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Last Shows Of The Summer (mostly free, too)

Hey gang,

Just wanted to drop a line about some shows coming up over this weekend and next which will close the official summer season for us.

Tonight (Friday) Colorway will be playing a long night of music at Manhattan Pizza right in the heart of downtown Burlington, VT (at 167 Main St). The show is totally free and we’ll play two long sets beginning at 10pm until around 1am. 

Manhattan is a very laid back place with amazing pizza (but, of course) and the elusive and exclusive (to Burlington) Heady Topper behind the bar. Word has it there will be a steinhoist tonight at 9pm. So if you got the muscle and want to win something (not sure what, really) come on down early and show off what you got. Anyone with peeps in the Burlington area we’d love it if you could forward this email or invite them via our Facebook Event Page here. Thanks so much!! 

Tomorrow (Saturday) we’ll be returning to one of our favorite places to play in the area: Luthier’s Co-op on Cottage St in Easthampton, MA to play a full set of tunes starting at 9:30.

This very cool night starts out at 7pm with some amazing fingerstyle guitar courtesy of Caleb Wetherbee. If you’ve not seen Caleb before make sure you get there early. He is mind-blowingly good and definitely worth a listen. Check out his rendition of the “Stars and Stripes Forever (arranged by Guy Van Duser).

 Larry Dulong and Random Sighting play at 8pm and they will surely bring some good, rootsy tunes to the stage. 

Colorway will play at 9:30 and may throw a tune or two in from our Stevie Ray Vaughan set from this past year’s Transperformance. You can check out just a quick minute of that show here. (and while you’re at that video, why not follow us on Instagram). 

This will be Colorway’s last local show for a while so come on out and take it all in while you can.

Finally, next Friday, September 22 I’ll be doing a solo set opening up for The Mal Thursday Quintet at the 13th Floor Music Lounge right in downtown Florence, MA. I’ll play a solo set at 9pm followed by Ray Mason at 10pm and then Mal and his cohorts take over for the rest of the night. Special guest will include Amy Sullivan and Liv Damage (of the Immolators). I’ll also be getting up a couple of times to join Mal and band for a tune.

Thanks to all the new fans we’ve met over the past month. We had a blast last weekend at our friend Jeff and Sharon’s party in Salem, NH and at Mine Oyster in Boothbay Harbor, ME. Got to play nearly all of our catalog of tunes and it was great to stretch out a bit and explore. Great to meet some new peeps and make some new fans. We love that you took the time to check out what we do, sign up on the mailing list and support independent music. We can’t do this without you so thanks for making this journey an exciting and vibrant one. Please forward this email to anyone you think might enjoy what we do. They can listen to both of our albums completely free over here on our Bandcamp page. 

BTW, there are some new pics from our good friend (and exceptional photographer) Julian Parker-Burns up on the website from both the Transperformance as well as our set at the Calvin Theater when we opened for The Kenny Wayne Shepherd band. You can check them out here.  and see a video of our song “I’m Still Running” right here.  

Well, thats about it for now. We’ll have some exciting news to tell you about next month regarding our next album. Really looking forward to sharing our new music with you all in the new year. But more on that soon enough. We have some rock and roll still to make in 2017. 

Let’s do it together. 

Thanks so much for supporting original, independent music and we’ll see you at the shows.

Rock on,


All the deetz:

Friday, September 15, Colorway Performs at Manhattan Pizza, Burlington, VT

Come pizza party with us as we head back up north for an all-nighter in the heart of downtown Burlington.

When: Friday, 9/15
WhereManhattan Pizza
167 Main St
Burlington, VT 05401
Manhattan on FB
Phone: (802) 658-6776
What time: 10pm-1am
No cover!
Join the Facebook Event Page here.

Saturday, September 16, Colorway Performs at Luthier’s Co-op, Easthampton, MA

Come join us as we play one of the best rooms for live music in the valley.  Early and free!

When: Saturday, 9/16
Where: Luthier’s Co-op
108 Cottage St
Easthampton, MA
What  time: 9:30-11pm
Phone: (413) 527-6627
How Much: Free (tips appreciated)

Join the Facebook Event Page here!

Other acts on the bill:

7pm Caleb Wetherbee (amazing solo fingerstyle guitar)
8pm Larry Dulong and Random Sighting (great singer-songwriter with full band)

Friday, September 22, Alex Performs Solo Opening for The Mal Thursday Quintet, 13th Floor Music Lounge, Florence, MA

All the way from Austin, TX, The Mal Thursday Quintet returns for an evening of old school rock n’ roll for your listening and dancing pleasure. With special guests Ray Mason and F. Alex Johnson, who will open the show with solo sets, then join the Quintet for a number or two. Also making guest appearances are Amy Sullivan (as the Nancy Sinatra to Mal’s Lee Hazelwood on “Some Velvet Morning”) and Liv Damage of The Immolators, plus even more surprise guests to be announced. The evening will be recorded by RoboSound for a live album.

