After an exhausting June and start to July I'll be enjoying a few days off. Starting July 4 I'll be ramping up again for a crazy month of shows mostly across the Fox Valley. As before, my YouTube page has had a regular dose of new content weekly and I hope you'll go over there to check it out! Great shows for this month listed below.
July 6 - Tom Washatka Trio @ The Source
July 7 - Swinging Johnson's @ Fletch's Tap House
July 8 - The Pocket Kings @ The Source
July 12 - The Pocket Kings @ Neenah Evening Concerts
July 13 - The Pocket Kings @ Thelma Sadoff Arts Center
July 15 - KaRoMa Trio @ Oshkosh Farmer's Market
July 19 - The Pocket Kings @ Waupaca Summer Nights Concerts
July 20 - Erin Krebs @ Whitney Park
July 22 - The Gilly Trio @ Jim & Lindas
July 26 - WCJO @ Live at Lunch
July 27 - Stuck On Blue @ Neenah Out To Lunch
July 27 - Christine Salerno Trio @ Rivertyme Cruise
July 29 - Stuck On Blue @ Vines & Rushes Winery
July 29 - The Pocket Kings @ Beckets
ALSO Every Thursday night at Barley & Hops in Oshkosh, Late night for the open jam!
Summer is in full swing a slew of concerts and special events will be coming up throughout the next few months. A couple of things I am really looking forward to include my annual appearance at "Electric City Experience" which is a music festival running on June 10th in Kaukauana, WI. I've played at it for the last 3 years and its been a treat every time. This year I will perform with The Jazz Orgy, The Gilly Trio, Erin Krebs Group, and The Swinging' Johnsons. Check out their website for more details.
In addition a few festival I am making a trip back to Eau Claire for a special one-off with Love Taxi. I always loved playing in this group and many of the members have gone on to bigger and better things all around the country. We'll be doing a special show at The Mousetrap in Eau Claire on Thursday June 22 at 10 pm. Please come down if you are in the Eau Claire area!
Lastly, I've got more great content featured on my YouTube channel. One of the projects I'm working on is called "Shorelane Sessions". In these videos which I will release every other month I feature a group performing in my studio. It will consist of 3 songs recorded and produced by me. I am hoping to feature new groups every month, most of which I will be playing with. The first two feature Stuck On Blue (April) and KaRoMa Trio (June). Video to the most recent is below. I've also included another drum cover which I've been trying to record almost weekly.
June 8 - Point Reyes @ Barley & Hops, Oshkosh
June 9 - The Gilly Trio @ Jim & Lindas, Malone
June 10 - Electric City Experience, Kaukauana
June 15 - Benny Pocket Band @ Barley & Hops, Oshkosh
June 16 - KaRoMa Trio @ Oshkosh Food Truck Night, Oshkosh
June 17 - El Fuego @ Midwest Sunsplash, Menasha
June 18 - Stuck On Blue @ TJ's Harbor Bar
June 22 - MM Trio @ Menomonie Public Library, Menomonie
June 22 - Love Taxi @ The Mousetrap, Eau Claire
June 24 - MM Trio @ Eau Claire Farmers Market
June 25 - Greg McMonagle Trio @ Heidl House, Green Lake
June 29-30 - Stuck on Blue @ The Lakely, Eau Claire
It has been an exciting spring, and Im looking forward to an eventful summer full of great music with a large variety of amazing players and song-writers. In this coming month I will perform with a great cast of musicians including the following special shows....
May 5th - Salsa Manzana @ Thelma Arts Center, Fond Du Lac
May 12th - Tom Theabo Trio @ Gardina's Wine Bar, Oshkosh
May 18th - Stuck On Blue @ The Source Public House, Menasha
May 19th - Stuck On Blue @ The Brink Lounge, Madison
May 20th - The Pocket Kings @ Beckets, Oshkosh
May 26th - KaRoMa Trio @ Gardina's Wine Bar, Oshkosh
May 27th - Stuck On Blue + Jason Reisdorf @ Roadhouse Pizza, Ripon
In addition to great performances I'm beginning to set some lesson schedules for the summer months, if you are interested in taking lessons or enrolling a student of yours for some extra attention in the summer please reach out and let me know!
Lastly, I've begun producing some new video content through my YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/malonedrum). I've worked really hard to not only increase the quality of my audio, but my video as well. I hope you will visit my page, watch some of the recent content and subscribe to become aware of new content as it is released. Im working to release new videos almost weekly. Below I've included some recent videos from my channel!
Excited to be performing again this month with a few groups who have been a little off the radar lately including, The Gilly Trio, Stuck On Blue and The Pocket Kings
The Gilly Trio
April 7th - Roadhouse Pizza, Ripon
April 15th - McGuiness Irish Pub, Appleton
Stuck On Blue
April 6th - The Source Public House, Menasha
April 20th - Trout Museum of Art, Appleton
The Pocket Kings
April 22nd - Houdini's Gastropub, Appleton
If you can't make it out to a show, you can always stream some great footage of all these groups over on YouTube!
