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Wandering Gypsy Holiday & End of 2014 Wanderings - December 12, 2014

 
 

ANNIE WENZ

Happy Happy Everything My Friends!

May this find you all with cups more full than empty... gazing at sunsets... and looking into the eyes of humans more than computers!

May you find the balance between the bustle to make time for special moments with those dear to you! (including yourself!)

May this hopefully not find you thinking I'm tacky for sending this photo of me seeing if Santa really tastes like red & white striped candy canes;) 

 

 

2014 in a nutshell…  

Wow! It has been a year of incredibly difficult times. Maybe my most difficult ever. And for whatever reason, many close to me had similar years as well. But it seemed that each time I felt the most beaten & I wondered if Hope would ever visit me again, some glimmer of sunshine snuck through :)

Sometimes it came by way of a simple word or note from one of you, and that made all of the difference.  I learned to celebrate & cherish little things even more than ever. I looked for every gleam of good, because I had to to keep perspective… 

So huge thanks to all who shined beams of light... in my direction & on the paths of those I care about. 

It TRULY meant so very much!

As songwriter Chuck Brodsky says so beautifully 

“We are each other’s Angels”… 

Thank You Angels!

 

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On to the scoop…

 

1- NEWZ

2- GIVING

3- CD'S 

4- CONCERTS

5- THANKS & TATA’S

 

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1- NEWZ

 

Professionally it’s been a wonderful year, & for that I’m gratefully ‘kissing the sky’!

I released a shiny new all instrumental CD “RAIN ON BARE SKIN”produced by me & my most amazingly talented friend of many years & recording projects together, Tom Prasada Rao! 

I'm SOOOO proud of every note of the recording and thanks to many of you, the CD flew off the shelves & folks said all sorts of great things about it! That totally rocked my galaxy! 

 

Then I had a blast this spring & summer at my favorite festival & teaching gigs, followed by a fall writing break! 

 

I signed a contract with a publishing company that places songs with photographers, videographers & film makers, and some of my writings were published on online press.  

That means I can continue to play at my longtime favorite festivals & teaching places, but that I can spend more time writing at home for a living, (& less time driving around where I cant put my bare feet in the grass or sand or mud! :) 

 

Lastly, it was HUGE HUGE honor to find out that a song I co-wrote with my good friend Jaime Michaels, “Dirty Wine”, won #1 “Song of the Year” in the New Mexico music awards!!! :)

What blew me away most was hearing that the judges were 2 of my most loved writers of all time, Paul Anka (“My Way”, “Diana”…) & Tony Asher who wrote "God Only Knows”, "Wouldn't It Be Nice” & most of the songs on the Beach Boys “Pet Sounds” record! WooHoo!

 

So like the rest of life, it was a year of the worst of times & the best of times… & we learn & grow from all of it & I’m still here… so in the end, all is good!

 

 

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2- GIVING IDEAS

 

 For any who can’t ready my mind (its scary in there;)

A reminder that I absolutely do not need any holiday gifts!

But if you’re burning to give something… here are some thoughts...

 

*Find out where your local foster home office is & ask about giving to kids who SO need love & so many things!

 

*Local food banks can ALWAYS use a donation!

 

*I’m a HUGE fan of supporting community, so if you do like giving something tangible, consider shopping at/or giving a gift certificate from your local gallery, salon, buying from your area farm stand or musician or artist!

 

*Make something for someone!

 

 

 

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2- CD’S~ BUYING MY MUSIC

 

IF you’d like to share music… I just happen to have CD’s for sale;) 

At special end of year prices! 

 

*I'm offering Special DISCOUNT RATES if you’d go direct thru me.

If you live in the US & buy 4 or more of any or a combo of the below listed CD’s…

CD’s are just $10 each plus $1 per CD for shipping! 

 

Email me & give a time for me to call so we can run a credit card # through my square.

Probably ASAP is best if you’d like it in time for Christmas :)

 

The CD’s I have available for the 4 or more deal:

“RAIN ON BARE SKIN” (NEW all instrumental CD)

“RIDE THE SKY” (Heard on SirusXM radio & Citipark in NYC!)

“WINDS OF THE WORLD” (All Instrumental)

 

 

 

*As always, my CD's are available securely online at CDBaby (actual CD or download)  Click on http://www.anniewenz.com 

Then click on “Buy my music” where you can even listen before you buy! (check out the new CD there!)

 CD’s are 10% off when you buy more than 2 :)

 

 

*In the Fort Myers/Pine Island, FL area, CD's are available at:

 

 *WILDCHILD ART GALLERY http://www.wildchildartgallery.com

NETSHOPS USA http://www.netshopsusa.com

 

 

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3- CONCERTS

 

 After months on the road, I’m finally home in Florida :) where I lay back & write & share music close to home & sling clay & sell my pottery! 

 

What that means is that I’m back to performing at my “Pine Island Potters Guild” monthly hoopla-la’s where you can “Shop for pottery & sing with Annie & ask all you want about slinging clay!” :)

 

*THIS Saturday, TOMORROW 12/13  10am- 2pm

 Koucky (Koo-sky) Gallery & Gardens

http://www.kouckygallery.com/

 

 

Pine Island Potters Guild Holiday Pottery SALE & Bash! 

 5971 Baypoint Road Bokeelia Florida  239.283.4414      

Admission: FREE

 !!!I'm SO EXCITED!!! 

I’ll be performing, & there will be pottery for sale (mine included:) , Jewelry, Hand painted silk, Barefoot Child Mailboxes & More!

 

(THERE WILL BE SOME REALLY SPECIAL DEALS!) 

PLEASE TELL YOUR ART LOVIN FRIENDS!

 

 

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And the fun continues at “Pine Island Potters Guild” monthly sales… 

Same location, same time (10am- 2pm)

On the SECOND SATURDAY of Jan/Feb/March

 

*JAN 10, 2015-  KOUCKY GALLERY & GARDENS 10-2

*FEB 14, 2015-  KOUCKY GALLERY & GARDENS 10-2

*MAR 14, 2015- KOUCKY GALLERY & GARDENS 10-2

 

 

Im starting to book my usual busy spring & summer dates, and will post more winter gigs at my website as they confirm, so check back there for updates!   www.anniewenz.com

 

 

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4- THANKS & TATA’S 

 

I’ve been incredibly fortunate in my life & travels! 

I’ve had the honor of meeting people from so many different cultures who celebrate in so many ways! And as one of my favorite books “One Heart” points out, we all have more in common than not :)

Most of us pray &/or dance &/or chant for the same things in the end… 

So however you celebrate the season, I wish you all the warmest of blessings & joy & magic!

 

 

 

CELEBRATE, GIVE THANKS, GIVE LOVE!

 

Thank You One & All for being lights in my life!

Annie 

 

 

 

 

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Wandering Gypsy Wanderings 5/14/14 - May 14, 2014

 
 

Annie Wenz

"Rain on Bare Skin"

is

FINALLY DONE!

 

 

Hello My Family & Friends!

 

I hope this finds you all well & wonderful & finding little glimmers in the good things that fall in our paths.

Sometimes the glimmers are those around us who lift us up & sometimes its realizing we managed to move on after a fall. Sometimes glimmers shine in the smiles of strangers…

 I cling to those Glimmers & I Give Thanks constantly.

And I particularly give THANKS to All of You for being part of my world. For helping me to continue to be an artist & writer. It means so much!

 I guess I should move on to the scoop... I’ll try to be brief, but as Y’All know, I’m not always great at that… (but Im working on it;)

 

First of all... Huge apologies for being so invisible, but I’ve been up to my eyeballs birthing a new CD!

So I’ll share that news & I have some concert information to pass on as well.

 

Heeeeeeere's whats up!

 

 

 

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1~ My New Shiny CD!


I am just kissing the sky! “Rain On Bare Skin” is HERE!

 

Because SO many of you urged me to record a new instrumental CD & because my dear friend & Musical Bro Tom Prasada-Rao was suddenly available to come to Florida & record, it happened all so quickly, AND it’s actually DONE! (fastest birth EVER!;)

 

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/anniewenz5 


 

Folks are thankfully loving it

(I’ve had to restock at CDBaby twice!)

I’d love for you to give it a listen (you can just listen to snippets here without buying) & if you like it, you can actually purchase it at this link & “take me home with you;) “ via download, or you can buy a real CD!

 

 

Like “Winds of the World” which was recommended by RN magazine & used by yoga & massage & wellness practitioners (& Lovers;), it’s an hour long~ all instrumental, blissfully mellow float. Each cut has a Native Flute. (North American Indian, Slovakian, Andean panpipe, bamboo…) I also play piano, ducimer, tiple, chimes & bells & tunes crystal glasses. Tom is masterful on violins, string bass & sitar!Here’s the link… You can also read a bunch about each cut here.

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/anniewenz5

 

You can also check out my other recordings at that link too.

 

If you live in the Pine Island/Matlacha Island area of FL, they’re available at NetShops USA which is that cool little shop as you enter the islands on the left where Brittany the Bobbing Mannequin with the SwizzleStick sign on her belly button lives & waves!

 

Again~ I am SO SO GRATEFUL to you all for urging me to record this CD.

 

(& FYI~ “Ride The Sky” is still being played on SiriusXM Radio! Yay!)

 

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2~ Concerts

 

 

I’m honored as always to be returning to perform & teach at some of the most prestigious venues in the country. Gratitude Gratitude!!!

Hope to see some of you there!

 

Info & links are below. My exact times to teach/perform aren’t all avail at this minute, but I’ll post to my website when that info comes in! HUGE Muchisisisisimas Gracias!

 

 

Fri. May 23- Wed. May 28

Kerrville Folk Festival~ Kerrville, TX

http://www.kerrville-music.com/

 

 

I'm NOT performing this year, but Kerrville is SUCH an amazing gathering of the best writers in the world that throngs of writers & past performers & music lovers gather to touch holy ground! So it's just a MUST for me!

I'll have my new CD with me!

(some of Y'All have asked me to sign copies for you there. THANKYOU!!!)

 

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Saturday July 19th

!MangoMania! 

http://pineislandchamber.org/chamber-events/mangomania/

 

The HolyGrail of EveryThing Mango!

Im waiting to hear for sure if they can have me just Saturday

(since I have to leave for TX Sun)

But whether or not Im performing, I wanted to share their link!

It's a great time, so GO GO GO!

 

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Sunday, July 20th- Thurs July 24th

Kerrville Youth Music Camp

3876 Medina Hwy Kerrville Texas 78028  (830) 257-3600

 

http://www.kerrville-music.com/ 

Im Teaching again this July for my 8th? year!!! 

With Steve Seskin, (of the "Dont Laugh at Me" project)

Roy Wooten ("Futureman" of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones 

Jena Kirkpatrick- MOST Supreme Poetry Goddess!

Musical Magicians Tom Prasada Rao, Frank Meyer & Bill Oliver

 

It's one of THE absolute largest joys of my musical life!

Its every bit of why I do what I do...

 Kiss the Sky. Kiss the Sky, Kiss the Sky!!! Mwah Mwah! Life is Great!

 

Interested in sponsoring a kiddo? Call (830) 257-3600

& tell them you'd like to do that (or email me if you want more info or if you dont get right thru! annie@anniewenz.com )

 

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Friday, August 1st- Sunday August 3rd

Dodds Farm 

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

http://falconridgefolk.com/

Hillsdale New York 12529

Ticket info is at their website.

***EARLY BIRD TIX go on sale tomorrow 4/15!

 

!!!RETURN TO FALCON RIDGE!!!

AUGUST 1-3

I just SO SO SO SO LOVE performing at this

AMAZING FESTIVAL

& held my breath until I was invited to return

& then KISSED THE SKY

My exact performance times still TBA... so stay tuned.

If you've never been, this festival has something for all ages & crosses musical genres

PLEASE TREAT YOURSELF & CHECK IT OUT!

 

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Sunday, August 10th- Thursday August 14th

Planet Bluegrass 

The Song School

http://www.bluegrass.com/songschool/

500 W Main St Lyons Colorado 80540     303-823-0848

 

SUCH A HUGE HUGE HUGE HONOR!!!

Im returning to teach at this absolutely stellar school of songwriting

For my 17?th year

With the best writers in the world!

YAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYY

It SOLD OUT in January again!!!...

But they do keep a list in case there are some last minute spaces available! 

So call if you're interested on going on the list!

 

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Friday, August 15th, 2014

Planet Bluegrass 

Folks Festival

http://www.bluegrass.com/folks/

500 W Main St. Lyons Colorado 80540    303-823-0848

 

AUGUST 15-17

!!!I'll post where/when Im performing when I know!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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3~ Other Links & Newz

 

I FINALLY have a Facebook artist site that I try to keep up to date!

I would love it if you 'like' me ;)

I post last minute newz-ings

& bits of inspiration & occasionall dumb jokes there (HA)


 https://www.facebook.com/anniewenzmusic?ref=hl

 

 *

 

I have a few author friends with new shiny books!

Here are their links!

 

Into historical fiction? 

Robert Macomber is two time winner of the US library Boyd literary award & has a wonderful new book!

http://www.robertmacomber.com/

 

 

Into suspense?

NY Times Top 10 award winning writer

Randy Wayne White has a new badass book!

http://www.randywaynewhite.com/Site2/Welcome_2.html 

 

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4~ Thanks & TATA

 

I know there's more, but I dont want to keep you any longer!

 

 

Wishing you all a WONDERFUL SPRING & SUMMER

 

 

 

 

Hope to see some of you in Musical Wonderland

As Always

Thank You for being the Magic Lifting my Wings!

Annie

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Annie Wenz

http://www.anniewenz.com

 

 https://www.facebook.com/anniewenzmusic?ref=hl

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RAIN ON BARE SKIN IS HERE!!! - May 3, 2014

Because so many of you have been so so so incredibly kind

& have cheered me on & urged me to record another all instrumental CD,

I FINALLY did! & it's HERE!

(which is why you havent heard from me in so long.. Ive been very busy!)

The Scoop:

It's a Blissful hour long all instrumental journey

Featuring Native Flutes~ Piano~ Strings~ Sitar~ Gongs & Chimes For Yoga, Massage, Meditation, Relaxation & Love…

Here's the link where you can LISTEN TO SAMPLES!!!

