I'm Engaged! And on the road again...

It’s been an exciting summer with a new album out, running a songwriting camp in July, playing some really memorable shows in the NW, but getting engaged on Friday evening definitely took the cake.

It’s a surreal feeling to propose to someone – to ask them to spend the rest of their life with you. It’s even more surreal when they say yes. There’s a little doubt that grows, hoping they don’t get fed up with your snoring, limited cooking skills and constantly messy office desk. It’s exciting to have a partner in crime. A person I can travel the world with, someone who balances me out and someone I can share both big occasions and in between moments with.

This late summer and early fall seems to hold real promise for some of the most memorable shows of my adult life. The band is playing our debut set at Marymoor Park as part of 107.7 The End’s Summer Camp opening for some national heavy weights Mike Snow and Young the Giant this weekend. Then things really take off as I travel solo with a group of artist from Canada to the Mexican border, performing Nashville Round style acoustic sets in beautiful, historic west coast structures. A collective of photographers and videographers will capture the live performances and everything in between. Want to be a part of the documentary? Come hang with us on the west coast ghost tour.
 


I'm also headed out this Fall with one of my favorite Seattle songwriters, Erik Walters of Silver Torches. We’ve got a few shows scheduled in the NW and out east, playing in Connecticut and New York. We’ve decided to open it up to fans to host us and still have a few dates open if you are interested in having us at your house. WHAT!?

 

It's inspiring to learn more about what other people are doing. I'm excited to share the road with some brilliant people this summer/fall. Check out what they are up to:

  • Silver Torches – Talented Seattle songwriter, past lead singer of The Globes and currently touring with Perfume Genius.
  • Tyson Motsenbocker – San Diego songwriter on Tooth & Nail Records and creator of West Coast Ghost tour.
  • Zealyn – A new project by LA pop songwriter Angie Miller. She will be on the full West Coast Ghost (WCG) tour.
  • Judah Akers // Linday Akers – Lead singer of Judah and the Lion + singer from the band Rylo. They are joining the California part of the WCG tour.
  • Matt Wright - Nashville songwriter joining the NW part of the WCG tour.
  • Gregory Woodman – Storyteller and Photographer capturing moments on the WCG tour.
  • Kyle Meck – Storyteller and Photographer from Bend, capturing moments on the WCG tour.
  • Cole Slinker – Cinematographer documenting the WCG tour.
  • Chris Hershman – Cinematographer documenting the WCG tour.

SHOW SCHEDULE

Here’s a list of shows that are coming up:

8/14 – Marymoor Park, WA – Summer Camp

WEST COAST GHOST TOUR

8/24 - Portland, OR – Old Church
8/25 - Seattle, WA – Fremont Abbey
8/26 - Victoria, BC – The Anian Yard
8/27 - Seattle, WA – Tower Session (SOLD OUT)
8/29 - San Francisco, CA – Four Barrel
8/30 - San Luis Obispo, CA – Madonna Inn
8/31 - Los Angeles, CA – Hotel Cafe
9/1 - San Diego, CA – The Bird Shed

TOURING w/ SILVER TORCHES

9/8 – Spokane, WA – The Bartlett
9/9 – Missoula, MT – Plus One Music Fest
9/14 – Spokane, WA – Gonzaga University
9/16 – Portland, OR – University of Portland
10/3 – New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall
10/7 – Southbury, CT – House Show

 

Momentarily Remembering

As I was reading the daily province in Richmond, BC, I leafed by the obituaries. It was an opportunity to remember, not the people on the pages I had no ties to, but that this a part of what remains when I "depart". How do I want to be remembered?


It was interesting reading about people through the lens of others and their biases about the person "they loved there family" "they always stopped to pet dogs" "they were always kind". Some generic, some telling me very little about who the person -- beyond it being someone I wouldn't mind sharing a reading table with at a cafe.


Always with "great sadness" "you are forever in our hearts" -- we get attached. We hold on to things. We are nostalgic about the good times, forgetting about the bad times. As a struggling optimist, I do appreciate the focus on the positive sentiments of person now passed.


It's hard not to get trapped in the allure of what could have been, the glow of idealistic intentions. While we all fall short in one way because we can't be everything to everyone,  I love the intention of these short write ups. Too often we dwell on the what ifs, how we should have done things, where we are headed. These "remembering's" in the classifieds remind me to shift my focus. Life is fleeting. Don't get caught up in what you can't control. Remember what I am living for. Maybe I won't be remembered for what I really loved, contributed or maybe I will. But at least I can enjoy the time I do have left.

Now, to find the Olympic highlights in this daily paper....

Star in the "Walking In My Sleep" music video

We are filming a music video for our track "Walking In My Sleep" in the coming days. We are looking for people who can lip sync, karaoke, dance or just emote. Do you like being in front of camera and want to show of your performance skills?

Details:

Where: Shoreline
Date: July 8
Time: 5pm-10pm

Next Steps: Send us a headshot, video, and any information about why you would be a great fit for this video to theband @ krisorlowski.com by Tuesday July 5th for consideration! We'll e-mail you by Wednesday 5pm with more details.

My First Year as a Full Time Musician

Just over a year ago, I wrote a post about my first day as a full time musician (http://www.krisorlowski.com/blog/2015/2/18/my-first-day-as-a-full-time-musician). It felt like a badge of honor taking the leap. A leap it was. 

When I asked career musicians about advice, the statement I heard the most was “before throwing in the towel or giving in to seasonal tendencies around quitting, commit to being just a musician for a full year”. 

So here I am a year later, thinking about where I've spent my time, what I've achieved, and I thought it was worth sharing. Instead of a written recap, I thought I would share a more visual, by the numbers, look at how the year went.

Meet the Band: Greg Garcia

Photo by Jake Gravbrot

Photo by Jake Gravbrot

Full Name: Greg Garcia
Birthday: November 29
Favorite Bands: Pearl Jam, Turnpike Troubadors, Sunny Day Real Estate, Foo Fighters, Chris Stapleton
Favorite Movies: Good Will Hunting, Trainwreck, 

How’d you get involved with the KO band: Kris and i became friends through mutual interests and friends in the seattle music scene. I had just gotten out of a band and kris emailed me and i asked him if he knew of any bands looking for a drummer. 

How long have you been with the band: 3 years now i think? 

Why do you do it: I love playing music its a long standing passion of mine. Its very theraputic and its great that i get to play in a band with guys that i really truly get along with on a personal level

Are you playing with any other bands: no just dont have time for it, one of these days though i will start a 90's cover band and take over the casino circuit. 

What’s your day gig: I book bands at the Tractor Tavern in ballard

Outside interests? Are you a dog lover: What kinda question is that? have you seen my dog? 

Tell us a memorable story from the road: Always plenty of good laughs but i do enjoy when we actually try to find somewhere to eat as a band, its always a bit of a challenge but always a good laugh as well. 

What are you looking forward to the most with the band this coming year: getting out and playing live shows again

You’ve lived in the greater Seattle area for years, any tips on a great watering hole: well you asked the right person, being in the music biz and bar industry i have lots of favorite spots. im a big dive bar guy so i love places like the waterwheel lounge in ballard, baranof in greenwood lots of great breweries in ballard as well. if you want something fancy ask johnny

What kind of gear do you have for the live show: i wish i knew, its kinda just a mixed bag of stuff alot of it is custom made stuff. Im not big on names long as it sounds good. 

Anything else you would like us to know about you. Seattle Mariners will win this years World Series (I Hope!)