John Gorka's Occasional

Coming to City Winery Chicago - August 31!

I 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
August 20, 2019


Dear Friends,

It 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.


I've 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, I was in Europe for nearly three weeks, with shows 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 Acoustique, 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.

I hope 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."

Looking 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, IL
Sep 1, 2019 Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival Geneva, IL
Sep 5, 2019 BluSeed Studios Saranac Lake, NY
Sep 6, 2019 Towne Crier Cafe Beacon, NY
Sep 7, 2019 Colorscape Chenango Arts & Music Festival Norwich, NY
Sep 26, 2019 The Word Barn Exeter, NH
Sep 27, 2019 Me & Thee Coffeehouse Marblehead, MA
Sep 28, 2019 Unison Arts Center New Paltz, NY
Sep 29, 2019 mActivity New Haven , CT
Oct 4, 2019 Bridge Street Live Collinsville, CT
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 Mankato, MN
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 Kelseyville, CA
Oct 20, 2019 Freight and Salvage Berkeley, CA
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.

Glad to be a FAWCer!


Also, looking forward to attending The Heal, at The Getty Villa in Malibu, CA a play with original music written and performed by my friend Cliff Eberhardt. Break a leg Mr. Cliff!

- JG .




  Here you can find the John Gorka Newsletter Archive (2014-2019)