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Oct. 14: Collaborating at A.D.A fundraiser
When Eric Schwank from the band Fire By Night asked Dom to perform at a benefit show, there was a catch: the two would have to work on a few songs to play together. No problem; on the contrary, it sounded like a fantastic idea!
Dom and Eric became friends through the South Jersey music scene about four years ago, but had never performed together (not even at open mics, where they met). But the idea for this particular show -- held at Coffee Works in Voorhees, N.J., on a Sunday evening -- was for Eric to gather some of his musician friends and collaborate with them. All proceeds from the show went to the American Diabetes Association through Eric's wife, Gelsey, who was scheduled to participate in an A.D.A. walk-a-thon the following weekend.
At Eric's suggestion, he and Dom played two songs from Along the Way ("Good Shepherd Sunday" and "Wish You Were Here") and a Bruce Springsteen cover ("Atlantic City"), with Eric singing background vocals on each song and playing lead guitar. The trio of tunes went over very well with the crowd, especially when Eric brought out his mandolin for "Atlantic City." Eric then asked Dom to stay on stage and play a few more songs solo.
The event, which was headlined by Fire By Night and featured three hours of eclectic performances, brought in close to $230 for Gelsey's fundraising efforts.
Oct. 12: Dom debuts at HGC, thanks to band
One of the pleasant surprises from participating in this summer's Operation America Rising rally in Dover, Del., was meeting Scott Perlot from the band Chapel Street Junction. Dom and Scott kept in touch in the months since the July 7 rally, and planned a show in which Dom would be the supporting act for CSJ at Home Grown Cafe, a popular restaurant in Newark, Del., right on the border of the University of Delaware campus.
The show took place on a Friday night during what happened to be Homecoming weekend for the college, so a normally brimming night spot was even more crowded than usual. Dom got to play the middle set of a three-hour show, playing originals except for a medley of Bob Dylan's "Like a Rollin' Stone" and "All Along the Watchtower."
Scott and bandmates Dave Reagan, Ron Beard and Paul Sedacca floored the crowd with their bluegrass and americana music. And the opportunity to join them at a show might help Dom get a return date at Home Grown Cafe. Many thanks, CSJ!
Oct. 9: Pre-release radio play for new EP
Dom's music has climbed a mountain, literally and figuratively.
KRFC, a radio station based in the Rocky Mountain city of Fort Collins, Colorado, broadcast a song from the soon-to-be-released EP, Remember Me: New, Original Folk Music for the American Soldier, on its Tuesday morning drive-time program, hosted this week by Chris K.
A little after 9 a.m. Colorado time (11 a.m. in South Jersey), Dom's "Heartbeat Lullaby" hit the airwaves, between songs by national AAA/americana artists Ray Wylie Hubbard and Rodney Crowell. Also featured in that hour were John Fogerty and Emmylou Harris, and the previous hour included music by Paul Simon, Suzanne Vega, Steve Earle and Bob Dylan.
This is the first time a traditional broadcast radio station has aired one of Dom's songs in a program featuring major-label artists.
Special thanks goes to Chris K., who programs much of the playlist for his show. Chris hosts the drive-time morning block on alternating Tuesdays, in addition to other specialty programming at KRFC.
KRFC is a public radio station broadcasting in the Fort Collins, Boulder and Denver areas at 88.9 FM. Luckily for those outside the considerable signal reach, the station's website (krfcfm.org) offers live streaming audio, so some South Jersey listeners were able to catch Tuesday's show.
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