Hello loves, back to making music after a bit of time in the tropical sunshine. I cannot express to you how beautiful it was to exert my energy on sourcing mangoes for an entire day and read underneath an umbrella. That is what life is about, no? Next Saturday Joel & I will be playing an acoustic set @ the Second Saturday Circle. Please visit our Facebook page if you’d like more details. If you’re unable to join in there will be a recording of this event to follow.
February 15th, 2013, over twenty four local, visual, vocal and musical artists gathered together at the Hacienda to promote their artistic works through the art of storytelling. What has now become the annual Folk Nite was a wildly successful event. The turnout was expansive and sometimes uncomfortable as we actually ran out of space to house our guests. This is both a brilliant and crucial realization that this community is growing in the Northern Chicago suburbs. Living outside of a metropolitan city for some artists can be stifling as well as inspiring. Spaciousness in physical surroundings outside of a city environment can bring worlds of inspiration, however having less accessibility to venues in which artists can promote their work and network amongst other artists can become a challenging aspect of living in a more remote area. Folk Nite is a cumulation of artistic endeavors between entertaining our friends and their friends alike to the study of our fellow artists as well as building a community of people who both create and appreciate artistic works. It is a welcoming environment for people to gather, build and share together. If you are interested in becoming a part of future Folk Nites or if you have a venue in mind that would be a accessible gem for such a gathering in the Northern Chicago suburbs you can get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org as well as visiting Folk Nites Facebook Page or The Hacienda Facebook Page.
We’re keeping busy over here writing and working on new music and have been putting together upcoming Spring shows (and of course eating delicious food at Lula Cafe) which we’re very excited about. We’ve had such warm reception over our new material that we cannot wait to play upcoming shows. In February you can join us and over twenty four other visual and musical artists at Folk Nite. Keep updated on upcoming shows by visiting our Facebook or Twitter pages.
Coming up on Febrary the fifteeth The Hacienda will be hosting Folk Nite, Storytellers Edition. We will be coming together to promote our art through storytelling, showcasing over twenty four local visual and musical artists. This a profit free event and all are welcome. Bring a bottle of wine and bake some of your Gram’s famous cookies to share. Show begins at 7pm, click here for more info.
I spent some time to myself wondering Summit County one afternoon finding places to occupy during the days coldest moments. I found Ole Man Berkins, the most wildly yet purposefully organized used bookstore I’ve ever explored. I ducked into a small cafe to read of the impending cold in the Daily News and had the coziest afternoon lunch at the impressionably charming Amazing Grace Natural Eatery . The unfortunate time that the proprietor of Amazing Grace had trying to get to me to realize they closed forty minutes earlier as I ate slowly in front of their wood burning stove. My apologies to the darlings at Amazing Grace, you really have created a space perfect strangers want to move into. We also extended an evening at the Breckenridge Ullr festival, a mythical Norse God of Snow. Which in all fairness, succeeded in creating a layer of snow the next morning – however skimped on the warmth and left the entire town without an ounce of skin exposed to the elements for the rest of the week. We never quite made it to the Breckenridge Distillery to taste their burbon as hoped, but I don’t doubt that I will have a chance to another time in the future.
We just returned from a beautiful, yet exceedingly cold escape to the Colorado mountains. Determined to spend our days outdoors we layered thick with jackets and anything warm within reach and spent our evenings indoors making meals with friends. The temperature never peaked above twenty degrees (or even close) though we continued to explore curiously around this place we hadn’t seen in years with people who were excited to show us their home and all of the things they love about it. Colorado is a great representation of the beauty in our country.
Scenes from a backwards Christmas holiday. Spent a lot of time sleeping away and reading in front of the fire as I was getting over being sick this past week. We jaunted to Detroit and back in a day and got to spend time with friends visiting for the season. Happy new things for all of you coming into a new year!