March has kicked off with a big surprise in the fact that I found out I was nominated for a WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) award. I was nominated individually in the "Drummer of the Year" category, and also the salsa band I perform with Salsa Manzana was nominated for "World Music Group". I am extremely humbled to be named among so many other great musicians, and also a bunch of musicians who should have been mentioned in some sort of award but may not have received acknowledgment this year.
In addition this, I also have a great string of performances coming up this month. Here are some highlights....
3/2 - KaRoMa at The Source
3/3 - Ste-Lone at Gardinas
3/4 - Pocket Kings at Beckets
3/10 - Stuck On Blue at Gardinas
3/17 - KaRoMa at Beckets
3/18 - KaRoMa at Oshkosh Indoor Farmers Market
3/18 - KaRoMa at Manila
3/19 - Stuck On Blue at Neenah Public Library
3/23 - MM Trio at The Lakely
3/24 - MM Trio at The Lakely
3/24 - Double Drum Super Band at The Mousetrap
3/25 - MM Trio at The Lakely
3/27 - WCJO at Manila
3/31 - Erin Krebs Band at Deja Vu
January was a month full of exciting things including a long term teaching position I took teaching middle school band at Winneconne School District. It wore me out quite a bit, but after just completing the assignment I feel refreshed and ready to start getting into some new projects for the end of winter and spring.
I'll be headed out on tour briefly with Five By Design this month. We head out to Boston, MA for a quick 5 day run. I am excited to perform with this awesome group again and this time also perform with the Cape Cod Symphony.
Some other exciting shows this month
2/10 - Ste-Lone Duo: Gardinas
2/ 24 - Stuck On Blue: Gardinas
2/25 - Mama Ginger & The Red Hots: Deja Vu
2/27 - WCJO w/ Marty Robinson: Manila
2/28 - Fat Ass Tuesday: The Source Public House
The new brings a lot of exciting opportunities. First of all, I will be hoping to do more collaborative videos/recordings this year, so stay tuned for that. In the month of January I am taking some much needed time to myself to work on some projects at home, and develop some new opportunties for the rest of the year. You can catch me playing a few great public shows, especially with The Pocket Kings.
1/5 - KaRoMa Trio at The Source
1/6 - The Pocket Kings at Cranky Pats
1/7 - The Gilley Trio at McGuinness Irish Pub
1/12 - KaRoMa Trio at Cena
1/13 - KaRoMa Trio at Gardina's
1/20 - The Pocket Kings at Houdini's
1/21 - WCJO at Bootlegger's Ball
1/27 - The Pocket Kings at Beckets
1/28 - UWGB Jazz Fest All Star Big Band
I always see this december blog update as a great chance to celebrate a year of making music and performing with great artist. I am very proud of the accomplishments my groups have made this year. The Pocket Kings have really elevated our performing and we continue to work hard on numerous special events (Christmas show this month!). Water City Jazz Orchestra is now midway through our concert season which continues this month with a special holiday show. Stuck On Blue has had a really great time exploring new venues, and we celebrated the release of our first album in July. Many other great memoeries and performances were made this year, and Im excited to develop more projects into 2017.
Coming up this month, a few special shows.....
December 8 - KaRoMa Trio at Cena
December 9 - KaRoMa Trio at Beckets
December 10 - Stuck On Blue at Gardinas
December 15 - Stuck On Blue at The Source
December 16 - Stuck On Blue at Gardinas
December 17 - The Pocket Kings at Deja Vu
December 19 - WCJO Christmas Show at Manila
December 23 - The Pocket Kings Christmas Show at Beckets
December 30 - Erin Krebs Quartet at The Brink Lounge
December 31 - NYE at Deja Vu w/ Greg McMonagle & Stuck On Blue
October was a month full of very memorable performances. November looks to be exciting, but a lot of exciting things will be happening come December, so stay tuned for that. This month I make a return trip to Eau Claire to perform with a couple of my best friends and mentors from my days out there. If you're in the area join Josh Gallagher, Jeremy Boettcher, and Myself at The Lakely inside the Oxbox Hotel for some great jazz on November 4th.
Additionally a few fun gigs coming up with regular bands like The Pocket Kings (Beckets and Houdinis), Stuck On Blue (Stone Cellar Brewpub and Gardinas) along with the Tom Theabo Trio (Beckets and Knuth Brewing Co.)
Special show: On Black Friday catch the Tom Theabo Trio with owner of Beckets, Kris Larson, performing some Beatles tunes at Beckets.
See ya around!
October is sure to be an exciting month. I have a lot of great performances coming up, and a few that have already happened. One exciting one will surely be The Pocket Kings Halloween Spooktacular on October 29th. We'll be at The Varsity Club in Oshkosh performing with a few special guest. We will be featuring the music of Michael Jackson performing his landmark album "Thriller" front to back. It will be a blast so don't miss that one! Some other shows to check out...
October 21 - Fond Du Lac Jazz Fest w/ Valery Ponomarev (of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers)
October 22 - MM Trio at Oshkosh Farmers Market
October 24 - Music of Duke Ellington w/ Water City Jazz Orchestra at Manila
October 26 - The Pocket Kings at The Wheelhouse
October 28 - Kaspar/Ross/Malone at Gardina's
October 29 - The Pocket Kings Halloween Show at Varsity Club