When: Friday, September 22
Where: 13th Floor Music Lounge
99 Main St (above JJ’s Tavern)
Florence, MA 01062
Phone: (413) 586-5705
What time: 9pm-1am

Join the Facebook Event Page here!

Here’s a great piece by Ken Maiuri from the Daily Hampshire Gazette from the last time the MTQ was in town. Gonna be a fun night!

Food Trucks, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Stevie Ray Vaughan! So Much Music!

Hi all,

Just a quick update on this next few days worth of shows.

Today, Saturday, August 19, I’ll be doing a solo set from 1:30-3pm at Look Park in Florence for the 1st Annual Look Park Food Truck Festival.

More info below and here.  in their Facebook event page. Scott Lawson Pomeroy plays a solo set noon to 1pm and after me it’s Galvanizer, a great band featuring John CabĂĄn on guitar, Donny Hayward on drums and the esteemed drumming of J.J. O’Connell. 

There will be food trucks from all over the region for your eating pleasure. It’s free to get in, though there is a $9 park entry fee. If you bike or walk in it’s absolutely gratis. Hope to see you there.

Later today (Saturday) you can catch Colorway perform a set at the Calvin Theater in Northampton at 8pm (sharp) opening for the amazing blues rock guitarist, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and his band. Kenny’s main axe is a 1961 Fender Stratocaster that he got as a teen. Guess who else got a 1961 Stratocaster as a teen and will be bringing it down to play today? That’s right, me. 🙂 So come on out and catch the band on the big stage with the big sound. It’s gonna be awesome, I promise. 

Tickets are still available for this show by going here. 


Tomorrow, Sunday, 8/20 I’ll be heading to central mass to the town of Fiskdale (Sturbridge) to play a duo show with Scott Hall at the Homefield Kitchen and Brewery. We call ourselves Two Man Guy. I play guitar and Scotty plays piano. We both sing but neither of us dance. Come on out, have some great food and beer and/or soft drinks and chill with the both of us. 


Finally, to close out an amazing August, Transperformance 27 is upon us this coming Tuesday, August 22.

Come on out and celebrate the unofficial (early) crescendo of summer with over twenty bands transperforming as dearly departed rockers in Transperformance 27: Rock and Roll Heaven Revisited. 

I’ll be playing in four acts this year. I’m on early with Dan Daniels as Guy Clark. Then around 8pm I’ll be joining the Winterpills as they salute Sir George Harrison. Following that I’m in with Scott Lawson Pomeroy/Zip Cody as he tackles the rock and roll giant, Ronnie James Dio. Finally, Colorway will be breaking out the boogie woogie and shaking off the blues as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. The amazing keyboardist, Jon Carroll and saxophonist, Chris Gentes will be joining the band for this special 10 minute set. 

You can read more about all these shows below.

Thanks for being part of our world. We can’t wait to make music for you. The world needs it now more than ever. 

Rock on,


All the deetz:

Sat, August 19, Alex Performs At The Look Park Food Truck Festival, Florence, MA

Come on down to Look Park on Saturday, August 19 from 12-6pm to enjoy street eats from all over the Pioneer Valley and beyond.

Whether you’re looking for a great way to spend an afternoon or a food lover eager to taste the best food trucks & carts in the Valley, the Look Park Food Truck Festival is one event that offers something for everyone!

When: Saturday, August 19
Where: Look Park
300 N Main St
Florence, MA, 01062
What Time: the fest runs 12-6pm
How much: parking fee is $9 but walk-ins and bikes get in free!
Family friendly!!

Find out who’s coming and join the Facebook Event Page here!

Saturday, August 19, Colorway Performs at The Calvin Theater in Northampton, Mass Opening For Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

When: Saturday, August 19
Where: The Calvin Theater
19 King St, Northampton, MA
Phone: (413) 586-8686
Time: 8:00pm

Tickets and more info available here

Sunday, August 20, Two Man Guy (Scott Hall and Alex Johnson) Perform at Homefield Kitchen and Brewery, Sturbridge, MA (Early Show 3-6pm)

Come on out to the great land of Sturbridge, Mass (just outside of Worcester) and hang out with Alex and Scott. They’ll be performing Colorway, Drunk Stuntmen, Glen Campbell and their own solo tunes. Great farm to table food and craft brewed beer available. 

When: Sunday, 8/20
Where: Homefield Kitchen and Brewery
3 Arnold Rd
Fiskdale, MA
What Time: 3-6pm
How Much: Free!!
All Ages!