& Read about the songs...

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/anniewenz5

You can also download the CD digitally or order a bona-fide hard copy CD!

Thank You All for being so kind & supportive!

Annie

What a Summer!!! - August, 2013

Hello Beautiful Shiny Friends

As many of you know, I've been keeping you in the "up to the minute" loop on my Facebook (MANY THANKS for being there with me, cheering me on & posting photos when you come to my concerts!)

It's been an incredible several months of amazing tours & journeys... back to Costa Rica, to Texas, NY, New England, all over Florida & to Colorado...

I've had the honor of performing & teaching songwriting at THE most prestigious Festivals in the US and my songs continue to receive airplay on stations around the globe...

It's also been so so wonderful to have my songs covered by other artists!

Buskin/Batteau & the legendary Tom Rush did an absolutely AMAZING job of "One Month Crazier than You" which I wrote with Neale Eckstein, co-producer of "Ride the Sky". They also performed it at Tom's Boston Symphony Hall Concert Celebrating his life in music! I kissed the sky!

Singer/Songwriter Amy Carol Webb just covered "And We Wait" with a chorus of angels... It is breathtaking!

And "Dirty Wine", which I co-wrote with Jaime Michaels is a contender for the nationally syndicated radio show "Mountain Stage" song contest...

Which is why I'm taking a wee break from touring to write write write more!

But I'll be back in the touring saddle very shortly, so stay tuned

Until then, THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH for your support

It means the world to me! 

Happy Fall,

Annie

Wandering Gypsy Wanderings 12/5/12 - December 5, 2012

 


ANNIE WENZ


Wandering Gypsy Wanderings 12/5/12


Hello Everyone!


I hope this finds all of you well & wonderful. This is a time of year when many of us reflect & give thanks.


We try to remember to be kind & forgiving & to be examples of peace. I love hearing stories from you all


about how you're doing your part to make change. We all really do make a difference by spreading light & love &


positivity... by starting at home, in our communities & passing the torch wider & wider.


Keep up the wonderful work.


Thanks to All of You for being in my world & for being who you are!


On to the scoop...


1- GIVING


2- CONCERTS


3- CD'S & POTTERY & SAILING


4- SWAN PERCUSSION


5- THANKS & TATA'S


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1- GIVING IDEAS


*As many of you know, my philosophy about & version of giving is about deeds & little thoughtful


handmade items & supporting community & those in need. So in addition to just being kind year round,


may I suggest the gift of time- an outing or phone call to someone who matters in your life.


 



*If you do like giving somethng tangible, consider shopping at or giving a gift certificate from your local


gallery, salon, buying from your area farm stand or musician or artist. It helps community!


 


 


 



*I have a huge place in my heart for foster children's programs that take in kids from problem homes.


Many kids shuffle from place to place with only what they can fit in a trash bag.


Please consider making a call & locating/donating to an area foster home!


 


*In life- I am most proud of my work at the Kerrville Music Camp for Teens... Many of the kids who attend


are from difficult home situations like those mentioned above & camp means the world to them.


Consider sponsoring a child in someone's name as a gift


(Heck- if you want to give me a holiday gift, you can sponsor a kiddo for me!!!;)


Here's the link to what we do: These kids are wonderful & inspiring & full of life & light & joy!


Feel free to  share!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HE5mzQy-CU4&feature=share


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2- CONCERTS


I have some REALLY fun benefits & events & concerts coming up! It always rocks my world


when family & friends come & shine the show on. As always, double check for last minute changes...


& if you cant come, but can spread the word, I really appreciate it!


 


 


*THIS Saturday, December 8th,  10am- 4pm


 

Koucky (Koo-sky) Gallery & Gardens


http://www.kouckygallery.com/


Pine Island Potters Guild Holiday Pottery SALE & Bash! 



5971 Baypoint Road Bokeelia Florida 33922

 239.283.4414      Admission: FREE


 !!!I'm SO EXCITED!!!


My Pottery Cohorts & I thought it would be a blast to Kick in the Holiday Season by making some of our


Pottery Creations available for sale.  There will be some other Fine Art and Designer Crafts as well!


I'll be doing some music - joined by Kip Lawrence


& rumor has it the "Pine Island Potter Harmonica Pokers"  will also make an appearance!     


(THERE WILL BE SOME REALLY SPECIAL DEALS!) 


PLEASE TELL YOUR ART LOVIN FRIENDS!


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*Saturday, Dec. 8      3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m


Sixth Annual Christmas Toys For Girls And Boys Concert


The Olde Fish House Restaurant and Marina


4530 Pine Island Rd, Matlacha, Fl 33993Venue Phone: 239 282-9577

 


 PRICE: Just bring One unwrapped, new toy!

 

Join Me, Kip Lawrence and Trailer Park Barbie for this free concert in beautiful, downtown Matlacha.

 


Bring an unwrapped Christmas Toy to be distributed to needy girls and boys.

 

 


(I'll come after wrapping it up at Koucky's at 4.)


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*Friday, December 14th, 11am- 3pm


 WildChild Art Gallery


http://www.wildchildartgallery.com/old/


Creative Coast Weekend Celebration! 


4625 Pine Island Road Matlacha Florida 33993

 239-283-6006    Price: Free


WildChild Gallery is SUCH a FUN place to be on  CREATIVE COAST WEEKEND!


I'll be sharing original songs (& other artists are always welcome to sit in & share a tune or poem) 


The Gallery will be aswirl with BRILLIANT Artists Demo-ing their creativity.  



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*SATURDAY DEC 15TH,  10:15am


 WMNF Radio, 88.5 Tampa, FL


I'll be doing the morning show Live!!!   With Radio Host/DJ Bert Gunther 


You can tune in from Tampa area or stream live from their website.


 


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*Sunday, December 16th, 1-3pm

Sweetwater Organic Community Farm


http://www.sweetwater-organic.org/


Sweetwater Sunday Music Series! 


6942 West Comanche Ave Tampa Florida 33634

Price: FREE!


 


My talented buddy Dan Stevens & I will each be performing at the Music stage


at this WONDERFUL Community Organic Farm during their Festive & Fun Sunday Market!!!


How much FUN IS THAT!  Come shop for goodies WHILE listening to music!


It doesnt get much better does it??? YAAAAAY!


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*Friday, January 11th, 3pm-7pm

WildChild Art Gallery


Creative Coast Weekend Celebration! 


4625 Pine Island Road Matlacha Florida 33993

239-283-6006

Price: Free- Hope You buy a CD!


 ANOTHER CREATIVE COAST WEEKEND!


& All the way from TX I'll be Joined by The ONE, THE ONLY ROB SHAW


Of my song "Dial for LOVE 1888 ROB SHAW!"


People are already lining up for dates with Rob... nuff said;)



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*Saturday, February 2nd, 7pm

Americana Community Music Association Listening Room


http://www.americanacma.org/Listening-Room.html


Annie Wenz & Kip Lawrence in Concert! 


3334 Cleveland Ave

Fort Myers Florida

 


Price: $10 members/$15 non members (sliding scale)


Here's what the show flyer says:


Singer/Songwriters ~ Annie Wenz & Kip Lawrence


(also occasionally known as "The lowFalutins" ;)


Kip & Annie go WAAAAY back!!! Huge FUN will be had as they each share songs & accompany each other on instruments


you can't even imagine, spill beans on each others dirt & make you laugh, cry & howl at the moon.


They're both fortunate to live here in the hood, but have both toured extensively & won all sorts of shiny


& weird awards & airplay throughout the US & abroad.


 


 PLEASE COME ON DOWN & Kick it up with ACMA, Annie & Kip!


PS- rumors about their witness protection status  are 



For More Info: www.anniewenz.com 

www.reverbnation.com/kiplawrence 


ACMA is the FINEST ACOUSTIC LISTENING ROOM on the Creative Coast



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*Saturday, February 9th, 1-5pm

WildChild Art Gallery


Art in the HEART of MATLACHA 


4625 Pine Island Road  Matlacha Florida 33993

239-283-6006          Price: Free- Hope You buy a Valentine


 


February "Creative Coast Weekend" always celebrates ART IN THE HEART  of MATLACHA


Join me in a MUSICAL celebratiON of   LOOOOVVVVVVEEEE


Gallery Artists Will be creative art as we watch & sip wine & have FUN ISLAND STYLE



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*Wednesday, February 20th, 2013


 


2013 Folk Alliance Conference 


Time: All but maybe 3 hours sleep time! ;)

Delta Chelsea Hotel- Toronto Ontario Canada


 


http://www.folkalliance.org/conference/



It's a Huge Honor to be invited/sponsored  by Bernd Haber of the !!!DAFT TOUR


(Deutsch-Amerikanisches Folksänger Treffen)!!!


I'll be joined by a brilliant cast of "Daft Tour" American Artists & German Artists via Techno-beam


in Concert at various locations & times over our stay in Toronto


Stay tuned/check back for exact times/days/locations


 


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3- CD'S & POTTERY & SAILING


CD's


As always, my CD's are always available at performances, but they're also available safe & secure


online through CDBaby (actual CD or download) YAY CD Baby!

http://www.anniewenz.com/products.html


 


"Ride the Sky " is still receiving airplay internationally & through places like


SIRIUS Radio & I'm of course very honored &  proud of that!


 


"Winds of the World" my hour long instrumental CD is STILL doing great after


so many years & that just rocks my galaxy!


 


& "Poets Dance" & "Time is Magic" are still available via CD Baby too! 


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In the Fort Myers, Pine Island, FL area, my CD's are available at 


Earth & Spirit Gallery- It's a WONDERFUL MAGICAL PLACE- SO drop by!


http://www.earthandspiritgardengallery.com/page008.aspx


 


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Pottery-


I've added Potter to my list of "things I do for a living"!


 


& am part of a wonderful potters collaborative here on the island.


Our 1st gathering will be the holiday sale this saturday but we will be meeting monthly for a potluck  


which will include a guest speaker/potter/demo, music & we'll be selling our wares.


Please check back on my calendar for future events!  


 


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SAILING FUN!!!  My good friends Nancy & Chuck Koucky put all sorts of VERY COOL custom excursions


together on their gorgeous 47 foot wooden Herreshoff sailboat!


 


If you put a group together (click on cruises & rates at the site) & charter the boat for one of the excursions,


I'd come along & play music for your group!!!  


Why- because I love those guys & it would just be fun for  all


(& Chuck's my pottery guru & I'd bribe him into giving me a mug or something;)


http://www.pineislandsailing.com/index.html


 


 


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4- SWAN PERCUSSION  


 


After performing at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival as "Festival House Band/Drummer"


with my FAVORITE Cajon-Drum in the world & so many people asking about it!


I've been asked to help spread the word about Swan...So if you're thinking about a drum  THINK SWAN!


They're TRULY the best cajons out there hands down!


& you can email me with any questions about them-  annie@anniewenz.com


 


 http://www.swanpercussion.com/


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5- THANKS & TATA'S


As always, it's taken me ALL day to put this together.


There's a lot of info here, so Im grateful you've stuck with me this long! (& Please forgive any typo's!)


 


 


FYI- THE COOL PHOTO AT THE TOP OF THIS NOTE 


IS THE ARTWORK OF MY VERY TALENTED SISTER MARY WENZ O'DELL.


Moon is her wonderful horse. I'll let Y'All know when she's opening up her photo studio for biz!


 


I think thats all for now! (Whew)


WISHING YOU ALL JOY & LOVE & BLESSINGS ... MUSIC & ART & ALL THAT SHINES


& ONCE AGAIN


THANK YOU FROM THE TOP & BOTTOM OF MY HEART FOR BEING THERE AS FAMILY, FRIENDS & SPREADERS OF WONDERFULNESS!


 


 



& I'll leave you with a motto shared by a dear friend


"In life, when you have a choice to make, always choose the most loving option!"


 


Happy Everything!


 


 


Annie


 

ANNIE WENZ
Wandering Gypsy Wanderings 12/5/12
Hello Everyone!
I hope this finds all of you well & wonderful. This is a time of year when many of us reflect & give thanks.
We try to remember to be kind & forgiving & to be examples of peace. I love hearing stories from you all
about how you're doing your part to make change. We all really do make a difference by spreading light & love &
positivity... by starting at home, in our communities & passing the torch wider & wider.
Keep up the wonderful work.
Thanks to All of You for being in my world & for being who you are!
On to the scoop...
1- GIVING
2- CONCERTS
3- CD'S & POTTERY & SAILING
4- SWAN PERCUSSION
5- THANKS & TATA'S
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1- GIVING IDEAS
*As many of you know, my philosophy about & version of giving is about deeds & little thoughtful
handmade items & supporting community & those in need. So in addition to just being kind year round,
may I suggest the gift of time- an outing or phone call to someone who matters in your life.
 
*If you do like giving somethng tangible, consider shopping at or giving a gift certificate from your local
gallery, salon, buying from your area farm stand or musician or artist. It helps community!
 
 
 
*I have a huge place in my heart for foster children's programs that take in kids from problem homes.
Many kids shuffle from place to place with only what they can fit in a trash bag.
Please consider making a call & locating/donating to an area foster home!
 
*In life- I am most proud of my work at the Kerrville Music Camp for Teens... Many of the kids who attend
are from difficult home situations like those mentioned above & camp means the world to them.
Consider sponsoring a child in someone's name as a gift
(Heck- if you want to give me a holiday gift, you can sponsor a kiddo for me!!!;)
Here's the link to what we do: These kids are wonderful & inspiring & full of life & light & joy!
Feel free to  share!
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2- CONCERTS
I have some REALLY fun benefits & events & concerts coming up! It always rocks my world
when family & friends come & shine the show on. As always, double check for last minute changes...
& if you cant come, but can spread the word, I really appreciate it!
 
 
*THIS Saturday, December 8th,  10am- 4pm
 
Pine Island Potters Guild Holiday Pottery SALE & Bash! 
5971 Baypoint Road Bokeelia Florida 33922

Wandering Gypsy Wanderings 8/8/12 - August 8, 2012

Happy Happy Summer Everyone!

 

I hope this finds you all finding joy

in the little things with those important to you... 

Taking time to breathe & to celebrate

life, family, friendship, art & community!

