For the last month, I have been toiling away at a new solo set. I am used to playing in groups all the time, but when its just me I definitely feel the pressure.

This time is a little different because I am transitioning from ableton for all of my effects to pedals. I’ve been finding that timing the looper on my computer is pretty hard, especially with effects also on the cpu.

I’ve only played out solo twice since coming to Portland, and next week I am about to double that. Here’s where it’s going down:

Loop Madness
Thursday, 8/2/18 8PM
Lombard Pub, 3416 N Lombard, Portland

Waffle Taco and Friends
Sunday, 8/5/18 7PM
Jade Lounge, 2342 SE Ankeny St.

Also, I’m playing with SMU at No Fun on Hawthorne on Sunday. I am just realizing I had a gig with them at No Fun in March and at the Tonic Lounge in May that aren’t on here. That means the total gig count is up to 21!

Quintet and German Music

I was feeling bad about missing Encore Brass’ annual gig at the Milwaukie Farmers market for the first time since joining, but I am excited to be helping with running their German music group starting this summer!

In somewhat related news, am going to be playing a church service with the brass quintet on Sunday, July 22nd at Rose City Methodist.

Official gig count: 16

June Round up

Its been crazy busy with playing out, and this has turned into more of a list of my performances for the year, rather than regular postings of new tracks and coding projects.

There were so many, I forgot a few gigs for June. In addition to our unique opportunity to play at the Saturday Market, which went amazingly, we played:

  • At WTF, our monthly showcase
  • At a birthday party at a really unique motorcycle shop
  • At an art opening in a hair salon

Its always crazy to me  all of the unique and cool situations I’ve been a part of because of my playing.


In addition to the many Waffle Taco and SMU shows I’ve played this year, I’ve also been keeping up with my more traditional trumpet playing.  As second trumpet in the Montavilla Brass Quintet, I’ve had the opportunity to play  a few different gigs. Most have been for private events, but I wanted to post them here to document that I did them. We’ve played:

  • A Mardi Gras themed show in February.
  • A Kentucky Derby themed show in May.
  • Lewis and Clark’s Graduation in May.

Portland Saturday Market

This year has been about the gigs, and I am excited to announce a big one for Waffle Taco: The Portland Saturday Market.

We will be there 11:30 to 1:30 on June 30th, playing acoustic stuff from both Waffle Taco and Top Shelf Low Down. This will be a big audience for us, and are looking forward to reaching out to new ears!

Top Shelf Low Down

I really enjoy being a part of Waffle Taco and working with Ben to create new music. When Ben told me he was looking to start up a new musical project to showcase his songwriting, I was excited to be a part of it. After months of work, Top Shelf Low Down is complete and available for listening.

In addition to playing on the album, I used my experience from releasing WT albums to help with getting CDs made and setting up Digital Distribution. It’s good to practice the practical ends of the craft as well as the artistic.

Bear’s Custom Knives

As someone who works diligently in his basement on nights and weekends working on perfecting sounds and code, I can appreciate the hard work that goes into any craft.

My wife’s brother-in-law has a real passion and talent for forging knives. It’s really cool to go over to visit and see his forge and latest projects in progress. He also has a really fun instagram page showing his work.

It was a cool opportunity for us to collaborate when Sean wanted to grow his hobby into a business, and I wanted to add an e-commerce site to my portfolio. Without further ado, here is Bear’s Custom Knives’ official website: 

The instagram made for some awesome photos that really made the site shine.


Here’s a new track I’ve been working on for a while. It has existed as a beat on my computer for quite some time, and it took some time for me to develop structure around it. Big ups to Ben Beauvais (Bass) and Mike Campbell (Tuba) for laying stuff down to fill it out.

More Gigs!

Its been a booking boon for me this year. It’s impacted my productivity on producing and programming, but it’s been really fun to get out there to play and hang out with other great musicians here in Portland. Here are some new dates coming up:

Waffle Taco and Friends
Sunday, 4/1/18 7PM
Jade Lounge, 2342 SE Ankeny St.

This month we are actually debuting “Top Shelf Low Down”.

Loop Madness
Thursday, 4/12/18 8PM
Lombard Pub, 3416 N Lombard, Portland

Loop Madness is a showcase of some really cool local acts, which we got looped into through via our friends in Yannica Set and Twenty Three Suns.

May 5th, the Montavilla Brass Quintet performs at Lewis and Clark Graduation (not a public show)

Waffle Taco and Friends
Sunday, 5/20/18 7PM
Jade Lounge, 2342 SE Ankeny St.

With special TBD guests


Upcoming Gigs

Waffle Taco and Friends
Sunday, 3/11/18
Jade Lounge, 2342 SE Ankeny St.

This month we are debuting “Top Shelf Low Down”, a new project spearheaded by Ben that I am playing on as well.

Tuesday, 3/13/18
Jade Lounge, 2342 SE Ankeny St.

SMU is back at the Jade lounge for more cool improvised sounds

Waffle Taco and Friends
Sunday, 4/1/18
Jade Lounge, 2342 SE Ankeny St.