CK + acoustic prez + KT = Mood Swing Whistlestop Express

The Kimberly Trip plays hard-edged geek pop of a variety that you can likely not even imagine.  They only play spaces they can totally control.  They set the stage, they control the tickets, they run the sound, they do everything.  That means you get video projections, snow machines, smoke and mirrors, lights and the whole thing.  In short, it’s awesome.
They don’t do too many of these shows lately, but they are doing on this Saturday and I’m fortunate enough to open.
Here’s how it will work: I’ll play acoustic with Chip (smallish drums and junk), Simon (accordion), and Damian (fiddle) and I’ll bum everyone out with my avant-downbeat-sadsack tuneage.  Then The Kimberly Trip will melt your sadness with their upbeat 80s-flavored geek pop.  Sounds good, don’t it?  I think so.
Saturday, March 28 · All Ages! · 
$4/$6/$10 · 8:00pm
Heroes Alley
3501 Sunrise Blvd.
Rancho Cordova , CA
Buy tickets via the link below and please put my name in the comments.  I only get any money if folks put my name in.  & I’ve been invited to play Grant Park in Chicago for 4th of July and am trying to gather enough $$ to make that happen.  Here’s the ticket-buying link:
There will be tickets at the door too.  Make sure you mention you’re there to see me bum everyone out.  Hell yes.
More news of Chicago coming soon.  Meanwhile, be well all.
Published in: on March 26, 2009 at 3:23 am  Leave a Comment  

American River College, Sacramento, CA

American River College
Sacramento, CA
Tuesday, November 18, 12:15pm – 1:15pm
Location: Raef 160

Facilitator: Michael Spurgeon

Of Great and Mortal Men: 43 Songs for 43 U.S. Presidencies

Hosted by ARC English Professor Michael Spurgeon, Christian Kiefer and J. Matthew Gerken will discuss their new triple CD project: Of Great and Mortal Men: 43 Songs for 43 U.S. Presidencies, an indie rock romp through American history. They’ll also perform a few of songs from this project live with help from drummer (and Presidential trivia maniac) Chip Conrad. Nick Miller, in a feature article on the group in the September 4, 2008, Sacramento News and Review writes the project is “dynamic, both stylistically and thematically, exploring ambient, prog and funk while portending a darker view of U.S. history.”

This activity meets ARC goals 1, 4 and state PD guideline B.

Published in: on September 26, 2008 at 8:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

9/13 in Sacramento…

What’s this?  There’s actually a tour date?  Indeed, and what a tour date:

For one night only in the wee town of Sacramento, CA, Christian Kiefer, Jefferson Pitcher (all the way from NY via Ontario) and J. Matthew Gerken for an evening of songs from Of Great and Mortal Men: 43 Songs for 43 U.S. Presidencies.  & we’ll have copies of the thing for sale.  FINALLY.

September 13, 2008 + 9:00pm + $3 (but bring $33 so you can buy the thing too)
Fox & Goose Pub + 1001 R Street + Sacramento, CA 95811
Christian Kiefer + Jefferson Pitcher + J. Matthew Gerken

Christian’s on first (on account of Chip, my drummer, having a double booking), then Jefferson (who you may never see again in Sacramento as he’s moved to Flesherton, Ontario, where he will likely live forever), and then Matthew with his crack team of sonic beasts Nice Monster.  Oh!  Hell yes!  Get there at 9pm as we’re starting right on schedule.  We’re not playing ALL the Presidents, but damn near.  Starting with Washington and moving on from there. 

To quote Tyler (the song, not the man): Oh!  Hell yes!

Published in: on September 5, 2008 at 5:41 am  Leave a Comment  

Live shows

Looks like we’ll be doing only two live shows for Of Great and Mortal Men: 43 Songs for 43 U.S. Presidencies: one in San Francisco and the other in Los Angeles.  That’s all folks!  So keep watching this space for news of those shows as they firm up.  Tentatively I can tell you we’re looking at September 11 at the venerable Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco.  How’s that for a fortuitous date to celebrate America.  Hmmm….

Published in: on July 2, 2008 at 12:09 am  Leave a Comment