Past Dates

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Pete's Candy Store
Mitra Sumara at Pete's Candy Store - 10 p.m.
70 Lorimer St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718)302.3770
Price: No cover, but suggested $10 in the bucket

Mitra Sumara, New York's premier Farsi psychedelic funk band, will be returning to the intimate Pete's Candy Store in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, on Saturday, June 3, for one action-packed set at 10 p.m.

We like playing at Pete's, a friendly place. This is a small room, so get there early to get a good seat and join in with the good vibes.

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Mitra Sumara at Bar Chord - 9 to 11 p.m.
1008 Cortelyou Rd.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
United States
(347) 240-6033
Price: No cover, but suggested $10 in the bucket

Mitra Sumara, New York's premier Farsi psychedelic funk band, is pleased to announce that we will be returning to Bar Chord in the Ditmas Park neighborhood of Brooklyn on Wednesday evening, May 31, from 9 to 11 p.m.

This is a real music lover's bar. The staff really care about music and making it sound good, and the audience is receptive and involved. Come out and join us, and let's make it a great night.

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Mitra Sumara at Nublu - 9 p.m.
62 Ave. C
New York, NY 10003
Price: $10

 

On Friday night, Nov. 11, at 9 p.m., Mitra Sumara will be playing a post-Election Day blow-off-steam dance party at Nublu, 62 Ave. C in the East Village of Manhattan. More info here.

For now, keep your mind on the election, and be sure to vote on Tuesday. And after the results come in, no matter how it shakes out, come out and dance to two full sets of vibrant, rhythmic music by New York's premier pre-revolutionary psychedelic Farsi fiunk band, Mitra Sumara. We'll be playing songs from 1960s and '70s Iran, and Yvette will be keening those tunes in the original Farsi.

We'll be ready to make this a fervent evening. Come out and join us. Yvette on vocals, Peter Zummo on trombone, Bill Ruyle on hammer dulcimer, Julian Maile on guitar, Kaveh Haghtalab on drums, Sam Kulik on bass and Jim Duffy on keys.

See you there!

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Karl Berger's Improvisers Orchestra - open rehearsal at 7 p.m., full show at 8:30 p.m.
215 E. 99th St.
New York, NY 10029
United States
(212) 665-9460
Price: $15

I'm honored to announce that I will be performing this Saturday evening, Oct. 22, at 8:30 p.m. with the Karl Berger Improvisers Orchestra. This is a 20-plus-piece orchestra of some of the finest improvisers in the New York area, under the direction of Karl Berger.

In September I was fortunate enough to participate in Karl Berger's Creative Music Studio, a five-day, intensive, hands-on, learn-by-doing workshop that gets down to the most basic elements of music - sound, vibration, time, dynamics and tone. While at the workshop, I met some extraordinary players and singers who are exploring music through Karl Berger's "music mind" approach. 

When Karl invited me to perform with the Improvisers Orchestra, I jumped at the chance. This Saturday evening, Oct. 22, at El Taller, a cultural center at 215 E. 99th St. in Manhattan, the Improvisers Orchestra will have an open rehearsal at 7 p.m. and then a full performance at 8:30. Admission is $15. I hope you will come out an experience this unique night of full, lush, orchestrated improvisation. It's unlike anything you have ever heard, and it's different every time.

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Mitra Sumara at Nublu - 11 p.m.
62 Ave. C
New York, NY 10003

Mitra Sumara, the multi-legged, psychedelic Persian-style funk band, will perform a late show on Thursday, July 21, at 11 p.m., at Nublu, 62 Ave. C in the East Village of Manhattan. This will be our first appearance at this respected progressive music venue. On the gig will be vocalist and leader Yvette Perez, trombonist Peter Zummo, guitarist Julian Maile, hammer dulcimer player Bill Ruyle, drummer Kaveh and keyboardist Jim Duffy. Also on the bill, at 9 p.m., will be trumpeter Matt Shulman.

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Hudson River Park - Make Music New York
Jim Duffy at Make Music New York - 3 p.m.
West 36th Street and Hudson Boulevard East
New York, NY
Price: free

Make Music New York 2016

 

Hello, I will be performing a rare solo set, just me and a Nord keyboard, on Tuesday, June 21, at 3 p.m., at Hudson River Park, which is a new park area on the far west side of Manhattan, at West 36th Street and Hudson River Boulevard East which is near 10th Avenue, not far from the Jacob Javits Center.

I'll be playing original tunes, improvisations and favorite covers and standards. My plan is to go up there without a set list and see what happens.

Make Music New York is now in its 10th year - over 1,000 performers will be doing their thing at various spots around the city, alone or in groups. It's a fun thing, and if you can check it out, come on down.

The performance schedule for that day at Hudson River Park is as follows:

12:45 p.m.: Jaime Garamella

2 p.m.: Mixed Doubles

3 p.m.: Jim Duffy

4 p.m.: Antonio Mancilla

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Mitra Sumara at Persian Arts Festival - 10 p.m.
80 N. 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(646) 779-8455
Price: $38

On Friday, March 19, Mitra Sumara will take part in the Persian Arts Festival at the prestigious venue National Sawdust, at 80 N. 6th St. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The evening will include short films, visual arts, poetry, performances by Aida Shahghasemi, and at 11 p.m., a dance party featuring the 1960s-style psychedelic Farsi funk of Mitra Sumara. It's all in celebration of Norooz, the Persian New Year, and it should be a special evening. We have learned a couple of new tunes, just for this occasion.

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Cafe Nadery
Mitra Sumara at Cafe Nadery - 7 p.m.
16 W. 8th Street
New York, NY
Price: $48 includes dinner and show

Come celebrate the longest night of the year!!!! Yalda night!

Mitra Sumara

at 

Cafe Nadery

Monday, Dec. 21, 7 p.m.
16 West 8th Street (btwn MacDougal and 5th Ave) NYC
Farsi funk! Dance! Fabulous Iranian food! 
Tickets include dinner and show. Space is limited so buy your tickets NOW!
We are here for you! Come dance with us!

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Venditti Square, Queens, Make Music New York
Make Music New York at Venditti Square - 4 p.m.
Myrtle Avenue and Woodbine Street
Queens, NY
Price: free

MMNY

On Sunday, June 21, at 4 p.m., I'll be playing a rare solo keyboard set in Venditti Square in the Ridgewood neighborhood of Queens. The event is part of Make Music New York, the annual summer solstice program of free concerts in the five boroughs of New York City.

