October Shows/Alex Cracks The Billboard Top 10!

Hi gang,

Wanted to let you know about about our only two shows in October. 

This coming Thursday, 10/6 we will be opening a big and brawny show at The Outer Space in Hamden, CT. The headliner is Richard Lloyd of the late 70’s/early 80’s band, Television. Their album Marquee Moon clocks in at an impressive #130 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Album of All Time. His guitar playing was a huge influence on my growing up. I’m also a big fan of his work on other artist’s albums such as Matthew Sweet’s albums where he can be heard all over just ripping it up with his inimitable style. The show will feature tunes from his work with Television as well as his many solo albums. Not to be missed.  

Check Richard and his band out here performing the title track off of “Marquee Moon from just the other night. 

We go on at 7:30 sharp and then a great band from Southern, CT, Spectral Fangs will do a set and then Richard and his band will take over. Should be an amazing night. Full details below. 

When: Thu, 10/6
Where: The Outer Space
295 Treadwell St
Hamden, CT, 06514
Phone: (203) 288-6400
Time: 7pm doors
Price: $15 ($13 adv) 
Tickets here
Age: 21+

Then, on Saturday, October 22 we head back to Albany, NY to rock out at Pauly’s Hotel (the oldest bar in Albany). We will go on around 9pm and there’s an amazing lineup of music for the whole night. 

When: Sat, 10/22
Where: Pauly’s Hotel
337 Central Ave
Albany, NY 12206
Phone: (518) 426-0828
What Time: Colorway plays at approx 9pm
Cost: $8

I am also excited to announce that the new album by Action Moves People United has cracked the top ten completion charts on Billboard Magazine! You can read more about the project in this blog post from last week. But just in a nutshell I provided an original instrumental piece as well as spoken word performance to the poem “The Human Race” by Prof Ed McCarthy and Renee Ruwe. The album features more than 300 artists from around the world including Julian Lennon, Dan Ackroyd, Janis Ian, Alan White and Geoff Downes. Thanks to Kevin Mackie and Krista Wallhagenfor asking me to be part of it.

Lastly, thanks to all who came to the shows last month, and especially to the enthusiastic crowd who made me feel so good when I opened up solo electric for the legendary, Ian Hunter and The Rant Band in my hometown of Fall River, MA this past Sunday. 

Photo: Jodi Nicholas

It was a thrill and an honor to get to play at the Narrows Center For The Arts as support for the man who made “All The Young Dudes” famous as well as writing “All The Way To Memphis” and “Cleveland Rocks” among others. When I told him what a thrill it was to get to open for him he said to me, “Oh no, mate. You got it wrong. We closed for you!” Too f’ing funny. 

You can check out my version of the Drunk Stuntmen classic, “Clown To Be” from that show right here. 

Well, that’s pretty much it for now. We have some stuff going on in November (like Pour Judgement in Newport on 11/18) and you can check out all of those details on our tour dates page anytime. 

Thanks for being along for this crazy ride. The colder months may be coming but the power of rock and roll will warm your soul for sure. Don’t believe me? Come on out and see a Colorway show and we’ll prove it to you . . . or I’ll be a monkey’s uncle. 

See you at the shows.


PS: Go Sox!

Full Details:

Thursday, October 6, Colorway opens for Richard Lloyd of Television, Outer Space Ballroom, Hamden, CT (w/ Spectral Fangs)
This will be an amazing show. Such a big fan of Richard Lloyd’s work with seminal 1970s NYC post-punk new wave band Television as well as Matthew Sweet and been hoping to see him play live for years. Now we get to open the show! Holy moley!

The Outer Space is a pretty amazing venue. Two rooms (a smaller one and the ballroom) and a very laid back atmosphere. Full bar and craft beers available as well as a full menu. Colorway played the small stage a few years ago with The Dress Ups and Rick Murnane and we are extremely excited to return for this show. 

