Hello Music Lovers!
I hope you are enjoying the holiday season. By that I hope you are NOT stressing over details that are inconsequential, and rather are striving to be PRESENT, as Joe Holt says. Let’s be in the moment, expressing grace to all we meet and pass and work with and live with.
I write to you on a cold and wet December night when I should be getting to bed. Yet here I am suddenly inspired to compose a long overdue newsletter. Poor timing, but at least it will get started, even if I finish it later.
As I type I’m listening to a Facebook live video of one of my favorite piano players in the Mid-Atlantic region: Dean Schneider. If you love jazz piano you should look him up on Facebook, or at the Merion Inn in Cape May, NJ. He plays in Atlantic City, Philly and all around that area. Don’t you just love the access we have to great music via the Internet these days?
Well, on to the whole reason I write these things: the upcoming gigs at Shrimpy’s and Windmill Creek Winery.
Dale Britt accompanied vocalist Maurice Johnson and his band twice these past few months at Shrimpy’s Bar & Grill in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Well, now I get to sing in that venue with Dale on Thursday, January 9, 2020. And once more on Friday, February 21, 2020. 6:30 to 9:30pm. https://shrimpys-bar-grill.business.site/
18585 Coastal Highway, Midway Shopping Center
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Shrimpy's has a nice, little stage area with a REAL PIANO for Dale to play! We will take requests, as usual, although I doubt I will be distributing songlists throughout the restaurant. Maybe I'll find an appropriate little table on or near the stage on which to display our Request List, post-its and pens. Maybe I'll be able to place it next to our tip bowl and business cards.
Even though this gig is on a week night, I am excited to play in this venue where so many wonderful, local musicians have performed this past year. Shrimpy's is only one year old, don't ya know. They have only just begun to shine as a live music venue on the Eastern Shore, bringing music to the masses WITH FOOD. Check out their website to see their menu! The bar is a classic, long bar with great views of the whole room and the stage.
Check out their entertainment schedule and more on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ShrimpysBarandGrill/?ref=br_rs
On Sunday, February 9, 2020, from 4 to 7pm, we will return to the restored, upright piano in the restored farm house at Windmill Creek Winery. YOU will be refreshed and restored as you take in the classic charm of this beautiful family treasure with a glass of delicious local wine and listen to Old Standards in an intimate venue. Life is good with the Mariner family setting us up for success with an in-house sound system for my vocal mic and the piano reverberating throughout the house without any amplification.
11206 Worcester Hwy
Berlin, Maryland 21811
We’ve been told that Ocean 13 will invite us back next summer for Saturday nights. I suspect it will be every other Saturday starting around Memorial Day.
Thank you to everyone who came out to see us this past summer and fall at Ocean 13. The piano bar at 13th street and the boardwalk lives on!
Lastly, Dale and I have been contacted about playing a gala for an autism awareness group next November or December. No date yet, but it will be a very fancy affair. More details to come.
Check out Apple & Britt’s Facebook page for all the latest information, pictures and videos: https://www.facebook.com/Apple-Britt-147068391974438/
Thank you for all your support!
Being a working musician is both thrilling and challenging. As our bodies age we struggle with facing the reality of the effort it takes to move equipment and face an audience confidently while inside we are at times full of anxiety, low self-esteem and fear of not being accepted. Yet, when we pull off a song with creative energy and skill we remember once again why we love this job. When all that happens and an audience expresses appreciation, we remember why we go to all the trouble and effort. Thanks for making it worth our time to create music in a local venue.
And thank you for supporting the venues that support local music!