Thank You!

Firstly…To all who came out to see/watched online my CD Release last week at Club Passim. What an amazing night of performances from Beth Colegrove, Dan Blakeslee and my incredible bandmates, Jeremiah Birnbaum (guitars, banjo, vox), Kirsten Lamb (bass, vox), Ryan Fitzsimmons (guitars, vox) and Bethany Weiman (cello, vox)!! I am truly blessed to have been a part of such an epic night. Especially the part where I got to look out over a crowd of people watching and listening to my music in such an awesome live music venue (whoa! what a high).

Secondly…To all who came out to see Pesky J. Nixon this past weekend in New Haven, Brooklyn and Long Island. It was quite a treat to play with these guys and I will direct you to some photos/videos once they’re posted. If you’re my friend on facebook, (facebook.com/karakulpamusic) I believe you can already see some… Also, to the NYC House Concert Circut: I love you. Let’s meet again, shall we? :)

Alright, just wanted to give a quite update! Hope this finds you all well and warm. I’m out my door to another edition of Exile on Elm Street (my weekly Tuesday residency in the front room of The Burren). See you out there!

Peace,
Kara

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November 2, 2011. (19th Century Mansion, Asheville, NC)

Holy Smokes, Folks!!

I am writing to you from a legit 19th century mansion in Asheville, NC! I will hopefully post some photos of it very soon, but, until then I must tell you that it is amazing! If you’ve ever seen the film Casper, you can begin to imagine what this place is like. Decorative wood ceilings are only the beginning! Everything in here is beautiful from the 1920s/30s (or older!) furniture, to the giant doorways, to the wall portraits and other humongous works of art to the beautiful book shelves and display cases filled with old books! Holy moly. For any of you who know how long I’ve dreamed of becoming Anne of Green Gables (though she didn’t live in a mansion such as this – she did live in the 1890s) this is like a dream come true! So, let me tell you how I ended up staying the night in such an amazing place.

It all started with a gig KFO (Kristen) picked up for us a few weeks back. We originally had this night off, but KFO, being KFO, found an open mic competition in town for us to partake in. So, we arrived and met the host, Alex Krug. We chatted and played and had a grand ole time (KFO won! Go KFO!!!!) Sometime during the night, Alex asked us where we were staying – our original plan was to drive an hour out to stay with our friend, Vivian. However, Alex offered her place as an alternative and, feeling like she was a pretty cool girl and excited not to have to drive an hour out after the show, we accepted. After which Alex said, “staying at my place is kind of an experience.” I asked her if she lived in a collective and she said yes. I mean, I was excited about staying in a house with several other cool folks to begin with, but this is just out-of-the-park amazing!! So, needless to say, our new friend is quite awesome and, since I like helping awesome people, I must tell you about her project! Alex is currently in the middle of a Kickstarting campaign to raise enough funds to make a new album. I highly recommend you check out her tunes and help her out if you’ve even got a dollar to contribute. You can find it here!

I spent the past hour just writing and writing in my journals – so filled with creativity this mansion. It was originally owned by a single female painter in the 1900s, then bought by a jazz musician in the 1970s and he still lives here with all of his creative tenants! Tomorrow morning I’m sure I’ll spend at least that amount of time taking pictures! Ok, though, enough about the mansion for now. While I’m at this, I should really update you on how the tour is progressing!

Well folks, we’re 1 week away from a happy return to Boston after two months on the road! Since we last chatted, a LOT has happened! We made it safely out of the midwest, but not before playing two amazing back-to-back shows at The Bridge, in Columbia, MO! (Thanks for asking us back for a second night, guys!!) Also a HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to see us – it was so good to see you!!! We also, of course, snagged a day of catching up with my wildlife friends before treking over to Lawrence, KS, where I reunited with my “Kansas Family” and shared a show with Bayley’s band, Ashes to Immortality, and Megan’s band, Dumptruck Butterlips. What a fun sisters-filled night! After KS we spent a few days playing in Pueblo, Denver, Ft. Collins and Boulder, CO, where I got to catch up with my real life sister and my good pal Teresa Storch! The next two days we spent driving (literally, spent the days driving) all the way across the west (my, are Wyoming and Utah ever gorgeous! – pictures on that matter soon to come as well) up to Seattle where we played a show in front of a very large aquarium at the aptly named, Musicquarium at the Triple Door. What fun! We then made it to Portland where I discovered the most amazing book store on the face of this planet (Powell’s Books) – oh my!! I could spend a very happy week of my life living in that store. Until we meet again, Powell’s, until we meet again. :) We also, of course, indulged in Voodoo Doughnuts – yum yum! After Portland we spent a few days sight-seeing in CA: we encountered the majestic Red Woods and hiked around Yosemite National Park – a much appreciated nature-break for me! We then played a hole-in-the-wall joint in Atascadero, CA, with no cell service, but a live webcast of our show (you can find it at Last Stage West) before making it down to LA where we spent the next few days. In keeping with our love for local lore, we of course each ordered an In-and-Out Burger, animal style. Mmmm. And it was nice to catch up with old friends in the city! After LA we made it through the desert to Phoenix, then on to Austin (where we ate and slept quite well with “Uncle Dave” and even got to push start his1965 VW Bug in the middle of downtown!!) From Austin we hit one of my favorite cities in the U.S., New Orleans! I may just have to catch you all up on the rest of this later though – as it’s nearing the wee wee hours and we’ve got an early start tomorrow. Anyway, hope y’all are doing well out there in your respective parts of the country. To all whom I’ve recently seen, thank you so much for your support and kindness along my travels! To all who I’m about to see – eeee! I’m excited to see you :)

