New Demo: “An American In Japan”

New Demo By Alex Johnson “An American In Japan”

Hey all, here’s a new tune I just put together. Hope you dig it. Please share if it moves you. Thanks!

A little backstory:

I landed in Tōkyō on July 29, 2019 with my wife to begin this next chapter of our lives (in Kyoto). Of course nobody could have expected what these last few months would be like throughout the world. And so I have been trying to encapsulate the feeling of being here both pre and post-pandemic as well as the idea of basically breaking up with the USA and “seeing other people”.

All that said, not long after moving here I met a fantastic person and a great musician, Shawn Berkeley (check out his music Frontwards and Blue Dog Drive and at https://soundcloud.com/shawn-berkeley). Shawn helped me with the lyrics to this one and I’m looking forward to working with him again.

Anyway, to celebrate my year here here’s the first track I’m proud to put out into the world. Please share it if you like it.

Rock on and stay safe,

~Alex Johnson

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Big March Of Music Is Upon Us Plus FAJ Solo Shows In Japan!!

 

Hey gang,

Hope everybody made it through the storm okay and things are drying out where you are. I’m not gonna let Smarch fool me like it always does. There’s still messy weather on the way but at least we’re that much closer to spring . . . and that’s one step closer to summer. 🙂

Thanks to everyone who came out to Hawks and Reed last month when we played with rice: An American Band. We had a blast playing in a new room (for us) and I know that everyone who was there did too. Kara Kharmah posted a video of our new tune “Want To Be Everywhere” from the upcoming These Are The Days album. You can see that by heading over to our videos page.  You can also read a review and hear audio from that show right here. 

Brooklyn Tonight! (Saturday)

We’re about to head out to Brooklyn for a show tonight Saturday, March 3, at a rad place called Wayward Social. It’s in the Bushwick part of BK (at 35 Ingraham St) and looks dark, rad and real. The show starts at 7:30 (there are four bands) it is free to get in and we go on about 10:30pm. All the details are below. As always, if you know anyone in the area and could share this email with them, or invite them via our Facebook Event Page that would be awesome. 

Boston Next Saturday!

Then, a week from tonight, on Saturday, March 10, we will be at the intimate TOAD on Mass Ave in Cambridge for a nice and early set from 7:30-9:15. I’m super excited about getting to play here and I hope to see some of our Boston peeps out. It’s free and they have great food, to boot! Our buddies, the Jack Grace Band play the late set (at 10pm). Me and Jack go way back to the Drunk Stuntmen days when he used to book the erstwhile Rodeo Bar. Good times, they were. 

Winter Music Fest Benefit Next Weekend!

The night after that, Sunday, March 11 we are thrilled to be part of the Winter Music Festival, a three-day benefit concert for Homeward Vets, who help the valley’s homeless veterans. The whole thing happens at the World War II Club (The Deuce) and there is tons of music over the three days (see the lineup in the link above) but Colorway will be playing on Sunday at 6:40pmfor about a 50 minute set. Shokazoba closes out the whole event so stick around for that for sure. 

Tickets (available here) are either $20 a day or $25 for a three day pass. Even if you can only go to one day that extra $5 will go a long way to help out. 

Sheryl Hunter from the Greenfield Recorder wrote a nice piece on the fest. You can read that here. 

FAJ Japan Solo Shows!

To close out the month and ring in April I’m really excited and honored to be playing a couple of solo shows in Japan!

Friday, March 30 I’ll be at The Wex in Nishinomiya (near Osaka) and on Saturday, April 7 I’ll be at Good Heavens! in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo. These are both absolutely free shows and if you will be there for the cherry blossoms or know anyone who will be please ether stop by or share this email.

And that’s about it, gang. Oh, and if you dig the new artwork at the top of this mailer that’s a little preview of the art for the new album, These Are The Days, which comes out on June 21, 2018 (pre-sale info coming soon). The photo of Colorway is by the estimable Julian Parker-Burns, the background photo is by the incredibly talented Jodi Nicholas, and the design is by Tom Pappalardo from Standard Design. 

We have a great spring and summer schedule shaping up. You can always go to our Tour Datespage to check it out and make your plans to come see us next. We’ll be so happy to see you. 

Thanks, as always, for your support, everybody. Hope to see you out at the shows. 

And on we go . . . 

~FAJ

PS: Make sure, if you dig what we do, to please follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube or any combination of these. We realize that information comes at us all at a maddening pace (just like this email). And we would hate for anyone to miss out if they wanted to be part of a night of music with us. Thanks for staying connected . . . and appreciate those moments when we can live in the moment together. 🙂

 

 

Saturday, March 3, Colorway Plays The Wayward Social, Brooklyn, NY (TJO Presents)

Colorway will play a full set at Wayward Social (formerly Alaska).

