In our very brief time here on this cosmic plane, we’ve been privileged to share the stage with some very talented folks – two of whom are involved in some pretty slick happenings this week. Perhaps you heard of this little ruckus at the State Theatre last December when The Fogcutters backed up some of the best and brightest of the Maine musical scene for one night. If you didn’t, then all is not lost – recordings exist and there’s still a chance to get your edumacation in.
Yesterday, The Fogcutters dropped their debut album on the world – Big Band Syndrome Volume 1. Featuring our very own James Hebert and masterminded by Brian Graham (of Sly-Chi) and John Maclaine (who’s been gracious enough to jam with us a couple times), the disc is already getting rave reviews. In fact, we got namedropped in this one right here – damn near made Anthony blush.
Support local music and get your copy now by dropping by the record store (or whatever you wish to call it these days) or get a digital download. And while you’re at it, stop on by The Big Easy this coming Saturday night for their CD release party and cheer James on. You know he loves the attention…
First and foremost, all the members of the Boomshack would like to thank all the funkonauts who have been coming out to our shows. All of you getting down with us during the show and the kind words afterwards make this whole thing a lot of fun. So, from the bottom of our funky little hearts we thank y’all – if it weren’t for the restraining orders, we’d give every single one of you a big sloppy kiss on the cheek.
Second, we’d like to extend a special thanks to the folks at Bray’s Brew Pub – Mike, Sonja, and the entire staff. Back when we were getting this deal off the ground a year ago, the good folks in Naples were one of the first to sign us up and give us a place to jam. Since then, we’ve been back a whole bunch of times – outdoors, indoors, snow, rain, and sunshine – and it’s always been a good time. Also, we’d like to thank the folks at The Run of the Mill in Saco who hold the distinction of being the very first folks to give us a gig way back when. In between, it’s been a series of smiles with all the kind people at The Big Easy, Empire Dine & Dance, Bull Feeney’s, Kelley’s Row, Gingko Blue, Jimmy The Greeks, The Press Room, The Church, Federal Jacks, and Montsweag Roadhouse. Thank you for giving us a listen and a place to share our music.
So let’s get to third before things get a little too out of control, shall we? Third, thanks to all the folks who have been hanging with us through this whole process. To Scott Morgan – a bona fide original member of the Boomshack who recorded our awesome demo and has been jumping in with us on gigs ever since. To John Mclaine – one of the driving forces behind The Fogcutters who has been kind enough to share the stage with us a couple times. To Alex Cardamone – our favorite funky trumpet player who has been good enough to hang with us throughout the last year. To Chris Marro – for banging out the beat on gigs with us. And to the folks like Jim Robins and Sayid Brent who sat in with us a bit – dang, it was fun.
After a year, it’s been a blast funkonauts… and we’re looking forward to the coming year even more. Stay funky my friends.
You like music? Good. Do you like local music? Even better. So…um…what are you doing this Friday night?
Not to come off too 8th grader, but if you’re down with supporting the local Portland music scene, then Friday night is your kinda night. The Fogcutters Big Band is playing the State Theatre… and they’re bringing friends. Who you may ask? How’s about Dave Gutter, Spose, Darien Brahms, Jacob Augustine, Lyle Divinsky, Dominic Lavoie, Sly Chi, Zach Jones, and The Mallett Brothers. Check it out – The Fogcutters Present Big Band Syndrome.
Hey, sounds like there won’t be much else going on in town that night, so perhaps it’s a good idea to go where the action is, no? Tickets are only $10 in advance and $15 for those procrastinators who like to buy the day of the show. All ages, doors open at 6:00 pm.
Support your local musicians and give an extra loud shout for James Hebert while you’re at it.