Once again, from the 19th century mansion, check out Alex Krug and don’t forget to pre-order your tickets for my CD Release show at Club Passim on November 30th!!

See you out there.

Peace,
kara

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The Water’s Edge CD Release – Club Passim – 11.30.11

Hi Folks,

I am elated to announce that I will be releasing The Water’s Edge (recorded at the Signature Sounds Studio by Mark Thayer and produced by Dave Golden) on November 30th, 2011, at the legendary Club Passim! Club Passim not only offers some of the finest folk music in the country all year round, but they have a fantastic menu and now offer local brews! As if that’s not exciting enough, I am both delighted and humbled to present two of Boston’s best singer/songwriters, Beth Colegrove and Dan Blakeslee, who will each play a short set to open the evening. Wowza!

Passim CD Release Poster

Passim CD Release Poster


This is the biggest show I’ll put on this year – in fact, it’s the biggest show I’ve put on in years. Those of you who pre-ordered this CD waaaay back when, have a concept of how long I’ve been waiting to share this with you all. This is not a show to miss. So, tell your friends, tell your family, tell strangers on the street! Just get the word OUT THERE!! If you’re concerned about seating, don’t hesitate to book your table and order your tickets online. This is going to be BIG.

Thank you so much to all of you who have supported me along this long and crazy journey of making an album. Now let’s do it justice and fill those seats at Boston’s premiere folk club!

See you THERE – November 30th, at Club Passim!
Peace,
Kara

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September 27, 2011

Hi Folks,

I’ve decided to revamp how I’m going to post about these shows – turns out, it’s hard to get to a wi-fi spot after each and every show amidst driving, playing, eating, sleeping, catching up with old friends and taking care of other on-tour-tasks (email list, posters, etc). So…I’m going to treat this like a journal and update it with things I find interesting, at the times I find them interesting. :)

Today’s topic: More, more Midwest! (and silly signage)

So…after spending the night in Madison, KFO and I woke up to find ourselves with a daytime of exploring to lend to south-central Wisconsin. KFO was impressed with the name “Oshkosh,” so, we decided to stop. As we were walking in “downtown” (?) Oshkosh, I noticed this building on the side of the street.

Hmmm...

Nice sense of humor, Oshkosh. :)

As it turns out, Oshkosh isn’t that big, so, after about 30min, we decided to head on up to Appleton, WI, (the town of our Maritime Tavern gig that night) and find some cheap bowling.

Bowling KFO

Score!

We eventually made it to the Maritime Tavern to make friends with Ben, the bartender, and John, the owner, who fed us sausage and mushroom pizza (mmm!) and kept us company before our gig. Thanks guys!

Today we’re headed up to Minneapolis to play at the 331 Club with local Chastity Brown. I’m especially excited for this stop because I’ll get to reconnect with some friends I don’t get to see very often! I love that part of touring!

OK…I’m drawing weary of journaling here, but I musn’t pass over Ames, IA. (Another stop in which I got to reconnect with friends!! – AND play Balderdash…whoa! What a great night!) Here’s a photo of Zeke’s from the stage.

Zeke's (Ames, IA)

Coolest part – if you look close enough you can see our sound engineer (Scott) and our lighting engineer (Alden) – that’s right…we had LIGHTS! :) I felt pretty fancy. Local opener Ryan Seiler brought out a very friendly crowd and let me play violin with him (woo!!)

Alright, kids. I think I’m off for now. The Harmony Cafe in Appleton, WI, and I say “farewell for now!”

Until again.
k

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*September 20, 2011 – Chicago, IL

Hi Folks!