Venditti Square is on the L and M trains, very convenient to the Myrtle Wyckoff station.

I hope you'll come out this Sunday afternoon to enjoy the free outdoor music. The music starts at 1:30 with the funk band Hive, then singer-songwriter Eric Contractor at 2:45, then yours truly, Jim Duffy, at 4 p.m., and to close out the afternoon, the band Everpulse.

More information here.

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Mitra Sumara at Quinn's in Beacon - 8 p.m.
300 Main St.
Beacon, NY
(845) 202-7447
Price: $10

Quinn's

Mitra Sumara will perform Saturday, April 11, 8 p.m., at Quinn's Restaurant in Beacon, N.Y.

This is quite the swinging place, a former luncheonette that has been transformed into a creative and rocking music venue in the Hudson Valley. They also serve a fine ramen. Quinn's good taste is evident in its menu and its live entertainment.

We played there in December, and it was so much fun, we're coming back for more. I hope you'll join us.

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

Smithsonian Institute, Freer Gallery, Meyer Auditorium
Mitra Sumara: 2 Shows at Smithsonian Institution - Two shows: 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
1050 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC
Price: Free, but must get free tickets

Mitra Sumara

Mitra Sumara, the band that plays pre-revolutionary Persian pop of the 1960s and '70s, will perform two shows on the afternoon of Saturday, March 7, at 1 and 4 p.m. at the Smithsonian Institute, Freer Gallery Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. The concerts will be part of a Nowruz celebration - the Persian new year.

We will be a five-piece band that day: Yvette Perez on vocals, singing these vintage pop tunes in the original Farsi, Peter Zummo on trombone, Bill Ruyle on hammer dulcimer, Michael Evans on drums and percussion, and Jim Duffy on keyboard.

For more info, and to obtain free tickets, go here. Act fast - the 4 p.m. show is selling out!

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Mitra Sumara at Cafe Nadery - 8 p.m. sharp
16 W. 8th St.
New York, NY 10011
USA
(212) 260-5407
Price: $15

 

Dear Friends,

We are thrilled to be performing this coming Saturday as part of Mehregan NYC Festival! This special festival will feature readings by Iranian-American writers, talks about Persian food, a Pomegranate Peel-off, and us! 
Mitra Sumara
Sat, Oct 25th
Cafe Nadery
16 W 8th St, NYC
Full festival runs from 3-9pm
Our show - 8-9pm
Come early! Stay late!
Tickets available now online!

Cafe Nadery will be running a special menu just for this event. Don't miss it!

 

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Jim Duffy solo at Willoughby Plaza - 11 a.m.
Corner of Willoughby St. and Pearl St.
Brooklyn, NY
Price: Free!

Hello, I will be playing a rare solo set of original tunes this Saturday, June 21, at 11 a.m. at Willoughby Plaza in Downtown Brooklyn, at the corner of Willoughby Street and Pearl Street. And it’s free.

What is this about? Good question. This Saturday is the longest day of the year, and that means it’s time for Make Music New York, a program that organizes about 1,200 free concerts that day, all around the city.

Sure, 11 a.m. is early, but hey, the birds will be tweeting by 5:45 a.m., and these summer mornings are nice. So have a nice morning for yourself, drink your coffee, then have a leisurely walk over to Willoughby Plaza.

The performers that day will be: 

10 a.m. Electric Gospel

11 a.m. Jim Duffy

12 p.m. Blair Jensen

1 p.m. Aleksandra Denda

2 p.m. Emily’s Escape

Come on down. ’ll bet you’ll hear something you like.

More info here and here, and you can find a map here.

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Mitra Sumara at Cafe Nadery - Two Sets, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
16 W. 8th St.
New York, NY 10011
USA
(212) 260-5407
Price: No cover, but $15 food or drink

Mitra Sumara at Café Nadery, Saturday, June 7

Mitra at Cafe Nadery, anniversary

Mitra Sumara, the band that plays pre-revolutionary Persian pop and funk, will perform this Saturday night, June 7, two sets, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., at Cafe Nadery.

It’s the one-year anniversary of Café Nadery, which is at 16 W. 8th St. in Manhattan, between Fifth Avenue and MacDougal.

Café Nadery serves fine food and Iranian culture. Mitra Sumara performs psychedelic and funky Iranian sounds from the 1960s and early ‘70s, with keening vocals by Yvette Perez, who sings these tunes in the original Farsi. With a combination like that, how can you miss?

No cover charge, but a $15 minimum on food or drink. More information here, or at (212) 260-5407.

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Mitra Sumara at Barbes -- Residency - 6 p.m. sharp
376 9th St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
718.965.9177
Price: $10

Every Saturday in May, Mitra Sumara will play an early set, 6 p.m. sharp, at Barbes, 376 9th St., corner of 6th Avenue, in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.

More info here.

We're looking forward to this residency in one of the city's great little listening rooms. Our sets will be early -- still daylight -- and we will bring you the sounds of pre-revolutionary Iran, funky, psychedelic Persian pop from the 1960s and early '70s.

Mitra Sumara: Yvette Perez vocals, Peter Zummo trombone, Bill Ruyle hammer dulcimer, Julian Maile guitar, Sam Kulik bass, Jim Duffy keys, Michael Evans percussion and Brian Geltner drums.

We'll be bringing the heat, so come down and join us at Barbes. You have five chances, all shows at 6 p.m. sharp:

Saturday, May 3

Saturday, May 10

Saturday, May 17

Saturday, May 24

Saturday, May 31

Helelyos!

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Mitra Sumara at Barbes -- Residency - 6 p.m. sharp
376 9th St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
718.965.9177
Price: $10

Every Saturday in May, Mitra Sumara will play an early set, 6 p.m. sharp, at Barbes, 376 9th St., corner of 6th Avenue, in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.

More info here.

We're looking forward to this residency in one of the city's great little listening rooms. Our sets will be early -- still daylight -- and we will bring you the sounds of pre-revolutionary Iran, funky, psychedelic Persian pop from the 1960s and early '70s.

Mitra Sumara: Yvette Perez vocals, Peter Zummo trombone, Bill Ruyle hammer dulcimer, Julian Maile guitar, Sam Kulik bass, Jim Duffy keys, Michael Evans percussion and Brian Geltner drums.

