Next month we’ll be returning to Alaska for a short little tour, making this our 11th trip to that incredibly unique, beautiful, and rugged landscape. I took this photo at about 5 am in Homer. I was making my way back to the hotel and was so inspired by the morning light that I trudged down into a bog and stood in mud up to my knees to get this shot. We’ve heard great things about the festival in Seldovia and are so excited to see friends old and new and play music in unbelievably gorgeous settings. Hope to see you out there.
Ok, internet. You win. In celebration of Tumbledown House’s 10th birthday, we have released all three of our albums on Spotify. Please help us get the word out and share with the Modern Speakeasy aficionados in your life! Enjoy!
It’s the time of year when reflection is nigh and hopefully regrets are few. Although there is always room for growth of all varieties, we had a wonderful year here at Tumbledown Headquarters and 2019 already looks to have UPPER LEVEL SHENANIGANS in store (and you’re invited!). But first some reflection:
As has been our custom, January has been a great month for downtime and cheap travel for us, a great combo that invigorates our creative juices, and 2018 was no different. Tyler traipsed all around India and Gillian, newly married, honeymooned in China and Indonesia. This coming January has Tyler swooping off to Morocco and beyond, and Gillian is grateful to have free time to see some girlfriends and accompany her folks in Denver for her dad’s upcoming surgery. Perhaps a quick jaunt somewhere is in store afterwards.
February found us in Arizona for two fabulous shows: The Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale and The Elks Theater in our old stomping grounds, Prescott. How good it was to be back among the amazing friends we found there. It’s such a magical place full of wonderful people and we hope to return again and again.
By March, we were on the road with friends and bandmates, John Brothers Piano Company for a tour through northern Cali and up to Eugene, Oregon and Portland. We then jumped on a plane and played some Montana shows! The Ellen Theatre in Bozeman is a special time with our original supporters (we love you!) and of course we couldn’t play Great Falls, Montana without a trip to see the mermaids.
April, May, and June were a blur of local events including a very intimate, special wedding show for friends, another quick trip to Montana for a private soiree, and tons of planning and work on our other local artistic endeavors, including a live music stage Tyler and Gillian help run at a local music festival.
July found us playing for fantastic audiences in Vegas and Reno (we love how seriously Reno is taking THE ARTS. If you thought you knew Reno and didn’t like it, try it again; there is VERY cool stuff happening there these days). And then on to Alaska for our TENTH TOUR up there (Salmonfest!) complete with a full Bay Area band. It was a riot. It had been a few years since our last tour up there and it was SO good to see our wonderful friends again. Man, the people we have met through music…we are beyond blessed.
When autumn hit, it was our intense music conference season, and we found ourselves lanyard-clad and performing for music industry people from all over the globe, showcasing and attending Western Arts Alliance (LV, NV), South Arts Exchange (Orlando, FL), Arts Northwest (Eugene, OR), and Folk Alliance FAR-WEST (LA). This is always both exhausting and inspiring, but ultimately it’s great confirmation that we are members of a beautiful community. Conferences can open doors we didn’t know existed, and it’s also great talking shop with other musicians and seeing the varied talent out there.
That pulled us into the winter and much communication over the events of 2019! We have surprises in store that need finalizing but we can go ahead and encourage you to take a Valentine’s Day trip to the Yucatán, ‘cuz Tumbledown House is playing the Full Moon Jazz Festival in Merida, Mexico, baby! We are so excited to party it up on February 16th and hope all of you consider making a little trip south of the border to party down in the beautiful Yucatán. Stay tuned for more exciting tidbits as we roll into a new year.
In the meantime, we hope you are all safe, healthy, happy, and finding much inspiration and satisfaction from the world of music around you.
Happy holidays, friends.
“If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.” –Charles Darwin
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!
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
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
Tickets – http://www.prescottelkstheater.com/event/02fda1d9f7983617ff9111662de45907
FB Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/165879904002061/
Montana – March 16
THE ELLEN THEATER
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,
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.
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
We’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
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.
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.
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.
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!
“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
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.