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i will be performing at the coney island circus sideshow, in nyc, every friday-sunday in august! that’s August 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, & 28th! first show starts at 1p and runs continuous throughout the day with the last tickets being sold at 7p! $10 for adults and only $5 for kids. it’s a completely family friendly show, which i know i don’t do all that often.

you will see me there doing a mix of music (both my electric one-manned-band setup as well as ukulele songs), my take on the natural born freak sideshow classic “ask me anything”, maybe i’ll pick my nose with my tongue, maybe i’ll even ribbon dance here and there.. who knows?!

more info from the coney island website:

Sideshows by the Seashore is the last permanently housed not for profit venue in the USA where you can experience the thrill of a traditional ten-in-one circus sideshow. They’re here, they’re real and they’re alive! Freaks, wonders and human curiosities!

We perform continuous admission and we are conveniently located at the world famous Coney Island amusement park. Think about it folks, the ten-in-one circus sideshow is another Coney Island gift to culture along with other Brooklyn beach inventions like the hot dog and the roller coaster. Established by Coney Island, USA in 1985, where else would you find the world’s first professional non-profit theatre dedicated to keeping alive the American sideshow?

Current Cast:
Betty Bloomerz, Ray Valenz, Princess Pat, Zoe Ziegfeld, Nola Star, Justin Weber, Dr. Claw, Mr. Strange (Outside Talker).

Special Summer Guest Performers:
August – Velvet Crayon

*Please Note: Not all performers perform on the same days

Tickets can be purchased at the door only on the day of performance. We do not take reservations for the sideshow. The price is $10 for Adults and $5 for children under 12 years old. We reserve the right to discount our prices and run periodic specials if you can catch one. The show may also stop selling tickets during inclement weather. Please note: Mermaid Parade and 4th of July, all tickets are $10. Our show runs continuously. A complete show takes approximately 45 minutes from the time you enter the show. We do not allow photography, videotaping or sound recording of the show.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

yes! i have been attacking the website redesign. i have also updated the show history and it is completely up to date (although some setlists are listed as “unknown” because, well, i don’t know what was played those nights but all the shows should be there!)

my next show is on april 10th at connie’s ric rac (1132 S 9th St, Philadelphia) for anomie fatale’s “i am great neck” record release party. it’s from 3p-6p and it’s freeeee. i will be playing a velvet crayon set there. more info can be found on the facebook event.

other than that i do not have any more shows currently booked. i am working on a summer european tour with the squidling brothers.. more info when we have it.

i am also still recording! yes! hoping to have more news on the rest of ampersand imperfecta in the next couple of months, as well as some other projects that are in the works.

okay, back to working on the website. cheers!

whoa, it’s been a while since i’ve updated this here internet page. sorry! been on the road a lot traveling but here is an up to date schedule for the next tour. will update it again before we leave / once it’s finalized. and then when i’m back in november i’ll revamp the website. till then!

Squidling Bros Fall 2015 Tour! [as of oct 2]
(more details coming soon / more dates to be announced)

Thursday October 15
Ottawa Tavern
1817 Adams St. Toledo OH 43615
otavern.com
 
Fri./Sat. 16/17
Theatre Bizarre Detroit MI
 
Sunday October 18
Cross Roads Bar and Grille
517 W Cross St. Ypsilanti MI 48197
 
Tuesday October 20
Five Star Dive Bar $5 21+
561 E Jackson Blvd, Elkhart IN 46516
 
Wednesday October 21
Uptown Underground
407 N Broadway St. Chicago IL 60640
uptownunderground.net
 
Thursday October 22
Bada Brew
802 Theodore St. Crest Hill IL 60403
 
Friday October 23
West Port Flea Market: The Buffalo Room
817 Westport Rd., Kansas City MO 64111
westportfleamarket.com/the-buffalo-room
 
Saturday October 24
Lucky’s Everyday
1217 E Douglas Ave. Wichita KS 67211
luckyseveryday.com
 
Sun. 25
The Bottle Neck w/ Foxy by Proxy
Lawrence KS
  
Wednesday October 28
The Attic at Overton Square
Memphis TN
 
Thurs. 29
Flying Monkey Arts Huntsville AL

Wed. 4
Old Red Door at the Quad Complex Atlanta GA

Thurs. 5
The Odditorium Asheville NC
 
Fri. 6
Kohinoor Hookah Palace Greensboro NC

Fri. 13
2424 Studios Philadelphia PA

hey! i’m going on tour with the Squidling Bros Sideshow Circus from October 3rd – November 25th! Here’s more info.. (dates may change.. *last updated on Sept 25, 2014)

