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Marching on!

 

Hey everybody!

Happy Snow Day to those of you who are in the part of the country that is currently getting walloped (as my grandfather would say) by the storm the Weather Channel™ is calling “Stella.”

Enjoy the above video from our good friends, The Fawns. It’s their tune, “Snow Day” and it’s a tradition that Jodi started a while back to play on days just like today. 

Keeping with a local theme, if you are in the Pioneer Valley and want a take on the weather that is intuitive, informative and refreshing make sure to check out Dave Hayes The Weather Nut. Dave, as many of you know, was Colorway’s original bassist and appears on both of our albums. He’s carved out quite a niche for himself (even being voted #1 in the Valley Advocate reader’s poll for best local meteorologist). Myself and tens of thousands (that’s right) of other valley residents count on him for up-to-the-minute takes on Mother Nature’s plans. And even if you aren’t a local I think you’d enjoy his fervor for weather. 

Figured today is as good a time as any to update you on the rest of this lovely month of Smarch. 😉

On Friday (St Patrick’s Day, even) we will be heading back down to NYC again. This time we’ll be stopping in a new place in a new part of town. Shrine World Music Venue is the name of this amazing Harlem club. Our buddies in Shokazoba play there on a regular basis and we’ve heard nothing but great reviews of how they treat their bands and just the general vibe of the place and the area. We play at 9pm and the show is absolutely free!. Details and directions on all the shows mentioned below (or jump to our shows page here).  You can join our Facebook Event Page here. If you can’t make it but know somebody who would enjoy what we do please pass it along or invite them yourself.

Two days later, on Sunday, 3/19 I’ll be playing a solo show at Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton. I’ve played there a bunch of times now and it’s always fun. They brew amazing beer on the premises and are a great addition to Easthampton’s vibrant business community. I play from 3-6pm. It’s absolutely free (again) and all ages! Here’s the Facebook Event Page for that. 

Next Friday, March 24 is a big show for us. We will be competing in the second annual Valley Music Showcase at New City Brewery in Easthampton. We will be among five bands in this bi-monthly showcase who get to give it their all on stage in hopes for fame and glory. 1st & 2nd place finishers of each showcase will receive gift certificates and cash prizes. The winners are invited back as the headline band for the next month’s showcase. If we win this round we will move on to the “Crème de la Creme Playoffs” to be held at the end of the 2016-2017 season. The playoff winner earns $500 cash, a gig at the BIG E, & two full days free recording time at Northfire Studios in Amherst, MA. The 2nd place overall finisher will earn one free recording day. You can join our official Facebook Event Page here. 

Part of the judging is based on audience reaction so we could really use your support for this one. It’s only $5 to get in and see six bands!!

I haven’t competed in a battle of the bands in a while. That said, I’ll never forget that time in 1985 when my band, Atria came in second only to Tina and Toni Allard (or the “T-N-T Sisters”) at the Fall River Police Athletic League’s annual talent show.

 

See, you can tell I’m the guitar player because I’m holding my guitar. And you can tell I love my hair because I am presenting it to the public with a sly cock of my head. Oh, and yes, I still have that trophy and that sleeveless shirt (and I might wear it on 3/24). 🙂

Moving on to the end of the month, on Thursday, 3/30 we will be closing out March with another FREE show at Whetstone Station Brewery and Restaurant in beautiful Brattleboro, VT. This is yet another all ages show and we’re really looking forward to coming back to Whetstone to play . . . and to enjoy some amazing food. We will play for a couple of hours starting at 8:30pm so come on down, have some grub and hang out with me and Matt and Riley for a couple of hours. 

Well, that’s it for now, gang. I hope you all fare well in the snow if you are in that part of the country (or world) where it’s coming down like crazy. It’ll be spring before you know it and the flowers will be blooming. We have a lot of great shows coming up this year. You can see more about all of them right here and check out vids, pics and more anytime, anywhere. 

And when you do see us next we promise to kick out some of the new material we’ve been working on. We’re really proud of it and can’t wait to share it with you.

Hope to see you at the shows!

