I hear everybody has a musical . . Sting, Green Day, Cindy Lauper. Well, we’re not going to stand by and be the exception! For the last year and a half, Pam has been composing and writing the lyrics for a musical play inspired by the modernist novel Cane by Jean Toomer. The project is the brainchild of Washington College poet and playwright, Robert Earl Price who is writing the “book” – the term for the script for a musical.
Musicals take a long time to refine, market and produce. Rather than wait for the full production, we have decided to showcase the music from this project in a concert setting. The concert will feature the Pam Ortiz Band along with Sombarkin, our friends and frequent collaborators, with narration by Robert Earl Price. We are looking forward to getting you all in on this project in its earliest stages. Stay after the show for a conversation with the artists. We promise to keep you informed. Towards that end, we have created a special web page on this site where we will post information about the project. Click here to read more and for details on the November 15-16 showcase (2 shows only) to be held at the Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre. Thanks for your ongoing support for our music. We could not do this without you!
We had previously indicated we would be at JR’s Pastime Pub on June 6 but that performance has been canceled. Actually, we will no longer be performing there on First Fridays, as in the past. We enjoyed our performances there but have had difficulty scheduling and so will focus on other performances for now. Look for an updated email newsletter from us about forthcoming shows in May and after. And, you can always check the Performance page on this site. Hope to see you soon!
Please note that we will not perform at JRs in April as we will be performing on that first Friday, April 4, as well as on the following Sunday, April 6, with the Chester River Chorale. Check our Performances page for details.
Also our May performance has canceled due to scheduling conflicts. We should be back for our regular monthly show at JRs on June 6, so plan to join us then. Maybe the snow will have melted by then!
We have a couple of interesting projects coming up this year we thought you might want to know about.
Our regular Eastern Shore fans know we have moved our regular first Friday of the month gig to JR’s Pastime Pub (part of the Lemon Leaf Cafe) on High Street in Chestertown. Please come see us most first Friday’s from 8 to 11 p.m.
In April we will be part of a special concert series with the 80-plus member Chester River Chorale and Sombarkin. The Chorale will be singing several of our original songs. Also featured during the concert will be a special gospel mass and Gospel trio Sombarkin (Karen Somerville, Lester Barrett Jr. and Jerome McKinney). If you have our album, Rattle Them Chains, you have heard Sombarkin on the title cut and on the song, Working Man. Pam’s songs have been specially arranged for the Chorale. We are thrilled to be part of these performances which will take place on April 4 and April 6.
Finally, Pam has been working on a musical project with poet and playwright Robert Earl Price. The project is based on the piece “Blood Burning Moon” from the modernist novel, Cane by Jean Toomer. We hope to showcase some of the music and get feedback on the project as things move forward. Look for more details in the future.
As always, thanks for listening to original acoustic music, and come out to see us some time soon!
After joining us on Friday, November 1 at JR’s Pastime Pub in Chestertown, consider coming out again on Saturday night, November 2 at 5:15 p.m. at Robert Ortiz Studios, 207C S. Cross Street, Chestertown (Bob’s furniture shop) when we will be performing an evening of sea shanties and Songs of the Sea as part of the Schooner Sultana’s Downrigging Weekend. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased ahead of time (Click Here to Buy Tickets) or at the door. We promise a completely different show . . . featuring all band members singing and performing their favorite sea shanties, songs of the sea or water. We’ve had a lot of fun putting this show together. We hope you’ll join us.
After a couple of years at Evergrain Bakery, we will be moving our First Friday performances to JR’s Pastime Pub at 337 High Street in Chestertown. When we started at Evergrain (then called Against the Grain), it was just Pam and Bob playing in a corner and trying to revive our musical lives. Now we are a full complement of five, and between us, our equipment and the crowd, we have simply outgrown the space. We are very grateful to Doug Rae and his fantastic crew at Evergrain. They have been wonderful friends and supporters. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at JR’s Pasttime Pub (the space that formerly housed Andy’s where great music was heard for many years). We’ll be there Friday, November 1 from 8 to 10.
In preparation for last night’s album release party, I created a video of the song Oil & Bread featuring some special family photos. The song is a musical version of the answer my great grandmother, Rose Garbarini, whom we called Nona, gave, when asked by her daughters why she married their father, Peter or Nono. My grandmother, Sylvia, was one of eight sisters. We keep their family photo in our hallway which we have dubbed “The Hall of the Ancestors.” They were a special bunch of wonderful women.
The video is on our Video and Multimedia page, but you can also click here to see it. Hope you enjoy it.
Oil & Bread Video
This past Sunday, November 25, 2012, Bob and I had the opportunity to participate in a radio interview and live on-air performance at WRNR. We were featured on the Sunday Brunch show with radio host Michael Buckley. You can hear our interview and performance by going to the Video & Multimedia page, here: WRNR Interview. Thanks to Michael for featuring the new recording,Rattle Them Chains. You can hear his show regularly from 7:00 – 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings on WRNR, 103.1 FM.
Bob and I will doing a radio spot on Michael Buckley’s Sunday morning show on WRNR (103.1). You can listen via the airwaves or live stream the show at www.wrnr.com(select Music/Listen Live). Tomorrow, Sunday, November 25, 9:00 a.m.