 

It's been a jam packed summer for me between festivals & teaching. Summers are always my busiest time. But busy in a wonderful way...

And since I need to pack to leave for my next excursion, I need to just say THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH for being part of my bliss bubble.

It means so much... & give you a quick fill in on my next 2 concerts & other news snippet, so I can catch my next plane tomorrow!

 

So here's the scoop... Im hoping some of you can ROCK MY GALAXY

& come to one of these shows...

or if you can't, & you know someone in Denver, CO area or Plymouth, MA who may be interested in the shows, please pass the word on!

 

 

 

CONCERTS:

 

THIS Saturday, August 11th

Elva's House Concert Series

with Annie Wenz, RJ Cowdery & Elva Jones-Hahn

6:30pm

6710 West Crestline Ave Littleton Colorado 80123

 PLEASE CALL 720-935-3656 

Price: $15 Donation at the door

 

I am so so SOOOO Excited About sharing Musical Bliss

with 2 of the most Talented, Wild, Hip, Creative Artists in the Galaxy!

We PROMISE we'll have huge fun!

 

PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD

& Join us if you can

 

HUGE THANKS! XOXOXOXO

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August 12th- 17TH

Planet Bluegrass

The Song School

500 W Main St Lyons Colorado 80540

US 303-823-0848

Price: it's sold out, but maybe there are some last minute openings. I'd call if you want to be sure!

 

& I'm SO SO SO EXCITED to be returning to teach there for my 15th??? year!

Im teaching: "Writing Story Songs" , "Percussion & Finding the Groove", "Morning Movement/Dance/Yoga", "Writing Political Songs/Making a Difference" (with Holly Near!), & "Piano Accompaniment

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AUGUST 17 Friday- Time TBA

I'll be performing my own solo set at Rocky Mountain Folks Festival on the Wildflower Stage!

Planet Bluegrass 500 W Main St Lyons Colorado 80540

IM TOLD THE FESTIVAL IS SOLD OUT, BUT YOU CAN CALL IN CASE THEY HAVE LAST MINUTE SPACE!  303-823-0848

 

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Saturday, September 15th,

Kendall Hall at First Parish Church

Driftwood Folk Cafe - 8pm

http://www.driftwoodfolkcafe.com/fr_home.cfm

19 Town Square Plymouth Massachusetts USA

Price: $18 advance/$21 at the door

 

!!!THIS IS GOINGTO BE ANINCREDIBLYROCKINGSHOW!!!

Annie Wenz, Amy Petty, & Danielle Miraglia

In-the-Round

 

Im SO EXCITED I could POP

PLEASE JOIN US & SPREAD THE WORD

It's  a REALLY REALLY wonderful venue!!!

 

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SEPTEMBER 18- OCTOBER 8- Napa, CA

 

I had SO MUCH FUN helping my friends of

Olivia Brion Winery in Napa, CA last summer 

 

http://www.oliviabrion.com/ 

that I'll be returning to roll up my sleeves to help again & learn more about the art of wine making & stomping & picking & sipping! 

 

BUT if any of you are in the Napa area & are interested in having me me do a house concert, I WOULD LOVE THAT!!!

 

PLEASE contact me at annie@anniewenz.com  It would be a blast to be able to celebrate fall with you & your pals in concert! 

 

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OTHER NEWZ!!!

 

As many of you know, Ive been a percussionist for many years. 18 years ago I bought a neat traditional drum called a cajon. Not many folks knew about them or played them back then, but Eugeno Huanca, one of the members of my former multi-cultural band turned me on to it. It's played in many styles & can be very versatile. 

 

Over the years I started thinking about cool ways to customize one to fit my particular style & I started looking into companies I wanted to approach with my ideas. WELL then I happened upon

SWAN PERCUSSION !!!

http://www.swanpercussion.com/  

 

They started a few years ago & were already creating a HUGE buzz because of all of the innovative things they were doing to make their cajons & drums & percussion toys make all sorts of different sounds!  I played one of their cajons & had to have one. So I bought it & broke it out for the first time at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. I was swamped with people approaching me asking about it, saying they may want one & taking cards & brochures (which I had snagged when I bought mine because I was so excited that I wanted to help spread the word)  

 

The nutshell is that

I've been asked to be a rep for SWAN PERCUSSION! 

Ive decided to go for it because I truly & absolutely LOVE every bit of what they do & Im honored & excited about helping get what I think are brilliantly designed drums into as many hands as possible!

 

FYI- they're a small company owned by Eric Holland & Mike Meadows... who are great drummers & fine craftsmen. I met them because they donated cajons to some of the kids in need at Kerrville's Teen Summer Music Camp!

 

SO... if any of you are interested in any of Swan's instruments or have questions/want help dreaming up your own custom cajon...(oooh LALA!)  know that I'd love to help! Email me annie@anniewenz.com

 

(or if you know of any music stores that may be interested in carrying them)

http://www.swanpercussion.com/

 

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CD's ... my music

 

As always, my CD's are available at shows, but also online for download or for purchase of actual CD through this link:

 

http://www.anniewenz.com/products.html

 

 

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MY FACEBOOK ADDRESS IF ANY OF YOU WANT TO JOIN ME THERE:

https://www.facebook.com/annie.wenz?ref=name

 

 

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THE COOL PHOTO AT THE TOP OF THIS NOTE

IS THE ARTWORK OF MY FRIEND JOHN CASTILLO!

(I compressed it to fit here, but the originals are mind blowing!)

Here's Johns company on FB

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Agapao-Productions-Photography/257981825468 

 

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And now my friends, I'd better get packing!

 

HAPPYHAPPY REST OF SUMMER

 

Wishing you all Joy, Music, Love, Friendship, Peace...

Annie

 

Wandering Gypsy Wanderings/Upcoming Concerts - February 13, 2012

Hello Everyone!

Hope you're all settling into 2012 in a wonderful way!

I'm just writing to send you a quickie with my concert updates since there are a bunch of newbies... So I'll just send those & leave it at that. As always THANKYOU ALL SO MUCH for your kindness & support!


"Ride The Sky"- my newest song CD

& "Peaceful Waters" my all instrumental CD

Continue to receive great airplay & accolades... (YAAY!)

& are still available digitally

or in hard copy/actual CD with artwork at:

http://www.anniewenz.com/products.html

 

 

& Now on to the shows. I always advise folks to double check in case of emergency changes.

If any of you come to a show, make sure to say HI!

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Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Kojak's Palmetto Ribhouse

Florida Folk Night!!! - 7pm

1631 8th Avenue
West Palmetto Florida 34221-3123
(941) 729-8986

Florida Folk Night

Hosted by Florida's Coolest WMNF DJ Pete Gallagher

is ALWAYS SO MUCH FUN!!!

Please Cmon Down

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Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Sloppy Pelican

Annie does the Pelican - 6pm

677 75th Avenue
St. Pete Beach Florida 33706
(727) 360-7100

This Funky Right on the Water with Killer View Venue

is known for hosting nationally touring artists

& I'm pumped to be there!

So Please tell ur peeps & cmon down!!!

 

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Saturday, February 18th, 2012

FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY LIFELONG LEARNING SOCIETY

Remembering Phil Ochs - 7pm

5353 Parkside Drive, PA-134
Jupiter Florida 33458
US
Price: $20

Sonny Ochs, Annie Wenz, Rod MacDonald, Amy Carol Webb & Ellen Bukstel

It is a HUGE HONOR

To be reunited with this Troupe

Of the World's Best Activist Artists

Sharing the Legacy & Music of the Legendary PHIL OCHS

Hosted by Phil's sister

Nationally known radio host SONNY OCHS

As always "Phil Nights" are a blend of Phil's best songs

Interpreted by contemporary artists

& some of our own political songs

ALWAYS Concerts to Treasure... Please Spread the Word!

 

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Friday, February 24th, 2012

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami

Remembering Phil Ochs - TBA

7701 SW 76th Avenue
Miami Florida 33143
USA 305-667-3697
Price: $20

It is a HUGE HONOR To be reunited with this Troupe

Of the World's Best Activist Artists

Sharing the Legacy & Music of the Legendary PHIL OCHS

 

Hosted by Phil's sister

Nationally known radio host SONNY OCHS

 

As always "Phil Nights" are a blend of Phil's best songs

Interpreted by contemporary artists

& some of our own political songs

ALWAYS Concerts to Treasure... Please Spread the Word!

 

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Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Labyrinth Cafe

Remembering Phil Ochs - 2pm

UU Church of Oakland Park
Oakland Park Florida 33309
US 954-478-8637
Price: $20

Sonny Ochs, Annie Wenz, Rod MacDonald, Amy Carol Webb & Ellen Bukstel

It is a HUGE HONOR

To be reunited with this Troupe

 Of the World's Best Activist Artists

Sharing the Legacy & Music of the Legendary PHIL OCHS

Hosted by Phil's sister

Nationally known radio host SONNY OCHS

As always "Phil Nights" are a blend of Phil's best songs

Interpreted by contemporary artists

& some of our own political songs

ALWAYS Concerts to Treasure... Please Spread the Word!

 

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Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Bert's Bar & Grill

Writer's Day At Bert's - 1-4pm

Matlacha Florida 33993
US (239) 282-3232
Price: FREE! Hope you buy a CD, T or Po

Last "Writer's Day" we had a bursting full house & had a BLAST! (YAY)

I'll be hosting, sharing tips on writing

& playing original songs,
friends will be sitting in & joining me,

& some other writer's will share niblets!

PLEASE JOIN US
WHETHER YOU'RE A SONGWRITER/POET/SPOKEN WORD ARTIST
OR WOULD LIKE TO BE

Help spread the word... tell your friends!


HUGE THANKS!

 

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Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Phillips Park

Breastfest - I play for the "Walkers" 9am

Pine Island Center
St James City Florida 33956
Price: Free

This is a wonderful annual event!

We raise thousands of dollars for those with breast cancer.

For treatment, prevention, education,  medication & more.

I perform for sponsored folks who walk in the morning.

There's a full day of events as well.

 

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Spirit of The Suwannee Music Park

Suwannee Springfest

US 129
Live Oak Florida 32060
US
Price: Check Website for Earlybird Spec

My HEART DANCES HERE...

With my Habinero Honey Sisters!!!

Please come as we sing together

& I'll be teaching flute & percussion workshops

& doing my own set as well

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

 

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Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

WFMT Radio Station

Folkstage Live- Midnight Special Radio Live Concert - 7pm

Chicago Illinois
Price: Concert is only open to WFMT mem

This is one of THE MOST coveted concerts

for an independent touring artist!

& I kissed the sky

when I was honored to be invited over a year ago!

Legendary Radio Host Rich Warren

has been sharing his show for 40 years.

Artists perform before a live studio audience

before the syndicated show is aired via radio at 8pm.

 

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Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Terry Everwine's House Concert

Music At Terri's!!! - TBA

Barrington Illinois

Terri is one of my dear friends from my

Kerrville Folk Festival Family.

She hosts wonderful house concerts &

I'm TOTALLY HONORED & EXCITED

about bringing my music & having huge fun there.

Please email me for her contact info & details!

 

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Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Kerrville Festival

Kerrville Summer Youth Music Camp

3876 Medina Hwy
Kerrville Texas 78028
US (830) 257-3600

July 22- 26 This is one of the high points of my musical life!

Young people from age 12- 18 come to Kerrville Tx,

To the site of the legendary longest running music festival in the world & learn about life & art & music & sharing & respecting each other!

I'll be teaching with my dear friends, music producer & amazing songwriter Tom Prasada Rao, Multiple Grammy Award winning musician "Futureman" Roy Wooten of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones & Nationally touring Poet & Poetry Instructor Jena Kirkpatrick! DAMN!

If you'd like to sponsor a teen for $50,

please email me & I'll fill you in & kiss the sky!

annie@anniewenz.com

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Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Planet Bluegrass

The Song School

500 W Main St
Lyons Colorado 80540
US 303-823-0848
Price: sold out! email office to be on

AUGUST 12- 17

This is considered to be

THE BEST School of Songwriting in the US!

& I'm SO SO SO EXCITED to be returning to teach there for my 15th??? year!

Particular Classes I'll be teaching TBA

(I usually teach "Writing Story Songs" , "Percussion & Finding the Groove", "Morning Movement/Dance/Yoga", "Writing Political Songs/Making a Difference"

 

That's All For Now

Happy Valentines Day Y'All!

Wishing Love & Joy & Music & Chocolate!!!

Annie

Wandering Gypsy Wanderings- December 2011 - December 9, 2011

Hi Y'All

 

For those not on my mailing list, here's a copy of my Dec 2011 Newzletter.

If you'd like to be on my occasional mailing, you can go to www.anniewenz.com and click on the left where it ways "join Annie's mailing list"  THANKS!

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Hello Shimmery Shiny Beautiful Peeps!

 

Wishing You All Joy & Peace & Happiness & Love & Chocolate & Contentment during this Holiday Season!

 

I am Blessed to have friends & family from all over the world from different cultures, races, ethnic, & religious backgrounds who celebrate the Holidays in different ways… What Joys me the most is the realization that it’s the Same Heart & Spirit & Message that Rings through.

We are all more alike than different and the huge majority of us want the same things. I hope we can find some peace & comfort in that realization!

I’m also aware at this time of year of those who are without. Without food or jobs, without friends, family or support.  May I humbly suggest that we consider ways to help each other…

If you give gifts, please think of giving gifts of services from your local businesses. Gift certificates for car detailing, a lunch, lawn mowing, dance lessons or something from a local artisan-a painting, CD, basket or handmade whatever.

If we all buy even just a few of our gifts “Made in the USA” it will help our economy immeasurably! That’s a fact! 

Last of all, you can give of yourself… time with someone who may not have anyone. An outing… even a phone call.  Show you care by making time be your gift! 

 

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1~ Concerts

2~ Where to buy CD’s

3~ Giving Links

4~ Other Newz

5~ Thanks & TATA

 

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1~ Concerts

 

As of this moment, here's the schedule, but sometimes "life happens"

& things change, so you may want to call to confirm!

 

 

THIS Saturday, December 10th  1-4pm

Bert's - 4271 Pine Island Road Matlacha Florida 33993

http://www.bertsbar.us/

 

Lunch with Annie- Creative Coast Weekend

(239) 282-3232     Price: Free- hope you buy a NEW CD!

