July 17, 2017

Slambovian Circus of Dreams Delivers Top-notch Performance

THE READING EAGLE  Saturday July 15, 2017
By Susan L. Pena

Because of the stormy weather, the Berks Arts Council moved Friday night’s Bandshell Concert to the DoubleTree by Hilton. Those who ventured forth to hear the Slambovian Circus of Dreams were amply rewarded with a concert that had the fresh, innovative, at times whimsical and deeply hopeful spirit of the late 1960s.

This band, while certainly not a household name, has attracted a loyal following and has preserved a genuine, down-home quality that is irresistible.They sound somehow familiar, and yet unique. They combine psychedelic guitar riffs with folkish accordion and mandolin; their songs are deceptively simple with plenty of room for singalong a la the late Pete Seeger; and like the Beatles, they borrow from music hall, vaudeville and the circus.

Their core consists of guitarist/singer/songwriter Joziah Longo; his wife Tink, a multi-instrumentalist who played accordion, cello, flute, and even cittern during the concert; and guitarist/mandolinist/vocalist Sharkey McEwen. Joining them were Kolson Pickard on trumpet and guitar and drummer Rick Quintanal; Pickard and McEwen took turns playing bass. All are top-notch musicians.Longo, in his trademark top hat and round glasses, displayed a remarkable ability to engage with the audience from their opening signature song, “The Grand Slambovians,” with its heavy, thumping beat, to the end. He knew instinctively who his audience was, and had them singing most of the words to the Beatles’ “I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends” and buzzing along with his “I Know Where the Bees Have Gone.” Meanwhile, a small girl near the front jumped and twirled, pigtails flying.Longo’s own “Very Unusual Head” was a waltz with a strong beat and a circusy tune, lovely and a little twisted, like a house of mirrors.”Baby Jane,” a beautiful, bittersweet ballad, gave warning advice, remaining a bit enigmatic; “Step Out of Time,” which Longo described as a Seeger/Allman Brothers/Jethro Tull mashup, captured the feelings many have about the present era.The clever “Solve It All Daily” (a word play on the artist Salvador Dali) began with an impressive Spanish-style trumpet solo by Pickard and flamenco-style guitar by McEwen, and then became part-Celtic, part-Jacques Brel with tin whistle and hand-clapping.The second half started with a nod to Longo’s South Philly roots, as they played a Mummerish version of “Has Anybody Seen My Gal.” They played “Look Around,” a wonderful Beatles-influenced song, and then a new song whose opening line, “Somebody told me they’re making up lies,” resonated, as did “search for a now that’s worth forever, peaceful and strong. “The muscular and psychedelic “Tink,” was about his talented, steadfast wife and about the uprising of women, which Longo anticipates for the betterment of the planet.They ended with “The Trans-Slambovian Bi-Polar Express” after a brief rendition of the Beatles’ “Within You Without You” to serve as its introduction.

Here’s hoping they return to this area many times.
Contact Susan L. Pena: weekend@readingeagle.com.

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May 19, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend – Soundtrack For Summer 2017

Greetings from The Slambovian Ministry of Myth, Mischief, & Media…

Summertime, and the livin’ is… positively Slambovian, of course. And with a simmering, shimmering season fast approaching, what could be a better kick to the playlist than a hometown gig in Beacon, NY at The Towne Crier? (more shows, see below).

They always come home, our road tested Slambovians and, on Sunday, May 28 they’ll take the Towne Crier stage with the soundtrack to Summer of 2017: New songs and new sounds that promise to stand toe-to-toe with any Slambovian chestnut of your choosing. Be it the affirming “Absolutely Beautiful Freakin’ Day” to the hopefully trippy sing-a-long “I Know Where the Bees Have Gone”, Joziah’s got tricks up his sleeve and many stories to tell . . .

While fighting back a tone-deaf industry, it’s safe to say the Slambovians pioneered Americana, bringing psychedelia to the mix and making it their own. Then in turn making it ours. But you know that already. So come and join the celebration.


