MeAndEiffelCropI just got back from France, where I spent two weeks in the Loire Valley, near the town of Chateauroux, in a huge chateau, writing songs for a project. I was able to take a few days off for R ‘n’ R in Paris. First time seeing Paris at the ripe old age of 62. But, it’s never too late, right? I will write more about France in a later blog, but I wanted to get this out to make sure everyone knew about some upcoming gigs:

Tuesday, Feb 10 at  7pm, I will be at Witzend in Venice hosting Lauri Reimer’s excellent Songwriters In The Round series. I made sure to bring in some big guns to perform alongside me.  Tracy Newman, whose work continues to be a goal-post I constantly aim for; James Lee Stanley, who wowed me the first time I saw him, and whose irreverent humor resonates deeply with me (and everyone else who hears him); and the livest of live-wires, Abby Posner, who has so much fire and talent as a player and a writer that it’s exploding like fireworks every time she hits the stage. Each one of them has had a great influence on me, and I’m honored to be on the stage with them.  The show is $10, tickets can be had in advance here, or pay at the door. Your admission allows you to see all the other acts after us as well.

Sunday Feb, 15, I will be appearing at Matt Denny’s Ale House in Arcadia with a star-studded lineup of performers for a Benefit Concert organized by the indefatigable Peggy Flinn Glenn for the Sweet Relief fund, and will help other musicians in need of medical procedures and other life help. The roster is too big to write about all of them here, but here’s most of them: Paul Zollo, Shelby and Tieg, Wild Mountain Mystics, John Zipperer and Friends, Matt Cartsonis, Amilia Spicer, James Lee Stanley, Ted LePlat, Phil Ward, John M, Mark Islam, Patricia Bahia, David Serby, and sitting in with a lot of us (hopefully), will be the amazing Ed Tree. The event starts at 3pm and goes to 9pm. I will be playing at 6:40, but you’ll want to get there earlier and check out all the great music, and support this good cause.

I will also be appearing a couple of nights later at JC Hyke’s  Songwriter Serenade, on Tuesday February 17, at 7pm, also at Matt Denny’s Ale House.

Hope to see you at one of these, and au revoir, mes amis!

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