 2nd Saturdays of the month Nov/Dec/Jan/Feb

Bert’s is SUCH a FUN FUNKY ROADHOUSE STYLE VENUE!

 I'll be performing, but I'm also encouraging other songwriters & musicians to come down & sing a song or sit in with me.  So if you're a musician, come on down & share a song!

Just trying to make it a community event!

 

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December 17th- Saturday

Koucky (Koo-sky) Gallery & Gardens

An Enchanted Holiday Weekend - 10am- 4pm

5971 Baypoint Road  Bokeelia Florida 33922     239.233 3003

Price: Free

 "Koucky Gallery" Nancy & Chuck Koucky

& their friends Dianne & Scott of "Earth & Spirit Gallery"

Will be offering this Holiday Event Featuring gifts under $35

Created by Pine Island Area Artists, Musicians & Authors

 

 I'll be playing flutes & some unplugged guitar & dulcimer music

at Koucky's from 10-4.

 

Earth & Spirit

 will have events from 10-7

 (5425 Maria Drive St. James City, FL 33956   282 1025)

Please support area artists! HUGE THANKS!

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January 10th, 2012- Tuesday, 7pm

Skipper's Smokehouse

http://www.skipperssmokehouse.com/

910 Skipper Rd  Tampa Florida 33602    (813) 971-0666

 

"Annie & Grant Peeples & Ronny Elliot Do Skippers!!"

Price: $7

 Im SO EXCITED about returning to one of the

 ABSOLUTELY COOLEST VENUES IN THE COUNTRY!!!!

 AND to be sharing the stage (in the round)

 with 2 of the BEST ARTISTS in the national scene today...

 I'm kissing the sky!

THIS WILL BE A KILLER SHOW

Please Share the Word!!!

 

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January 13th, 2012 Friday     5-8pm

Pine Bay Gallery    http://www.pinebaygallery.com/

4332 Pine Island Rd NW.   Matlacha Florida 33993-9726   (239) 283-1335

Price: Free- hope you buy a NEW CD!

 

“Creative Coast Weekend” is a weekend of

Art & Music & Gallery Grazing FUNFUNFUN!

 

I'll be twirling about the gallery playing flutes

& some songs on guitar

 YAAAAY

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Saturday, January 14th, 2012  1-4pm

Bert's - 4271 Pine Island Road Matlacha Florida 33993

http://www.bertsbar.us/

 

Lunch with Annie- Creative Coast Weekend

(239) 282-3232     Price: Free- hope you buy a NEW CD!

 2nd Saturdays of the month Nov/Dec/Jan/Feb

 

Bert’s is SUCH a FUN FUNKY ROADHOUSE STYLE VENUE!

 I'll be performing, but I'm also encouraging other songwriters & musicians to come down & sing a song or sit in with me.  So if you're a musician, come on down & share a song!

Just trying to make it a community event!

 

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Friday, January 27/28/29, 2012

Somewhere  Workin on it! - TBA

Fernie British Columbia Canada

 

Hoping to pull some dates together while snowboarding in the land of fluff so stay tuned!!!

 

 

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February 10th, 2012 -  Friday

Virginia Key Grassroots Festival    http://virginiakeygrassroots.com/

Performance Time TBA- check website

4020 Virginia Beach Drive  Key Biscayne Florida 33149

 

!AMAZING FESTIVAL/AMAZING LINEUP!

I'm Honored to be playing with my Musical Sistas

The Habinero Honeys

 

Beth Judy/Cathy Lee/Marie Nofsinger/Me

 at the very 1st Virginia Key Grassroots Festival

 It's going to be a BLAST~ Hope some of yall can come!

 

THE FEST RUNS ALL WEEKEND- HONEYS PLAY FRIDAY

 

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 February 11th, 2012- Saturday

Bert's - 4271 Pine Island Road Matlacha Florida 33993

http://www.bertsbar.us/

 

Lunch with Annie- Creative Coast Weekend

(239) 282-3232     Price: Free- hope you buy a NEW CD!

 2nd Saturdays of the month Nov/Dec/Jan/Feb

 

Bert’s is SUCH a FUN FUNKY ROADHOUSE STYLE VENUE!

 I'll be performing, but I'm also encouraging other songwriters & musicians to come down & sing a song or sit in with me.  So if you're a musician, come on down & share a song!

Just trying to make it a community event!

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February 14th, 2012- Tuesday

Kojak's Palmetto Ribhouse   

http://www.kojakspalmetto.com/

1631 8th Avenue  West Palmetto Florida 34221     (941) 729-8986

Price: Free- hope you buy a NEW CD!

Florida Folk Night

Hosted by Florida's Coolest WMNF DJ Pete Gallagher

             ALWAYS SO MUCH FUN!!!          Please Cmon Down

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February 16th, 2012 / Thursday

Sloppy Pelican        

http://www.sloppypelican.com/

677 75th Avenue  St. Pete Beach Florida 33706      (727) 360-7100

 

This Funky Right on the Water with Killer View Venue is known for hosting nationally touring artists      & I'm pumped to be there!

 

So Please tell ur peeps & cmon down!!!

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February 18th, 2012- Saturday

Polk Theatre http://www.polktheatre.org/

Remembering Phil Ochs

Time TBA

127 S. Florida Avenue      Lakeland Florida 33801

Price: $15

 

Sonny Ochs, Annie Wenz, Rod MacDonald,

Amy Carol Webb & Ellen Bukstel

 

It is a HUGE HONOR To be reunited with this Troupe

 Of the World's Best Activist Artists

 Sharing the Legacy & Music of the Legendary PHIL OCHS

 

Hosted by Phil's sister

 Nationally known radio host SONNY OCHS

 

As always "Phil Nights" are a blend of Phil's best songs

 Interpreted by contemporary artists

 & some of our own political songs

       ALWAYS Concerts to Treasure... Please Spread the Word!

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February 24th, 2012- Friday

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami    

http://uumia.org/

 

Another great “REMEMBERING PHIL OCHS” show!!!

7701 SW 76th Avenue  Miami Florida 33143    305-667-3697

Price: $20

 

It is a HUGE HONOR To be reunited with this Troupe Of the World's Best Activist ArtistS Sharing the Legacy & Music of the Legendary PHIL OCHS

(& our own songs too!)

 

 Hosted by Phil's sister Nationally known radio host SONNY OCHS

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February 26th, 2012- Sunday     2pm

Labyrinth Café   UU Church of Oakland Park http://www.labyrinthcafe.com/

 

Remembering Phil Ochs

Oakland Park Florida 33309  (954) 779-2240

Price: TBA

 

Sonny Ochs, Annie Wenz, Rod MacDonald,

Amy Carol Webb & Ellen Bukstel

 

ALWAYS Concerts to Treasure... Please Spread the Word!

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March 22nd, 2012- Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun

Suwannee Springfest  

http://magmusic.com/

US 129   Live Oak Florida 32060

Price: Check Website for Earlybird Spec

 

My HEART DANCES HERE...

With my Habinero Honey Sisters!!!

Please come as we sing together

 

& I'll be teaching flute & percussion workshops

& doing my own set as well

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

 

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2~ Where to buy MY CD’s

 

***10% HOLIDAY Discount at CDBaby if you buy more than 1!

CD Baby is a safe, secure, easy link to purchase all of my CD’s.

You can buy the actual recording in artsy CD packaging,

 

Or you can digitally download the CD for 9.99

 

 

“RIDE THE SKY” 

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/anniewenz4

 

My newest CD which has been receiving great play on

SIRIUS/XM Radio!!!

It’s an “Americana” mix of story songs about life & love & the road, wandering gypsys & lone coyote spirits…

 

It includes the song “Play Ball” which the NY Mets have been playing at the stadium!

I’m joined on the song by my friend baseball legend Bill “Spaceman” Lee

 

FYI- Here’s a fun link to a YouTube video of snippets of the CD in the making:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0RZn538i_0

 

 

 

“WINDS OF THE WORLD”

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/anniewenz3

 

My hour long ALL INSTRUMENTAL CD

Recommended by RN Magazine

Used by Yoga, Massage & Health care practitioners around the world. With Native American & Indigenous flutes on each track.

 

 

 

“POETS DANCE”  

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/anniewenz2

 

Story songs with multi-cultural instrumentation~ inspired by my backpacking journey around the world.

 

 

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IF YOU LIVE IN FT MYERS AREA, MY CD’S ARE AVAILABLE AT:

 

Koucky Gallery - 5971 Baypoint Road  Bokeelia Florida 33922     239.233 3003

http://www.kouckygallery.com/

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Earth & Spirit Gallery- 5425 Maria Drive  St. James City, FL 33956    282 1025

http://www.earthandspiritgardengallery.com/page008.aspx

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Pine Bay Gallery 4332 Pine Island Rd NW

Matlacha Florida 33993-9726  (239) 283-1335

http://www.pinebaygallery.com/

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WildChild Art Gallery

4625 Pine Island Road,   Matlacha, FL  33993   239-283-6006

http://www.wildchildartgallery.com/

 

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3~ Giving Links

 

 

I’ve asked friends to refrain from buying me that xtra doodad I really don’t need (but huge thanks for the thought!)

& instead to give to someone who REALLY needs it…

 

May I suggest Harry Chapin Food Bank. They match every dollar you give with $6! You can donate online.

 

http://www.harrychapinfoodbank.org/

 

And consider sharing the gift of music…

I often give my friend’s CD’s as gifts (no I don’t burn copies, it costs artists thousands to make a CD, so please help to keep artists creating art by purchasing their music)

 

CDBaby has a HUGE selection. You can put in your favorite artists name & follow the shine from there…

 

http://www.cdbaby.com/

 

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4~ Other Newz

 

I am on facebook & as a writer, I often post snippets about life, art & what I'm working on, so if you're interested in "chiming in" you can find me at

http://www.facebook.com/annie.wenz?ref=name

 

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The Indie Film "Gateways to Faerie"(an Andy Corwin film, Soundtrack by ME!!! Includes cuts from my CD “Winds of the World” & some other pieces I wrote for the film)...

Is now being offered by iTunes AND Netflix! (how cool is that!!!)

It’s about nature & mysticism, Celtic Lore & freeing your mind to explore the possibility that everything is alive. The photography & cinematography are stunning (& of course I'm particular to the music;) Im honored & delighted! Check it out & if you like it, please write a Netflix review.

 

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I was recently introduced to Mixed Marshal Arts Champion Frank Shamrock through my dear sista/friend Batool Kazim (Batool is the psychiatrist I went to Pakistan with to do post traumatic stress work)  Frank has been doing all sorts of cool work/dedicating time & resources to promote his anti-bullying campaign. He is seeking funding to help re-record & promote my kids anti bullying song “The Bully Rap"! Part of the project will be a contest where kids can learn about what bullying is & then create their own song/video, so stay tuned for more info!

My musical buds,  multi-grammy award winning artist Futureman (Roy Wooten) of Bela Fleck & The Flecktones & the amazingly talented Tom Prasada Rao will be co-producing with me.  Frank said he’d do a verse (or I’ll kick his butt;)

 

 

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5~ Thanks & TATA

 

 

Well… I don’t know about Y’All, but I’m getting blurry...

Which is why I don’t send these out too often!

 

So on that note…  time to go...

 

As Always… I just can’t believe how grateful I am to have so many kind & amazingly generous people in my world… folks who hold me up & stand beside me, who encourage me & my art & who make my world so beautiful… To Each & Every One of You

 

...I'll leave you with these beautiful words...

"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us." Albert Schweitzer

 

Heartfelt THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU

for the dancing fires

 

Annie

Wandering Gypsy Wanderings- July 2011 - July 9, 2011

Greetings & Happy Summer All You Shine Muffins!

Here's my occasional newsletter, sent out to those on my mailing list.

If you'd like to receive it automatically, there's a link on the left bottom of

Http://www.anniewenz.com


I Hope this note finds you all with cups more full than not, giving more than receiving & making differences in your own special ways.

I recently read the line "May we all lift as we climb".

So beautiful. Hope we can all do that!


Fall & 2011 bookings are still underway, so I'll just send summer dates & musings.


1- BIG MUSIC NEWZ


2- THE NEW CD…  "RIDE THE SKY"  !!!

3- WHERE TO BUY MY CD'S

4- CONCERTS

5- GIVING

6- TATA

 


1- BIG MUSIC NEWZ


THE  NY METS are playing "Play Ball" at their shiny new stadium, Citi Park!

I just found out that the first times they played it was at the "Subway Series" (Mets vs Yankees)


The producer said "It's really a Great Song! It's so catchy people were rockin' out to it!" Woohooo. In my dreams it's heard & picked up for a baseball movie.

 

To listen for FREE- Here's the link to the video of the song


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AE6DZ2LMrM


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2- THE NEW CD…  "RIDE THE SKY"  !!!


!SPECIAL DISCOUNT THIS WEEKEND!


Since the CD's been making folks happy, I'm celebrating by dropping the price to $12.97 this weekend.(& 10% more off if you buy more than 1 of my cd's!) 


FYI- When folks purchase an indie artist's music, that makes it sooner that we may afford to release another...I'd like to do another recording next year. (I REALLY WISH I WERE INDEPENDENTLY WEALTHY & COULD JUST GIVE THEM AWAY. Maybe someday;)

 

"Ride The Sky" has been getting play around the US & abroad & I'm honored & proud to say it's been in XM The Village top spins several times.


If you don't yet have a copy/For your very own copy:


http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/anniewenz4


To listen to snippets & see clips of the making of the CD:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0RZn538i_0


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3- WHERE TO BUY Any of my CD'S


***10% Discount if you buy more than 1!

CDBABY is just GREAT! Secure. Easy.

They've sold millions of CDs for artists like me.


http://www.anniewenz.com/products.html


You can buy the actual recording in artsy CD packaging

Or you can digitally download a CD for 9.99

 

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4- CONCERTS


July 12th- THIS VERY Tuesday

The Living Room  7-9pm
154 Ludlow St. New York, New York 10001

212-533-7235   Price:$12

"On Your Radar" Hosted by WFUV Radio's John Platt 

Here's a link to the show.

http://www.livingroomny.com/artist/your-radar



Pat Wictor, the guitar wizard who oozed his luscious chopps all over my CD will be accompanying me. It doesn't get much better that that!


