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Colorway Goes Yard!

Hey gang,

Some fun shows coming up this month, including a set tomorrow night, Wednesday, November 1, opening for legendary rockers, The Yardbirds!

We opened for these guys two years ago when the new lineup was actually new. But that was a long time ago and we are excited to be playing a bunch of tunes in this set which will be on our next album! 
The current lineup of the Yardbirds features original drummer and founding member, Jim McCarty along with ace guitarist, Johnny A, bassist extraordinaire, Kenny Aaronson, singer/harpist/percussionist Myke Scavone and guitarist/singer John Idan. There are still a few tickets to the show left but they’re going fast. We can’t wait to put it all out there at 7pm sharp! So if you want to catch Colorway definitely make sure you get there early (doors/dinner at 5:30). 

This coming Saturday, Nov 4 I’ll be doing a set of solo stuff at Healy Guitars in the Eastworks building in Easthampton, MA as part of their open studios. There are a ton of performers over two days. Check the details below for the full schedule but I’ll play from 1pm to 2pm. Trevor Healy is an amazing luthier and is where I take all my guitars for repair. He has a great line of axes he makes in house. Definitely a fun place to go, poke around and take in the sawdust. 

As many of you know I host the open mic night at Brew Practitioners in downtown Florence on Wednesday nights from 7-10pm. Well, on Wednesday, November 8 there will be a special addition to the event. From 5-7pm come on out for a “group sing” featuring me on guitar and you on vocals. No musical experience necessary, just a love of good times and an appreciation of music in general. There will be lyric sheets passed out and the event is open to all. This is funded in part by the Northampton Arts Council and Senior Services. We’ll have the open mic right after the group sing. I’ve done this before and it was a great time!

Thursday, November 16 sees our return to Whetstone Station in Brattleboro, VT. We’ve played Whetstone twice now and it is always a great time. Have some ribs, a burger or a delicious salad and some craft beers or seltzers and hang out. The show is free and all ages. We will play one, mammoth two hour set beginning at 8:30pm. 

On Sunday, November 19 I‘ll be playing guitar with the Young at Heart Chorus for their annual mash-up at the Academy of Music. You can find more info on that show right here. 

That should just about close out November for me and the band. We can’t wait to get into the studio next month. We’ll be working with Danny Bernini on the upcoming album will be recording at Spirithouse Studios right here in Northampton. Check in with us on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

Thanks for being along for this crazy ride. We couldn’t do it without you, the fans. And if you wanted to help out the cause we’d love it if you could share this email/blog/update with folks who might not know who we are yet. That would be so cool. 

Stay warm everyone, and Happy Halloween!!!


All the deetz:

Wednesday, November 1, Colorway opens for The Yardbirds, Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton.

Colorway opens for legendary rockers, The Yardbirds (featuring drummer and founding member, Jim McCarty, Johnny A (guitar), singer/harpist/percussionist Myke Scavone, guitarist/singer John Idan and the amazing Kenny Aaronson on bass.

When: Wednesday, 11/1
Where: Iron Horse Music Hall
20 Center St, Northampton, MA 01060
413) 586-8686
Tickets and more info here.
What time: doors at 5:30; show starts at 7pm. Colorway plays 30 minute set.
Full dinner menu available.
This is an all-ages event!!

From the IHEG site:

To the casual music fan, The Yardbirds are best known as the band that honed the skills of future “guitar gods” Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page; and for their slew of chart hits, including “For Your Love,” “Heart Full of Soul”, “I’m A Man”, and “Over Under Sideways Down”. Led by core members and songwriters Jim McCarty (drums), Chris Dreja (rhythm guitar/bass) and the late Keith Relf (vocals/harmonica), the band’s experimental explorations also provided the crucial link between British R&B, Psychedelic Rock, and Heavy Metal, while pioneering the use of innovations like fuzz tone, feedback and distortion.  In 2015, Jim McCarty debuted the new touring line-up of The Yardbirds, consisting of lead guitarist Johnny A, bassist Kenny Aaronson, singer / harpist / percussionist Myke Scavone, and guitarist / singer John Idan to rave reviews. As Goldmine Magazine stated, “the band’s hallmark of top-notch musicianship remains. There are no passengers in this band.”

Alex Johnson Performs at Healy Guitars (solo show), Easthampton, MA (early)

Healy Guitars will open it’s doors again during Eastworks Open Studios on Novemeber 4th and 5th, 2017. We’ll have some recently completed instruments for people to check out and music throughout both days, featuring customers, clients and friends of the shop. Tell your friends and share the event!

When: Saturday, November 4
Where: Healy Guitars
116 Pleasant St (suite 59)
Easthampton, MA
Directions: When visiting the shop you should Park at the Eastworks WEST Entrance, where Riff’s Joint is now located(the far Right side of the building when facing the front). After entering the Front Door of Eastworks, take the staircase directly to the Right down to the BASEMENT level. Take a Right out of the staircase, then another Right up a small ramp to my green door. If necessary, there is also elevator access straight ahead and slightly to the right from the entrance. It is incredibly slow. Take the elevator down to the basement level and take a left. The shop will be straight ahead up the ramp.
What time: Alex will play from 1-2pm (schedule below)
Free and kid friendly!!

Schedule of Performers: 
10am- In The Nick of Time -music for kids!
11am- Amber Belle
12pm- Josh Hirst & Co.
1pm-Alex Johnson of Colorway
2pm- Kimaya Diggs Music 
3pm- Eli Catlin
4pm- Dead Collective

12pm- The Sypek Brothers
1pm- Dez Roy
2pm- Zachary Trojano
3pm- Jon Carroll and friends
4pm- Vic Rawlings and Tony Pasquarosa

 Check out and join the Facebook Event Page here!

Thursday, November 16, Colorway Performs at Whetstone Station, Brattleboro, VT

Colorway is excited to return to one of Brattleboro’s best places to see live music, Whetstone Station. The venue is located right off of downtown and right on the banks of the Connecticut River. Don’t miss this very special performance. Whetstone Station has amazing food, craft beers, a full bar and so much more. 

When: Thursday, 11/16
Where: Whetstone Station
36 Bridge St
Brattleboro, VT
Whetstone on Facebook
Phone: (802) 490-2354
Time: 8:30pm
Cost: Free
All Ages!

See their full lineup of music right here.

Full menu here.


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 Cabån 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