Lat weekend I played three solo shows. I have been trying to keep my calendar full and it seems I am performing solo more and more. I never used to like it before I got myself a looping unit. I always prefer being able to jam with someone. I am more comfortable working and improvising of what is being played along with me. With the looper I am able to do that with myself. The looper allows me to record the songs chord progression as I am performing it. As long as I hit the “stop” in that same spot (or on the same down beat) as I started it, it will repeat the progression until I choose to stop it. Once the progression is looping, I can add some percussion using the palm of my hand and some sweet spots on the guitar. I then usually add some bass using an octave peddle. Obviously the key to all this is to perform songs that have a repetitive chord progression. Anyway, I have a lot of fun at these shows; I can be very high energy depending on the crowd and venue. I hope you will come check it out some time. I will be performing every Wednesday at The Underground Pub in The Crowne Plaza in Pittsfield, MA starting in Dec. I am also performing at Friends Grille in Pittsfield on The 1st & 3rd Thursdays and at The Mill Town Tavern in Dalton, MA on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays. Hope to see some of you at the shows
Welcome to the new Blog. I will try to keep this updated regularly with news, set lists and my insights on the musical happenings around me. This is totally interactive; you are invited to comment on all that is posted here. There is a link at the bottom of the page. It has been a while since we had a forum on here where we could interact. I look forward to the conversation and feedback. Welcome back!
In the wake of the disaster in Haiti, we have decided to donate all the profits from our upcoming anniversay show to The Red Cross Haiti Relief and Development Fund. As we celibrate our long strange musical trip of 14 years with friends and family, lets not forget that our neighbors in Haiti are in real need. This is just a little thing we can do to help! We hope you can join us but if you are unable to be there, you can make a donation here: www.RedCross.org
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 12
REV TOR BAND ANNIVERSARY SHOW
Celebrating 14 Years of Music
With Family & Friends
Former Members and Special Guests including members of Domino Theory, The Longview Gunslingers, Chris Merenda & The Wheel, Poor Becket Rebels and much more TBA including a few surprises!!!
McKay Street, Pittsfield, MA
$10 : 9pm : 21+___________________________________________________
Rev Tor CD “Mystic Wolf” is now available!!!
Buy Mystic Wolf On Line here
Get Mystic Wolf on Apple iTunes here
In Stores now at:
Brighter Daze (Berkshire Mall) Lanesboro, MA
Wild Things (Berkshire Mall) Lanesboro, MA
Wood Brothers Music (Pittsfield, MA)
Intradermal designs (Pittsfield, MA)
Tune Street Music (Great Barrington, MA)
Dead Ahead (Lanesboro, MA)
Sprainbrook Organics (Scarsdale, NY)
If you would like to sell “Mystic Wolf” in your space, drop us a line and we will get you some. email@example.com
:: Posted – Thursday August 7, 2007::
Rev Tor Band’s Mystic Wolf has charted in the Top 10 on the jambands.com radio charts for July 2007.
Check it out here
:: Posted – Thursday July 12, 2007::
The Rev Tor Band will host a late night jam at Saturday night at Camp Creek. The band will play host to friends and fellow musician performing at this years Camp for an old fashioned hootenanny on the Campground/Vernville stage. Expect a plethora of special guests.
:: Posted – Tuesday April 24, 2007::
WORMTOWN KIDS TENT ADDED TO WOLF FEST SUNDAY!!
:: Posted – Saturday March 24, 2007::
New Rev Tor CD Coming Soon!
12 new tunes featuring the Rev Tor Band with Mark Mercier (Max Creek) and featuring guest appearances by Gordon Stone, Scott Murawski (Max Creek), Jaimoe (Allman Brothers), Fuzz (Deep Banana Blackout)
Announcing Rev Tor Band’s
An All Day CD Release Celebration
In and around the Barn at Bucksteep Manor
Washington Mountain Rd, Washington, MA
SUNDAY APRIL 29th
1pm to 10pm
$15 – all ages
Food, Venders, Kids Activities, Big Kid Activities & More
WORMTOWN KIDS TENT
Fuzz (Deep Banana Blackout) with Carrie
Mark Mercier & Scott Murawski (Max Creek)
The Gordon Stone Band
Rev Tor Band & Friends
The Wolf Pack All Star Jam
Surprise Special Guests & More TBA
:: Posted – Tuesday Jan 9, 2007::
New Rev Tor shirts, stickers and more now available on-line and at the shows. Check em out
:: Posted – Thursday Jan 4, 2007::
REV TOR 2007 NEWSLETTER
Happy New Year everyone! I want to thank everyone who made 2006 such an incredible year for Rev Tor Band. We celebrated the band’s 10 year anniversary all year long! It was an amazing and fun ride! Thank you to everyone who performed and worked with the band!!! Most of all, big thanks to ALL OF YOU for your love and support.