My set is 2nd, but I REALLY urge you to come for the whole show.

The Sweet Remains play & also Liz Longley. All stunningly talented.

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July 17-21

Quiet Valley Ranch  Kerrville Camp For Teens

Kerrville Texas 78028  (830) 257-3600

http://tfmf.org/youthcamp/index.htm


One of the highlights & biggest honors of my last 6 years has been to teach at this camp for teens! The experience has literally transformed the very difficult lives of many of these kids.

Please consider sponsoring a teen for only $50!

HUGE THANKS!

You can go to the above link & call the office,

or you can go to the Kerrville Festival link


http://www.kerrville-music.com/contact.htm

Tell them what its for & donate by credit card.


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 July 22nd- 24 (Fri- Sun)

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

Tix- Info:     http://www.falconridgefolk.com/

74 Modley Road Sharon Connecticut 06069

WOOHOOOOOOOOO

This is ONE WONDERFULLY MAGNIFICENT FESTIVAL


I'll be doing Family Stages, plus I believe I'll be part of a tribute to

"The Band", a Blues Workshop & sitting with folks on percussion,

& more to come


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Saturday, August 13 · 6:00pm - 10:00pm

 "Elva's House Concerts Series"

An Evening with Elva, Annie & Ken

 

6710 West Crestline Ave., Littleton, CO 80123, 720-935-3656

Please join us for an intimate evening of music in our new home with Singer/Songwriters - Elva Jones-Hahn (Littleton, CO), Annie Wenz (Pine, FL) and Ken Gaines (Houston, Tx). Adult beverages & appetizers will be provided. If you would like to know more information about the performers, go to their websites-Annie Wenz - www.anniewenz.com and Ken Gaines - www.kengaines.com.

A $15-$20 per person donation requested (all proceeds go to the traveling musicians). We are located in Grant Ranch, Belvedere subdivision, southwest of Denver in Littleton, CO.


Please RSVP to this FB Event page, 720-935-3656, or to elvad47@yahoo.com. Please share this event with all your friends!


This will be an amazing evening so please mark it on your calendars!

Can't wait to See Ya......
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August 14th-18

The Song School

http://www.bluegrass.com/   (& click on Song School)

500 W Main St Lyons Colorado 80540 303-823-0848

Considered by many to be

THE BEST SCHOOL OF SONGWRITING

in the country!

Classes I'm teaching TBA

It's been sold out since January... But for those who signed up in time,

it'll ROCK MY WORLD to see my Song School Family!!!

MAGIC WILL HAPPEN

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August 19th- 21 (Fri- Sun)

Folks Festival

http://www.bluegrass.com/

WHAT A LINEUP! Tix are selling fast

500 W Main St Lyons Colorado 80540

US 303-823-0848


I LOVE THIS FESTIVAL

Particulars of my performance at Wildflower Stage yet TBA


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I may be in Northern CA in early Oct,

so if any of Y'All would like to host me in a house concert, please email me: annie@anniewenz.com

THANKS!!!!

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5- GIVING


Songwriter Anne Feeney whom many of us know & love is keeping her spirits high marching on in her battle with lung cancer. Since she's been out of work for months, here's where you may donate or attend a concert to help. Her entire life as a lawyer & songwriter has been helping others.


http://www.annefeeney.com/



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Since so many are still out of work, please continue to support your local food banks & homeless shelters.

It's sure needed!


In my dreams the mega rich, many of whom are holding so tightly to their billions... building empires of shallow shineys...  will see the light & realize they have more than plenty. (In the US, they are NOT paying their fair share & many are NOT providing jobs for Americans.)  May we focus more on changing legislation so that THEY contribute fairly instead of focusing on taking funding from those who's programs are getting cut. We're talking billions vs millions.


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6- Other wee bits & TATA


*After posting the following to my Facebook wall... 

"wenzdays wisdom: DONT bury your mango peels in the garden under the bedroom window where the skunks will find them at 3am!"


It was suggested by my sister Mary I change the name to Wizzdom & by many others, that I start writing a weekly "Wenzday's Wizzdoms" blog of sorts.

If I do that, I'll post it at the News/Blog link at my website


http://www.anniewenz.com/news.html


& on my facebook. To be honest, I probably wont post it at myspace because sheeze, I'm trying to have a life!


 

*I've been at this for 3 hours & my eyes are blurry... sooooooo


 TATA...


Your Kindness and Uplifting Words are often what keeps an artist like me able to survive & write & have hope & find inspiration.


THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU

One & All for Your Love & Cheers


Please Be Kind & Lift As You Climb


Annie

 


www.anniewenz.com

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Player of Percussionist, Guitar, Piano, Flutes, Hubcaps from Queens... & Life!

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New Review of "RIDE THE SKY" ! - May 11, 2011

Hi Friends,

I'm delighted & honored to share this new review of "RIDE THE SKY" by Music Aficionado Dr Robert Ben Mitchell.

"When Jimi Hendrix asked ARE YOU EXPERIENCED (Polydor, 1967), a toddler-young Annie Wenz must have looked up from her toy piano and shouted back Hell Yeah! In her latest CD titled RIDE THE SKY, Annie rides right out at you with HALLELUJAH RO...SE, projecting all the bravado of Jill Sobule’s groundbreaking 1995 hit I KISSED A GIRL. With a voice like grade-A maple syrup, her smooth lyrics and driving images cover you in a golden acoustic coat like the glistening sheen that runs over fresh cooked pancakes.

Unapologetic, never flinching, Annie sings out eye’s wide open, as in her sobering second track LIFE IN HARLAN, where if the rattler bites god will decide if it’s time for sacrifice. This CD is a ride across life’s landscapes, from it’s hardships, to it’s happiness and even it’s hangovers. After all, we’ve all been to the TICK TOCK LOUNGE where you know you don’t know what it is sometimes you been kissing. And even love's paradoxical moments aren’t immune from her sharp prose as she laments in ROSES AND CANDY HEART PARADES that her brand new satin sheets are filthy clean.

So whether she’s playing on stage with plastic fish floating inside the clear acrylic heels of her leopard skin boots, or she’s memorizing you with the haunting sounds of her double barreled wooden flute as in my favorite track LONE COYOTE, you’ll find that Annie Wenz’s RIDE THE SKY is a ride you’ll want to take over and over again."
(YAAAAY!!! & THANKS FOR READING ~ ANNIE

"Play Ball" video is DONE!!! - April 5, 2011

ITS DONE ITS DONE!

and i am SO PROUD!

here's the link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AE6DZ2LMrM

pLEASE PASS/SHARE IT ABOUT

& you can leave your comments at the youtube site


As to what photos & clips made the final cut, I sent all materials to the editor who chose what fit best in with what parts of the song. I wish everyone could've been included, but we weren't able to.

 

Again, many thanks to all who shared their talents & faces

& SPECIAL THANKS to Neale Eckstein for editing, Bill & Diana Lee, Pat Wictor/Jagoda/Adam Frederick for playing & to Larry French for patiently taking videos of me as I whined;)

 

PLAY BALL!!! ~ ANNIE

"Play Ball" video - March 24, 2011

Hola Friends!


I just wanted to let those of you who've been kind enough to yukk it up & sing along & cheer for me at ballgames & gigs that I'm currently in the process of sending footage to the editor & he's putting it all together. Whether a clip gets used or not will depend on how clear it is & how still & how many seconds of decent footage I was able to get. Unfortunately there are many variables that come into play.

Sheeze it was difficult to nail it while on the move through the stadium & with people walking by & trying to set up the camera & tripod & lighting & yadayada.

Once again, HUGE THANKS to all who helped!

After it's done, I'll post the youtube link.

YALL ROCK! PLAY BALL!

Annie

Wandering Gypsy Winter/Holiday Wanderings 12/2010 - December 8, 2010

Hello Lovelies!

 

 

 

 I hope Y'All are having a Peaceful Mellow Holiday Season filled with Joy & Friends & Sweetness…  Mine has been filled with much Gratitude & & Hope. Yes, there have been trying times, but my many years as a Psych Nurse have me thinking “on a life crisis scale, where does this rate?” It sure puts life in perspective.

 

And then, with all of the decisions we have to make in life, I feel the want to share a dear friend’s words of wisdom, “when you have a choice to make, ask ‘what is the most loving thing I can do”…  Definitely words to live by IMHO!

 

So for what it’s worth, those are the small torches passed on to me that like to leave you with…

 

& now, since it seems to be a hectic time for many, I’ll try to make it brief & just pass on some concert & CD info snippets…

 

 

 

 

1- THE NEW CD…    "RIDE THE SKY"  !!!

2- CONCERTS

3- GIVING

4- WHERE TO BUY MY CD'S

5- Wee News Snippets & TATA

 

 

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1- NEWZ ABOUT THE NEW CD…  "RIDE THE SKY"  !!!

(to purchase http://www.anniewenz.com/products.html    )

 

I am absolutely jumping for joy! “Ride the Sky” has been incredibly well received & was just announced as being #9 in Nov. on the FolkDJ list! (which is where many Folk/Roots/Americana DJ’s report their playlists)

 

It’s getting played across the US & Canada & in England, Germany, Australia, New Zealand & Israel!   And EVERY song is getting play which is a wonderful thing.

 

I also sent “Play Ball” (featuring former Red Sox legendary pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee) to the Pubahs  at Tropicana Field/The Tampa Rays, & was asked to make a video to accompany the song so they can put it in rotation on the big screen in center field so folks can watch it during pre-game activities! WELL YAAAAY!  Bill will be down here in Florida for Feb. Baseball Fantasy Camp, so we plan to do some taping then, plus we’ll use other footage & make a video!!! So stay Tuned!

 

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2- CONCERTS

 

Here’s the actual link to all of the shows:

http://www.anniewenz.com/calendar.html

Please check in advance to make sure there haven’t been any last minute out of our hands changes…


 

Fri, Dec. 10th, 4PM   PINE BAY GALLERY 

4332 Pine Island Rd NW. Matlacha Fl.

 (239) 283-1335 Price: Free- Hope You Buy one of my NEW CDs

Art Night on Matlacha Island- WOOHOO! -

The GALLERY GODDESSES are dressed in full regalia

The Art-ies Circle Round. Music Swirls with Wine & Assorted Foodly Nuggets (occasionally hoovered up by folks with large shopping bags

while they think we're not looking;)

ALWAYS A BLAST! CMON DOWN & JOIN IN THE BLISS!

 

 

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Fri, Dec. 31st BROMELIAS Amphetheater

Santa Elena, Costa Rica

New Years Concert BASH!!! - Time & Price Details TBA

 

WE'RE BACK ROCKING COSTA RICA 60s Style!!!

With THE BEST BAND IN THE COUNTRY

Featuring ROBERT DEAN (FORMERLY OF "JAPAN")

ALSO CHANCHOS DE MONTE & OTHER SPECIAL GUESTS

 


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JANUARY 1-7  (Still putting dates together, so check back)

Santa Elena/Monteverde Costa Rica Venues

 

CD RELEASE BASH!!!

I'LL BE JOINED BY MY LONGTIME MUSICAL COHORT ROBERT DEAN (& i'm sure some guest appearances by "Chanchos de Monte")

 

STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS

 


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Fri, Jan. 14th WILDCHILD Art Gallery  4pm

4625 Pine Island Road Matlacha, FL 239-283-6006

 

Free- Hope You Buy one of my NEW Cds

Art Night on Matlacha Island- WOOHOO!

The Islands Celebrate the Arts with Music & Wine & Festivities...

Come graze the funky colorful galleries!!!

 

 


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Thur, Jan. 20th Tarpon Lodge & Restaurant 6PM

13771 Waterfront Drive Pineland Fl

239 283 3999

 

Luscious Food, Gorgeous Historical Lodge, Always HUGE FUN!

MAKE SURE YOU CALL IN ADVANCE FOR A RESERVATION

& ASK TO BE IN THE MUSIC SPACE WHERE YOU CAN WATCH THE SUNSET!!!

 

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Sun, Feb. 6th  Sanibel Captiva Community House   7pm

Sanibel Island,  Florida

Price: $15

 

!!!CD RELEASE HOOPLA!!! on lovely Sanibel Island

This is SUCH a WONDERFUL Venue to hear music & share a night with friends...   Please join me & help spread the word!

 

 

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Sat, Feb. 12th  WildChild Art Gallery

4625 Pine Island Road Matlacha FL

239-283-6006

 

Price: It's a CD signing- Hope You Buy a CD!

 ART IN THE HEART OF MATLACHA

COME CELEBRATE LOVE ISLAND STYLE

Artists will be demonstrating their art, I'll be performing & signing CD's

 

 

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Sat, Feb. 26th Koucky (Koo-sky) Gallery & Gardens

5971 Baypoint Road Bokeelia FL

 

Songwriting Workshop! 5-6:30pm

239.283.4414 or 866.227.7163

Price: $25 (Students $15)

 

Kip Lawrence & I are SO EXCITED about presenting this workshop together! I LOVE KIP & HIS WRITING so it'll be a huge honor to share creative space with him. We ALWAYS have an amazing time & Folks are ALWAYS sparked into writing & laughing & creating...

 

So Cmon Down & please help spread the word!

 

Concert to Follow 7-9pm. Free to Workshop attendees

 

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Sat, Feb 26th Koucky (Koo-sky) Gallery & Gardens    7-9PM

5971 Baypoint Road Bokeelia FL

 

239.283.4414 or 866.227.7163

Annie & Kip Lawrence Do Kouckys –

Price: Suggested Donation $5 (workshop attendees FREE)

 

This FUN Concert will be a BLAST!

Since Kip & I will be teaching a songwriting workshop from 5-6:30pm we thought it would be perfect to keep the creative energy flowing

& present an evening concert. Plus folks who attended my CD release bash have been asking “When can we party again at Koucky’s???”