When: Saturday, March 3
What time: 10pm
Where: Wayward Social
35 Ingraham St
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Directions
Public transit: L train to Morgan Ave
Ph. (347) 335-0419
Cost: No Cover!
FB Event Page

Saturday, March 10, Colorway Plays Toad in Cambridge, MA

Colorway performs a full hour and forty five minute set at one of the best and most intimate venues in the Boston area. 

When: Saturday, March 10
What time: 7:30-9:15
Where: Toad
1912 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140
Directions
Public transit: Red line to Porter Square
Ph.  (617) 497-4950
Cost: No Cover!
21+

Join the Facebook Event Page here!

Stick around for the Jack Grace Band at 10pm

Toad on Facebook

 

Sunday, March 11, Colorway Plays The Homeward Vets Winter Music Fest

When: Sunday, March 11 (festival runs 3/9-3/11)
Colorway plays Sunday, 3/11 6:35-7:25 . . . Shokazoba closes out the night!!
Where: The Deuce (World War 2 Club)
50 Conz St (3.28 mi)
Northampton, Massachusetts 01060
Get Directions
Phone: (413) 586-3315
$20 PER DAY
$25 FOR ALL 3 DAYS
All Ages/ Kid Friendly Until 9PM
Advance tickets available here!.

Sunday schedule:

Color Killer -12-1235
Violet Maeve-1235-105
Mike Vallen-105-135
Buddy McEarns Band-135-210
Jim Eagan-210-225
John Cantallini Band-230-315
Orlean & Gabriel-315-330
Larry Dulong & Random Sighting-330-415
Seth & Ceremony-415-435
Mike Finnegan & The Tinkers-435-515
Singer Songwriter-515-530
Chicken Yard-530-620
Singer Songwriter-620-635
Colorway-635-725
Nate Martel-725-740
Beige-740-840
Chris Goudreau-840-855
Shokazoba-855-10pm 

A Benefit for HOMEWARD VETS
MUSICIANS HELPING VETERANS

Homeward Vets, aims to rebuild hope where it’s been damaged or lost. They work with veterans in need, who are underprivileged, and who are underserved, to rebuild their lives. Their focus lies on community efforts by educating and assisting veterans transitioning from chronic homelessness.

MUSICIANS HELPING VETERANS
This 3 day music event is brought to you from over 25 area bands and artists, vendors, collectors, community businesses and individuals coming together with the sole purpose to raise funds to support veterans transitioning from homelessness to having a place to call home. Funds raised at this event will go directly to Homeward Vets. Homeward Vets, aims to rebuild hope where it’s been damaged or lost. They work with veterans in need, who are underprivileged, and who are underserved, to rebuild their lives. Their focus lies on community efforts by educating and assisting veterans transitioning from chronic homelessness. Please check out their website at www.homewardvets.org

We look forward to seeing you at the shows and THANK YOU for the supporting Musicians Helping Veterans!

*FRIDAY MARCH 9TH KICK-OFF PARTY

*SATURDAY MARCH 10TH
The FawnsOuter StylieUncomfortablesThe Leafies You Gave MeThe Bamboo SteamersThe FreqsCelseìghDonut KingsGraneros band, Bomber, Black AbsenceRest In GriefHanna HolmanCrowriderThe Prozacs, and more…

*SUNDAY MARCH 11TH
ColorwayJim EaganViolet MaeveThe Buddy McEarns Band, Chicken Yard, Newton, Mic Finnegan & The Tinkers, Larry Dulong and Random Sighting, Orlen & Gabriel, Chris GoudreauBeigeShokazoba, Color Killers, and more…

$20 PER DAY
$25 FOR ALL 3 DAYS

All Ages/ Kid Friendly Until 9PM

Join the Facebook Event Page here!

Friday, March 30, F Alex Johnson Performs at The Wex, Nishinomiya, Japan

Alex makes his Japan debut at The Wex.
Brad Quinn plays at 8:30

When: Friday, March 30
Where: The Wex
203,205
Nishinomiya, Hyogo 662-0075

What time: 9:30pm
Cost: no cover
The Wex on Facebook

Saturday, April 7, F Alex Johnson Performs at Good Heavens!, Tokyo, Japan

Get your hanami (cherry blossom viewing) off to a great start with a stop in to Shimokitazawa’s best place for music and drinks. 

When: Saturday, April 7
Where: Good Heavens!
2F, 5-32-5 Daizawa, Setagaya-ku 
Tokyo 
Directions
South exit of Shimokitazawa station. Take a right, walk straight until you see the Mr. Donuts. Walk past and it is the second left from there and visible from the intersection. Just look for the British flag on the second floor.
What time: TBA
Cost: no cover
Good Heavens! on Facebook

Read what Time Out Tokyo had to say about Good Heavens! here. 
More here.