Great Article In The Greenfield Recorder By Sheryl Hunter

Many thanks to Sheryl Hunter at the Greenfield Recorder for the great piece and for always being so supportive of what we do.

Originally published in the Greenfield Recorder 9/1/16

Sounds Local: Change Isn’t Slowing Colorway Down

It’s been a busy year for the pop -rock band Colorway. Since releasing its sophomore album, “The Blue Sky Sequined,” in May of 2015, the Northampton-based band has been steadily building its audience and performing throughout the northeast.

Colorway, which is led by guitarist/singer/songwriter F. Alex Johnson, underwent a major lineup change soon after the album’s release when original members bassist Dave Hayes and drummer JJ O’Connell departed and were replaced by bassist Matt Clegg and drummer Riley Godleski.

Johnson has been a regular on the Valley music scene since the early 1990s. He spent many years playing guitar for the popular alt-country band Drunk Stuntmen and has been a longtime member of the backing band for the Young at Heart Chorus. And for those of you interested in open mics, we should also mention that he recently began hosting a successful open mic every Wednesday night at Brew Practitioners in Florence. His bandmates, Godleski and Clegg, also have years of experience playing in various local bands, and in addition to their work with Colorway, they are both members of the afro-pop band Shokazoba.

A lineup change like this could slow some bands down, but that hasn’t been the case with Colorway.

“I’ve been excited to have this new band,” said Johnson in a recent phone interview.


“We played our first gig together a year ago, then we spent the winter and spring regrouping and teaching the new guys the songs. From there the focus was on getting some good gigs,” he said.

And the band has played some good gigs in cities like Boston and Providence, in addition to some high profile shows here in the Valley.

“We got to open up for Foreigner at the Calvin and it was huge sold out show and we rocked it,” said Johnson. “We also had a great experience opening for for Delta Deep (featuring Phil Collen of Def Leppard) at the Iron Horse and playing the Green River Festival was awesome.” 

“We are trying our best to bust into other markets, and we are lucky to live in an area where we are close to places like Boston, New York and other cities,” he added.

However, during the month of September, Colorway has a series of shows that will keep them close to home. This weekend, on Saturday, Sept. 3, at 8 p.m. they will serve as the opening act for Flux Capacitor at the Root Cellar in Greenfield. On Saturday, Sept. 17, the band will be at the Basement in Northampton, on Saturday, Sept. 25, at The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival in Orange and on Sunday, Sept. 25, you can catch them on the deck at Whetstone Station in Brattleboro.

Johnson is particularly excited about the Root Cellar show this weekend, as the band will have the opportunity play a brand new venue and to open up for Flux Capacitor.

Flux Capacitor is a trio of brothers from the Philadelphia area, who blend guitar, bass synths, organs, drums and percussion to create a very unique brand of jam heavy psychedelic rock. The trio’s music includes traces of rock, improvisation and electronica. Every shows features what the band calls “encounters” that are filled with improvisation, musical segues, spontaneous covers and teases, to create a one of a kind experience. Flux Capacitor is fast making a name for itself on the national music scene and is currently on a U.S. tour in support of its latest release, “Monolith..” 

“Flux Capacitor is definitely a band on the upswing,” said Johnson about opening for the group. “They played Bonnaroo this past year and the Peach Festival. We are looking forward to hearing them, plus I am a huge Back to the Future fan,” he added with a laugh” 

“It’s going to be fun, and we are hoping we can tap into a new market of people, sort of the jam crowd.” He added, “As much as I like to think of this band as a pop/rock band or at least that’s kind of the way we started, we are doing a lot of extended stuff, taking the guitar to a whole new level and trying to really make this more about the musical journey as much as the story that the songs tell.” 

Johnson, who is a very accomplished guitar player, said that with the new lineup he is really trying to build the sound around the guitar. And he was encouraged to hear are recent story on WNPR where they claimed that the guitar is enjoying a bit of a resurgence, after being pushed back in favor of electronic instruments.