When: Thu, 10/6
Where: The Outer Space
295 Treadwell St
Hamden, CT, 06514
Phone: (203) 288-6400
Time: 7pm doors
Price: $15 ($13 adv) 
Tickets here
Age: 21+

About Richard Lloyd (of Television)
Iconic . . . legendary . . . unique . . . all can be used to describe Richard Lloyd, but the most accurate word might be “relevant.” After a career spanning more than forty years, Richard Lloyd continues to make great records and deliver exciting live performances.
Learning from the master himself, Jimi Hendrix, Richard was among the very few pioneers of the New York underground scene, headquartered at CBGB. With Tom Verlaine, a founding member of the seminal band, Television, Richard made some of the best rock and roll records of the all time–Marquee Moon and Adventure. Striking out on his own, Richard gave us Alchemy, Field of Fire, Radiant Monkey, The Cover Doesn’t Matter, and more. Richard Lloyd was also the guitar master behind Matthew Sweet, John Doe, and Rocket From the Tombs.
In preparation for a new record, Richard Lloyd is touring again with his quartet, performing selections spanning his entire career. “It is still as exciting to play live as it was when I was 27, jumping up and down on hotel beds.”

About Spectral Fangs
For the past three years, Spectral Fangs have been been on a spiritual journey intent on doing whatever the hell they want. From releasing the semi-psychedelic EP Memory Girl, which featured makeshift sitar and a gussied-up basement reverb vibe to playing shows from Brooklyn to sweaty basements everywhere, the Fangs have made their own weird way in the world. Summer 2016 brings their JUST RELEASED compilation vinyl record CALLIGRAMS to light (OM Records), in which they contributed 2 songs.

Saturday, October 22, Colorway Performs at Pauly’s Hotel, Albany, NY

Come check out the band as they return to Albany, this time to the NY capital’s oldest tavern (est. 1889). This place is so amazing that Phish even played here once. 

Should be a very eclectic night of music. 

When: Sat, 10/22
Where: Pauly’s Hotel
337 Central Ave
Albany, NY 12206
Phone: (518) 426-0828
What Time: Colorway plays at approx 9pm
Cost: $8

Pauly’s Facebook Page

Other bands on the bill:

Becoming a Ghost  (11:00) (read a nice piece on them from the Times Union here)
Tell Keller (10:00)
Colorway (9:00)
Curtis K. Flach (8pm)

Join the Facebook event page here

Alex Johnson Included In Album Featuring Julian Lennon, Dan Ackroyd, Alan White, Janis Ian and More!

I am delighted to announce that a track that I composed music for and provided spoken word was included in the new album by Action Moves People United (AMPU) which was released on Sep 21 (World Peace Day). The selection entitled “A Dream Of Peace” features words by Prof Ed McCarthy and Renee Ruwe. The guitar accompaniment and spoken word was recorded by Brian Sargent at Aberrant Sound in Wrentham, MA this past spring (with piano/keyboards added by Paul Martuano). It was edited and mixed by Rupam Sarmah. 

I’m really proud to have been asked to be part of this project and encourage you to check out more of what AMPU does. 

See and like the AMPU Facebook page here and read more about the project below.


OVER 300 INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS CONTRIBUTE from over 30 countries featuring Dan Aykroyd, Julian Lennon, Kathy Sledge, Alan WhiteGeoff Downes, John Wetton, Patrick Moraz, Annie Haslam, Janis Ian, Martin Barre, Colin Andrews, Lillias White, and many other artists!

Action Moves People United, a World Peace Project with UNESCO – U.S. Federation of UNESCO Clubs & Associations, is produced by Grammy® Winner Kevin Mackie, award winning producer Krista Wallhagen, and Guinness World Record® holder musician and award winning filmmaker Rupam Sarmah.

Through media initiatives, in collaboration with artists, authors, and organizations from all around the world, AMPU’s mission of establishing a peaceful planet and a healthy biosphere will be an ongoing commitment. One of the goals for the project is to pair up artists who live in opposing countries for collaborations that go beyond politics, religion and borders.

