My music debuts on Australian radio on the Uncharted Wednesday Nights show, 97.9FM, Forbes, NSW Australia (AEST) 7pm.
First Fridays in Bixby Knolls, Long Beach, is a community event that happens once a month & is hugely popular. Musicians perform in various locations on the street and there are vendors peddling their art, food, political agendas and such. I didn't have an amplifier, but I belted out my stuff in front of Aura Thai and then sat in with the Dave Williams jazz group!
I was invited to sit in with the Dave Williams jazz band and sing some Nina Simone and blues standards. This is such a treat for me given I mostly perform solo these days. The additional cool factor was that the gig was at a Long Beach thrift store called the Tithing Closet -- we sat on furniture that was for sale! Chef Sarah Lim provided a delicious vegetarian supper & after my set, I enjoyed the immense skills of Orange Peal Vibrations (vibes & marimba -- must be seen to be believed).
I was contacted by New Zealand digital label Unearth Records who offered to distribute one of my tracks 'I Ain't Over You' as part of a compilation. So now I'm a part of Unearth Music with a bunch of really great artists worldwide!
The last 6 weeks were really busy. I traveled from Vancouver to Seattle to Portland to Seattle to Minneapolis to LA to Long Beach. Phew! I played lots of gigs as well as attended lots of blues jams. Oh, and I finally I got around to putting my debut EP today on Bandcamp too!
Many of the gigs I do are solo cover gigs (although I always add some originals too). This cover gig at the Lakewood Golf Club was pretty special because it was with my very good friend and multi-instrumentalist, Rebecca Lynn. I played piano or guitar and she played guitar or violin while we both performed lead & harmonies on tracks such as 'Space Oddity' and 'Karma Police'. Wish I was sticking around longer to do more work with this talented musician!
House concerts are another one of my favourite types of shows to do, as there is an audience who are actually there to listen to you! This show was hosted by local music-appreciators Jody & Judy Timmerman & the evening was shared with local style queen & blues vocalist Shy But Flyy, who is making waves with her band in the LA/Long Beach area. Mutual friend & shredder, The Whereabouts guitarist Chris Vella, joined both of us to impart his tasty blues solos.
Had a gig at the Melrose Trading Post in Los Angeles. This market has some cool vintage goods & collectibles for sale in the grounds of a high school. I'm honoured to play here as the market books some really great acts. I generally make some decent tips out there too on the cute corner stage. I love lunchtime outdoor gigs! And I got this:
Today I released my self-titled debut EP on iTunes, Spotify and a bunch more! I chose this date because it's my father's birthday, and he is the greatest human being I know.
My first show in Long Beach since I left 2 months ago was at the Gina Woodruff Gallery with up and coming singer/songwriter Chelsey Sanchez. We both showcased an hours worth of originals (and some covers) to an attentive audience. These kind of gigs are rare -- I'm so used to playing noisy places! As well as solo versions of the songs from my EP, I also performed 3 songs I had recently written in Vancouver.
Lisa Spykers is a singer, songwriter, piano player, acoustic guitarist, instrumental and primary school teacher, porridge chef, vegan caterer, author, nomad, and unstoppable force of nature.