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NEW ALBUM on Patreon! And Fall US/Canada TOUR DATES

Dear Music Family,

I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones happy and safe.  My thoughts are with those dealing with the aftermath of the many recent natural disasters around the world.  More on that below…

It’s been a while since my last email. I hope you all had a wonderful summer.  Here are the highlights from mine: I got an inflatable Kayak and went lake camping with Charlotte the dog.  Charlotte got a lifejacket which has handles and is hilarious. I missed the eclipse completely. I got a basil plant and haven’t killed it yet. I spent a lot of time in my studio producing records and working on new music.

Also I’m going to Sweden in a week!  I was invited to the High Coast Songwriting Camp, consisting of 18 songwriters from all over the world.  I have no idea what to expect, but I’m super pumped about getting to meet/work with some super talented artists.  And I wouldn’t be mad if a little of that Swedish pop genius rubbed off on my new record.  Speaking of which…

I’m thrilled to announce that recording for my second solo album is officially underway!

The recording process can often be ridiculously isolated… an artist holes up in a studio, house, or underground bunker for weeks/months/years, does irreparable damage to personal relationships and personal hygiene, and emerges some time later to drop new music on an unsuspecting world. However, I’ve always loved when art is more of a conversation than a monologue, when listeners share their experience of the music and the artist reveals the seed behind an idea and how it becomes a finished song.

I want to invite my listeners into the creative process with the help of Patreon. Here’s how it works: You pledge a small monthly amount (as low as $1) and in return I give you access to cool stuff, like unreleased new songs and demos, behind-the-scenes videos of my production process from my studio, and even private online/in-person concerts and custom-composed music. All Patrons get exclusive access to the songs from the new album as they are completed, long before they are made available to the public. When you sign up at any level you will immediately get access to the first song from my new record, “Show Yourself.”

In light of recent events, I am donating 100% of all first-month proceeds from everyone who pledges by October 31 to disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

It’s a strange time to be a musician as well as a music fan… we often wonder how to best support the independent artists we love… should we buy CDs, stream them on Spotify, or go see them on tour?  If you’re a fan of what I do as an artist, Patreon is THE BEST way to support my ongoing ability to create music and share it with the world. Please consider checking it out!

One more thing: None of this would be possible without the steady hand of my friend and new community manager for this Patreon campaign, Josephine Huynh.  She’s been working tirelessly alongside me to get ready for the launch, helping to design rewards that would be fulfilling for supporters, and helping to keep me on track throughout this process while I was consumed with writing and recording the music and occasionally pulling my hair out.  She’s talented, intelligent and organized, and I know firsthand that her support for the artistic community means the world to us musicians. People like her are a huge reason why we keep doing what we do.  Thank you Josephine!

 

EAST/WEST COAST AND CANADA TOUR WITH MEGAN SLANKARD

I’m excited to announce that I am heading out on another tour with the wonderful Megan Slankard This time we will be playing up and down the east and west coasts as well as a few shows in Canada.  Details below…

10/24 CAMBRIDGE MA – CLUB PASSIM W/ KAT GOLDMAN (TICKETS)

10/25 TORONTO CAN – FREE TIMES CAFE W/ KAT GOLDMAN (TICKETS)

10/26 – TORONTO CAN – HOUSE CONCERT W/ KAT GOLDMAN (RSVP)

10/27 – QUEBEC CAN – THEATRE LAC BROME (TICKETS)

10/29 NEW YORK NY – HOUSE CONCERT (RSVP)

10/30 NEW YORK NY – ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL STAGE 1 (TICKETS)

11/1 FREDERICKSBURG VA – HOUSE CONCERT (RSVP)

11/2 RICHMOND VA – HOUSE CONCERT (RSVP)

11/3 PHOENIXVILLE PA – STEEL CITY COFFEE (TICKETS)

11/4 FALLS CHURCH VA – STONE ROOM CONCERT SERIES (RSVP)

11/8 LOS ANGELES CA – THE HOTEL CAFE  (TICKETS)

11/9 SAN DIEGO CA – HOUSE CONCERT (RSVP)

11/10 SAN FRANCISCO CA – DOCS LAB (TICKETS)

11/15 REDDING CA – VINTAGE WINE BAR (TICKETS)

11/17 PORTLAND OR – HOUSE CONCERT (RSVP)

11/18 SEATTLE WA – HOUSE CONCERT (RSVP)

11/19 CENTRALIA WA – MCMENAMINS OLYMPIC CLUB (TICKETS TBA)

 

Thats all for now.  Thanks so much for being part of this conversation.

Much love,

Alex Wong

Europe Tour 2017, US Tour Recap

Good evening/morning from London!

