Back to 1979, with the great music, without the bad hair

It’s Classic Albums time again, this time going back to the incredibly influential musical year of 1979. Please join us at Iota in Arlington, VA on March 21 for a re-creation of some of the musical highlights of my late high school years, featuring:

That Pink Floyd act is pretty ambitious; we’re starting to shed heavily now in preparation for the big night. Hope to see you there!

p.s. Don’t forget about the upcoming benefit for FAIR Girls featuring my regular jazz group, Aaron Myers and the Black Fox Ensemble. Tickets are still available for this February 20 soiree at the Swiss Embassy in NW Washington, DC.

 

New videos: MetroSongs & Steely Dan

Thanks to Jason for posting some videos of recent performances by the Open Doors. For some reason, I always seem to be out of frame on the right side. You can hear the keys, though, which is what matters.

First, in our traditional MetroSongs mode, playing “Ballston” at Artomatic in Crystal City, VA on June 2

Second, in expanded Steely Dan guise, playing “Black Cow” at the Classic Albums 1977 showcase at Iota in Arlington, VA on May 24

(please pardon the moving camera at the beginning)

More videos over in Jason’s YouTube channel.

Getting ready to throw down the jam…

On Thursday May 24, I’m joining an extended edition of Jason Mendelson and the Open Doors in the Classic Albums 1977 showcase at the Iota Club & Cafe in Arlington, VA. We’re performing selected songs from the classic Steely Dan album Aja, complete with horns and backup singers.

We’re appearing alongside an impressive roster of local musicians who will recreate other legendary sounds of those bygone days. I don’t think Billy Joel and the Ramones appeared on the same stage in ’77, but they will do so (at least in spirit) on the 24th.

Speaking of which, I may be one of the only people on the Iota stage who was actually around to listen to those albums in 1977, but I digress…

In addition to this foray into classic rock, the jazz continues at the Black Fox Lounge on Friday May 4, when I take my place at the piano alongside Aaron Myers and the rest of the Black Fox Jazz Ensemble.