9:30pm to 11:30pm. Free Admission. Food. Bar. And a very dynamic and highly entertaining band. 

The Robert Ross Band @ Brian's Backyard BBQ
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Address: 1665 Route 211 East, Middletown, NY 10941
Phone: 845-692-3227 
Time: 4pm to 7:30pm
Featuring: two time NY Music Award winner & NY Blues Hall of Fame inductee Robert Ross on vocals, guitar & harmonica starting in the late afternoon from 4pm to 7:30pm. Free Admission??. Barbecue. Bar. Music crowd. And a very dynamic and highly entertaining band.

Featuring George Morales & Angello Olivieri
The Felix Cabrera / Robert Ross Band at BB King's Lucille's Lounge on 2/7/14.  "Everything Gonna Be Alright" a song widely known by Muddy Waters. This short clip highlights the guitar solo. Featuring: Felix Cabrera (harp & vocals), Angello Ovilieri (bass), George Morales (drums), and Robert Ross (guitar). Video by Tara Layne.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4npaJAgboc
The Felix Cabrera / Robert Ross Band at BB King's Lucille's Lounge on 2/7/14. "Ya Gotta Be In It to Win It" (aka "The Lottery Blues") is a Robert Ross original tune. Featuring: Felix Cabrera (harp), Angello Ovilieri (bass & vocals), George Morales (drums & vocals), and Robert Ross (guitar & vocals). Video by Tara Layne.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMvTuI05xjg-
The Felix Cabrera / Robert Ross Band at BB King's Lucille's Lounge on 2/7/14.  This short clip features the guitar solo on "I Got A Mind To Give Up Living" was made famous by The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Featuring: Felix Cabrera (harp & vocals), Angello Ovilieri (bass), George Morales (drums), and Robert Ross (guitar). Video by Tara Layne.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCS0war3Ehw&feature=youtu.be-
The Felix Cabrera / Robert Ross Band at BB King's Lucille's Lounge on 2/7/14. "Baby Please Don't Go" was written by Big Joe Williams. Featuring: Felix Cabrera (harp), Angello Ovilieri (bass), George Morales (drum), and Robert Ross (guitar & vocals). Video by Tara Layne. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unr6RzTphPw