The Slambovian Mercantile - Bandcamp

The Slambovian Mercantile - Bandcamp

March Newsletter & Tour dates

Welcome “Simon Says Booking” to Our Team!

The band recently signed with Phil Simon of Simon Says Booking as our new booking agent.*
Simon Says has represented dozens of artists of many genres, including 10,000 Maniacs, Max Creek, The Skatalites, and more. We’re excited to work with Phil and the new opportunities he brings to the table.
Big thanks to The Roots Agency and Tim Drake for our many years of work together. 

*We know some of our fans and friends are talent buyers, feel free to contact Phil - he is quick to respond and fun to talk to! 
Phil - Simon Says Booking

P: 978 544 5110

2023 Touring Season 

Join us: Our First Show of the Year! Saturday, March 18th - The Towne Crier in Beacon, NY 

This show will feature songs from our latest album, A Very Unusual Head, as well as a few “deep tracks” from the past with very special guest, saxophonist Eric Person. This will be the premiere of two legendary recordings, “Black for the Gold” and “Velvet Underground.” Both songs were recorded but never performed live and feature Eric on soprano sax. 

Eric has an impressive resume performing/recording with legends in jazz such as Dave Holland, McCoy Tyner, Chico Hamilton, Houston Person, John Hicks, and many others. Eric also has played with creative genre-bending musicians Vernon Reid, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Will Calhoun, Ben Harper, and Bright Dog Red. 

Simon Says Booking is adding shows on a daily basis. Make sure you stay informed and FOLLOW US ON BANDSINTOWN - it’s fun and easy, get alerts as new shows are listed! 


Saturday, March 18th - The Towne Crier in Beacon, NY TICKETS​ 

Saturday, March 31st - The Shea Theater in Turner’s Falls, MA TICKETS ​ 

Saturday, April 29th - The Kate in Old Saybrook, CT TICKETS

" Shanghai"

"Shanghai" - A Historical Video Project
Happy Lunar New Year! 30 years ago we were the first American band to perform in mainland China since the revolution. "Shanghai" is a special project commemorating that tour. 

Historical concert footage from the first Shanghai shows are in this video. Band members Joziah Longo, Sharkey McEwen and Tink Lloyd* performed as The Ancestors. 

We felt so connected to the soul of China at that moment and still do. Inviting us to perform was a cautious experiment by Chinese officials, but became a real ice-breaker between our two countries. Shortly after our successful tour, Shanghai became much more open to cultural exchange with the West. The video of "Shanghai" is a mix of new performance and historical footage. The song, "Shanghai" is a memory of those first unforgettable nights. We post this sending much love and best wishes to our family in China for the New Year. "Good Luck Everybody!" Thank you, Shanghai, China, no one can forget... Thank you, Feifei Yang, Chen Fan, and the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York (紐約中國民族樂團) for your appearance in this video. Thanks to Matthew Abourezk for puttting the footage together in such a beautiful way for this historical video. 
*(also Alistair Farrant, Brian Hardgroove, Bob Mueller)

#shanghai #lunarnewyear #worldpeace

New Year’s Eve~Eve with The Slambovian Circus of Dreams 

Friday December 30th at 8:00 pm 
The Music Hall at World Cafe Live 
3025 Walnut Street  Philadelphia, PA 19104 
Box Office: 215.222.1400 Tues – Sat: 10am-10pm 
WCL Website: 

“Like a snowball full of heart and unabashed beauty with songs of hope and resistant joy." - 
"Best Band 2022" - Chronogram Magazine, NY 

Descending from the snow-filled highlands of upstate New York, World Cafe Live in Philly is where the Slambovian Circus of Dreams land to celebrate the end of 2022! Performing holiday songs and rockin’ tunes for a fun ‘outside the box’ New Year’s Eve show, the band brings a sack full of holiday cheer, stories and music for everyone at this New Year’s show. Highlights will include songs from their successful UK tour and A Very Unusual Head, the new album. For new fans, you’ll hear traces of Dylan, Bowie, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Incredible String Band, Syd Barrett and The Waterboys as well as Woodstock-era psychedelia.* 

A Philadelphia native, lead singer Joziah Longo’s voice is “Soothing and bewitching as a snake oil tonic," creating a meta-physical brew with long-time bandmates Tink Lloyd (accordion, cello, flute) and the guitar-slinging skills of Sharkey McEwen. 2022’s touring band also includes UK rhythm section RJ McCarty on keys and sax, bassist Bob Torsello, and drummer Matthew Abourezk, creating a show that is constantly evolving "with a little help from their friends." This band of troubadours captivates and charms audiences, bringing "news from the world" that taps into a greater humanness - a perfect way to begin 2023… 

Ring in the New Year with the Slambovian Circus of Dreams!


On Thursday, December 22nd we streamed "A VERY SLAMBOVIAN CHRISTMAS" show online. 

For those who have never seen a Christmas show, expect some traditional Christmas songs with a "Slambovian twist" and some rockin' original holiday tunes. The “Very Slambovian Christmas” show is guaranteed to “flip your switch” and spark the holiday spirit. It's definitely a fan favorite in the Slambovian calendar! 

The show aired twice - at 3:00 and 8:00 pm to accomodate our UK fans who never saw "A Very Slambovian Christmas" show...

This show was filmed in December 2020 at the Towne Crier Cafe in Beacon, NY.



A Very Slambovian Christmas Tour 2022

Yo Ho Ho Merry XMAS!!!

Join the "Best Band of 2022" at the first Christmas show of the season!
Celebrate the holidays with us starting Friday, December 9th, 8:00 PM at City Winery, Boston MA.

Christmas Tour Dates 2022
This year's tour includes several towns and venues new to us.
See list to your right ––>

“Like a snowball full of heart and unabashed beauty with songs of hope and resistant joy." -

The “Very Slambovian Christmas” show is guaranteed to “flip your switch” and spark the holiday spirit! The Hudson Valley’s 'best band' brings Christmas songs “with a Slambovian twist” and rockin’ original holiday tunes for a fun “outside the box” and multi-media holiday show. A rootsy psychedelica that hints at Dylan, Bowie, Neil Young, The Beatles, Incredible String Band, Waterboys, and Wilco with the perfect mix of Christmas tradition and cool vibes for all ages and persuasions. Celebrate the holidays and have “A Very Slambovian Christmas”!

The Christmas touring band: Joziah, Tink, Sharkey, with RJ McCarty (keys, bass, sax), Bob Torsello (bass), and Matthew Abourezk (drums).

"Best Band of 2022"
Chronogram Magazine, NY

"They take the stage by storm!” – New York Times

“The cool end of Americana” – Maverick Magazine, UK

“One of the finest American bands" – All Music

16 + recommended.