“O”vertones – The Monthly Davey O. Newsletter – August, 2013
Hello again and greetings to all as we watch this Summer quickly pass us by with the arrival of August!!! Players have reported for NFL training camps, I’ve seen Fall and Halloween decorations are already out for sale in some stores and it won’t be long before we are again breaking out all of the colder weather clothing it seems we just put away not too long ago…. But let’s just live in the moment and enjoy what remains of Summer 2013!
I am so grateful to everyone who has come out in support of shows not only in July, but the entire Summer. For all the abuse we take for our Winters, we have great Summer weather here in Buffalo and WNY and I know that folks try to maximize their time in outdoor situations. So much to do, so little time, so many invitations and a million vacations to take, so many choices to make. But when you do come out and support a show, you’re not just doing the artist a good deed – you’re support a locally owned venue and the people that are employed there. So thank you for that – it IS greatly appreciated!!!! No audience = no work for musicians!
As David Bowie once sang….
In June, I was unfortunately laid off from the company I worked for. In the past, this is news that would have crushed me in many ways – emotionally, spiritually (self-doubt would have reared its ugly head quickly), and I would have had some difficulty picking myself up off the mat, so to speak. Whether you enjoy your day job or not, there is a real sense of purpose and self-worth that comes from getting up when the alarm clock rings, getting ready and making that commute each day. When I received the news, I was sad initially – I stopped for groceries on the way home after getting the proverbial pink slip and when I saw the people at the supermarket stocking the produce section, it hit me that they had jobs and I didn’t. In a relationship sense, you work with people for a few years, and even though you may not always get along, you become friends within the environment of your job, you share pieces of your life outside of work, get to know each other, and in a strange way, I guess you look forward to seeing each other every day.
Shortly after the layoff, I realized with the help of a few of my friends, that I DO have a job – I’m a performing songwriter. So, I made a conscious decision that this was THE time more than ever to take the opportunity to book myself as much as possible and to make a serious effort to self-employ myself as a full time touring singer songwriter. I must confess – this is much harder work than any regular day job I’ve ever had. Not in terms of physical work, but in terms of achieving the desired result and the amount of effort that goes into achieving that result. I literally spend 6-8 hours or more per day, and a few on weekends in front of my lap top, with anywhere from 4-6 tabs open – one is email, one is a search engine with venues, one is mapquest for logistics and routing, one is the tour page of my website so I can quickly check my schedule to see what holes I need to fill and one is facebook for times I need to post events, etc…..
Most of this time is spent researching venues and if they seem like a good fit, I send out an email letting them know when I’ll be in the area, what date(s) I’m looking to fill and hopefully I’ll receive a reply in a few days. Fact is, for every 100 booking emails I send out, I probably receive 4-7 replies and that doesn’t mean that they are all positive. In many cases, they’re to let me know that the date is unavailable, they’re booked for the year (or sometimes longer due to demand) or sometimes to simply tell me they’re not interested. It’s better than no reply at all which happens at least 80% of the time.
Once I do confirm a booking, the next task is to look for another date to route myself either to the anchor date, from the second date back towards home or sometimes, to a third date in another city. As the dates get to be about a month away, it’s a matter of coordinating the mailing of posters, emailing a press release, attempting to set up radio promotion or an on air interview and trying to figure out where to stay for the night. It’s the wearing of many more hats than the one I wear nightly on stage, but the challenges that arise from doing this, the times I’m told “no thanks”, or run into the road blocks (no pun intended) of trying to fill a hole in the schedule are what provide the drive and now fill the purpose of getting up every day that having a day job once did. And for that alone, I am thankful every day……
In the studio and on the road again…….
It’s hard to believe how quickly a year has passed since the release of “Testing For Rust”. In what is an unusually fast period for me, I am ready to begin work on another CD. I am scheduled for pre-production with Jeffrey Mikulski on August 5th as I will be demoing 9 new songs and taking a look at 2 older songs we’d like to rearrange and record. We have nothing set in stone – no title, no release date, no idea of how many of the 11 songs will end up making the cut - only that we want to begin the process. So all told, it will be less than a 3 year period between releases this time!
I am also very excited about how full my schedule continues to get. At the current pace I am on, in a 12 month period I would perform approximately 120 shows. That is a busier schedule than I have ever been on and actually welcome the work load as well as the challenges and responsibilities that come along with it.
August finds me returning to some of my favorite local venues, to the stage of a local festival that I hold near and dear to my heart and welcoming some friends to town when I open for them as they make their first Buffalo area appearance. September is when the “you know what” hits the fan!!! From that point onward, I will be performing every weekend through the third week of November with some new and exciting places on the horizon!!! Below is the entire schedule as it currently stands – feel free to print it out, put it on the fridge and always remember to check with the venue before leaving home! Things happen and shows do get postponed or cancelled on occasion. And check my website periodically for updates since new shows get added all the time – www.daveyo.com/tour I am looking forward to seeing YOU very, very soon!!!!