Rock on,

~FAJ

All the deets:

 

Friday, March 17, Colorway Performs at Shrine World Music Venue, New York City

Happy to bring our music to a new part of The City. Come on out (on St Patrick’s Day even) to this great venue for all types of music from here, there and everywhere. 

When: Friday, 3/17
Where: Shrine World Music Venue
2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd 
New York, NY 10030 (Harlem, just below 134th St )
Directions
Find them on Facebook
Phone: (212) 690-7807
What time: 9-10pm
How much: No cover! (tips appreciated)
Full bar and menu available. Check out their amazing food offerings here. 

Subway directions:
Shrine is located on the east side of Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard (7th Avenue), just below 134th Street.
It is easily accessible from two subway lines. From the B & C train, exit at the 135th Street station and walk east,
away from the park, one short block across Frederick Douglas Boulevard and one normal block to Adam Clayton
Powell Boulevard. From the 2 or 3 train, exit at the 135th Street station and walk west, away from the hospital,
one block to Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard. Various buses also run along St Nicholas Avenue and Malcolm X
Boulevard (Lenox Avenue). The M2 bus runs from the East Village and stops right in front of Shrine’s door.

Sunday, March 19, Alex Performs At Fort Hill Brewery, Easthampton, MA (solo show) 

When: Sunday, March 19.
Where: Fort Hill Brewery
30 Fort Hill Rd, Easthampton, MA
Directions here
Fort Hill on Facebook
Phone: (413) 203-5754
What time: 3-6pm
Cost: FREE!! (tips appreciated)
This event is all ages!

Independent Music Award winner and Colorway guitarist, F Alex Johnson is back at one of the most unique places to see live music in the area: Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton, Mass. On Sunday, March 19 at 3pm come see Alex perform two sets of songs from his twenty five years of making music in the valley from atop Fort Hill’s intimate corner stage. 

Since it’s inception in 2014 Fort Hill has carved out a niche for themselves hosting local legends like Ray Mason, Bruce Korona and Wildcat O’Halloran on a regular basis early and free (and all ages) every week. Alex has become a bit of a staple at the brewery over the past two years where he is fond of imbibing some of the nation’s top rated tap water while playing to both beer aficionados and the under 21 crowd alike. 

Fort Hill Brewery is one of the areas best new places for fresh, craft beer made on premises. 

From their website: Our goal is to provide the Pioneer Valley with the best traditional German-style lager for a clean, refreshing taste you’ll always come back to. All of our beers follow the German purity law of Reinheitsgebot, meaning that our beers contain only four ingredients: water, malt, hops, and yeast. 

Not to mention they are the #2 thing to do in Easthampton according to Trip Advisor. 

Friday, March 24, Colorway Performs At The Valley Music Showcase, New City Brewery, Easthampton, MA

When: Fri. 3/24
Where: New City Brewery
180 Pleasant St.
Easthampton, MA
Directions
(rear of building)
Phone: 413) 529-2000
Email: newcitybrewery@gmail.com
What time: the event starts at 8:00pm and finishes up at 10:45
Cost: $8.00 (write to/click info@colorwaymusic.com for advance tickets)
All ages!!

Special guest judges, including Massachusetts Senate President, Stan Rosenberg!

VMS Facebook Page here! And check out the official VMS Event Page for the March showcase. 

Come on out and cheer on Colorway as they take part in the bi-monthly Valley Music Showcase. 1st & 2nd place finishers of each showcase will receive gift certificates and cash prizes. The winners are invited back as the headline band for the next month’s showcase. If we win this round we will move on to the “Crème de la Creme Playoffs” to be held at the end of the 2016-2017 season. The playoff winner earns $500 cash, a gig at the BIG E, & two full days free recording time at Northfire Studios in Amherst, MA. The 2nd place overall finisher will earn one free recording day.

Part of the judging is based on audience reaction so come on out and root for Colorway!

Thursday, March 30, Colorway returns to 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, 3/30
Where: Whetstone Station
36 Bridge St
Brattleboro, VT
Directions
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.

PS:

Remember, the new album is available at www.colorwaymusic.com on CD and 180gram vinyl, as well as at www.colorway.bandcamp.com 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.”
 

February is heating up with shows in the Ocean State and Easthampton!

