Hey folks! For those of you who are attending the 2014 Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, MO this weekend…I’ll be showcasing officially there this Friday and playing guerilla showcases throughout the weekend. Here is my schedule:
friday, feb. 21
2-2:30pm - ComboPlate Booking (Rm. 752) ITR w/Anna Vogelzang, Devon Sproule
6:30-7pm - *OFFICIAL SHOWCASE* (Liberty Stage) w/band
11-11:15pm - Wine & Nut (Rm. 742)
2-2:30am - Poltz & Pressman’s Sanctuary Of Jamz (Rm. 737)
saturday, feb. 22
10:30-11pm - Americana Agency (Rm. 653)
12:30-12:50am - The Old Home Place (Rm. 643)
Hope to see you there!
Pressing the Pause Button - A Quick Announcement
Anthony da Costa here. I hope you’ve been well so far in 2013. I’m just coming out of a month-long winter break between semesters of my last year of college…I had a lot of time to rest, reflect, and just generally hang with friends and loved ones. I’m looking forward to this last semester and graduating from school.
This past fall, after a long and intense summer of touring and playing in three countries, I was diagnosed with tendonitis, which is an acute inflammation of the tendons, usually due to overuse and repetitive stress. Unfortunately, I have it in both of my hands, and this has made playing the guitar more and more difficult and sometimes painful.
Not to be completely discouraged, I decided that I would appear at all of my fall/early winter shows (from October through December) as just the singer, with an additional accompanist playing guitar. While I enjoyed these shows and it was an interesting challenge to perform without playing, I have realized that I am much more artistically and personally fulfilled when I am able to play myself. At the end of December, I started to play again and try and readjust my technique…A month later, I am still in pain after playing, sometimes for days.
All of this has led me to an incredibly difficult but seemingly necessary decision, which is that after my February 1st show at the Jalopy Theatre in Red Hook, Brooklyn, I will be taking a hiatus from playing music live. I will also unfortunately have to halt the recording and production for my “Onwards from November” monthly subscription releases. For those of you who have signed up for the deluxe version of the subscription series, you will be refunded your money. I am hoping to rekindle this series when I am well again.
This is by far not the end for me…In fact, I am doing my best to think in the long term and make sure that I will be able to play for years to come. This is more like pressing the “pause button”…I ask that you send me your positive vibes, and I hope to return better than ever…I have been writing a ton of new songs and have been brewing up a bunch of new and exciting musical projects in my head which I hope to bring to life very soon.
Until that time, I will not be playing any shows as Anthony da Costa, and will instead heal, finish school, write however I can, and maybe start a blog. I dunno. I’ll figure it out. I appreciate your support and have always considered myself fortunate to have people who listen to my music and come to my shows.
Saturday, January 26th @ 8:30pm - Postcrypt Coffeehouse at Columbia University / New York, NY / with Margaret Glaspy, Aaron Lee Tasjan (Free show)
Friday, February 1st @ 8:00pm - Paper Swan Presents @ Jalopy Theatre / Red Hook, Brooklyn / with Laura Dunn, Free Advice, Melaena Cadiz and more… (Tickets - $5)
Most things I worry about never happen anyway.