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
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
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.
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)
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
Happy December! Hope you’re all doing well, or at least recovering from this exhausting season. It’s been an, um, interesting time to say the least (insert nervous laugh here), and after all the divisive energy we’ve all had to endure over the past few months, I’ve been really wanting to put more energy towards things that can bring us together.
In that spirit, I’m super excited to announce a special Holiday show at Doc’s Lab in SF on December 17. I’ll be sharing the stage with three of my favorite Nashville/LA artists: Korby Lenker, Mai Bloomfield, and Robby Hecht. The evening will be presented in-the-round, with all four of us singing and playing on each other’s songs. These are some of the truest artists I know and I feel lucky to get to share the stage with people whose songs have inspired my own writing to be better.
Here are the details:
SATURDAY DEC 17 8PM
ALEX WONG, KORBY LENKER, MAI BLOOMFIELD AND ROBBY HECHT IN THE ROUND
$15 ADV/$20 DOOR
100% of merch sales from this show will benefit the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Coalition (www.sfcapc.com). A generous anonymous donor as also offered to match any money raised dollar for dollar so I hope you’ll consider helping a great cause by taking home some extra stocking stuffers this year!
All four of us will be holed up at a studio in the Santa Cruz mountains earlier that week writing and recording a special collaborative album which will be released in early 2017 (more on this later). You may even hear us premiere some of these freshly written tunes at the show!
There is much more news to share very soon so please stay tuned in early 2017 for some big announcements! Until then, I just want to say how grateful I am for you, the fans and friends I’ve been lucky to get to know through this life in music. Happy holidays and please be good to each other out there.
I can’t believe the Doers and Dreamers Tour is almost here! So excited to be hitting the road with two of my favorite artists/humans, Korby Lenker and Megan Slankard. I’m bringing a lot of new songs in the car with me which I’m excited to share for the first time. Below are the complete tour dates with links to purchase tickets. Tour dates below. Complete tour info HERE.
FEB 17 KANSAS CITY MO: FOLK ALLIANCE FESTIVAL – OFFICIAL SHOWCASE, ROANOKE ROOM
FEB 18 KANSAS CITY MO: FOLK ALLIANCE FESTIVAL – WISCONSIN ROOM, #543
FEB 18 KANSAS CITY MO: TEDx KANSAS CITY (WITH AMBER RUBARTH)
FEB 19 KANSAS CITY MO: FOLK ALLIANCE FESTIVAL – MPRESS RECORDS SHOWCASE, #542
FEB 20, KANSAS CITY MO: FOLK ALLIANCE FESTIVAL – ACCESS FILM RED ROOM, #630
FEB 20, KANSAS CITY MO: FOLK ALLIANCE FESTIVAL – ACCESS FILM ROUND, #552
FEB 21, DES MOINES IA – GRAVEL ROAD CONCERT SERIES
FEB 23, CHICAGO IL – EVANSTON SPACE
FEB 24, SPRING LAKE MI – SEVEN STEPS UP
FEB 25, PITTSBURGH PA – PITTSBURGH WINERY
FEB 26, FALLS CHURCH VA – STONE ROOM CONCERTS
FEB 27, PHILADELPHIA PA – WORLD CAFE LIVE
FEB 29, NEW YORK NY – ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL STAGE 3
MAR 1, THE INTERNET – CONCERT WINDOW LIVE STREAM
MAR 2, BOSTON MA – CLUB PASSIM
MAR 5, RICHMOND VA – THE B AND B (EMAIL FOR INFO)
MAR 6, ATLANTA GA – RED LIGHT CAFE
MAR 7, MARIETTA GA – HOUSE CONCERT (EMAIL FOR INFO)
MAR 9, NASHVILLE TN – LIVE AT ANGELHOUSE SOUTH BENEFIT SHOW (EMAIL FOR INFO)
SPREAD THE WORD AND GET IN FOR FREE!
One of the best things about touring is getting the chance to meet cool new people and introduce them to our music (also Waffle House). We want to encourage you to help spread the word… so for any show on this tour, bring three friends and your ticket is on us! There may or may not be a group hug waiting for you at the venue as well. Just email us beforehand and we’ll make it happen.
NEW VIDEO – ALEX WONG/ANDREW NEMR JAM
As a thank you for reading, here’s a little gift for you…My friend (and tap dance virtuoso) Andrew Nemr was in town during Nashville’s recent snowmaggeddon and we got stuck inside my house during a storm. Naturally, hijinks ensued, in the form of a living room percussion/tap jam. Here’s the video proof of said hijinks. Enjoy:)
I can’t wait to see you on the road!
Alex has been working with Paper Raincoat collaborator Amber Rubarth and former Animators bandmate Devon Copley on The Paper Raincoat musical, the theatrical realization of the original story that inspired the eponymous 2009 album. They presented narrative excerpts and songs to a sold-out showcase audience at Stage Werx Theatre in San Francisco on May 3.
Alex and singer-songwriter Sierra Noble were asked to write a song for the Children’s Justice Campaign. “I’ll Sing For You” will be available on iTunes soon. In the meantime, the song can be streamed on Sierra’s website player.