Hi gang,

Hope everyone is doing well and staying warm where it’s cold and cool where it’s not. And if you are somewhere warm consider me extremely jealous. 🙂

Thanks to everyone who came out to our show in Cambridge last month at the Middle East. It was a great time and I’m working on getting us back there. 

Our show with Davy Knowles was a barnstormer. Davy’s audience is our kind of crowd: music loving fools! 

You can see a clip of us performing the Dire Straits tune, “Southbound Again” at that show right here,

 

Our next shows are two that I’ve been looking forward to playing for some time. On Saturday, 2/11 we’ll be heading back to my old stomping ground, Tiverton, Rhode Island, to play at one of the best new venues in the area. Sandywoods Center For The Arts is quickly becoming a go to for a more “listening room” type vibe. Music lovers rejoice! 

The Fall River Herald News (which we always got delivered to our door growing up) printed a great piece on the band and the show. You can read the whole thing here. 

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. You can still pick up tickets as of this writing by going here.

You can head over to our Facebook event page right here and join and/or share it. We’d just love you for it!

This will be our first time playing Sandywoods and we’re really hoping to get some folks in the door to ensure our return. We’ll be playing from 7:30 to around 9:15 or so (doors are at 7pm) and we’ll be debuting two brand new tunes! So you don’t want to miss this special show. It’s BYOB and you can bring your own food. It’s all ages and should prove to be a heck of a time. 

Then, in two weeks we’re excited to be sandwiched between to amazing bands when we play at Luthier’s Co-op in Easthampton on Friday, February 24. 

The night starts out with our friend, Rick Murnane’s debut performance of his new trio, The Town Council. They will be kicking things off at 7pm. Fans of Group Deville and Rick’s early work with The Bluescasters will be thrilled with the new band featuring Fred Goodhue and Nick Dines (original GDV members) playing an hour of original bluesy pop.  

Colorway plays at 8pm until around 9:25 or so. We’ll kick it with some classics, a Drunk Stuntmen tune or two and the aforementioned brand new songs. 

Finally, leave your dancing shoes on for the 9:30-? slot when Luke Jaeger’s funky dance ensemble, The Soul Magnets hit the Luthier’s stage. Featuring a who’s who of valley notables, including Kallis SmithDave Trenholm and (original Colorway drummer) J.J. O’Connell, just to name a few. The Magnet’s will be sure to keep the joint jumping well into the night.

Not only is this an amazing night of music just on it’s own, but the show is free (tips appreciated) and it’s all ages as well. Space is limited at Luthier’s so be sure to get there early to carve out your space in one of the best rooms in the valley to see live music. 

Well, that about covers it. We’re booking some great shows for the spring and summer (and fall!) and I’ll tell you all more about that as the time comes near. 

As always, if you know someone who might enjoy what we do please be a pal and share us with them. It’s always great to make new fans and share what we do with others. It’s why we are here and it’s what gets me out of bed on many a cold morning.

So thanks for being you and thanks for digging what we do. We’ll keep rocking as long as we can.

See you at the shows!

~Alex J 

And remember, you can always go to www.colorwaymusic.com for more info on any of this, to see a cool pic of Davy Knolwles and me (in the “Out And About” photo album) and for all the rest of it. 

Details on the gigs:

Saturday, February 11, Colorway Performs at Sandywoods Center For The Arts, Tiverton, RI

Come join Colorway for this very special show in a town that Alex spent a ton of time in growing up. Tiverton, RI sits just across the street from Fall River, MA and Sandywoods Center For The Arts is the newest live music venue in the area on par with the Narrows Center For The Arts. It is so great to see the support for original music in the 401. The venue is a non-profit establishment and we are so happy they are putting their faith in us. 

When: Saturday, Feb 11
WhereSandywoods Center For The Arts
43 Muse Way
Tiverton, RI, 02878
Directions
Phone: 
 (401) 835-6639
Time: 7:30pm (two sets)
Cost: $12 ADV $15 DOS
All ages!!
BYOB and picnic basket

From the Sandywoods website:

Sandywoods presents great live music concerts every weekend throughout the year. Our ticket prices are affordable, and we are a “BYOB-and-picnic-basket” venue. Whether you enjoy folk, pop, alt country, blues, Americana and roots, acoustic singer-songwriter, Celtic, bluegrass, Cajun and zydeco, eclectic, jazz, classical, or straight-up rock, you are sure to find something on our show schedule to your liking! The Sandywoods Center for the Arts is an intimate venue that seats 150 with chairs and tables, 200 with auditorium-style seating.

