It’s Coming…

The new album is coming! I’m thrilled to share that we’ve finished recording and are now in the editing stages. Super exciting stuff. If you’d like to see lots of behind-the-scenes pics from the studio (or even if you just want to see more pictures of our ridiculously cute puppy Haggis) head over to my Instagram.

Calling all holiday procrastinators! If you’ve been thinking about how cool it would be to add a little live music to your holiday party this year, now’s the time to take action as winter weekends are filling up fast. I just played a lovely cocktail event in Madison, Wisconsin last week at the Edgewater Hotel:

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They had a freshly-tuned baby grand piano and plenty of wine, which is really all you need to make a gal like me happy. If you’d like to chat about the possibility of me coming to play for your guests, just drop a line via my contact form. I’ll get back with you shortly and we’ll get the party started (so to speak). PS – don’t fret if you don’t happen to have a piano. Have keyboard, will travel ;)

For the Milwaukee crew: Good news! The Milwaukee Hilton appears to like me – they’ve extended my residency through the holiday season. I’ll be playing two saturdays each in November and December. For dates and details, head to my calendar.

A couple of October pics:

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A shot from the Alexander Recording Kompany in Ames, Iowa during the last week of sessions. This is my happy place.

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A heartfelt thank you – for all the wonderful birthday messages earlier this month. I’m a lucky gal to have such a supportive community.

May the ghouls and ghosties at your doorstep be of the adorable variety, and may there be plenty of halloween candy left once they’ve gone. Cheers!

-Roxi

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New Video & Fun with Radio

Happy weekend!

It seems like only yesterday we were digging our shorts and swimsuits out of storage, looking forward to warmer weather, but here we sit on the precipice of fall. I know some of you think fall’s the greatest thing ever (football! pumpkin everything! itchy sweaters!) but personally, I plan on clinging to the last few weeks of summer as tenaciously as possible. Mainly because dragging out my fall wardrobe smacks of effort.

Speaking of effort – (dragging a keyboard about in 90+ degree weather totally counts) – I dropped by the AM1050 studios in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin recently to share some songs and regale them with tales of the road (and other quasi-appropriate subjects). The Guaranteed Raw Radio crew was nice enough to take a video of me performing a new song (!), which I now get to share with you. It’s called ‘Bad Decision’. Feel free to hit the like button, share with fellow music-loving sorts, etc.

Upcoming Show: Milwaukee! This one’s for you. I’ll be playing the baby grand at the Monarch Lounge in the Milwaukee Hilton tonight, August 27th, starting at 8pm. There’s no cover.

Thanks are in order: To Monica & Rob and Jerry & Kathy for hosting a couple of truly fun house/birthday concerts last week. Also to Kirby and crew for the amazing card, y’all are fantastic.

Notes on Recording: I’m currently plotting a few more days of recording in Iowa in September. Attempting to pin down a dozen musicians and other assorted creative sorts for the same dates is kinda like herding cats, but we’ll get ‘er done.

Pics from the road:

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In non-music news, we got a puppy. Specifically, a french bulldog puppy that we’ve named Haggis McHound.

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Sound check just before performing at a Better Homes & Gardens event last week in the East Village of Des Moines.

talk soon,

-Roxi

ps – for lots more pics of our new puppy Haggis and the recent sojourn to Iowa, head to my instagram.

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Notes from the Recording Studio

Hello music-lovers!

As you may well remember from my last newsletter, I was excited to report that I’d finished writing the new album! And as awesome as it was to say that, I’m probably even more stoked to tell you that we just finished laying down the bass, drums and piano for the new record. A major accomplishment – one that wouldn’t have happened without my fabulous team: Steve Capp on recording and engineering, Chris Kringel on bass, and John Calarco on percussion. Thanks also to engineer Kevin Arndt at the Exchange Recording Complex, who made us feel right at home. Some pretty impressive people have come through there over the years…like David Bowie. Not kidding. Check out the picture of him recording at the same location. Hopefully some of that mad mojo will rub off on this album.

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While recording the rhythm tracks was a big step, there’s still much work to be done. Vocals, guitar, instrumental soloists, and banjo: you’re next! Yeah, you read that right. I think there’s gonna be a banjo somewhere on this album.

