New Live Videos!!

This summer, we played some of the biggest shows of our careers, including gigs at The Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale, AZ, The Ellen Theatre in Bozeman, MT, shows for the Las Vegas Library District, and an exceptionally special performance in front of an at-capacity crowd of 1000 in Reno, NV for Artown!

We filmed the Artown performance and have released two live videos that we are very excited to share with you! The first is an introduction to the band followed by our song, Shaky Little Thing (from our latest album). The second video is an original song from our second album, called “The Racetrack Song”.

We just have a few shows in the Bay before we’re off for an EXTRAVAGANZA of industry conferences. We were selected as Official Showcase presenters and will be testing our sanity by attending the Performing Arts Exchange in Orlando FL, Arts Northwest in Eugene OR, and FAR-WEST Folk Alliance (LA) conferences back to back to back. What results this will yield professionally, financially, or psychologically, are anyone’s guess. Catch ya on the flip side!

All Quiet on the Western Front?

Well, dear readers, it’s been a minute, hasn’t it? Please don’t mistake our online absence for inactivity! Let me assure you, we’ve been everything but quiet.

2017 was quite the breakthrough year for us. Through new relationships with booking agencies and contacts met (largely through the Western Arts Alliance) we’ve finally broken into the next level of venues (not literally). Last year, we began performing in more Main St. Theaters, Performing Arts Centers, and free, large, outdoor performances. We’ve expanded our ensemble and are currently performing with a much more lush instrumentation, including clarinet, bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass, drums, and of course the kazoo. We’ve written some new songs, traveled to far away places (and dealt with the accompanied gastronomical complications), and hell, one of us even got married.

2018 is the year that we explode onto the national scene like a crate of fireworks in the back of a pickup driven by a haphazard cigar smoker. It’s the year we paint our names across the walls like a toddler with a new set of Crayolas. It’s the year that we look back on when we were older and ask ourselves ‘What the hell were we thinking?”, and we couldn’t be more excited.

First up, tours to Arizona, Montana, the Pacific Northwest, and Nevada! (hey friends, it’s been a while). More info on our local San Francisco Area dates below:

Arizona – February 16th and 17th

2/16/18 – KERR CULTURAL CENTER
Scottsdale, AZ
Tickets – https://www.ticketmaster.com/tumbledown-house-asu-kerr-cultural-center-scottsdale-az/venueartist/204827/2403604
FB Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/1547842751928039/

2/17/18 – THE ELKS THEATRE
Prescott, AZ
Tickets – http://www.prescottelkstheater.com/event/02fda1d9f7983617ff9111662de45907
FB Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/165879904002061/

Montana – March 16

3/16/18
THE ELLEN THEATER
Bozeman, MT
Tickets – https://theellentheatre.secure.force.com/ticket (scroll down)
FB Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/547836888935325/
(This will likely sell out)

We’re currently booking a tour in the Pacific Northwest for March 14th-17th. Stay tuned to tumbledownhouse.com (our better yet, our Facebook Page!) for announcements!

We’ll be performing in Reno and Las Vegas in July and will announce those dates as the time draws near! In the meantime, here’s our video we finished at the end of last year for our song, an Ode to Josephine Baker. May she serve as an inspiration to us all. If you’re not familiar with her story, stop everything and check out her unbelievable life story.

Rock steady babe,
Tumbledown House

Live Radio Show!

Tonight we’re performing on the Fog City Blues live radio show. Tune in at 9pm (PST) to hear us perform some of our new songs and talk about the absurdity of life, the universe, and everything! Live stream here: http://kalw.org/listen-kalw#stream/0

We have lots of fun shows coming up! Hope to see you somewhere down the line.

Cheers,
TDH

CDs and Downloads of our New Album Now Available!

Orders placed here are shipping out now, before the album becomes widely available for purchase through all major retailers in early December (Itunes, Amazon, etc.).

High Quality Downloads available through Bandcamp. (You can preview all of the tracks here as well)

For Physical CDs please click below for a secure Paypal transaction. $12.99 + shipping

J100We’re extremely excited to present our third full-length album, Sum and Substance. As per usual, the 9 original songs on this new album hail from a broad range of themes, moods, and genres. There is an upbeat swing tune with blazing horns about the life of Josephine Baker. There is a dark, backwoodsy song about experimenting with plant medicine in the Peruvian jungle. Another number describes the dating scene in San Francisco through animal safari metaphors. Our songs are dynamic and exciting, yet still cohesive and distinctly unique.

1. Shaky Little Thing
2. Ode to Josephine
3. Clever Crocodile
4. The Buttons In Me
5. Pure Medicine
6. The Devil’s Design
7. Sullied Acres
8. Midnight In The Barrio
9. Set You Down

A Successful Conference, New Album, and Upcoming Tours..

