May-June 2014 Newsdumpster




If We Start Talking About Making Our Next Record, We Hope it Will Make Us Do Something.

With respect to last month's 20th Anniversary Newsdumpster, we'd like to extend our sincere thanks to our many well wishers as well as to our many wishers without wishing wells.

We've been back in Vermont for just over a month; nonetheless, the Blue Meanie is already getting its coils rusticated for our first ever Northeast by Northwest Tour.  This seven-week jaunt will include our first ever forays into Michigan, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.  In predictable fashion, we will add yet another photo album to our unfashionably bloated photo album page.

Before we head out, however, we plan to begin recording our next album, or at least bring our instruments upstairs to the studio.  It's a daunting task, as our stairs are a bit steep.  Not only that, we find that beginning a new record is always fraught with problems.  Here are some of our favorites:

  • Bringing our instruments upstairs to the studio.
  • Getting off Facebook.
  • Don't tell me we need to change our strings.
  • Don't we need new material?
  • Brushing the bugs off the spit guard.
  • Making sure the Newsdumpster gets written.
  • Finally hitting the red button just as it's time to leave for our next tour.

You Ought to Hear This Show, And We're Not Biased.

Along our 2014 Further West Tour route, we were the proud and squealing guests of John Dillon and Viv Nesbitt , co-hosts of Art Of the Song, which is broadcast on over 150 National Public Radio stations.  The show is now available online, and you can listen here, if you're so inclined.  Art Of the Song is product of the Standing "0" Project, which helps connect fans and musicians, and we urge you to support it in a big way.

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Friday, May 9, 7:00 PM
Carpenter Carse Public Library
69 Ballards Corner
Hinesburg, VT 05461 - Map
Admission:  Free
Saturday, May 10, 7:30 PM
Concert for Curtains
Wardsboro Town Hall
71 Main St.
Wardsboro, VT 05355 - Map
Fundraiser for improvements to the beautiful Wardsboro Town Hall.  Admission:  $10

Saturday, May 24, 8:00 PM
Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis St., Framingham, MA 01702 - Map
Admission:  $18/$15 members
Monday, June 2, 7:00 PM
Fowlerville District Library
131 Mill St., Fowlerville, MI 48836 - Map
Admission:  Free
Saturday, June 7, 7:30 PM
Black Dog House Concerts
Chicago, IL
Potluck at 6:30 p.m.  For info and reservations, please email Van at  Admission:  $20 suggested

Sunday, June 8, 2:00 PM
Woodridge Public Library
3 Plaza Dr.
Woodridge, IL - Map
Admission:  Free
Tuesday, June 10, 6:30 PM
DeForest Area Public Library
203 Library St.
DeForest, WI 53532 - Map
Admission:  Free
Thursday, June 12, 5:00 PM
Thursdays on First!
1st Ave SW
Rochester, MN 55902 - Map
Admission:  Free
Sunday, June 15, 10:00 AM
All Souls Unitarian Universalist
2222 South Cliff
Sioux Falls, SD 57105 - Map

Friday, June 20, 7:00 PM
Upton Branch Library
917 N. Hwy 116
Upton, WY 82730 - Map
Admission:  Free
Monday, June 23, 7:00 PM
White Mountain Library
2935 Sweetwater Dr.
Rock Springs, WY 82901 - Map
Admission:  Free
Friday, June 27, 7:00 PM
Post Falls Library
821 N Spokane St.
Post Falls, ID 83854 - Map
Admission:  Free
Sunday, June 29, 2:00 PM
Cedar Mill Community Library
12505 NW Cornell Rd.
Portland, OR 97229 - Map
Admission:  Free
Monday, June 30, 7:00 PM
Molalla Public Library
201 E. 5th St.
Molalla, OR 97038 - Map
Admission:  Free
Tuesday, July 1, 7:00 PM
First Tuesday Music
Lake Oswego Public Library
706 4th St.
Lake Oswego, OR 97034 - Map
Admission:  Free

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