June 2013 Update

Well it’s been awhile since last updating the site with any news but I have been posting on Twitter and Facebook. If you want to stay up to date, be sure to like us, follow us, whatever.

I hope everyone has been enjoying the videos so far! I’ve been trying to post 1 or 2 videos a month. I filmed (with the help of my wife Kristen sometimes) Justin Sane of Anti-Flag, The Jim Ivins Band, Brad Mackeson and the hilarious The Beards lately. I’ve been trying to film a lot more but things have been canceled last minute in the last month. Those things happen when a) you’re trying to film musicians before their hectic shows b) it’s NYC so anything can happen like traffic and c) just scheduling things can be rough and can’t find time to do it. Weather has something to do with as well.

I probably shouldn’t post who I’m going to film because things might not happen and might get people disappointed. Lately when I saw I’m going to film someone, it falls through. I’m projected to film at least two bands this month, and even more in July. We’ll see if they actually happen or not. I hope!

If you haven’t been paying attention to local New York news, the city is trying to put a stop to street musicians. Anyone performing is considered a vendor, at least that’s my understanding of it and they have to play in a certain spot or be subject to a fine. I haven’t run into this just yet but I’m hoping its not a problem or might have to get creative with filming. I really don’t want to just film inside, backstage at a venue if I don’t have to. That will become really stale after awhile. In the winter that’s an option but now that’s it summer, I want to film outside! We’ll see how that goes.

Like always, if you want to help out in any way or have a band/musician in mind, please let me know at bryan@beforetheconcert.com. I could use all the help I can get!

Episode 9: Brad Mackeson

Singer/Songwriter Brad Mackeson is based in Nashville via Portland and recently played a show at Bowery Electric. I decided to meet up with Brad and his friends in a very packed Washington Square Park to film him play some songs off his new album 1945. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet, it’s available to listen to on Spotify but I’d recommend buying this one!

The day was beautiful and finally glad I wasn’t filming in the frigid cold. The park was packed with other musicians, a guy playing a grand piano (how does he wheel that around?), skaters, and dogs. Brad started things off with “Rooftop” near the fountain in the park. It’s always fun filming in NYC because people just don’t care and walk around you while you’re filming something. I always wonder if people would notice Bruce Springsteen jamming in the park or not. After “Rooftop,” we moved to a quieter spot on a bench and he played “Late Nights and Gunfights.” Brad ended up playing a new song called “Love Dies Slow” after that! Finishing up the episode, Brad played a cover of the Bob Dylan/ George Harrison cover “If Not For You” near one of the statues in the park. I can’t believe I never heard this song before (maybe I have, who knows) but I had to listen to the original after that because I loved this song!

I originally wanted to film in Cooper Square but Washington Square Park is always an excellent place to film. You just have to contend with other musicians and barking dogs though. Brad was extremely nice and we talked about WWII, his new album 1945, and other things. I sadly missed Brad’s show at Bowery Electric but I’m hoping to catch his set next time he’s in town. If he stops by in your town, check out his set!

If you like YouTube better, you can watch the episode over at the Before The Concert channel.

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