We'll be bringing the heat, so come down and join us at Barbes. You have five chances, all shows at 6 p.m. sharp:

Saturday, May 3

Saturday, May 10

Saturday, May 17

Saturday, May 24

Saturday, May 31

Helelyos!

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Mitra Sumara at Barbes -- Residency - 6 p.m. sharp
376 9th St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
718.965.9177
Price: $10

Every Saturday in May, Mitra Sumara will play an early set, 6 p.m. sharp, at Barbes, 376 9th St., corner of 6th Avenue, in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.

More info here.

We're looking forward to this residency in one of the city's great little listening rooms. Our sets will be early -- still daylight -- and we will bring you the sounds of pre-revolutionary Iran, funky, psychedelic Persian pop from the 1960s and early '70s.

Mitra Sumara: Yvette Perez vocals, Peter Zummo trombone, Bill Ruyle hammer dulcimer, Julian Maile guitar, Sam Kulik bass, Jim Duffy keys, Michael Evans percussion and Brian Geltner drums.

We'll be bringing the heat, so come down and join us at Barbes. You have five chances, all shows at 6 p.m. sharp:

Saturday, May 3

Saturday, May 10

Saturday, May 17

Saturday, May 24

Saturday, May 31

Helelyos!

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Mitra Sumara at Barbes -- Residency - 6 p.m. sharp
376 9th St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
718.965.9177
Price: $10

Every Saturday in May, Mitra Sumara will play an early set, 6 p.m. sharp, at Barbes, 376 9th St., corner of 6th Avenue, in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.

More info here.

We're looking forward to this residency in one of the city's great little listening rooms. Our sets will be early -- still daylight -- and we will bring you the sounds of pre-revolutionary Iran, funky, psychedelic Persian pop from the 1960s and early '70s.

Mitra Sumara: Yvette Perez vocals, Peter Zummo trombone, Bill Ruyle hammer dulcimer, Julian Maile guitar, Sam Kulik bass, Jim Duffy keys, Michael Evans percussion and Brian Geltner drums.

We'll be bringing the heat, so come down and join us at Barbes. You have five chances, all shows at 6 p.m. sharp:

Saturday, May 3

Saturday, May 10

Saturday, May 17

Saturday, May 24

Saturday, May 31

Helelyos!

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Mitra Sumara at Barbes -- Residency - 6 p.m.
376 9th St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
718.965.9177
Price: $10

Every Saturday in May, starting this Saturday, May 3, Mitra Sumara will play an early set, 6 p.m. sharp, at Barbes, 376 9th St., corner of 6th Avenue, in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.

More info here.

We're looking forward to this residency in one of the city's great little listening rooms. Our sets will be early -- still daylight -- and we will bring you the sounds of pre-revolutionary Iran, funky, psychedelic Persian pop from the 1960s and early '70s.

Mitra Sumara: Yvette Perez vocals, Peter Zummo trombone, Bill Ruyle hammer dulcimer, Julian Maile guitar, Sam Kulik bass, Jim Duffy keys, Michael Evans percussion and Brian Geltner drums.

We'll be bringing the heat, so come down and join us at Barbes. You have five chances, all shows at 6 p.m. sharp:

Saturday, May 3

Saturday, May 10

Saturday, May 17

Saturday, May 24

Saturday, May 31

Helelyos!

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Mitra Sumara at Drom - 7:45 p.m.
85 Ave. A
New York, NY 10009
(212) 777-1157
Price: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Mitra at Drom

Come join Mitra Sumara and the Amir Vahab Ensemble on Saturday, March 29, at Drom, 85 Avenue A, East Village, Manhattan, NYC. It's a Noruz festival -- the Persian new year -- and we'll be bringing you the old and the new.

Mitra Sumara will perform pre-revolutionary Farsi pop and funk from the 1960s and early '70s. This eight-piece band brings high energy to this repertoire of uncovered gems.

And Amir Vahab and his group will take a more traditional approach to Persian folk music.

You can find more info here.

 

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Mitra Sumara and Sway Machinery - 9 p.m.
622 Degraw Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 855-3388
Price: $10 advance, $15 at the door

Mitra Sumara, the eight-piece New York band that performs pre-revolutionary Iranian pop music, will perform on Saturday, March 15, at 9 p.m. at Littlefield in Gowanus, Brooklyn. We will be honored to open the show for Sway Machinery, who do a creative take on cantoral music. In fact, the night will be Sway Machinery's Purim carnival.

More info here.

This should be a lively, creative evening of rhythmic, angular, worldly wise music making. Come down and join us.

Mitra at Littlefield

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Mitra Sumara at the Maqam Fest - 8:15 p.m.
16 Beaver St., sixth floor
New York, NY
USA
Price: $30 general admission / $25 stud

Mitra Sumara, the New York eight-piece band that plays psychedelic funk of pre-revolutionary Iran, will be honored to perform this Friday, Jan. 10, at 8:15, at the Maqam Fest, at Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver St., sixth floor, in Lower Manhattan.

This prestigious music festival will feature top-notch acts from around the world playing music from all corners of the round world, where every ship sails and all airplanes fly.

The music starts at 7 p.m., and it will take you on a journey that starts in the Balkans and goes through Afghanistan, Eastern Europe, the Arab lands and Iran. At 8:15 p.m., Mitra Sumara will represent Persian pop as best as we know how.

Yvette Perez will sing the lyrics in the original Farsi, Peter Zummo will play trombone, Bill Ruyle will play hammer dulcimer, Julian Maile will play guitar, Jim Duffy will play keys, Sam Kulik will play bass, Brian Geltner will play drums, and Michael Evans will play percussion.

More information here.

Come out, shake your hips, broaden your horizons and dig the exotic sounds.

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Mitra Sumara, New Year's Eve at Cafe Nadery - 11 p.m.
16 W. 8th St.
New York, NY 10011
USA
(212) 260-5407
Price: $75 for concert, dinner and two

Those of you who came to see us at Cafe Nadery know what a happening scene it was. And so, Cafe Nadery has invited us to come back and bring in the new year.

Mitra Sumara will perform at the Cafe Nadery on New Year's Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31, from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

We'll be playing funky, rhythmic, psychedelic songs from pre-revolutionary Iran. Yes, it's Persian pop music from the 1960s and early '70s.