“It’s kind of nice to see, because I’ve always been doing this and I’m waiting for people to pay attention again and it sounds like they are and that’s a good thing,” said Johnson.

With the new lineup settled in, Johnson is starting to write music for the next Colorway album all while keeping the focus on growing the band’s fan base.

“This new group has been about getting to know to play with people who I am not familiar with their style and vice versa,” said Johnson, “in addition to trying to write new music and expand our market to other areas where people love music around here.” 

Tickets for the Colorway/Flux Capacitor show are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. Tickets are available at: Music begins at 9 p.m. The Root Cellar is located on Fiske Avenue in Greenfield. For information on Colorway’s other upcoming shows, visit: 

The Wheelhouse 

Tonight kicks of a series of shows at the Wheelhouse, the club located at the bottom floor of the Arts Block in Greenfield. The subterranean venue, as they call it, is a cozy little room with the kind of vibe that you’d expect to experience in a classic rock club. The Arts Block, which is now under new ownership, is officially relaunching the room with these shows that are being presented by The Buzz, A Honey Pot Production. The show tonight will feature the power duo Wydyde and progressive rock/jazz band, Hot Dirt. The series continues with The Mary Jane Jones on Sept. 8, Sean McMahon, Seth Newton and Casey Opal on Sept. 15 and Fat Bradley on Sept. 22.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and music begins at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5. The Arts Block is located at 289 Main St. Patrons are asked to use the Arts Block back alley entrance.

The Arts Block has a new website that has more information on these shows and other upcoming events, including information on purchasing tickets. Visit the Arts Block at: 

Sheryl Hunter is a music writer who lives in Easthampton. Her work has appeared in various regional and national magazines. You can contact her at

Two Free Shows Sunday/Transperformance 8/30/Jamtronica in Greenfield 9/3

Hi gang,

Just wanted to reach out to let you know about our upcoming shows over the next two weeks.

Tomorrow, Sunday, August 21, we will be playing two shows in the Boston area and it looks like it will be a beautiful day to boot.

First up is a short set at the Boston Green Fest right in the heart of the city at City Hall Plaza. The fest is going on right now (as this email is being written) and runs through the weekend. We will be the final performance of the weekend and we are honored to be a part of it. The fest is a way for purveyors of eco-conscious goods and likeminded consumers to get together and exchange thoughts, ideas and enjoy some demonstrations, have some great food and listen to some music. We go on at 5:15 and play a short set (about 35 minutes) on the Metro Main Stage. 
Then, after that (and maybe a cuppa chowdah or three) we’ll be heading on over to Aeronout Brewing Co in Somerville for two sets of free music starting at 8pm. We played Aeronaut a few months ago with our friends, Mercury On Mars and had a great time. We’re psyched they asked us back. And not only are we playing a full show there but the whole weekend is sort of an Olympic Village presentation. Inside the brewery they will be streaming the Olympics on giant screens and there is music all day starting at noon. Check out the details below (and/or join the Facebook Event Page here). 
Flash forward to the end of the month (not the end of August already!) and on Tuesday, Aug 30 Colorway will once again take part in the Transperformance. This year the theme is Labor Party! and the band we chose to represent a job/profession/what have you are the venerable Foo Fighters! Yes, those hard working fighters of Foo will be on our minds as we take the stage sometime that Tuesday. We can’t tell you which tunes we’re doing but we do promise it will be a hell of a show. Come on out early to catch all the fun. The whole shebang starts at 4pm and runs until 9:30pm (details below).
Finally, kicking off September on Sat, 9/3 we are super-pumped to not only be playing one of the best new venues around for live music–The Root Cellar in Greenfield–but we get to play with an amazing band of brothers from Philly, Flux Capacitor. We go on around 9pm and play a full set. Then the “Jamtronica” begins at 10:30 and rages until 12:30am. Look out for some rock, jam, EDM, funk, fusion and mayhem as the band (who played Bonnaroo and The Peach Music Fest this year) take the stage at the Root Cellar.
Well, that’s about it for now, gang. Plenty more shows coming up over the next couple of months but I don’t want to overload you with the details. You an always go to and check it all out for your own bad selves. 

