Another installment of music therapy at the Pavilion Foundation Hospital partial hospital drug & alcohol treatment program. It's very special to play for the patients & talk about recovery. Making it even more special, 16 years ago I was the director of the drug & alcohol & psychiatric programs at the Pavilion, before moving on to start my own practice. The practice is now a successful clinic, so I have more time to play music & provide music therapy!
A wonderful opportunity to open for Adam & Chris Carroll at the fantastic Sandwich Life House Concerts series. Thanks to Cynthia & Ernie!
The latest music therapy session for the patients at the Pavilion Foundation Hospital partial hospital drug & alcohol treatment program.
I'll be hosting, & also be one of the opening acts along with Graham Duncan, for a house concert featuring friends & Soona Songs label-mates Lisa Markley & Bruce Balmer!
Perhaps my most meaningful musical activity, playing for patients who are participating in partial hospitalization for drug & alcohol treatment. I'm happy to say that this will be a recurring gig!
One of my favorite events, the annual Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City. I'll be playing six Private Showcases ... plus, my song "Patterns of Blue" is included on the compilation CD & downloads to be distributed to all of the attendees! My showcase information is as follows:
Thu 2/15, 11:50 PM to 12:10 AM, Rm. 633
Pushing Chain Presents
Thu 2/15, 1:30 AM to 2:00 AM, Rm. 728
Fri 2/16, 10:30 PM to 11:25 PM (ITR), Rm. 627
Jim Patton/Sherry Brokus 3rd Coast
Fri 2/16 2:00 AM to 2:30 AM (ITR), Rm. 552
Access Film Music BLUE
Sat 2/17, 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM, Rm. 703
Even More LilFest
Sat 2/17, 11:00 PM to 11:30 PM (ITR), Rm. 651
I hope some old & new friends are able to stop by! I'll also see some of you at the Folk DJ Meet & Greet on Thu 2/15 from 3:45 PM to 5:15 PM ... I'll be wearing my DJ hat!
I get to play three songs LIVE on the Friday Jams segment on WCIA. Hosted by Alex Corradetti ... she's great & I sometimes appear on her other programs with one of my other hats on, talking about counseling & mental health issues. Tune in or check it out on illinoishomepage.net!
As part of the Boneyard Art Festival, WEFT will be hosting the art show "Chorus," & I will be the featured musician on the evening of Friday, April 7. The party will start at 6:00 PM & I will begin playing shortly afterward. Beginning at 8:00 PM, the music will be broadcast live on WEFT, on the Blues Live program, hosted by Bob Paleczny, for 30 to 45 minutes. It won't ALL be blues!
The station is located at 113 N. Market St. in downtown Champaign, please stop on by as part of your Boneyard travels. You may also tune in to WEFT at 90.1 FM, on the WEFT website at weft.org, or check out archived programs for up to two weeks at radiofreeamerica.com/station/weft.
I'll be participating in seven private showcases during the 2017 Folk Alliance International in Kansas City. If you are attending this wild & crazy five day music binge, please track me down! Showcase info:
Wednesday, February 15, KC Pushing Chain, Room 633 (Solo)
Thursday, February 16, 11:30 PM, 3rd Coast, Room 627 (Round with Caroline Spence & Chuck McDowell)
Friday, February 17, 11:30 PM, 3rd Coast, Room 627 (Round with Caroline Spence & Grant Peeples)
Friday, February 17, 2:30 AM (early Saturday), Access Film Music Blue, Room 552 (Round with Katie Anne Mitchell & Wyatt Brewer)
Saturday, February 18, 3:40 PM, KC Pushing Chain, Room 633 (Solo)
Saturday, February 18, 11:30 PM, 3rd Coast, Room 627 (Round with Jess Klein & Mary Battiata)
Saturday, February 18, 2:00 AM (early Sunday), Access Film Music Green, Room 629 (Solo)
Also, in my role as a Folk DJ, I'll be attending the Folk DJ Reception, a chance for DJ's & musicians to meet & exchange cards, information & music! Please come & lets get to know one another ... or, if we're already friends, have a chance to catch up. This will take place on Friday, February 17, from 4:00 to 5:30 PM in the Century C Ballroom.
I get to be the host & perform a few songs at the Singer-Songwriter Showcase in the performance room of Pizza M as part of the 2016 Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival. Sharing the stage will be Graham Duncan, Marilyn Duncan & Whitney Bembenek!
Another famous open mike, this time at the Cafe International on Haight & Fillmore in San Francisco, my home away from home ...