Beyond the recording news, it’s been and will continue to be a crazy few weeks. Those who follow me on social media know I just got back from a whirlwind trip to Scotland, which included popping into this sweet little jazz bar in Edinburgh….called The Jazz Bar. Not the most innovative name, to be, sure, but a good time regardless and I highly recommend it. For more pics from Scotland, hit up my instagram account – two words: gothic rocket. You can also find more behind-the-scenes shots from the studio there, too. Next stop on this crazy world tour is a little R&R in sunny Mexico, and then I’m off for a string of private events and house concert dates in Iowa.

My next public date is part of my summer residency at the Monarch Lounge in the Hilton Milwaukee City Center – on Saturday, August 27th. If you’re in Brew City, come say hi.

OK. That’s all for now. Happy musicing, y’all.

Cheers,

-Roxi

Eight years. Two EPs. Three LPs. And he still puts up with me. Engineer extraordinaire Steve Capp and I at the close of last week's sessions.

Eight years. Two EPs. Three LPs. And he still puts up with me. Engineer extraordinaire Steve Capp and I at the close of last week’s sessions.

Chris Kringel tearing it up on the bass. Well, one of many basses. He brought about twelve to the studio. It's good to have options.

Chris Kringel tearing it up on the bass. Well, one of many basses. He brought about twelve to the studio. It’s good to have options.

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Calling All Iowans

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Hey there Iowans!

I hope you’re enjoying the summer. I’m writing to let you know that I’ll be coming to your great state in mid-August to play a couple of private events, so I’ve decided to open up a few dates while I’m there for house concerts.

What’s a House Concert? How Do They Work?

Here’s the scoop: You invite your friends and family (well, if you don’t like your family you totally don’t have to invite them, but you get the point) over for some food, fun and music. At a prearranged time during your shindig, I’ll play a show for about an hour or so. I don’t need a lot of space. The fact that I’m only a few feet away from all of you is what makes this such a unique experience for everyone involved.

So…like…could I host one in my house? On my back deck? At the local park?

Yes. Yes you could. I’ve played house concerts from Oregon to Ohio and Minnesota to Mississippi. I’ve played them in living rooms, on back decks, in back yards, on patios, in parks, on golf courses, in community centers, and more. Honestly, anywhere there’s a couple of power outlets and some people who love live music works fantastically.

This all sounds like fun – I’d like more info!

Perfect. I’ve got all sorts of information for those considering hosting a house concert at my website right here.

So what dates do you have available while in Iowa?

Thursday, August 18th
Saturday, August 20th
Sunday, August 21st

What should I do if I’m interested in hosting one of those dates?

First, read through the info at my website. If that all sounds lovely, send a note to me via my contact form and let me know what date you’re interested in, and then, we’ll get a conversation going about putting together a truly fabulous house concert that’ll have your neighbors talking about how cool you are for years to come.

A couple photos from past house concerts in Iowa:

This one’s from Kirby’s Famous Backyard House Concert Bash in Des Moines: Folks grabbing a seat prior to the concert part of the evening. Kirby’s made this an annual thing – each year there are more people (and more BBQ!)

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And from a back deck in Davenport: These hosts set up a gorgeous space on the deck in their backyard, which surrounds the first winery founded in the state (1868). Pretty cool.

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So what are you waiting for? Let’s do this!

PS – The dates above are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis, so if you’ve got your heart set on a particular date, please get in touch with me as soon as possible so I can reserve it for you.

Hope to hear from you soon!

-Roxi

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And the winner is…

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And the winner is…me!

Remember back in April when I told you that I’d been nominated for Jazz Artist of the Year by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry? It turns out I won. Which is pretty cool, and I’m very honored and humbled by the award. For the whole scoop on that, you can check out my mini blog post here.

I hope wherever you are, the weather’s lovely. Here in Milwaukee we’re getting a bit of a late start on this whole warm weather thing. But I have faith that eventually we’ll reach the multiple-days-above-70-degrees mark. This is the Midwest, after all. I should be used to the yo-yo temperatures by now, but…well, a girl can always hope.

Your monthly writing update: I have 10.5 of 12 songs written and arranged, and in very exciting news, the first recording date has been set: we hit the studio on Monday, June 20th. So. Excited.

Finally – Iowa, thank you so much for sharing some ridiculously fun shows with me last weekend. I documented the micro-tour with a half-dozen Instagram posts. Check ’em out.

Speaking of being ridiculous: I felt like this picture perfectly captured how I felt about winning an award voted on by my fellow musicians. Thanks, Wisconsin.

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And from the Iowa Micro Tour: I like big barns and I cannot lie. Big thanks to the truly awesome audiences in Knoxville, Grinnell and Monticello last weekend.

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love & various musical shenanigans,

-Roxi

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