Announcing Alex Radus Trio Philly CD Release!

We can’t wait to see you again Philly!

The Alex Radus Trio will celebrate the release of Jewels & Tinware at Bourbon & Branch in Philly on Sat. Sept 6, 2014.

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Featuring performances by William Gruff (NYC) and Mo Lowda and the Humble (Philly).

Pick up advance tix and get a copy of Jewels & Tinware for $5!

We Can’t Play Like Django (feat. Dave Cahill) single released June 27!

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I can’t wait for you to hear the first single from Jewels & Tinware!

Please download and share, share, share! It’s available from 95+ digital stores, including CDBabyiTunes, and pretty much everywhere else. (If you want the money to go to the artist, buy it from CDBaby. If you want it to go to Apple, well, there’s iTunes).

And by the way, Dave Cahill absolutely crushes the guitar solos…

We Can’t Play Like Django has always been a crowd favorite. It’s a retro-swing tribute to Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappell’s famous Minor Swing.

Django (as the song is usually called) is a sort of like the backstory that begins all superhero movies. It’s a “creation myth” about how Django got his incredible powers on the guitar.

If you’re not familiar with Django Reinhardt, he’s arguably the best guitar player ever, and defined the quintessential sound of Gypsy Jazz. But one of the most amazing things about him is that his left hand was badly burned, leaving him with far less to work with than most guitar players. Still, he became the best.

Django tells the fictional story of Django’s grandfather, who is a famous Gypsy Jazz guitar player and is the best around. Everyone says he got his abilities from either an angel or a devil. The Grandfather takes his grandson (young Django) under his wing, but he just can’t teach him how to swing and, as the song points out – “that’s the most important thing!” When the Grandfather dies, his guitar is put on the funeral pyre. But the Grandfather had promised the guitar to young Django. So Django runs up to the fire and grabs the guitar, but burns his hand badly doing so.

Then comes the creation myth:

That young boy ran with all his might

Stuck his hand into the fire

Came back with a guitar and a burning sting

And they all said the devil’s sin or the angel’s blessing passed to him

Cause then they saw the most amazing thing

All of a sudden, little Django could swing!

I really hope you enjoy it and PLEASE – share it with everyone you know!

 

Mayfair tomorrow!

Mayfair tomorrow!

Photo by Kirsten Angel

The Alex Radus Trio is stoked to play Mayfair in Allentown, PA tomorrow. We’ll be at the Cafe Stage on Saturday, May 24 from 12:45-1:45.

Check the lineup for all the amazing acts!

Thanks to Dustin Schoof and Express-Times for the great press!

A little inspiration from MT

A little inspiration from MT

I’ll be in Brooklyn tomorrow night putting the finishing touches on my upcoming release Jewels and Tinware. Can’t wait to release it into the world.

This fine gentleman inspired the title:

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“It is from experiences such as mine that we get our education of life,” Twain wrote. “We string them into jewels or into tinware, as we may choose.”

Thanks MT

Thanks for a month of great shows!

Thanks for a month of great shows!

Alex Radus Trio at Pearly Bakers. Dan Manchester (double bass); Charlie Heim (drums). Photo by Maria Radus

It’s been a busy month for me musically, and now that the dust has settled I have some time to reflect and say thanks so much. I’m really blessed to get to play with such great musicians and for such wonderful audiences. Especially excited for my new project, Hot4Robot, which has been a ton of fun. Thanks to everyone who showed their support over the last month–really feeling the love. Now I’m very happy to spend a few quiet weeks with the family (and write some new tunes, of course).

Can’t wait to see you all at the upcoming shows: May 24Alex Radus Trio at Mayfair in Allentown & June 7Hot4Robot at One-11 Bar & Lounge in Clinton, NJ. Check the Calendar section for more details.

April 11 – Riegelsville Inn (AR Solo)

April 12 – Music for the Market (Hot4Robot)

April 18 – Steel Stacks (AR Solo)

April 26 – Private Party (AR Trio—sort of…)

May 1 – Tierney’s Tavern (AR Trio)

May 3 – Pearly Bakers (Hot4Robot & AR Trio)

 

Amazing show at Tierney’s Tavern for By Tomorrow afterparty

Amazing show at Tierney’s Tavern for By Tomorrow afterparty

Last year, my song It Ain’t Good from the album Love Me Like You Hate Me was featured as a centerpiece of the beautiful short film By Tomorrow (Dacian Wolf Productions). Last night By Tomorrow debuted at the Montclair Film Festival, and the Alex Radus Trio played the afterparty. Such an amazing audience–thanks so much to everyone who came and congrats to the cast and crew!

It Ain’t Good (as heard in By Tomorrow)

 

By Tomorrow (2013) – Trailer 1 from Dacian Wolf Productions. LLC on Vimeo.

Hot4Robot’s second show ever this Sat! Opening for Alex Radus Trio.

Hot4Robot’s second show ever this Sat! Opening for Alex Radus Trio.

My good friend Dave Cahill and I have been planning to start a band for, well, about 10 years. We finally did it: Hot4Robot is born. We’re playing our second show ever at Pearly Bakers Alehouse this Saturday night! 10-11pm.

Hot4Robot also stars the seriously talented Evan Straley (bass) and Andy Janowiak (drums).

What does Hot4Robot sound like? Come Saturday and find out! And then tell us…seriously, we don’t know.

Photo by Carol Van Giezen

Welcome Montclair Film Fest Fans!

Looking forward to playing for you at the afterparty for By Tomorrow next Thursday (May 1). Here’s a little sneak peak at the new album Jewels & Tinware–a song called Someday.

If you’re not sure what I’m on about…Last year my song It Ain’t Good was featured in the short film By Tomorrow. The Montclair Film Fest picked up By Tomorrow and we’re playing the afterparty in Montclair on May 1. The screening is sold out, but you can still get on the list for the afterparty–check the Calendar section for details!