On Sunday, September 25, I will get to be one of the opening acts (along with Jeff Arigo, John Coppess & Gloria Roubal) for Plainsong, the legendary group featuring Iain Matthews & Andy Roberts! The show will start at 5:00 PM & last until 9:30 & will take place at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center (UCIMC) at 202 S. Broadway in Urbana (in the old post office building). It's gonna be pretty exciting, & quite an honor, opening for these guys!
I'll have the Tennessee edition of my CD Release Concert for Patterns of Blue at the beautiful Soona Songs studio located in the lovely home of the Soona Songs label CEO & CFO, Marilyn & Bill Duncan. Always gourmet food prepared by Marilyn too, with a friendly crowd & lively conversation before & after the show.
I'll be performing live on the radio on the WETS program Studio One, from Johnson City, TN, & hosted by Dave Carter. I'll be playing songs from the new CD, along with some old faves, plus chatting it up with Dave. The show is from 1:00 to 2:00 PM & can be listened to at 89.5 FM, as well as online at wets.org.
A fantastic full day of art & music at the UCIMC to help promote the Fall fundraising campaign for WEFT. I will be sharing the bill with a number of other musicians, including: The Jed Adam Band, Geoff Beran & the Mystery Van, Isaac Arms, King of the Coast, Justin Rondon, Paul & Gloria, NTR Prodity, CJ Run, Tyler Kimble, John Coppess, Mark Laughlin, Anne Clements & more! Starting at 1:00 PM & lasting until 9:00 PM at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center (UCIMC), 202 S. Broadway Ave., Urbana, IL 61801.
Once again, support your community radio station!
This SOUNDhouse concert is a CD release party for my new CD, Patterns of Blue, on the Soona Songs label. It is also a WEFT fundraiser & a slightly belated 60th birthday party! There will be special guest musicians, including Soona Songs artists Graham Duncan & Marilyn Duncan, as well as my wife, Sandra Ahten. It will take place on Saturday, August 13, 2016, from 7:00 to 10:00 PM, at the home of Mark & Vicki Niswander, 104 Woodcreek Ct., Mahomet, IL 61853
Join in the festivities with lots of great live music & food! Support your community radio station!
Catch a live performance on WEFT Sessions from 10:00 to 11:00 PM on Monday, August 1, 2016! I'll be playing selections from the new Soona Songs CD, Patterns of Blue, plus some old favorites. You can listen to WEFT on 90.1 FM, as well as weft.org (in real time), & on radiofreeamerica.com/station/weft, archived until August 15. Support WEFT!
I’ll be performing in Austin, TX, at Jim Patton and Sherry Brokus’ NotSXSW, an unofficial SXSW event! Much thanks to Jim & Sherry for the invitation to be included with such an impressive line-up ... I'm really honored to be a part of it!
Here are the still tentative schedules for March 19 & 20:
NotSXSW Incomplete & Unofficial Guide
Thursday March 19
G&S Music Room
2420 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
11am Bianca De Leon
11:30 Worn Out Soles
Noon Brian Kalinec
12:30 Kevin Elliott
1pm John Cronin
1:30 Patterson Barrett
2pm Bill Kirchen
2:30 John Lilly
3pm Jeff Talmadge
3:30 Mary Battiata
4:30 Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus
5pm Ray Bonneville
5:30 Michael Fracasso
6pm The Flyiin' A's
6:30 Owen Temple
7pm Mare Wakefield
7:30 Mark Ambrose
8pm The Better Halves
8:30 Marina Rocks
9pm Mark Viator & Susan Maxey
9:30 Craig Marshall
Friday March 20
4101 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78751
2pm The Flyin' A's
3pm Danny Britt
3:30 Tish Hinojosa
4pm Grace Pettis
4:30 Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus
5pm Rex Foster
5:30 John Cronin
6pm John Lilly
6:30 Mary Battiata
7pm Jeff Talmadge
7:30 Kevin Elliott
8pm Danny Santos
8:30 Brodie Kinder
9pm Joel McColl
9:30 Mark Viator & Susan Maxey
Austin friends, I hope to see you! Anyone else ... road trip?
Private Showcases (Note – Evening performances extend into the wee hours, so those early morning are officially the next day’s date, but are listed under the date for that particular evening … make sense?)
9:00 PM – Soona Songs Room, Suite 704
11:30 PM – The Old Home Place Room, Suite 639
1:00 AM – Soona Songs Room, Suite 639
12:30 AM – 3rd Coast Room, Suite 630
1:30 AM – Soona Songs Room, Suite 704
1:30 AM – Soona Songs Room, Suite 704
The Westin, Crown Centre, 1 E. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, MO 64108