Monday, June 20, 2016

Harper and Midwest Kind June Blog 2016

Howdy everyone,

Sending positive healing vibes and prayers to our brothers and sisters in Orlando, Florida.   

We have just come back from an amazing weekend in Orangeville, Ontario Canada where we were fortunate enough to headline the Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival.  What an amazing event, located down town with multiple stages, workshops, food vendors , arts/crafts and a car show.  The weather was stunning, the vibes were friendly and the crowd numbers were full to the max.  This was guitarist Mike Howe's first show with us, returning after a 14 month hiatus. 

The new CD "Show Your Love" hit # 5 on Billboard Blues Charts for the second week and top ten for the past 10 weeks.   Also # 10 on The Roots Music Report and # 1 Hot Hit Tracks 100, in the Netherlands woohoo!  And to top it off, # 3 on The Australian Blues Charts, so cool to be appreciated by the folks from home!   In May we headed down south for some very nice shows. The first show was The Natchez Festival of Music, held at the Performing Arts Center.  This theatre was featured in the James Brown Film.  A beautiful building for sure.  After the show,  the sponsors for the event kindly held a reception for us in their home which was a renovated Train Station.  The next show was Martins in Jackson, Mississippi,  this was a bit of a quite one, but a really nice room  and cool folks.  Then we headed North to BBs Jazz Blues and Soups, St Louis.  Yes we are back at BBs!!!   Some of you may remember we had to cancel last time through.  Word is that the old management is back in place and all is well.  We had an amazing show at Blues at The Bohm in Albion Michigan.  This is a cool theatre gig where we got to play a set and then the blues jammers got up to jam for a few sets then we finished off the night.  We had a great turnout - 217 peeps for a Monday night aint too shabby.   The Bohm theatre is a stunning music venue, check it out if you are ever in Albion, Michigan

We have a busy summer schedule coming up, loads of festivals, concert series, some club dates and workshops.  Please check out the tour guide below.  Hope to see you out on the road this summer!!
Thanks and Peace,

Harper and Midwest Kind
www.harper.biz (Official Harper Website) CDs/ Shirts/ downloads
 http://cdbaby.com/cd/harperandmidwestkind2   CD Baby      
www.harper.biz/workshops.html    Australian Didge-ucation
www.youtube.com/harperband (for live video clips)
www.facebook.com/harperandmidwestkind
www.musicpage.com/harper
www.reverbnation.com/harperandmidwestkind

Monday, March 28, 2016

Harper and Midwest Kind March 2016 Blog

Hey Everyone,

Happy Easter! Just back from a tour down South and getting ready to head out again this week.Very happy to say that the new CD "Show Your Love" is now available for pre release on the newly revamped Harper and Midwest Kind website: www.harper.biz Downloads are also available on CD baby, iTunes, Rhapsody and more: http://cdbaby.com/cd/harperandmidwestkind2

So happy with this CD. It was created by the love of our fans. I feel it is the best music Ive ever written.I hope you all enjoy the new tunes. Official Release date is March 31st!

 February saw us in the snows of winter. After our amazing sold out show at Violets in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, we headed back to Michigan. About 30 minutes from the US Border, we made a stop at a Gas Station, then we headed to the Tunnel at Windsor. I had to change some Canadian Cash into US Dollars at the Currency Exchange. When I got back in the van, we all noticed that our drummer Mario Copeland was no where to be seen. Then the horrible realization hit us- we had left Mario behind at that gas station! I then had to talk the Canadian Border guard into letting me turn the van around so we could back track to that gas station from earlier that day. Mario didn't have a phone on him and we had his passport, so there was no way to contact him. Incredibly we found the Gas Station and we were so happy to see Mario's smiling face as we rolled into the car park. Funnily enough this is the second time this has happened to us, but we will make sure it doesn't happen again!