Join the Facebook Event here!

Check out Homefield on Facebook here!

Tuesday, August 22, Colorway Performs at The 27th Annual Transperformance as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

Save the date for Transperformance 27: Rock and Roll Heaven Revisited on Tuesday, August 22nd from 4:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Join us as we celebrate 27 years of sailing into the summer sunset with everyone’s favorite end of summer event.

What is Transperformance?
For 26 years Transperformance has been entertaining crowds of thousands while raising money for arts enrichment programs in Northampton public schools. Every year the event is held on a Tuesday in late August and sells out the Pines Theater at Look Park in Florence.

The original concept for Transperformance was for local bands to take on a persona of another established nationally recognized act and perform or “Transperform” their bands’ style. The acts that are chosen are done thematically, such as Transperformance 22 “Food Groups” (Heather Maloney as Amy Winehouse) or Transperformance 24 “Off the Map” (Colorway as Boston) or Transperformance 23 “Beyond Bob” (Rusty Belle as Bob Dylan). 

This year Alex will dust off the 1961 Strat and flip that pickup switch way up to the neck position as he and Colorway take on Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. 

Alex will also be playing with Dan Daniels as Guy Clark and Zip Cody as Ronnie James Dio. All times TBA

When: Tuesday, August 22
Where: Look Park
300 N Main St
Florence, MA, 01062
What time: 4-9:30pm
All ages!!
Bring a blanket, some chairs and some food (there will be some food available)
Join the Facebook Event Page here!

Full lineup:
4:05 – 4:15 Northampton Community Music Center Summer Rock Band Camp
4:20 – 4:30 Golden Bird as Sonny & Cher
4:35 – 4:45 Dan Daniels as Guy Clark
4:50 – 5:00 Florence Community Band as Ray Charles
5:05 – 5:15 Donut Kings as Screaming Lord Sutch
5:20 – 5:30 Jerks on the Loose as The Roches
5:35 – 5:45 Glad Machine as Stone Temple Pilots
5:50 – 6:00 Jon Carroll & BraveSoul as Robert Palmer
6:05 – 6:15 Appalachian Still as J. Geils Band
6:20 – 6:30 Tag Sale Jr. as Ramones
6:35 – 6:45 And The Neighbors with Fancy Trash as Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash
6:50 – 7:00 Family Davis Jr. as Amy Winehouse
7:05 – 7:15 The Mary Jane Jones as Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
7:20 – 7:30 Miranda Brown as Townes Van Zandt
7:35 – 7:45 Mikey Sweet as Leonard Cohen
7:50 – 8:00 Lonesome Brothers as Merle Haggard
8:05 – 8:15 Winterpills as George Harrison
8:20 – 8:30 Zip Cody as Ronnie James Dio
8:35 – 8:45 Colorway as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
8:50 – 9:00 Soul Magnets as Earth, Wind & Fire
9:05 – 9:15 King Radio as The Zombies
9:20 – 9:30 Workman Song as Nirvana
9:30 – 9:40 Outer Stylie as Soundgarden

July! Come back!! Amherst Downtown/Jeff Fest (original lineup) plus Drunk Stuntmen and Co Memorial Show For J. Scott “Bow Bow” Brandon

Hi gang,

Wanted to put the word out on some big shows happening over the next couple of weeks beginning today.

This afternoon, Thursday, July 27, the original Colorway lineup featuring Dave Hayes on bass and vocals and J.J. O’Connell on drums and vocals (featured on both studio albums) will be playing a show in downtown Amherst at the Masonic Lodge. The lodge is located on Main St in Amherst between the Black Sheep Cafe and the police station (on that side of the street). It’s free, all ages, and should be a lot of fun. All the details are below. 

Opening the show will be Court Etiquette, one of the best new bands to come out of the Pioneer Valley in a long time. Check their single “Above Me” out right here and like them on Facebook here. 

It all begins at 5:30 with an hour long set from Court Etiquette. Then, Colorway v1.0 will hit around 6:45 and play until 8pm. 

Next Saturday, August 5 don’t miss Jeff Fest. This multi-band/performer bill is in its second year and celebrates the life of Jeff Martell who was a prominent figure in the valley’s music scene until his tragic passing last year. All proceeds benefit the Jeff Martell Scholarship Fund at Greenfield Community College. 

And finally, on Sunday, August 6 some of the finest musicians in the area will be assembled at the Iron Horse Music Hall to celebrate the life of J. Scott “Bow Bow” Brandon, bassist/trumpeter for Drunk Stuntmen, Broker, and many other valley groups. He passed far too young at the age of 44 this past June. 

