The New Gypsy Feet Band – This Friday!

IMG_3722_2Ah….  Yes, this is where I get a lot of inspiration for my music, and my life.  Took a trip to the Gila Hot Springs on Monday, and sat at the top of Cienega Ridge with a 360-degree view.  To the east, here, I’m looking toward the Black Range in the far, far distance.  The day could not have been more perfect:  soaking in the hot springs for a few hours, enjoying the quiet, and then this beautiful stop on the ride home.

And now we’re looking forward – the New Gypsy Feet Band and I – to enjoying some rousing music on Friday night!  July 3rd, at Diane’s Parlor, in lovely, historic downtown Silver City!  Fine food and drinks, and fine folks.

The new band members are:  myself, Charlie Alfero on mandolin, Jeff Ray on bass, Dale Rucklos on guitar, Paul Hotvedt on fiddle, Paul DeMarco on flute, and introducing our new percussionist, Tony Prewit on congas.  Seven members!  Yeah!  

And sounding damn fine, if I can say so myself!  So come on downtown and give a listen.  Bring your dancin’ shoes.  We’re definitely live – and lovin’ it!

DSC04572Quick preview for next week:  On Friday, July 10, I’ll appear again at the Courtyard Cafe (Gila Regional Medical Center) with a few guest musicians for their Summer Concert Series.  Every Friday, noon to 1 pm.  Bring your own lunch, or choose from the healthy options at either the grill or in the cafeteria, then eat at your leisure under the trees.  A few weeks ago, I was there, and the crowd was fantastic.  So don’t miss out on this lovely summer music venue.

For more of my summer schedule:  https://gregrenfro.com/schedule/

Three Solo Performances this Week ~

greg smile ycch 2014Hi Friends,

It’s not often I play solo, so playing solo three times in a week is a first in a long time!

Thanks for supporting local music ~

Wednesday, 17th, 6:30-8:30:  Solo, playing original folk and favorite rare folk covers at Diane’s Parlor, 510 N Bullard, in Silver City’s downtown historic district.  Fine food and drink, and fine folks.

Friday 19th, noon – 1 pm:  Solo – original and classic folk-rock Americana (guitar, harmonica, vocals) at the beautiful, shady Courtyard Cafe of the  Gila Regional Medical Center, 1313 E 32nd St, Silver City.  Free.  Healthy lunches in the cafeteria, with fresh meats on the grill outside!

Sunday, 21st, 9-11 am:  Solo performance for a Solstice Service at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Silver City at 3845 N. Swan Street.  Refreshments and conversation after the service.

Greg

What an Exciting Summer Line-Up!

Sure appreciate all you people who like to come out and hear local music!  And it looks like it’s going to be a big summer of music for me – and it suits me just fine!

First, I’ll share this coming week, then give a brief look-ahead to Rockhound State Park and ending the summer with Pickamania!

This Sunday, 7th, 1-3 pm, The Loose Blues Band (Scott vanLinge and myself) will bring classic blues, rock, country and folk to the Yankie Creek Coffee House in the downtown Silver City arts district, Texas and Yankie Streets.  It’s always free, a friendly setting, with wonderful folks.

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Then Thursday, 11th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, I’ll play solo, some of my original folk and favorite rare folk covers at Diane’s Parlor, 510 N Bullard, in Silver City’s downtown historic district.  Fine food and drink, and fine folks.

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Ending next week, Friday, 12th, noon – 1 pm, The Loose Blues Band will bring classic blues, rock, country and folk to the beautiful Courtyard Cafe, Gila Regional Medical Center, 1313 E 32nd St, Silver City.  It’s also free, and DSC04572a lovely location where you can bring your own lunch or purchase from healthy choices in the cafeteria and/or from the grill outside!  (And next Friday, the 19th, I’ll play this same location solo.)

If you want to check out my schedule page, you’ll find lots more events through the summer.

One of those August events is the summer music series put on by the Friends of Rockhound State Park, where Greg and Charlie and the Gypsy Feet Band will play at throckhoundnight4e stone pavilion overlooking the valley at sunset.

I was there a couple years ago with the Loose Blues Band, and it’s a beautiful setting, well worth making the drive for a day’s outing.  More info is here: http://www.stateparks.com/rock_
hound_state_park_in_new_mexico.html

Most exciting…

Pickamania-Logo_sm1Greg and Charlie and the Gypsy Feet Band will perform on the main stage of MRAC’s 7th Annual Pickamania weekend, second in the line-up on Saturday.  The whole line-up is here:  http://mimbresarts.org/pickamania2015/

Thanks for supporting local music!  Love seeing you out there!

Love and Peace,

Greg

Greg & Charlie and the Gypsy Feet Band at Diane’s Friday

20150410_181927Hi Friends ~

This Friday, Greg & Charlie and the Gypsy Feet Band are happy to be making music for you all at Diane’s Parlor in historic downtown Silver City, 510 N Bullard, 6-9 pm.

We’re excited about the Blues Festival this Saturday and Sunday, and promise to kick off the weekend with at least one bluesy tune for your dancin’ feet.