Tickets are $75 per person, for dinner, concert and two glasses of Prosecco.

Yvette Perez will sing the tragic and romantic lyrics in the original Farsi, Peter Zummo will play trombone, Julian Maile will play guitar, Jim Duffy will play keys, and Michael Evans will play drums and percussion. And we will have a special guest.

The Cafe Nadery is a new, cozy spot that serves delicious Iranian food and culture. I hope you'll come down and check it out!

You can buy tickets here, and more info here.

Even more info here, or at 212-260-5407.

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Mitra Sumara at Cafe Nadery - 9 p.m.
16 W. 8th St.
New York, NY 10011
USA
(212) 260-5407
Price: no cover, but $15 food or drink

A scaled-down version of Mitra Sumara will be performing on Friday, Dec. 6, from 9 to 11 p.m., at Cafe Nadery, 16 W. 8th St. in Manhattan, between Fifth and Sixth avenues.

The group that night will feature Yvette Perez on vocals, Peter Zummo on trombone, Michael Evans on percussion, Bill Ruyle on hammer dulcimer and Jim Duffy on keys.

We'll be playing funky, rhythmic, psychedelic songs from pre-revolutionary Iran. Yes, it's Persian pop music from the 1960s and early '70s.

The Cafe Nadery is a new Persian-style cafe that serves delicious Persian food and culture. It's a cozy, intimate setting, and I hope you'll make it. No cover charge, but there is a $15 food or drink minimum. Check it out!

More info here or at (212) 260-5407.

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Mitra Sumara at Cafe Nadery - 9 p.m.
16 W. 8th St.
New York, NY 10011
USA
(212) 260-5407
Price: $15 minimum

Sorry, SHOW POSTPONED

In light of the recent tragic events in Bushwick involving members of New York's Iranian community, Mitra Sumara and the Cafe Nadery have decided to postpone this show.

Our thoughts go out to the families and friends of the Yellow Dogs and Ali Eskandarian.

When our show is rescheduled, I'll be sure to let you know.

***

 

This just in: A scaled-down version of Mitra Sumara will be performing on Friday, Nov. 15, from 9 to 11 p.m., at Cafe Nadery, 16 W. 8th St. in Manhattan, between Fifth and Sixth avenues.

The group that night will feature Yvette Perez on vocals, Peter Zummo on trombone, Michael Evans on percussion, Bill Ruyle on hammer dulcimer and Jim Duffy on keys.

The Cafe Nadery is a new Persian-style cafe that serves delicious Persian food and culture. It's a cozy, intimate setting, and I hope you'll make it. No cover charge, but there is a $15 food or drink minimum. Check it out!

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Camille Iemmolo Art Opening - 6 p.m.
2 Extra Place
New York, NY 10003
(212) 242-0035
Price: Free With RSVP

Camille Iemmolo, Proposition

On Saturday, July 13, from 6 to 10 p.m., yours truly, Jim Duffy will provide some piano sounds at an art opening for Camille Iemmolo, an installation artist from Chicago. The event will be at The Proposition, 2 Extra Place in Manhattan -- in the East Village, behind where CBGB used to be.

Camille will transform the intimate Proposition gallery into an alternate universe of delicate and striking imagery in three dimensions. Her handmade aesthetic will make an impression on you. Among the carefully considered objects in this mini-wonderword will be the "Talking Piano," and my job will be to help the piano talk.

Dare yourself to step into this strange wonderland.

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Mitra Sumara at Drom - 9 p.m.
85 Ave. A
New York, NY 10009
(212) 777-1157
Price: $10 in advance, $12 at the door

Mitra Sumara

Mitra Sumara, the New York band that plays pre-revolutionary Persian psychedelic pop and funk, is pleased to announce that on Friday night, July 12, we will perform one long set at Drom, 85 Ave. A, in Manhattan.

Mitra Sumara is led by singer Yvette Perez, who sings these 1960s and '70s hits in the original Farsi. The band features Peter Zummo on trombone, Julian Maile on guitar, Bill Ruyle on hammer dulcimer, Jim Duffy on keyboard, Sam Kulik on bass, Michael Evans on percussion and Brian Geltner on drums.

We'll be swinging these tunes as hard as we can, and we hope you'll come out and join us under the party lights.

To see recent video of Mitra Sumara performing at Le Poisson Rouge in New York, click here.

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Make Music New York - 4 p.m.
3290 36th St.
Queens, NY
(718) 204-5273
Price: Free

As part of Make Music New York, I will be performing two sets of music on the afternoon of Friday, June 21, in Queens, N.Y. Throughout the day, at more than 400 venues around the five boroughs of New York City, more than 800 musicians and groups will be performing.

At 4 p.m. I will set up an electronic keyboard and a small amplifier on the sidewalk in front of Cafe Bar, a lovely restaurant in the Art Deco section of Astoria, Queens. I hope you'll swing by, have some refreshments, dig the sounds and say hello!

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Make Music New York - 1 p.m.
10-93 Jackson Ave.
Queens, NY
(917) 832-6726
Price: Free

As part of Make Music New York, I will be performing two sets of music on the afternoon of Friday, June 21, in Queens, N.Y. Throughout the day, at more than 400 venues around the five boroughs of New York City, more than 800 musicians and groups will be performing.

At 1 p.m. I will set up an electronic keyboard and a small amplifier on the sidewalk in front of Sweetleaf, a charming cafe in Long Island City. I hope you'll stop by, try some tasty espresso and fresh pastry, dig the sounds, and say hello!

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Mitra Sumara -- Persian New Year Show! - 8:30 p.m.
158 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012
(212)796-0741
Price: $17 in advance, $20 at the door

Save the date: Saturday, March 30, early show, starting at 6 p.m., Mitra Sumara performs at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St., New York, as part of the seventh annual Persian New Year Celebration. Also on the bill will be Rana Farhan, playing Persian jazz and blues, and Vatan, who will play Persian country music. Mitra Sumara will bring its own strong blend of Persian psychedelic funk from pre-revolutionary Iran -- Persian pop from the 1960s and '70s.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m., and Mitra Sumara will take the stage at 8:30 p.m.

This will be a rocking way to ring in Nowruz 1392. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door. So act now, and we'll see you then!

Stay tuned for more details -- this one is going to be good!