Enjoy the rest of the summer and hope to see you at one of the shows.

Rock on,



Sunday, August 21, Colorway Performs at The 9th Annual Boston Green Fest, City Hall Plaza.

Look out, Beantown. Colorway is headed to City Hall!

The Boston Green Fest Homepage lists “Music, food, art, film, exhibitors, cars, vendors, fashion, robots, fitness . . . and more.” I can’t imagine what more there could be in the world but you’ll have to stop by this amazing free weekend of festivities to find out. We are thrilled to be part of it and will be closing out the fest with a set on Sunday, 8/21 at 5:15.

When: Sunday, 8/21
What: Boston Green Fest
Where: City Hall Plaza
Boston, MA
What time: 5:15-5:50
Phone: 617-477-4840
Cost: FREE
All Ages!!

Sunday, August 21 (late show) Colorway Performs at Aeronaut Brewing Co, Olympic Village Party!

Did you miss Colorway’s set at the Boston Green Fest earlier in the day (5:15) at City Hall Plaza?
Did you catch them and wanted to hear more more *moar*?!
Well, you’re in luck. Come on out and check out two full sets of Colorway at Aeronaut Brewing Company in Somerville, MA. This location is new and was originally suposed to be in Allston. Don’t go there. Or if you do and you’re looking at this now just come on back to Somerville. 
When: Sunday, 8/21
Where: Aeronaut Brewing Co
14 Tyler St
Somerville, MA
Phone: (617) 987-4236
What time: Colorway plays 8-10pm but there is music all day long starting at noon.
How much: FREE!!
All Ages!!
From the AERO FB event: Join us for a series of events featuring live screenings of Olympic games on our projectors in the Air Conditioned brewery, plus live bands spread out over our taproom & foods hub! We’ll be hosting the games & live music all weekend, with special features:
Live Music Schedule:
SUNDAY features a special, two stage edition of AERONAUT BYOP: Picknickers & Players — feat. Ryan Alvanos & additional guests soon to be announced! Stay tuned.
Sun. 8/21 Music Line Up:
Ryan Alvanos – 12:00 PM
All of the Animals – 3:00 PM
The Stride – 6:00 PM
Colorway – 8:00 PM
Check out Aeronaut’s main FB page:

Tuesday, August 30, Colorway Performs as Foo Fighters at Transperformance 26: Labor Party!

Once again, on Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 it’s time to celebrate our community and the arts with Transperformance 26: Labor Party! everyone’s favorite benefit music festival at Pines Theater in Look Park. Local musicians will choose an artist that is related to a job, occupation, or type of work (Scroll down for Lineup.) 

Performers are encouraged to impersonate the band or occupation from the bands that they Transperform. Local celebrities will host the event as characters from Office Space or The Office, Steve Jobs, Rosie the Riveter, and other notable work related characters. Come celebrate 26 years of bringing our community members together to support music and the arts!

Each year on the last Tuesday in August the Northampton Arts Council and the Parent Teacher Organizations of Northampton’s public school system join forces to raise funds for arts enrichment in the schools and the ArtsEZ grant program.

What: Transperformance 26: Labor Party! Benefit Music Festival
When: Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 4:00-9:30pm
Where: Pines Theater-Look Park, 300 N Main Street Florence, MA 01062
How Much:  Adults 13+ $10
Seniors 65+ & Veterans $8
Kids 12 & under $5
Online @ Brown Paper Tickets
Call 1-800-838-3006
In person @ State Street Fruit Store, Northampton
Cooper’s Corner, Florence
AJ Hastings, Amherst

Join the Facebook Event Page here. 

