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May 2018

Thank you to all of you out there on the road working on live music and working with us. Festival buyers, club buyers, roadies, college programmers, musicians, waitstaff, production crew- you are all an amazing cog in this machine that we love, and it's output? Live Music!!

We are so proud to be working with so many great acts, from the most historic to Third Worldbands that are brand new on the scene. Historic reggae band Third World is currently routing all over the US at various times and we are seeking options for June 28-July 1 in the upper Midwest (MN, WI, IL, NE, IN), July 5-9 roughly in Florida, July 26-29 in eastern upper Midwest (OH, MI, western NY) and in August in California.

Max Creek, the most legendary band in New England's live music history has a few select dates left this summer and fall. We are seeking June 15, 29 or 30, AUG 25, and a few more dates this Fall. There is a live album in the works and we can't wait to share it with you. Jocelyn & Chris Arndt are out on national tour fresh off of their 2017 release, and a new album is in the can to be released in early 2019. They are on Mountain Jam and are touring from coast to coast and we are seeking August 17 in WY, AUG 22-26 in California, and then all over the East starting in mid September. Legendary ska and reggae band the Skatalites are planning a full US tour for November and we're routing second weekend of NOV in the upper Midwest (IL, MI, IN, MO, etc..) and the next week traveling toward the West (CO, TX, etc..) and then NOV 20-28 in California to go with confirmed gigs in LA and San Diego.

Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers are in the upper Midwest with shows in the Chicago area AUG 23-25 seeking more options and have plenty of dates for the Northeast, too. Start Making Sense, the #1 Talking Heads tribute band in the nation, Start Making Senseare slaying and we have a few select dates left in fall. They are returning from a triumphant trip to Cuba where they brought fans on a unique adventure. Freekbass is getting ready to release a slew of singles that comprise basically a full new album and we're booking the band from coast to coast right now all year long. Black Masala have a new album almost ready to go, a full summer of festivals and concert series planned and a hankering to play every show possible! Plenty of avails for them in the Mid Atlantic area, seeking WED AUG 1 in the IL / IN region, and they will be ready to hit it hard in fall of 2018 everywhere in support of their new album. TreeHouse! is getting ready to undertake their biggest tour ever, and we're in the midst of planning September and October from Ohio to the West Coast and back with hopeful stops in the Midwest, Colorado, the Pacific Northwest, California, and back again.

Congrats to Flux Capacitor who just welcomed a new baby to their family! They will be celebrating by playing festivals all over the East including Strangecreek, Sourland, Peach festival and more. There is plenty time of to book them for your festival as they have dates available throughout the rest of the year and beyond. Swift Technique are headed to the Carolinas this week and are on a ton of festival and concert series this summer but we're still anxious to bring them to your world, too. The Alchemystics will also be visiting the Carolinas this week, too- and are also on a ton of festival and concert series calendars this year. They just completed two college appearances (Green Mtn College, SUNY Adk) and are on fire of late!

There is so much more going on we could spend all day talking about it, and we do! Give us a call and we'd love to work with you on upcoming tour dates! We're Here to Help You.


In the News, Battle of the Bands Northampton Finals, Skatalites begin Spring Tour, Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers tour, Sully's Pub, BB King's to close, RIP Avicii, Vernon Webb releasing album, RIP Charles Neville, and more. Reviews are in for Burial Grid at Royal Monarch, Buckethead at the Met, Panzie at Arlene's Grocery, Las Rageous, Here Come the Mummies, Duality Reliquarium, The Darkness, Assembly of Dust, and more. TheMaypop festival is Previewed.

We're seeking out new writers all the time, so please hit us at with your ideas. Traffic has radically increased lately, and we have been able to garner press passes for some contributors to get to shows they never thought possible. Consider the glory!

Getting your music to stand out from the crowd takes a strong band brand, strategic planning and consistent execution. The Simon Says Publicity Department offers bands and musicians wrap-around marketing and publicity services that not only make the job of marketing your music easier, we make it more effective. We continue to offer bands traditional publicity services, most recently with clients like Jocelyn & Chris Arndt, Kwame Binea, the Big Takeover, and Rev Tor's "Last Waltz Live." We’ve also expanded to provide day-to-day band marketing implementation services, currently working with Swift Technique, the Skatalites, Max Creek, the Alchemystics, Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers, Lovewhip, Woody & the Rebel Alliance, Mike Montrey Band, Michael Falzarano and the Englishtown Project, and more. The Simon Says Publicity Department is also available for comprehensive Band Branding and Marketing Plan projects. Most recently, we finished a project with Heart-Centered Kirtan, Fire in the Field, and crossover tribute Steal Your Peach Band, fusing together the music of the Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers Band.

