Rad Shows Lately

I’ve been playing some rad shows lately. I thought I’d blog all about it.

One of my favorite artists, Denison Witmer, announced that he was doing a Living Room tour this year. We had the awesome privilege of hosting the first one of the tour, here at in our apartment in Lebanon.

It was such a treat having Denison come play in such an intimate setting. He informed me that this is the first house show he’d ever played. This blew my mind, as most of the shows I’ve played through the years have been in homes. I hope he enjoyed being here as much as we all liked hearing him.

I invited one of my best friends, both in and outside of music, Nick Flora to join us for the fun.

My wife and I are moving out of our awesome apartment in a few weeks so this is a great way to end our time here. We won’t ever forget such an awesome night of music and fellowship.

The midweek show was just the beginning of the fun.

My good pal Austin Smith from the other side of the river, invited me to come and be one of the supporting acts for a Sci-Fi Lounge show he was throwing. As some of you know, The Sci-Fi Lounge is one of my favorite St. Louis venues. Hopefully this picture will explain:

The touring act for the bill is one I hadn’t heard of, which isn’t saying much as I am very bad at remembering up and coming acts. Gardening, Not Architecture was a really rad dance/rock/let your hair down and party kind of band.

Some really neat local artists played too. Stealing Seattle, Byron & The River, Moe from Scene of Irony, and rockin’ band called Family Might (pictured below.)

The night included, as I said before, a cool set by Gardening, Not Architecture. Front-(wo)man, Sarah Saturday (yes that’s her name), held a workshop halfway through the night. She spoke on the state of music and the arts in our country and our desire to see the arts restored. She started a movement some years back called EIY (Earn It Yourself.) It was obvious all of the bands and people involved at the show had a passion for the music scene and a love for people and were behind this movement in their own way already.

(^ Bad Quality Photo of Gardening, Not Architecture.)

(From Left: Sarah, Owen, Ian.)

(^ Byron & The River from Left: Troy, Amanda, Owen, Bryce, Audra.)

This week of shows was just what I needed. I had such a great time performing with and for such excellent people. For those that came, thank you. For those that didn’t, maybe next time. 🙂


About owenpye

Owen Pye began playing in 2005, with just a guitar and a plan: To share music with willing listeners. As cliche as that may seem, it’s exactly what he’s doing. Pye was getting a lot of exposure on myspace, with his boastful 20,000 fans and thorough independently booked tour schedule in his early years supporting his debut album “If That’s Cool With You.” To date, Owen Pye has shared the stage with some of the best up and coming artists including Deas Vail (Mono VS. Stereo) Dr. Manhattan (Vagrant) and New London Fire (Eyeball.) He has independently booked over 250 shows in the United States. In 2008 he teamed up with some friends to form a consistent full-band line-up known as “Owen Pye & The Sunday School Band.” With the help of producer and engineer Andrew Osenga (Caedmon’s Call, The Normals) they released their self-titled record to the masses in late 2009. During the summer of 2010, Pye began his solo project with Blackroom Records. When asked about the upcoming project, Owen Pye responded, “This is very, very exciting and I am SO pumped to work with these folks for the next year in support of the record.” To learn more about Owen Pye, pickup a CD, download an MP3 or come out to a show near you. http://www.owenpye.com/
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One Response to Rad Shows Lately

  1. Angela snyder says:

    Nice blog. Keep ’em coming.

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