Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 All Asia Bar: Featured Artist @ All Asia Open Mic. 10:30 PM. 334 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA.

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011  Hudson River Coffee House - 8:00 PM. 227 Quail Street, Albany, New York.

Friday, June 3rd, 2011  Goodbye Blue Monday - 8:00 PM with Carrie Ferguson & Daniel Hales. 1087 Broadway, Brooklyn, New York.




The Arts Block  Upper Valley Music Festival - Saturday, March 26 @ 1:00 PM

289 Main Street, Greenfield Massachusetts 01301
USA 413-774-0150
Price: $10.00 (all day pass)

The Upper Valley Music Festival is an all day music extravaganza featuring 19 incredible bands at two different venues in downtown Greenfield, MA.  The festival is divided up into two sides of the street- The Acoustic Side (Pushkin Gallery) and The Electric Side (The Arts Block) and will feature a wide variety of styles from rock to jazz, funk to Irish music! . All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

Chris Scanlon & The Other Guys will be playing at 1:00 PM at the Arts Block. Show up an hour earlier and hear Chris on bass with Carrie Ferguson & The Cherry Street Band featuring Jim Henry.

The Upper Valley Music Festival starts at 12:00pm and ends at 1:00am. Buy tickets here


New Blog: Darkness on the Edge of Cape Town

First Night Northampton 2011


Chris Scanlon & The Other Guys will be playing two sets (4:00 & 5:00 PM) this Friday afternoon at First Night Northampton 2011. These family friendly shows will be held at The Elevens and will feature Will Systma on bass, Joel Dundorf on drums, Carrie Ferguson on keys and Emily Breines on fiddle.  Free with purchase of a First Night button. For more information on First Night Northampton click here!


Fall Tour 2010


Packing the spare guitar strings, camera, gig outfits, loading the iPod with excellent travel tunes, charting my course for smooth sailing. I'm hitting the road tomorrow for a short tour that will take me from Western Mass to Upstate New York, down near Philly, and ending in the fine borough of Brooklyn NYC. Looking forward to being on New Jersey Turnpike once again, meeting new people, seeing old friends and playing shows in new places. If you live near the following cities I hope you come out to the shows and please spread the word. Please check here as I will updating from the road. PLEASE NOTE : The Saturday, November 13 show has been moved to Goodbye Blue Monday in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn (details below):

 Thursday, November 11th
Moon & River Cafe 8:00 PM
115 South Ferry Street, Schenectady NY 12305-1726 
Solo acoustic show
Friday, November 12th
Puck Live
Doors open @ 6:30, showtime @ 8:30
1 Printers Alley, Doylestown PA 18901
(215) 348-9000  
With Golden Rhodes and Big Blue Spruce
Saturday, November 13th
Goodbye Blue Monday
1087 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Yellow Sofa this Saturday Night in Downtown Northampton


yellowsofa.jpgPlease come on out this Saturday night to see Chris Scanlon, then Chris Scanlon & The Other Guys. I'll be playing a short solo acoustic set followed by a set with my band. Early show! No cover!

The Yellow Sofa - 24 Main Street - Northampton, MA

September 11 · 6:30pm - 8:00pm





“Coming soon to this Berkshires city: A nine-day antidote to the texting, verbing, and jargoning that threaten to reduce our language to a series of ungainly and perfunctory twitters,” – David Filipov, The Boston Globe.


Next Tuesday night I'll be performing at the Word x Word Fest held in Pittsfield, MA. Headliners include musical acts Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, Langhorne Slim, Mike & Ruthy, and spoken word performers Derrick Brown and Rives. They all are among the 60 plus performers who will be in downtown Pittsfield Aug. 21- 29 for the second annual festival, a celebration of words written, spoken, and sung. Pittsfield has become a great town for music in the Berkshires, something the organizers of this festival have clearly tapped into. I hope you can check out the festival and make our set at The Lantern on Tuesday night.

 The Details: Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 @ 9:00 PM as part of the Word x Word Festival 

The Lantern  455 North St., Pittsfield, MA 01201  413-448-2717



Friday The 13th @ The Voo!