Young@Heart as MGMT
Page Six as THE POLICE
The Lonesome Brothers as DRUNK STUNTMEN
Colorway as FOO FIGHTERS
Mister G as DR. JOHN
Mary Jane Jones Band as THE SMITHS
Wishbone Zöe as THE WAITRESSES
Fancy Trash as THE HIGHWAY MEN
King Radio as MEN AT WORK
Jesse Sterling Harrison as PRIMUS
Soul Magnets as PRINCE
Suitcase Junket as QUEEN
Mikey Sweet as THE BOSS
and Northampton Community Music Center Rock Camp

Rain Date: Wednesday, August 31st at Pines Theater, Look Park

Rain Predicated Both Days: Tuesday, August 30 at John M Green Hall, Smith College

Food will be available from La Veracruzana, Bart’s Homemade, and other local pizza restaurants. No pets, no coolers and no beverages please, per request of Look Park. Look Park charges a $5 special events vehicle entry fee for all vehicles without season passes. No refunds/exchanges.

Saturday, September 3, Colorway Opens For Flux Capacitor at The Root Cellar, Greenfield, MA

Come check out the valley’s newest venue for local, regional and national music, The Root Cellar. 

We are super-excited to be opening for an amazing jam/psych/rock band form Philly, Flux Capacitor. 

When: Sat, 9/3
Where: The Root Cellar
10 Fiske Ave
Greenfield, MA
Phone: 413-977-3702
What Time: Colorway (9-10pm) Flux (10:30-12-30)
How much: $5 ADV $8 DOS
Tickets here

Join and/or share the Facebook Event right here!

About Flux Capacitor:

Emerging from the Pennsylvania music scene, from the outskirts of the City of Brotherly Love, is the phenom band known as Flux Capacitor. Their fiery, distinct sound has catapulted the group with lightning speed into the National Music Scene.
This band of brothers consistently inspire and evoke a new and wildly addicting sound resonating with elements of rock, improvisation and electronica. They redefine musicality with positive prophetic vocals, complex guitar work, innovative keys/synths/bass stylings, with feverish syncopated drum rhythms. Flux Capacitor concerts are filled with improvisation, musical segues, spontaneous covers, and teases creating a unique, one of a kind experience at every performance. The essence of the brothers music is fueled by their dedicated practice of meditation and lucid dreaming which keeps them fueled by a higher power. Their electric vibe transcends the stage and extends into the crowd creating a magical musical ambience.

About The Root Cellar:

The Root Cellar is a brand new music venue and bar in Greenfield designed to bring the best of the Valley to our community, celebrating everything local: from musicians, artists, brewers, distillers, farmers and artists. We are creating an atmosphere that can provide a sweaty dance party one night, a mellow acoustic set another, and also be the place you stop in for a local brew or a herbal infused cocktail with friends. The Root Cellar is the brain child of a musician and a farmer and is fueled by a love of homemade, down-home fun – we are hoping to bring this positive spirit to Greenfield in an inexpensive, unpretentious way that makes everyone feel welcome.  With plenty of space for you to dance, a top-of-the-line sound system, room on stage for bands to do their thing, and experienced sound professionals, The Root Cellar strives to be the Pioneer Valley venue where the quality of your music experience takes center stage.


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.”


Cape Cod Here We Come/Max Creek After Party

Hi gang,

Wanted to first of all thank everyone who came out to the last two weeks of shows. We have had some amazing musical experiences together and I’m so happy to share it with all the new fans and the folks who have been with us since the beginning.

Speaking of being with us since the beginning, my old friend, Julian Parker Burns (who is an amazing collage artist as well as photographer) was at our Luthier’s Co-oop show last month and took some great photos of us (scroll to the more recent pics) as well as a video for Come Back JulyCheck that out right here. 

We had an awesome time at The Eclectic in Willimantic, CT playing with one of my new favorite bands, The Silks (from Providence, RI). Check them out and pick up their new record, Turn Me On. It’s pretty great. 