This will be a Drunk Stuntmen reunion of sorts. The band sees the first collaboration of Steve, Terry, Scott, Alex, J.J. and Dave Durst in 10 years for a closing set of Drunk Stuntmen songs featuring bass playing by Dave Hayes, Ray Mason, Steve Sanderson, Miranda Brown and Bow’s brother, Adam Brandon. Other acts on the bill include Scott Levesque, Mark Mulcahy, Rob Skelton, Dave Hayes, Zip Cody, Lesa Bezo, Henning Olenbusch and Kay McKinstry. 

That’s it for now, gang. I wish there were two less memorial shows, if you know what I mean. But I’m proud to be included in both of them and I hope to see you there. 

Remember folks, music connects us all. It can heal and revive. It helps join people from all walks of life from one end of the globe to the other. 

It’s what we do. It’s what I’ve done for as long as I can remember. And it’s what the world needs right now more than ever before.

Please forward this email along to anyone who you think could benefit from the power of the music we make. 

Much love and appreciation,


PS: This is always a sad time for me to say goodbye to my favorite month: July. You can listen to the song I wrote about it here and watch the video produced by Tom Adams and Reelife Productions  right here. 


All the deets:

Thursday, July 27, Colorway Performs At The Amherst Masonic Lodge “Downtown Beats” Summer Concert Series, Amherst, MA w/ Court Etiquette

Grab some dinner hang out and listen to two great bands in downtown Amherst. Presented by the Amherst Business Improvement District this series has grown and taken on a life of its own. Court Etiquette is one of the areas newest bands, Their sound is reminiscent of old school NYC bands (Lou Reed/Television) and have been cutting their teeth opening up for a few great bands at the Iron Horse. Check their single “Above Me” out right here and like them on Facebook here. 

Summer is the best. Let’s all hang and enjoy it together!

See the whole summer lineup for the series here!

When: Thursday, 7/27
Where: Amherst Masonic Lodge
99 Main St
Amherst, MA
Phone: 413 345 2945
What time: 
Court Etiquette: 5:30-6:30
Colorway: 6:45-8pm
All ages!

Check out the Amherst BID page here for more.

Special note: This show will feature the original lineup of Colorway featuring Dave Hayes on bass and J.J. O’Connell on drums. Not to be missed!

Saturday, August 5, Colorway (original lineup featuring J.J. O’Connell and Dave Hayes) Performs at Jeff Fest, Pines Theater, Look Park

Celebrating the life, & spirit of Jeff Martell

A fundraiser for The Jeff Martell Scholarship Fund (at Greenfield Community College)

$15 suggested donation at the gate (Kids 12 & under are free)
5:00pm – 10:00PM Gates Open at 4:00 PM.

Facebook Event Page Here

Bring low backed lawn chairs and picnic blankets, seating is on the lawn. Food Vendors will be on hand. More info soon

Interweaving the Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers Experience
Original lineup with Alex Johnson, Dave Hayes, JJ O’Connell
More TBA Soon

Rain or Shine at
in the event of rain the event will be in

300 N Main St
Florence, MA 01062
(413) 584-5457

Sunday, August 6, Alex Johnson Performs at The J Scott “Bow Bow” Brandon Memorial Show, Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA

Friends and Family celebrate the life of bassist and trumpet player of the undeniable local hero band through songs poems and stories. All Proceeds from this show to go to a fund yet to be created by the Northampton Arts Council to fund working touring musicians. Performers scheduled to appear: Scott Levesque, Mark Mulcahy, Rob Skelton, Dave Hayes, Zip Cody, Lesa Bezo, Henning Olenbusch, F. Alex Johnson, Terry Flood, Soft Rock Scott Hall, Dave Durst, Kay McKinstry, Stuntman Steve Sanderson.

Join the Facebook Event Page here!   

Who: Alex Johnson, Drunk Stuntmen and Various Artists
When: Sun, 8/6
Where: The Iron Horse Music Hall
20 Center St
Northampton, MA
What time: 7pm show
All Ages!
How much: $13 adv
Purchase advance tickets here. This show is likely to sell out.

Remember, the new album is available at on CD and 180gram vinyl, as well as at for the digital download. And to celebrate a year of The Black Sky Sequined, through the month of May everything in the store is 20% off. But you can also pick it up an any one of these great Valley establishments. Support your local musician and support you local music store.

Turn it Up
5 Pleasant St
Northampton, MA

Platterpus Records
28 Cottage St
Easthampton, MA

Cup and Top Cafe (CD only)
1 North Maple St
Florence, MA

Electric Eye Records
52 Main St Suite 6
Florence, MA

Mystery Train Records
178A North Pleasant St
Amherst, MA

“No music, no life.”