Come on out on Friday the 13th of August for a fun night of excellent music featuring Chris Scanlon & The Other Guys, The Original Cowards, and one of my local favorites The Frost Heaves. The Voo is a great place to see a show and has excellent food for pre-show dinner. Hockey mask is optional.

9:30 PM - $3 - The Rendezvous - 78 3rd Street - Turners Falls, MA - 413-863-2866


Water Under The Bridge Festival - June 11 & 12



Join me and The Other Guys for a brand  new music festival happening in downtown Turners Falls June 11 & 12. The Water Under The Bridge Festival features talents from Franklin County and beyond. We'll be playing at the Round Hear Cafe on Friday, June 11 @ 6:00 PM (111 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01349, 413-863-2800.

For more information about the festival click here!


Meet me at the Movies!


Happy May everyone! We have a show this Saturday night in Shelburne Falls that we hope you can come to...and if you stick around after our set you get to see a classic silent movie with a live soundtrack (see details below). Also brewing in Songwriter Land is my pending purchase of home recording equipment to begin making demos for...MY NEXT ALBUM! No promises on the release date folks, but it's gonna happen. Stay tuned....

Saturday, May 8th @ 6:45
Pothole Pictures @ Memorial Hall
51 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
$6 for adults, $4 for kids under 12

 We'll be playing a set of music before a screening of the silent film classic "The General" staring Buster Keaton, considered by many critics as one of the greatest films ever made. Gideon Freudmann will provide a live original score for the film. Hope you can join us at Pothole Pictures in beautiful downtown Shelburne Falls. Here's a great article about the film in the Valley Advocate

Hope to see you there!




Chris Scanlon & The Other Guys and Span of Sunshine

Friday, April 2nd, 2010, 6:30 PM

The Blue House

147 Main Street Haydenville Massachusetts 01039 USA (413) 268-7441 Price: Free

Come join us at the Blue House Cafe for a set of music featuring Chris Scanlon & The Other Guys on Friday, April 2. We'll be sharing the evening with Span of Sunshine. This show marks the return of our drummer and all around good guy Willem Sytsma. Kid friendly show: 6:30 PM start time and I promise to keep it clean!




Chris to sit in with Carrie Ferguson @ the Iron Horse Music Hall February 28th!

Two weeks from tonight I'll be joining my friend Carrie Ferguson at the Iron Horse Music Hall to celebrate the release of her new album "Riding on the Back of the Wind". Jose Ayerve (Spouse, Nuclear Waste Management Club) opens the show. Featured in Carrie's band are Jim Henry, J.J. O'Connell (Spouse), Emily Brienes and Paul Kochanski (Fancy Trash). Tickets are going fast....hope you can be there!

To buy tickets click here

For more info on Carrie Ferguson click here




Velvet Underground Tribute Show this Friday night

I'll be performing Waiting For My Man, There She Goes Again & Heroin. It's gonna be a hellava night of great tunes featuring The Ambiguities, Carrie Ferguson, Span of Sunshine, Daniel Hales, and the Frost Heaves, The Original Cowards, Scot & Maggie, Sitting Next To Brian, The Velveteen Underground and The Warblers.

The Rendezvous, 78 3rd Street, Turners Falls, MA

Friday, December 19, 2009 at 9:00 pm



Chris to appear at Pete Seeger Tribute Concert

SATURDAY, SEPT. 26 @ 7:00 PM, ACADEMY OF MUSIC THEATER, 274 Main St, Northampton, MA

A benefit concert for the Pioneer Arts Center of Easthampton.

We're getting very excited about this show. My band, The Other Guys, will have a whopping 8 members this time around (including a banjo player, accordionist, fiddler and stand up bassist)! I'll also be backing up my pal Carrie Ferguson in her act "Peter, Paul & Carrrie". Come on out to this fun and poignant evening to honor the real Big Lebowski: Pete Seeger! Here are the details:

Come enjoy the music of folk music legend Pete Seeger performed by talented local and regional musicians. Featuring: Nerissa & Katryna Nields, David Bernz (of Work O' The Weavers), Jim Henry, Chris Thompson, Carrie Ferguson, Chris Scanlon, Emily Greene, Diane Sanabria, Claire Dacey, Bruce King. Hosted by Jon Weissman of Western Mass Jobs With Justice.