The team has produced a musical spoken word album that will exchange ideas, stories, and information focused on bringing about World Peace through individual responsibility, Education, and helping each other. The goal of the project is to raise awareness of environmental and humanitarian crisis and find actionable solutions.

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) strives to promote peace and security among nations through education, science, and culture.

“I pray for the moment of mass consciousness when we all wake up and bring peace into our own hearts and souls. It’s a challenge and it’s going to take every one of us to make it happen,” says Dan Aykroyd.

The double CD album with 45 tracks of Musical Spoken Word and Songs will be officially released on Sept 21, 2016. The album is available for digital download on iTunes, Amazon, and other stores worldwide. Please visit the site for details: www.ActionMovesPeopleUnited.org

Five (mostly) Free Shows In Two Weekends To Close Out Summer And Welcome Fall!



Hi gang,

Well, you can tell from the orange backed logo header that the fall must be upon us. It’s “crisp” in the mornings now. Which is another way of saying it’s time to swap out the flip flops for wool slippers when picking up the morning paper from the driveway. Sad to see but an eventuality here where we live. 

But we’re not going to let the mercury in the thermometer tell us it’s not time to keep making the rock and roll. No, siree. We have two big weekends of shows to close out September and welcome the official end of summer. 

Firstly I’d like to thank Sheryl Hunter from the Greenfield Recorder for publishing a great piece on the evolution of the band in the run up to our show at The Root Cellar a couple of weeks ago. It helped bring in some folks to see us and a great band from Philly, Flux Capacitor. Go see them if you get a chance. You can read a great review of the show here which includes audio and video of our new song, Love Is All Around You” as well. 

Transperformance was a blast as usual. Thanks to the Northampton Arts Councilfor having us take part again. It was so much fun taking on Foo Fighters for fifteen minutes. Click on the links to see our take on “Times Like These” (filmed by Dann Vasquez) and “Everlong” (filmed by Maria Bull) if you like. 

But there are still big shows to come. 

Tonight, 9/16 we will be playing at La Boca in Middletown, CT, which is home to Wesleyan University and not far from Hartford at all. This will be our first appearance there so if anyone has friends in the area please share this email with them. We’d love to pack that room. The show is free and runs from 10pm-1am. 

Tomorrow, 9/17 we will be at The Basement in downtown Northampton, MA. We’ll have a great band from Boston opening the show, Try. Check out their Facebook page here and watch/listen to their song, “Barcelona” right here.  We’re excited to have them on the bill. Come out early and give them a warm Northampton welcome if you can. They start at 8pm and we go on at 9pm. The show is absolutely free (though tips are appreciated). 

Next weekend we have three shows planned. 

Friday, 9/23 we will be making a stop at The Skinny Pancake in Hanover, NH. We played their Burlington, VT location a while back and it was a great time. Come on out and celebrate the opening of their newest spot. This show is also absolutely free and all ages. We’ll start at 8:30 and play two sets!

Saturday, 9/24 we head to Orange, MA to be part of the “Festival That Stinks.” That’s right, the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Fest has us on their music schedule and we couldn’t be more thrilled if you gave us a garlic hot fudge sundae (available, I believe, at the festival). We will play at 2:15 and we are happy to say that Shokazoba (featuring Colorway’s own Matt and Riley on bass and drums) play at 3:30. Should be a great time. The festival is $5 for adults and kids 12 and under are free. The fest runs both Sat and Sunday and they have a weekend pass for $8. 

Finally, on Sunday, 9/25, weather permitting, we will be gracing the deck of one of Brattleboro, VT’s best place for food, drinks and music, Whetstone Station. With a breathtaking view of the Connecticut River this should be one of Colorway’s most scenic gigs ever! The show runs 5-8pm, is completely free and is all ages.  Just a note: as described, if there is rain forecast the show will be cancelled and rescheduled. Please check our website for any changes. 

