Playing at SOB’s

What a fun night! I filled in as bassist for the band Liquid Phase and we also jumped on-stage and did an impromptu jam with the very talented and always amazing Bazaar Royale. I hope I can do that again. That was the most fun time ever! Thanks to everyone that helped make this moment happen.

On-stage with Bazaar Royale, one of his artists (I didn’t get his name!), Joe Coss (guitar) and Igor Videgain (drums)

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A Friday Night with the 440s at Connollys

Rockin’ out with my new Strat and Godzilla… and Pat Gillis… LOL

It was a fun night out with the 440s at Connollys Klub 45 in Times Square. We had a lot of friends and family come down to see us (Mom!). We got the 9PM slot and we went at it as usual with a few hiccups but it sounded really good to me. The new Strat was soooooo good to me. I absolutely loved playing that thing. The band played a lot of original songs which were very well received. I really appreciated the great feedback. We don’t play our stuff out that much. I would rather play originals than play covers. I hope we can keep this going. I am very happy with our work and I love playing these songs with the guys. Many thanks to everyone that came down to share this moment with us. That was the best way to celebrate a birthday!

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A gig and a birthday! 4/22/22

You are cordially invited to the 440’s rock show and birthday bash on Friday, April 22nd! Yes! A gig and a birthday! Let’s go!

The 440’s will be playing at Connolys Klub 45 on Friday 4/22 at 9PM. We will be hanging out early (7-ish) and probably eating a lot of birthday cake (Mom!). I will be celebrating my birthday and also we will be re-celebrating Pat Gillis’ birthday.. because we can!

Dang. I Wish!

As an added bonus to the event, The 440’s are pleased to announce that our performance (and our off-stage antics) will be filmed by a documentary film crew for an upcoming mini documentary. We do not have all of the details but it’s happening and they are gonna be there.

So come on down, we will be there a bit early and hang with us. The show starts at 9PM. See you all at the party! -RF

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The last day of an amazing year

OMG! It’s December 30th, yes there’s one more day to go, but it’s the day I decided to sit down and type something. Wow, what a year! I did NOT put it all in the website. Mostly because I got really lazy about posting. However! I have dates and times and photos. I am still behind the 8-ball for catching up the website posts. It will happen more often in the new year. I have been on a very long ‘vacation’ in 2021 reviewing, reassessing, re-learning a lot about why I play and how I go about it. And I have been deeply focused on my next move(s) in the coming years (plural!).

So I will say it here: a trio. Yes, a real power trio is going to happen. Maybe a quartet if I can manage to convince a few pianists to join me. Not an easy thing to try and accomplish. I will leave my options open. What about vocalists? Wellllll, I can always try that and ask people to join me and I can do some music with guest vocalists. I do not intend on having a permanent singer. Not part of my musical plan. I fully and deliberately intend on playing out as an instrumentalist. I know, a lot of people keep telling me that it’s not a good path to take. I have musician friends and close confidants that say the same, “don’t do only instrumental music”. I have taken those discussions under consideration and I have decided to move forward with exactly that. I’m just gonna be me and express myself through my guitar and see where it takes me. Yes. I will.

I recently posted on Facebook that I wanted to play/sound more like a bunch of my guitar heroes like Walter Trout, Gary Moore, Andy Timmons, Mike Stern (!), Kenny Burrell. I mean, I don’t want to copy people, I have my own style and sound. But yeah, I learn a lot from those guys. And I will take some of their live performance lessons with me. They still inspire me and make me stop and really listen. I mean deeply listen. Sometimes it’s about adjusting your sound on a crowded stage. Or sometimes it’s about maintaining contact and keeping everyone going in the same direction I am. That takes a lot of musical knowledge and musical experience. The only way to gain it is to just go out there and do it. Grab my guitar, head out to the studio and figure out how to get three musicians to play a set exactly how I envision it, how I hear it, how I want it. Yes? Maybe? I am going to try my best… See you out there… (if the clubs ever open up again…. sigh)

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The 440s play Arlene’s Grocery in New York Thursday 09/16

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Playing at Connollys Friday August 20th at 8PM

Oh boy! We have a gig at Connollys in Times Square! Was this planned? Ummmm, maybe? It’s gonna be the 440’s rocking out some covers and originals. Maybe some friends will come and joins us on-stage for a few songs… maybe not. I have no idea.

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