Live in Philly 10.28 @ Johnny Brenda's
I'm so excited to be back in my old stompin' grounds with the full band to play this show at Johnny Brenda's. Good bands, good friends, awesome venue. Get your tickets. Oh yeah, wear a costume if you like.
Playing BMI's Acoustic Lounge Series Tomorrow 8/29 in NYC
Got anything going on tomorrow night? How about a free show? I'll be playing the BMI Acoustic Lounge series at Rockwood Music Hall (stage 1) tomorrow night 8/29 at 8pm.
I'll be sharing the stage with Ariana Gillis, playing songs in the round. Will be a cool vibe. Come hang out.
Sayonara Summer Concert & Afterparty 8/25 @ Berlin NYC
Just Announced! 8/7 Early Show @ Mercury Lounge NYC
This just in! I'll be playing the early show at Mercury Lounge on Monday, August 7th. It'll be an intimate set of guitar and vocals. Doors at 6:30. Kwesi will be headlining. Let's start the week of right. Get your tickets here:
The Deli Magazine's Favorite Emerging Artist in NYC
Thanks for all the love. I was voted "Favorite Emerging Artist in NYC" by The Deli Magazine this month. Woot woot.
Next NYC Show on July 9th!
The next rager is in the books! Join me and the full band on July 9th at Bowery Electric in Manhattan. My friends Thrills (from Philadelphia) and Brook Pridemore will be joining. It'll be a great hang.
Grab your tickets here. They're cheaper online.
New Live Video Performance of "Bait My Soul"
BreakThruRadio.com has a video series called "Hear & There". The show's crew travels to various parts of NYC and films artists doing their thing in vibey spots. I was fortunate enough to spend a rainy afternoon with these folks in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. We filmed a live performance of "Bait My Soul". Check it out!
Free NYC Loft Show 4/27
I'm playing 4/27 in NYC at Enjoy House (lovely Mnhttn Loft in SoHo).
No admission, free dranks, good people. Quintessential NYC evening. Don't miss it.
Follow RSVP button below for free entry.
WPKN 89.5fm Will Spin All of Prison Font Tonight at 11pm
WPKN 89.5fm's will be broadcasting Prison Font from beginning to end starting at 11pm. I'll be doing a call-in interview as well. I might be fuzzy at that hour, but at least it'll be entertaining. Ha.
Tune in here: Live Internet Stream
Solidarity in Sound: A Compilation to Benefit the ACLU
Friends, the song "Prison Font" is featured on an ACLU benefit comp. On March 31, 2017, Know Hope Records released “Solidarity in Sound: A Compilation to Benefit the ACLU.” The album features songs from 21 different artists/bands. It'll be released exclusively on the Know Hope Records Bandcamp page for “Pay-What-You-Want,” and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the ACLU.
NYC Prison Font Album Release Show | 3.25
The Prison Font Album Release Show is just a few days away. Come celebrate with us. Here is your video flyer.
Prison Font Album Release Show
3.25 | 6:30p Doors | 7p Music | $10
Berlin - 25 Ave. A, NY, NY
With guests: Brooms
3.21 @ City Winery NYC w/ Kasey Chambers SOLD OUT
I'm honored to be playing with Kasey Chambers on March 21st at City Winery in NYC. The show is now SOLD OUT.
You might not have a ticket to 3.21 at CW ---> :(
But you have another chance!
You can get a ticket to 3.25 album release ---> :)
Front Page Love - Deli Mag NYC Premiers New Track
Much thanks to the people at The Deli Magazine for the front page love. They premiered the track "Not Thinking it Over" from my upcoming debut release, Prison Font. Full album comes out on March 17th. Till then, enjoy the preview. Much more to come.
Listen to "Not Thinking it Over" by checking out The Deli Magazine article.
Debut Release "Prison Font" Out on 3/17
Hottt damnnn! My debut EP will drop on March 17th. I'm so excited to share "Prison Font" with you all. It'll be available on all digital platforms as well as CD. That's all I gotta say about that.
"Prison Font" NYC Album Release Show on 3/25
I'm very excited to announce the "Prison Font" NYC Album Release Show. We'll be welcoming this new collection of music in style at Berlin in Manhattan. My very good friends Brooms will also join us that night. See you there?
