A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S HOOTENANNY: SONGS OF SHAKESPEARE

Posted in Music on May 14th, 2014 by byronkho

Playing a gig at World Cafe Live Downstairs on July 16! Thanks to Jeffrey Barg, and looking forward to working with Gary Kurnov, David Kurnov, Jesse R. Tendler, Sarah Levine McClelland, Eric Johnson and Laura Boyce again! We’ll be doing Bard-inspired songs from Love’s Labours Lost: A New Musical (Shakespeare in Central Park 2013); Wars & Whores: The Henry IV Musical (Fringe 2011, WXPN Folk Show, I was in it.); Shakespeare in Clark Park’s The Tempest, whose composer – Sean Hoots, lead singer of Philadelphia folk band Hoots & Hellmouth – will be joining us onstage; plus much more, and we’ll be joined by many more talented actors and musicians. Buy your tickets early!

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2007-13 Concert Schedule.

Posted in Personal on March 12th, 2013 by byronkho

Just thought I should keep a running tally of all the shows I’ve seen and will see. The 2012-3 list is most complete but still definitely missing a couple shows. Going back further, there are a LOT of missing shows as I failed to notate what I had seen back then. And I never did the “save all your concert ticket” thing that so many other people do.

Passed

Jan 22, 2007: Pussycat Dolls at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas.
Nov 6, 2007: Spamalot in NYC, DJ Rob Base and Turbo at Pacha.
Jan 16, 2008: Blue Man Group at the Venetian, Las Vegas.
May 18, 2008: Les Miserables at Walnut Street Theater (Maliha).
Aug 9-10, 2008: Cat Power, KT Tunstall, Duffy, The Swell Season, Lupe Fiasco, Bloc Party, The Offspring, Chuck Berry, Wilco, Ferry Corsten, Foo Fighters, Soulwax, Hollywood Undead, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Paramore, She & Him, Deadmau5, Lil Wayne, The Black Keys, Stone Temple Pilots, Nine Inch Nails and Kanye West at Virgin Mobile Festival in Pimlico.
Aug 15, 2008: Paramore, Jack’s Mannequin, Phantom Planet and Paper Route at Festival Pier.
Oct 11, 2008: The Philadelphayinz at Medusa (Alexis, Brenna, Caitlin).
Aug 21, 2009: Amy Regan and Ryan Tennis at Fergie’s Pub.
Sep 6, 2009: Armin Van Buuren, ATB, Benny Benassi, David Guetta, Ferry Corsten, Kaskade, Lindstrom, Robbie Rivera, Roger Sanchez, Deadmaus, Paco Osuna, Tiga and Yuksek at Electric Zoo (Brian K).
Jan 15, 2010: In the Heights in NYC.
Apr 24, 2010: The Beauty Queen of Lennane at Penn.
Mar 3, 2010: Black Eyed Peas, LMFAO and Ludacris at the Wachovia Center (Brian).
Mar 5, 2010: Max Raabe and the Palastorchestre at the Merriam Theater.
May 26, 2010: Janelle Monae, Bilal and Erykah Badu at the Tower Theater.
May 27, 2010: Imogen Heap at the Tower Theater.
Jun 11, 2010: Sally Seltmann at World Cafe Live.
Jun 16, 2010: Imelda May and April Mae and the Junebugs at Johnny Brenda’s.
Jun 21, 2010: The New Pornographers at the Trocadero.
Jun 23, 2010: Samantha Crain and Frontier Ruckus at World Cafe Live.
Jun 25, 2010: Amy Regan and Jer Coons at Tin Angel.
Jul 4, 2010: The Roots, Goo Goo Dolls and Chrissette Michele at the PMA.
Jul 9, 2010: Memphis in NYC.
Aug 1, 2010: Katie Herzig, Larkin Poe and Paul Dempsey at World Cafe Live.
Aug 2, 2010: Arcade Fire and Spoon at the Mann (Jess).
Aug 4, 2010: Paramore, Tegan and Sara, New Found Glory and Kadawatha at Festival Pier.
Aug 7, 2010: Keane, Bess Rogers, Fran Healy and Ingrid Michaelson at the Mann.
Aug 15, 2010: Nick Catchdubs and the Philadelphayinz at Medusa (Alexis).