Check out their Facebook page here and their upcoming show listing here

Friday, 2/24 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: Friday, 3/24
Where: Luthier’s Co-op
108 Cottage St
Easthampton, MA
Directions.                                                           
What  time: 8-9:30
Phone: (413) 527-6627
Email: info@luthiers-coop.com
How Much: Free (tips appreciated)
 

Other bands on the bill: 7pm Town Council (Rick Murnane Trio)
9:30pm Soul Magnets

 

January Round-up In Glorious HD

Hi gang,

Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you had a safe holiday and are somewhere warm if it’s cold and somewhere cool if it’s not. 

We had a great New Year’s Even show at the Parlor Room. Thanks to all longtime fans who came out and to the people who are new to the band. You can check out a clip of “Everybody Wants Me To Love You” from that show right here!

Warwick Town Hall was a great time, too! A great sounding room, top notch PA, a full house of fine dancing folk all combined to make for a fantastic night. Did I mention Beth’s Famous Kalua Mousse? Well, next time they have a Super Supper you’ll have to see for yourself. Make sure to check out their Corned Beef and Cabbage Night on Saturday, 3/18 when Shokazoba (featuring Matt and Riley on bass and drums) take the stage. 


Thanks to Alan Morgan for the pic. 

On top of all this we got the royal treatment in the offices of the Valley Advocate a couple of weeks ago and Northampton Community Television (in partnership with Signature Sounds) filmed a 25 minute set of ours in crystal clear HD with great sound and lighting.

You can watch that whole shebang by clicking right here. 

This all leads me to our big week of shows which I hope some of you can make it to.

Thursday night, 1/19 we will be making our first appearance The Middle East Corner in Cambridge, MA. The Corner is a 60 person capacity space that is as intimate as it gets. We will be playing from 10-10:45. It costs a whopping $5 and we’re happy to be opening for Somerville’s own funk rockers, The Slum Raisins. Should be a good time. The Facebook Event for that is right here. If you have friends in the Boston area and could share this with them that would be awesome. 

Friday, 1/19 sees me, Matt and Riley heading west again to rock out at Pauly’s Hotel in downtown Albany, NY. We had a great time at our last show there and we’re hoping this one will be even better. Facebook Event right here. This is a four band bill and we will be going on around 11pm. See the details below for the rest of the lineup.

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday, 1/22. Yes, if you’re not a Patriots or Steelers fan (ugh) you might want to know about this show. If you are more of a Colorway fan than a Patriots fan then you still might want to know about this amazing show. If you don’t care about football at all then you have no excuse to not be at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton when Colorway shares the stage with the one and only, Davy Knowles. Davy is a british guitar slinger who calls Chicago his home nowadays. Peter Frampton recently sang his praises by saying, “Davy already has a recognizable style. He’s definitely the gunslinger guitarist of the 21st century,’’ We’re really looking forward to this show and hope you can all make it there if you’re in the area. The show starts at 7pm sharp with a 30 minute set by Colorway. Facebook Event right over here. 
 

And lastly, to close out January we will be returning to NYC and hitting up a great corner bar famous for live music, The Sidewalk Cafe. Situated on the corner of Ave A and 6th St in the East Village this place will be overflowing with tunes on Saturday, January 28. Come see us play there at 10:15. Facebook event if you please. 

Well, that’s pretty much it for now. Plenty of stuff happening in February. You can see all about all our shows coming up by going right here to our shows page. 

I’ll have more to talk about next time around, including some details on our upcoming tour of the southeast as well as more spring shows (remember spring? It’s coming back and it’s gonna be awesome).

Thanks for reading this far and for supporting us in what we do. We can’t do this without you so thank you, thank you, thank you. 🙂

Rock on,

~FAJ