October 10, 2016
We've had a blast with you at our summer and early fall shows! Thanks so much to those who have come hung out with us! If you haven't seen us for a bit, you probably don't know that I am pregnant and growing a gal with a nice solid kick! She's continuing to practice in utero until January but until then will be accompanying us to the rest of our fall recording sessions!
Speaking of which, we're working with Danny O'Hanlon at Bungalow 9 and have been having a lot of fun. For those of you who have given to this EP project, you'll be receiving a preview single in the next couple months and we're so excited for you to hear it! If you haven't yet, check out the PATRONS page and be among the first to hear the new stuffffff!
Much love - xo
May 1, 2016
I really hope that you follow instagram and Facebook because I'm pretty bad at keeping this lil blog updated! However, here's a quick snippet of life at the moment:
At practice last week, we took a breath and just took in how great we are sounding together. It's been a little over 3 months since we brought Alden aboard and we're no longer just musicians who have started playing together; we're a band. It's so nice to know all the dudes well enough to try new things and work out new parts and make songs AWESOME instead of good enough. Yay for music magic.
Then, we played a show on Saturday at the Grand Lodge and the audience response was unbelievable. (THANKS, Y'ALL.) It was one of those shows where the audience trusts you and you trust the audience, and you feel safe enough to try new things... so we did. I definitely gave a disclaimer that "this is a brand new song, so it might run right off a cliff" but it didn't. It was solid and powerful and the audience loved it. We loved it too.
Anyway, I've said this before and I'll say this again: I love playing with these dudes.
Also, as you probably know, we've got an EP in the pipeline and all the fun that comes along with that... sooooo...
Come hang with us soon and be part of our big magic! xo
January 25, 2016
Guys! I'm launching a fundraising campaign to record a new EP. I need your help. Of course, if you have some $ to share, I would be ever so grateful to accept it towards this project. If not, you can still help by sharing the fundraising page and encouraging your friends to like/listen/give. Thanks so much for your help!
January 22, 2016
We're pretty stoked about our show next week (Fri the 29th) with Us Lights (see pic), Lael Alderman and The Local Strangers at Secret Society! We're a 4 piece these days, having recently added our super awesome bassist, Alden to the mix! He fits in perfectly - musically and personally - and we know you guys are going to love him.
See you Friday and thanks so much for your support!
January 20, 2016
Too often I hear people say about themselves, "I can't sing." They have a lot of shame about singing. I hear story after story of the last time people felt joy singing and the moment when that joy ended. Their families/teachers/significant others humiliated them and they could never sing again. It breaks my heart.
A couple months ago, I met a man who had severe throat damage and a stutter. Still, he sang. I cried tears of joy and reverence when I heard him - hearing that holy sound that was only his - because to sing is to be vulnerable. To sing is to be true. When we sing, it is an intimate offering, literally coming from within ourselves and out into the universe. That is always beautiful.
Please. Let's sing.
September 17, 2015
This photo makes me so happy...
A big group of new friends from all over the world at our Laurelthirst show, proudly displaying their freshly-adhered Del Phoena tats. They were all staying at the Hawthorne Hostel and graced us with their presence, attention and joy. What an honor!
Let's keep in touch, y'all! I wanna travel all over the globe & come play for you in your home towns!
September 4, 2015
THIS MONTH'S DEL PHOENA DOSSIER:
And helloooo September! I can’t quite believe that it’s here already and that we now have < 20 days until fall. Del Phoena is squeezing the most out of those days with more than 1/4 of them having a chance to catch some tunes somewhere in the NW. But first, time to write my monthly novel to you, my favorite people!
I’d actually planned to take a bit of break during the 9th month of 2015, but after being approached by OPB’s Weekend Edition for a little feature (yep! stay tuned to Facebook to find out when it will air), it turns out that right now is a bad time to take that respite for writing/experimenting. Telling OPB’s hundreds of thousands of listeners that we didn’t have any shows coming up seemed like it might not be our best angle. Instead, I started saying a hearty YES! to the offers arriving in the inbox and put together quite a nice lineup for the last few weeks of summer:
Dates & Deets:
September 5 -- Hillsboro, Oregon - Orenco Station @ 7pm (solo)
September 11 -- St. Johns, Portland, OR - House Party @ 7pm
September 12 -- Battle Ground, WA - Northwood Public House @ 7pm
September 17 -- Portland, OR - Laurelthirst Public House @ 9:30pm
September 22 -- Portland, OR - Dante's @ 9pm (guest on "Who's the Ross”)
And a glance into fall…
September 26 -- St. Johns, Portland, OR - Occidental Oktoberfest (time tba)
October 23 -- Forest Grove, OR - McMenamin's Grand Lodge
November 19 -- Portland, OR - Streetcar Bistro @ 7pm (solo)
Per usual, the list on the "LIVE" section of the website is developing on the regular, so stay tuned for more.