Sep 4, 2010: A-Trak, Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Avicii, Axwell, Benny Benassi, Boys Noize, Diplo, Dirty South, Fedde Le Grand, Joachim Garraud, Kaskade, Major Lazer, Pete Tong, Pretty Lights, Rusko, Richie Hawtin, Steve Aoki, Wolfgang Gartner and Errol Alkan at Electric Zoo (Brian K).
Sep 21, 2010: Next to Normal in NYC.
Sep 23, 2010: Andrew Belle, Paula Valstein, Joey Ryan, Amber Rubarth and Jay Nash at World Cafe Live (Jess).
Sep 25, 2010: Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love by Center City Opera Theatre at DiBruno Bros in the Italian Market (Jess); Gabriela Martinez and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia at the Mann.
Sep 30, 2010: Stars at the Trocadero.
Oct 8, 2010: K’naan at the TLA.
Oct 23, 2010: Phoenix at the Tower Theater.
Oct 29, 2010: Shad, Astronautalis and K-Os at North Star Bar.
Nov 9, 2010: La Roux at the Trocadero.
Nov 11, 2010: Avi Wisnia and Curtis Peoples at the Tin Angel (Alyssa, Julie, Cory).
Nov 16, 2010: Curtis students at Curtis.
Dec 4, 2010: Rockettes Xmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall (Christine, Sylvia).
Dec 9, 2010: West Philly Orchestra at Tritone.
Dec 10, 2010: Sour Mash at the Institute.
Dec 12, 2010: Nellie McKay at World Cafe Live.
Dec 16, 2010: Liz Phair at the TLA (Jess).
Jan 8, 2011: Jessi Teich at North Star Bar.
Feb 4, 2011: Jessi Teich, Don McCloskey and Mike Pinto at World Cafe Live.
Feb 5, 2011: June Divided at Kung Fu Necktie.
Feb 6, 2011: Jolie Holland at North Star Bar (Jess).
Feb 14, 2011: Hilary Hahn and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra at the Kimmel.
Feb 15, 2011: Jessi Teich, Rooney and Eisley at TLA.
Apr 10, 2011: KT Tunstall at the TLA.
May 4, 2011: Lucy Woodward at World Cafe Live.
Jun 12, 2011: Next to Normal at the Academy of Music.
Jun 18, 2011: Black Dub at the TLA.
Jun 22, 2011: Questlove, Gary Bartz, Christian McBride, Booker T and Eric Krasno at the Blue Note, NYC.
Jul 13, 2011: Katie Costello, Nick Howard and Rachel Platten at Burlap and Bean, Newtown Square.
Jul 22, 2011: Alison Krauss and Union Station at the Academy of Music.
Jul 23, 2011: Carmina Burana and Italian Symphony by Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann.
Jul 28, 2011: Cirque de la Symphonie with the Russian National Orchestra at the Mann (Brian).
Jul 29, 2011: The Decemberists at the Borgata (Jess).
Aug 20, 2011: Verdi’s Requiem by the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus, Chicago (Norvia, Tans, Nancy, Ta, Chak).
Aug 22, 2011: Doug E. Fresh (Elissa, Crystal), Catch Me If You Can in NYC.
Sep 21, 2011: The Big Bang at Innovation Theater (Lorna).
Sep 30, 2011: Carmen by OCP at Independence Mall (Jess, Corinn).
Oct 9, 2011: Apollo e Dafne and Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot with Alize Rozsnyai and Anna Davidson.
Oct 11, 2011: Curtis students at Curtis.
Oct 23, 2011: Curtis students at Curtis.
Nov 16, 2011: Katie Herzig and Butterfly Boucher at Johnny Brenda’s.
Nov 18, 2011: Marc Silver and the Stonethrowers at JJ Tiziou’s house party.
Nov 20, 2011: Faust by the Curtis Opera Theater at Curtis.
Dec 11, 2011: Jaime Laredo at Curtis.
Dec 19, 2011: Messiah singthru with Tim Ribchester and Andrea Clearfield (Jess).
Jan 8, 2012: Nelly at Rio, Las Vegas; LMFAO at the Cosmpolitan, Las Vegas (Dora, Ori).
Jan 25, 2012: Curtis students at Curtis with Jose Garces.
Feb 12, 2012: Andrea Clearfield’s Salon (Jess).
Feb 18, 2012: Glee Club 150th Anniversary Gala.
Feb 23, 2012: Marit Larsen and Teitur at Johnny Brenda’s (Nicole).
Mar 2, 2012: Max Raabe and the Palastorchestre at the Merriam Theater (Jess).
Mar 9, 2012: Drew Nugent at Farmer’s Cabinet (Steve, Sean, Meade, John, Greg, Julia).
Mar 11, 2012: Jeffrey Barg’s Salon.