I’m currently sitting in a window booth at the Dukes Head pub in High Gate, slowly sipping on Lagavulin Scotch and free internet. I’m in London for a few weeks producing an album with UK artist Rebecca Promitzer. Her songs are creative and gorgeous, and I can’t wait to share what we’ve done with all of you! I am feeling incredibly grateful to get to cross an ocean to make good music with good people.

Speaking of good people, as soon as recording is done, I will be embarking on a European tour with one of my very favorite artists/humans, Megan Slankard! We can’t wait to play lots of shows, meet lots of people and ride lots of trains. Here is our tour schedule:

22/3 – LONDON ENGLAND – PRINCESS OF WALES TICKETS/INFO
23/3 LONDON ENGLAND – HOUSE CONCERT TICKET/INFO
24/3 – AMSTERDAM NETHERLANDS – HOUSE CONCERT TICKETS/INFO
26/3 – ROTTERDAM NETHERLANDS – HOUSE CONCERT TICKETS/INFO
28/3 – PARIS FRANCE – HOUSE CONCERT TICKETS/INFO
29/3 – LUCERNE SWITZERLAND – CHASLAGER STANS KULTURHAUS TICKETS/INFO
30/3 – COLOGNE GERMANY – AGNES-KLAUSE TICKETS/INFO
31/3 – MARBURG GERMANY – KAISER-WILHEM-TURM TICKETS/INFO
1/4 – YORK ENGLAND – HOUSE CONCERTS YORK TICKETS/INFO
2/4 – LONDON ENGLAND – HOUSE CONCERT TICKETS/INFO
4/4 – COPENHAGEN DENMARK – MOJO BLUES BAR TICKETS/INFO
5/4 COPENHAGEN DENMARK – HOUSE CONCERT TICKETS/INFO

We’d love it if you would let your friends in those cities know about our shows, or better yet come hang out if you happen to be in the area!

US TOUR RECAP

It’s been a busy month… it started off in February with a whirlwind trip to Kansas City MO to showcase at the International Folk Alliance festival, where I played way too many shows and got way too little sleep. However I also got a chance to play with my dream band of two cellos, which was a true highlight for me… I’ve always wanted to arrange my music for this instrumentation, and to finally be able to hear it live was a total joy. Thak you to Mai Bloomfield and Sarah Clanton, two amazing musicians and artists in their own right, for bringing these songs to the next level with their talent. Here’s a clip from one of our shows together.

Immediately following Folk Alliance Megan and I embarked on a tour of the midwest/East coast. We had a great time playing music, trying to perfect the Philly accent (IT’S HARD) and meeting lots of lovely new people. I’m pretty sure Charlotte the dog thinks that tour is basically driving a really really really long way to get a meatball in some other town and then turning around and going home. Here are some pics from the last few weeks:

Seven Steps Up, Spring Lake MI (Charlotte’s favorite venue in the country)

Daytime show at VML Kansas City

Top of the Sheraton Hotel, Kansas City

My badass trio’s first band photo… we’ll do better next time.

After our last house concert in Mableton GA

With Mai Bloomfield, Sarah Clanton, and Megan Slankard

Tour buddies

Sweetwater Pop-Up Studio @ Folk Alliance

“We drove around a lot, then got a meatball, then drove back home. Oh I think they played music at some point.” – Charlotte discussing tour

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That’s it for now. I have some big announcements regarding brand new music coming very soon, so please stay tuned. And thanks again for listening, sharing, coming to shows, and staying in touch. None of this would happen without you.

Much love,

Alex Wong

Performing at Folk Alliance International!

So excited to be selected as an official showcasing artist at this year’s Folk Alliance International festival in Kansas City MO! Here is my showcase schedule if you’ll be in the area this week Feb. 15-19. Hope to see you there!

 

WED 10:30 – WISCONSIN ROOM (ITR) RM 543
WED 1:30 – STONE ROOM CONCERTS (W/ Becky Warren) RM 610

THU 2PM – CANTINA NAVARRO (RM 540)
THU 2:30PM – STONE ROOM CONCERTS (W/Megan Slankard) RM 610
THURS 3:30PM – COMBOPLATE BOOKING SHOWCASE (W/ Korby Lenker) RM 652
THU 11:30PM – KRAZY KEYBOARDS SHOWCASE RM 608
THU 1AM – 31 TIGERS SHOWCASE (RM 612)

FRI 3:30 – RM 552 ACCESS FILM BLUE (ITR)
FRI 12:30AM – RM 614 MPRESS RECORDS ROOM
FRI 1AM – RM 610 STONE ROOM CONCERTS (W/Robby HechtMai Bloomfield, Korby Lenker)

SAT 10:30AM – PRODUCER PANEL, PERSHING EAST/WEST
SAT 2PM – RM 610 STONE ROOM SHOWCASE (W/ Anna Tivel)
SAT 7:45PM – OFFICIAL SHOWCASE, BROOKSIDE
SAT 11PM – RM 604 FREE RANGE RECORDS SHOWCASE