"Prison Font" NYC Album Release Show
March 25. 6:30pm. $10.
Berlin. 25 Ave. A
Ticket Giveaway for SOLD OUT NYC Show on 3/3
I'm giving away a pair of tickets for my SOLD OUT SoFar Sounds concert in NYC on March 3rd.
For those of you who aren't familiar with SoFar, it's a great organization that holds intimate shows in inspiring spaces around the world. The capacity of these shows is usually limited to about 75 people. It's an incredible way to hear new music, meet people, and relax in an atmosphere that's perfect for appreciating the art of song writing and performing.
I'll be offering a pair of free tickets to the folks on my mailing list. Join the mailing list to be considered for the drawing.
02.23 | Show 4 of 4 of Facebook LIVE "February Residency"
The final concert of my Facebook LIVE "February Residency" is near. Join me at facebook.com/jamesAMdownes this Thursday 2.23 at 8pm.
It was a great run of shows. Thanks to everyone who participated! More to come.
02.16 | Show 3 of 4 of Facebook LIVE "February Residency"
Watch the video flyer!
Join me for my Facebook LIVE concert broadcast this Thursday Feb. 16th at 8pm at facebook.com/jamesAMdownes. This week's performance will be show 3 of 4 of my "February Residency".
I'll be bringing my friend Brett Crudgington on to play some keys. You may remember Brett from my internet smashing, chart topping rendition of Bon Iver's "22 (over s∞∞n)". Expect greatness.
Find "22 (over s∞∞n)" Anywhere Digi Music is Distroed
You can now listen/purchase "22 (over s∞∞n)" on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Bumber Slop, Tumble Turd, (insert new internet platform here). Enjoy!
Relix Magazine Premiers Single "22 (over s∞∞n)"
Announcing: Facebook LIVE "February Residency"
Every Thursday in February (2/2, 9, 16, 23) I'll be broadcasting a live concert from my Facebook page from 8-8:20pm.
To join in, head over to facebook.com/jamesAMdownes. Join the conversation by commenting and liking in real time.
See you there?
New Video! "Rolling Stoned"
Next Show - 1/26 at City Winery NYC w/ Shawn Colvin & Patty Griffin
New Release - Cover of Bon Iver's "22 (over s∞∞n)"
Soon you'll be able to download or stream my cover version of "22 (OVER S∞∞N)" on any site that sells or streams music.
When I first heard Bon Iver's 22, A Million, I was stunned by the bravery and sensitivity of it all. It was elusive and mysterious. I loved that in contrast to the enigmatic arrangements, at the core of these misty tunes was simple songwriting.
I wanted to create my own version that payed homage to that simple songwriting. I asked my good friend Brett Crudgington (of Brooms) to help lay down some piano and then I'd try my hand at the rest. Our intention was to take a stab at creating something new, yet holding true to the spook that makes the original so alluring.
Thank you to Brett Crudgington for the inspirational piano performance. Thank you to Greg and Andrew Seltzer for the inspirational mixing performance.
Mini Concert via Facebook LIVE - December 1st - 8pm
Friends, I'll be performing a 25 minute solo set via Facebook LIVE on Dec. 1st at 8pm. Tune in from the comfort of your own home and join me for some new music and conversation.
I'll be performing from my apartment in Bklyn, NY (Pants, pants, pants. I gotta remember to wear some goddamn pants). Shoot me some messages and let me know what you think.
To participate, simply go to my FB page at 8pm on Dec. 1st: www.facebook.com/jamesAMdownes
I got the inspiration to record a cover video of one of my favorite tunes. “Wildflowers” by Tom Petty caught my attention when I was 12. It didn’t sound like punk or metal but more like the music my folks listened to. But despite the missing angst, I was magnetized by the simplicity and vulnerability employed. It’s such a beautiful and delicate tune. I’ll love it always. Enjoy.
Debut Album Out Soon
My first album is written and recorded. Looking forward to sharing the result of last year's work with you all. I've had the pleasure of working with some really talented people of over the course of "Prison Font"'s creation, and I'm honored and humbled by their support. Details coming soon.