WTF May: Eaton Tacos

May’s edition of WTF will be cool because our featured guest is my good friend Bill Hardy, who performs as Eaton Flowers. I’ve been playing in his other project, SMU quite a bit recently and really enjoy making music with him.

We aren’t the most Cinco de Mayo themed group in the world, but when our show lands on May 5th, we can at least go for a play on words. Waffle Taco will play a set, Eaton Flowers will play a set, and then the two will combine to become Eaton Tacos.

Sunday, May 5th  6PM – WTF at Jade Lounge
Eaton Flowers, Waffle Taco, Eaton Tacos

Gig count: 10

Cinco

Waffle Taco is hitting up Tiny Desk again this year. Ben just got a sweet upright, which sounds awesome. I think we agree on one of our favorite tunes being Cinco, so we decided to put that one out there for the competition. Enjoy!

Snow Day

Every year since discovering the tiny desk contest that NPR puts on, Waffle Taco has submitted an entry. This year, with my solo performance focus, I decided to put in a solo entry as well. Especially since I am trying to put out a video of me looping every month this year.

I chose my tune Snow Day to submit for consideration. Here it is:

Autonomous Series

April is the month I am unleashing my new solo set on the world. In addition to playing it at the WTF, I am playing as part of the Autonomous series at the Bit House Saloon. The series is a showcase of solo artists put on by Nicholas, the wonderful man behind all of the music that happens at the Bit House. I ma extra exited because he is playing on the show as well, as Aux 78.

Tuesday, April 9th  8PM – Autonomous Series at Bit House Saloon
Clodewerks, Flaxen Hair,Aux.78,Gnostic Evolution (beat box)

Gig count: 9

WTF April

After some scheduling issues on Jade’s end, we are back to the first Sunday of the month! We are most likely doing solo sets with a special guest solo artist. More info TBA.

Sunday, April 7th  7PM – WTF at Jade Lounge
Clodewerks, Top Shelf Low Down, TBA

Gig count: 8

St. James

For the next part of my solo video series, I decided to play my favorite tune, St. James Infirmary.

I live this tune because it fits the dark, rich sound I am drawn to in my producing. I added the plunger to the mix recently and think it colors the piece nicely.

I decided to get artsy with the video, and it backfired a tiny bit. The auto focus got really confused by the plunger movement. That said, I’m happy with the performance and the overall video. I hope you enjoy it too.

Sound Foundry

I’m a big fan of the Creative Music Guild and the unique and forward thinking shows they put together around town. I’ve gone to quite a few of their Outset series that features local artists. In fact, it was at one of those shows that I reconnected with Bill and started playing with SMU.

After being an audience member for a number of times, I’m excited to be a performer on a CMG show! They have been doing something called Sound Foundry. The way it works is that a featured group will play, and then the group will split up and improvise in small groups with local musicians. For their next installment, I am going to be one of the local improvisors.

The featured artist is a duo named Ground Patrol from NYC. They have a math-rock like sound. I’m interested to see how playing with them goes, because my style isn’t as driving, but I could also see it being a nice counter point.

Details here: https://creativemusicguild.org/kyle-sanna-nyc-sound-foundry/

Wednesday, March 6th  8PM – CMG Outset Series at Turn Turn Turn
Local Improvisor

Gig count: 7

Open Mic

As part of my rigorous prep for my solo set, I took the stage at an open mic last week to play four tunes that I have worked up. It was the first time I played an open mic and the first time I performed my solo pieces without a laptop or backing tracks.

I had a great time. It was good to play stuff I didn’t have 100% polished out in the world. I met some new musicians that I wouldn’t normally run into otherwise.

Gig count: 6

WTF Mardi Gras!

Waffle Taco’s monthly showcase continues on, but moves to second Sundays starting in March. Since Mardi Gras is the first week of the month, we thought we would celebrate in true New Orleans fashion.

Montavilla Brass quintet will be playing some New Orleans favorites, and Top Shelf Low Down will be playing some new NOLA inspired music.

Cancelled

Sunday, March 10th  7PM – WTF at Jade Lounge
Montavilla Brass Quintent and Top Shelf Low Down

Gig count: 5

Engineer

When I was in high school looking to go into college, there were two distinct paths in front of me. I loved playing trumpet and making music, but I also had a real knack for math and problem solving. A lot of adult figures said “Kyle would make a great engineer”, but I had a strong passion for music.

Obviously I went the music route, and have never looked back. I was fortunate to find my way into web development though the magic of general education requirements which led to my career at NAVEX Global.

After 7 years as a front end developer, I have accepted a position as a full stack software engineer at NAVEX. I am very excited to reach this next step in my career path. My parents got a real kick when I told them the news; “What was that second word you said!?” It will be a big change for me to do less JS and more C#, but I’m looking forward to learning more!