This night marked our first double header of the tour! We played an early show (7:30pm) at Homolatte (at Tweet) and a late show (10:30pm) at Jerry’s Sandwiches. Whew! We were fortunate enough to be graced by the beautiful words of poet, Simaya, between our sets at Homolatte and equally graced by the musical musings of Shelley Miller and Mark Gill during our sets at Jerry’s! This whole Chicago run made me smile a lot for sake of great creative company. I may also have experienced the most delicious chocolate cake of my life at Tweet (the venue for Homolatte) and that generally trumps any other experience I have…I mean, I love music and all…but give me a divine piece of cake?…Oooo eee! :) Here are some photos to document our travels to these two fine midwestern establishments. The Alice in Wonderland type door is located at Tweet…

Until again,
~k

a door!

Homolatte @ Tweet

Homolatte

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September 21, 2011 – Jerry’s Sandwiches (Chicago, IL)

Hi Folks,

Well, I’ve decided to take a detour here. I got a little behind on these posts due to infrequent/unreliable internet-access in Chicago, and I have a LOT to catch you up on…but it seems a little overwhelming to do it all NOW, so, I’m going to start with the most recent and work backward slowly until I’m all caught up! So…here we are, our last (and first unintended) show in Chicago!

The low-down: We played Jerry’s Sandwiches (1938 W. Division), a deceptively lovely establishment, on Sept. 20th and had such a grand ole time that they asked us back for a second show on Sept. 21st! How could we resist? Awesome vibe, amazing sound, great engineer (mad props to Trey! Yay!) and convenient locale…and a slew of special guests including Chicago’s own Shelley Miller and Mark Gill! Wowee. Needless to say, I had a great time at this show and highly recommend you check out this spot, Chicago!

Cool moment: I went to the bar to order a drink and the gal next to me says, “Hey..I know you!” – turns out this gal was an old friend from high school who’d seen my post on facebook and decided to come on down – thank you modern technology!! And thank you, Jerry’s!

Until again.
k

:)

Chicago, IL

Jerry's Sandwiches

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September 11, 2011 – New Haven, CT

Kasbah Gardens

Wowee! What a hidden gem this turned out to be! I’m sorry I don’t have a photograph to share with you. This place has a beautiful outdoor space with an abundance of vegetation and patio seating. Employees are very nice and food was said to be great! Woo!

Next stop: Pittsburgh, PA

Until again,
k

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September 9 and 10, 2011 – Turners Falls and Greenfield, MA

Hi Folks!

It was great to return to The Rendezvous in western Massachusetts on the 9th. This place has a great vibe and luckily, with the major help of Kristen Ford, a “built-in” crowd (e.g. all of her fans and friends)! It’s always nice to share my music with people who are not yet familiar. We stayed with Kristen’s friend, Ally, who was kind enough to host a house concert the next night in her awesome attic – equipped with toddler’s dancing to my rendition of “Shake Your Sillies Out” – what fun! This photograph is from a hike we took the morning of the 10th – Western Mass is just beautiful, isn’t it?

Next stop: New Haven, CT.

Until again,
k

Sachum's Head - Greenfield, MA

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September 8, 2011 – Cambridge, MA

The Middle East Upstairs

Thanks to all who came out to see us off at The Middle East! What a spectacular show with outstanding opening performances by Audrey Ryan and Left Hand Does! Thanks to Ariel Bernstein (drums), Kirsten Lamb (upright bass) and Kristen Ford (guitar/vox) for backing me up and creating an exciting band experience! I shall definitely need to do this again. :)

Next stop, Turners Falls, MA!

Until again,
k

The Middle East (Upstairs)

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Sept 5, 2011 – National Tour Stop 1

Hi Folks!

Welcome to the first edition of the 2011 National Tour Journal! In these posts you’ll find pictures and stories from the road that shall take myself and fellow singer/songwriter, Kristen Ford, across the United States of America and back in two months!

First stop: Winooski, VT – The Monkey House.

I couldn’t narrow it down to just one picture, so, I’ll tell you the story for both. We arrived in Burlington, VT, just a couple of hours before our show at The Monkey House. We met up with Kristen’s friend, Eric, and shared some conversation and a drink at a local bar…what was the name of it? Oh my. Well, it was cool, anyway. The show went well – got Dan to snap this photo of me in action, on violin. We stayed with Dan and Nancy (parents of one of Kristen’s former Chicago roommies) and enjoyed a most splendid breakfast of hand-made waffles and this stupendous syrup in the morning! Dan made sure to send us off with this mini-me sized bottle for the road – it was just so cute I had to include it’s picture. Well done, Vermont!

Until again,
k

Winooski, VT

Violinin' it up at The Monkey House


Mini-syrup!

A shot of real maple syrup

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