well hello there! i don’t post in this section very often but i thought i’d give an end of the year update.

this year, 2017, has been an extremely productive one. not only was there a ton of awesome shows i performed in but i also put out two, yes, TWO, full length albums: Ampersand Imperfecta and The Lost They Are A Generation. but i’m not done yet, nope, i play on releasing a third full length album before the year is over. this third album will be titled: Plays Childrens Songs, Sorta (If Your Kids Drop Acid). expect that album to be released sometime in December 2018.

also this year, with the help of my amazing wife Sharpie Velour, i have released a music video every month! still working on november and decembers videos but at the end there will have been 12 new music videos in 2017!

but what is ahead, you may be asking yourself. well, a lot is a head! in 2018 i plan to continue the productiveness. still will be releasing music videos (probably not one a month, we want to do more elaborate one’s so maybe every other month or one every three months or something).

i am also revamping my live setup, so in 2018 you will hopefully see and hear a whole new setup when i play live. this is so that i can play all of the new songs i’ve written as well as one’s i haven’t even thought of yet.

there have been talks of a Redding Fields album in early 2018 as well as maybe a Velvet Crayon / Redding Fields tour!!!!

so lots is ahead of us here at Velvet Crayon. thanks for all the support this year! it’s meant so much to me and i’m excited for the future! cheers!

p.s. don’t forget, another new album before the year is over!!!!!

hello everyone! i am the worst at updating this news section but everyone already knew that. here’s some plans for velvet crayon in 2017:

a new album, “ampersand imperfecta”, has already been released in january of this year! it’s available on itunes, apple music, spotify, google play, bandcamp, all the things! check it out!

it will be released on cd in march!

what else is new.. oh yeah, i entered the tiny desk contest again, my entry can be seen here:

speaking of videos.. i am planning / attempting to release a new velvet crayon music video every month! yes! i have a week left to do one for february but it’s in the works so i think we’ll make it in time!

what else is new… going to do lots of shows as always. want me to visit your town? send me an email!

i think that’s it for now. stay tuned. most up to date stuff is on facebook and instragram. cheers!

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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.


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i have started a blog / digizine / a writing thing about my thoughts, questions, and/or philosophy of cripple, a cripple manifesto. i know it may not seem like it is directly related to the art or music of “velvet crayon” but they are actually both the entirely same thing. won’t write much about it here at vcDOTcom but over on the cripple manifesto page, you can learn more and keep up with the writings.

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!

hi! i suck at updating websites. i should get better at that.

here’s new things!

first, i entered the 2016 npr tiny desk contest! i played my song “sleep it all off” and you can view that over on the youtubes: velvet crayon – sleep it all off (tiny desk contest)

second, i released a new thing! it’s called “the first 6 songs of ampersand imperfecta“, catchy right? well it’s a sampler of the upcoming full length album which will be available this spring. if you buy the sampler now, you will receive the full album at half price! yes!

third, upcoming shows!
january 29th – sideshow performance @ roxy & dukes
january 4 – february 9th – new orleans grind show (more info coming soon)
february 11th – baltimore, md (more info coming soon)
february 13th – live at bob & barbara’s lounge, philadelphia, pa (6-8p – free!)
more shows and info about these shows to be announced soon!

that’s all for now. see you next time!

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! sorry it’s been such a long time since i’ve posted here. there’s been a lot going on! let’s see, where do i start?

first, i am now working at the coney island usa sideshow! monday-friday, until september 1st. show runs continuously from 1pm – 8pm (last ticket sold at 7pm). tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids (under 12), at the door. more info can be found here.

second, the “ambush of the koala prince” tour in may went amazingly. thanks everyone who helped make that possible! special thank you to the most amazing friend & band manager ever, maryn.

third.. umm.. oh! i know i kind of faded away from vlogging but i am going to start that up again with, vcVlog2.0! it’ll start up within the next couple weeks. not sure if it’ll be a daily vlog or a weekly one. we shall see.

as well as working at coney island, i am still going to be doing other shows throughout the summer! then this fall i will be embarking on a two month long tour with the squidling brothers circus sideshow! yes!

so many things going on. remember, keep checking out the shows page for the most up to date shows. and come visit me at coney island! it’s a ton of fun and i’m working on some fun acts for that show. i will try to post here / blog more often. hope everyone is well!!!! cheers!

i have a bunch of upcoming shows! there’s this sunday (march 9) at the slipper room in nyc (facebook event) and then march 14 in fishtown for carnivolution (facebook event). then another show at bob & barbara’s in philly on april 15 then down to delaware for a show on april 19!

we’re also planning more shows, tours, recording, and all kinds of fun/crazy things! as soon as i know more i will relay it all back to you! hopefully see you soon!!!