Mar 19, 2012: Eisley, Tallhart and Say Chance at Union Transfer.
Mar 29, 2012: The Joy Formidable, A Place to Bury Strangers and Exitmusic at Union Transfer.
Apr 2, 2012: Simon Page at Fergie’s (Melissa).
Apr 6, 2012: A Silent Film, Empires and Find Vienna at Union Transfer.
Apr 12, 2012: The Hill and Wood at West Philly house party (Diana, Judith).
Apr 13, 2012: Reptar at Kung Fu Necktie (Diana, Kate).
Apr 14, 2012: The Really Cooks and Fantastic Planet at the Grape Room (Judith, Diana).
Apr 17, 2012: University of the Arts jazz band on Broad St.
Apr 18, 2012: Mayer Hawthorne & The County and The Stepkids at Union Transfer.
Apr 20, 2012: First student concert recreation at Curtis (Anne Marie, Amy).
May 8, 2012: Santigold and Theophilus London at the Troc (Cliff, Diana).
Jun 9, 2012: Rachel Platten and Madi Diaz at the Fire.
Jun 11, 2012: Grouplove at the TLA (Diana).
Jun 15, 2012: Michael Kiwanuka at World Cafe Live (Judith, Lucia, Diana).
Jun 17, 2012: Marvelous Wonderettes by 11th Hour Theatre (Madeline).
Jul 9, 2012: Neon Trees and Penguin Prison at the TLA (J.C.).
Jul 12, 2012: K. Flay and Hank & Cupcakes at North Star Bar.
Jul 20-22, 2012: The Killers, The Black Keys, Jack White, Death Cab for Cutie, Bassnectar, Modest Mouse, the Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, Lupe Fiasco, Cake, Silversun Pickups, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Tinie Tempah, AWOLNation, Grouplove, Chiddy Bang, Mayer Hawthorne & the County, Ra Ra Riot, Walk the Moon, Polica, Allen Stone, J Roddy Walston and the Business, the Knocks, Reptar, Imagine Dragons, Kids These Days, Penguin Prison and Charles Bradley & the Extraordinaires at Firefly Festival in Dover, DE (Chelsea, Ed, Dana, Diana).
Aug 2, 2012: Tim Stop and Austin Charles at Orpheus.
Aug 3, 2012: Private performance from Our Lady Peace at 104.5.
Sep 1, 2012: Axwell, Benny Benassi, Wolfgang Gartner, Martin Solveig, Sander van Doorn, Bingo Players, Morgan Page, Rusko, Nervo, Claude VonStroke, Felix Cartal, Datsik and Sleepy & Boo at Electric Zoo on Randall’s Island, NYC (Cliff).
Sep 2, 2012: Pearl Jam, Drake, Jill Scott, RunDMC, Afrojack, Alesso, The Hives, DJ Shadow, Betatraxx, Santigold, Rita Ora, The Knocks and Gary Clark Jr. at Made in America Fest in Philadelphia, PA.
Sep 10, 2012: Sondre Lerche at World Cafe Live.
Sep 13, 2012: Dragonette and the Knocks at Union Transfer.
Sep 14, 2012: Samantha Crain at Underground Arts.
Sep 24, 2012: Allen Stone, Tingsek and Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at World Cafe Live (Mippy, Faye).
Oct 4, 2012: West Philly Orchestra at Underground Arts (Diana, Ed, Rachel, Sarah).
Oct 11, 2012: Mayer Hawthorne and Cheers Elephant at Penn (Diana, Kate).
Oct 14, 2012: Jerry Springer the Opera by OperaDelaware (Jess, Liz), Shakey Lyman and Perseverance Jazz Band at Fiume (Steve).
Oct 16, 2012: Tim Stop at WCL (Mitchell), Silversun Pickups at Tower Theater (Dana, Chris).
Oct 17, 2012: Nneka at WCL.
Nov 2, 2012: Freelance Whales and Geographer at Union Transfer (Kelly).
Nov 4, 2012: Jessica Lennick solo concert in Ardmore, Leslie Stevens and the Milk Carton Kids at the Tin Angel (Marie).
Nov 9, 2012: Clara C and David Choi at World Cafe Live (Steve).
Nov 10, 2012: Jessica Lennick, Madeline Adams, Amy Miller and Francesco Cafiso performing at my salon.
Nov 16, 2012: Yeasayer and Sinkane at Union Transfer (Kelly).
Nov 29, 2012: Passion Pit and Ra Ra Riot at Electric Factory (Diana, Ed).
Dec 1, 2012: Kingsley Flood at JJ Tiziou’s house party.
Dec 4, 2012: Marina and the Diamonds and Icona Pop at Union Transfer.