The Official Slambovian Minister of Myth
Michael Jurkovic

MERCHANDISE: Slambovia.bandcamp.com
CONCERT CALENDAR
: Slambovia.com/shows

       

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April 13, 2017

Slambovia Welcomes New Face

Fans at the Sellersville Theater show had a pleasant surprise (see review below) as newcomer Kolson Pickard took the stage doing double duty on both guitar AND trumpet...
No stranger to Slambovia*, Kolson will be helping engineer and play on the new album over the next few months while Sharkey takes time to recover from his South American adventure... *Kolson recorded on the 'Flapjacks' track "Call To The Mystic".

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April 5, 2017

Slambovians Bring Surreal-Americana to Sellersville Theater

A MUST- SEE EVENT!
“The cool end of Americana”
Maverick Magazine, UK

Sellersville Theater welcomes back New York’s Slambovian Circus of Dreams Friday, April 7th for a show featuring all the “hits” from their catalog as well as a “sneak peak” of the new songs from their next release “A Very Unusual Head” due out later this year.

AKA as ‘The Grand Slambovians’, the band has achieved folk-legend status as pioneers of the alt-folk/Americana genre, while remaining on the fringes of the music industry creating the ‘Slambovian Nation’ of fans here and abroad. Their music, alternately described as a “hillbilly-Floyd,” “folk-pop,” or “surreal Americana” walks the tightrope between existing religious and philosophical mythologies. The songs themselves appeal to a greater human-ness, sometimes empowering – at times darkly haunting, but always engaging with the wry wit of lead singer Longo at the helm. Elements of Dylan, Bowie, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Incredible String Band, Waterboys, and the Decemberists are all part of the musical mix. Led by Longo, the band creates an otherworldly connection with audiences. “They’re not just a band, that’s like saying the Bible is just a book…” – Fairfield County Weekly

QUOTES:

“Songs imbued with mystical stirrings and idealism… they take the stage by storm!” – The NY Times


“Super and Natural… I love this band!” – WXPN Philadelphia

“A riveting, mesmerizing, crazy, amazing machine of music.”
– Chronogram Magazine, NY

“Great songs and a whole lotta heart” – Meg Griffin, SiriusXM

“This band reminds me to write & perform with my whole heart and soul.” – Dar Williams

“Joziah is an awesome songwriter!” – Garth Hudson, The Band

“9 out of 10 – Love at first spin!” – Americana UK

“Soothing and bewitching as a snake oil tonic, the entire root system of Rock Family Trees is embedded in Longo’s voice.”  – The Big Issue, Scotland, UK

Price: $25 – $39.50

Tickets: Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

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March 27, 2017

April Fool’s Day•Brooklyn Music Shop Presents: Behind The Slambovian Curtain w/Joziah & Tink

NYC friends, come to our super-intimate “April Fools Day” House Concert, ‘Parlor Style’ in with our friend promoter Don Duggin in Brooklyn. This performance offers a rare opportunity to take a peek “behind the Slambovian Curtain” in another DUO show experiencing the inner workings and essential music-making of songwriter Joziah and “muse-ician” Tink in a very intimate setting. Performing many never or rarely performed songs from the past and some new songs from their forthcoming album, as Joziah says: “All the music without the musicianship!” – April Fools! This is an intimate performance and seating is limited! Reservations by EMAIL ONLY:Don@BrooklynMusicShop.com #brooklynmusic

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March 8, 2017

Sat 3.11.17 ~ Duo @ First Encounter Concert Series/Cape Cod

Watch out for the Rock Lobsters! We’re coming to Cape Cod for our “Behind The Slambovian Curtain” Duo show… All the songs naked and unafraid before your ears! http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2880220

Photo: Stuart Berg

Slambovian Duo: Joziah & Tink

 

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February 20, 2017

Lena’s Legacy Continues…

Caffe Lena posted this picture and comment on Instagram after last night’s adventure. Sarah Craig, (executive director) was quite supportive! She had us take a photo in front of one of 3 pieces commissioned for the new space by artist Andrew Benincasa.