Squidling Bros Present: “A Feast For Clowns” Fall Tour 2014! – (Oct 3 – Nov 25) – facebook event
Featuring: Jelly Boy The Clown, Matterz Squidling, Madeleine Belle, Velvet Crayon, Titano Oddfellow, Rush Hicks, & Fibi Jane.
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Friday Oct. 3: Philadelphia, PA – Carnivolution @ The Carbon Collective.
Sun. Oct. 5: North Charleston, SC – The Mill (1026 E. Montague Ave.) – no cover – 9pm doors – 10pm show.
Tues. Oct. 7: North Charleston, SC – Casey Mulligans (8410 Rivers. Ave.).
Thurs. Oct. 9: Greensboro, NC – Club Orion Greensboro (4618 W. Market St.) – 9pm – $7 – with Tiger Roxx.
Fri. Oct. 10: Toledo, OH – The Ottawa Tavern (1817 Adams St.) – doors 9pm – $5.
Sat. Oct. 11: Milwaukee, WI – Stonefly (735 E Center St) – doors 9pm – $10.
Sun. Oct. 12: Chicago, IL – Live Wire Lounge (3394 N Milwaukee Ave) doors 930pm – $7.
Wed. Oct. 15: Cleveland, OH – Brothers Lounge: Twice Upon a Tassle.
Thurs. Oct. 16: South Bend, IN – McCormick’s Coney Island (125 N. Michigan St) – 9pm doors – $5.
Fri. Oct. 17: Detroit MI – Theater Bizarre.
Sat. Oct. 18: Detroit MI – Theater Bizarre.
Sun. Oct. 19: Ypsilanti, MI – Cross Roads Bar and Grille (517 W Cross St) – doors 9 – show 10 – $10.
Thurs. Oct. 23: Lexington, KY – Cosmic Charlies – with Siobhan Atomica.
Fri. Oct 24: Whitesburg, KY – Summit City Lounge – with Siobhan Atomica.
Sat. Oct 25: Huntsville, AL – Flying Monkey Arts Center (2211 Seminole Dr SW #501) – doors 8pm – $10.
Sat. Nov. 1: New Orleans, LA – Siberia (2227 St Claude Ave) – doors at 5 – show at 6 – $10 – with Sic and GoGo McGregor.
Sun. Nov. 2: Austin, TX – Beerland – with That Damned Band.
Fri. Nov. 7: Phoenix, AZ – The Alwun House (1204 E Roosevelt St) – 7pm – $15.
Sat. Nov. 8: Flagstaff, AZ – The Hive (E Phoenix Ave at S Leroux St) – $10 – 830pm doors – 930 show.
Tues. Nov. 11: North Hollywood, CA – CIA (1134 Burbank Blvd.)
Thurs. Nov. 13: Oakland, CA – The Uptown (1928 Telegraph Ave) – 9pm – $10.
Fri. Nov. 14: Casper, CA – Caspar Inn (14957 Caspar Rd) – 8pm doors – 9pm show – $10.
Sat. Nov. 15: Sacramento, CA – The Colony (3522 Stockton Blvd) – Doors 9pm – $7.
Tues. Nov. 18: Grand Junction, CO – The Mesa Theater (538 Main St) – 730pm doors – $5 adv. / $10 day of show.
Thurs. Nov. 20: Denver, CO – Lannies Clock Tower Cabaret (1601 Arapahoe St) 11pm show – $10 – lannies.com.
Fri. Nov. 21: Wichita, KS – Luckys Lounge – Misfits After party.
Sat. Nov. 22: Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar (1020 Westport Rd) – with Annie Cherry and Friends – 930pm – $10.
Sun. Nov. 23: Rock Island, IL – Rozz Toxx – with Sanjula and Count Jabula.
Tues. Nov. 25: Philadelphia, PA – Connies Ric Rac Room.

hey everyone! it’s been a while since i’ve done this whole “news”/blog thing but there’s been so much happening so i thought that i should update you all here!

first, I’M GOING ON TOUR WITH THE SQUIDLING BROS CIRCUS SIDESHOW! yes! i’ll be playing lots and lots of music (some solo velvet crayon sets, as well as some electric music during some of the sideshow acts) as well as doing my own brand of sideshow humor/comedy/music. here’s the facebook event with more info & here’s the tour dates (more info & dates to be announced):