PACE Members are invited to an after-show reception with the performers! Be sure to bring your member card to be admitted to the reception. Tickets: $25 General / $20 Current PACE Members (includes the after-show reception) / $50 includes the after-show reception and a FREE individual PACE membership. Small children who sit on a lap are FREE. Tickets also for sale at 584-9032 or at PACE in Easthampton during previous performances. Tickets are also available for purchase at the Academy of Music Theatre's box office Tues-Fri from 3-6pm. General Seating


Chris performing at PACE Sept. 12

Chris Scanlon: The Official Website


After years of delaying the inevitable I finally have my own website. This will be home to news and gig updates, with streaming music and video. Thanks for visiting....




We just played the Muddy Cup in Hudson to a -- let's call it a limited audience. Now we're heading back to Northampton in a thunderstorm.

Check out the tour photo album for some shots of the band offstage, including at the very first game at Citi Field.


EXIT ZERO: Brooklyn



Thanks to everyone who came out to the Perch in Park Slope Saturday night. A special thanks to Justin Matley for lending his percussive genius to a few songs during the set, and to Greg Glassman for jumping into the fray at the drop of a hat with his mad trumpet skillz. Big fun was had by all.

Things were a bit too hectic tonight for any official multimedia. Anyone who snapped a shot at the show should send it in.

Sunday the boys head to the very first baseball game at Citi Field, then north to Hudson for the last gig of the Exit Zero Tour.

(This blog posted from the beautiful basement library/musicorium of Dayna Kurtz & Jeff Pachman, who graciously hosted the touring act tonight.)




Tonight we were the last act on at Lucky Bones, one of the venues for the Cape May Singer Songwriter Conference. Only our second performance as a duo, it went really well. This show was our world premier of Chris' new song "Long Gone Baby," which is sort of a cowboy song. It features James on whatever percussion instrument is available -- here, his accordion case.

Check out more tour photos in the new "Exit Zero Tour 2009" album.


EXIT ZERO: The Playlist


We've got more than 700 miles to drive, and very limited conversation skills, so we're bringing a lot of good tunes on the Exit Zero Tour. Chris is sporting an iPod (so far he's rocked some Span of Sunshine, Dayna Kurtz, Daniel Hales and Frost Heaves, King Crimson and Springsteen's Nebraska). James is bringing old fashioned CDs. Here's his playlist:

  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Show Your Bones
  • Ben Folds Five, Whatever And Ever Amen; The unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner
  • Weezer, Pinkerton
  • Jeff Buckley, Grace
  • The Faint, Black-Wave Arcade
  • The Might Be Giants, Flood
  • The Streets, Everything is Borrowed
  • Chicago I, II & III
  • Fionna Apple, When the Pawn...
  • Phish, Billy Breathless
  • Radiohead, Hail to the Thief
  • Joy Division, Substance
  • The Jam, Setting Sons

Tonight the boys play Cape May. Check back for a recap and photos!


EXIT ZERO TOUR March 27-29


Chris is setting off on a mini-tour of New Jersey and New York this weekend. The trip coincides with the Second Annual Cape May Singer Songwriter Conference. Chris played the conference last year with a full band; this year he's accompanied by just bassist/accordion player James Lowe when they play Friday night. Saturday, in Brooklyn, James' old pal Justin Matley will sit in on a few tunes. Stay tuned to this blog through the weekend for tour updates and photos.

Friday, March 27
Cape May Singer Songwriter Conference

11:30 p.m.
@ Lucky Bones
1200 Route 109 South, Cape May, N.J.


Saturday, March 28
The Perch Cafe
365 Fifth Ave., Park Slope, Brooklyn, N.Y.
9 p.m.

Sunday, March 29
The Muddy Cup
742 Warren St., Hudson, N.Y.
7 p.m.


Chris on the Bill Dwight Show 12/29/08


Chris chats with local celeb and political commentator Bill Dwight (who has been featured on the nationally syndicated Rachel Maddow Show) on WHMP 1400 AM in Northampton, MA. If you missed the show click below for the podcast. Chris's interview is featured about 2/3 into the podcast:



RSS feed