Last week we attended the Western Arts Alliance conference in Los Angeles. That’s right: while most of our friends were prancing around the Nevada desert, pretending they’re unicorns and pixies, we donned our fishnets and fedoras and went to rub elbows with many professionals throughout the Performing Arts Industry. 

The conference was successful beyond our wildest imaginations. We booked some amazing gigs and met some incredible people. About six months ago, we were selected by the WAA as ‘Launchpad Artists’, which gave us a scholarship, menorah up, and increased visibility at the conference. This was incredibly effective and we’re so very grateful to be a part of this program. 

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This is a very exciting time for us. Our new album, ‘Sum and Substance’, is finished! We feel very strongly that it’s our best, most mature work to date, and reflects how much we’ve grown as artists and as humans since releasing our last full length. We’ll be updating our website, photos, and shooting a video to promote the release. New music heading your way soon!

2017 will see new tour dates to some of favorite stomping grounds! We’ll be returning to Montana for a show at The Ellen Theater in January, and will have tour dates in Arizona and Southern California (and likely Alaska) sometime after that. 

Thanks for reading and for following the wild roller coaster ride that defines our careers in music! Many fun things on the horizon. 

Alaskan Tour! Album! Local Shows!

Hello, you lovely misfits.

We are headed back up to Alaska this summer for our NINTH TOUR up there!  Can you believe it?  We can.  We’re already excited for our 10th!  We’ve been hopelessly addicted to the manic summer sunlight and the violent mosquitoes for years now.  Can’t get enough.  Here’s the skinny:

Friday, July 8th – 49th State Brewing Company– 10:30pm
Sat, July 9th – Denali Park Salmon Bake – 11pm
Sunday, July 10th – Fairview Inn (Talkeetna)- 9pm? (Full band birthday show!)
Weds, July 13th – SubZero Microlounge (Anchorage) – 8pm
Thurs, July 14th – TapRoot.  Full band blowout! (Anchorage) – 9pm-ish
Fri, July 15th – Kharacters Alaskan Bar (Homer) – 10pm
Sat, July 16th – Kharacters Alaskan Bar (Homer) – 10pm
Tues, July 19th – Kingfisher Restaurant. (Cooper Landing) 8pm-ish.

In other news, we are excited to tell you that we have begun recording our new album!  We went into Tiny Telephone the other day and had a fantastic time laying some tracks with our engineer, Rob.  Everything went smoothly and it was a whole lot of fun.  We can’t yet tell you a precise release date, or even a vaguely optimistic one, but you can rest assured we will be ramping up celebrations for it so you can find out all about it here.  Eventually.  In the meantime, here are some pictures of our new happy place.

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Until then, you can catch us in San Francisco and around the Bay Area.  Our regular full band shows right now are every 2nd Wednesday of the month at Blondie’s in the Mission (on Valencia, between 16th and 17th) and every 4th Friday of the month at Club Deluxe (near the famous corner of Haight and Ashbury).  Keep an eye on the Tour Dates page for all other performances in and around the Bay Area.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

–Tumbledown House

 

“Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you.” –PRINCE

Club Deluxe This Friday, Feb 26th, 9:30pm, $5, Quartet

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photo: Lee Sayer

Jay Johnson opened Club Deluxe in 1989, and from day one, it has been a “subculture clubhouse” on the famous corner of Haight and Ashbury. It’s been a haven for misfits and musicians and burlesque dancers and well, everyone else who feels at home there; it either speaks to your style or it doesn’t. It’s where you can wear a fine hat and not feel self conscious about it because there will likely be several other people in there looking dapper in vintage threads as well. But you’ll be just as welcomed in ripped jeans and a hoodie as long as you’re cool, man. I, of course, encourage the former wardrobe if you’ve the choice; it will fit better with the air of sex and darkness and history and scandal that hangs under the low ceilings and swirls around the Formica table tops and vinyl bar stools. It’s almost a surprise there aren’t ashtrays here and there with lipstick-rimmed Lucky Strikes defiantly smashed into their centers.

The feel of the place is 50’s diner meets swing club meets low key mafia meetings, the kind of meetings they had when they were experiencing relatively peaceful, lucrative times–when the day promised cash, pizza, coffee, and broads as opposed to shootings, stabbings, drug overdoses, and jailtime. Though to be honest, there’s a bit of those things in the air there too. The narrow room goes far back and is split length-ways in the middle with an open dividing wall which makes for interesting, intimate seating and a feel of looking through windows at the stage side of the room, which is where the larger mafia booths and tables for 2 or 4 take up the floor.

Hell, let me just describe it this way: I was just in there last night. A Tuesday. A woman walked in that I could only describe as a real dame. She approached the bar with familiarity. She wore a sexy black dress from the 40’s. She wore lipstick. Her hair had those soft curls that women seemed to wake up with back then. Oh, and she had a giant white parrot on her shoulder. The parrot left her shoulder casually and side stepped onto the rails of the bar where waitresses wait for their drink orders to place on a tray. The parrot then grabbed a clear drinking straw in its beak and right foot, and proceeded to entertain itself the best it could. A drink, whiskey on the rocks, was placed before the woman without any words exchanged.

