Morning Star – February 2014 Edition

FEBRUARY 16, 2014

Welcome and Thanks!

I’m poking my head out of the hill of snow, freezing rain and crazy weather that has been in Nashville and the few places that I’ve traveled for the last five weeks, to say “Happy New Year!!” If you have also been “winterized” in this way, I hope you are weathering it well (pun intended) and staying warm, safe and sound. 

First a big thank you to all our friends who came out to see us on the Stars and Promises tour. This past December we had just six Christmas shows, but a fabulous tour nonetheless. With stops in Tulsa, OK; St. Louis, MO; Hopkinsville, KY; Wilmington, NC; Bristol, TN; and Stone Mountain, GA; it was one of the best I can remember. Thanks to the great musicians I get to tour with and to all of you who joined us for a special and unusual year.

 

It is so rare for yours truly to get this kind of break from touring. I’ve been trying to use it, well as I can, to let my mind and ear wander into some new neighborhoods of song writing, recording and finishing up on projects that have been floating around for far too long.

 

I spent the last week in Blue Ridge, GA, with my good friends Mike Davis, Roger Guth, brother Jim, and my son Brendan and got snowed in. It was a perfect excuse to get some songs written for Brendan’s new project and to enjoy that beautiful town. Check the songs out at https://soundcloud.com/brendanmayer-themarathon.  Brendan also has a new band page website at:  https://brendanmayer.bandpage.com.

 

In January I took a trip up to Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, for a weekend to remember a dear friend of mine, a wonderful musician and person, Ben Larson, who, tragically, lost his life in the Haitian earthquake of 2010. The theme for the weekend was Lespwa fé Nou viv, “Hope Makes Us Live.” His wife Reneé and his family have lifted up Ben’s life by forging a close relationship with the Haitian people and the St Joseph’s Home for Boys. Two fantastic Haitian musician/dancers, Bill Nathan and Walnes Cangas came and played drums and rocked the house. I look forward to our paths crossing again down the road.

On our Stars and Promises tour in Tulsa OK at Venue 68, the proceeds benefited Goodland Academy. Some of the students gathered round to try out my guitars.

At the “Hope Makes Us Live” benefit in Decorah Iowa- Renee Slichal Larson and Peter

Our little studio writing corner.

Roger Guth, getting his songwriting inspiration with Corky (she likes Canine inch nails).

Cold winter weather round the country has me thinking about a December in Hawaii with Jimmy Buffett, and my daughter India.

Brendan Mayer performs in Nashville!

Monday, February 17: 

Come rock out with us in Nashville at the first Brendan Mayer show of 2014!

 

Featuring Peter Mayer on guitar, Zeb Briskovich on bass, Miles Vandiver on drums, and Chris Walters on keys. Showtime: 9pm. Tickets: $5.00.

Playing w/ Dustin Sellers, Robert Gay and the Alarms 

The Basement

1604 8th Avenue South, #330

Nashville, TN 37203

 

 

Malaria Benefit Shows

I’ve been a part of The ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) Malaria Campaign for the last two years helping raise funds to meet a goal of 15 million dollars by 2015. Malaria may be one disease that you figured had just about disappeared from significance. But the truth is that it is still a devastating problem for those in poverty; about 655,000 people died of malaria in 2010. 86% of those victims were children under the age of five. The good news is that the disease is totally preventable when insecticide, mosquito nets, rapid diagnostic tests and drug therapy, all relatively low cost ways to prevent the disease, are provided. I’m playing a couple of spontaneous concerts coming up in a few weeks in Iowa and Minnesota to support the cause. If you’re in earshot please come on out, join me support the cause!February 21 – St. Olaf College; Northfield, MN

February 22 – Our Savior’s Lutheran Church; Rochester, MN

February 23 – First Lutheran Church; Decorah, IA

Return to Smokey Shadows

It may sound like a soap opera episode from yesteryear with a character named Barnabas Collins, but no, a return to Smokey Shadows is our much anticipated annual return to the charming hills of Maggie Valley. Our friends Bud and Ginger run a quaint hotel with a gorgeous view where friends gather for a weekend of music, fun, and great food. We’ll play two nights , one acoustic, one plugged in, to a crowd of 50+ people in lodge-like living room. Truth be told, there is no other show that we do that is quite like this one. If you haven’t been to our Smokey Shadows show, you might want to give it a whirl this year on March 28 & 29! 

Tickets are available by contacting Gail Weams at 828-777-1997 (after 3:00 PM Mon-Thur) anytime other days, or email:gailweams@southwind.net. Sponsorship opportunities are available for these shows. Tickets are $110.00 per person and provides admission to both the Friday & Saturday shows which begin @ 7:30 PM. Doors open @ 6:30. This event will benefit Wind River Cancer Wellness Retreat Center providing cancer survivors the opportunity to attend a life changing retreat in WNC. This is in celebration of Ann Hartline, a friend of the Wicked Pink Warriors who lost her 6 ½ valiant battle with breast cancer January 30th at age 48. Ann attended the inaugural retreat at Wind River & discovered her talent of painting, renewed her energy & learned to live life to the fullest while managing the uncertainties of cancer.

 

Proceeds will enable others to participate in the retreats at no cost, focusing on living more fully & authentically – mind, body & spirit until we can finally eradicate cancer. Gail & the Wicked Pink Warriors will offer a spectacular raffle during these shows with Annie’s Art, fine wines, other local Artisans art, pottery, etc. and some very special Peter Mayer items. http://annies-art.comwww.windriverservices.org.

Upcoming Shows in Somerville, NJ and Lancaster, PA!

Speaking of cabin fever, we are very excited to be heading up to New Jersey and Pennsylvania for a few shows in April. We will be playing in Somerville and Lancaster, and will be anxious to connect again with friends from two cities we usually see during the Christmas season. Both shows will feature a fantastic band with Miles Vandiver on drums (Miles played his first show with us last year in Tulsa, OK), Zeb Briskovich on Bass, Brendan Mayer on guitar, Chris Walters on keys and yours truly on guitar and trying to remember all the lyrics!! The show in Lancaster will be a “Songs of Faith/Stirrin’ Up the Water” show, but will still include many songs from the CDs we’ve released over the years. In Somerville, we’ll open up the setlist and run the gamut from PM, the PMG, the Fab Four and some surprises along the way. We look forward to seeing you down the road, and let us know what songs would be your special requests. Check the website for details!!
Welcome and Thanks!
 
 
 
 
Brendan Mayer performs in Nashville!
Malaria Benefit Shows
Return to Smokey Shadows
Upcoming Shows in Somerville, NJ and Lancaster, PA!

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February 17 Brendan Mayer – The Basement; Nashville, TN
February 21 St. Olaf College; Northfield, MN
February 22 Our Savior’s Lutheran Church; Rochester, MN
February 23 First Lutheran Church; Decorah, IA
February 24 Our Redeemer Lutheran Churchl Iowa City, IA
March 28 Smokey Shadows Mountain Lodge; Maggie Valley, NC
March 29 Smokey Shadows Mountain Lodge; Maggie Valley, NC
April 4 Somerville High School Theatre; Somerville, NJ
April 5 TBA
April 6 Highland Presbyterian Church; Lancaster, PA

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