spring: the season where i finally leave the house

Winter is lovely, but spring is the thing, and with that in mind I would like to introduce an idea that we’ve been batting around here at Young Novelists HQ. We’re going to start telling folks about the music we’re listening to, bands we’ve played with, bands we love, and we’re going to start today. Without further ado, let me introduce:

THE BAND OF THE WEEK: Rachael Cardiello. The first installment is apropos because Rachael and her band are releasing an album this Thursday (at the Tranzac) titled “Warm Electric Winter”. Laura & I had a chance to play a short opening set for them during their Sunday residency (6-8pm) at Cameron House and then watch them tear through a sweet set of songs. Rachael is a fantastic songwriter and plays a mean viola. Her band consisted of upright bass, keys, guitar, and drums (from a fill-in drummer, who was still quite impressive) and the arrangements were tight. Any band that can slide into waltz-time from straight 4/4 gets a high-five.

Rachael Cardiello and James Burrows

Rachael Cardiello and James Burrows

A SUMMER OF FESTIVALS. We are vastly excited to announce we’ll be playing at the Mariposa Folk Festival (July 5-7) this summer! It’s one of the most fantastic folk festivals out there, so grab tickets from their website and join us in Orillia for a weekend of amazing music. We’ll also be playing at the Burlington Sound of Music Festival (Saturday June 15th at 8:15PM), which is a free festival in (guess where) Burlington! Besides that we’ll be hunkering down for a hometown festival: NXNE, where we’ll be playing on Thursday June 13th at the sweet sweet Dakota Tavern at 1AM.

We’re also really really happy to be playing again at the Blacksheep Inn on Friday June 14th, opening for the Mike Plume Band. It should be the kind of show where people dance until their shirts disappear and things get real awesome. Hope we see you there!

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