 

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3- GIVING:


Please consider giving to those in need!  I’ve asked friends to refrain from buying me that xtra doodad I really don’t need & instead to give to someone who REALLY needs it…

May I suggest Harry Chapin Food Bank. They match every dollar you give with $6! You can donate online.

http://www.harrychapinfoodbank.org/

 

And consider sharing the gift of music… I often give my friend’s CD’s as gifts (no I don’t burn copies, it costs artists thousands to make a CD, so please help to keep artists creating art by purchasing their music)

CDBaby has a HUGE selection. You can put in your favorite artists name & follow the shine from there…

http://www.cdbaby.com/

 

 

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4- WHERE TO BUY MY CD'S: 

***10% Discount if you buy more than 1!


http://www.anniewenz.com/products.html

It’s a safe, secure, easy link to purchase all of my CD’s.

You can buy the actual recording in artsy CD packaging

Or you can digitally download the CD for 9.99

 

 

 

 I just restocked “RIDE THE SKY” so you should be able to order in time for the Holiday if that’s your desire.

 

***There’s a 10% discount if you order more than one)

 

You can listen to sample/snippets of the songs there as well.

OR if you want to check out a video of the making of “RIDE THE SKY”

Here’s a very cool video done by co-producer Neale Eckstein:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0RZn538i_0

 

& the video of the song “Still Circling”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjF-pNmvK0o

 

 

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5- LAST NEWS BITS & TATA

 

My friend, sista & colleague, Psychiatrist Batool Kazim MD has asked me to join her at Health Asia Forum in March in Karachi Pakistan to speak & show & tell about Wellness & Music… We’re still not positive, but it’s a definite maybe, so stay tuned…

 

 

My friends Captain Chuck & Nancy Koucky are now starting to take reservations for excursions on their gorgeous 47 foot Herreshoff Sailing Vessell! http://www.pineislandsailing.com/

It’s incredibly reasonable… & what a way to treat yourself or your friends or honey to a sunset!!! If you’re interested in music onboard, that can be arranged;)

 

FYI- Nancy is the amazing artist who did my stunning CD design/artwork & hint hint is available for other similar projects! http://www.nrkdesigns.com/

 

 

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AND on that note…

THAT’S ALL FOLKS

 

WISHING YOU LOVE & JOY & PEACE

Felicidades, Assaalam O Alaikum, Namaste, Nasdorovia, Shalom, Falalalalalalala...


With MUCH Gratitude...


Annie

 

"Ride The Sky" is AVAILABLE! (& FALL WANDERING GYPSY UPDATE) - October 21, 2010

Hello Friends & Family



“Ride The Sky” is DONE!

It is with backhoes blissfully bursting with glee that I am FINALLY able to announce the release of my first lyrical CD in years! It’s been a true labor of love & I owe the largest boulder of gratitude to my dear friends Neale Eckstein & Laurie Laba for opening up their studio & hearts & home to make it possible! Additional Bodacious THANKYOU’S to all of you who’ve really listened to & supported my music over the years & who’ve been a gentle wind urging me on through this project…

On to the scoop…



1- About “Ride The Sky”

2- Where to purchase the CD

3- Links to Youtube video w/ song clips & wacky photos of the making of the CD

4- CD release concerts

5- More about artists & songs on “Ride the Sky”

6- THANKS & HOPE TO CYA

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1- About “Ride The Sky”… Here’s the official Press Release info to fill you in a bit.



"Ride the Sky" is a bigger than life vagabond writer's magnifying glass-ified kaleidoscopic vision of back road Americana! From stop sign wielding hitchhikers thumbing rides on Harleys in Chattanooga to coal mining & snake handling in Appalachia, sticky floors in skanky bars, five & dimes & neon signs, & dirty blues swirling circles around bottles of Jim Beam. It's about lone coyote lovers... like grains of sand slipping through fingers where palms meet lips on train windows... Where wandering gypsies meet lonely road dogs spilling guts on the head of a pin...while ghosts still circle around dusty boots leaving footprints in the sky.



And baseball... yeah! Popcorn kisses pink cotton candy while old leather gloves slap in hands... to the voices of Annie AND former Red Sox pitcher & wild man Bill "Spaceman" Lee. (Bill's bona-fide musical debut!) Annie songs run the gamut from picky acoustic guitar & delicate piano with string accompaniment, to natty rockin blues with nasty slide guitar, to the closing chorus of angelic voices questioning "are we poets or drunkards or incarnate souls" waiting, waiting, waiting for manna to fall from the sky...Talk about a Ride!!!

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2-Where to purchase the CD:



HUGE thanks to all who’ve already said they plan to purchase a CD… & even maybe some to share as gifts. That makes it all the sooner I can do it again. (Since the making & outcome of this CD has been so wonderful for all involved, we’ve vowed to do it again sooner than later! YAY!)



ONLINE:



Digstation: The CD is now available for immediate digital download. Safe & Easy. Only $10

<http://www.digstation.com/ArtistAlbums.aspx?artistname=AnnieWenz>http://www.digstation.com/ArtistAlbums.aspx?artistname=AnnieWenz


CDBaby: Link to Purchase Actual CDs OR Download MP3s: <http://cdbaby.com/cd/anniewenz4>http://cdbaby.com/cd/anniewenz4


CD’s beautifully packaged (in environmentally happy green packaging) with all lyrics & gorgeous artwork/design by Nancy Koucky (of NRK Designs & Koucky Gallery) w/ photos by Neale Eckstein.

Secure/Safe & they send the CD’s right out!







Koucky Gallery: For those on Pine Island, FL , for instant gratification, Nancy will be carrying the CD until I return home from my current tour & can get them to additional island destinations kind enough to carry them.

My other CD’s are available at WildChild Gallery & Pine Bay Gallery in Matlacha, FL!



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3- Links to Youtube video w/ song clips & wacky photos of the making of the CD:


<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0RZn538i_0>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0RZn538i_0


Neale put this fun video together with snippets of 5 of the tunes on the CD & some photos/video clips.

FYI feel the need to explain… I’m wearing the cheeseball faerie wings while riding my Harley because Neale also needed footage for the eventual video to accompany his song “Angel on a Harley” (as if explaining THAT doesn’t make it cheezeball;)



& here’s a really brief youtube snippet of me coaching Bill “Spaceman” Lee on his part (it was a total hoot!)

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjwkhHLvNzM>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjwkhHLvNzM


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4- CD Release Concerts:



HERE’S A LINK TO ALL OF MY UPCOMING CONCERTS:

<http://www.anniewenz.com/hostbaby2/preview/calendar/player=off:style=787>http://www.anniewenz.com/hostbaby2/preview/calendar/player=off:style=787




& here they are at a Quick Glance:

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SUNDAY OCT. 31- CONCERTS IN YOUR HOME- Ft. Myers, FL

My First Concert after returning HOME! & the first show featuring “Ride The Sky”

<http://concertsinyourhome.com/event-aschaefer20101030.html>http://concertsinyourhome.com/event-aschaefer20101030.html
7:00 p.m.

Please RSVP to: schaefer810@aol.com or call 239-691-4069

Suggested Donation: $10-20.00

Since it’s Halloween, we’re making it Costume Optional!



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FRIDAY NOV. 5th 7-9pm

Koucky (Koo-sky) Gallery & Gardens- CD RELEASE BASH!!! -

5971 Baypoint Road Bokeelia Florida 33922



FOR MORE INFO: 239.283.4414 or 866.227.7163 or email annie@anniewenz.com

$20 per person or $25 per couple *comes with a FREE CD!



*** with special guest Former Red Sox Pitcher Bill Spaceman Lee doing his part on the "Play Ball" song!



Celebrating the Pine Island Birth of “Ride the Sky”. Hope Y'All can join in the HOOPLA!



Bring a Snazzy Finger Food to share if you'd like. We’ll also have non alcoholic beverages available.



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Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

KRUU Radio

Lyrical Venus Hour- Radio Live - 9am CST (10AM EST & yadayada)

Fairfield Iowa



This will be a LIVE RADIO interview with DJ Heather Mills Rodriguez.



If you go to the link & click on "Listen Live", you'll be there too!

<http://kruufm.com/lyrical-venus>http://kruufm.com/lyrical-venus


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Thursday, November 11th, - Sunday Nov. 14th

NERFA

Northeast Regional Folk Alliance

Hudson Valley Resort & Spa

Kerhonkson New York



I’ll be returning to share music & HUGE FUN with friends & my musical family at this wonderful



"musical trade show" where indie acoustic artists meet with presenters & dj's & fellow artists & press & listeners



IT'S ALWAYS A BLAST I'll post my exact showcases & activities as it gets closer, so stay tuned!



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SAT. NOV. 20th

Luna Star Café - 8pm $10

775 NE 125th St. North Miami Florida 33161

305-892-8522



I'm SO VERY HAPPY To be celebrating a CD Release & returning to this sweet venue considered to be 1 of



America's Best Acoustic Listening Venues. PLEASE JOIN ME & HELP SPREAD THE WORD!!!



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THURS DEC. 2nd, 2010

Tarpon Lodge & Restaurant Back to the TARPON!!! - 6PM

13771 Waterfront Drive Pineland Florida 33945

US 239 283 3999 Price: Free- Hope You Buy one of my NEW CDS



This is SUCH a WONDERFUL Historical Lodge with breathtaking views & luscious menu.

Hope some of you can come down & hear tunes off of my new CD & CELEBRATE ISLAND LIFE with me! Think about making a night of it... treat your sweetie or yourself to a room & dinner.

Make sure you call for reservations! 239 283 3999



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Friday, December 3rd

Back Alley

CD Release & Signing Bash! - 5-8pm

(check back in case we change it to later!)

121 Bridge Street Bradenton Beach Florida 34217

941-778-1800

Price: Free- Hope You Buy one of my NEW CD’s



This will be my 1st time in this sweet & very funky space...

So PLEASE ROCK MY WORLD & Join Me & Help Spread the Word!

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Friday, December 10th

Pine Bay Gallery- Art Night on Matlacha Island- WOOHOO! - 4PM?

4332 Pine Island Rd NW Matlacha Florida 33993-9726

US (239) 283-1335 Price: Free- Hope You Buy one of my NEW



The GALLERY GODDESSES are dressed in full regalia. The Art-ies Circle Round

Music Swirls with Wine & Assorted Foodly Nuggets

(occasionally hoovered up by folks with large shopping bags while they think we're not looking;)

ALWAYS A BLAST! CMON DOWN & JOIN IN THE BLISS!



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Friday, December 31st

Bromelias- New Years Concert BASH!!! - Time & Price Details TBA

Santa Elena Costa Rica



WE'RE BACK! I'll be ROCKING COSTA RICA With THE BEST BAND IN THE COUNTRY



Featuring ROBERT DEAN (FORMERLY OF "JAPAN")

ALSO CHANCHOS DE MONTE & OTHER SPECIAL GUESTS

Stay Tuned for More



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5- More about the CD



Ride the Sky"- Produced by Neale Eckstein/Jagoda; & Recorded by  Neale at Fox Run Studio-Sudbury, MA.

Artwork & Design- Nancy Koucky- NRK Design; Photos- Neale

Mastered by Toby Mountain



Accompanists: Jagoda, Tom Prasada Rao, Pat Wictor, Adam Rothberg, Adam Frederick, John Ingman.

Vocalists: Bill "Spaceman" Lee (yes, former Red Sox wildman;), Jimmy Lafave, Barbara Kessler, Neale



& Special THANKS go out to Robert Dean who’s been a huge part of my musical journey & continued to be through every part of this CD contributing his thoughts & wisdom from Costa Rica.



Unlike my previous multicultural flavored CD's, this one is American Roots- with many songs written in my head while riding my motorcycle (Sally Libelula) across natty dusty back roads of the US. (thus the title)



Songs:

1- "Hallelujah Rose" -Stop sign wielding hitchhiker thumbs a ride on a Harley in Chattanooga.

2- "Life in Harlan" -Coal mining, snake handling & my life as an RN in Harlan. (w/ Jimmy LaFave!)

3- "Tick Tock Lounge"- Sticky floors in skanky bars, five & dimes & neon signs.

4- "Melting" - Where palms meet lips on train windows.

5- "Roses & Candy Heart Parades"- Dirty blues swirling circles around bottles of Jim Beam.

6- "Coyote Calls" - Native flute intro to Lone Coyote

7- "Lone Coyote"- That would be me... grains of sand sifting through your fingers;)

8- "Play Ball"- Popcorn kisses pink cotton candy while old leather gloves slap in hands... (former Red Sox pitcher Bill "Spaceman" Lee's bona-fide musical debut!)

9- "Lonely Road Dog Meets Wandering Gypsy"- When a guy spills his guts on the head of a pin...

10- "Promised Land" - For Nurses & Hospice workers & those who dance between footprints in the sky.

11- "Still Circling"- Inspired by Dave Carter dream visits & Rachel Bissex (it was the last song I sang to her)

12- "And We Wait"- About what we do! "are we poets or drunkards or incarnate souls" "waiting, waiting, waiting for manna to fall from the sky..." (written on the way home from performing at Kerrville Folk Festival)



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6- THANKS & HOPE TO CYA



As always, I’ll be sharing photos & musings n scoopings on my facebook page, so if you’re not already a ‘friend’, I’d love for you to join me there… <http://www.facebook.com/annie.wenz?ref=name>http://www.facebook.com/annie.wenz?ref=name


Gratitude is my mantra these days… It’s been one amazing journey. I hope I have the opportunity to thank some of you in person… So if you come to a show, do say hello!



THANKYOU from the bottom of my overflowing heart for spreading the word about my concerts & about this CD of which I am incredibly proud. It’s truly an artist’s dream come true!





Annie

!st Gig on Tour w/ "Sam Lardner & Barcelona" - September 24, 2010

Hey Y'All

My tour as percussionist/vocalist with the Killer Flamenco Fusion band "Sam Lardner & Barcelona" kicks off at the "LIVING ROOM" in NYC

FRIDAY OCT 1. 6:30PM!

Sam's arranged a special weekend getaway deal... here's the scoop!

Hi everybody,

If you were looking for an excuse to escape to the bright lights and big city
this fall, here's the best I can do for you!

15% Off Best Available Rate at The Roger Smith Hotel

Package Includes:

- 2 Complimentary Tickets to hear Sam Lardner & Barcelona play at The Living Room.
(click here<<http://www.samlardner.com/calendar.html>http://www.samlardner.com/calendar.html> for concert details).
- Complimentary Full American Breakfast for 2.
- Complementary bottle of wine at Check-in.
- Signed Sam Lardner CD.
- 10% discount off your dinner bill at White Slab Restaurant on the corner of Orchard
and Allen after the show.

