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 ūüôā

Showcase 61 at The Palace Theatre in Stamford

Showcase 61 at The Palace Theatre is incredible! We feel so fortunate to have been a part of it.

Theatres like Stamford’s Palace¬†have important positive impacts on communities all over the world. They bring people together to celebrate and experience the arts. They foster a¬†wide appreciation of culture, religion, and art forms of all kinds through enriching performances and events. It really was a special night for us to play for a room filled with patrons of the Palace Theatre.

The room we played in was¬†filled with cute candle lit round tables and the stage was large with dynamic colorful lighting. Behind the stage was a large glass window through which you could see ‘SHOWCASE 61’ reflecting off of the brick wall of the adjacent building outside. Wine, craft beer, and specialty cocktails from a¬†bar in the back were served to the tables so that audience members could enjoy the show without having to get up. It felt just like a hip and cozy nightclub!

Our friend Bikash Rajkarnikar caught this¬†photo of our set ūüôā

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Boston here we come!

So I’ve been wanting to play in Boston for a while now and we are finally making our way up there this weekend! Boston is such a cool city filled with education, music, culture.. I could go on and on! I am so excited for this Saturday night. We will be at The Wonder Bar, 186 Harvard Ave. opening for Lizzy Pitch and Band without Hands, an event we’re calling the Electropunks Takeover ūüôā

The show starts at 9:30pm so get there early to hang with us!

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Next stop, Stamford CT!

 The Palace Theatre in Stamford CT is hosting a new live indie music series, Showcase 61, that aims to bring well-known performers as well as emerging artists to Stamford’s Palace Theatre.  We are sooooo excited to be participating in this music series! It is going to be a very special night for us. We hope that if you are in the area, you will come out to the show. Here is the schedule:

8:00 pm –¬†The Rungs

 8:35 pm РIntermission

¬† 8:50 pm –¬†¬†Rudeyna

9:30 pm –¬†End of Show¬†

Did I mention the specialty cocktails, craft brews and pizza direct from Fairfield Pizza?!

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Rockwood Music Hall 10/17

Our last show in NYC was a good two months ago and it is about time to hit the stage here! Come out to our next gig on Friday, October 17 at Rockwood Music Hall 1am. Rock with us¬†because we’ve got some new songs to introduce!

Mandy will also debut some stellar new dance moves.  Think Blue Steel meets Gangnam style with Beyonce like booty action and Este Haim bassface. Is the world ready for this? Be there to find out!

 

Rungs at Rockwood 10/17

Ithaca, Oswego, and Zink!

We had an amazing weekend playing music in upstate New York! A Friday night gig at Lot 10 in Ithaca, a¬†Saturday art and music exhibit¬†at Zink Tees screen print shop in Oswego, and lots of pretty fall tree colors, tasty apple harvest fest treats, and visits with good friends in between ūüôā

We pulled into Ithaca Friday afternoon, as¬†the annual Apple Harvest Fest was in full swing. Perfect timing to get that fall apple pie fix before heading straight to¬†Lot 10, Ithaca’s hip¬†downtown bar and venue on Cayuga St. It sure felt like it had been a while since we last played music there and it was great to be back!

Saturday was our very first trip to Oswego. Aaron Z. Lee, who is a talented graphic designer, hosted a ‘Month of Halloween’ ¬†art and music exhibit. ¬†Everything took place in the ‘Darkroom’, ¬†a cozy¬†gallery and performance space within Zink Tees¬†screen print shop. With comfy couches opposite the stage, a rug in the center of the floor, cool screenprints hanging on the walls and quirky decorations placed about the room, the Darkroom has to be the most unique and comfortable venue I’ve ever played! And who goes to a screen printing shop without printing some tees?? Not us! ūüôā We got the chance to print our own shirts after the gig.¬†Glen, the man behind the Zink, ¬†gave everyone a behind-the-scenes look at the screen printing process and taught us the magical ways of making band shirts. Thank you!!

