This year has been tremendous so far. My return to doing solo shows here in the United States and my upcoming trip to the United Kingdom this month have me feeling grounded and inspired. Today, I am happy to announce that I will be traveling to South Africa in June to play some shows. This is my first time performing in South Africa and I will be joined by Lacey May from Johannesburg. The tour dates are listed below.

4th June – Arcade Empire, Pretoria

5th June – Wolves, Johannesburg 

6th June – Rumours Lounge, Johannesburg

7th June – VENUE TBC, Durban

10th June – Champs, Grahamstown

11th June – Pool City, Port Elizabeth

12th June – Zanzibar, Knysna

13th June – Ragazzi Live Bar, Cape Town

14th June – Aandklas, Stellenbosch

Photo by Chris Bavaria.

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The Colormake book drive for Tree House Books will be held at Koji’s Philadelphia stop on his Spring Song 2014 Tour. The show is at the First Unitarian Church Side Chapel, 8pm on March 31st. Tickets go on sale at the R5 Productions website at noon today.

1 in 4 children in America grow up without learning how to read. This staggering fact has overwhelming implications for the development of America’s children. Two-thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare.

Philadelphia’s literacy issue is reflective of the nation on a whole. 22% of Philadelphia residents over the age of 16 cannot read or write well enough to understand elementary school material. That is approximately 250,000 Philadelphians without basic literacy skills. This prevents people from being able to perform daily tasks, like keeping a budget, helping a child with their homework, or following medical advice. Illiteracy is a leading contributor to unemployment, poverty, and homelessness. 

Adults who cannot read are unable to participate in politics or community activism. Illiteracy affects people’s ability to participate in political debates or to make informed decisions in a voting booth. By not providing someone with the opportunity to learn to read, we are limiting their ability to be an active citizen.

To help fight back against the issue of illiteracy in Philadelphia, Colormake is partnering with Tree House Books, a local non-profit working to “grow and sustain a community of readers, writers, and thinkers.” Tree House Books’ mission is to empower Philly’s children through building basic literacy skills by providing them with support, education, and books.

Colormake will be running a book drive to help supply Tree House Books with much needed materials. We will be collecting books and school supplies at the First Unitarian Church Side Chapel on March 31st at 8pm. Click here for a full list of recommended items.

The lack of access to educational materials is an issue of basic human rights. We must all play a role in educating our children so that they grow up with the opportunity to succeed, both personally and professionally, and live to achieve their wildest dreams.

Photo by Tracy TH Nguyen.

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Craig Fineburg is showing new work at The Bean Cafe in Philadelphia this Friday, February 28th, 2014 from 7 to 9pm. Find more information here: Passing By: A Photo Exhibition by Craig Fineburg.

Photo by Kate Spiller.


This is my first solo acoustic tour in the US since last year’s Acoustic Basement Tour. I’ll be playing in support of my first full length, Crooked In My Mind (Run For Cover Records), while also taping these performances at alternative and independent venues for the second installment of my Spring Song live series.

3/11/2014 - Roanoke, VA - House Show [info]

3/12/2014 - Myrtle Beach, SC - Soft Punk House [info]

3/13/2014 - Gainesville, FL - 1982 Bar [info]

3/14/2014 - Tampa, FL - Goat House [info}

3/15/2014 - Pembroke Pines, FL - The Talent Farm [info]

3/18/2014 - Savannah, GA - Graveface Records [info]

3/19/2014 - Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern [info]

3/21/2014 - Baltimore, MD - Charm City Art Space [info]

3/22/2014 - Oneonta, NY - SUNY Oneonta [info]

3/23/2014 - New Paltz, NY - SUNY New Paltz [info]

More dates to be announced. Photo by Mitch Wojcik.

Matt Decker, Danielle Parsons, Alex Henery, Tom Carmody, Neil Patel, David Shiraki at Darling’s - 2013

I’m returning to the UK this spring with Geoff Rickly, Rob Lynch, and Brian Marquis for the Acoustic Basement Tour.


A man loses his balance on 17th and Chestnut. Photo by Michael M Wojcik.

David Shiraki. Photo by Danielle Parsons.