Well, that’s it for a while. We have a big gig in October opening up for Television’s Richard Lloyd on 10/6 but I’ll send out another email after these five gigs roll on out.  

Thanks very much for reading this far, for believing in the power of music, for supporting independent artists and for rocking in the free world. And if you can’t make it to any of these shows but have some friends that would we would be ever so grateful if you forwarded this on to them. 

We’ll see you at the shows,


Here are all the specifics:

Friday, September 16, Colorway Performs at La Boca, Middletown, CT (Hartford Area)

Come on out to see us play at this very cool venue right near the Wesleyan campus (20 mins from Hartford). 
Amazing food and drinks. We’ll play all night for ya. 

When: Fri, 9/16
Where: La Boca
337 Main St Middletown, CT 06457
Phone: (860) 347-4777
Time: 10pm-1am
Cost: FREE!

Join the Facebook Event here!

Dinner menu and full bar for your enjoyment.



Saturday, September 17, Colorway Performs at The Basement, Northampton, MA

We are excited to be bringing a great band from Boston, Try, to open this show.

Try is–in their own words–“a hybrid of rock and electronica” and we’re hoping to get a good early crowd out to see their first Northampton appearance. Check them out on Facebook here.

When: Saturday, September 17
Where: The Basement
21 Center St. 
Northampton, MA (adjacent to the new police station parking garage which you can park in for this show)
Directions here
Phone: (413) 387-6345
What time: 8-10:30pm
How much: FREE (tips appreciated)
The Basement has a full bar for your enjoyment.

Join the Facebook Event Page here. 

More info and full Basement schedule here.

More about Try:

Virtuoso slide guitarist Niles Elliott and songwriter Dylan Edmunds met and began collaborating during their freshman year of college (2013-14) at Berklee College of Music. A year later, Dylan’s brother, Conner, arrived at Berklee and joined the collaboration. The three of them began writing and rehearsing in search of a sound they could call their own. With specialties in sound design, midi programming, and pop production, TRY’s style is maturing into a hybrid of Rock and Electronica. 

Friday, September 23, Colorway Performs at The Skinny Pancake, Hanover, NH

Come check out two full sets of music at Hanover, New Hampshire’s newest place for live entertainment. 

When: Friday, 9/23
Where: The Skinny Pancake
3 Lebanon St
Hanover, NH, 03755
Phone: (603) 277-9115
Time: 8:30-10:15
Cost: Free!!
All Ages!!

Join the Facebook Event Page here. 

Full menu of amazing food and drinks (hard and soft) available all day/night


Saturday, September, 24, Colorway Performs at The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival!

Really excited to be part of this special festival celebrating one of the most intoxicating foods ever: garlic! Two full days of food, music and art at the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival. 

Colorway plays 2:15-3:15 and immediately following our set stay put for local afro beat legends, Shokazoba, featuring Riley and Matt on drums and bass. Not to be missed!

When: Saturday, September 24
Where: Forster’s Farm
60 Chestnut Hill Road
Orange, Massachusetts
Time: 2:15-3:15 (fest runs Sat and Sun noon to 5pm)
Cost: $5 for adults, kids 12 and under free
Weekend pass $8
All Ages!!
Check them out on Facebook!

Sunday, September 25, Colorway Performs at Whetstone Station, Brattleboro, VT (on the deck!)

Weather permitting*, Colorway will be performing two full sets on the deck of Brattleboro’s best restaurant, 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: Sunday, 9/25
Where: Whetstone Station
36 Bridge St
Brattleboro, VT
Phone: (802) 490-2354
Time: 5-8pm
Cost: Free
All Ages!

See their full lineup of music right here.

Full menu here.

Join the Facebook Event Page here. 

*Note: in case of inclement weather show will be cancelled and rescheduled.



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.”