If you’re sad that you have to wait to hear the OPB piece, fear not. We have a little something for you now. Last month, DPh appeared live on the Homebrewed Culturecast, a podcast about pop culture, politics, religion, literature, music, comedy and the hosts just being funny and weird. This one was done in front of a raucous live studio audience, along with William Paul Young, author of The Shack, and the funniest guy in Portland, comedian Nathan Brannon. Don’t miss it. Check out the first half here, with the second posting soon: Homebrewed Culturecast Part 1.
And lastly, since DPh is based in the Northwest and most of the males in our audiences have beards (or are significant others of bearded folk), I thought I’d kick you this code for male grooming goodies from Men of the Beard, a sponsor of the culturecast mentioned above. Check out http://www.menofthebeard.com and use the code “CultureCast20″ to get 20% off of any order. Y’all are gonna look & smell yummmmmy at our next shows!
Smell ya later, y’all.
p.s. Please... Listen / Embed / Share widely, friends.
No marketing budget here... just y'all. Thanks for all you do.
August 7, 2015
THIS MONTH'S DEL PHOENA DOSSIER:
Oooooh my, I’m absolutely in love with summer. I do miss being on a summer tour, but I also love being home and enjoying exploration mode in the midst of my favorite season. For a while, this band has been hopping from crisis to crisis and I’m excited to progress from that way of doing things. I’m taking my time with this phase, enjoying each piece and honing it…
First off: percussion. I have always loved playing with percussive elements but when it comes to the live stage, there is only so much a single drummer can do… so now I’ve got two. Awwww yessss.
Some of you may have heard sweetie-pie Eric’s additions to The Water’s Fine at a couple of our spring shows, but now every song has some of that magical ambiance and energy. Playing around with new songs and old, Andy, Eric and I have been figuring out how vast and/or sparse we can take it, exercising the far reaches of the DPh spectrum of folk, pop and straight-up rock ’n’ roll. For the month of August, we’ll be focusing on these sprightly elements on stage, and then… well, you’ll just have to stay tuned. Nonetheless, it’s been funnn and I can’t wait to bring all of this to your ears and then play with even more sounds soooooooon!
Of course, it’s always incredible to create music, but to me, the audience is as important as any musician sharing the stage. Songs just aren’t complete without those who hear them and the infusion of listeners’ own perspectives on the sound-rich stories we create. That said, if it serves you, please come hang with us this month in Portland. We’ve got several chances for you to hear our swelling lil lineup:
* ¡¡TONIGHT!! Friday, August 7th at Secret Society 9pm
opening for Luz Elena Mendoza and Alejandro y Maria
(FYI, if this is the first you’ve heard of this, you should be following us on Facebook/Instagram!)
* Thursday, August 13th at Marmoset Music 6:30pm
with Author William Paul Young and Comedian Nathan Brannon
on the LIVE Homebrewed Culturecast with Christian Piatt, Amy Piatt and Slim Moon
TIX here - price includes 2 drinks & homebrewed swag!
Wednesday, August 19th at Orenco Station 6:30pm
*solo tunes all eve for the dinner crowd*
* Thursday, August 20th at Alberta Street Pub 9pm
with Major Love Event and Holly Ann
In addition to live shows, there are a couple recordings in the works, including a cheery-but-eerie number that will debut later this summer/early fall (on a compilation featuring badass ladies of Portland — honored to be included!). However, to hold you over until that’s released, here’s a little gift: a free download of a cover I did in response to Indiana’s RFRA, Simon and Garfunkel’s Sound of Silence. Let’s make some music and love the world, shall we?
Y’all are the best. xoxo
Phoebe // Del Phoena
June 6, 2015
THIS MONTH'S DEL PHOENA DOSSIER:
I wanted to send a short message to let you know of some very big news in our world:
It is with very mixed emotions that I announce that Zach is stepping down from his role as DPh’s co-conspirator. His assistance and influence on the first year of Del Phoena is something for which I will always be grateful, but I’m equally grateful for the chance to steer this ship solo. Thank you for your continued support as Del Phoena becomes profoundly mine. I’m all kinds of excited for all that will be.
Much more to come…
p.s. Please don’t hesitate to be in touch. I love hearing from you.
May 11, 2015
Thanks to all for the great turnout for the Friday's show. Here we are singing our hearts out!