Hope to see you there!

Love and Peace,

Greg

“Loose Blues” and a “Greg & Friends” gig

This Saturday, 25th, 6:30-8:30 pm:  The Loose Blues Band will perform classic blues, rock, folk, and country at Diane’s Parlor, 510 N Bullard Street, in beautiful downtown Silver City.  Free.

panorama YCCHAnd Sunday, 26th, 1-3 pm:  Greg will perform original folk and favorite rare covers with a few invited friends at Yankie Creek Coffee House, Texas and Yankie Streets, in the heart of the downtown arts district, Silver City.  Free.

Earth Day’s 45th Anniversary – and more

Greg n Cindy body crop45 years ago, I was just 19 when I played a few songs for the very first Earth Day – I celebrated in Springfield, Missouri, finishing my first year of college.  (This tintype photo was taken about that time in Silver Dollar City, MO, at one of those tourist places that loan vintage clothes for the pic.)

Last Tuesday, invited to play a few songs on Earth Matters, I reprised one of those songs from my first Earth Day performance – “Mother Earth.”  If you missed the show Tuesday morning, it covered all the local Earth Day events and will be re-broadcast this Thursday, April 16, 8 pm on KURU, 89.1 FM or streaming live on GMCR.org (8 pm MDT).

This Saturday, if you’re celebrating Earth Day, I expect I’ll see you (my Silver City friends) at Gough Park, downtown, where activities will be going on from 10 am til 2 pm.  I’ll be playing with Charlie Alfero and the newly revived Gypsy Feet Band – Jeff “Santa Rita Slim” Ray, Dale Rucklos, and Paul DeMarco – from 11 to noon that day.  See ya there.

20150410_181927Saturday evening, the Gypsy Feet Band will play again at Diane’s Parlor, 510 N Bullard Street, in beautiful downtown Silver City.  Free.  Fine food and drink, and fine folks.  6:30 – 9-ish.

greg n scott @dianesSunday, 19th, 1-3 pm:  The Loose Blues Band will perform classic blues, rock, folk, and country at Yankie Creek Coffee House, Texas and Yankie Streets, in the heart of the downtown arts district, Silver City.  Free.

IMG_2782Our gardens are blooming and might be calling us to stay home, but let’s get out this Saturday and celebrate the beauty with our local communities!

And thanks for supporting local music!

Love and Peace to you all,

Greg

Greg and Charlie revive Gypsy Feet Band with new members!

Happy spring, Everyone!

I realize I haven’t blogged since January – but winter’s a time for quiet.

Now it’s spring, and life is reborn!

To start things off, here’s a copy of a recent media release, to give some history of the old Gypsy Feet Band and its new revival:

SILVER CITY, NM — “Greg & Charlie” – Greg Renfro and Charlie Alfero – have been performing as a folk-rock duo in and around Silver City since 2002 (13 years!) and have recently been joined by three other musicians.  And they’ve revived the name of a band they were part of from 2004 − 2009 – the folk-rock dance quartet known as the “Gypsy Feet Band.”

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Shems Nickle (l), Charlie Alfero (in the cowboy hat!), Ed Teja (in the bowler hat!), and Greg Renfro opening the first Pickamania Sunday.

Those who’ve been around Silver City for a while will remember the old Gypsy Feet Band, with Ed Teja on electric lead guitar, Renfro on guitar and bass, Alfero on mandolin, and Shems Nickle on djembe.  The band performed some of Renfro’s folk-rock originals along with classic danceable rock favorites and were booked regularly at the Twisted Vine and Isaac’s in Silver City, the Buckhorn Saloon in Pinos Altos, and were selected to open the first-ever Pickamania Sunday.

The quartet eventually disbanded as many bands do, and Teja, returning to his gypsy ways, went to live in Cambodia with his artist wife Dagny Sellorin for a couple of years.  Today they’ve returned to Silver City, but Teja has hung up his guitars in favor of writing.  Nickles plays today with Sufi musicians, notably singer and guitarist Gayana, most recently at Yankee Creek Coffee House.

Renfro and Alfero first picked instruments together in 2002 when Greg had a regular Friday night gig in the patio of the original Vicki’s Restaurant on Texas and Yankee Streets.  Soon they were performing as “Greg and Charlie,” and in 2008, they recorded their first album of original music, Settle On In, and have performed at many local and regional venues, including repeat invitations to the OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGlenwoodStock Festival, the Tucson Folk Fest, and events in Socorro and Santa Fe.

The duo had no intentions of reviving a band, but as happens, they’ve been joined occasionally by local musicians, and some have clicked and stayed around:  Jeff “Santa Rita Slim” Ray on bass, Dale Rucklos on guitar, and Paul DeMarco on flute.  The sound is not only bigger and more danceable, but wonderfully complex.  Ray has experience in country, roots rock, vintage blues, mountain music, and bluegrass – and has been playing around the area since high school with notable groups such as the Delk Family Band.  Rucklos brings a jazz-inspired sensibility with a diverse background in rock, jazz, blues, and country.  DeMarco, who has been performing with musicians in the area for thirty years, expands the sound with his collection of flutes.

