Steve stays pretty close to home this summer, working on some old guitars for the new on-line guitar store (check it out at this site!), writing a new book for String Letter, gardening, fishing, practicing with a metronome…pure excitement! He has not, however, given up professional music. Upcoming show and workshop dates include:
July 30-August 5 Port Townsend Washington Fort Worden State Park Centrum Blues Week Workshops and live performances galore. SJ teaches slide guitar and does a string band lab with Suzy Thompson and Adam Tanner. Good music in a beautiful place at the height of NW summer. www.centrum.org
Then, two consecutive festival dates with SJs fave musical personality, Del Rey!
August 11 Deming Washington Subdued String Band Jamboree American roots music meets Pac NW alt aesthetic…big time. Steve joins guitar queen, uke maven and human crayon Del Rey for a 6:30 set at the Deming Logging Grounds www.stringbandjamboree.com
August 12 Coupeville Washington The Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival on Whidbey Island SJ and Del Rey again for a marathon 1-2:30pm set at another very northwestern outdoor event. Free!
Note: September through December 2017 in Seattle Monthly Sunday Guitar Workshops at Dusty Strings Dates and times tba 206 634 1662 store.dustystrings.com
**September 25 Lake Oswego Oregon The Lake Theater and Cafe Johnny Nicholas in concert with special guest Steve James Info at laketheatercafe.com 503 387 3236
**September 30 Seattle The Phinney Center 6532 Phinney Av. N Steve James in concert with special guest Johnny Nicholas Sponsored by The Seattle Folklore Society 206 923 8932 or email@example.com
**So mark your calendars for 9/25 and 30 PDX and Seattle! Steve considers his old Texas pal Johnny Nicholas “one of the best blues singers and players alive” and the opportunity for them to share a concert bill counts as a special event since Steve moved NW Solo and duet performances featuring classic and original songs. Git with it!
October 27 Houston Texas Anderson Fair A welcome return for Steve to this venerable Lone Star folk haven for a solo concert. Always a good time. www.andersonfair.net
October 28 Austin Texas Ham Jam House Concerts SJ recorded most of his “Live Volume 1” album the last time he played this superb concert space. It’s real nice, but it ain’t real big, so get tix and info in advance at www.hamjamhouse.com
October 29 Plano Texas Texasfolk House Concerts SJ did a show for Dallas folkie host with the most Joe Jones about 15 years ago and they’ve been trying on and off to get another one together ever since. This is it! www.texasfolk.org
November 11 New Fairfield Connecticut at The Senior Center for the Groovin’ In New Fairfield concert series. Show at 7;30 pm Guitar workshop that afternoon with details tba. www.groovininnewfairfield.com
Will Steve James play at The Jalopy Theater And School Of Music in Brooklyn? Lynette says yeah but she don’t say when. Stay tuned. Meanwhile Steve is fairly pullulating with excitement in anticipation of his 2017 Europe tour dates. Here’s what’s up with that so far.
First stop is Germany with old friends Chris Iyoha and Peppe Giaquinto, The Bluestones, at the Guitar Stable in Lintorf where Steve’s room has a portrait of Nina Hagen on the door. Dates include:
November 16 Krefeld Concert at Kulturampe www.kulturampe.de
November 17 Remenscheid Ariane’s Parlor Concert details tba
Chris says there’s another show in he works, plus a return visit to Gamble Guitars in Lintorf where last years’ guitar workshop was such a hit that SJ had to come back the next day for another one!
Then on to Bremen. Thomas Schleiken of Blind Lemon Records has arranged:
November 19 Brookholzberg Guitar workshop*
November 20 Brookholzberg Blue Monday concert series*
November 21 Lernwechler Deep River Blues Concert*
* Reservations suggested. Contact Thomas at: firstname.lastname@example.org
A little bit of fancy traveling to get to the next shows which are:
November 23 London England The Green Note A first time concert appearance at this “A room” in Camden Town and an anticipated return to London. www.greennote.co.uk
November 24 Crawley East Sussex The Hawth Theater Once again hosted by Tony “The Wheel Man” Molloy and the Crawley Blues Club. Cool place to play and listen. Concert with the incomparable Adam Franklin www.crawleyblues.co.uk
November 25 Topsham Devonshire The Bridge Steve’s been playing this ancient country pub for years with concerts arranged by British blues guitarist and author Julian Piper A lovely, long functions room full of old and overstuffed will sell out. Stop in for a pint or call 01 392 873 62
November 26 Topsham The Bridge Guitar workshop Details tba
Two days to travel back to Germany to wrap up the tour with shows on:
November 29 Mertesdorf Hotel Weis Concert Contact series host Darryl Whiteley for reservations and info email@example.com
December 1 Hannover Gaststätte Zum Stern Concert for the Hannover Blues Club will include an opening presentation by host, record collector and blues shaman Mike Ideker firstname.lastname@example.org
December 2 Weyern, Bavaria Walhalla Concert with Peter Crow C and Black Patti A reunion of sorts for Steve and his old friend Peter who is one of Germany’s premier blues guitarists and performers. SJ don’t know much about the venue, but always hoped he’d wind up there. www.weyhalla.de
December 3 Innsbruck, Austria House concert for host Poldi Stepanek Details tba
More soon. Contact Steve James directly with concert and workshop inquiries, to arrange private lessons or to inquire about new National instruments or vintage pieces from the guitar store. Thanks for visiting. See you out there!