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February 8, 2017

Must-See Event! Duo Performs Behind The Slambovian Curtain

Two Very Unusual Shows!
Joziah 
& Tink will be performing as a DUO in February and March
These performances offer a rare opportunity for fans to take a peek “behind the Slambovian Curtain,” experiencing the inner workings and essential music-making of the band in a most intimate setting… many never or rarely performed songs from the past and the current album they are working on. As Joziah sez, “All the music without the musicianship!” 

• Feb 19, 2017 7:00 PM
Caffé Lena
47 Phila Street Saratoga Springs, NY

TICKETS: www.caffelena.org
PH: 518•583•0022 EM:sarah@caffelena.org
The newly renovated and just reopened historic venue is home to folk music’s founding artists!*

• March 11, 2017 7:30 PM
First Encounter Concert Series
220 Samoset Rd Eastham, MA
TICKETS: www.firstencounter.org

Tink & Joziah Towne Crier, NY Photo: Stuart Berg 2015

“The righteous, raucous, otherworldly rock of the Grand Slambovians lights up the Dance Tent and mainstage at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival every summer, washing away the cares of the year and leaving us more energized and full of harmony than we’d thought possible. Tonight we bring their festival fans the special, never-before-heard treat of an intimate evening with the King & Queen of Slambovia: guitar, accordion and flutes in hand, and a roomful of willing hearts all to themselves.” – Caffé Lena

*Located in Saratoga Springs, NY, Caffé Lena is widely recognized as the oldest continually operating folk music coffeehouse in the United States. It is an internationally renowned cultural center and an American treasure. Opened in 1960, the Caffè has helped to launch many of America’s best-loved songwriters including Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Ani DiFranco, Dar Williams and many more

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January 6, 2017

Poem for Syd Barrett ~ B. January 6, 1946

One day in the early 90’s, on a soul-searching walk in the east village of New York City, Joziah slid into a dark fog that made him think of the fragile founding member of Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett (Official) who jumped ship in the early days of the band. Some beautiful murky music swirled in his head and a song started coming down. Joziah wrote it as a personal letter to Syd, hoping it would reach him across the great separating seas of human consciousness… Happy Birthday, Syd!
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“SYD”

What did you find Syd, did you find anything, at all?

We walked through the streets,
We were 50 foot tall,
When we called,
They couldn’t hear anything…

And so, we both let go,
Let the wind blow, flew off to better dreams.
But you, what did you do, how’d you fall through,
And lose control of you?

Well I don’t know what you were thinking
What the hell had you been drinking’?

I punched a hole in the bottom of hell,
Light shot up through it
And I said, “Oh well, there goes the neighborhood”.

Sing me an old song about something new,
Could’ya do? Hey, come on let’s try again.
It’s just you were looking’ when there was no find,
Lost your mind, but hey here it comes again…

Don’t go off in the snow,
Feeling’ so low, sold on a hopeless deal.
I know which way to go, what melts the snow,
Flowers will bloom again.

What did you find Syd, did you find anything, at all?

Joziah Longo

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“Syd” – Available as Digital Download:
https://slambovia.bandcamp.com/track/syd-2

Produced by the legendary Eddie Kramer, (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, etc) who loved this song when he first heard it.
The video was directed by Ron Paquette.

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December 28, 2016

RING OUT THE OLD ~ RING IN THE NEW!

The Slambovian Circus of Dreams back in Philly for the annual New Year’s Eve~Eve show at World Cafe Live in Philly! Friday night, Dec 30th – Doors 7 pm, showtime 8 pm. Ticket link:http://tinyurl.com/NYEE2016

World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
PH: (215) 222-1400
World Cafe Live!
“The cool end of Americana!” – Maverick Magazine

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December 6, 2016

The Slambovian Mercantile ~ Music, Apparel & More!

We’ve been making a list and checkin’ it twice to get our store ready for the Holidays!
The Slambovian Mercantile is open for business with new shirts, mugs, and music to make your gift-giving fun.
Also, along with other seasonal apparel, we are making the last few “brilliant” UK Tour shirts available online, as well as a new UK Tour mug and more!
Shop this week, December 7 – 14 ~ 10% OFF All Orders!
Use DISCOUNT CODE: slam10
Guaranteed to ship in time for Christmas!

