Acoustic trio gig TONIGHT in Memphis, TN at BAR DKDC! Excited to play with this new band featuring Alice Hasen on violin and Carl Caspersen on upright bass. Then I’ll be going solo to Little Rock, AR on Saturday; and Broken Bow, OK on Sunday. Please visit the SHOWS page for more info.
This photo was taken on the last date of my June tour through the United Kingdom and Ireland, opening for Jesse Malin. The trip was a success and I have a lot of people to thank for that, but most of all thanks to Jesse for asking me to join him. I’ve been a fan of Jesse’s since the early 2000s and had the pleasure of meeting him in NYC (when I played drums in his band during US and UK tours for The Heat from 2004-2005). We’ve kept in touch since then, and I’m honored that we’re friends. He’s a deeply genuine person and a true artist, not to mention a great songwriter and dynamic performer. Jesse is New York to the bone and has been a major part of the music scene for decades. He paves the way for upstarts (i.e. me) the same way that others paved the way for him. I can’t say enough, so I’ll stop here; but not before I tell you to get his new album ‘Sunset Kids’ on August 30th and go see him in concert.
I’ve been home for a week since my June tour through the United Kingdom and Ireland, opening for Jesse Malin. The trip was amazing for many reasons, and one of them being that I was able to travel as a Music Export Memphis Ambassador. I felt most successful in this role when I introduced myself to the audience every night, and told them that I live and work in Memphis; and that my two most recent recordings were made there. I think it gave a contemporary perspective for people in another country, that the Memphis music scene is more than what’s in the history books. The current artist community is thriving and serves a vital function to the identity of the city; and I’m proud to be a part of it.
Back home after an amazing tour through the United Kingdom and Ireland, opening for Jesse Malin! Fun shows, great rooms, and solid crowds. Big thanks to Jesse, his band and crew for the hospitality; and to Jesse’s fans for showing up early and actually LISTENING during my set. It was a pleasure to play for you and meet you at the merch table. I appreciate your kindness and patronage. Thanks to all the venues, promoters, and management for making everything run smoothly. Thank you also Music Export Memphis for the generous support. This was a fantastic maiden voyage overseas as a solo artist, and I look forward to taking the trip again soon!! Here are some of my pics from the road (and a few fan photos)…
Long drive today from Oxford, England to Glasgow, Scotland. Glad I had Radio Caroline to keep me company.
Stephen Chopek - June 2019 Tour
United Kingdom and Ireland
Opening for Jesse Malin
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 2019 - Stephen Chopek touring through the United Kingdom and Ireland from June 15th - June 22nd, opening shows for Jesse Malin, New York City-based singer songwriter.
Stephen will play solo acoustic arrangements from his critically acclaimed 2018 release, Begin the Glimmer. The Memphis Flyer chose the album as one of The Year’s Best and said, “Begin the Glimmer sports one perfectly crafted tune after another; the end result is a shimmering folk-pop gem that leaps from the speakers”. The opening track, “Made of Puzzles”, is accompanied by a video Stephen made with a car’s reverse camera - youtu.be/ApsdoVxrOdU
This tour promotes his new EP, Songs of Shane, Vol. 1 - a tribute to Shane MacGowan’s music with The Pogues and The Popes. Stephen once again shows his video making skills for the song “Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah” - youtu.be/JaeGrqu0W4g
A pillar of his set is “Radio Caroline”. The song tells the tale of a British pirate radio station of the same name founded in 1964. The station broadcasted from a ship on the open waters to avoid the BBC’s control of the airwaves. Their early support of rock-and-roll and DIY ethos struck a chord with Stephen. This song serves as a salute to their efforts.
June 15, 2019 - The Haunt - Brighton, United Kingdom
June 16, 2019 - Deaf Institute - Manchester, United Kingdom
June 18, 2019 - Arts Centre - Norwich, United Kingdom
June 19, 2019 - Bullingdon - Oxford, United Kingdom
June 20, 2019 - King Tut's - Glasgow, Scotland
June 21, 2019 - Whelans - Dublin, Ireland
June 22, 2019 - Limelight 2 - Belfast, Ireland
Stephen’s tour is supported by a generous grant from Music Export Memphis and he currently serves as a Music Export Memphis Ambassador.
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Since releasing his debut album, See Through back in 2012, Stephen has followed with 3 EPs and a full length album, Things Moving On Their Own Together, which garnered its fair share of critical praise, Skin Back Alley calling it “A skillfully crafted tapestry of punk, pop, folk and roots.”
Having cut tracks and toured with the likes of Charlie Hunter, John Mayer, and Jesse Malin, amongst others, Stephen has made a solid career as a busy session drummer, but addressing his solo repertoire, he has not only been quintessentially prolific, the indie singer/songwriter has taken the idea of being largely self-propelled quite seriously and has graced his own canon-to-date playing every instrument himself.
I’m launching a new photography project this summer. Sneak preview…
During my road trip last week to New York, I stopped in Lyndhurst, NJ to visit Jeff Hyman aka Joey Ramone.
Last week, I had the pleasure of being a guest lecturer at Pace University in Pleasantville, NY. I spoke to students enrolled in “How The Entertainment Industry Works” as part of the university’s Media, Communications and Visual Arts department. It was a lot of fun and would definitely like to do it again. Thank you Pace!