GFB 15-3-23People began to quip that the still-coalescing group was reminiscent of the old “Gypsy Feet Band.”  With the addition of three more names to the mix, promotions got more cumbersome, and one day audience assessment won out, and Renfro and Alfero decided to revive the Gypsy Feet Band name.  It was first used for a gig at Diane’s Parlor the night of Friday, March 27, 2015.

Renfro and Alfero plan to record a second album of original music this year, expanding their sound with the new Gypsy Feet musicians and possibly others.

“Greg and Charlie and the Gypsy Feet Band” will perform next at Diane’s Parlor on Friday evening, April 10th, 6-9 pm, and are booked there three more times before the end of May: April 18, May 1, and May 22 – all at Diane’s.  And they’re also scheduled to play the Rockhound State Park near the Florida Mountains southeast of Deming on August 15th as a part of the “Music Under the Stars” series.

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“Rebel Jesus – and other songs and stories of the season”

I hope you all are enjoying this beautiful autumn as much as I am.  And if you’re in the mood for socializing with music, I’d like to invite you to one or both of performances I’m involved in this weekend – including one special concert.

GnCnJSaturday night, December 6, 6-9 pm
Greg and Charlie (Charlie Alfero and I) will perform with bassist Jeff Ray and guitarist Dale Rucklos at Diane’s Parlor, 510 N. Bullard, downtown Silver City.  Fine food and drink, fine folks, and a rocking’ good time with our mandolin-guitar mix of original folk/Americana and favorite rare folk-rock covers.

(OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt seems we must have missed the anniversary, but Charlie and I have been performing together for over ten years now!  We have one album, Settle On In, and our work has been included in five compilations!  And we’ve never stopped having fun!  Thanks for a great decade, Charlie!)

Sunday afternoon, December 7, 1-3 pm, Greg and Jean
 (with Jeff Ray on bass) will perform a special concert “Rebel Jesus – and other songs and stories of the season – of holy days, apocalypse, and Gila River defense” – a long title, but there’s a lot going on that deserves a song!

rebel jesus posterFirst, Jean wants everyone to know that the word apocalypse means “the revealing” or “the time when we see clearly.”  Isn’t that just what our world is waiting for – now?  And lucky for us, some of our favorite songwriters – Jackson Brown, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young, in particular – have written some phenomenal songs about mystical events, cataclysmic events, and opening our eyes – songs that need to be heard and remembered.

The season of Gila River defense has inspired us to gather a collection of river songs, including my one-and-only protest song from the days I worked to help protect the Merrimac River in Missouri (and the famous, huge Onondaga Cave below it from being flooded) from a dam.  Like a lot of protest music, it pokes good fun at engineers and bureaucrats.  (We’ll begin the show with these.)

We have another fun original song very few in New Mexico have heard, about a flood I endured on the Missouri River – downstream from a whole slew of dams, dikes, diversions, and engineers!  “High Water Refugee” is the song, and it was also the name of a band I had for years back in the 80s. Looking forward to reviving it for you all!

Finally, the season of giving will finish up the show with Jackson Browne’s classic “Rebel Jesus” and Peter Mayer’s “Holy Now.”

GnJnJ croppedYankee Creek Coffee House is a wonderful place to hang and chat and visit, and early birds can grab the sofa!  Coffee, tea, and baked goods.  Perfect Sunday afternoon?

Welcome also the Rain!
Support local music!

~ Greg

PS  Don’t miss the grand opening of “It Takes a Village” non-for-profit shop across from Javalina’s on Texas and Market – this Saturday, Dec 6.

Two performances downtown this week!

Hello My Friends!

DSC05441 cuNo music last weekend meant that I was able to finish, with Jean, the last fencing around our house, including a gate, and two gate handles hand-crafted from oak branches.  We’re proud to show ’em off here!  Hope you all have been getting your last outdoor chores completed too ~

This week I’m happy to be performing twice.

DSC04697Wednesday, November 12, 4-7 pm, Scott vanLinge and I (duo version of the Loose Blues Band) will perform our classic blues, folk, rock and country at a SNAP* fundraising benefit at the gastronomically-famous** Alotta Gelato at 619 N Bullard (just south of 7th Street).  After a set or so, I’ll play a few solo pieces, and then Jean will join me for a short set of new material we’ve been perfecting.  So, come on downtown, get yourself a gelato, and help support this important community program.  (*SNAP is the Spay and Neuter Awareness Program.)  (**Alotta Gelato has been included in Fodor’s, Frommer’s, NY Times, and other exclusive guides, so if you haven’t been there lately, maybe you should visit!)

panorama YCCHSaturday, November 15, 2-4 pm, Scott and I (Loose Blues Band duo again) will perform at the Yankie Creek Coffee House at Texas and Yankie Streets in the arts center of historic downtown Silver City.  If you miss Wednesday, or even if you don’t, come on down and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere – comfy couches, tables and chairs, WIFI, coffees, teas, baked goods and friendly folks!  The concert, as always, is free.

Enjoy this gorgeous weather!

Support local music!