Persian New Year Celebration

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Mitra Sumara at Tropicalia - 10 p.m.
2001 14th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
U.S
202-629-4535
Price: TBD

Mitra Sumara at Westbeth, 2012

(Photo by Leila Ostovar-Kermani)

Mitra Sumara, the 16-legged band that plays psychedelic, funky Persian pop music of the 1960s and ‘70s, is psyched to announce that we will perform two shows in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Nov. 15.

Early in the evening, at 6 p.m. sharp, we will play a one-hour set at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage. Yes, that’s right, Mitra Sumara is playing the Kennedy Center. Free admission. For more info, please go here or here.

Then, when we are nice and warmed up, we will report to the Tropicalia club, 2001 14th St. NW, for a 10 p.m. set. We will be pulling out all the stops, playing tunes that might be a little too hairy for the Kennedy Center, and in general, holding nothing back! For more information on the Tropicalia show, please go here.

Mitra Sumara is a New York City-based big band that pays homage to the vibrant pop music of pre-revolutionary Iran.

Active ingredients:

  • Yvette Perez – vocals  (Birdbrain)
  • Julian Maile – guitar (Loser’s Lounge)
  • Sam Kulik– bass (Talbam!, Starring)
  • Peter Zummo – trombone (Arthur Russell, Lounge Lizards)
  • Jim Duffy – keyboards (Jim Duffy Combo, Martin’s Folly, Rods and Cones)
  • Bill Ruyle – tabla & hammer dulcimer (Arthur Russell)
  • Brian Geltner – drums (Nervous Cabaret, Chris Whitley)
  • Michael Evans – drums & congas (Alex Hacke, Carla Bley, David Grubbs, God Is My
Co-Pilot)


Learn more about Mitra Sumara here and here. You’ll be glad you did!

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Mitra Sumara at the Kennedy Center - 6 p.m. sharp
2700 F St. NW
Washington, DC 20566
U.S
800-444-1324
Price: Free

Mitra Sumara at Westbeth, 2012

(Photo by Leila Ostovar-Kermani)

Mitra Sumara, the 16-legged band that plays psychedelic, funky Persian pop music of the 1960s and ‘70s, is psyched to announce that we will perform two shows in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Nov. 15.

Early in the evening, at 6 p.m. sharp, we will play a one-hour set at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage. Yes, that’s right, Mitra Sumara is playing the Kennedy Center. Free admission. For more info, please go here or here.

Then, when we are nice and warmed up, we will report to the Tropicalia club, 2001 14th St. NW, for a 10 p.m. set. We will be pulling out all the stops, playing tunes that might be a little too hairy for the Kennedy Center, and in general, holding nothing back! For more information on the Tropicalia show, please go here.

Mitra Sumara is a New York City-based big band that pays homage to the vibrant pop music of pre-revolutionary Iran.

Active ingredients:

  • Yvette Perez – vocals  (Birdbrain)
  • Julian Maile – guitar (Loser’s Lounge)
  • Sam Kulik– bass (Talbam!, Starring)
  • Peter Zummo – trombone (Arthur Russell, Lounge Lizards)
  • Jim Duffy – keyboards (Jim Duffy Combo, Martin’s Folly, Rods and Cones)
  • Bill Ruyle – tabla & hammer dulcimer (Arthur Russell)
  • Brian Geltner – drums (Nervous Cabaret, Chris Whitley)
  • Michael Evans – drums & congas (Alex Hacke, Carla Bley, David Grubbs, God Is My
Co-Pilot)


Learn more about Mitra Sumara here and here. You’ll be glad you did!

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Mitra Sumara at Westbeth - 2:30 p.m.
155 Bank St.
New York, NY
Price: Free!

Mitra Sumara, the seven-piece band that plays grooving psychedelic funk of pre-revolutionary Iran -- that's right, Persian pop music of the 1960s and '70s -- will perform this Sunday, as part of the 6th annual Westbeth Music Festival.

The music is happening in the courtyard at 155 Bank Street in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. Westbeth has a long, storied history of artistic achievement, and we are honored to play there.

More info here and here.

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

With Yvette Perez and Others - 10 p.m.
632 Manhattan Inn
Brooklyn, NY 11222
USA
(718) 383-0885
Price: No cover charge

On Wednesday evening, June 13, at 10 p.m., join Yvette Perez (vocals), Bill Ruyle (hammer dulcimer), Michael Evans (percussion) and Jim Duffy (piano) for an evening of Persian pop tunes and English folk music.

An odd combo, you say? Why, yes, and this is also an odd combination of musicians, featuring members of Mitra Sumara. These divergent forms of music go together peculiarly well. Come hear the unexpected crosscurrents and correspondences.

And since the Manhattan Inn has such a gorgeous white baby grand piano, anything can happen.

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Mitra Sumara - 8 p.m.
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 963-3369
Price: $10

Mitra Sumara, Sunday, June 10, Brooklyn Bowl

 

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Mark your calendar and save the date: On Sunday evening, June 10, at 8 p.m., Mitra Sumara, that eighteen-legged psychedelic funk band that plays tunes from pre-revolutionary Iran -- yes, that's right, Persian pop music of the 1960s and early '70s -- will be at Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Mitra Sumara is hitting the groove and going deep into the pocket with these rhythmically compelling tunes with the keening melodies. Bandleader and vocalist Yvette Perez brings out the tragic qualities of the Farsi lyrics.

Mitra Sumara's ingredients:

Yvette Perez– vocals  (Birdbrain)
Julian Maile – guitar (Loser’s Lounge)
Sam Kulik– bass (Talbam!)
Peter Zummo – trombone (Arthur Russell, John Lurie)
Jim Duffy – keyboards (Jim Duffy Combo)
Bill Ruyle – tabla & hammer dulcimer (Arthur Russell)
Brian Geltner – drums (Nervous Cabaret, Chris Whitley)
Michael Evans – drums & congas (Alex Hacke, AndersNilsson, God Is My Co-Pilot)

Here is some video from a recent performance at the Clemente Soto Velez arts center in the Lower East Side.

But to see us in 3-D and full sense-o-rama sound, come out Sunday evening, June 10, at 8 p.m., to Brooklyn Bowl. Also on the bill will be People's Champs and the CSC Funk Band. Come out and rock with us, Persian-style!

...

