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.