If you're holding out, thinking something else better may come along, don't. It won't. This is an incredible band that rarely makes it our way, and to see the up close is awesome. So, get more info and reserve a couple of the few remaining seats now. Check it all out HERE.
Though the guys are younger in this 90s video of "Eileen's Song," a cut off their 90s album. Yet they haven't changed. Burlap to Cashmere remains a great band, instrumentally diverse and lyrically thoughtful. Greek rhythms overlay a folk-rock feel that is excellent for an intimate, house venue.
There are still seats available for this concert on Friday, September 25th at 8:00. Meet the guys and enjoy the fellowship of listeners. To reserve seats, click HERE.
In less than a week, we'll be hosting one of the best bands I have ever heard in concert. Burlap to Cashmere is at core three Brooklyn guys, two of which are cousins, that have been playing together virtually all their lives. You can hear it in their banter among themselves and in their playing: they anticipate each others' moves, whether conversationally or musically. For a couple hours, being with them in concert is like being a part of a big fat Greek family! And hearing them in a house setting is the best: you can listen, talk, and reflect --- all without the noise of a bar.
Please come. Find out more information and reserve a seat HERE. You'll be glad you did.
Take a peek in the studio with these guys. See what I mean?
Folks, there are still some seats available for the Burlap to Cashmere house concert on Friday, Sept. 25th. Join us for a great band, refreshments, and friends in the house at 8:00 that evening. You do need a reservation, so to obtain more information and reserve a seat, go here: https://www.brookhavenhouseconcerts.com/burlap-to-cashmere-saturday-september-27-2014-800-pm.html.
I hope to see you on the 25th!
In "Brain Fog," a song off Freedom Souls, their new release, Burlap to Cashmere sound something like a wake up call to believers. Over an ominous, driving beat, Steven Delopoulos sings "I'm living on borrowed time/ I know this world is not my home/ Have you seen my Father's rooms?" What I appreciate most about these news songs is their musical breadth and lyrical depth. You'll hear them all at the concert on Sept. 25th, as well as many of the great songs from the past records.
We are already half full for the concert, yet if this year is like last year's concert, we will begin to fill up soon. Don't miss out. The concert is at 8:00 on Friday, Sept. 25th. To come, you must reserve seats HERE. If you are able, reserve at the VIP price. Mostly that just helps me pay for the concert, but it has a few perks: early admittance and choice of seats, time to chat with the band members with only a small group around, and a photo with the band.
Over a year ago, in April 2014, my wife and I were in New York, sitting front and center at a club in Greenwich Village, Le Poisson Rouge, where this video was filmed. It was an incredible night, the club packed with fans, a significant portion of whom seemed to be family members --- and as this is a Greek family, that can be a lot of people. It was a sweet night, a reunion of sorts, and though we were outsiders, we had a delightful time.
We won't crank it up quite as much as you'll hear in this song, but I was amazed last year how a song like this has the same energy when performed acoustically in the close quarters of a house. Hear Burlap to Cashmere, and I think you will agree. We're filling up, but we still have seats to this great show on Friday, September 25th. There is no better way to hear music than in a house. Don't miss out. Reserve your seats now. Click here for more info and to reserve.
I love Freedom Souls, the newest release from Burlap to Cashmere. One key difference between it and the previous release, which has wonderfully memorable yet often ambiguous lyrics, is its more direct statements of faith. I had a chance to talk with lead singer and writer Steven Deloupolous about this. He attributes the lyrical freedom to this being a fan-supported record. With the previous mainstream release, he said the label wanted him to “dumb down the lyrics, even though I naturally write that way. I enjoy writing faith-based records because it’s freeing for me. There’s a lot of meat and potatoes in a verse out of the Bible, and I like playing with that.”
If there’s a lyrical centerpiece to the record, it’s likely the folksy mid-album ballad entitled “Passover,” which while not instrumentally incendiary, has the memorable musical feel of the last album’s “Closer to the Edge.” With it’s reference to “blood on the door,” Delopulous summons up that familiar scriptural narrative of judgment and deliverance to animate the prayer of the chorus, “Lord, you know my heart so won’t you/ Pass over me.” Elsewhere, themes of exile and pilgrimage abound, with prevalent images of desert and sea, of call and response, of old life and new.
Not that all is new. Some of the songs have percolated for more than two decades. “‘I Will Follow’”is a song I wrote over 20 years ago,” says Delopoulous. “I played it for Johnny when he must have only 14 years old. I was 17. And he said to me, ‘Steven, that’s the worst song you’ve ever written.’ He said “You can do much better. You’re a better writer than that. So I scrapped it. Twenty years later, I don’t know what made me play it, but when I did Johnny and Teddy’s ears lit up, and they said ‘Let’s work on that. Let’s work on that.’"
We can be glad they did.
They'll be here September 25th. Tickets are going fast. For more info and to reserve a seat, go HERE. Invite some friends and join us for a great evening.
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