Davey O. – “Testing For Rust Tour Dates – August/Fall 2013 –
Saturday, August, 3rd – Williamsville Farmers Market, E. Spring Street, Williamsville, NY, 10:00 am
Saturday, August 3rd - Pausa Art House, 19 Wadsworth, Buffalo, NY, 8:00 pm, $5.00 Opening for my friends Genna & Jesse as they make their first Buffalo area appearance as part of the Buffalo Infringement Festival.
Wednesday, August 7th – Lockport Pub, 1191 Lincoln Ave., Lockport, NY, 8:00 pm
Saturday, August 10th – Spot Coffee, 5530 Main Street, Williamsville, NY, 7:00 pm
Saturday, August 17th – Lockport Community Market, Canal Street, Lockport, NY, set time 1:30 pm
Friday, August 23rd – Giacomo Hotel, 222 First Street, Niagara Falls, NY, 7:30 pm
Sunday, August 25th – Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts, 7-11 Stage located on the corner of Elmwood and Auburn Ave., set time 12 noon
Thursday, August 29th, The Irishman, 5601 Main Street, Williamsville, NY, 9 pm
Friday, September 6th – Bell Street Chapel, 5 Bell Street, Providence, RI, 8:00 pm, The Boxcar Lilies with special guest Davey O., $20.00
Saturday, September 7th – The Back Room at The Mill, 2 Central Street, Bristol, NH, 7:30 pm, $8.00 advance/$10 at the door
Sunday, September 8th, Javawocky Coffeehouse, UUC of Brocton, 325 West Elm Street, Brocton, MA, 7:30 pm, Claude Bourbon with special guest Davey O., $13.00 advance/$15.00 at the door
Saturday, September 14th, Williamsville Farmers Market, E. Spring Street, Williamsville, NY, 10:00 am
Saturday, September 14th, ACT Performing Arts Center, 1470 Church Street, corner of Broadway, Alden, NY, 8:00 pm, $5.00
Friday, September 20th, The Funky Monkey Café, 130 Elm Street, Cheshire, CT, 7:00 pm, $5.00
Saturday, September 21st, Oyster River Folk, UUC of Durham, 20 Madbury Rd., Durham, NH, 7:00 pm, ticketing TBA
Friday, September 27th, Public House No. 7, 6315 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA, 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 28th, Ruhlman Brewing Co., 2300 Harvey Gummel Rd., Hamstead, MD, co-bill with T. Edwin Doss, 7:00 pm, $5.00
Monday, September 30th, Brewer’s Alley Songwriters Showcase, 124 N. Market Street, Fredericksburg, MD, 7:30 pm
Friday, October 4th, Pepperell Music Center, 4 Hotel Place, Pepperell, MA, 8:00 pm, $8.00
Saturday, October 5th, The Bees Knees, 82 Lower Main Street, Morrisville, VT, 7:30 pm
Saturday/Sunday, October 12th & 13th, The Purple Fiddle, 21 East Avenue, Thomas, WV, 1:00 pm
Saturday, October 19th, Williamsville Farmers Market, E. Spring Street, Williamsville, NY, 10:00 am
Wednesday, October 23rd, Albert S. George Youth Center, 130 Fair Street, Barnesville, OH, 8:00 pm, Claude Bourbon with special guest Davey O., $10.00
Thursday, October 24th, Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza & Live Music, 5601 N. High Street, Worthington, OH. 9:00 pm, Songwriters Showcase hosted by Eric Gnezda
Saturday, October 26th, The Barking Spider Tavern, 11310 Juniper Rd., Cleveland, OH, 10:00 pm
Friday, November 1st, Cornerstone Coffeehouse, 2133 Market Street, Camp Hill, PA, 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 2nd, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street, New York City, NY, set time 5:00 pm
Sunday, November 3rd, Grey Cat House Concerts, Binghamton, NY, 4:00 pm, $10.00
Friday/Saturday, November 8th & 9th, NERFA Conference, Kerhonkson, NY
Friday, November 15th, Rooster Fish Brewing, 301 N. Franklin Street, Watkins Glen, NY, 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 16th, The Hillside Café, 45 Hillside Crescent, Nutley, NJ, co-bill with The Amigos Band, 8:00 pm, $15.00
Friday, November 22nd, Tin Angel, 20 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA, 8:00 pm, Cheryl Wheeler with special guest Davey O., $25.00
Saturday, November 23rd, The Sounding Board, 433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT, 8:00 pm, Cheryl Wheeler with special guest Davey O., $25.00/$22.00 (members)