Jan 1, 2013: Kelly DiMattio and Monique Chabot in the Mummers’ Parade; Jessica Lennick, Elizabeth Zell, Billy Handy, Steven Ujifusa and Jeffrey Barg perform at my salon.
Jan 14, 2013: Joachim Garraud at Marquee, Las Vegas (Jaimmie, Dora, Ori).
Jan 24, 2013: Guards and Ra Ra Riot at Union Transfer (Josh).
Jan 26, 2013: Matt & Kim, June Divided and Tegan and Sara at Winter Jam in the Piazza (Diana, Chelsea, Ed, Gabe, Kate, Ben).
Jan 27, 2013: Andrea Clearfield’s Salon (Kat, Krista, Steve).
Jan 29, 2013: Curtis students at Curtis.
Feb 12, 2013: The Wild Bohemians for Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday at World Cafe Live (Marie, Jenny).
Feb 13, 2013: Silent Night by Opera Philadelphia (Kat).
Feb 25, 2013: Amy Regan at World Cafe Live.
Mar 1, 2013: Curtis 20/21 and Stephen Stucky at Curtis (Annie, Amy, Anne Marie).
Mar 2, 2013: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at the Academy of Music; Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society at Mud Island Speakeasy in Fort Mifflin (Kat).
Mar 13, 2013: Owen Wingrave by Curtis Opera Theatre at the Kimmel (Jenny).
Mar 16, 2013: Kreisler’s Apple Blossoms at AVA; Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream, PA Ballet, Academy (Alex, Victoria, Allie, Jason, Heather, Abigail, Samantha, Sam)
Mar 19, 2013: Addams Family at the Academy (Amelia).
Mar 21, 2013: alt-J and Hundred Waters at the TLA (Allison, Dave, Doug).
Mar 22, 2013: Anberlin, Paper Route and All Get Out at Trocadero.
Mar 23, 2013: Fedde Le Grand, dBerrie and David Vaux at Lit Ultrabar.
Mar 25, 2013: Sigur Ros at Madison Square Garden (Amy).
Mar 26, 2013: Nicki Bluhm at World Cafe Live.
Mar 27, 2013: Boy and Miko and the Musket at World Cafe Live (Steve, Scott, John).
Mar 29, 2013: Adventure Club at Starlight Ballroom.
Apr 3, 2013: Caitlin Rose and Andrew Combs at Milkboy (Marie).
Apr 4, 2013: The Stone Foxes, John the Conqueror and Black Stars at Milkboy (Marie).
Apr 10, 2013: Ryat, Beam&Deem and Les Professionnels at Silk City (Marie, Umer).
Apr 13, 2013: Jeff Thomas’ All-Volunteer Army Horn Extravaganza and Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather 5 at Milkboy (June).
Apr 14, 2013: Jamie Lidell and Empress Of at Union Transfer.
Apr 17, 2013: Matt Costa and Vandaveer at Johnny Brenda’s and Curtis at World Cafe Live (Amy, Bobby, Marija, Trish, Diane).
Apr 18, 2013: Perseverance Jazz Band at Farmer’s Cabinet (Marie).
Apr 19, 2013: John Legend and Train at Penn Park, Sander van Doorn at Soundgarden Hall (Chelsea, Diana, Alex, Samuel, Mike T, Jess, Doug, Julie, Marissa, Tom).
Apr 20, 2013: The Drowsy Chaperone at Holy Ghost Prep, and Olly Murs at the Trocadero (Jess).
Apr 21, 2013: Kathryn Guthrie and Rufus Wainwright at the Kimmel (Jess).
Apr 25, 2013: Bess Rogers, Kristen Ford, Hannah Winkler, Matthew Santos and Leila Broussard at Tin Angel (Marie).
May 2, 2013: West Philly Orchestra and Johnny Showcase and the Lefty Lucy Lounge at Underground Arts (Marie, Umer).
May 4, 2013: Deap Vally and Free Energy at North Star Bar (Marie, Katie, Susie, Doug, Jess).
May 8, 2013: NeedToBreathe and Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors at Electric Factory.
May 12, 2013: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Phoenix, Paramore, Passion Pit, Silversun Pickups, the Airborne Toxic Event and Twenty One Pilots at Susquehanna Bank Center.
Jun 4, 2013: Merrily We Roll Along at Harold Pinter Theatre (London).
Jun 5, 2013: The Minister’s Cat at Henry’s Cellar Bar (Edinburgh).
Jun 6, 2013: Noises Off! at King’s Theatre (Edinburgh).
Jun 13, 2013: Mates of State and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! at Underground Arts.

