Bethesda Terrace Underpass

Sunday, Feb. 8th was an unusually warm day. So, being the conscientious street performers that we are, we convened at Bathesda Fountain for a little outdoor concert. No sooner had we started the first tune when a dark cloud rolled in. One of those clouds that looks like they are following some grumpy person as they travel around the city. Well, we were playing “When You’re Smiling” and it started to drizzle and we thought it would soon pass. But, instead it got a bit more heavy so we cut the song short grabbed all of our stuff and ran under the Terrace, which by the way I am sad to report was recently tagged by some fool who wanted to put some black spray paint over the recently restored art that awaits the unsuspecting tourist as they stroll down the stairs toward the fountain.
Of course everyone in the area had the same idea so we set up quick and serenaded the literally captive audience. The sound under there was haunting. A lot of natural reverb and we didn’t have to play loud to project. A new fan of the band, Stephen Davis Phillips, snapped a few photos and I am going to see if I can include them here somehow. (Not too computer savvy am I.)
The rain cloud quickly passed and with it went our audience so we grabbed all of our stuff and headed back out to the fountain. On the way out I overheard a little boy asking his father with disbelief how I was able to carry my double bass, it’s case and a backpack full of CD’s all at once. Of course he didn’t know it was called a double bass. The father’s answer was that if the little boy wanted to be able to carry something that big he would have to start eating more vegetables.

The Bethesda Terrace Underpass Sunday Feb. 8 2009. Photo by Stephen Davis Phillips.

The Bethesda Terrace Underpass Sunday Feb. 8 2009. Photo by Stephen Davis Phillips.

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Published in: on February 10, 2009 at 8:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

Lisa Loeb’s wedding

Hello all,

On Saturday Jan. 31st we had the pleasure of performing at Roey Hershkovitz and Lisa Loeb’s wedding on Saturday Jan. 31, 2009. Here is a link to an article about it:
Lisa Loeb Is Married!
Very cool people.
The party was a blast.

Published in: on February 4, 2009 at 2:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

Good Night Harry

Hello all,

You can now buy our debut CD “Good Night Harry” on CD Baby. Here is the link:

http://cdbaby.com/cd/tbvofbrooklyn2

Chris

Published in: on January 16, 2009 at 10:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

WHAZZZUPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yooo! It is fricikin cold out!
like really cold..like numb fingers if you try to play guitar outside cold. Like playing in the subway kind of sucks cold. Yeah, cold.
So anyway, we are in processes among processes right now. I’m putting on a fundraiser for Shaolin Temple on March 7th. Write it down on your calendars all. The Vipers will be there, Tin Pan Blues Band and the USA Shaolin Demo team, plus a lot of other cool stuff, and Kami willing, a whole crap load of Sake. Lots of Sake. Should be good.
In band land, we’re working stuff out, got some gigs coming up, going to Japan soon possibly. May. I have to look this up though, cause if that’s giant monster (Kaiju) season in Tokyo, I might not go. Y’know nothing kills a swing dance like Godzilla and Mothra raising hell in downtown Tokyo. The mood just goes downhill from there. Giant Lizards can’t lindy. Go figure.
A quick shout out to Nikolai Tesla, who’s dead, yet may have preserved his brain inside a radio. Who knows. He is the father of alternating current, and Thomas Edison’s nemesis in the science world. Go Tesla!!!
Aside from that, share the love y’all!
billy Nemec.

Published in: on January 13, 2009 at 1:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Bedford Ave. L Train Stop

This evening Billy, Adrian (sax) and I did a little busking on the L train Bedford Ave. platform which is a convenient two stops from mine (Graham Ave.) When I got there Billy was already manning the spot and talking to Cassidy (uprightbassist) who just happened to be passing through and as we were getting ready to play Stephane (saxes) walked up and said hello. It felt like if I stayed there long enough everyone I played with would pass by.
The playing was fun and Williamsburgers are good listeners in general.
Oh it’s the slow weeks following the holidays when musicians need to hybernate to survive. The less we consume the longer our holiday gig money will last. Thankfully we will be sojourning to Florida in Feb. to play and hang a bit in the sun. We went there last year because we landed a nice festival called Tropical Heatwave Festival in Tampa. This time so such luck. But we are playing a few clubs and a nice sized swing dance hosted by Swing Time. Also this time we will be trying to get our foot in the door in Key West. We have been trying to get a gig at The Green Parrot but to no avail. So we decided to go there anyway and busk and show up at The Parrot so we can at least meet the right peoples. Kind of an in person press kit. Wish us luck.

Chris

Published in: on January 12, 2009 at 1:11 am  Leave a Comment  

New T shirts and buying local

We have new T shirts available. Thanks to Bob and Ivar and Nico for submitting designs. We decided to go with Bob’s. There is a picture of the design on our myspace page. myspace.com/thebluevipersofbrooklyn. In looking for a place to get the T shirts made it quickly became apparent that these things are pricey. Discmakers wants all kinds of money for black and white print on cheap shirts. Then I remembered that a lovely lady named Krisstina saw us play in Central Park a while back and forwarded me the the contact info for a design guy here in Brooklyn. Matt at Werdink Productions, 47 Thames Street, Brooklyn NYC 11237. www.werdink.com
He hooked me up. I just picked up the shirts today and as I am looking at them in a box I notice a big old silk screen of our design set up on this hand press machine. He had silk screened all of our shirts by hand. Now that is craftsmanship. It felt good to suport a local artisan and he gave us a great deal compared to the big companies I checked out.
Buy local. It makes you feel good.

Later,
Chris

Published in: on January 9, 2009 at 8:56 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Billy’s random thoughts.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

WhazzzUUUUUp?

So, today is a good day, cause today is Thursday. Yeah….So, if U haven’t picked up a Blue Vipers CD yet, DO IT NOW! While supplies last, for a limited time only, we’ll throw in a case! Whoo Hooo! We got Tshirts (maybe) too, and you can always order a promo poster, so you can see us perched on a rock in Williamsburg….Or, I’ll send you a picture of Sam..in his underwear, looking innocent yet aware…Or not.

Ok, as some of u know, we celebrate alot of things at this time of year, but tomorrow, lets celebrate snow…Cause that’s gonna be about it for the day…A whole shitload of snow…Merry Christmas ho ho ho white Christmas, oh yeah.

So, I gotta say this to all my readers out in dance land, “THE HOUSE IS NOT A DANCER FRIENDLY VENUE!” In other words, the owner jumped on me about dancers dancing at a nondanceable venue..He was pissed too..Very Pissed..The place is just tooo smalll…Sorry dancers, that ain’t the place to boogie, and pleeeease don’t push it or ITS MY ASS! Thanx.

And now, the B movie reference of the day is not to one film but one man who directed many films, Mario Bava, an Italian Visionary who directed such classics as The Planet of the Vampires, inspiration for Aliens and other such flicks..Mario was a painter originally, then went on to make some beautiful films in Italian and English such as Knives of the avenger, Kill,Baby, Kill, and The Day the Sky Exploded…

Young Mario went from painting to his father’s work in sculpting and special effects…The colors in his films are Brilliant, lots of cool stuff going on there and really the precursors to many modern genres of Horror films are included in his body of work (check out Twitch of The Death Nerve to see the birth of the slasher flick) Cool stuff.

On that note,

B is for beautiful! not for Budget!

Check us out soon, watch many movies, and listen to cool stuff every cahnce u get!

Amitofou!

Billy Nemec

Published in: on December 18, 2008 at 3:06 pm  Leave a Comment