Matt Read and I recorded an album of six original pieces, loosely based on an old west theme and featuring our improvising. There are accompanying videos for each tune, filmed by my wife Erin and our friend and photographer Collete Presley, and we’ll be releasing one a week until the album is released on Jan 10, 2017. You can pre-order it now at www.readmcqueen.bandcamp.com, enjoy!
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I’m so excited to announce that Foe Destroyer will be returning to the Dallas Theater Center as the on-stage band for The Rocky Horror Show next month. We’ll be joined by Ben Bohorquez of the Funky Knuckles on sax/keys and our new friend and DFW local Kwinton Gray on keys.
For those who saw us in last year’s production of Fly By Night, or in 2008 when Oso Closo played in The Who’s Tommy, this will be similar in that the DTC has once again given us the unusual privilege of being involved in rehearsals from day one. As a result we will be fully integrated into the show, moving amongst the cast on wireless instruments and interacting with the story. Also we will have the chance to re-imagine the music from scratch while still paying homage to the original. It may sound strange, but musicals are almost never done this way. Typically the band is brought in at the last minute and sits in chairs reading music off of music stands (boring!). The DTC is doing it right, so come enjoy! The director Joel Ferrell is doing a hilarious, fearless version and the entire cast of actors, singers, and dancers are all incredibly talented.
BTW if you are new to Rocky Horror, just know this might not be the best one to bring your Grandma or young child to.
You can find tickets at www.dallastheatercenter.org, the show runs Sept 11 – Oct 19.
Sooo yeah! Snarky Puppy, the instrumental jazz fusion band consisting of about 500 technical wizards that make music for dorks — has won a Grammy!! It’s pretty much the craziest thing of all time. The band has definitely been growing in popularity anyway, selling out large venues and getting the attention of some important people. But still!
Of course, it would be for the one album I’m not on. Foe Destroyer was right in the middle of the CD release tour for our debut album we put out March 6 when these guys were recording Family Dinner in Virginia with Lalah Hathaway and several other incredible singers. But I’m so thankful to Mike and the other guys for letting me come along for the ride and enjoy the Grammy experience. It was surreal. Highlights include: watching Mark Lettieri drink whiskey out of a Grammy (with the blessing of the man that actually makes them by hand), Boys 2 Men putting on a surprisingly fantastic show at the after party, including all your favorite hits from middle school dances, meeting Maria Schneider and Quincy Jones, listening to Yoko Ono ramble perfectly about multiple universes, eating McDonalds–our first meal together as a Grammy-winning band–with my foodie, yelp-obsessed bandmates out of pure desperation when it was literally the only option in the Staples center, and Shaun Martin instigating bouts of joyous group-yelling at various times throughout the night.
The experience has also left me with the desire to practice more and write more to feel like I truly deserve to be on that stage. So I’m making it my goal to work harder this year on Foe Destroyer, Snarky Puppy, and everything else I do. Including updating this website! See you soon!
If you haven’t listened to it yet, here’s the Grammy winning track: