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We are pleased to announce that local progressive rock band Shadow Merchant has been signed as the After Party band for ROSfest 2018. They played for us last in 2014, then as the Friday night after party band. Their set back then was described as “kickin’ ass”.
When Shadow Merchant returns in 2018, they will be a different band with new members. Their current line-up consists of veteran members Sean Reiter (guitars) and Howard Whitman (vocals, bass), while Michael LaBuono (keyboards), David Lee (drums), and Yvonne Blackwell (vocals, percussion) are new additions to the band. Also new since their last ROSfest appearance is that Shadow Merchant will perform at both the Friday night and the Saturday night after parties.
The Friday night after party will take place at the Appalachian Brewery Company, where the band will deliver a 90-minute long acoustic set.
The Saturday night after party will take place at The Pike Restaurant and Bar, which is situated less than a mile from the host hotel. Shadow Merchant will perform a 60-minute full electrical set there, which will be followed by the traditional jam session. As usual, the jam session will be open to anyone that wants to play.
The after party events are an integral part of the ROSfest experience, and while the concerts are what people come to see, many of the most treasured memories come from these after-party events. With Shadow Merchant playing, quality entertainment and an enjoyable experience is guaranteed.
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I’m typing this on a Sunday, after the most epic home-cooked curry. There are bound to be typos as most of my energy is currently being put into digestion. I’ll do my best to type something coherent through the paneer induced fug. My brain is currently secondary to my stomach.
Talking of curry, I visited David Elephant, founder of my record label, in his office The Spice Inn, Stratford last week. Among other things we discussed the next new music, I’ll be releasing. Yes, the mythical ‘secret project’ will be unleashed upon an unsuspecting and indifferent world in just a matter of months. Tremble ye mighty, for it shall humble your ears.
But not yet. Patience, patience.
Anyway, gigs have started! Gigs!
Yes, that’s right, the first Tom Slatter Duo gig (we’re not calling it the Tom Slatter Duo, that’s an awful name) has taken place. It was a lovely gig in Darlington, UK. I have written a blog post about it in which i explain exactly how rock n roll Gareth and I are (hint: not very):
I first worked with Gareth when we both played on a track called Wounds from Mike Kershaw’s last album. When I mentioned online that I was gearing up to get gigging again, Gareth offered his services, which I thought sounded grand. I have a lot of songs, particularly on Happy People, that just can’t work as a solo song. …Read more
As I mention in the blog, the gig has also been reviewed, so there’s another write-up to read over here.
What’s more, Emma the promoter has sent me a live recording. It’s just the unedited feed from the sound desk, and being an acoustic gig that means it isn’t a perfect recreation of the sound. You can hear both guitars and the vocal, however, so here is a link to the mp3 of the opening track:
A great night, and yes I did glare at Gareth once or twice.
Anyway, the next gigs are:
1st August Supporting The Far Meadow at the Horns in Watford
5th August The Surrey Steampunk Convivial in New Malden
All the links to tickets and so on are at this link.
Last weekend I went to see Mothertongue, and to do away with ‘fan’ Tony, who had been going far too far with bad puns over on The Tom Slatter Immoral Support Group. Alas, I was not as successful as I hope:
Tony claims he’s a fan of my music. That might be the case, though if you can decipher this sub-Joycean melange of a review you more clever than I. He is, however, guilty of the most egregious, violent punning on the internet….Read more
Happy People is selling quite nicely, but of course, there are still copies. You can get your mitts on a copy, or stream the whole thing over here.
Thanks for listening!
California Progressive AOR Rock Band “Time Horizon’ release stunning video shot in a studio setting, the video is for the single “Only One” from the highly acclaimed “Transitions” album released in late 2015
Ralph Otteson: Keyboards, vocals
Bruce Gaetke: Drums, lead vocal
Allen White: Bass
Dave Miller: guitar
Produced by Ralph Otteson and Billy Sherwood.
Music mixed by Billy Sherwood
Edited by Ralph Otteson
Cameras operated by:
Bruce Gaetke, John Fenner and Ray Sala
Label: Melodic Revolution Records
Catalog Number: MRRCD 22120
Buy the Music
Mark Truey Trueack & Sean Timms (Unitopia) have linked up to form a one-off live band called U.N.I.T. dB. They are joined by Southern Empire’s Danny Lopresto (guitars, vocals) and Brody Thomas Green (drums,vocals), and Steve Unruh (flute, violin) from Resistor/The Samurai of Prog.
We hope this message finds you well. Recently, there has been some speculation regarding the status of the friendship between Mark & myself. As you may be aware, during the making of our (unfinished) album ‘Turn Left’, Mark & I had a disagreement over some issues that were dear to both our hearts. We disbanded Unitopia and we started our own projects, Mark with United Progressive Fraternity and myself with Southern Empire. Both projects have been met with great success and we are respectively very proud of them.
About 6 months ago, Mark & I had the opportunity to talk about a few things unrelated to Unitopia and we found that our respect and care for one another was still there, despite the damages of the past. Mark was extremely supportive throughout a difficult business situation that we were both involved in and this gave us hope that a rekindling of our friendship was possible.
Where does this leave Unitopia you might ask?
As of this writing, there are no plans to re-form Unitopia, but there are some exciting projects that both Mark & I are working on together. These will be announced in due course and we hope you’ll get behind them as you’ve done for every other project that we’ve been involved in.
UPF and Southern Empire are still our primary focus and there will be some very exciting announcements concerning all three bands very soon.
Thank you for your continued support of our music. It means a great deal to us and we are constantly humbled and honoured to have such a wonderful and caring fan base.
Cheers… Sean Timms & Mark Truey Trueack
Artwork by Ed Unitsky
Maryland based Prog Artist Aethellis plan on releasing 3 Track EP this spring via Melodic Revolution Records the ep is called “A Home In Your Thoughts” its the bamds first release in five years.
Aethellis has posted a small preview from one of the songs on their soundcloud page, feel free to take it for a spin and leave the band a comment please.