Upcoming

Jun 15, 2013: Rebirth Brass Band, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, New Sound Brass Band at the Blockley.
Jun 17, 2013: The Postal Service and Ra Ra Riot at the Mann.
Jun 18, 2013: Selah Sue and Bushwalla at World Cafe Live.
Jun 21-23, 2013: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Calvin Harris, MGMT, Ellie Goulding, Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Azealia Banks, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Matt & Kim, Public Enemy, The Joy Formidable, Japandroids, Toro y Moi, Django Django, Dragonette, Action Bronson, The White Panda, ZZ Ward, St. Lucia, A Silent Film, Twenty One Pilots, The Neighbourhood, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds and The Spinto Band at Firefly Festival in Dover, DE.
Jun 27, 2013: Macy Gray and David Murray Infinity Quartet at Vogue Theatre or Courtney Pine at Performance Works, Granville Island.
Jun 28, 2013: UBC Opera presents Rossini Italian Girl in Algiers, 6344 Memorial Rd at UBC.
Jun 29, 2013: Nikki Yanofski at Vogue Theater. RAC at Fortune Nightclub.
Jun 30, 2013: Herbie Hancock at the Queen E. Eric Prydz at the Commodore.
Jul 9, 2013: She & Him and Camera Obscura at the Mann.
Jul 10, 2013: Belle and Sebastian and Yo La Tengo at the Mann.
Jul 19, 2013: FUN. and Tegan and Sara at the Mann.
Jul 23, 2013: Fantasia at the Mann.
Jul 24, 2013: The Script at Susquehanna Bank Center.
Jul 25, 2013: OAR at Festival Pier or Sandi Thom at World Cafe Live or Zelda at the Mann.
Jul 26, 2013: Red Baraat, Kat Edmonson, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Aaron & The Spell, The Districts, Alo Brasil and Michael Kiwanuka at XPoNential Music Festival.
Jul 27, 2013: Matt Pond, Wake Owl, Polica, Fleeting Ends, Dr. John, Brett Dennen, The Stray Birds, The Last Bison, Lord Huron, Trampled by Turtles, John Butler Trio, The Lumineers, Dr. Dog at XPoNential Music Festival.
Jul 28, 2013: Jose James, Phosphorescent, DRGN KING, Kopecky Family Band, Justin Townes Earle, Lianne La Havas, Dawes at XPoNential Music Festival.
Jul 31, 2013: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists at Morgan’s Pier.
Aug 1, 2013: Van Cliburn Tribute at the Mann.
Aug 2, 2013: Rodrigo y Gabriela at Electric Factory.
Aug 5, 2013: Beth Orton at World Cafe Live.
Aug 11, 2013: The Black Crowes and Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Mann.
Aug 21, 2013: The Dropkick Murphys at the Mann.
Aug 30 – 31, 2013: Avicii, Above & Beyond, Alesso, Knife Party, Martin Solveig, Benny Benassi, Tiesto, David Guetta, Bassnectar, Madeon, Bingo Players, Sander van Doorn, Hardwell and Madeon at Electric Zoo, Randall’s Island.
Sep 1, 2013: Queens of the Stone Age, Calvin Harris, Deadmaus, Empire of the Sun, Imagine Dragons, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Public Enemy, Solange, ASAP Rocky, Nero, Wolfgang Gartner, Emeli Sande, Haim, Alunageorge, Rudimental, Jesse Rose and Mord Fustang at Made in America Fest.
Sep 13, 2013: Dustin Lynch, Keith Urban, Little Big Town at Susquehanna Bank Center.
Sep 17, 2013: Nabucco by Opera Philadelphia at the Academy.
Sep 18, 2013: City and Colour at Electric Factory.
Sep 21, 2013: Steely Dan at the Mann.
Sep 22, 2013: Sirah, Icona Pop and K. Flay at TLA.
Oct 9, 2013: Emeli Sande at TLA.
Oct 31, 2013: Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors at World Cafe Live.
Feb 7, 2014: Fountain of Tears by Opera Philadelphia at the Academy.
Mar 5, 2014: Dialogue of the Carmelites by Curtis Opera at the Kimmel.