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center
Persian New Year -- Nowruz 1391! - 9 p.m.
107 Suffolk St.
New York, NY
USA
Price: $10

Save the date: Friday, March 30, 9 p.m., Mitra Sumara appears at a Persian New Year party at the Clemente Soto Velez arts center, 107 Suffolk St. in the Lower East Side in Manhattan, near Delancy.

As you may know, Mitra Sumara plays Persian pop music of the 1960s and '70s -- the pulsating, keening sound of pre-revolutionary Iran. Mitra Sumara is an eight-piece, psychedelic funk supergroup that's making waves. Big beats, blaring brass, hammer dulcimer and wheezing electric organ. And of course the tragic poetry and inimitable stylings of vocalist and bandleader Yvette Perez. It's hot Farsi funk! Come out and have the best Persian New Year of your life -- Nowruz 1391!

Mitra Sumara is:

Yvette Perez– vocals  (Birdbrain)
Julian Maile – guitar (Loser’s Lounge)
Sam Kulik– bass (Talbam!)
Peter Zummo – trombone (Arthur Russell, John Lurie)
Jim Duffy – keyboards (Jim Duffy Combo)
Bill Ruyle – tabla & hammer dulcimer (Arthur Russell)
Brian Geltner – drums (Nervous Cabaret, Chris Whitley)
Michael Evans – drums & congas (Alex Hacke, AndersNilsson, God Is My Co-Pilot)

Special guests - Arki (Ethio-groove) - instrumental quintet performing all Ethiopian 70s dance tunes!

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Mitra Sumara at Fontana's NYC - 11 p.m.
105 Eldridge St
New York, NY 10002
Price: $7

Mitra Sumara Fontana's

Thanks to all of you who came out a couple of weeks ago at Clemente Velez to see and shake to Mitra Sumara, that rhythmic, psychedelic Persian band. We will be playing again on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 11 p.m. at Fontana's, 105 Eldridge St. in Manhattan.

We play Persian pop music of the 1960s and ’70s, tunes that shook the air before the Islamic revolution rolled into Iran.

This vibrant music has deep grooves and funky breaks and dark, keening melodies. This music is challenging and rewarding, and it all fits together like clockwork.

>>>>>>>Mitra Sumara<<<<<<<

Thursday, Feb. 9, at 11 p.m.

Fontana's

105 Eldridge St., New York, NY

with ***Screentests*** at 10 p.m.

$10

///////Hot Farsi funk - Persian psych - bangin' dance grooves from beyond!\\\\\\

Mitra Sumara is an eight-piece super group of musicians dedicated to the vibrant sound of 60s/70s Persian funk & pop hits. The sound of pre-Revolutionary Iran mixes the beats of Fela Kuti, Salsa, and Disco with Mid-East melodies, a cool LA breeze, and tragic poetry. Big beats, blaring brass, and wheezing electric organ.

We are here to help you get your Persian groove on!

Mitra Sumara is:

Yvette Perez– vocals  (Birdbrain)
Julian Maile – guitar (Loser’s Lounge)
Sam Kulik– bass (Talbam!)
Peter Zummo – trombone (Arthur Russell, John Lurie)
Jim Duffy – keyboards (Jim Duffy Group)
Bill Ruyle – tabla & hammer dulcimer (Arthur Russell)
Brian Geltner – drums (Nervous Cabaret, Chris Whitley)
Michael Evans – drums & congas (Alex Hacke, AndersNilsson, God Is My Co-Pilot)

http://mitrasumara.tumblr.com/

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center
Mitra Sumara - 9 p.m.
107 Suffolk St.
New York, NY
USA
Price: $10

>>>>>>>Mitra Sumara<<<<<<<

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 9 p.m.

Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center

107 Suffolk St, New York, NY

with ***Minerals Duo*** (Zach Layton & Bradford Reed!!!!)

$10

///////Hot Farsi funk - Persian psych - bangin' dance grooves from beyond!\\\\\\

Mitra Sumara is nine-piece super group of musicians dedicated to the vibrant sound of 60s/70s Persian funk & pop hits. The sound of pre-Revolutionary Iran mixes the beats of Fela Kuti, Salsa, and Disco with Mid-East melodies, a cool LA breeze, and tragic poetry. Big beats, blaring brass, and wheezing electric organ. 

We are here to help you get your Persian groove on!

Mitra Sumara is:

Yvette Perez– vocals  (Birdbrain)
Julian Maile – guitar (Loser’s Lounge)
Sam Kulik– bass (Talbam!)
Jordan McLean – trumpet (Antibalas, Medeski Martin & Wood, TV on the Radio)
Peter Zummo – trombone (Arthur Russell, John Lurie)
Jim Duffy – keyboards (Jim Duffy Group)
Bill Ruyle – tabla & hammer dulcimer (Arthur Russell)
Brian Geltner – drums (Nervous Cabaret, Chris Whitley)

Michael Evans – drums & congas (Alex Hacke, AndersNilsson, God Is My
Co-Pilot)

http://mitrasumara.tumblr.com/

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

C.S. Gray Band - 9 p.m.
700 E 9th St
New York, NY 10009
212-777-0869
Price: no cover charge!

Something a little different -- my good friend Chris Gray, a.k.a. C.S. Gray, will be playing two sets on Friday evening, July 22, at Banjo Jim's in the East Village. He asked me to fill in on bass guitar, and I was delighted to say yes.

Chris and I go way back. Back in the early 1990s, we co-founded the band Martin's Folly. Before anyone ever heard the term "roots rock," we started writing songs that portrayed what we liked best about the American music we loved. That was the pre-Internet, pre-download era, so we were more or less working in the dark. We made three albums that were produced by Eric "Roscoe" Ambel, and for five or six years we played in the New York clubs, up and down the East Coast, and out to Cleveland, Chicago, Nashville, Asheville and points in between.

After I veered off into instrumental music, Chris took his brand of songwriting, singing and guitar tone-making up to the next level, and his solo album "Shoot Out the Star" is finally getting the exposure it deserves. Like a vintage Neil Young album, "Shoot Out the Star" collects sessions done with various groups of musicians, some acoustic, some very electric.

On Friday the 22nd, Chris will be doing a quiet set of his own tunes, in a contemplative manner, on acoustic guitar and harmonica, with some special guests and surprises. I may play a bit of piano. Beyond that, I shall say no more about the "quiet" set.