Be sure to hit up Kelly, our publicity maven, to find out how we can help you reach the next level!
5.04 Thomas Street Tavern, Charlotte NC
5.05 Tin Roof, Columbia SC
5.06 Arts Fest Expo, N Charleston SC
5.12 Ocean Mist, S Kingston RI
5.16 Hawks and Reed, Greenfield MA
5.25 Strangecreek, Greenfield MA

5.24 Strangecreek, Greenfield MA

5.26 Strangecreek, Greenfield MA
5.27 Strangecreek, Greenfield MA

5.05 Sleepy Creek Summer Campout, Berkeley Springs WV
5.12 Union Stage, Washington DC
5.19 Piney Branch Elementary, Takoma Park MD
5.19 Shepherdstown Opera House, Shepherdstown WV
5.24 Lost and Found, Albany NY
5.25 Black Rock Yacht & Athletic Club, Bridgeport CT
5.26 Strangecreek, Greenfield MA
5.27 Strangecreek, Greenfield MA

5.11 Milton Theatre, Milton DE

5.18 Union Street Station, Traverse City MI
5.19 Union Street Station, Traverse City MI

5.26 Theodore's, Springfield MA

5.19 private party
5.27 Strangecreek, Greenfield MA

5.03 Gardner Ale House, Gardner MA
5.05 John Henry's Hammer Coffeehouse, Worcester MA
5.06 The Stomping Ground, Putnam CT
5.13 Daryl's House, Pawling NY
5.18 Jasper Hill Cafe, Holliston MA
5.19 Alternate Root, Norwood MA
5.20 Once, Somerville MA
5.26 The Loft, Milford NH
6.01 The Port Hunter, Edgartown MA
6.02 The Port Hunter, Edgartown MA

5.03 Coupe's, Charlottesville VA
5.04 Pompei Lounge, Staunton VA
5.05 Martin's Downtown, Roanoke VA
5.11 The Funhouse, Bethlehem PA
5.12 Threestival, Northumberland PA
5.17 Home Grown Cafe, Newark DE
5.18 Domefest, Bedford PA
5.26 Strangecreek, Greenfield MA
5.27 Pennings Farm, Warwick NY
6.02 Twilight Concert Series, Kutztown PA

5.04 John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan WI
5.05 Motr, Cincinnati OH
5.25 Summer Camp Music Festival, Chillicothe IL
5.31 Founder's Brewing Company, Grand Rapids MI
6.01 Union Street Station, Traverse City MI
6.02 Union Street Station, Traverse City MI

5.25 Fury's Publick House, Dover NH

5.12 Mount Sky, Jermyn PA

5.25 The Port Hunter, Edgartown MA
5.26 The Port Hunter, Edgartown MA
5.27 Strangecreek, Greenfield MA
6.01 Red Square, Burlington VT
6.02 Rockwood Music Hall, New York NY

5.25 The Stomping Ground, Putnam CT

5.03 Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs NY
5.04 Middle East, Cambridge MA
5.05 Higher Ground, S Burlington VT
5.11 Cervante's, Denver CO
5.12 Cervente's, Denver CO
5.31 Music on the Mothership, El Prado NM
6.01 Music on the Mothership, El Prado NM
6.02 Music on the Mothership, El Prado NM
6.03 Music on the Mothership, El Prado NM

5.27 Strangecreek, Greenfield MA

5.26 Strangecreek, Greenfield MA

5.13 The Stomping Ground, Putnam CT

5.25 Strangecreek, Greenfield MA

5.03 Middle East, Cambridge MA
5.24 Strangecreek, Greenfield MA
5.25 Strangecreek, Greenfield MA

5.17 The Vault at Greasy Luck Brewery, New Bedford MA
5.18 Ocean Mist, S Kingston RI

5.03 Java Barn, Canton NY
5.04 Buffalo Iron Works, Buffalo NY
5.05 Anthology, Rochester NY
5.11 The Aggie Theater, Ft Collins CO
5.12 Ogden Theatre, Denver CO
5.18 The Met, Pawtucket RI
5.19 3S Artspace, Portsmouth NH
6.01 River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains PA
6.02 Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes NY

5.04 Arty Block Party, N Charleston SC
5.05 Southbound Music Yard, Charlotte NC
5.19 wedding
5.25 Final Fridays, Philadelphia PA
5.26 Strangecreek, Greenfield MA
6.01 River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains PA
6.02 Old Mill Park, Fredericksburg VA

5.27 Strangecreek, Greenfield MA
6.02 Red Square, Burlington VT

5.11 Highline Ballroom, New York NY
5.12 Ocean Mist, S Kingston RI
5.19 Higher Ground, S Burlington VT

5.27 Strangecreek, Greenfield MA

5.24 Outer Banks Brewing Station, Kill Devil Hills NC
5.25 Gypsy Sally's, Washington DC
5.27 private party
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