June 3rd, 2016 – Julie and I take the Bay Area donut shops by storm in celebration of “National Donut Day”. Half a dozen pop-up concerts on the back of a pickup truck at donut shops in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley. Of course, our title track, “The Donut Shop,” opened every show we played.
Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 –
At the San Francisco chapter of the Westcoast Songwriters, Japa wins the monthly competition with her acoustic solo performance of her song, “The Moth”
Japa is now qualified to play in the yearly playoff competition in July.
“The Moth” is inspired by a dear love of mine who passed away in 2007. Michael and I shared the practice of Kundalini yoga. In this tradition, we chant the word “Akal”, which means “undying” or “deathless” to help the departed soul return home.
One day after Michael passed, I sat down with my guitar, “Rio” in a field of tall grass, which Michael referred to once as “Yogi Bhajan’s beard”. As soon as I sat down and started playing, a white moth flew down, landed on a piece of grass in front of me and stayed there the entire time I played.
As soon as I finished, The moth lifted off and flew away. This song is dedicated to you, Archangel Michael.
Hear the song on Down in Front’s Bandcamp Page
Thank you Point Arena and Sierraville! We had a blast! Good times, new friends, new fans, lots of happy people saying we sounded great and glad we had come!
As a special bonus on the way home, we made an unplanned stop in Sacramento for the Bernie Sanders rally that just happened to be going on as we rolled through town. So of course we stopped and entertained the crowd with our newly modified version of “Fallen for You” switcharoo into “Voting for You”…have a listen…
Go Bernie Go!
March 20th, 2016 – Thanks, everyone, for coming out to our show at El Rio last week.
So much fun! Great turnout, great sound guy (thank you Griffen), Gurusurya our photographer and big thanks to our visiting sister band, Gata Negra who flew in from Denver & Portland for the big event.
Great fun was had by all. Down in Front!!