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Catching up!

Posted in Personal on October 15th, 2011 by byronkho

Emiliana Torrini in Iceland. HOT!

Not enough time spent posting, too much time spent doing. Here’s the recap:

September 17: Paintball. Went out to Jersey to hunt what Rainier Wolfcastle terms “the deadliest game of all.” First time, but I took a few people down with me.

September 23: Helium Comedy Club. J.C.’s friend hosted for some big comedians. Pretty good stuff. Except that waitress was TERRIBLE. Really now.

September 24: Alex’s Housewarming. Nice house. The inside renovations were awesome, and I don’t know how he managed to get the house with the renovations – must be haunted or something. Gotta be a reason for a sweet buy like that.

September 27: First meeting as new member of the Curtis Crescendo Club steering committee. Fun people supporting good music, and from all walks of life in Philly. Had a great time feeling officious with Susy Schultz Keller, Dean Vetsikas, Melissa Page, Anna Schuenemann, Bobby Towcimak, Marija Ugrinich, Steven Ujifusa, Madeline Adams and Elizabeth Racheva, plus a few others. Check it out: it’s official.

Toured the Lenfelt Hall building – broke in a piano in a 3rd floor rehearsal room, saw the amazing orchestra rehearsal room and then saw the 5th floor balcony. Drool. Saw the $300,000 window. Then Yards for Penn Club stuff. Cape of Good Hope: good beer. Met Sam Huntington.

September 30: Opening show for Opera Company of Philadelphia is live simulcast of Carmen from Academy of Music to our spot on the grass by Independence Hall.

October 2: Played a few solos for Brandon Grady’s last service as pastor at a church in the Philly suburbs. Good times. Did one of those Love Feast things where you wash your neighbor’s feet, you know, like Jesus did with his disciples. Used lots of hand sanitizer afterwards.

October 3: First rehearsal at the Orpheus Club. Lots of Dark and Stormys, and some good times filling out the Tenor 2 section. Lots of talented musicians in there.

October 4: Visited the basement of University City High School. Admire the tenacity of high school teachers in the city – yes, that’s you, Jim. Plus, he’s got Finale, I was able to transcribe a few songs from Wars & Whores while I was there. I get arranger credit. Oh, and we have a WORLD CAFE LIVE gig for Wars & Whores on January 14. You totally can buy tickets now.

October 5: Helped record a few arias with Liz Zell at Curtis. Fun stuff. Then dinner/drinks with Jessica Lennick, Zelly and Don Marrazzo (now executive director of Astral Artists).

October 6: Night Market in Chinatown with Julie Yannalfo and Cory Walker. Ran into True Trieu and Chippy. Skipped the beer line ahead of 100 people, WIN. Banana Leaf for dinner and then home, away from massive crowds.

October 9: Apollo e Dafne and Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot. Great performers. Alize Rozsnyai was a great Dafne (after she settled into her voice… a little thin for the first 10 minutes). Also great as Ilia during Idomeneo last season. And she’s only 22! Anna Davidson great as crazy Miss Donnithorne, rejected at the altar and the model for Miss Havisham. Ran into Don and one of the Curtis students, who days later I found to be a great violinist. I initially thought she was some high school student writing a report on the concert.