As we headed south to Georgia, North Carolina and Florida, a huge snow storm hit Michigan, we were happy to leave when we did. We had three weeks of amazing weather and great shows at the Blue Note Grill, NC, Darwins in GA, the Legendary BBC in Tallahassee, FL, The Green Parrot in Key West, Guanabanas in Jupiter, our fav Irish Pub - The Celtic Ray, Punta Gorda, The Little Bar in Goodland, Key Largo's Bayside Grille and Terra Fermata in Stuart. On some off days we hung with some friends in Jupiter - Katie and Everett and Dawn and Scott. We had bon fires every night and I even cooked a massive salmon pie for us all! Our friends Ann Marie and Mackie gave us a delicious feast before the Celtic Ray show!! We had some mighty fine dining in Florida for sure! . We all managed to put on a few extra pounds. It was a big haul North to Michigan, but when we arrived we were greeted by Spring! Hope to see you at our CD release Parties and upcoming tours!

Thanks and Peace, Harper and Midwest Kind
www.harper.biz (Official Harper Website) CDs/ Shirts/ downloads
 http://www.harper.biz/workshops.html   Australian Didge-ucation/ harmonica workshops
www.youtube.com/harperband (for live video clips)

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Harper and Midwest Kind December Blog

Howdy Everyone,

I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving.   After our amazing Australian Tour,  it was straight out on the road to South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.  We were greeted by warm weather - up in the 80s and many friendly faces.   Home team BBQ on Sullivan's Island in South Carolina was fun.  You may remember this time last year, we had two guitars stolen from our van, but thankfully we were able to catch the thief with the help of the Charleston Police.  Thankfully, no problems this time through.  Darwins in Georgia was also a good time.  Then we hit florida with a vengeance with some amazing shows at Englewoods on Dearborn, The Cultural Center of Charlotte , Terra Fermata and Guanabanas.  We stayed most of the week with our good friends - Katie and Everett and Dawn and Scott in beautiful Jupiter.  These kind folk really took care of us!

The big news is that the HARPER AND MIDWEST KIND NEW CD GO FUND ME CAMPAIGN has reached the new total of $6520 raised with only $480 to reach our target of $7000
  Woohoooo !!!!!! gofund.me/peterdharper 

If this link above doesn't work please cut and paste this link and put it in your browser.   https://www.gofundme.com/peterdharper   A huge thank you to those who have contributed and shared.  We are able to create this new CD because of you!!

For those who would like to pre order the new CD/ shirt or other stuff we will be keeping the website open for another week finishing on Christmas Eve.  We have been recording the new CD at Big Sky Recording Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I hope to have the CD ready for release sometime in February, 2016.   There will be 11 new tracks and I plan to call the new CD  "Show Your Love" .  Let's face it,  we need more love in this world with all the tragedy we see and hear about.  So hopefully my music will put that positive energy out there into the universe!

Hope to see you all out on the road this Winter.  Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Holidays, Peace, Love, Unity and Happiness  to all!

Thanks and Peace,

Harper and Midwest Kind
www.harper.biz (Official Harper Website) CDs
http://www.harper.biz/workshops.html    Australian Didge-ucation
www.youtube.com/harperband (for live video clips)
www.facebook.com/harperandmidwestkind
www.musicpage.com/harper
www.reverbnation.com/harperandmidwestkind

