Have you noticed that everyone you know has their birthday this week or next? Everyone. I bet you can name five people right now. It makes perfect sense when you think about it. The beginning of the Fall comes nine months after the beginning of the Winter. When it starts to get cold, people start to cuddle. Next thing you know, you got a ton of birthdays at the end of September and the beginning of October.
We’ve got two in the Emotional Wrecks: Wreckette Heather and Drum Wreck Gary. So, we are going to throw one big bash on Sunday night during our residency at the Santa Monica Bar & Grille. If you want to get in free, just bring one unwraped toy. It’s not for a charity, it’s just that Gary gets confused by the wrapping paper. (Insert your own drummer joke here.)
Our version of the Muppet’s Animal has been a highly talented, dependable, and instrumental force in this band for the past year or so. I want to show him my appreciation with an embarrassing insult-filled song about his age.
Heather, our resident philanthropist and marathon runner, is using her birthday as a means to raise $3000 to run the Nike Women’s Marathon benefiting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. (Donate at www.active.com/donate/tntgla/heatherfields or in person Sunday.) She generously put in many hours to make our show with the Violent Femmes as amazing an experience as I’ve ever had. And to show her my appreciation, I’ll play an embarrassing insult-filled song about her age.
We will also have our first guest artist – NYC’s incredible Bobby Syvarth. Saw him at the Hotel Cafe tonight. He’s recording in town for one week.
So come down to The Santa Monica Bar & Grille, 3321 Pico Blvd, just west of Centinela, at 8pm this Sunday, Sept 30. If it’s your birthday, I’ll play you… a really nice song. Plus you get cake.
If you’d also like a Ham Sandwich, come to The Mint, 6010 Pico Blvd, on Tuesday, Oct 2 at 10pm. I’ll be playing a song during in the intermission of Evan Stone’s Translucent Ham Sandwich Band’s spontaneous jazz film scoring. Come for the Hasidic juggler, the monk musicians, the beautiful belly dancer, the film noir magician, and the skating ham sandwich waitresses. It’s quite a show.
I’ll also be playing a song at Genghis Cohen, 740 N Fairfax, the same night, Oct 2nd, at 8pm. My extremely talented friend Shanti, previously a major label popstar, asked me to play a song during her solo acoustic debut. I think she just wants to display the difference between my songs and her talent. I hear there’s going to be a dance contest. I’ll show her.