Friday October 11 – Carnivolution, Philadelphia PA
Sat. Oct 12 – Bizarre Brooklyn, NY
Tues. Oct 15 – The Lava Lounge w/ Phat man Dee Pittsburgh PA
Wed. Oct 16 – Nietzches Buffalo NY
Thurs. Oct 17 – Now That’s Class Terra Incognita and Pinch and Squeal Cleveland OH
Fri. Oct 18 – Theatre Bizarre Opening Gala Detroit MI
Sat. Oct 19 – Theatre Bizarre Detroit MI
Sun. Oct 20 – Live w/ mabel syrup Ann Arbor MI
Thurs. Oct 24 – Live Wire Chicago IL
Fri. Oct 25 – Stone Fly w/ Brooklyn 6 Milwaukee WI
Sat. Oct 26 – The Parkway Theater Minneapolis MI
Sun. Oct 27 – Wisco Madison WI
Wed. Oct 30 – Vaude ville mews Des Moines IA
Fri. Nov 1 – The Record Bar w/ Annie Cherry and friends Kansas City MO
Sat. Nov 2 – The Lizard Lounge w/ Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy Wichita KS
Wed. Nov 6 – Fluxx Tucson AZ
Fri. Nov 8 – Alwun House Phoenix AZ
Sun. Nov 10 – The Dive Bar w/ Swing Shift Sideshow Las Vegas NV
Tues. Nov 12 – mesa theater grand junction CO
Fri. Nov 15 – Neuro Lux Boise ID
Sat. Nov 16 – Old Whitaker Fire House w/ Trudy Bauchery Eugene OR
Sun. Nov 17 – Dante’s- Sin Ferno Cabaret Portland OR
Thurs. Nov 21 – Cafe Van Kleef’s w/ Kitty Chow and Fisherman Oakland CA
Fri. Nov 22 – Inner Mission w/ Vau De Vire Society San Fran CA

second, the vcVlog has been lacking and i’m really sorry about this. i’ve still been doing the vlogs and filming everything in life but i just haven’t uploaded them to youtube. this will change either later this week or early next week! i will upload all the past vlogs as well as a bunch of bonus footage & a vlog apology for my lack of attentiveness.

i will be doing the vcVlog on the tour as well! yes! we’ll see how that goes. hopefully i’ll be able to upload & edit them while on the road. but there is definitely going to be a ton of footage from the tour!

i know there’s other things going on.. hmmm.. oh! i think i’m going to add an actually textual “blog” section to here and that will be like a tour blog where i’ll probably mostly write rambles from the road.

the plan for 2013 was to record & release 3 full length velvet crayon albums but this plan has been changed due to the massive amount of shows i’ve been playing this year as well as the upcoming tour with the Squids. BUT i will release some new velvet crayon music this year. i am currently recording a cd that i will release on the tour (a velvet crayon tour sampler cd thing) which will be available on the tour as well as on bandcamp. i am also thinking about releasing an ep that has demo’s & live ukulele songs that i’ve done throughout Carnivolution 2013.

then in december & january i will get back to recording the 3 full length velvet crayon albums to be released in early 2014! i have a lot of songs waiting to be recorded.

i think that’s everything for now. sound good? awesome. let’s talk soon. and check out the facebook event for the tour as well as the velvet crayon show’s page for other upcoming shows!

hey! so this week i am filming the 10th episode of the vcVlog and i’m playing two shows! the first is tomorrow/friday at carnivolution and the other is the mad summer ii block party which is on saturday (i go on around 2p), more info about both shows can be found on the shows page! so come on out and be part of the 10th episode of the vcVlog! see you all soon!

hey! so i have started vlogging. i’ve been posting one weekly vlog (posting usually on tuesday’s, sometimes monday’s), i’m calling them the vcVlog and here’s a description of them:

The Velvet Crayon Vlog or vcVlog, as we’re calling it, is going to be a weekly video consisting of things that happened during that week. Video will be recorded every day and compiled into a weekly vlog which will be posted on every Tuesday.

there are also some live videos up on youtube on the velvet crayon playlist.

i have some shows coming up! may 10th is the beginning of carnivolution season!! so excited. during the opening show of the season i am playing a velvet crayon set before the sideshow as well as doing some acts within the sideshow. i will be doing things within the sideshow all season so definitely come check it out, carnivolution is always an amazingly awesome time! there’s more info on the upcoming shows page. there you’ll see some other shows that are going to be happening too! lots of fun stuff this summer.