Friday, November 13, 2015

Harper and Midwest Kind November Blog- Last Month of Go Fund Me Campaign

Hey Folks,

We've literally flew in from Perth, Western Australia just a couple of days ago and are about to head south for some shows in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, USA. No rest for the blessed!!!  Our Australian tour was amazing.  Will, Bobbi and I got to hang with Bobbi's family in Melbourne. Bobbi' s brother has a beautiful property in Research with an in built family of kangaroos and Kookaburras.  We also visited the Harper Clan in Perth. I hadn't seen my Mum and Dad for over ten years and some of my sisters for 15 years.  We had a great time with our families.  The shows were a lot of fun too.  The German Harmonie Club in Canberra was a full house, lots of old friends like Margaret and Ian Ferguson turned up.  Then we got to hang with the incredible James Glendenning at the Sydney Blues and Roots Festival.  We did some touristy stuff like visit the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and in Melbourne - The Healesville Sanctuary.  Will Rideoutt my fabulous guitarist got to see Emus, Wallabies, platypus and wombats.  The Towradgi Beach Hotel was also a lot of fun.  We had two shows at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz.  I would have to say that the second show was the best Ive ever performed in my home country.  Our Aussie Midwest Kind- of Andrew Robson and Adrian Sutton did a great job of learning the all original repertoire.  The flight home was not so good.  Will's flight to Vancouver was canceled because the plane hit a pelican.  Our flight from Perth was delayed, then our flight from Sydney to Vancouver came in late, so we missed the connecting flight to Toronto. Then our Flight to Detroit was delayed by one and half hours. Plus Bobbi and I were security checked at every city.  But we arrived home safely with all our bags, harps and didgeridoos intact!

The big news is that the HARPER AND MIDWEST KIND NEW CD GO FUND ME CAMPAIGN has reached the new total of $4160 raised  https://www.gofundme.com/peterdharper

If this link doesn't work please cut and past and put it in your browser.  
https://www.gofundme.com/peterdharper

We have covered the cost of the recording studio (yay) and now we are well on the way to covering the costs of the CD pressing and artwork (double yay).  We have one more month to go, so if you haven't checked out the website please do so now before we close it down..   We have lots of goodies on offer:  You have several choices: a  pre release signed copy of the new CD and a signed poster or a Tee Shirt or all three.  Maybe a house concert or harp/didgeridoo lesson in your own home as well!  Bobbi and I could also bring "Australian Didge-ucation" to your local school or library.  A huge thank you to those who have spread the word and supported this campaign. We certainly intend to give something back for your amazing support. 

Hope to see you all out on the road this Fall and Winter here in the USA.  Wishing you all the very best for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday!

Thanks and Peace,

Harper and Midwest Kind
www.harper.biz (Official Harper Website) CDs
http://www.harper.biz/workshops.html    Australian Didge-ucation
www.youtube.com/harperband (for live video clips)
www.facebook.com/harperandmidwestkind
www.musicpage.com/harper
www.reverbnation.com/harperandmidwestkind

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hey everyone,

Happy Fall!!!  A few more shows to go before we head to Australia for three weeks!  As you all know I had to cancel the tour last year because of some fractured ribs caused by another driver driving through a red light. But Im all recovered now and the Aussie clubs and festivals were gracious enough to rebook the tour for 2015.

The big news is that we have launched our GO FUND ME" campaign for "Harper and Midwest Kind's new CD"   gofund.me/peterdharper

If this link doesn't work you can cut and past and put it in your browser. That should do the trick:  https://www.gofundme.com/peterdharper

The main goal is to raise  $10 000 to cover the recording studio, artwork, CD pressing and publicity costs.  So far, in just over one week we have raised $1800 with much more being pledged.  This will be the first studio CD in five years, so its well overdue!  I have written a bunch of new tunes and we've been road testing them since the Summer.  We have the recording studio "Big Sky Recording" in Ann Arbor, Michigan booked for December and  we have even lined up a great publicist.   For those who wish to get involved there are loads of goodies to choose from.  You have several choices: a  pre release signed copy of the new CD and a signed poster or a Tee Shirt or all three.  Maybe a house concert or harp/didgeridoo lesson in your own home as well!  Bobbi and I could also bring "Australian Didge-ucation" to your local school or library.  We certainly intend to give something back for your amazing support. 

Hope to see you all out on the road this Fall!

Thanks and Peace,

Harper and Midwest Kind
www.harper.biz (Official Harper Website) CDs, Tee Shirts
http://www.harper.biz/workshops.html    Australian Didge-ucation
www.youtube.com/harperband (for live video clips)
www.facebook.com/harperandmidwestkind
www.musicpage.com/harper
www.reverbnation.com/harperandmidwestkind

Harper and Midwest Kind September Blog, 2015

Hey Everyone,

September is here and we are just about through the summer and the festival season.  We had a blast out on the road this summer!  We performed in MI, PA, IN, IL, IA, SD, NE, ID, OR, WA, CA, CO, MN, Ontario  and Manitoba, Canada, TN, NC and SC and drove through all the states in between. Lots of driving but stunning views from the road.