Alex has started a side project with new friend Korby Lenker. The music is equal parts B-52s, Violent Femmes, and Eminem. Listen to “I Wanna Drive” and stay tuned for the debut EP coming later this year. “This particular song features (previously) classy singer-songwriter Sierra Noble spitting rhymes and shrieking like a boss.”
For the months of May and June 2015, all proceeds from Alex’s Bandcamp page will go toward relief efforts Nepal.
I spent the last few months designing and building a new studio space, along with a few people who actually knew what the hell they were doing, and I’m very happy to report that it’s finally done! If you’re ever in the Nashville area, come visit and draw on the chalkboard walls.
I also spent the last few months producing a new full-length album for San Francisco artist Megan Slankard. I don’t hesitate to say that she is one of the most talented artists I’ve had the pleasure of working with and I had a great time making music with her and her band. The record took us on quite a journey this Summer… We started by recording to tape at Tiny Telephone Studios in SF, then went back to Nashville to continue working at Angelhouse South, then returned to SF for vocals at Women’s Audio Mission, and finally found ourselves in a hidden fortress deep in Beverly Hills to mix the record with my brother Eddie Jackson. Megan is revealing the new album with a headlining show at the Great American Music Hall THIS SATURDAY, October 18 and I will be joining them on stage for a few songs. If you’re in the Bay Area, please come out and celebrate with us! Tickets are selling fast here.
For the rest of the year, I will be producing a full-length album for talented LA artist (and finalist on The Voice) Sonia Rao and finishing my second solo album… Remember when I said I was going to release a new solo album earlier this year? Well, I kinda moved to Nashville and built a studio instead, so progress on the new record has been pushed back a bit. However things happen for a reason, because I wrote a few songs since that I couldn’t imagine leaving off the new record. Here’s a preview of one of them called “There Are No Shadows In LA,” written with my good friend Tyler Lyle. This one is about a breakup, a Japanese maple tree, and the sleepy mid-afternoon sun that seems to last all day long. Special thanks to Alex Berger for his truly impressive iPhone cinematography skills. Please enjoy.
I’m currently writing to you from the Bay Area, while all my worldly possessions travel across the country in the bed of a semi truck… on their way to Nashville! I made the decision to move somewhere between Chicago and Germany on tour last Fall, found a great house early this year, and will be moving next week. So excited to have a real kitchen again after a year and a half of floating… Come on over and I’ll cook for y’all. That’s right, I said y’all… I’m sure people won’t even notice that I’m not from there; I’m pretty sure “Wong” is a respected Southern name.
Got lots of news to share so here we go…
OPENING FOR ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO IN SAN FRANCISCO
I was just asked to open for the legendary Alejandro Escovedo as part of KC Turner’s Concert Series! I believe this show is nearly sold out already, so if you’d like to come, get your tickets ASAP… Details are below. Can’t wait to play for you again SF!
FRIDAY MAY 16, 8 PM
KC TURNER HOUSE CONCERT SERIES
LIVE VISUAL ALBUM UPDATE
Last January, I arranged my songs for a special ensemble of Violin, Cello, and Cimbalom and performed two online concerts to benefit one of my favorite charities, City Harvest. We recorded those performances and are creating a live visual album to give to all who bought tickets to the show.
Here is a trailer for the upcoming visual album, edited by the lovely Karen Shih.
Thanks to you generous and beautiful souls, we generated over $1100 in ticket sales that day! Special thanks to David Peters for lending us his space, and to the ensemble of Kiara Ana Perico, April Guthrie, John Astaire, and Morgan Karr for lending their beautiful talents and energy.
TO ALL WHO ATTENDED THE ONLINE CONCERTS: It’s taken me a bit longer than I had anticipated to edit (read: frantically teach myself Final Cut) and mix the tracks, but rest assured, your visual album is coming. Thank you so much for your patience!
If you missed the concert, you can still donate here and receive a copy of the album when it is released. 100% of proceeds go to City Harvest.
HELP MORGAN KARR’S “FALL BLIND” WIN AT THE 2014 INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS!
Last year, I produced an album for LA-based pop artist Morgan Karr, and one of its songs “Fall Blind” was just nominated for Best Pop Song in the 2014 Independent Music Awards! Click here to listen to the track and click here to vote for us to win the Vox Populi Award. (Only takes a few seconds to register).
While it would be a great honor to win on a musical level, my REAL motivation for winning is: my good friend Vienna Teng has also been nominated in the same category, and we miiiiight have a little side bet going for a fancy dinner… So as you can see, your participation has never been more important, people! Get out there and ROCK THE VOTE.
ROTANA TARABZOUNI DEBUT EP
I am currently working with Saudi Arabian artist Rotana Tabrouzani on her debut EP! Not only is she a talented singer/writer and a blast to work with (here’s a clip from one of our recording sessions), but this girl has got some serious guts for following her dreams. Becoming an artist can be a challenging path for any Saudi to take, but for a female artist it can be dangerous. I have so much respect for her desire to push the envelope and expand what’s possible for Saudi women in the world. Check out this article that delves further into her story… and look for more updates on this exciting project soon.
That’s it for now. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your unwavering support. I am so grateful. See y’all in Nashville!