October 11: Classics & Cocktails at Curtis. Amazing. Some great (though slightly uneven) violin performances. I don’t like Steve Reich that much, his stuff sounds a bit lazy – but I’ve heard the percussionists before, and I know they’re good. Wonderful Boccherini to close out the show. Loved the cello work. Cello does happen to one of my favorite instruments. After the show, we head over to Barclay Prime where we get free drinks and appetizers all night. Fun. Met a bunch of good people, including Anna Schuenemann. Late night dinner at the Wishing Well with Anna and bf, who invite me to join their pool league.

October 12: Pool at Perch Pub. First game as member of new league! Won the first, close on the second and then some crap playing after. It’s all right – practice makes perfect. Nice people.

October 13: Meeting with Sam Huntington, then the TIPS party at G Lounge – where I fail to eat dinner and get a little toasted. A bunch of Cornell, Penn, Columbia peeps. Emilie Feldman is there, and Lorna came over to round out the party. Awesome night! Totally worth the $6.

From the last TIPS at Bleu Martini.

October 14: Priscilla comes into town. Zavino for lunch. Touring post offices. Footloose, Running Scared. Cap off a bottle of that Chardonnay that Mike has a bazillion bottles of.

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Showlist, circa August 21.

Posted in Uncategorized on August 21st, 2010 by byronkho

So my show list has been updated yet again, due to the fact I can’t make SO many of the shows because of rehearsal demands. I’ve kept on 3 shows I’ll probably try to push and make since they’re gonna be AWESOME.

September 4: Electric Zoo Music Festival.
September 17: Biffy Clyro at North Star Bar.
September 18: Sea Wolf at North Star Bar.
*September 23: Andrew Belle, Joey Ryan, Paula Valstein, Jay Nash and Amber Rubarth at World Cafe Live.
September 26: Gabriela Martinez at the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.
*September 30: Stars at the Troc.
October 15: Ingrid Michaelson at the Troc.
October 16: Sara Bareilles/Greg Laswell/Holly Conlan at the Troc.
*October 17: Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott at the Kimmel Center.
October 22: Guster at the Electric Factory.
October 23: Phoenix at the Tower Theater.
October 29: K-OS at the North Star Bar.
November 9: Dala at World Cafe Live OR La Roux at the Troc.
November 10: Sufjan Stevens at the Academy of Music.
November 19: The Frames at the TLA.
November 21: Brooke Fraser at World Cafe Live.

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Upcoming Shows?

Posted in Personal on August 7th, 2010 by byronkho

Again, an ambitious list and not necessarily making all (especially if I end up having a show to rehearse). But gigs at Johnny Brenda’s, North Star Bar and WCL are like $10-$15, and for awesome music? That’s cheap entertainment at $5 an hour. Still got a GC to use for the Mann, so gotta find some future show there. As for the Ticketmaster places… sigh, I hate paying their stupid processing fee, but if an artist is good enough, I’ll risk it.

August 7: Keane, Ingrid Michaelson, Fran Healy at the Mann Center.
August 9: Here We Go Magic, Oberhofer, The Powder Kegs at Johnny Brenda’s.
September 4-5: Electric Zoo (Fedde Le Grand, Erol Alkan, Joachim Garraud, Kaskade, Benny Benassi, ATB, Diplo, Armin van Buuren, A-Trak).
September 5: Hot Hot Heat at North Star Bar.
September 7: The Pixies at the Tower Theater.
September 14: Broken Social Scene with The Sea and Cake at the TLA.
September 16: Illinois, Electric City, Akudama at Johnny Brenda’s.
September 17: Hezekiah Jones, Birdie Busch, The Welcome Wagon, Andrew Rose Gregory at Johnny Brenda’s OR Biffy Clyro at North Star Bar.
September 18: Sea Wolf at North Star Bar.
September 22: Superchunk, Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice at the Troc.
September 23: Andrew Belle, Joey Ryan, Vandaveer, Jay Nash and Amber Rubarth at World Cafe Live.
September 26: Gabriela Martinez at the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.
September 30: Stars at the Troc.
October 3: Born Ruffians at Johnny Brenda’s.
October 5: The Hold Steady at the Troc.
October 8: K’naan at the TLA.
October 11: Jimmy Eat World with We Were Promised Jetpacks at the Electric Factory.
October 16: Sara Bareilles/Greg Laswell/Holly Conlan at the Troc.
October 19: First Aid Kit at Johnny Brenda’s.
October 17: Yo-Yo Ma at the Kimmel Center.
October 21: Nikki Yanofsky at World Cafe Live.
October 22: Guster at the Electric Factory.
October 25: Black Prairie at Johnny Brenda’s.
October 29: K-OS at the North Star Bar.
November 5: The Weepies at World Cafe Live.
November 8: Roky Erickson at Johnny Brenda’s.
November 9: Dala at World Cafe Live OR La Roux at the Troc.
November 21: Brooke Fraser at World Cafe Live.

