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