Troika Music Festival

Durham, as usual, has not let me down in terms of live music this past weekend. I was able to catch a blistering set by Caltrop at the Pinhook, followed by Hammer No More The Fingers, Rat Jackson, The Moaners, Gentleman Jesse, and a whole bunch more bands who’s names have already been forgotten by me. The D-Town Brass kicked off Saturday night’s festivities at Duke Coffee House and the crowd seemed pleased to see us.


The Bootlegs – Bull City Soul Revue


Carphone and I have successfully auditioned as the singer and bass player of the Bootlegs, a Durham-based soul band. Rehearsals begin tomorrow featuring songs by Aretha, Ike and Tina, and the JB’s. For this outing, I have rebuilt my bass with a 1975 Fender Precision maple neck and electronics, an 80’s tortoise shell pickguard, a heavy brass Fender Precision Special bridge, and a richly scuffed and patina’d black body of indeterminate vintage. The Ampeg SVT-350 powers the whole thing.


The D-Town Brass has arrived

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It was exciting to see so many people at the debut performance of the D-Town Brass at Pinhook here in Durham. Many people have asked when our next performance is going to be and it looks like we are dropping the funky mayhem on a house party in a couple of weeks so keep your eyes peeled for details as they emerge.

For the uninitiated, the D-Town Brass is a collaboration of local talent led by Andy Magowan featuring four sax players, two trumpets, a trombonist, vibes, marimba, keyboards, a bass guitarist and a three piece percussion section. These songs were recorded during live sessions held after-hours at Piedmont. They have been posted to our website for your listening pleasure/preparation of dance moves. Please press play below.