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brigadoonFeatured at the store this week is the long-lost ‘Brigadoon’ album, rediscovered after 21 years in the Slambovian “vault”. This album opened the door to Slambovia and foreshadowed the direction the band would take as it began its journey to become The Slambovian Circus of Dreams.
Limited copies of this rare ORIGINAL PRESSING are being offered to
 collectors and super fans for a limited time only.  Read more about Brigadoon at the Slambovian Mercantile.

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November 30, 2016

Concert Window Broadcast ~ Live From Roy’s Hall!

Tune-In to our Concert Window Christmas Broadcast! Live-streaming from historic Blairstown, NJ. You can make it to the show ~ no matter where you are!
The first Christmas show of the season! TICKETS:  RoysHall.org dec2_2016

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November 24, 2016

bearsville2016Seasonal Greetings everyone! Those living in the Woodstock area and thereabouts join us at Bearsville Theater Woodstock, NY on Saturday night… This ‘Day After The Day After Thanksgiving Show’ benefits the Family of Woodstock Food Pantry, join us so we can ‘Get back to the garden’ together by helping the ‘Family’ out! (Bring a non-perishable food item to the show, no leftover turkey!) Thanksgiving leftovers a problem? Bring your cranky relatives to the show ~ The Slambovian Circus of Dreams will take them off your hands for a few hours of “hilariously genius, philosophically cosmic, folk-metal mastery”. #woodstock #hvmusic #wdst

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October 13, 2016

Halloween 2016 ~ A Rock ’N Roll Séance!

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Hartford, CT – The Slambovian Circus of Dreams bring their “hilariously genius, philosophically cosmic, folk-metal mastery” to Hartford’s Infinity Hall Saturday, October 29th, Halloween weekend – calling on the ‘Spirits of Rock ‘N Roll’ to come jam with everyone!

‘The Grand Slambovian Halloween Ball – A Rock ’N Roll Seance’ has the band tipping their hats to Bowie, Prince and other recently departed music legends with help from some ‘Very Special Ghosts’ and surprise guest performers. Lead singer Joziah Longo, known for amazing ‘channeling’ abilities will definitely ‘break on through to the other side’ at this show!
Music will be favorite rock classics and Slambovian tunes that honor musical ‘friends’ in an atmosphere of mysticism, celebration and Halloween revelry. Come dressed as your favorite artist, bring pictures to add to the ‘Altar of Rock ’N Roll’ and light a candle in honor of your ‘Heroes’!
‘The Grand Slambovian Halloween Ball ~ A Rock ‘N Roll Séance’ – don’t miss this chance to honor the dearly departed and call their spirits to join in the night! ‘Best Costume’ contest and prizes will be awarded.

NOTE: General Admission for Standing Room/Open Seating on the main floor.
For guaranteed seats with view of the stage, choose Mezzanine tickets.

Saturday, October 29th, 2016 8:00 PM
Infinity Hall (Hartford)
32 Front St. Hartford, CT
Tickets: HERE
Box Office: PH: 866.666.6306  EM: boxoffice@infinityhall.com

Infinity Hall Bistro: Opens 4 PM Day of Show
Dinner Reservations: 860-560-7757

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September 22, 2016

END OF SUMMER – THE FUN IS JUST STARTING IN SLAMBOVIA

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This weekend begins the autumn run of shows for the band. Saturday night’s show Sept. 24 at Mexicali Live (one of New Jersey’s premier rock clubs) is a great way to kick off the season and pave the way for a very adventurous October. Performances at the Steampunk UnLimited Festival (Strasburg Railroad – real trains!) and ‘Mischief Nite’ at The Mauch Chunk Opera House lead up to the high point of the year, ‘The Grand Slambovian Halloween Ball ~ A Rock’n’Roll Seance’ at Infinity Hall in Hartford, CT.  OF COURSE, WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Here’s a video of last year’s ‘Mischief Nite’ – spooky and beautiful…

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