September 15th and September 21st. A Tuesday and a Monday. And something fun is happening on both days! Let's start with the 15th.
For the past six months, my writing partner, Will Van Dyke, and I have been hard at work on a collection of standalone songs - first writing, then gathering a stellar collection of singers and musicians and going into the studio to record an EP of our songs. And on September 15th, the EP will be released. It's called A View of the River and it features Billy Porter, Kate Baldwin, Jonathan Groff, Matt Doyle, Abby Mueller, Preston Sadleir and Tamika Sonja Lawrence, who are all simply outstanding singing these songs. I'm immensely proud of how it turned out, and can't wait for people to hear it. It will be available on iTunes, Amazon and wherever digital music can be found. And then . . .
And then . . .
On September 21st, we will celebrate the release of the EP with a star-studded concert at 54 Below. Some of the singers from the EP will be on hand, as well as a list of truly great people to sing not only the songs from the EP, but some songs from our musical Imagine Harry. Kate Baldwin, Annaleigh Ashford, Julia Murney, Matt Doyle, Preston Sadleir, Tamika Sonja Lawrence, Taylor Trensch, Jake Odmark, Jessica Vosk, Marcus Neville and Josh Lamon will join Will and a kick-ass band to tear the place up. Join us if you can - it is going to be a fun night! If you go to 54 Below's website, they'll be happy to help you get tickets.
For a more in-depth look at both the EP and the concert, check out this terrific story on bykennethjones.com.