The Return of Chandler Travis (Again!)

Chandler Travis is back.

After years of banging out music that is both sweet and out-there – sometimes at the same time – singer-songwriter-ringleader Chandler Travis seems to have made Nippertown his second home. In a dizzying variety of different musical contexts – from solo to the Incredible Casuals to the Chandler Travis Philharmonette to the full-blown, three-ring Chandler Travis Philharmonic – he’s become a regular around town, making stops at Caffe Lena, The Linda, Valentine’s Music Hall and some Indian restaurant in Clifton Park.

This weekend, he’s bringing along the Philharmonette – a slightly downsized variation on the Philharmonic, but with drummer Rikki Bates in tow – for shows at Peint O Gwrw in Chatham at 8pm on Friday, and at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Saturday ($18 in advance; $20 at the door). Then the band will bulk up to Philharmonic size for a bash at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton at 7pm Sunday, where School for the Dead will open the show ($10 in advance; $13 at the door).

Of course, every night is a party with Travis and crew, but this weekend promises to be an extra special, off-the-wall throwdown, as the band will be celebrating the birthdays of both Travis and Bates. (PS: Saturday’s show will also celebrate the birthday of Caffe Lena sound technician-photographer Joe Deuel.)

Wear your pajamas to get in the true spirit of Chandler Travis’ world…

Photograph by Joe Deuel (Happy birthday, Joe!)

Concert review of the Chandler Travis Philharmonic at The Linda in Albany, 11/10
CD review of the Chandler Philharmonic’s “Blows!”
Chandler Travis’ Five Firsts
CD reviews of the Chandler Travis Philharmonic’s “Tarnation & Alastair Sim” and Chandler Travis’ “After She Left”

The Chandler Travis Philharmonette at Caffe Lena (photo by Joe Deuel)
The Chandler Travis Philharmonette at Caffe Lena in March, 2010 (photo by Joe Deuel)

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