With this new year in front of us, I want to take this opportunity to let you all know about some of the exiting things we have in store for 2007.
A NEW LINE UP
As we ushered in the new year at The Berkshire Blues Café, we débuted the new line up to the hometown crew for the 1st time. We welcome Coner Meehan behind the kit. Coner has done stints with Albert Cummings, Catfish Blue and is fresh of a world tour with Sonya Kitchell, He is truly a master of the groove and a refreshing addition to the mix. You have got to come out and hear this guy play! Dan Broad has returned to the band on Bass. Dan along with myself founded the band 11 years ago but our musical history goes back even further. This year Dan and I will celebrate 20 years of making music together. Since he left the band in 1998 he has performed and recorded with many of the regions finest. He toured nationally with Albert Cummings (alongside Coner for a few years) and has shared the stage with blues legends like BB King and Johnny Winter. Dan’s return to the band brings our collective musical experience together full circle. Coner & Dan join myself on guitar and long time Rev Tor Band veteran Scott Guberman on keys. Scott continues to amaze me every time we play. The guy just keeps getting better! Outside of his time with RTB Scott has performed in many musical situations including a few national tours with the late Vince Welnick of The Grateful Dead. He is always bringing home tasty musical nuggets of influence for us to feed on. The exiting thing about this line up is it feels and sounds like we have been playing together for a long time. In a sense we have. There is so much history between us individually that when we bring it all together collectively it just makes sense.
This month we start work on a new Rev Tor studio recording. There are 13 new songs, many of witch you have heard live and a few you may have not. The CD will feature the new line up along with some friends from our extended musical family including Mark Mercier of Max Creek. We will also release a new live CD from our two late night cabin performances at Wormtown’s Strange Creek & Garden Of Eden Fests last year.
REV TOR TEAMS WITH BRIGHTER DAZE
We are very exited to announce that Brighter Daze (under new ownership) will be exclusively handling our merchandise at the shows. Along with our CDs, T’s and stickers they will have a wide variety of goodies including jewelry and clothing for you to check out. Look for their table at all Rev Tor shows. Be sure to check out the Brighter Daze store in the Berkshire Mall (Lanesboro, MA, 413-496-9822) or on-line at http://www.brighterdaze.biz
REV TOR HEADLINES MOUNTAIN DOG WINTER FEST
January 26 & 27
Bousquet Ski Lodge
101 Dan Fox Dr
REV TOR BAND
$10 per night ($16 for both nights)
Doors open at 7pm, Must be 21
Strangers Helping Strangers will conduct a food drive for the Pittsfield Food banks at this event. Please bring whatever non perishable food items you can spare.
WINTER TOUR/ANNIVERSARY SHOW
We will kick off our winter tour with the 11th annual Anniversary Bash. Joining us this year will be our good friends Domino Theory.
11th Annual RTB Anniversary Bash
Friday February 16th
The Old Forge
Rt 7, Lanesboro, MA
REV TOR BAND & Friends
& DOMINO THEORY
9pm (doors at 8pm), 21+
*Limited capacity…GET THERE EARLY!!!
02/15 – Nectars (Burlington, VT) with Jo Mama & The Funk Daddys
02/16 – The Old Forg (Lanesboro, MA) with Domino Theory
02/17 – Paz’s Pleasure Palace (Amsterdam, NY)
02/18 – Rt 63 Roadhouse (Millers Fall, MA) with The Equalites
02/20 – The Bitter End (NYC)
02/22 – Ray Kelly’s (Bridgeport, CT)
02/23 – The Monopole (Plattsburgh, NY)
02/24 – The Green Door Pub (Stratton, VT)
CHECK OUT http://www.revtor.com FOR MORE INFO
Looking forward to seeing you all in 2007!!