still recording, it’s slowed a little because of other things that have been going on but i am recording! the goal is three full length albums this year (and probably a couple eps and maybe a single). hmmm, what else, oh! stickers are coming soon! i’ve ordered them and just waiting for them to arrive in the mail! yes!

the live show will be evolving all summer long! there’s lots of ideas and experiments happening in velvet crayon world to expand everything (still going to be a one manned band, but definitely evolving the live experience). so excited!

that’s all for now. check out the vcVlog, subscribe to the youtube channel, i post a bunch on the vcFacebook & i will see you all very soon!

well hello there friends so a few things have been happening in the world of velvet crayon and i thought that i should fill you all in.

first of all the “limited edition” tour that maryn & i had planned for may of this year (2013) has been delayed until next year (2014). i know that may seem like bad news or as though something went wrong but it’s actually good news! maryn recently got a super bangerang job which she would not be able to take time off of so soon after being hired and it also looks as though that we are moving (around the time when the tour would be)! not very far, but to our own house (maryn, jason & myself)! this will mean more arts, more musics and more crazy absurdness. it will also mean we will be able to better plan out the activities of velvet crayon since we’ll be under the same roof.

second, umm.. okay, i’m going to abandon this “first.. second..” thing and just write what comes to mind that i wanted to tell you all.

okay, so you know the limited edition tour is now going to happen next year. you know we’re most likely moving. i’m recording! yes! the plan is to release three full length albums this year! they shall include: “ampersand imperfecta”, “play’s children’s songs, sorta (if your kids drop acid)”, and an untitled album which i’ve been tentatively calling “the lost they are a generation” but i don’t know yet if i’ll keep that title or change it.

also, there will still be a bunch of shows this year. i just played at the station bar this past friday (some live clips of that will be posted soon, i think i’ll post one today actually), i made a guest appearance at a sideshow called Clown Babe and the Freakin Rican Show which was a lot of fun and i’m also going to be participating in the Squidling Brothers Carnivolution again this year (first show is May 10th!).

oh! video blogs or vlogs as maryn keeps trying to get me to call them. maryn and i have decided that i am going to do a vlog for velvet crayon. one vlog a week! not sure how long they’ll be but they will just be things that have happened in the world of velvet crayon that week. i don’t know what day of the week i’ll post them but i’ll try to always post them the same day. i hope to start that next week? maybe monday or tuesday i’ll post the first one? i’ll post here and on facebook when it’s up.

i think that’s about everything for now. maryn will start blogging more once the move happens and she’ll be in the vlogs. if i forgot anything, i’ll post again later. hope everyone is well, cheers!

hey everyone! so i just uploaded the entire velvet crayon catalog to velvetcrayon.bandcamp.com! come by, check it out, have a listen, download some stuff. hoping to have an online store up by the end of next week.

hey kids! so i’ve been saying for a while (at least a couple years) that i was going to redesign velvetcrayonDOTcom.. well.. it’s up! and you’re looking at it! still fleshing it out a bit (will have the entire velvet crayon catalog up on bandcamp / linked through here by the end of the month hopefully). let me know if you have any suggestions on things. yeah!

*big news coming soon, we’ve hinted at it already but i guess i can say it here: VELVET CRAYON TOUR! MAY 2013: THE LIMITED EDITION TOUR. yes! here are the dates / locations we are looking at. if you could help us with a show, suggestion for a show or are in a band and want to play with me while we’re (maryn & i.. and angela for part of the tour) on the road, let me know / email us (velvetcrayon@gmail.com)! here’s the dates / locations:

Saturday, May 11th: Washington DC SHOW
Monday, May 13th: Asheville, NC SHOW
Tuesday, May 14th: Nashville, TN SHOW
Wednesday, May 15th: Louisville, KY SHOW
Thursday, May 16th: Champaign, IL SHOW (*)
Friday, May 17th: Champaign, IL SHOW (*we’re game to play either day in Champaign or potentially even both?)
Saturday, May 18th: Chicago, IL SHOW
Sunday, May 19th: Detroit, MI SHOW
Monday, May 20th: Cleveland, OH SHOW
Tuesday, May 21st: Pittsburgh, PA SHOW
Thursday, May 23rd: Brooklyn, NY SHOW
Friday, May 24th: PHILLY HOME!!! JR’S Bar SHOW
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*UPDATE (4/10/13): so the tour has been delayed till 2014, more info about why can be found on this blog post, tour update & other upcoming happenings*

thanks! see you soon!