And then Chris will plug in his amp for the warm, buzzy tone he is known for. On drums will be the swinging Karl Myers, and I'll be thumping the bass. And we may have more electric guitars on stage than you're supposed to. In our rehearsals, we're sounding quite bluesy and ... I don't quite know how to say this ... a bit British? It's something different. Some tunes are getting stretched out, other tunes are getting compressed. It's all a bit mysterious, but it sounds way cool, both raunchy and refined, and I can't wait to hear how it comes out.

So make it to Banjo Jim's on Friday, July 22, for this double-barreled show. It will be live, spontaneous and real, and it may not happen quite this way ever again.

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Rods and Cones Return Again! - 9 p.m.
158 Brighton Ave.
Allston, MA 02134
USA
(617) 779-0140

Cones promo for Brighton Music Hall

"In the mid-1980s, Rods and Cones, a quirky, 12-legged Boston band, crawled under people’s skins with their throbbing local hit “Education in Love.” The group’s chugging, percussive sound and the unbridled performances of lead vocalist Chris Kelley made Rods and Cones one of the must-see live acts of that storied era. In 2010, the Cones regrouped to perform a few tunes, and the results were so well received that for one night only, Rods and Cones will return to play a full set at the Brighton Music Hall. If you knew the Cones way back when, come out to see some old friends. And if you don’t know the Cones, come see and hear what the fuss is still about."

Save the date! Rods and Cones, that odd yet compelling Boston band from the 1980s, of which I had the honor of being bass player, will be returning to the Boston area once again. Last February, we reunited for the first time in 22 years at House of Blues. The many friends who came out that night made it a sparkling night.

So we're gonna come back from more, at the Brighton Music Hall in Allston, Mass., on Saturday night, May 14. Also on the bill will be the Cinnamon Fuzz.

For information and tickets, please click here.

We the undersigned can't wait to see you!

Chris Kelley: vocals

Mike Napolitano: guitar

Gary France: guitar, vocals

Jim Duffy: bass and keyboard

Chris DiNardo: drums

Jim DiNardo: percussion, vocals

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Jim Duffy Solo Piano - 9:30 p.m.
197 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
USA
(718) 599-2707
Price: No cover charge

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On Wednesday, April 6, starting at 9:30 p.m., I'll be playing a rare solo piano set -- actually two sets -- at the Blackbird Parlour, 197 Bedford Ave. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, very close to the Bedford Ave. stop on the L train. This is a cozy, European-style cafe with wine and beer, famous hamburgers and grilled cheese sandwiches. The Blackbird is run by music lovers, and they've been booking some interesting jazz and blues. I was glad to be invited to do my thing.


So if you're looking to brighten your Wednesday spot, pull up a chair. I'll be playing some honky-tonk and blues, plus some assorted favorite tunes and some original stuff. Hope to see you there.

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Hootenannies at the Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club
59 Kent Ave.
Brooklyn, NY

On many Sunday nights between 7 and 10 p.m., you can hear me playing acoustic piano at the weekly "hootenannies" at the Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club. It's a friendly, cozy scene where people play and sing in country, folk and traditional song styles. On one recent Sunday night we had nine or 10 people harmonizing all at once, plus four acoustic guitars, ukelele, mandolin an banjo. Lovely. Come on out some night to check it out, or to play and sing. The more, the merrier.

The Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club is a private social club that hosts live music on Friday and Sunday evenings, and occasionally at other times. It's at 59 Kent Ave. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, right on the East River at North 10th Street.

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Jim Duffy, solo piano - 9 p.m.
59 Kent Ave.
Brooklyn, NY
Price: no cover charge!

Hello, this is on short notice, and it's something a little unusual. On Friday, Sept. 24, at 9 p.m., I'll be playing a set of solo piano music at the Brooklyn Rod and Gun Club, which is at 59 Kent Ave. in Brooklyn, between North 10th and North 11th, right on the river.

The Brooklyn R&G is a mellow hang -- it's a "private social club," but if you want to come by and not start any fights, you are welcome. On Friday nights, the R&G hosts live, mostly roots-oriented music, and they asked me to do a set opening up for Willy Gantrim.

To find out more about the Brooklyn Rod and Gun Club, go here. And if you can swing by on Friday night, please do.

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Private event on Long Island, N.Y.
Elliot Mouser Floating Blues Band

Elliot Mouser Floating Blues Band

 

On Saturday, Sept. 18, I'll be performing (at length, I'm sure) with the one and only Elliot Mouser Floating Blues Band at a party on Long Island. (Photo of the Mouser band, circa 1978)

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Jim Duffy Combo at the Lakeside Lounge - 9 p.m. sharp-ish
162 Ave. B
New York, NY 10009
USA
(212) 529-8463
Price: No cover charge!

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Save the date -- Thursday, Sept. 16, 9 p.m. The Jim Duffy Combo will return to our "home court," the Lakeside Lounge, 162 Ave. B in Manhattan, near East 10th Street.

We'll be playing our unique blend of sparkling instrumental pop tunes and bouncy themes. We always enjoy playing at the Lakeside -- and who are "we," you may ask?

* Jim Duffy -- keys

* Dennis Diken -- drums

* Paul Page -- bass

* Lance Doss -- guitars

We'll be playing original tunes, plus a surprise or two. The more we play, the more "in the pocket" we get, and the wilder and freer become the musical notes. There's so much going on, you'll forget that there's no singing!

"Moody and bouncy instrumental pop tunes" is my catch-all phrase for what we do, but there's so much more. So come down and join us at the fabulous Lakeside on Thursday, Sept. 16, 9 p.m. -- sweet live music, no cover charge, intimate setting, friendly bartenders, and when we're done playing, the most rocking jukebox in New York City.

But I have to warn you: To be there, you have to be there!

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

The Jim Duffy Combo - 9 p.m.
162 Ave. B
New York, NY 10009
USA
(212) 529-8463
Price: No cover charge!

Duffy Combo, Lakeside

Hi, I'm delighted to announce that on Thursday, June 24, at 9 p.m., the Jim Duffy Combo will return to the Lakeside Lounge, 162 Ave. B in Manhattan.

This group came together a few years ago to record some original instrumental pop tunes, and after a few years of intermittent performing, it really sounds like a band. It's all blending together now.

