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2016 Winter, I like you after all!

2016 is shaping up to be a music filled year! We’ve been busy recording our next song which I can’t wait to share with everyone. It will be released very soon as a single.

This year marks our first official winter in NYC and it is not so bad. Nothing slows down this city – we’re playing more shows now in winter than we did last fall! It’s been great to get out to different areas of the city to explore new venues even in the cold weather.

Silvana in Harlem is one place we played at recently for the second time and we hope to plan a third! It’s such an amazing restaurant/bar/venue. Delicious middle eastern food, hookah lounge, friendly staff and great beer selection.

Next week on 2/18 we’re playing at Hill & Dale which I have never been to, so let’s see how it goes! All info about that show can be found here: http://on.fb.me/1zN0HhP

Sacred Grounds Coffee House Tampa

Sacred Grounds is such a unique coffee shop in Tampa located just down the street from Busch Gardens! A detailed menu of specialty drinks, shelves filled with books, board games, and artwork, the stage lined with instruments, a full PA system, colorful tapestries strewn across the walls, a fish take set in between two large windows that look out onto Busch Blvd and the nicest sweetest most welcoming owner, Karen. It was our first time playing music in a coffee shop that was so special and supportive of the arts!! We had a lot of fun playing our songs for everyone and we definitely want to come back to Tampa and play here again in 2015 🙂

The Rungs at Sacred Grounds Coffee Shop Tampa

Friday 12/26 at Sacred Grounds Coffee, Tampa FL

The last time Diwas and I were in Florida was just before we formed something that could be called a band. If I remember correctly, it was springtime a few years ago. We were hanging out in the kitchen of my mom’s house having a lazy vacation morning and I checked my email, or facebook messages, to find a show invite. Diwas had been playing solo shows in Ithaca that year, and I jumped up to sing with him every now and then. Whatever it was when we did songs together, our friend was inviting us to play a show with other local bands and wondering what name he should use for our act on the bill.

Flash forward to now, we’re ‘The Rungs’ and we’re back in Florida to play a show this Friday!!!

Sacred Grounds Coffee Shop is where we will be Friday 12/26 at 9pm.

…..So obviously that is where you should be too 🙂 Here is the FB EVENT

rungs sacred grounds

Hello Florida!

We made it to Florida!

Saturday night’s show at The Cave was such a rad time. When we first walked into the venue, we instantly understood the name of this place, it really did feel like you were walking through a cave! There is even a funny little toy bat hanging from the ceiling behind us in the pic below. Rogue Band of Youth opened the set with some insanely beautiful harmonies, fuzzed out guitar, tight bass lines, rockin harmonica, and pretty much overall amazingness. Beloved Binge followed with some rockin high energy drumming, sweet hooky guitar riffs, and songs that had us hopping and bopping. We played our set third and it felt so comfortable in this place! Finally, The Shelles closed the night with an awesome explosion of psychedelic rock. We felt so lucky to be amidst all of the amazing musicians that night, and the good folks of the triangle area who came out. This is a town that is definitely on our list of places to return to!

therungs@thecave12_20_2014

Yesterday, driving from N.C. to FL was quite an adventure. Being food lovers, we couldn’t drive through South Carolina or Georgia without stopping for some good southern BBQ or fried chicken! We found this awesome little spot called Chicken Lickin’ right off I-95 in Hardeeville SC. Best BBQ pork sandwich I’ve ever had! This is Diwas outside the place after we ate, happy, full, ready to hit the road 🙂

chickenlickin

Saturday 12/20 at The Cave, Chapel Hill

I’m writing this from the road, my first smartphone blog post! We’re on our way to our next show, which is tonight at The Cave in Chapel Hill NC. Don’t worry, Diwas is driving!!! We’ve got a funny radio show on and the sky is clear!

Beloved Binge, Rogue Band of Youth, and The Shelles are all on the line up tonight, with us somewhere in the mix 🙂 If you are in the area, come out and hang with us!!!

Here is the FB Event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1500362226898147/

Friday 12/19 at Velvet Lounge D.C.

Friday night we have a fun show planned in D.C. with indie duo Ms Fridrich and folk solo artist Sean Barna at the Velvet Lounge. Both are local to the D.C. area, so it will be our first time meeting them seeing their live performances! Ms Fridrich will open the show around 9:15pm, followed by us, then Sean Barna. If you are in the D.C. area, definitely come out tomorrow night to Velvet Lounge! FB Event here

Velvet Lounge 12/19

Show CANCELLED: Tonight at KungFuNecktie Philly

Well this is the first time something like this has happened to us. We were really excited about playing our first show in philly, but the booker cancelled the event without warning. I guess this is just one of those things that bands have to deal with every now and then. At first I was super bummed, but everything happens for a reason right? We’re going to look ahead to the spring and try to get an even better Philly show then!! So, to all of our Philly friends, we will miss you dearly tonight, but we’ll keep you posted on a future, better, way-more-awesome-than-tonight-would-have-ever-been spring show 🙂

Silvana NYC

It has been a little less than a year since we made the move down to Brooklyn, and we’ve spent most of that time hanging in our little neighborhood, venturing out every now and then to lower east side Manhattan to play and see shows! Last Tuesday was our first time going all the way up to Harlem. Oh it seemed so far at first! But as soon as we walked into Silvana, we knew that it would be the first of many times making our way up there. This was a cool spot. Silvana is a middle eastern restaurant, bar, and music venue, with delicious food, cozy seating, and hookah that you can order to your table. It had warm and cozy vibes that kind of reminded us of a venue that used to be around in Ithaca, called The Lost Dog.

When we walked in, a super talented group of musicians, called R.O.T.I, were tearing it up on stage and we immediately found a spot at the bar to enjoy the music that these guys were making. Just when I was thinking to myself, ‘wow these guys are cool,’ a vocal guest, Likwuid, came on stage and to use a quote from Emeril, she ‘kicked it up a notch!’ It was awesome. I definitely had to meet this girl!

mandy and likwuid @ silvana

The bill that night also included a sweet prog rock band, called theSHIFT, who we highly recommend checking out. They play regularly at Rockwood! And closing the night, a beautiful set by Taylor Rich, who was also the organizer of the event, (and head of Flaca Music!) She performed with guest vocalist and cellist, Kim Vogel. These ladies sang mesmerizing songs with a folky vibe.

After our set, we ordered the lamb shawarma, it was yummy 🙂

 

So amped about shows! Next: 12/9 @ Silvana NYC

Okay so it seems lately that all I post about are show announcements! I didn’t even really realize it, but looking over my last few blog posts and tweets, it’s just one show after the next! I guess you can see where my head is at these days. Playing live music. I LOVE it. And December is full of shows that I am super psyched about. How did I go from being someone who was sure that they had some form of paralyzing performance anxiety, to someone who craves playing shows all of the time?! The trick that I realized is this: It’s all about having fun and experiencing each moment 🙂

Next on the list is this Tuesday, Dec 9th, at Silvana in the upper west side NYC. It is a middle eastern restaurant and I’m almost as excited about having dinner as I am about playing. Here is the FB event.