Last days of winter in Ithaca (at least for us!)

Our recent trip to Ithaca was so much fun! We conveniently waited until March and skipped the super harsh winter period up there ūüôā

It was still very cold though, in a beautiful snowy winter wonderland way that we enjoyed. Here I am with my dad at the frozen Ithaca Falls below! This was before our show that we played for his Birthday!

mandy and dad ithaca falls

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!!

mandy screen printing

rungs dark room

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

 

Stage Bouncing at Ithaca Festival 2014

The Rungs at Ithaca Festival 2014 - photo by Yuko
The Rungs at Ithaca Festival 2014 – photo by Yuko

A clear sky, warm sun and cool breeze combined to form the perfect¬†weather for this year’s Ithaca Festival. The annual summer celebration is notoriously hit with downpours, but that never stops the town from enjoying the festivities. With our set scheduled for 2 PM on Saturday, I was thrilled to see such a positive forecast! No rain boots needed?? Yay!!

So many friends came out. Some folks I haven’t seen in a while and even some from out of town! It was mega fun to see everyone. I always get a little tickle of happiness to look up after singing a song and see someone smiling.
Diwas had an exceptionally busy day. Right before our set, he joined Luke G & The Candy Hearts to play guitar.¬†¬†Luke is known around town for his performances of classic doo wop songs. He is such an energetic performer and the addition of a full band to back him up took the catchy doo-wop renditions to the next level. The crowd was a’dancin left and right!
Luke G & The Candy Hearts
Luke G & The Candy Hearts
After our set, Diwas raced over to the beer garden stage to join Gabe Taveras and Sisu Powder the Moon. He played the madal, a tradition Nepalese drum. The specific sounds he can get out of it¬†blend well with¬†Gabe’s unique folk guitar style.
Gabe Tavares & Sisu Powder The Moon
Gabe Tavares & Sisu Powder The Moon
While Diwas ran¬†around the stages swapping instruments, I ran back to help my sister and good friend move out of their apartment. Music day plus moving day. And that it is¬†only part one of our Saturday! Part two was all the way back down in Brooklyn for a launch party at the Greenpoint Gallery, which I’ll cover¬†in my next post ūüôā

Ithaca Festival is Here

What do the residents of Ithaca NY do after the Cornell students leave? Celebrate!! With an annual weekend festival featuring a lively parade, lots of live music, dance, delicious food, craft vendors, and summer craziness. Our set is Saturday May 31st 2:10pm at the Cayuga St Stage. Lots of other great musicians on the schedule this year! Check it out:

2014 Ithaca Festival Program

Diwas will also be playing with Gabe Tavares and Sisu Powder The Moon at 4pm on the MLK Junior St Stage.¬†Then, it is straight¬†back down to Brooklyn for the Launch Party ūüôā (see previous post)

Two gigs in one day? OH YES!

D-Rock rocked

The Rungs @ Haunt Ithaca

The D-Rock benefit was a success! Each year, local rock band The Sutras host the event to benefit Family and Children Services of Ithaca. It was our first time playing it, as well as our first time playing at The Haunt music venue. Our set fell between Steve Gollnick’s Insect Brigade and The Sutras. The Thins closed the night. Three awesome bands that I love! And we shared the stage with them?!? Yes! And it was for a good cause!!!

Diwas warming up back stage

Loads of fun

Attention Ithacans! Your new music venue, The Dock, is awesome! Saturday night, Diwas and I joined Gabe Tavares and Lora Pendleton for a Rungs and Sisu Powder The Moon show. Lora opened the night with a lovely surprise solo set. I’ve seen her perform multiple times with PTM, but it was my first time seeing her originals and I absolutely loved them! Her smooth guitar playing paired with her captivating voice inspires a sense of comfort and ease. It makes me want to get in my car and drive across country with the music blasting through my speakers. As a female vocalist I’m always on the lookout for other female vocalists to listen, to learn from, and get inspired by, so this lady is definitely added to my list!

As for Diwas and me, the amount of fun we had at this show, measured in units of loads, was approximately 10 loads of fun, which is a lot!

all smiles on stage
all smiles on stage

¬†Thank you to our friends for coming out, it was so great to see everyone and we can’t wait to return to The Dock!

Ithaca’s New Music Venue

About three years ago, one of my favorite places to go to see live music in Ithaca was Castaways. It was a large enough space to accommodate big bands, but at the same time small enough that it never felt empty no matter how small the crowd. I think it might have been the big stage, low ceilings, and lay out including the bar and pool tables opposite the large dance area. It was notorious for being run down, but I liked that about it.

When the venue closed a few years ago, it was a huge loss to the local music scene. Sure, other venues gained new shows, but in my opinion, nothing could quite replace the feeling of seeing live music at Castaways!

Now, the same building is under new ownership, and has just opened as The Dock. With a completely new look and atmosphere, The Dock is beginning to book live music and guess who will be playing there at the of this month.. ūüôā

the dock

 

Not your usual Sunday night

guys versus girls

We invited our friends Linus in the Sapphire from Philadelphia to come up to Ithaca and join us this past weekend for the Chapter House’s Sunday night music series, free live music every week 7-9 pm. The timing was perfect, as it worked out to be the last stop on their one-week winter tour. Since they are also a male-female duo, we decided to make it a night of duos and invited two pals, Zac & Elly, to join the bill as well. A night of duos!!

It was great to get some friends from out of town up to Ithaca. Even in the winter, this is still such a cute place to visit and I love hosting! The local music scene always benefits from bringing in new sounds and Linus in the Sapphire are an awesome psychedelic audio chameleon. We first met them at an Elephant Talk Indie music festival in Atlantic City back in May and we’ve been talking about getting them up here ever since.

Little did I know that I would also be blown away by Zac & Elly’s performance. Elly’s voice, with no exaggeration here, is comparable to Christina Aguilara. She is a total diva! Her voice just shined through the room and immediately captured everyone’s attention. Amazing. Her and Zach are currently forming a full band in Ithaca with a bass player and a drummer. They plan to get out and start performing by the summer and I can’t wait!

The Rungs, Linus in the Sapphire, Zac & Elly

So yeah, February was kind of a crazy month and I didn’t really get a chance to update the blog ūüė¶ but the show last weekend brought us together with such good friends and such a good time! It made up for all of the craziness of February ūüôā

Great Vibes at The Nines!

Saturday night we played at one of our favorite venues, The Nines,¬†in Ithaca NY. It is actually the very place where we met, about 5 years ago. (I think it was 5…maybe 6? this is too much math already ūüôā )

Anywhoo, a band called Schooner from Durham NC had contacted us about playing¬†a show together on their ‘Neighborhood Veins’ album release tour. After checking out their music and digging it,¬†we were psyched to share a bill with them.

at the nines sept 2013

We hadn’t been making it up to The Nines very much over the past year, so we thought, ‘Lets play there! Don’t you miss that place?’

It turned out to be the perfect location for Schooner and us to tear it up! ¬†I’ve never been to a show there that didn’t have a great vibe. Not sure what it is. The people? The Pizza? (You must try the deep dish if you are ever in Ithaca!) It’s funny how some spaces and locations just don’t work. No matter how much people try to doctor a place up and re-brand, there is just something about it that is off. Then there are places that for no explainable reason just work. Something is special about them. The Nines is like that, it just feels good to be in that place. ¬†We will definitely be playing there again!

Here is a clip of our Feist cover from the show, My Moon My Man.