And now that July has come and gone and it’s been two years since I wrote the tune in the waning hours of 7/31/14 I thought it would be fun to release the demo I made that night. You can listen to that right here. It was thrilling for me to write and record it that night and I think it shows in the demo (that’s me playing guitar, bass and singing). Enjoy.

So this Thursday, 8/4 (or tomorrow, depending on when you open this email) we will be heading east to Wellfleet, MA on Cape Cod and plan to lay it all on the line at the infamous, BeachcomberThe Comah (as it’s lovingly called by some) was a favorite haunt of Drunk Stuntmen back in the day. We had some amazing shows there and you really can’t beat a club that overlooks the ocean and has tasty seafood, too. You also can’t be the fact that opening this show is the always unbelievably jaw dropping, Mammal Dap. These four guys play some of the most unreal original, instrumental, jazz/rock/fusion/EDM music I have ever heard. If you are planning on going to this show make sure not to be late. Mammal Dap plays at 10:15. They will change you, I promise. 

Check out the Comah’s live webcams here. Looks like they even have a “stage cam” so if you can’t make it to the show you can at least see who’s breaking the sound barrier on the stage. 

Next up, next Thursday, 8/11 Colorway will head to Springfield, MA to play Plan B Burger Bar. This very cool and very spacious establishment is located in the Basketball Hall of Fame plaza and there is plenty of parking. This show is free and all ages! If you are heading to see Max Creek play at the Stearns Square Concert Series why not make a stop in afterwards. They start at 7pm and should be done around 10pm. We go on around 9pm. So it could be a win/win! And Plan B’s kitchen is open until 1am for the hungry ones among us. 

As usual, I don’t want to overload anyone with info so I’ll post again after next week’s shows with an update on what’s next. But you can check out all the details on all our shows anytime at our Tour Dates page (including some info on who we are doing this year for Transperformance!). 

Thanks again and hope to see you out there!!

Rock on and be good to yourselves and those around you.




Thursday, August 4, Colorway Performs at The Beachcomber, Wellfleet, MA With Special Guests, Mammal Dap!

Come see the band at one of the best places for live music on Cape Cod. Since 1978 The Beachcomber (or The Comah) has been providing tourists and locals alike with amazing local and national entertainment, delicious, fresh seafood, stunning views and a laid back atmosphere. 

Colorway is super-excited to be sharing this bill with Northamtpon’s own instrumental rock fusion titans, Mammal Dap who will be opening the show. Check them out here and on Facebook here and read more about them below. 

When: Thursday, August 4
Where: The Beachcomber
1120 Cahoon Hollow Rd
Wellfleet, MA
Phone: (508) 349-6055
What time
Mammal Dap: 10:15-11:15pm 
Colorway: 11:30pm-12:30am
How much: $10/$5 (with summer pass)
Age: 21+

Check out their calendar, see a menu or scope a beach web cam here.

Mammal Dap is adventurous, instrumental rock fusion based in Northampton, Massachusetts. The band is comprised of Killian Karlsson (guitar), Zack Cross (keys), Reed Sutherland (bass, synth bass), and Colin Jalbert (drums, samples). Together, the four mammals combine elements of rock, EDM, hip-hop, and funk to create a sound that is forward-thinking yet nostalgic, indescribable but strangely familiar. Their energetic live shows and rigorous touring have elevated crowds from New England to New Orleans, leading them to share the stage with acclaimed bands such as The Nth Power, Tauk, Marco Benevento, Toubab Krewe and many more.


Thursday, August 11, Colorway Performs at Plan B Burger Bar, Springfield, MA

Nice to see there is a place for live, original music in Springfield! Come on out and have a burger, craft beer or bourbon and listen to some rock and/or roll. Kitchen open until 1am! 

We will play two full sets.

When: Thursday, 8/11
Where: Plan B Burger Bar
1000 W. Columbus Ave
Springfield, MA
(In the Baskeball Hall Of Fame Plaza)
Phone: (413) 285-8296
Time: 9pm-12am
Price: Free!!
All Ages!

Kitchen is open until 1AM! Check out their menu here.