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Happy Hour at Hazlitt

Hazlitt Winery on Seneca Lake hosts a¬†happy hour every Friday from 5-8 where folks can sip on delicious wine while enjoying the beautiful view of vineyards, the lake, and live¬†music by local bands. Even though we moved out of Ithaca, I still feel¬†local to the finger lakes region, and I was so happy when we were invited to play the Hazlitt Happy Hour last weekend. We blended a mix of Rungs songs with Diwas’s Nepalese songs and a long list of our favorite covers. It was quite refreshing to play a nice long set. After playing so many of those ‘hurry up and get on stage you have 5 minutes to set up and 30 minutes to play and then you gotta breakdown fast!’ it felt really nice to be able to just keep playing. The happy hour takes place in a large covered outdoor deck called ‘The Oasis’ which houses a bar, seating area, restrooms, and a place for bands to set up. Having grown up in Florida, I couldn’t help but feel like I was on a beach deck that somehow landed¬†in the middle of upstate NY. It was awesome.

Here is a pic our friends caught of us, thanks guys!

The Rungs at Hazlitt

Rockwood and Leftfield

I don’t know what I like more about being in a band, ¬†playing shows, writing music,¬†recording songs… I love it all!¬†Recently we’ve been playing more shows than anything else.¬†The show a few weeks ago at Rockwood was a lot of fun and we had the pleasure of meeting up with some of our¬†out-of-town friends who happened to be in NYC that night.

Last weekend we returned to  the lower east side to play a gig at Leftfield joined by our friends Beloved Binge on tour from North Carolina. They are another guy girl duo and like us, they are married! They had such a powerful energy in their performance of songs about their own personal life experiences, the aging of relatives, eating a vegan diet, and funny life lessons.  Find their music here: http://belovedbinge.bandcamp.com/album/pockets-2

Every¬†new venue we play here has its own charm. ¬†Getting to experience that is something I love about shows and I really like the crazy music filled lower east side. We’re trying to stick to one show a month right now, but finding it hard to resist playing more! ¬†I was not able to get video from the past two, but¬†we do have pictures! ( thank you friends for taking these ūüôā )

 

the rungs at rockwood 7/25

rungs at leftfield 8/8

Grassroots Festival 2014

‘It’s that time of year again!’ is what I say to myself around mid July every summer when the Trumansburg Fair Grounds transform into a festival.

For the past
..wow I think it’s been 10 years, the Grassroots Festival has been more than a time to party, listen to awesome music¬†and dance for four days straight. For many who once lived in upstate New York, its the time of year they come back to visit, a chance to reunite and let loose with old friends. That’s why I was so happy when Diwas invited me to play guitar during his set. The crowd was filled with so many friends and it felt amazing to share that musical experience with everyone. I’m crossing my fingers that next year The Rungs will get accepted to play!! Even though we weren’t on the schedule this year, we managed to squeeze a few songs in during the Diwas Gurung set ūüôā

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Interview w/ Azltron Music Blog

Earlier this month, we had the pleasure of meeting the man behind the¬†Azltron Music Blog at the Ithaca Festival.¬†Today he shares an interview covering the formation of our band, how we write songs and what’s in store for us this summer. Check it out¬†here!

Hailing from Oswego, Azltron is a major supporter of the upstate NY music scene. The blog covers photos and reviews of live shows in nearby cities, band interviews, and music reviews. June marked the beginning of a music series organized in partnership with ZINC Shirts, a screen printing shop and live music venue in Oswego. We will be heading up to Oswego to participate in the series this fall and we are super excited!

Now, since I’m a plant science nerd, let’s say that music blogs today are the soil and all of the unsigned indie bands are the plants. Without the support of blogs like Azltron, we¬†would just be shriveled seeds!

That is why we are super thankful for this interview and the other bloggers that¬†have supported us since the release of our EP in January.¬†(aka nurtured our root growth, if you know what I mean – winky winks ūüėČ )

Now where you come in –¬†you can be the water. Tweet this interview, or support Azltron music blog however which way you desire, and let’s keep this little music ecosystem alive!

Photo of Mandy by Azltron
Photo of Mandy by Azltron