News from Michelle Shocked - March 2011

I know this feeling...Stravinsky gave it voice in the Rite of Spring and Ozzy Osborne portrayed it on reality TV...the sap rises, the chrysalis emerges, the grizzly begins to stir, and the musician prepares to go on the road.

It's not easy, you know. The upheaval, the unrooting...the pulling away from all that is familiar, comfortable, comforting and routine. In past years, my solution was simply never stop touring, so there was no recognizable shift. And before that, my solution was never have anything familiar, comfortable or routine. But I remember the day it came, I was onstage, and this cognition arrived, and I actually said out loud, in front of the entire audience..."I have got to get myself a routine." At the time, I didn't know where it came from, but come it did and I'm not ashamed to admit my life these past three months have been nothing but routine, and ..I love it! Singing with the choir, praise & worship in church services, reading scriptures, prayers...practicing the piano, riding my scooter to the gym, swimming, ab crunches, leafy greens, wild blueberries, non-fat/high protein diets...dates with David, gallery openings, romantic dinners, talking for hours, watching movies...

But now, it is Time to Travel. And so with great satisfaction I introduce to you this year's Roadworks All-Stars...Marty West, my new keyboard player, 22, a young man from Delaware, currently in Houston and soon to be wondering what on earth he has gotten himself into; Rich Armstrong, my stalwart boon companion of lo many years, voice of an angel, most talented trumpet player I've ever met, will be along for the West Coast and Australian legs; and Schalk Joubert, South Africa's national treasure and Capetown's musical weapon of mass delirium, bassist extraordinare and quite the comic, will join the Australian and East Coast legs. Additionally, I have invited two wonderfully sporty gals, Sara and Maureen of DC Duo The Sweater Set, to join the larking on the East Coast run. There will be others, but for now, of these I am sure.

Hopefully you've received your Facebook invitation or newsletter notice of the theme for this year's tour, but just in case you were hibernating, 2011 Roadworks presents a Celebration with the Campfire Girl; the 25th Anniversary of The Texas Campfire Tapes. We'll be reprising many of the songs from that album, as well as a preview of 5 new songs from my as-yet-unrecorded new project, Indelible Women. We will also present a showcase feature that advocates for arts education in public schools. And, oh yes, plenty of familiar favorites and audience requests.

As far as I know, this is the final lineup of Spring tour dates. Please see my website for further details, and feel free to send a friend request to Facebook as well. That will allow me to send you invitations specifically when I'm in your area. And yes, September will bring me back to the Midwest US, October to the UK and November to the Gulf South US. Will Libya be liberated by then? We shall continue to watch and pray.

3-12 AMSD Concerts San Diego
3-13 McCabe’s Los Angeles
3-16 Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse Berkeley
3-17 Humboldt Brewery Arcata
3-18 Hopmonk Tavern Sebastopol
3-19 The Center for the Arts Grass Valley
3-20 Moe’s Alley Santa Cruz

3-27 Mississippi Studios Portland
3-28 Jazz Alley Seattle
3-31 The Bouquet Boise
4-1 The State Room Salt Lake
4-2 Swallow Hill Music Hall Denver

4-12 Power Station Auckland
4-14 Bar Bodega Wellington
4-15 Bedford Christchurch (tentative)
4-16 Zoo Brisbane
4-17 Sound Lounge Currumbin
4-18 Basement Sydney OZ
4-19 Lizotte’s Dee Why Sydney
4-20 Lizotte’s Newcastle
4-22 Deep Roots Melbourne
4-23 State Theater Sydney
4-24 Blues Fest Byron Bay
4-25 Blues Fest Byron Bay
4-27 Gov Hindmarsh Adelaide
4-28 E Brunswick Melbourne
4-29 Theatre Royal Castlemaine
4-30 Sub Station Newport
5-1 Caravan Music Oakleigh

5-5 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival New Orleans
5-6 Chickie Wah Wah New Orleans
5-10 El Rey Albuquerque
5-11 St Francis Auditorium Santa Fe
5-13 Ste 147 in Plaza Palomino Tucson
5-14 Rhythm Room Phoenix
5-15 Coconino Center for the Arts Flagstaff

5-27 Steel City Phoenixville PA
5-28 Mauch Chunk Opera House Jim Thorpe PA
5-29 Joe’s Pub NYC
6-1 Passim’s Cambridge
6-2 Passim’s Cambridge
6-3 Narrows Center Fall River MA
6-4 Stephen Talkhouse Amagansett
6-5 W Kortright E Meredith
6-7 Infinity Music Hall Norfolk CT
6-8 Higher Ground Burlington
6-9 Hugh’s Room Toronto
6-10 Longfellow’s Portland
6-11 Helsinki Hudson NY
6-12 Joe’s Pub NYC
6-14 Mexicali Live Teaneck
6-15 Colony Café Woodstock
6-16 8 x10 Baltimore
6-17 Jefferson Center Charlottesville
6-18 Jammin' Java Vienna VA
6-19 Joe’s Pub NYC
6-23 Wild Goose Festival Durham NC


p.s. Oh, and the lumpy thing? Once the ultrasound evidenced no lurking of the Big C, I've taken a mild-mannered approach to ameliorating the glandular globbing. My recent foray was a trip to Chinatown, to visit to Dr. Tu, who needled and electrocuted me, making my left meridian twitch nigh on 30 minutes, whilst cackling gleefully. I exaggerate. But it seems to have improved. Thank you once again for all your prayers and hopes for my good health. I am twice grateful, by going out on the road in good spirit and good health, as being on the road does have a way of wearing a girl down...

Rich Armstrong
Marty West
Schalk Joubert
The Sweater Set

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