After performing at the New England Music awards in March, opening for Adam Ezra at The Stone Church in April, bringing the full band out for a performance at The Cambridge Mayfair Festival in May and the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Steel Stacks in June and opening for Foreigner in July, the truth is I’m not really sure which crazy story to share with you today.
There’s a great line in High Fidelity where John Cusack says, “What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?”
Ten shows, as far north as The Radio Bean in Vermont and as far south as The Dogfish Head Brewery in Delaware. Me and my acoustic guitar. As a longtime songwriter, 99 percent of my music starts with me by myself with my acoustic guitar. As lead singer, songwriter and frontman for Frank Viele & The Manhattan Project. I’m used to hearing my songs “electrify” into funk rock jams with horns, driving percussion and electric guitars.
For my band, Frank Viele & The Manhattan Project, 2011 ended with four funky gigs and a memorable radio show lying in the center of the North East Jam Scene, a scene and a party like no other. The Tuesday before Thanksgiving found me and the band on stage at Toad’s Place, playing with one of the jam scene’s top solo acts, Zach Deputy.
As a touring singer/songwriter and front man for Frank Viele & The Manhattan Project, I’ve had quite a year so far in 2011. 2012 should bring me close to 200 shows in a year. I’ve made every mistake in the book, fallen for almost every trick, and through these experiences have found myself sharing the stage with some of my favorite artists of all time and playing some of the greatest rooms the East Coast and Mid-Atlantic have to offer.