Adventures start today – I’m off to Idaho. “No, you da ho.” I even wrote a rap about it. Haha. Playing the fabulous Festival at Sandpoint with my buddy Ben Harper, then a little respite in my happy place Ocean Beach, NY (Fire Island). Then off to the wilds of Colorado for the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival and a show at Shine. Deets below:
August 19-21: Was honored to be selected out of 400 applicants to be one of the ten finalists selected to compete in the 2016 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase in Lyons, Colorado on Friday, August 19 at 10:30 am on the Main Stage. I will also be playing the Wildflower Stage on Saturday, August 20 at 3 pm. Learn more and get yer tickets here. Wanna hear the tune I was nominated for? Listen here.
I did a pretty awesome interview with Katie Anne Mitchell of the Standing ‘O’ Project. Check it out on their podcast or listen here (it’s rated explicit so you know it’s a fun one). And check out a live performance of “Why Wyoming” from that interview here.
I’ve also given into social media craze and started to do weekly FB Live Videos. Come by my Music FB page and join the madness (if ya can’t make it no worries, you can still watch vids after they’re live).
Paz out y’all.
My dear peops~
As the Spring flings by I am caught by the sun’s squinting eye. As I lay out the roadmap of my future I am enthused with how much fun is in store for my walk of life. Hope to see you out at these selected shows, noted belows, now I have to blow my nose. . .
May 21: Falcon Music & Arts Center at 197 Old Post Rd, Marlboro, NY 12542 at 7pm. Reservations here.
May 22: AJ Mahal House Concerts at 4th Street, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302 at 3:30 pm. Reservations here.
May 24: Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 at 185 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002 at 8:30 pm. Tickets here.
May 27: Private house concert in Baltimore, MD at 8 pm. If interested in attending email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For all you non-east coasters, there’s also some upcoming summer action in the Bay Area and Idaho. Check out the shows below.
June 11: Novato Festival of Art, Wine and Music 2016 at Hopmonk Tavern, 224 Vintage Way, Novato, CA 94945 at 12:45 pm. More info here.
June 18: KPFA Summer Crafts Fair at 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond, CA 94804 at noon. More info here.
August 13: Festival at Sandpoint with Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals at Memorial Field, 855 Ontario St., Sandpoint, ID 83864 at 6:30 pm. Tickets here.
Also here’s 2 recent video posts for your viewing pleasure. “Tambourine man” recorded live in-home featuring the lovely Emmy Lou and “Leavin’ Town” live at a recent gig at Bar Lubitsch with Michael Jerome. For more Youtube vids, subscribe to my page on Youtube here. Also, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @tomfreund for regular bite-sized clips.
“California-based troubadour Tom Freund sings of skate-boarding kids, impending doom and Happy Days lunch boxes on his new album, Two Moons.” —NPR WEEKEND EDITION www.npr.org/2014/06/22/324480115/tom-freund-is-oddly-upbeat-in-two-moons?ft=1&f=
Turn Back Tuesday to 2006 with Jason Mraz sitting in on voice and bongos! Off to Folk Alliance International tomorrow am – check Events for details #collapsibleplans #tbt vid by Tyler Huff
Ok my peops I have arrived at #folkalliance – Kansas City!!
Official FAI Showcase tonight Feb 17th at 10:30 in the Brookside Ballroom -Westin . . Then the rooms:
Momentary Love Mgmt. -Wed at 1:00am – Rm 601
Cantina Navarro – Wed at 1:50am – Rm 540
Free Range Records -Thurs at 11p – Rm 604
House Of Songs – Thurs at 12am – Rm 641
High Sierra Sessions – Thurs at 1am – Rm 745
House Of Songs – Friday at 12:30am – Rm 641
Family, friends, colleagues, I have so many angels in my book I need to stop and get a “Hallelujah!” Here on planet earth a gratitude emerges during these times amidst whatever’s going on . . . I feel the love. Thank you for the magnificent year into the holidays. Barrels of Love, T
Here is a little Christmas ditty called “What’s Up Christmas Stocking” that found it’s way into my head this season and by the grace of god found some friends to record it with me and make a video to boot! Angels Abound. Thank you masters: Matt Johnson, Pj Pesce, Robi Banerji and The Villiage Recorder
“Whats Up Christmas Stocking” by Tom Freund. Shot and directed by PJ Pesce. Piano, vocals and upright bass by Tom Freund. Drums by Matt Johnson. Recorded Live in Studio D at The Villiage Recorder on December 23rd, 2015. Mixed By Robi Banerji. Engineered by Gabe Burch.
Hi Mein Freunds across the planet, I want you to see this new very special video of mine for “Heavy Balloon” from the Two Moons album I put out last year. I wanted first to point out the exquisite animation by artist and friend Athena Hahn who worked for countless hours on this beautiful masterpiece! She really got inside the song in a compassionate way. Then my wonderful musician friends who helped me record it and bring it to life in the studio: David Immergluck, Michael Iveson, Jon Button and Zac Baird; Recorded by John Would and mastered by Doug Sax.
I also wanted to take a moment and tell you a little what the song meant for me and how I wrote it. My wonderful mom, Barbro Hellstrom – originally of Sweden – passed on a couple of years ago and she has been on my mind and in the air everyday since. I found myself while mourning her, talking to her and also saying to myself, “I won’t lay down my heart” – life takes us to the edge and lifts us up and drops us down and tears at us and shines brightly on us as well, all of these things (sometimes even in one day!). I found myself composing with a guitar to get through the grieving and just try and channel some real-life music. It also brought up my own thoughts about life and after-life and how much i enjoy the daily things here on this planet and how I still wana “play ball.” I guess the words “Heavy Balloon” came to me as the floating feeling I was having between the two worlds.
Love and Light, T