It’s been eight years since I last played the Big Apple and I’m happy to announce that on Saturday, February 16 I’ll be at Symphony Space on the upper west side with Marc Capelle and his Red Room Orchestra, playing songs from the films of Wes Anderson. The list of amazing players on this show is too long to list here but it will include Yuka C. Honda, Toby Dammit, Hether Fortune, Allyson Baker, Tom Ayres, Karina Denike, Robin MacMillan, Eli Crews, Dina Maccabee and Margaret Cho. Get your tickets HERE!
The next night on February 17th in Brooklyn, I’ll play a solo set at Pete’s Candy along with Karina Denike and Billy Bouchard. This show is free!
This month I’m heading back to Spain for an eight concert tour with Bart & The Bedazzled! We’ll be playing songs from our latest album, ‘Blue Motel’, a few from ‘Physical World’, a couple back catalog BD faves and some choice covers! We start in Madrid November 29 and end December 6 at Purple Weekend Fest in León! The following night at the very same festival, I’ll be reuniting with The Kinetics for our first concert in nearly twenty years! The poster above has dates and venues for The Bedazzled shows. Be sure to check the ‘Tour’ page for more details!
This month I’m headed to Spain for a solo tour and looking forward to concerts in Vigo, Burgos, Segovia, Zaragoza, Albacete and Madrid! The tour ends in Vilanova, Catalonia where I’ll perform along with Of Montreal, Iron & Wine, Josh Rouse and They Might Be Giants. Check the ‘Tour’ page for more info!
In other news Bart & The Bedazzled have a new video out for ‘Halloween By The Sea’, directed by Just Frahm and starring myself, Sarah Bethe Nelson and Jamin Barton. Tim Carr at L.A. Record had this to say: “This beautifully clear black-and-white video by director Justin Frahm—a beach and a beach town, with all the people gone and only memories left, which makes it more an On The Beach town—deftly underscores that strange kind of isolated mood, like a arthouse version of one of those Twilight Zone “Where is everybody?” episodes.”
‘Blue Motel’ now available on LP, CD, download and cassette tape! Buy them HERE!
I’m happy to announce that my next album, ‘Blue Motel’ (coming April 27 on Lovemonk/Burger/Legere) will be released under the new band name Bart & The Bedazzled! Its been a long time coming. Jessica Espeleta, Andres Renteria and Wayne Faler have been an integral bart of the music, even going back to the last album, ‘Physical World’. We’ll be playing record release shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles and other west coast cities in April. So look out for that! There’s also a music video in the works directed by our dear pal Cassandra Lee Hamilton! On the left there’s a photo from the shoot. Note: the green screen! Gonna be some special affects behind us!
There’s a new Bart Davenport record in the works! In fact, I just finished tracking at Palomino Sound in Boyle Heights. Eleven solid slabs of song were tracked utilizing the indispensable crew of Jessica Espeleta (bass), Andres Renteria (drums, drum machines & percussion) and Wayne Faler (guitar) along with special guests Nedelle Torrisi (backing vocals) and Billy McShane (Saxophone). I also could not have done it without producer Aaron Olson (L.A. Takedown) whose arrangement skills and synth playing give the record an unusual feel unlike anything I’ve done before. Big thanks to Lovemonk Records for making it happen! Look for it sometime in early 2018!
Back in December, I was invited by Estrella Galicia to do a session in their studio. I said yes, so long as I could record with LOS LIMBOOS, a fantastic group I saw the year before, backing up my pal Jack Rivera at Purple Weekend. Well, Estrella Galicia agreed as did the Limboos and the lovely results of that session have finally been posted! Be sure to check out me and the band performing ‘Pamela’! To see it on YouTube, CLICK HERE!