Many thanks to Amanda Farmer, Mel Tarter, Anne-Marie Sanderson, Esmé Patterson, Joy Pearson and Emma Browne for sharing your gifts.
What a pleasure it was to share the stage with you!
May 7, 2015
We're pretty excited that tomorrow night's Secret Society show got a write up in Vortex Music Magazine! Check it out HERE!
See you tomorrow!
April 2, 2015
The latest Dossier:
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One year ago, Zach and I took off to hang out in the woods for a week. We had some serious heart-to-hearts about our creative path, wrote songs and distilled who we were and what we were doing down to its essence. We made a plan to record a brand new EP under a brand new moniker, book a duo tour and surprise everyone by revealing this new identity.
It’s been one year since that decision was made and about 9 months since we stepped out onto our first stage as Del Phoena and we couldn’t be happier with the immense strides we’ve made.
TBT: Songwriting Retreat 2k14
To celebrate this journey, we’ve got several gigs on the calendar where we’ll get to return to our roots as a duo. It’s always immensely satisfying to return back to the songs as a pair with gained experience and skill, taking the time to reexamine what works about a song and what doesn’t, sometimes reworking the entire thing so that it almost feels like a new piece of work. It also feels great to connect with the audience in a way that can feel so much closer and more familiar than when you’re booming from a tall stage with the full power of drums, amplifiers and sound systems. The experience is entirely different when you're looking at people from near-eye-level, telling stories and connecting in a more personal way. This intimacy is Del Phoena's nesting ground and it feels really good to visit home once in a while.
Join us for a set or two on one of April’s upcoming duo nights:
Friday, April 3rd at Streetcar Bistro (7-10pm)
Thursday, April 9th at Rock Creek Tavern (8-11pm)
Friday, April 10th at Edgefield Winery (7-9pm)
Thursday, April 16th at the White Eagle (8-9pm)
Looking ahead, we have a good chunk of time before our next full band show. Mark your calendars now for May 8th at Secret Society, where we’ll continue our sonic experimentation with our new drummer Andy Harmsen. He brings a new heft and dynamism to our songs that have already provided a strong shot of adrenalin to our sonic aspirations. We’ve also got new songs, special guests and are already working on a big production number for that show, so it is not-to-be-missed! (Speaking of special guests and fun surprises, you saw the Queen video from Alberta Street Pub, right?? That, too, was quite a special night.)
Thank you again for all of your support this last year. Here's to the next one and all the surprises, new friends, songs and stories it will bring!
Phoebe & Zach
p.s. There's always more on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and on our website, delphoena.com, so keep in touch!
March 20, 2014
Feeling grateful and blessed...
Our last show was incredible. Thank you so much to everyone who packed The Alberta Street Pub and made us feel loved. We had so much fun playing new songs and covers for you, hanging with some special guest musicians and introducing you to our brand new drummer, Andy! (Check out our FB page for a pic of him working on a new part and looking awesome.)
We loved that you came out and were enthusiastic about all the new stuff we're doing. We loved that when we asked you to participate in singing some parts, you did it. We loved that you supported us and bought the brand-new release of our second pressing of our debut EP! For these reasons, and for so many more, we feel supported and blessed. THANK YOU!
So much more is in store for the next couple months. Check out our upcoming shows to find out when you can catch us next. We've got some duo and full band shows on the horizon (new originals, covers and guests - oh my!), so mark those calendars now so you don't miss the action.
Let me leave you with this clip, sent to us from our last show -- our rendition of Somebody to Love by Queen. Sooo much fun.
See you soon. xoxo
March 9, 2014
Yesterday, Zach and I had the opportunity to play in an incredible showcase of new works from a collective called Dry Run. It is "a creative collective bringing you platforms to create, share, and try shit out." And try shit out, we did! I wrote a brand new song a day before the occasion, played it through a couple times with Zach and got to perform a "dry run" of it in front of a packed house. It was eerily close to that familiar nightmare, when you show up to the theater and realize that it's opening night and you haven't been to a single rehearsal. Strangely, it was exhilarating and not totally terrifying. Before we played, I told those gathered that I felt "scared but supported." I stand by that. But wow, face those fears, friends. Life is short and there's no other high like really living it.
Feb 22, 2015
We just played a fun literary event tonight at the American Legion on Alberta (Post 134 represent!) and are feeling inspired by how much incredible talent is in this town.
Other than small private events like this, we've been kind of laying low, getting ready for a big coming-out party in March, complete with a brand new drummer, Andy Harmsen, and a couple other very special guests. We'll also be releasing a new pressing of our 2014 EP, because we recently sold out of pressing #1! THANK YOU!