The lineup is as follows:

  • Jim Duffy: keys
  • Dennis Diken: drums
  • Paul Page: bass guitar
  • Lance Doss: guitar, lap steel

 

The Lakeside is our favorite venue for cutting loose and swinging that music as hard as we can. We'll be playing a set of grooving and bouncing instrumental tunes, including an obscure cover, and maybe a surprise or two.

So you'll get sparkling music, an intimate setting, friendly bartenders, no cover charge, and when we're done, you get to play the most rocking jukebox in New York. Come on down! That's Thursday, June 24, at 9 p.m., Lakeside Lounge, 162 Ave. B.

(Photo by C.S. Gray.)

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

The 'Be Lee' Festival - 8 p.m.
154 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10001
212-533-7235
Price: $10

Lee Feldman

Hello, I'm Lee Feldman, or at least I will be Lee for a few minutes on Sunday evening, June 13, at 8 p.m., at the Living Room, 154 Ludlow St. in Manhattan.

As I hasten to explain, most of the time, Lee Feldman is Lee Feldman. He is a composer and pianist whose musical activities have at least three distinct sides. He writes and records songs that sound quirky and eccentric at first, but as you listen closer, a disarming candor comes through. Lee's surrealism comes straight from the heart. His tunes are not slices of life as much as they are pieces of cake.

On the other hand, Lee is an accomplished interpreter of Western classical music. He knows how to make a Beethoven sonata roll and roar. On the third hand, if you will, he makes music for films and video projects.

Being Lee must be a demanding gig. And being the generous guy he is, Lee has offered some of his friends and associates a chance to "be Lee" for a while. In fact, this will be the second annual Be Lee Festival. So on Sunday night, nine other musicians, including yours truly, will take turns not just playing Lee's tunes but "being Lee," assuming his persona, to the extent we can.

Though of course we'll be playing his tunes, too. I'll be playing a tune called "Always Till Always," which is from Lee's first album, "Living It All Wrong." I'll be on piano, and on percussion will be Santo Mollica.

The other protagonists of the evening will include such interesting characters as Amy Allison, Howard Fishman, Jim Allen, Pete Galub, Carol Lipnik and others. And Lee will be there too, doing what he does best.

Have I given you the idea that this will be a unique evening of music and extreme psychological transference?

My only question is, while I'm Lee, who is going to be me? Any takers out there? I'm in decent shape and have hardly been used, and I make a good rice and beans...

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Private Event at Boston College
Elliot Mouser Floating Blues Band

Elliot Mouser Floating Blues Band

One Saturday night in 1979, I saw the Elliot Mouser Blues Band play in the basement of the notorious Red House in Newton, Mass., and they blew my mind. And lo, all these years later, I'm playing some gigs with them. This is the jammingest jam band, formed long before jam bands ever existed. This is the genuine article.

We'll be playing Saturday night, June 5, at a private event at Boston College. I'm mentioning it here, though, because I hope you'll read further to learn more about the Mousers.

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Jim Duffy Combo at the Lakeside Lounge - 9 p.m.
162 Ave. B
New York, NY 10009
USA
(212) 529-8463
Price: No cover charge!

Lakeside, December 2009

 

On Tuesday, March 30, at 9 p.m., the Jim Duffy Combo returns to the fabulous Lakeside Lounge, 162 Ave. B, Manhattan. This is our favorite venue for cutting loose and playing sparkling and swinging instrumental tunes.

Jim Duffy: keys

Dennis Diken: drums

Paul Page: bass

Lance Doss: guitar

We'll be doing one set starting at 9 p.m. Expect moody and bouncy tunes, deft interplay, tube-warm sound. Intimate space, friendly bartenders, no cover charge. What is not to like?

If you're reading this, I hope you'll come down and check us out!

(Photo by C.S. Gray)

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Rods and Cones to appear at 'Life on the V' Bash!
15 Lansdowne Street
Boston, MA 02215
(888) 693 - BLUE

V-66

Back in the 1980s, Boston was a great place to be a local band. In Kenmore Square, the Rat was spawning punk rockers, in Cambridge, the Inn-Square Men's Bar was featuring creative music every night. Further out on the fringes, thousands of college students were looking for a good time, and the drinking age rules were not enforced the way they are today.

In those days, Boston radio stations -- not only college stations but commercial stations as well -- would play records by local bands. You could be a big fish in a small pond, flopping around merrily.

In the midst of all this, a local TV station blinked onto the air, on the other-worldly UHF dial. It was V-66, and it was a free version of the then-new MTV. You might have to move your antenna around to tune it in, but it was music on TV, and it was free.

The band I was in, Rods and Cones, arrived at the right time. We had had something of a local hit with our tune "Education in Love," and our guitarist, Gary France, arranged for some Emerson College film students to create a video for that track. For a long stretch of time in 1986, V-66 was broadcasting it every day of the week.

Great memories and high times. There are worse ways to misspend one's youth.

So ... V-66 is coming back, at least for one night, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, at the House of Blues in Boston. A video documentary about V-66, called "Life on the V" will be released that month, and the hard-working people who produced that film will show the world what it was about. Rods and Cones will regroup for that one night, with yours truly on bass guitar.

Other Boston bands from that era will be performing that night, including O Positive, Lizzy Borden and the Axes and a few others yet to be announced.

Well, if you live long enough, you become an oldies act. But Rods and Cones will not be sleepwalking through it. No! We're already undertaking a strict health regimen, jogging, skipping rope, punching the heavy bag. In fact, we have all secluded ourselves at a training camp in a remote part of Massachusetts, subsisting on whole grains, carrot juice and meat that we have hunted ourselves.

OK, I exaggerate. But we are going to be kicking it at that gig. More soon.

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Lakeside Lounge
The Jim Duffy Combo - 9 p.m.
162 Ave. B
New York, NY 10009
212-529-8463
Price: No cover charge!

Hello, this will be the return of the Jim Duffy Combo, with myself on keyboard, Dennis Diken on drums, Paul Page on bass and Lance Doss on guitar.

The Lakeside is always a musically rewarding venue for us -- there's no limit to how "into it" we can get -- and I hope you'll join us for a night of musical spontaneity. We'll also be playing some tunes from the new release, "Mood Lit."

No cover charge, an intimate setting, and friendly bartenders. What's not to like?

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Latest Release: "Pale Afternoon"

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