Package requires:
-
2 night minimum stay
- Deluxe Suite Reservation
- Offer good for weekend of October 2nd only

Looking forward to seeing you!

Sam

Wandering Gypsy Big Newz 8/2010 - August 9, 2010

Hello Friends

 

 

As always, I hope Y'All are well & finding joy in the little things, hanging in there through rough times & passing torches of wonderfullness that land & shine & make a difference!

 

 

This update is more to pass on some very exciting news... no shows for the next few weeks… I've got a wee block of much needed work time before I need to be in "Land on your feet EverReadyBunny mode"

 

So on to the…

 

NEWZ:

 

 

1- THE NEW CD…    "RIDE THE SKY"  !!!

 

 

2- ME ON TOUR WITH "SAM LARDNER & BARCELONA” !!!

 

 

3- GATEWAY TO FAERIES MOVIE !!!

 

 

4- ANNE FEENEY- Musician/Activist/Giver/Friend

 

 

5- KATAHDIN 100- K100

 

 

6- PAKISTAN

 

 

7- WHERE TO BUY MY EXISTING CD'S

 

 

8- TATA

 

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1- First of all- THE NEW CD

 

"RIDE THE SKY"

 

is almost done! & I just can NOT tell you how excited I am.

I am pinching myself. I am absolutely overjoyed!

I am proud & I have to admit I get chills when I hear how shiny glimmers which started as wee seeds in my head have blossomed to the pieces of art I believed in… thanks to all who participated in this project, from those who directly had a part, to those who gave me their hands & hearts, encouraging & cheering me on…

 

 

Recorded by Neale Eckstein of Fox Run Studios

 

CoProduced by Jagoda & Neale

 

Featuring: Jagoda/drums; Tom Prasada Rao/violin & viola;

Jimmy Lafave/vocals; John Inman/guitar; Pat Wictor/slide guitar;  Adam M Rothberg/Mandolin/guitars; Barbara Kesser/vocals;

Neale Eckstein/vocals; Adam Frederick/Bass;

& me on vocals/guitars/piano/flute

 

 

I hope to have it in my hands in Oct!

 

 

I just can not describe how grateful I am to Neale who never ceases to amaze me! He is not only a brilliant engineer, but he has blown me away with his all around musical expertise... he is a total pro & wizz at what he does!  I also asked Jagoda to co-produce because I've always loved his drumming & knew how varied & full his body of musical knowledge is. He & Neale have done a stunning job of helping create every bit of magic I've envisioned for these songs.  The 3 of us truly worked our parts off (imagine that;) to bring the music alive with each song standing as a unique gem of which I am just so delighted & hope you will love as much as I do!

 

 

Each of the contributing/accompanying artists was also chosen because I've always adored & respected their work. I knew they'd bring the best to each song & they did. Above & beyond!

So YAY YAY YAY!

 

Last of all, huge thanx to my dear friend & musical cohort Robert Dean, formerly of "Japan" who wasn't able to be here, but has had a large hand in supporting me thru this project in so many ways over the many years we’ve performed & shared musical visions... (Stay tuned for the Costa Rica CD release in Dec/Jan.)

 

 

The songs move from the sparse "Still Circling" which I wrote about & for my late friends Dave Carter & Rachel Bissex; 

to the very large & rippin baseball song "Play Ball" which I plan to do all I can to market to major league ball (featuring Pat Wictor on filthy slide)  & there are story songs & road songs & bluesy songs & love songs… & as a bonus, I’m adding my biker song “Ride” produced by Ben Wisch (who won the grammy w/ Mark Cohn for “Walking in Memphis”

 

 

To hear a preview, click here & let me know what you think of

“Still Circling”

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjF-pNmvK0o

 

 

So... as soon as the CD's available, I'll be shouting & jumping on the Sky & hoping Y'All will consider buying a copy (& maybe another as a gift?)

 

& maybe Y’All can help spread the word...

 

 

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2- ME ON TOUR

WITH "SAM LARDNER & BARCELONA!"  

(“Flamenco Fusion Band Extraordinaire ” from Spain) YAAAAY!

 

 

Well... what do you say when one of your absolute favorites... someone you consider to be 1 of the best, most talented all around musicians with one of the funkiest sounds out there calls & asks you to go on tour with his world class band as percussionist & vocalist???!

 

Yea- I cried! Really!

 

I met Sam Lardner & Barcelona when we were put together on a "Multicultural Music" workshop stage at Falcon Ridge Festival 2 yrs ago. We hit it off bigtime, & I ended up hooking up with them & opening for a show for them in Spain. I then watched them blow everyone's shoes off (cause folks were dancing so hard!) at Kerrville (Noel Paul Stookey of "Peter Paul & Mary had urged Dalis to bring them there).  I was overjoyed for them when Sam told me he was not only touring here this fall with the band, but was doing this brilliant grant project called "Oceans Are Talking"...

 

 

Sponsored by the "Oceans Foundation" & philanthropist Ann Leskey & endorsed by organizations like National Geographic... the band will be performing for arts centers & schools spreading the word about taking care of our fragile oceans. It's music, it’s art, it’s a mission & a message & I’m honored to be a part of this project as well as being part the “Sam Lardner & Barcelona” Band shows. Here are some of the dates (we’ll be performing almost every day, some dates aren’t entered yet, so check back! http://www.samlardner.com/calendar.html

 

As I said, I’ll be the band percussionist (love that flamenco groove!) & I’ll also be doing some vocals! Picture the Flamenco version of “The Gypsy Kings” ! (& then some!)

 

 

 

 

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3- “GATEWAYS TO FAERIE” MOVIE

 

It’s FINALLY AVAILABLE!


The stunningly beautiful feature length "fantasy/documentary" (featuring my music!!!) is about faeries (obviously), but it’s also about imagination, creativity, spirituality and healing the planet. Andy Corwin (of the Limeliters) directed and edited the film and co-produced it along with artist John Curtis Crawford & storyteller Bridget Wolfe.

Here’s the trailer to the movie & the link for the early special price of only $20 which gives you not only the movie, but a dvd on how to make a faerie house like the collectible art pieces John makes.

http://www.fairywoodland.com/news-detail.php?article=7

 

 

 

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4- ANNE FEENEY…


My dear musical sister, activist, friend, organizer, & giver to all, Anne just sent a note out with the shocking news that they found an 11 cm tumor in her lung (that’s about 4 inches) As a musician with minimal resources for health care & loss of work, she’s asking any who are able to donate $50 (absolutely no more) to send to her at:

Anne Feeney

2240 Milligan Ave

Pittsburgh  PA 15218

 

or you can send a donation via Paypal to getwellanne@annefeeney.com.

 

 

Please consider it if you can. Anne has spent her life fighting for us, so if we can help her now, that sure would be a return gift!

 


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5- KATAHDIN 100- K100

 

My other wee bit of news is that for many of the past 18 years, I’ve had the privilege & honor of being part of the “K100”, the Penobscot Nation (of Indian Island, ME) annual Spiritual Gathering the 1st weekend in Sept. We run in relay 100 miles from the Rez to Mt Katahdin tracing the path of their ancestors. It’s a journey where we each ask for messages, guidance, strength. I always ask to be put on my path no matter how large or small or significant or insignificant it may seem. So far in life, I feel I’ve had a pretty wonderful journey & have been guided in ways that though enlightening & sometimes painful, have left me always giving thanks for my blessings… I will be once again ‘finding my way’ with my friends, but this year, it’s looking as if I may be able to be part of a 7 person canoe crew paddling 70 mi up the Penobscot River (bicycling 20 mi in the portage areas & then running 10 mi. up Abol (aka Ahole) hill at the end.  If I don’t get a message then… well I know I will. I always do. I’m excited & I’m pumped (& I’m pumping major iron!)

 

So between preparing the CD, practicing for the Sam gigs & training for the paddle, please wish me heath & wisdom & clarity… I’m hoping each of the 3 biggies in my upcoming life will bring me to sharing messages & passing torches we’re meant to share & pass & share & pass.

 

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6- PAKISTAN

 

Last of all, please keep my friends in Pakistan in your thoughts & prayers. They have once again been struggling, this time due to horrific floods which have displaced millions. The medical team with whom I worked after the earthquake a few years ago have again mobilized and are working tirelessly to do all they can for victims. If I hear of a way to donate, I’ll let you know, so please stay tuned. (for those who’ve read the Book 3 Cups of Tea. A little love goes a long way!)


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7- WHERE TO BUY MY EXISTING CD'S

 

My CD's are as always available safely, securely, no fuss, no muss, at

http://www.anniewenz.com/products.html

 

Thankfully folks are still saying they're loving the music. (YAY!)

 

 

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7- TATA

 

 

As always, I’m grateful to you all for being there

sharing your many bits of wisdom & inspiration.

Without Y’All, it would all be … very different.

So THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU f

rom the top & bottom of my heart!

 

 

Peace, Paz, Shalom, Namaste, Assalam o Alaikum, Pura Vida…

 

Annie

Upcoming CD preview on UTube! - July 27, 2010

Hi Friends

Here's a sneak preview/video of 1 of the tunes from the upcoming CD

FYI- this is the 'smallest' production

some of the tunes are very "large"

i'm excited about the blend!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjF-pNmvK0o

Gateways to Faerie Film- Advance Discount copies NOW available! - July 27, 2010

YAY!

ADVANCE DISCOUNT COPIES OF

The movie

"Gateways to Faerie"

Featuring my music as soundtrack!

are

FINALLY AVAILABLE!

It's a brilliant absolutely stunningly magical journey

into the lore & world of

Nature & Faeries & Setting your Imagination Free.

by filmmaker Andy Corwin...

click & check it out & maybe even gift someone with it now.


HERE'S A LINK TO THE PREVIEW & FROM THERE,

A LINK TO THE ORDER NOW!

http://www.fairywoodland.com/news-detail.php?article=7

 

I'M OVERJOYED & THINK Y'ALL WILL LOVE IT TOO!

Can any of you send a kid to music camp? - June 7, 2010

Hello Friends

This July 18- 22, I will be returning for the 5th year to teach at Kerrville's Summer Youth Music Camp

SO

 

IF ANY OF Y'ALL ARE ABLE TO ROCK MY PLANET & SPONSOR A YOUNG PERSON FOR A MERE $50, YOU CAN

Just send a check for to:
Texas Folk Music Foundation
C/O Jon Charles
304 W. Ave B
Killeen, Tx 76541

More info:  http://www.tfmf.org/youthcamp/index.htm

It is a gift SO WORTH GIVING!

This is hands down the annual event that

overflows my cup the most!

Kids come from all over TX

(& I'm hearing this year from other states as well)

To learn about community & music & friendship & songwriting & groove & poetry. Lives change forever, tears flow, art is born and it does NOT get any better!


I'm honored & excited to be teaching again with my buddy

Roy Wooten (Futureman) of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones


& also Sonia of Disappear Fear, Dana Cooper, Jenna Gissamen, Tim Mason, Bill Oliver & Frank Myers

!!!WOW WOW WOW!!!

Sponsored by
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas
& Texas Folk Music Foundation

 

I really hope some of Y'All can help. Many Thanks!

Annie


 


Benefit for Nashville Flood Victims Tomorrow- Harley Ft Myers - May 14, 2010

Red Hot off the press...

YAY! Tomorow 5/15

Harley-Davidson Ft Myers, FL

I'll be there 10-5 performing various times solo

& between the bands!

HUGE benefit for Nashville flood victims.

Go to this link for a list of what to bring to load on the truck!

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!

http://www.hdfortmyers.com/#panel-1

Wandering Gypsy Spring Wanderings 4/10 - April 14, 2010

Hola Beautiful Shiny Peeps!

 

I hope this finds you all well & happy & bathing in the positivity of Spring!

 

As always, I hear of the many ups & downs in my friends & families lives, as well as my own... and not to minimize, but I've been admiring a dear friend now going through an incredibly difficult time who keeps saying "I'm honoring & processing the bad stuff, but then moving on to the good, focusing on the shiny good bits between the slam dunkingly hideous bits... tough as it sometimes is."

 

Another beacon has been my experience in Pakistan after the earthquake. Folks with family & homes gone & absolutely empty pockets still reached out with mere crumbs & smiled.

 

So for what it's worth... Those are my examples...

Thus my point.

After a good cry... Hang in. Shine on. Shine on.

It does come back & get better!

 


 

1- SCHEDULE

 

2- NEWZ

 

     * NEW CD!


     * "Winds of the World" - Soundtrack for "Gateway to Faerie" Documentary!


     * "Angel on a Harley" - Tribute song

 

 

3- WHERE TO GET MY MUSIC

 

4- TATA

 

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1- SCHEDULE

Thursday, April 15th (tomorrow!)

Tarpon Lodge & Restaurant

PINELAND, FL

http://www.tarponlodge.com/home/

 6:30pm- 9:30pm

It's gorgeous, it's luscious AND we ALWAYS have a blast!

There's no cover,

so you can just treat yourself to a 4 star dinner

OR pub menu snack or drink or dessert.

 

MAKE SURE TO CALL FOR A REZ!

 

13771 Waterfront Drive
Pineland Florida 33945
US 239 283 3999

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Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Sweetwater Organic Community Farm

Tampa, FL

http://www.sweetwater-organic.org/

Sweetwater Music Series - 2-3pm is my set!

The entire doo is from noon-4

There's an open mic session from 12-1pm,

Rebekkah Pulley plays from 1-2

and open mic again from 3-4pm - all welcome! 


6942 West Comanche Ave Tampa Florida 33634

This is such a great series... original music serenading while folks visit & shop at this wonderful organic community farm! Please spread the word!

 

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Friday, April 23rd

Luna Star Cafe

N. MIAMI, FL


http://www.lunastarcafe.com/

Grant Peeples & Annie Wenz do the Luna - 8pm

775 NE 125th St.
North Miami Florida 33161
US 305-892-8522

I'll be opening for my incredibly talented buddy

Grant Peeples;

& then singing & percussing with him.

It'll be a GREAT SHOW! (so cmon down!)

