to City Winery Chicago - August 31!
haven't played in Chicago in a while - Here
is the ticket link -
For a more complete list of shows
or visit: The
John Gorka tour dates page Photo by Jos Van Vliet
Greetings at the End of Summer
has been very green here in Minnesota this summer. We still have
a vernal pool that is usually gone by the middle of July, so I
guess it is a full fledged pond now.
been covering a lot of ground in recent months, with shows in
Washington State and Oregon, North Carolina, Colorado,
Texas and Michigan, as well as a number in the northeast and a
few closer to home, in Zumbrota and Cedar Rapids. In April,
was in Europe for nearly three weeks, with
in the Netherlands, Germany and the Basque
region of Spain. It was a trip of contrasts: the lowland fields
of Holland blooming with daffodils and hyacinth, the hills along
the Rhine where
I played in Germany at Mayence
the mountains rising from the Bay of Biscay at San Sebastian,
where my hosts treated me to two late-night, multi-course, after-show
feasts that I barely but happily survived. I was glad to be able
to extend the tour to visit our son, Joe, who was in Dublin at
Trinity College for the semester. He played a short set at an
impromptu show, the first time we've shared the stage.
I enjoyed returning to two song schools this summer, meeting up
with students to talk about songs and songwriting. As usual, I
came away inspired by being in the company of such talented people.
The first was in June at Eliza Gilkyson's Casa de Musica near
Taos, NM the second was the long-running Swannanoa
Gathering near Asheville, NC in late July.
Outside of my own sessions, it was great to sit in on Tom Paxton's
class "What I Learned from Pete and Woody," and Jon Vezner's session
on song critiquing. Scott Ainsley was generous with his time and
gave me a short lesson on slide-guitar. I think I learned more
in twenty minutes with Scott than I had in a couple years of messing
around on my own. My family thanks him.
you're hanging on in these troubled and chaotic times. I've found
that music helps. You maybe saw the recent study suggesting that
attending live music does more to extend your life than yoga or
walking the dog. I'm not sure about that. To paraphrase Grouch
Marx "Outside of a dog, music is man's best friend. Inside of
a dog it's too hard to hear."
forward seeing you at upcoming shows. Next up is a run of shows
in Fort Atkinson, WI, Chicago and Geneva, IL.
Aug 30, 2019
Cafe Carpe Ft. Atkinson, WI
Aug 31, 2019 City Winery Chicago,
Sep 1, 2019 Fox Valley Folk Music
& Storytelling Festival Geneva, IL
Sep 5, 2019 BluSeed Studios Saranac
Sep 6, 2019 Towne Crier Cafe Beacon,
Sep 7, 2019 Colorscape Chenango Arts
& Music Festival Norwich, NY
Sep 26, 2019 The Word Barn Exeter,
Sep 27, 2019 Me & Thee Coffeehouse
Sep 28, 2019 Unison Arts Center New
Sep 29, 2019 mActivity New Haven
Oct 4, 2019 Bridge Street Live Collinsville,
Oct 5, 2019 Congregational Church
of Huntington Centerport, NY
Oct 6, 2019 Flying Cat Music Series
at Phoenicia United Methodist Church Phoenicia, NY
Oct 13, 2019 Minnesota State University
Oct 17, 2019 Sofia Tsakapolous Center
for the Arts Sacramento, CA
Oct 18, 2019 Sebastopol Community
Center Sebastopol, CA
Oct 19, 2019 The Fore Family Winery
Oct 20, 2019 Freight and Salvage
Nov 1, 2019 The Ark Ann Arbor, MI
Nov 2, 2019 Dogwood Center for the
Performing Arts Fremont, MI .
PS -- It was great to visit the Fine Arts
Work Center in Cape Code in June where I was introduced
by my friend, Patty Larkin.
to be a FAWCer!