So it’s that kind of place.

And we’re gonna be there this Friday, February 26th, at 9:30pm for just 5 clams. We’ll be joined by Ryan Lukas on upright bass and Zac Johnson on clarinet and bass clarinet.

Come join us. And bring your parrots. We’ll take care of all that other stuff.

-Tumbledown House

The 16th Annual Edwardian Ball

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Hello Friends!

We hope 2016 is off to a splendid start for you all. We personally like to take a little time off in this month to reflect on the previous year and traipse about in an effort to gather inspiration for the next! So we have some glorious down time right now from our usual show schedule as Tyler concurs Peru and Gillian shakes it down in New Orleans, then NYC and Boston. But when we rejoin forces in the Bay Area at the end of January, it is for the most auspicious occasion:

We’re playing San Francisco’s 16th Annual Edwardian Ball!

To be clear, this is a two day event and we are playing Friday, January 22nd, which is technically the “World’s Faire” night, whereas Saturday is termed the Edwardian Ball. We encourage you to attend both nights but our show will be on the first.

If you’re not familiar with the Ball, go HERE for information and absorb all the delicious details. In the organizers’ own words, the ball is “an elegant and whimsical celebration of art, music, theatre, fashion, technology, circus, and the beloved creations of the late, great author and illustrator Edward Gorey.” So it’s a malleable concept with lots of different influences at play but it is DEFINITELY gorgeous, festive, circus-y, costume-filled, and FUN.

So don your fancies and join us on Friday, January 22nd, at the World’s Faire, the first night of the Edwardian Ball, for a night of art and entertainment you will never forget! See you there!

–Tumbledown House

Performing One Show in Bozeman at the Ellen Theatre Nov. 13th!

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Hello Friends,

We’re excited to announce a big show next month back in Bozeman, Montana, birthplace of Tumbledown House!  We’ll be playing as a 6-piece band at the Ellen Theatre on Friday, November 13th.  We’ll be joined by Adam Greenberg on drums, Sean Lehmann on bass, Jake Fleming on sax, and Bay Area musician Zac Johnson will be flying in to join us on clarinet!  It’s going to be a grand show, in a beautiful, historic theater, and we’re honored to bring our songs and theatrical stories to a room that has been a holding place for those very things since 1919.  So grab your tickets and join us for a night of music and sordid tales, and, uh, we won’t make you stay in those seats if you don’t want to.

Ticket information starts here: http://theellentheatre.com/pages/tickets_legal.html

We hope to see you there, lovelies.

-Tumbledown House

“Some of these things are true and some of them lies.  But they are all good stories.” –Hilary Mantel

 

Monthly Residencies in the Bay Area

Hello Friends!

This is a quick note to let you know we currently have 3 regular gigs each month in San Francisco and Oakland so you don’t have to check your watch or your email or your calendar or even our website (though we still encourage that for all other shows, shenanigans, and sometimes just for the embarrassing pictures we post of ourselves).  We play the following places once a month and love returning each time to the fantastic staff and regulars we’ve come to love.  Come check out these great spots and see what we’re talking about.

With dependable regularity (until we get fired) we will be HERE:

Every 2nd Wednesday of the month: Blondies Bar and No Grill (540 Valencia).  {Mission, SF}

Every 2nd Friday of the month: Cafe Van Kleef (1621 Telegraph) {Downtown Oakland}

Every 3rd Thursdays: Tupelo (1337 Grant) {North Beach, SF}

In other news, we just returned from a 12 day tour through Montana, specifically Bozeman and then a few little towns on the high line–the little highway that parallels the Canadian border where impressively cold weather can occur.  We lucked out on the weather (and the car’s life expectancy) and were met with the warmest welcomes from the nicest folks.  We were accompanied by our good friend, Jake Fleming, on sax.  Here are some shots from the road.

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At one point, a kindergartener pooed his pants and a teacher later apologized for the “Code Brown.” This is, we believe, a first for us. But we can’t be sure.

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I don’t really get it either.

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A lovely gal displays the next auction item at the (highly successful) first annual Bootlegger’s Ball in Sidney: a custom made Tommy Gun. They’ll just worry about registering it later, I guess…

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We got a book of our pictures done during our concert in Malta, then we encouraged the talented young lady to sign it. The resemblance was striking. A kid’s drawing of a man’s beard is, I think, my new favorite thing.

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We got to play the MonDak Heritage Center which was full of beautifully curated treasures from every aspect of life in the pioneering days. A fantastic display!

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The keys were in the ignition. I just don’t know where to park that in San Francisco.

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Malta, Montana

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Saco, Montana.

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Nashua, Montana.

That’s it from our end, for now.  We hope to see you down the line.

-Tumbledown House