 

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Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Ace's Lounge

BRADENTON, FL


http://4aceslounge.com/myweb/index_music.htm

Bob Nite! - 7pm

4343 Palma Sola Blvd
Bradenton Florida 34209
US 941-795-3886
Price: $10

There will be 10 bands

Singing different versions of Bob Dylan tunes!

Cmon down... dressed as Bob;)

It's really going to be a hoot you don't want to miss, so please help spread the word!

 

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Thursday May 13

Tarpon Lodge & Restaurant

PINELAND, FL

http://www.tarponlodge.com/home/

  6:30pm- 9:30pm

Gorgeous, luscious AND FUN AS EVER.

There's no cover, so you can just treat yourself to a 4 star dinner

OR pub menu snack or drink or dessert.

OR BOOK A NITE IN THE HISTORICAL LODGE & REALLY DO IT UP!

 

MAKE SURE TO CALL FOR A REZ!

 

13771 Waterfront Drive
Pineland Florida 33945
US 239 283 3999

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May 27- June 1

Kerrville Folk Festival

KERRVILLE, TX


http://www.kerrville-music.com/

 

The annual "Gathering of the Tribe"...

my international music family.

I'm not performing this year, BUT I'll be sitting in with a few friends on percussion here & there.

Primarily I'm going to touch the stone.

(That's where I was inspired to write. "We're too tired to sleep, to wired to dance, so we sway with the heavens in crystal blue trance. We are naked & threadbare & tapping our feet, we touch without touching & savor the heat")

 

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June 10

Tarpon Lodge & Restaurant

PINELAND, FL

http://www.tarponlodge.com/home/

6:30pm- 9:30pm

It's gorgeous, it's luscious AND we ALWAYS have a blast!

There's no cover, so you can just treat yourself to a 4 star dinner

OR pub menu snack or drink or dessert.

 

MAKE SURE TO CALL FOR A REZ!

 

13771 Waterfront Drive
Pineland Florida 33945
US 239 283 3999

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(RECORDING BREAK)

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July 22-25

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

HILLSDALE, NY


http://www.falconridgefolk.com/


 

YAAAAAY YAAAAAY!

I am SO SO LOOKING FORWARD

TO RETURNING TO THIS AMAZING FEST!

It's where I get to hang with many of my dear northern friends & family as well as perform on their wonderful family & workshop stages AND sit in sometimes with the house band as percussionist. It does NOT get any better.

 

Go to the website for tix NOW!

 

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2- NEWS

 

THe NEW CD!

YES YES. It's FINALLY in stone.

I will be recording the new song CD!

It WILL be done by the end of the summer.

I am so pumped!

My biggest decisions are now which unrecorded songs to honor.

I'm definitely recording

"Life in Harlan"

"Melting"

"Hallelujah Rose"

"Tick Tock Lounge"

"Roses & Candy Heart Parades"

"Still Circling"

"And We Wait"

 

& am still pondering & pontificating over the rest.

 

So. YAY YAY YAY.

I am practicing & singing & promising to give it my all.

 

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THE DOCUMENTARY!  

"Gateways to Faerie"

Is FEATURING my Instrumental CD "Winds of the World"

 

Here's the trailer...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2wIl8Py_KY

 

My dear friend Andy Corwin (of The Limeliters) is not only a brilliant musician, he's also a film maker.

AND he decided to make a film about Faeries told by renowned artists/storytellers

John Curtis Crawford & Bridget Wolfe!

The film also features art by Wendy Froud

(known best for her characters in

Jim Hensens "The Dark Crystal")

AND my music!

 

The film is absolutely stunningly gorgeous and needless to say, I am just honored & BLOWN away to be part of it. 

As soon as it's available online (I think it'll be just a mere $20) I'll let Y'All know.

 

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"Angel On A Harley"

 

 

So there I was...

writing about being excited about the FAERIE film,

when I was invited by Mina Daeling to perform at

The SW Florida "Faerie Festival"

But I had no wings... :(

So midnight, the night before the gig, I scrounged through my box of fabric & defunct dresses & I found an old red silk dress with pockets on the front. I cut it up & bent wire & hangers & sewed my own wings- leaving the pockets of course, because I figured it's time faeries figure out they should have pockets on their wings so that when they go thru toll booths on their Harleys, they can have their change in a handy place. 

 

Anyway, when I got to the fest, the wings started drooping on the ground & looking quite pathetic, so I sucked it up & bought some REAL Faerie wings (sadly without pockets)  I posted the photo on my facebook page & lo & behold my buddy Neale Eckstein decided to write a song called

"Angel on a Harley"!

 

Then Songwriter/performer Eric Schwartz happened to be in town & pitched in- co wrote the song as well... 

They said since as a nurse, I've done hospice care for numerous friends in music world, they wanted to write a tribute...

 

WHAT CAN YOU SAY TO THAT?

I of course cried my eyes out.

Check out the video & tribute at the end.

I was & still am speechless. Thanks so much Neale & Eric!

Here's the link to the UTUBE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fROo4jFxVVA

 

Course we're talking about refilming it this summer with me on the bike decked in the wings. YEA BABY!

 

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3- WHERE TO GET MY MUSIC


THANKYOUTHANKYOU IN ADVANCE

FOR SUPPORTING THE ART OF INDIES LIKE ME!

 

CD's can be purchased...


* Via my website :   

http://www.anniewenz.com/products.html


Where there are links to CD Baby for secure purchase of the actual CD

*& ALSO links for Digital Download via iTunes- Quick/easy/cheap~ ONLY
$9.99!

 

 

OR ONLY 99 CENTS FOR THE BIKER ANTHEM "RIDE"

 


 

A brief info-a-rama about the CD's...

"Winds of the World"

All instrumental w/ Indigenous/Native flutes

oneach song,  60 min long peaceful journey to nirvana type recording.
Folks are saying they love using it

for massage, yoga, dinner, romance;)

"Poets Dance"~

"A Magical Musical Travelogue"

Songs about life, love,
travel to far off places like Laos, Vietnam,

Thailand, Bali &
"Saskatoon Skies". I call this my "Story CD".



"Time is Magic" ~

Full on band production, produced by Grammy winning
 producer Norman Blain. With Annie Burns, Brooks Williams, Duke
Levine, Glen Velez!

 

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4- TATA

 

 

So Friends...

I'm grateful as always to have this opportunity to share the musical bits of my life with you all.

My struggle is always trying to create music that makes a difference... So Thank You for being there to help catch & spread my humble seeds!

 

With Gratitude...

Peace, Joy, Music

 

Annie



Percussion Workshop 2/27 in SW Florida - February 19, 2010

Hey Y'All

In case any of you find yourselves either on the west coast or jonesing for a jaunt or you know of someone over her who  may be interested...  I'd love it of you can pass this on!

Since the percussion workshop I taught at Koucky Gallery & Gardens over here on the left coast was such a blast, we're offering it again!   (& it really really is a sweet setting!)


Details/Scoop:     PLEASE CALL ASAP & REGISTER!

Date:  Saturday Feb 27th

Time:  1pm- 3:30pm

Location:  Koucky Gallery & Gardens   http://www.kouckygallery.com/

Cost: $25

Address:  5971 Bay Point Road, Bokeelia, FL  33922     (which is over here on Pine Island near Cape Coral)

Contact Phone:  239.283.4414  or  866.227.7163

or email:   KouckyGallery@gmail.com
annie@anniewenz.com

PLEASE CALL ASAP & REGISTER!

BRING YOUR OWN INSTRUMENT, OR LET US KNOW YOU'LL BE NEEDING ONE, WE WILL HAVE NUMEROUS ON HAND, BUT WOULD LIKE TO GET AN APPROX.  COUNT OF HOW MANY WILL NEED INSTRUMENTS.


& YOU CAN ASK THE GALLERY IF THEY HAVE SUGGESTIONS FOR ACCOMMODATIONS IF YOU PLAN TO MAKE A WOOP-DI-DOO  OUT OF IT.

Here's the description:
A percussion workshop by Musician/Percussionist & Songwriter Annie Wenz.  This hands on workshop promises to be both fun & educational.  This will be very different than a drum circle. Annie will be teaching all sorts of snazzy hand techniques & rhythm tricks & tools. How to play the drum to get different luscious tones. How to find "rhythm spaces" so you may create your own funky parts that compliment the grooves others play. How to get really cool sounds with NON drums!
No prior knowledge required. For adults or mature young people...
And particularly GREAT for teachers!  (all of the above are WONDERFUL for youth & community groups)

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As a percussionist...
I've been honored to have been in  some of the best company in the world...

Teaching with Futureman/Roy Wooten of Bela Fleck & Joe Craven of David Grisman Quartet

Studying & performing with Puerto Rico's Platinum award winning/Putamayo Recording artist Jose Gonzalez, Senegal's Massamba Diop (of Babba Maal's band) & World Rhythm's Tony Vacca

& I've accompanied artists such as Darryl Scott, Peter Himmelman, Lowen & Navarro & Eddie from Ohio.


Many Thanks & hope to see some of you there!
Annie

Brief Upcoming SW FL Wanderings! - November 11, 2009

Hey Beautiful Shiny Peeps

A Quickie reminder about this Saturday's

Percussion Workshop


AND next Saturday's Sweet Bean Gig!


KOUCKY GALLERY ON PINE ISLAND  - 239 283 4414
THIS very SATURDAY - NOVEMBER  14 
1PM -3:30pm  for Only $25


http://www.kouckygallery.com/   

(Rt on Stringfellow at center then a  few miles up on the Right)

PLEASE Call  283 4414  ASAP To reserve a spot so we can be set for you!


***FYI this will be very different than a drum circle. I'll be teaching all sorts of snazzy hand techniques & rhythm tricks & tools. How to hit the drum to get different luscious tones. How to find "rhythm spaces" so you may create your own funky parts that compliment the grooves others play. How to get really cool sounds with NON drums!

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NEXT SATURDAY NOV 21!!!  

PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD!

Nita's Sweet Bean Cafe  (YAAAAAY!)
1870 Clayton Ct.  Ft Myers  (just off 41 by Sams Club)
(239) 275-9000   http://ftmyersjava.com/
Only $6 Cover


NOT your ordinary bar gig! This is a REALLY SWEET Cafe Totally Dedicated to Providing an actual listening/concert space for artists to share music.  The ambiance is REALLY wonderful & comfy & ahhhh!
They have light sandwiches & all sorts of lusciously effervescent beverage blends.

It's just a fun place to spend a night out!  Easy parking. Easy location. (at website above)


It's my first time there & I'm hoping to fill the place, so please think about spending a fun saturday not sitting in front of your tube, singin & partying along with friends, celebrating, breathing, music-ing. 

SPECIAL GUESTS!!!
My longest dearest friend Danny Robles from my first band "JAVA" will be visiting & I will make him sing a few with me if we have to plunge it out of him!  (You'll LOVE Danny he's AMAZING!)

Again- PLEASE spread the word.

I Promise we'll have a great time!
Annie

THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU!

Annie

The Salman and Samina Global Wellness Initiative - September 17, 2009

Just read a great article about an initiative started by my friends Salman & Samina Ahmad (of "Junoon")... using music "to encourage cross-cultural understanding, and interfaith dialogue to promote peace, especially between Islam and the West and India and Pakistan." Here's a link to the article. & from there, you can find a link to their foundation. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32859167/ns/us_news-giving/#storyContinued

& a direct link to the  The Salman and Samina Global Wellness Initiative
http://www.ssgwi.org/

Be informed... Give if you can! Spread the Word!

Many Thanks!

Annie

Katahdin 100 Penobscot Spiritual Journey 2009... - September 7, 2009

Katahdin 100 Penobscot Spiritual Journey 2009...

The journey... Where to start... Up at 4:45am. Who sleeps knowing they have to get up THAt early? Damn the alarm. Scurrying about. Coffee. Yaaay. Eggs for protein. Pie for love. Doing the 'idiot check' to make sure nothing is forgotten. (3 hours into the journey, we realized we forgot one thing. The little chocolate donuts. Breakfast of champions. DAMN)

Squeezing running shoes over my swollen bashed up right foot. Shoulda known not to balance my drum inside the tailgate of the van. Just a wee chunk of little toe & few ounces of blood lost after the mighty fall from 6feet high to my bare foot. Not a happy event the eve before running. Ignore it, it'll be nonexistant.

Off to the sacred fire as the sun rises over the river. Sage & sweet grass offerings. Words of hope & intention. For Peace, For Love, For Messages, For Thanks, For All My Relations. Ajo.

Smoky breath. Pounding feet. Friends. One heart. One body running like a river.

Together 2 miles off the Rez. The running stick whispering a beat. A horn, a shaker, eagle feathers, ribbons, carvings. Passed down over many journeys.

Then two cross the bridge. Off the rez. The rest of us readying for our turns.

Then Brilliant skies. Huge white clouds. Turning trees. Green to red. An eagle with the whitest head. Watching. The river like a mirror. Paved roads. Then dirt. Cheering. Joy. Then Pain. Frustration. Tears. Stubbornness. Sweat. Hugs. Laughter. Huge hearts.

More pain. "I can't stop running. I want to go on. My mind & heart are fine."
My bad knee says otherwise. It gives out.
"I haven't yet gotten my message. I have to keep running!"

"Haven't you gotten your message? You can't do this. You can do something else."
"We need music too."

So I play flutes & drum. But I keep trying to run. Because that is most difficult. And I am pigheaded. The other is easy. So I run in stubborn bits.

But most of all, I am humbled & moved by Dale, Larry, Katrina, Judd, Bob & Eric who are able to run almost effortlessly (though they will swear otherwise) , but they still cheer me through my pitiful stumbling.

100 miles. Almost 15 hours. The last the most beautiful. In the dark on the mountain in the smoke of our breath. We all ran in together. One lone echoing drum beat. And the almost full moon filled up the sky, through the silhouettes of the trees. Our feet on Katahdin.

And the real unsung were there. Welcoming us. They didn't run. They brought gifts of food & heart & temporary home... Tents & fire & dinner & music were waiting. And everyone would have thought we were the big deal. We were the runners.

But really... They were the big deal.

Sometimes the least shiny thing is way larger.

If you don't/can't do one thing. You can always do something else.

Thank You My Friends! One and All. For your Largeness & your Hearts & Your Wisdom.
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