:: Posted – Sunday Dec 3, 2006::
New Years Eve Plans Finalized
Rev Tor Band will perform at one of our favorite venues The Berkshire Blues Café in Lee Ma on NYE this year. The show will feature 3 full sets of music from Rev Tor Band starting at 9pm (doors open at 8pm). Special guests are expected!
$10, 18 & UP SHOW!!!
We have set up at deal for affordable accommodations right across the street at The Best Value Inn. Let them know you are seeing Rev Tor at The BBC that night and they will give you the discounted rate of $69.00 (first come 1st serve)
The Best Value Inn
980 Pleasant St
Lee, MA 01238
:: Posted – Monday Sept 11, 2006::
Announcing Tor’s 12 Annual
The Wildest Halloween bash in New England
Pranks, Gags, Surprises, Games, Haunted Bathrooms (It’ll scare the shit outta ya!!!!), Costume Contest, The Black Light Labyrinth and more!!!
2 Stages with
REV TOR BAND
& SOMEBODY’S CLOSET
And joining the madness this year……
& The Yellow Sub’s
SATURDAY OCTOBER 28TH
$10, 8PM (doors at 7), must be 21
In the haunted halls of
BOUSQUET SKI LODGE
101 Dan Fox Dr, Pittsfield, MA
:: Posted – Sunday July 9, 2006::
The second annual Jerry Day Concert, “Muchas Garcias” will take place on August 12th at Tee Jay’s Pavilion in Monson MA. Each act will interpret a Grateful Dead Studio album… The closing jam will be all Garcia solo material and will feature players from all the day’s bands trading licks and keeping you dancing ’til they throw us out!! The roster so far: The Knot performing “Working Man’s Dead” Rev. Tor Band performing “Shakedown St.” Catfish Jam performing “In The Dark” The Hybrid Band performing “Terrapin Station” One more act TBA… Ticket info soon, for more info email: firstname.lastname@example.org
:: Posted – Tuesday May 23, 2006 ::
Mountain Dog Outdoor Music Series
On the slopes of BOUSQUET SKI AREA
101 Dan Fox Drive- Pittsfield, MA
(413) 442-8316 – http://www.bousquets.com
MAGIC HAT BREWING CO.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 2
MOUNTAIN DOG ROOTS FEST
Scarecrow Collection http://www.scarecrowcollection.net
Meg Johnson Band http://www.megjohnsonband.com
Tony Thomas Band http://tonyleethomas.com
*after party at La Cocina with Rev Tor Band
140 Wahaconah St, Pittsfield, MA (413) 499-6363
10:30pm, must be 21 – http://www.lacocina.net
5pm to 10pm (doors at 4pm)
ALL AGES (kids 12 & under are FREE)
Food and drink available
Contact Don at (413) 684-1218 or email@example.com before 6/16
STRANGERS HELPING STRANGERS will conduct a food drive of non perishable food items for a local food bank at these events. Please bring what you can spare. Thank you! http://www.shstrangers.org
:: Tuesday, February 21, 2006 ::
View Photos from the 10th Anniversary Show
:: Posted – Sunday, February 19, 2006 ::
We can’t give enough thanks to everyone who came out and celebrated with us last night. All the former and current members, The Flipper boys, Mr. Paradis and Mr. Fuzz!! Everyone just rocked!!!! It was amazing to see so many familiar and new faces in the crowd. We are so honored that you all came out to be with us last night. We also want to thank Darren and the La Cocina staff for going the extra mile, and making us all feel so welcome.
I personally want to thank everyone who has supported me and all the incarnations of RTB over the past ten years. Our manager Amy Feld has been with me from the start and her dedication and love for this band often goes unsung. She is the behind the scenes driving force that keeps this beast called Rev Tor Band moving forward. I love you Amy, you’re the best!
:: Posted – Saturday, January 7, 2006 ::
Announcing: REV TOR BAND’s 10th Anniversary Show
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 18
Back where it all began at LA COCINA, 140 Wahconah St, Pittsfield, MA (413) 499-6363
The Bands 1st official show was Feb 18 1996 at La Cocina in Pittsfield, MA. We will be returning to the venue 10 years to the day later to celebrate. We will be joined by many former members and special surprise guests and friends who have joined us on stage and off throughout the years. Mark your calendars; we hope you can make it.
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