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Imogen Heap, Janelle Monae, Bilal, Erykah Badu, Sally Seltmann.

Posted in Personal on June 12th, 2010 by byronkho

Busy week for shows…

1) Imogen Heap. Tickets for $7 over full price of $45ish. Been a long time since I’ve been in Upper Darby, and hadn’t actually ever been to the Tower Theatre yet before that day. Yeah… weird, aint it. I love her voice, and it’s as great live as it is with high quality production. I did like that she tried to improvise a piece. Though she ended up failing, it was a really good start. Another day or two working on it and she could have had a nice track for her next album. She could bring me on as her producer, I could totally whip that into shape…

Imogen does Just For Now. At the actual concert, she conducted the audience, who sang the under-vocalisations while she sang the main melody.

2) Janelle Monae, Bilal and Erykah Badu. Tower again… Janelle is HOT in concert. And she can do her weird dance stuff too. Missed a few of the first pieces, boo… but came in when she was doing one of her slow opera-ish numbers off of ArchAndroid. She really got the crowd going as she finished up with Tightrope. Totally love the mid-piece jam session and dance-off. She didn’t milk it too much but so much more could have been done with it! Bilal was pretty good. For some reason, he got lackluster applause even though he did a great job. Weird. Maybe it was because his song choices were the more experimental and abstract sounding ones? He only had one of his let’s-make-love-like-Barry-White-or-Usher-excuse-me-miss numbers, the rest were the “weird” stuff. Kind of like going to see Foo Fighters and getting some Animal Collective – good, but not what was expected from a Philly R&B singer. Though don’t get me wrong, it was still R&B, just a different kind. Erykah also does the same stuff – let’s call it post-hiphop – but of course everyone knows her stuff. Including that white dude who looked like a girl, kept fluffing his hair and tucking it behind his ear every five seconds, swayed like a black woman at church during gospel hour but without any of the righteous moves and did all this right in the center of my line of sight. Had to look around him to see the stage. What a doofus, even his girlfriend (who was pretty, but much less girly than he was… god knows how that relationship works) was telling him to sit down and just gave up. As for her performance: Erykah really knows how to put on a show, let’s just leave it at that.

Janelle’s Cold War from the Tower.

3) Sally Seltmann. Honestly, I can’t believe there were so few people there. There were like 10 customers there at the beginning of the show. 4 turned out to be jerks who went to the small patio outside because she was being too loud or something. You could see them being exasperated. I was like you’re at World Cafe Live during hours when they have a posted show. Come on! 2 of them waited for Harmony to my Heartbeat (which sounded JUST like the recording, but you could hear her voice quaver sometimes… awesome) and then left. The others looked like they were there already, and were like, oh, a concert? Nice. As far as I could tell, it was only my table and these 2 old people next to us that actually were there to see her. I’m sure she was like WTF from onstage. I had to start the clapping after every song. I was like, show some recognition! She put on a nice show. No effects, just her and her piano (and a drummer and a cellist who did some backup vocals once in a while). Her voice is a little wishy-washy sometimes, but her earnestness comes through, as well as her musicianship and her GREAT songs. A few of them I was like DAMN this is some good shit, I need to hear how the produced version turned out! I talked to her a bit afterwards. She was real nice. I bought her EP, which of course made her really happy (since I don’t think anyone else bought anything), and then she offered to sign my copy. I said yes.

Sally as New Buffalo, doing Emotional Champ. Love this song.

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