Our 2017 schedule is still being fleshed out, and will be more abbreviated than previous years. We are hoping to try some new locations and events as well as previous venues from April-September. Due to other commitments, vacations, and travel plans, some dates may not be possible, but please check with us anyway. We will post dates as soon as we can. We are also seeking a few indoor gigs through the fall and winter.
The first selection is Boats to Build written by Guy Clark. We recorded it in our rehearsal studio after learning it two weeks earlier. We hope to be able to do more like this because it is how we sound today.
Some of the others are original demo recordings from way back when no one had ever heard of us. We went into Rebach Recording Studios. Roger Ebacher turned on the mics and we simply played and recorded them all live.
The session was HOT. Like about 99° F! We thought it would be important for people to hear what we sounded like in our live show rather than a polished and produced recording session.
Stellwagen has been together as a duo since 2006. We played together previously in a classic rock band called Rust. This means we not only get along well, but we are comfortable exploring musical waters together.
Our first couple of years it was just for fun because we simply like music so much. Then we started playing out for private events and then benefits and parties. The response has always been flattering, so we decided to polish things up even more and take it to the street.
For a typical performance we don't require alot of space. There are only two players but we do bring several instruments each. We have a small PA we can set up almost anywhere, good for up to 250 people. For larger venues we expect to use the house PA or can provide a larger PA at added cost. When calling to book us, please keep that in mind. We are ideal to open for bigger name acts or can entertain a crowd for a full evening.
Our name reflects our connection to our locale and to the sea. Our name is derived from the famous Stellwagen Bank, the historic fishing grounds off the coast of Massachusetts. Stellwagen Bank is now a National Marine Sanctuary. Both Rob and Jim are avid sailors.
We won't play in any place where we have to compete with blaring TVs tuned to sports shows, or country western bars or anyplace that expects to dance or rock the night away. However, we do well in festivals, concerts, pubs, restaurants, function rooms or any place people go to enjoy good acoustic music. We aren't all soft and folky, but we aren't going to rock the roof off either.
So, whether it's simply as an opening act for another band, one of a group of acts for a benefit show, a house party or club event, please give us a look and a listen.
We aren't very demanding and are very affordable. We do believe that artists and musicians should be paid for what they provide. Our base rate for any kind of situation is $200 for the duo for up to two hours (2 sets) of live music. A three hour show (3 sets), is a $300 minimum but can be higher depending on distance and other factors.
Some events simply do not have a budget for a group. We often will play for benefits, but only for worthy causes we also believe in. We understand how difficult it is to raise funds and cause awareness, so we will certainly try to help you out if we can.
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