Planning a U.S. West Coast tour...

I’m starting to put together a short U.S. West Coast tour for Spring 2022, roughly along this route:

  • Seattle, WA
  • Portland, OR
  • Sacramento, CA
  • San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • San Diego, CA

Like my 2019 U.S. East Coast tour, the show is an evening of my live experimental electronic works. As in the last tour, at each location, I’d like to join with one or two local electronic artists, both to play their own works, and to join me in two collaborative/improvisational works.

I’m looking for two things:

1: Recommendations of venues open to this kind of show. Anywhere along that rough route is great. Even a little off the path is fine. Drop those recommendations here, as I’m sure this info will be useful for others.

2: If you’d be interested in joining me for one or more of these shows - please drop me a DM so we can talk.

If you want a sense of the kind of stuff I’m planning for this tour, here’s a piece that I recently premiered in S.F. that will be part of the show:

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Though San Francisco isn’t on your list (maybe you’ve already got a gig there) I’d give C4NM a try.

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Sadly I don’t know that any of my favorite DIY venues in Portland are operating anymore.
The rest are bars which are terrible for improvised/experimental music

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You probably know about Wayward Music at the Chapel in Seattle…great space, a bit out of the way, but worth contacting and seeing if something works out.

If you’re willing to go up as far as Bellingham the Alternative Library is great; they may be looking for a new space but perhaps that’ll be settled by the spring?

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Is Holocene no good? Sincere question.

I had hoped to catch the disintegration loops performance there before some recent surgery derailed my plans.

Back in 2018 I had a good experience working with Studio 106 in Santa Monica - a bit removed from downtown LA but I found it a nice place. We played there with @marcus_fischer and Benoît Pioulard on a tour with similar routing as yours. It’s primarily a visual art space, but is open enough and configurable for live music. The owner was very kind and we managed to pull a good crowd.

It is pretty DIY, and so I’d expect you would need to provide a PA or set of speakers…but just thought I’d mention it as an option: https://www.studio1-0-6.com/

In Seattle, we did the Chapel Performance Space and I’d also recommend that one. Be prepared for a DIY setup there as well, and procuring your own mix engineer, but the space itself is so beautiful and it sounds great.

I’m totally out of the loop on Portland but I have heard good things about Holocene…Marcus would be better for confirming that one.

And finally, I noticed you omitted San Fran, but the Envelop SF space operated there by Christopher Willits is pretty cool. We played there on that tour and although we had some technical glitches in one set due to a MacOS software update (grrr), the size and vibe of the space is a good fit for a more intimate show and the spatial sound is neat.

Photo from Studio 106

Photo from Envelop

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I run a mutual aid group that offers solar powered generators to the community here in Portland. Since you’re planning to tour in Spring there is the option of setting up a show outdoors if there aren’t any good venues to play at. We also have multiple of them so if we wanted to power more than a stereo setup :wink:

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Didn’t know about Envelop, will have to check it out!

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Holocene is great but when it’s not packed it feels really empty. The last time I played there was opening for Plaid and it felt great. I’ve also played there when maybe 60 people showed up and it was depressing.

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As nice as Holocene looks, I think it might be too aspirational to think that I could draw the 100+ people it really requires.

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Update: The tour is now booked into:

  • Eugene, OR - March 5th
  • Portland, OR - March 6th
  • Seattle, WA - March 9th
  • Spokane, WA - March 11th
  • Nelson, BC - March 12th

I’m still looking for local musicians in Eugene, Portland, and Spokane to play with me those nights.

I’m still looking for venues in Vancouver or thereabouts, and Northern CA (other than Bay Area).

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If you still need a local for Portland let me know :slight_smile: