Friday, November 28, 2014

Justice....If not now, when?

I think my "friends" and "fans" and "followers" may be becoming tired of me posting about race and change and justice.... I think I get more "likes" when I post silly mundane stuff, I think people might be "hiding my posts" because they don't want to hear it anymore.... I want my friends and fans to understand, that I don't want to post about it anymore either! I don't want to go outside in the cold and protest, I just had hernia surgery last week! I should *not* be running around downtown screaming "No Justice, No Peace, No Racist Police!" But more than that... I don't want to live in a world where we *have* to talk about it!

I don't want to live in a country where children are regularly shot and killed by rabidly mad and militarized police who are then vilified as thugs while their grieving parents' churches are burned to the ground by white supremacists while they're in mourning for a child who can't be at thanksgiving dinner ever again! I don't want to hear about people shot and left to burn in their cars because they're protesting injustice. I don't want to live in a city where children are beaten and paralyzed by the very people who are supposed to protect us, and I find myself thinking "Well, at least poor Jordan and Leon aren't dead, cuz Michael Ellerbee and John Gammage are never coming back and their killers are working on the force and free"?!?

That's not good enough!!!! We can do better!  I don't want to worry about my biracial niece and nephews and their beautiful Black cousins and wonder how long until some one feels threatened by them and decides shooting them is the right idea..... I don't want to worry for my friends' children and wonder if Teira's killer will ever be caught.... I'm sick of living in a world where it's even an issue! We have KKK madmen functioning in a world as policemen and doctors by day and murderous monsters in masks by night....and they aren't just over in Missouri, they're in my backyard, right here in Pennsylvania and they don't just hate Black people, they hate all of us, including the actual originally indigenous inhabitants of this land, cuz those fools are too ignorant to know that we're all immigrants! Unless you're indigenous, you aren't from here and you never learned any of their languages!!!

I hate that more people vote for American Idol than their congressional and senatorial representatives. I hate that there is looting going on in the banks and stock market and the pursuit of profit are destroying our economy, our ecology and our souls..... So are you tired yet? Of my ranting? Of my posts that aren't about kittens and cute little kids eating cupcakes? Then go do something about it, tell your racist friends to shut up! Tell your sexist friends to fuck off! Stand up for someone sometime! See how it empowers you and the people around you. Turn off the tv and look at a person and say "Hi, my name is" and make a friend who doesn't look like you and see what kind of power it brings into the world!

And then, after we've all fixed it, and there's no more hate, no more threats and no more attacks and everyone has food, shelter, healthcare and we're not killing the planet to do it...... THEN we can look at some "kitten waking up" videos and coo..... Then I can show you the Dr Who slippers I want for my birthday, and my adorably infuriating little dog who barks at everything, and I can sing "Nature Boy" to you over drinks, and the yinzer version of the "Girl From Ipanema"....and we can all laugh and love and I won't feel guilty for enjoying the little things, because then I'll live in a nation where cops aren't killing innocent children anymore......

Won't that be awesome? Won't that be cool? Let's do it, I triple dog dare you.... And if you are still tired of my posts, and you still think I'm yelling too much about boycotting Black Friday and supporting small business.... Well delete me then. I don't care. I didn't like you anyways and I don't know why we're "friends" cuz you obviously don't really know me. Vote at the ballot box, vote with your dollars, what we do on this earth matters and if we don't fix this now, when do you think we should do it? Cuz it's broken, and we are supposed to fix it.

Yours in solidarity for justice, freedom and peace,
Phat Man Dee

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Do you know what it means? To miss New Orleans?

I do, I know very well. I know the pain of being too far away for far too long from New Orleans. But late is better than never, so I am bound for the swamp, the land that spawned the music I love so much, to sing to the people who have survived both massive flooding and the Bush administration. So, if you have any friends down that way, do tell them to stop in.

My first stop is actually in Valley Head, Alabama. I have never been to Alabama. I am going to be part of a Women's Weekend, Aspects of the Mother, at the Hawkwind Earth Renewal Cooperative on Nov 7-9, 2014. I will be leading a basic vocal workshop and teaching basic breathing technique. 
More info:

Then, rested, and in touch who I am in this world, I shall venture furthur south, for 2 wonderful engagements with and for some of my favorite people in the world.

Wednesday Nov 12, 2014
"A Musical Rogue's Gallery" 
 w/ Phat Man Dee, Vinsantos & Damien Youth at ALLWays Lounge, New Orleans! Show at 10 pm, no cover. (Bring tips, cuz none of us are rich!) 
Address: 2240 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
Phone:(504) 218-5778 
More info:

Friday Nov 14, 2014
"Bella Via's Birthday Bash"
I am blessed to have such a friend as the artist, Bella Via. She once painted me when we helped break the world record for largest # of body painted people at the American Bodypainting Festival at Brushwood many years ago. She is a beautiful soul and a wonderful artist. I am honored to be invited to sing at her birthday party at the Circle Bar.
Address: 1032 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

As much as I would love you all to come with me, I know many of my friends and fans are not able to come so far away with me! If you are in the Pittsburgh area, please allow me to make some suggestions, cuz there's alot going away while I am gone and I'm sad to miss it, but there's no reason you couldn't go!

Thursday Nov 6, 2014
If you like some hip hop and soul, my sister Elizabeth is throwing a major event at Howler's Cafe.... PR7X "LIVE" a Hip Hop Soul Event. - #PirateRadio "LIVE" Broadcast with #PR7XDJs Nuke Knocka, DJ. KB (Keygen Bryant) and DJ. Rob Chilldren with Performances by Jamar Hubbs, Shad Ali, Soul Dean, MaVe Sami and Get Down Gang Fan Page... it's be very exciting.
More info:

Saturday Nov 8, 2014 
My dear friend Danielle Robinson is a multi faceted artist who creates things of great beauty, and she is participating in a group show called: DOUBLE MIRЯOR EXHIBIT 4! The event is in South Side on E Carson.... crazy, I don't evem remember the last time I was invited to a visual art show in South Side... If I were in town I would def brave Carson Street madness for this.... More info:

Thursday Nov 13, 2014
"Rumor Rides Again" a film by Emmet Frisbee is having it's world premiere at the Regent Theatre as part of the Pittsburgh Filmmakers Film Kitchen. I actually play a role in the movie and am in the opening sequence. The event includes guest speakers and live music by Jimmy Sapienza and Five Guys Named Moe. I also am contributing a movie short, my first attempt at a music video, with live footage from my cd release party by Jodi Lincoln and Smokin' McQueen and also some footage shot last night (as of this posting) at Filmmakers sound stage. 
More info on the event:

Same night...Nov 13, 2014 
The Steel City Kitty Burlesque And Variety Show featuring my dear friend Smokin' McQueen is happening at the Smiling Moose as part of the Steel City Kitty Burlesque and Variety show. This monthly event showcases local and national burlesque stars, I have been on her stage several times, and I assure you, it's always a debaucherous blast. More info:

Same night ...Nov 13, 2014
And last, but assuredly not least, a terrible decision...cuz you can't do it all, which is unfortunate, as my old friend, supremely talented master percussionist Nicholas Ragheb is coming home for a couple shows and you should absolutely catch him wherever you can.
Min Zaman
2nd Annual Autumn Belly Dance Recital with live music. This
evening of dance will feature Benafsajii (students of Karianne), Joanna Abel, Karianne and showcase live music with Nick Ragheb, Luke Williams, Phil Coatsworth and Ancien!!
Doors at 7:00pm
Show starts at 7:30pm 

3rd Street Gallery
220 3rd Street
Carnegie, PA  15106

Tickets can be purchased via PayPal (fee included), through Kari and Joanna or at the door. 

Saturday Nov 15, 2014 
Nick is also teaching a workshop on Saturday. This Middle Eastern Music 101 for Musicians and Dancers will be a day spent learnign and playing with Nick Ragheb, and I am very sorry to miss it. Hosted by Joanna Abel & Karianne.
For details on how to attend this event, please go to:

So, dear friends, I say unto you, I am southern bound to sing to old friends and hopefully to some new ones as well. But you need not fret, for I am but one of many wonderful performers and musicians who live in Pittsburgh, PA, and any one of them will assuage your need for music, art, dance, film and more.

Love, light and rhythm,
Phat Man Dee
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One more thing, please enjoy some delightful video of me singing with drumming and dancing by the Hamer Sisters, Maria and Christine. We're lucky to have them, so make sure to support them. The song I am singing was written by my dear friends Halim and Deborah El-Dabh. Halim is a magical being. He invented electronic music and ethnomusicology. He gave me this song to sing, and I hope you enjoy this rendition.

Friday, September 5, 2014

I'll See You in Spetempber!!!

What does September mean to you? To some it means the return to education, the end of summer, or the cooling of the daze (unless you live in South America and then I think that's totally opposite?) but for me, it is the continuation of a cycle and the burgeoning of a movement that has long been building. I am so excited to announce that I am releasing my fourth studio album and my dear husband of 12 years is releasing his FIRST studio album at one massive and beautiful CD release party!

Phat Man Dee & Amoeba Knievel CD Release! Presented by  
Creative.Life.Support at Mr Smalls Theatre!
Wednesday September 24, 2014
Doors 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m., tix are free if you are over 21 and only $2 if under 21!
400 Lincoln Ave, Millvale, PA - ph: 412-821-4447
(Because in a perfect world: shows are free, people show up, bands get paid and local music reigns supreme!)
Performers include:
Lilith DeVille - emcee and host
Liz Berlin - Pittsburgh's reigning Queen of Pop
Middle Children - electro/cello power pop duo
Geña - Pittsburgh's premiere Puerto Rican vocalist
Pittsburgh Complaints N'at Choir - directed by Christiane D, this group musically voices the complaints of Pittsburgh
Phat Man Dee & the Cultural District (that's my jazz band!!!)
Amoeba Knievel (that's my husband's rawk band!!!)

Facebook event page:
Free ticket registration:

And I can hear some of you asking now.... "But wait, Mandee, is it true that I might see you before Sep 24? It just seems so far awaaaayyyyy!!!!" And it's true, I am guilty of not following advice, I do over book myself, but when the world presents you with such great opportunities, who am I to say no??? So....

Tomorrow September 6, 2014 - Noon - 2 p.m.
At noon, I am singing and helping to organize and event with Pittsburgh Families for Justice as Healing at hostoric Freedom Corner in the Hill District. We demand justice and change. We stand in solidarity with Ferguson and all victims of police violence. We are working to create a world where our children can grow up without fear that the people sworn to protect them are not the ones who are killing them. We gather at noon, and after there is a march to see a movie shown by Answer Pittsburgh about police violence. Performances by Black Rap Medusa, Phat Man Dee, Geña Música, Mr. Able/GME, 1Hood Media and more. Speakers include Pete Shell, Melanie Diore, Renee Gray, Andre Scott, Essence Howze, Pastor Shanea Leonard, Nicky Jo Dawson, Jessie Farine, Mike Battle and more.
Freedom Corner is on Center Ave in the Hill District just before downtown, Pittsburgh, PA
More info about the event and it's impressive list of sponsors:

Next Thursday September 11, 2014
I am singing at the Smiling Moose in a presentation by Steel City Kitty Burlesque and Variety Show! My dear friend Dottie Luxx is coming to town, and Kat de Lac has invited me to sing, and I have not seen Dottie since that drag queen in San Francisco did that incredible thing with the, erm, well, uh, never mind, and then we shot that terrible lesbian vampire movie, but never mind that now... come to the gig and I'll tell you all about it!
Smiling Moose, 1306 E Carson St, Southside, Pittsburgh, PA
More info:

Sunday September 21, 2014
Macabre Noir and I are heading to Philadelphia to take part in the Late Night Cabaret's Burlesque and Beyond Variety show and freak-a-palooza!

Other performers that night include:
Darlinda Just Darlinda
Mackenzie Molotiv
Reggie Bugmuncher
Scary Ben
Macabre Noir

and yours truly, Phat Man Dee, as the emcee and host!
Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St, Philadelphia, PA
More info:

I would love to see you at all of these events, my world, as always, revolves around music, dancing, social justice and love. Meet me on the dancefloor and we'll plan a revolution.....

Love, light, and respect,

Friday, June 6, 2014

Pgh Complaint Choir, Summer Phun w/ Phat Man Dee, Korel sightings & more!

Hey! Bon jour! Guten tak! Shalom! Hola mi amigos!

I have so many things happening simultaneously I don't always get the word out in the timely fashion I would care too. If you want to know where/when I will be singing, please follow me on twitter or facebook or check my calendar online, I hit those up with far more frequency than I do the email and blog stuff. That said, here goes!

Tonight June 6, 2014! 2 gigs!
6 p.m. Gateway Center T Station DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH with the Pittsburgh Complaints Choir. Complaints Choir website for exact locations. Al performances are free.
This project was conceived of by Christiane D, poet, vocalist, artist liaisons officer at the Pittsburgh Arts Council. She and I wrote a song with Pastor Deryck Tines, Andrew the Impaled, the arrangement was done by Douglas Levine and we got all the actual complaints through her website, so really, we wrote it with the Citizens of Pittsburgh. So, tonight is debut performance and we will perform it every night at 6 p.m. of the next 10 days of the Arts Festival downtown, so check the

Later tonight on June 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at Mr Smalls Theatre in Milvale, PA!
 I am part of the Creative.Life.Support Revival Series show featuring Drowning Clowns, the Wreckids, Grey's Fool and a reunion of one of my favorite collections of Pittsburgh musicians, Crisis Car! I will sing with Liz Berlin and Korel Tunador! I will also debut some brand new tunes, as of yet unreleased! Show is at 7:30, over 21 is FREE under 21 is $2 to get in.
More info online:

THIS SUNDAY June 8, 2014 at Equality on Ellsworth!
Event time is 4 pm, and I know Mayor Peduto, Councilman Bruce Kraus and poet Vanessa German are all on before me. Then I sing with the High Priestess of Pittsburgh Jazz, phenomenal pianist Ms Donna Davis! Don't miss this most excellent party, featuring local Drag Queens, the Re-52's (B 52's tribute band) and Charice of GLEE!  This event has a suggested donation of $10.
More info online:

Next FRIDAY June 13, 2014 at Howler's Coyote Cafe!  I am co hosting a ridiculous evening filled with way too much amazing stuff. Me and my friend, local rapper and event organizer, HollyHood shall co emcee and evening featuring my husband's band Amoeba Knievel, Weird Paul, burlesque artist and filmmaker Smokin' McQueen and nationally dubious freak rocker Andy D. Its a 21 and over show, $10 at the door. My sister's production company booked it, so I am sure it will be a drunken and raucous evening of unparalleled joy and tomfoolery.
More info:

Then I think I get to work on video editing for a couple weeks and get my work from this past spring and winter online....before I go out to my summer festival season!

July 1-6 - SubGenius World Gathering at Wisteria Campground, Pomeroy, NY

More info:

July 7 - 12 Sankofa Festival at Brushwood Folklore Center, Sherman, NY
This is a very exciting gig for me, for I am leading a choir, a pan spiritual and multi cultural choir of singers at the event during the week, and we are going to perform with my band "The Cultural District" on Sat July 12, 2014 on the mainstage and my musicians for the evening shall be the High Priestess of Pittsburgh Jazz, Ms. Donna Davis, saxophonist Roby Supersax Edwards, percussionist JT Smitty Smith, and guitarist Carlos Peña! We'll be sharing that evening with Macabre Noir of Steel City Burlesque Academy and her burlesque students from the festival as well as our troupe, Kabarett Vulagre! Come on out and join us as we get down with America's modern pagans, wiccans, druids, Voudoo and Goddess worshippers! It is a campground, so you need to bring a tent, and there are week rates, weekend rates, and day rates. Bonfires, workshops, cool vendors and artists from all over!
More info:

Like I said, I am sorry for short notice on this weekend's stuff, but if you follow me on the twitter or the facebook or the web calendar, you can find out whats up as soon as I know it. I am honored to have you in my life and I appreciate sincerely your support of my work and the work of our community of wonderful artists and musicians. I hope you have a beautiful day and a beautiful summer. I hope our paths cross somewhere.
One love,

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Springtime in Pittsburgh means Jazz, Dance, Video and Phat Man Dee!

Wow.... it's like Bill Peduto got elected to mayor of Pittsburgh, and I've just been sent into this delirious, in between state, of joy and am just now waking up to find that we're all actually living the dream! Ok, maybe it's not like that at all, in reality I've been studying hard at Pittsburgh Filmmakers and working my video internship at Mr Smalls, which has also involved weekly vocal coaching for some young people which has been thoroughly enjoyable, challenging and all in all leaves little time for blogging.... So here we are, nearly to April, and unless you follow me on twitter or facebook, you have no idea what I've been into. (But if you do follow me on twitter, say something to me on there so I can follow back, ok?)

Next Monday Mar 31, 2014

Phat Man Dee at the Savoy!
I will be singing at SAVOY JAZZ! 
 6 pm - 9:30 pm, all ages, reservations recommended
Phone: (412) 281-0660

The Savoy is located at 2623 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh
Joining me will be bassist Tony DePaolis, guitarist Mark Lucas and drummer JT "Smitty" Smith! Every Monday evening they open the restaurant for Monday Night Jazz! Come in and enjoy some of the finest live jazz around, performed by some of the best jazz artists Pittsburgh has to offer. And the kitchen is open for some amazing dining to go along with that amazing music. Attire: Business casual (no sneakers, hats, tank tops or shorts) Dining: Full dinner and dessert menus are available along with the lounge menu. Drink specials are all domestic beers for $3.00 (plus tax) and a special martini called the “Jazztini” for $8.00 (plus tax). Hours: Restaurant opens at 5pm, and live music goes from 6pm to 10pm. Kitchen closes at 9pm. Make Monday Night Jazz @ Savoy your special treat every week by reserving your table today!

Next Friday April 4, 2014 at 7 p.m.
I will be emceeing a wonderful event called Pittsburgh Festival Nouveau!
Hoops, Aerials, Music, Comedy, and a Clown or two! Join us for a family friendly Night at the Circus! Enjoy some of Pittsburgh's finest in circus and side show arts. Featuring Madame Onca O'Leary and Paolo Garbanzo from down South!
Featuring face painting by local artist Lauren Toohey!
Family Evening FUN! At Pittsburgh Dance Center
4765 Liberty Ave,Pittsburgh, PA 15224 
For more info on the festival, all the workshops by dance/sideshow professionals and the performances go to:

I am very excited to announce the final installments of my pilot season of my video podcast, I am in the thick of editing right now, but I have two more shoots, one in the intimate Funhouse Living Room Theatre and one on the Mainstage at the Mr Smalls Complex in Millvale.... and here they are, so excited! We live in a city with so much talent and I am so honored to perform with them and be trusted to document them! 

Sunday April 6, 2014

Phat Man Dee & Creative.Life.Support are thrilled to present the third and final  "Sunday Phunday" featuring one of Pittsburgh's finest vocalists. From Brazil, we welcome the  astounding talents of Kenia in a performance at the Funhouse  Living Room  Theatre, an intimate venue in the new Funhouse section of the Mr. Smalls complex in Millvale. This show will be videotaped in front of a live studio audience for inclusion in Phat Man Dee's podcast so  please be on time and ready to enjoy a wonderful evening of Pittsburgh's finest in Brazilian jazz!    

No cover charge, donations encouraged.  
Mr Smalls is located at 400 Lincoln Ave, Millvale, PA 15209  
Entry to the event is not through the main entrance, but actually through the Courtyard Entrance on Butler Street between Lincoln and Evergreen Ave, closer to the top of the hill and rear of the building. There will be signage.

Links: Kenia's website: http://www.kenialive.com
Creative.Life.Support's website:
Facebook event page:

Sunday April 19, 2014
Creative.Life.Support Presents:
Phat Man Dee's Cavalcade of Stars N'at! 
This local showcase on Mr Smalls Mainstage includes some of Pittsburgh's most phenomenal musical artists and will be video taped live for inclusion in Phat Man Dee's pilot season of her video podcast about local music. 
Doors at 6:30 pm, show at 7 pm
It's FREE to attend if over 21, or only $2 if under 21

Ticketing link:
The show is free but if you register for your free ticket then when you show up and redeem your online reservation the artist you chose will get $1. Also, bring tips for to help support the other artists when we pass a hat. Tangible love in monetary form is always appreciated
Mr Smalls is located at 400 Lincoln Ave, Millvale, PA 15209

Artists featured include:
* BeLove Sanaa - singer/songwriter, jazz/r&b vocalist  
* DRU - the artist formerly known as Andrew the Impaled  
* Miguel Sague Jr & Miguel Sague III, father/son Cuban duets w/ guitar &  conga  
* The Reverend David Apocalypse & his Traveling Museum of Oddities  
* Phat Man Dee - w/ members of The Cultural District, feat. Roby “Supersax” Edwards  
* CHAIBABA - psychedelic progressive rock band  
This show completes Mandee's video internship and residency in Mr Small Theatre's Creative.Life.Support program.  It is a celebration of local music and showcases some of her favorite Pittsburgh based talent. Because in a perfect world, shows are free, people show up, bands get paid and local music reigns supreme! 
 Friday April 25, 2014 
I will be singing at Marty's Market in the Strip for a delightful collaboration with their chef to devise the menu that tastes like my music sounds.... which is Jewish Soul food??? I'm thinking latkes and bar be que with a side of greens and matzoh balls? Can we make that? Do we have the technology? Come and find out in person! 

Join us for a wonderful evening of music at the fresh food destination supermarket and cafe Marty's Market. Curated by Andy Mulkerin of City Paper and Christiane D of the Pittsburgh Arts Council, this monthly series that combines community, dinner and local music has become a very popular way to spend your Friday in the Strip District!

Tickets: $25 per person includes dinner
All Ages
Marty's Market is located at 2301 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: (412) 586-7177

And so that's it for my public performances in April..... May will be a doozy too, we've got Pyrotopia, the festival of fire arts happening, which I am very excited about!! I will be co emceeing the event with Andrew the Impaled.
More info here: 

Also happening in May is the Atrocity Exhibition, in which we will be exploring the theatre of dreams....and nightmares... With some of the finest dark performance artists from across this perverse and beautiful nation

Somehow in the middle of all this I need to complete my final edit for class and get my band ready for our summer festival touring circuit. Thankfully I play with the best musicians I know, and we can do it. Want proof? Take a special listen to my new song on my reverbnation profile, it's called "Hey Phat Chick!" It was recorded last month, arranged by Tony DePaolis and it features musicians Cliff Barnes on keys, Tony DePaolis on bass, JT "Smitty" Smith on drums and the Steel City Horn Trio, which includes Reggie Watkins on trombone, Ron Horton on trumpet and Roby "Supersax" Edwards on saxophone! 

Love and butter and one song with many voices.... I am yours, Phat Man Dee

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Two special performances this weekend!

Heidi ho friends and neighbors! 
I am so happy to have made it to 2014, had you asked me 10 years ago I am not sure I would have said I'd still be alive, but look! Still here! Still singing! Still happy to be living in Pittsburgh, PA!

Tomorrow Friday Jan 3, 2014, I am so excited to be singing for my friend Chris Rickert of Rickert Beagle Books (formerly ElJay's Books)! She is having a Grand Opening event to celebrate the fact that she has taken over the business of providing Pittsburgh with a place to buy and sell books that are weird and wonderful. She has partnered with one of my favorite authors, Peter S Beagle famous for his book "The Last Unicorn". He is flying in to help celebrate at the event, so please try to be there and say hi! The event goes from 5:30 - 9 p.m. and I am singing at 6:30 with my old friend Tall Paul Leech and Tony DePaolis. Also performing will be Pixie and Davi della Flamma, Terry Knapton and if we're lucky, maybe Peter S Beagle will play a couple for us!
The bookstore is located at 3233 West Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216 their telephone # is 412-344-7444.
Facebook invite page:

The night after on Sat Jan 4, 2014 I am going to go to Lower Burrell and sing at a wonderful art and tattoo space called ArtForm Gallery! The art show is featuring the work of Todd Pinkham in a show called "Modern Day Knight" which tells the moralistic story of a modern warrior as he fights for his beliefs and strict codes against evil hordes of allegorical and fantastical monsters still present in this day and age. I will be performing with my friend guitarist Carlos Peña at about 8 p.m.
The gallery is located at 2603 Leechburg Rd, Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania 15068 and their phone # is (724) 212-3153.
Facebook invite page:

So that's it for now, then I head off to the Navajo Nation. After a long and painful recovery from a bad ankle break last July, my mother is going back to work. She is a special education and special needs teacher out there and I am going to travel with her and stay a couple days to make sure she can manage ok.

I do have some gigs in later January, I will try to send out a reminder, but it I don't consider this your moment to save the dates:

Thursday January 23 I am performing at Fiesta Flamenca at New Hazlett Theatre with my dear friend filmmaker and dancer Carolina Loyola Garcia. Also performing is Alba Flamenca with guitarist Jon Bañuelos, James Bond, Barbara York, Lucas Savage, Flor Isava-Machi. Other guests include saxophonist Erik Lawrence  and dancer Olivia Kissel.
New Hazlett is located at 6 Alleghyeny Square East, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Facebook invite:

Monday Jan 26, 2013 I am so freaking excited!!!!! My old performance partner, Big Daddy Bull Seal! aka Damon a Griffith IS NOT coming to Pittsburgh, but his DAUGHTER Grannia D Griffith IS and I booked her a gig! She and her grandfather, my dear friend Terry Griffith, Irish Balladeer, will both be performing at the Funhouse Studio at Mr Smalls in Millvale, PA. I am shooting the show as part of my Video Internship at Mr Small's Theatre for my podcast featuring locally based performers. I know Grannia doesn't live here anymore, but she was born and raised here and if we show her how much we love her maybe she'll come back. She left when she in 12 or 13 and this is her first time back and also her first time ever singing in Pittsburgh. She's as beautiful and as talented as the rest of her family, so do come out and support! I don't have a facebook page for the event yet, but I will shortly so pay attention to my facebook Phat Man Dee page and my tweets cuz I'm gonna blow it up! (That's just modern day slang for "tell alot of people about a thing", Don't worry, I don't actually know diddly about incendiary devices.) That show will start at 7 and there is limited seating, so be on time and be ready to hear some wonderful music by Grandpa Terry Griffith and his granddaughter, Grannia.

One last thing for now, dear friends, I just uploaded a new video to celebrate the new era our fair city is about to enter under the leadership of our new mayor, the Honorable Bill Peduto.
Please enjoy and share it around. It's me singing "Won't You Be My Neighbor" with Carlos Peña. 
Peace, unity, and equity for all, I am your friend,