We are launching our GO FUND ME" campaign for "Harper and Midwest Kind's new CD"   gofund.me/peterdharper

If this link does't work you can cut and past and put it in your browser. That should do the trick:  https://www.gofundme.com/peterdharper

Our aim is to raise $10 000 to cover the recording studio, artwork, CD pressing and publicity costs.  This will be the first studio CD in five years, so its well overdue.  My band and I have been road testing most of the new songs over the summer and the feedback has been great.  Some of the new tunes feature my new didgeridoo in C with the beautiful Dolphin artwork  (aptly named Heather) . She sounds amazing!  The Official launch date is Saturday September 19th . The GO FUND ME page is up and running!!!!. For those who wish to get involved there are loads of goodies to choose from.  You have several choices: a  pre release signed copy of the new CD and a signed poster or a Tee Shirt or all three.  Maybe a house concert or harp/didgeridoo lesson in your own home as well!  Bobbi and I could also bring "Australian Didge-ucation" to your local school or library.  We certainly intend to give something back for your amazing support. 

Our July trip to Colorado was a lot of fun.  Bobbi and I presented "Australian Didge-ucation" at Five different libraries.  We had some very big crowds of kids and their parents.  Our  Colorado club dates at Still Cellars, Navajo Hogans and The Little Bear Saloon were great. Lots of old friends turned up. Good to see our old buddy Lloyd Hoops back at The Bear!!!   We had shows in Michigan at The How Bazare Festival,  Roots on the River and the Michigan Theater.  We drove all the way up to Beausejour , Manitoba, Canada for the Great Woods Festival, Concerts in the Parks in Thunderbay, Ontario and The Boundary Waters Blues Festival in Ely, Minnesota.  Lots  and lots of miles but well worth it.

Hope to see you all out on the road this Fall!

Thanks and Peace,

Harper and Midwest Kind
www.harper.biz (Official Harper Website) CDs, Tee Shirts
http://www.harper.biz/workshops.html    Australian Didge-ucation
www.youtube.com/harperband (for live video clips)
www.facebook.com/harperandmidwestkind
www.musicpage.com/harper
www.reverbnation.com/harperandmidwestkind

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Harper and Midwest Kind June Blog, 2015

Happy June Everyone,

The Summer Festival season has arrived here in the USA . My band "Midwest Kind" and I are about to head out on a Four week Tour taking us all over the USA.   We will be headlining Pennsylvania's, Jacks Mountain Blues Festival  and opening for HEART at the Spyglass Winery this weekend then its onward to Idaho, Washington, Oregon then California, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado then back to Michigan before heading to Thunderbay, Ontario,  Canada and Beausejour, Manitoba, Canada.  We have some great festivals coming up in July: Portland's Waterfront Blues Festival, Oregon,  7 Sisters Festival, California, Sioux Falls jazzfest and The Blue Waters Blues Festival, Nebraska.

Happy to announce that the "No Wukkin" Furries" T Shirt has arrived and are available on www.harper.biz    We have small through to 3XL, some sizes sell out more quickly than others but be assured, we can now order in new shirts in a timely manner.  We will also have shirts at our shows.  Some of you will also notice a bunch of new tunes over the next few months.  We plan to road test a lot of new material. Please let me know what you think.  My band and I will be recording a new studio CD in December for a February release.   Its been a while between CDs but Im really working hard to make this one the best so far. 

Hope to see you all out on the road this Summer!

Thanks and Peace,

Harper and Midwest Kind
www.harper.biz (Official Harper Website) CDs, Tee Shirts
http://www.harper.biz/workshops.html    Australian Didge-ucation
www.youtube.com/harperband (for live video clips)
www.facebook.com/harperandmidwestkind
www.musicpage.com/harper
www.reverbnation.com/harperandmidwestkind