It has been a dream of mine for awhile now to create a mini-tour in the Louisiana/Mississippi Gulf Coast area. While it would be great to find a synagogue or three to host me, it would also be really, really cool to play a string of 2-3 house concerts or small-venue shows in the area.
I have a standing invite in Bay St. Charles, MS to come and hang with a friend. Above is a little video of what he does. (You can see him towards the end of the vid, playing quads and wearing a green trucker hat.) It's a youth music program for otherwise unoccupied kids in his town, and he gives them something cool, fun and constructive to do. I'm a happy supporter of his program and of all arts orgs that focus on teaching music to kids -- especially those kids who cannot afford music lessons on their own. Believe it or not, I was once one of those kids. My folks couldn't afford private lessons, so I had to learn everything by participating in my school band and choir..
I was lucky. My school -- and most schools, back then -- had band and choir programs. Many schools have had those programs cut in the last decade and now more than half of schoolchildren in this country do not have access to arts programming through public school. So this program and others like it are what's left.
I would love to see Brian and meet his students in person.
AND I'd love to combine this with a few gigs to help make it possible, and to meet some new friends along the way.
The beauty of music is that it has so much power to bring people together. And that is really why I keep touring my music, and composing and teaching music when and where I can. Music matters because it makes us better people, period.
So -- I have dates available January through March 2020 (there are some blacked out dates already, so check with me); OR I'd be happy to look at Fall 2020 too.
If you can introduce me to someone who owns a really big house or cool little pub, or who helps run a synagogue of any size, HIT ME UP at the address below:
And thanks for supporting Jewish Music Made By Hand!