NEWS

Fall 2017

It's Erica Mott season again!

**LISTEN HERE for the full story: our interview on WZRD about creating performances in Bridgeport and South Shore ***

Cowboys and Vikings: Trials and Trails at Steelworkers Park (featuring my vocal arrangements and singing) will happen again! This special shared weekend will be Fri Sept 29 & Sat Sept 30 at 7:30pm at Steelworks Park (87th St at the lakefront), with Mucca Pazza performing Friday evening, Erica Mott Productions performing Saturday evening and The Horace Mann Marching Mustangs open each night. This year we're happy to have singers Holly Stevens and Picolina joining us. 

I've composed and arranged some music for voices as part of Erica's new work Elemental: Spectacles of Earth, Air, and Water, to be performed for free at Palmisano Park in Bridgeport on Oct 5, 6, and 7 at 7:30pm. I'll be performing alongside Michael Zerang's sound design, with an amazing team of singers in the park: Michael LaHood, Picolina, Lucía Mier y Terán Romero, JulieAnn Graham, and Audre Budrys Nakas - and you! Come out, see, hear, and sing with us. 

Summer 2017

It's Summer! And here's what's up: Theater Oobleck's last and final installment of Baudelaire in a Box is coming up - August 4,5,6 at Links Hall. I'm writing a new song with Diana Slickman's translation, and singing on a bunch more, including of course all the hits from previous episodes; the Voyage on through Obsession, King of Rain, Unquenched, and the last and final episode: EPISODE X. 

JULY 12 we're playing a benefit for this great Theater Oobleck undertaking, to pay for traveling musicians who will be coming to us from Puerto Rico, North Carolina, LA, and ARGENTINA - come to WeeGee's and hear me sing in the Snail Band! Toss in a few bucks to help us finish this thing, and have a drink with us. 7pm. 

Catch Opera-matic antics every Tuesday at 6pm and Saturday at 11am in August on the blocks at and around Simons Park - we'll be doing our community-made obstacle course, complete with musical and clown accompaniment. 

And stay tuned for a new Erica Mott (the 11th Ward's Artist for 2017 Year of Public Art) spectacle this September in Palmisano Park - I'm working with singers to create some participatory choral magic. All this, and ANOTHER REMOUNT OF COWBOYS AND VIKINGS in Steelworkers Park - wow! 

Winter 2017

I am premiering a new work at this year's Rhinoceros Theater Festival. It is a solo performance about singing, with some archival material from my family. I'm going to talk about Missouri, about religious practice, about baby-having, about myself and my son and my dad and his dad and his dad, and I can't wait to share it with you.

Floyd Packer Murfin-Bean arrived on August 4 of 2016, and ever since then, nothing has been the same. We are beside ourselves with joy.  

Spring 2016

I'll be playing and singing in the band for this fantastic Opera-Matic event! Please come out on May 7 for bikes, songs, snails, and more...

On May 14, Ira and I host the Crooked Mouth and 80 Foots Per Minute at our place. You should come over. It's a party AND a show. 

Winter 2016

It's January. Gestation is the name of the game right now; I'm cooking up new work musical, theatrical, and material. Upcoming collaborations in the next six months will include choral elements for a new performance work by Erica Mott, more new old sad songs and Tom Waits cabarets with Meredith Miller, and the continued poetic rambunctions of 80 Foots Per Minute. In the meantime, here is a picture of me out on the prairie. 

Fall 2015

Cowboys and Vikings at Steelworkers Park

Erica Mott's gorgeous multimedia  dance theater work returns to Chicago Parks Sept 24 and 25, this time with the assistance of myself and fellow singers Chris Schoen and Tobi Mattingly. Don't miss this incredible performance - FREE and worth every penny. 

The Piano Has Been Drinking: A Tom Waits Cabaret

featuring Emmy Bean, Meredith Miller, Nicholas Davio and Gary Damico. Monday, September 28, 8:00pm at Davenport's Piano Bar. $10 + 2 drink mininum. Period. 

 

Baudelaire in a Box: King of Rain CD release show at Hideout Riverwalk 

We made a lovely recording of the music from The King Of Rain (Baudelaire In A Box, Episode 7). Join us at the new Hideout Riverfront location (State St and Wacker) for a live performance of the album, and grab a copy to take home with you. Admission is free, and the CDs are priced to sell. 

All six original performers will return: Emmy Bean, Ronnie Kuller, T-Roy Martin, Chris Schoen, Sad Brad Smith, and Joey Spilberg. We all look forward to seeing your faces, reflected in a nice tall pint of ale.

Summer 2015

I'll be roaming and singing some cowboy songs with the help of Meredith Miller at the pre-show of Erica Mott's Cowboys and Vikings outdoor performance on Wednesday, June 17. This gorgeous, stunning, multimedia performance is playing next week at the Indian Boundary Park (2500 W Lunt Ave, Chicago, IL), June 17 and 18 at 8pm. You should be there. 

80 Foots @ Slow Food Chicago Sweet Summer Solstice potluck

Saturday, June 20: 80 Foots Per Minute will be providing some tunes as you eat, drink, and tour the beehives at this lovely event. Tickets are available online or at the door.