See you on March 12 at Alberta Street Pub! We can't wait to share what we've been working on with you.
Phoebe and Zach
Jan 16, 2015
Our resolution for the new year was to be better at keeping you all in the loop and we're sticking to it! Drumroll... Our very first DPh Newsletter just went out. If you want to get this little present in your inbox, sign up here:
The Del Phoena Dossier
Del Phoena Dossier 01/2105 edition: NEW YEAR NEWS
We're loving 2015 so far: The Year of the Sheep. From the Astrology Club website, according to the chinese zodiac:
"The Sheep is the symbol of the Arts. It relates to passive and nurturing times. It will help the healing process with regard to past events caused by individuals who have little respect for the human race or life itself. It will be a year of banding together in faith and in belief that good will prevail and win out over the forces that refuse to comply to a peaceful way of life. For those who trust in goodness, happiness and success will follow."
Whether you are a believer in astrology or not, we think everyone could use a little more sheep energy in their lives after all the ups and downs of 2014. So, we're hitting the streets here in the Pacific Northwest in the hopes of bringing cheer to the masses with our music and message; we have some special shows in the upcoming months to kick 2015 off right, so here's hoping you can join us soon!
Wednesday, Jan. 28 @ 9pm - The LaurelThirst - FREE
Thursday, March 12 @ 9pm - Alberta Street Pub
& Friday, Jan. 30
a trip to see our pals in The Dalles @ the RiverTap!
To tide you over till then, check out our Facebook page for a Sweet Suicide video from our pal Erin's NYE party!
In other news... We've also begun a search for a drummer and bassist to expand our sound to fill every type of venue. Ol' Dr. Machine, our friendly neighborhood drum machine, has done so much for us over the last several months, but he just can't take the place of real live musicians in the room; it still sounds so good, but it's like eating candy with the wrapper on - just not the same as the real thing. So, we're on our way to building the sound big enough to match our ambition, and couldn't be more excited about it.
We'd love to see you at a show or hear from you! Thanks from the bottom of our hearts for all the support you've given us over the years, and of course, thanks as always for listening.
Zach & Phoebe
Dec 18, 2014
Here are some Christmas songs for you and yours. ❤︎
Mistletoast is an annual holiday compilation put together by our friend Jeremy Cox. I arranged and recorded "When God is a Child" for this year's.
The version of "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" was recorded on a whim after Engineer Lee Howard heard me playing/singing it during a break from recording. We decided to throw it together and had this baby done in less than an hour. When it strikes, it strikes.
Dec 4, 2014
Friend and fan Margret Harburg choreographed and shot this awesome hoop performance to "The Water's Fine." Check it out. She's amazing.
Nov 18, 2014
We launched this website post-summer tour, which we've realized means that we never posted any of our summer podcasts here for you. We thought we'd post one we did in Denver, CO and a quickie appearance from Bloomington, IN. If you're lucky, we'll dig up and post the 2 seconds of our July 4th performance featured on the Little Rock, AR news... stay tuned.
#1 We had a great time chatting with Michael Edwards and Guest Host Sam Worobec, two Denver-based musicians, about all things DPh. After we wrapped up this recording, we ended up spending the next several hours drinking local Denver microbrews and shooting the musical shit... and then playing old recordings of songs we'd each done with the promise of no judgement. Gems from high school, college and beyond. Oh the places you'll go, indeed. It was a lovely night.
Here's the beginning of it:
Meet Del Phoena on the Pseudobook Podcast
Check out more Pseudobook episodes here.
#2 A brief appearance on the Strangers on this Road Podcast with Matthew Alano Martin, a hilarious comedian from the Hoosier state (find out more about him here). We played a show in Bloomington, IN that he attended & recorded. Just a note that someone drops something HUGE in the middle of our song and it's not a sick beat (or <insert bathroom humor here>):
Y'all are sweet and we love you.
Oct 8, 2014
Hi! We can't thank you enough for all the support at our recent run of shows in Portland. We felt the love. We hope you felt it too.
Phoebe's in the midwest playing some private events and Zach is getting his project Condition White performance-ready, but fear not! New DPh songs are in the works. Can't wait to share them with you!
Now get outside and jump in a pile of leaves before it's full of slugs.
Sept 25, 2014
Sept 22, 2014
A new project and now a new site! I've been working on some new tunes in my new music room and playing around with a new lineup that includes the masterful Nick Chura on drums and, of course, everybody's favorite, Zach D, on keys. Of course, Dr. Machine is still around too. We fell in love with him on tour this summer and couldn't leave him behind.
Join us for one of our next shows:
Sept 25 @ Secret Society
Oct 5 @ Al's Den