Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Coming Soon – Peter Himmelman

Are you familiar with Peter Himmelman and his storied Madison legacy? He had serious buzz in our community in the early ‘90s when he was getting regular airplay in Madison. And there was at least one legendary performance at the Club de Wash – when he played from atop the bar.

He's been at this a long time now. According to his myspace bio: "After getting his first electric guitar - a red Fender Duo Sonic - when he was 12, Himmelman soon started a rock band and began writing songs. During his high school years, he would venture over to North Minneapolis to play R&B with a circle of musicians that included future soul singing star Alexander O'Neal. In twelfth grade, he also became the guitarist (and one of only two whites) in Shangoya, an otherwise all-Trinidadian reggae/calypso band."

I'd lost track of Peter over the years - and I reconnected with him again (musically) just last year when I saw him at the Annex touring behind Imperfect World. A bunch of us were in attendance and all left amazed. I for one have never seen a performer that was as spontaneous and daring as Peter. He’s a fabulous songwriter, and you should definitely try to see him when he plays at the Annex on Sunday, August 5th.

Peter Himmelman just released a new album last week - The Pigeons Couldn't Sleep. He will also be performing at Schuba's in Chicago on August 1st and 2nd, and at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul on August 6th.

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