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(For Complete Lyrics to the “Struggle Within” CD, click the “Reviews” page) 

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Wednesday, March 1st

BRAND NEW MUSIC, BITCHES!!

Excited to announce the release of my brand new single
“Losing Hope”


 
The song is available for download on iTunes at this link:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/losing-hope-single/id1206538723

 
 
And the new video just went up on YouTube about 5 minutes ago!

 

To watch the video, click the picture below

 


 

Friday, February 3rd

Hey Everybody!

I've been hard at work in my recording studio the last few weeks. Excited to say I'll be releasing some new material very soon. I've decided to release each song on
iTunes one at a time as they're finished- that's how most of us are purchasing music these days anyway, right- a song at a time? This way each song will be fresh out of the oven like a Krispy Kreme original glazed donut. I'll also be making videos to go along with most of them as well. The material is covering the gamut from heavy rock to acoustic rock to instrumental guitar stuff. I'll keep you all posted via this website, my mailing list and my Facebook, Twitter, & YouTube pages.

In the meantime, I’m still playing a lot of shows. Go to the
“Schedule”  page for the complete list of upcoming dates.

Thanks!
Kajun

 

 

Wednesday, January 4th

 

Happy New Year Everybody!

 

Hope everybody had a great NYE celebration. I want to sincerely thank everybody who came out to the Never Never shows this weekend. Both Friday's show at The Barn in Parkville, MD and the New Year's Eve show at 510 Johnny's in Bel Air, MD were absolutely packed! It was great to end 2016 playing music for so many friends- we truly appreciate the love and support.

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I've made a conscious decision to lighten up my playing schedule a bit, at least through the first quarter of the year. I've got a lot of new material that I've been trying to make time to get recorded and released, but my playing schedule has been so busy that I haven't had time to get into any type of recording groove. So I've decided to make that my focus. Winter is the perfect time to be holed up in the studio anyway!

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That being said, I'm still playing a fair amount of shows. Go to the “Schedule”  page for the complete list of upcoming shows.

Thanks!
Kajun

 

Wednesday, December 7th

Hey Everybody!

 

The holiday season is upon us, so as usual, I'm sharing my silly little video I made a few years ago of my Christmas tune, "A Little Christmas Jam With Peanuts". Consider this my "video Christmas card" as a way of saying thank you for all the support you've given me over the last year. If nothing else, you can laugh at my outward cheesiness AND revel in the amount of Christmas ornaments my wife and I have accumulated...and the fact that I took the time to make them walk down the fretboard of my guitar. That took some time to pull off with a Flip Video camera- not exactly high tech!

 

 

Click the photo below to watch my video

“A Little Christmas Jam With Peanuts”

On YouTube

 

 


The song is available on iTunes if you're interested:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/little-christmas-jam-peanuts/id492445707

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Thanks to all of you for supporting all of my musical endeavors in 2016! It really seems like we've built a diverse and very loyal crowd of fans who have become friends over this year, and I can't tell you what that means to me- Thank You! And thanks to all of the magnificent musicians I've had the pleasure of playing with this year- too many to mention by name, but I do have to thank my main partner in crime Eric Bouchard, and my various Kajun Kelley Band drummers- John Thomakos, Bobby Strawderman, Ricky Wise, Rob Minnick, BJ Kerwin, Allen Brunelle, & Matt Bowers. Also have to give props to my Never Never brothers: Spike Settles, Erik Krakau, John Thomakos & John Davis. And my newest bandmates in Carey Ziegler's Expensive Hobby: Carey Ziegler, Scott Vernon, Brian Comotto, Ricky Wise, Dave Rhen, Jeff Chiaverini, Dave Makowiecki, & Todd Butler. It was an incredible year for me musically, and I'm looking forward to a productive 2017.

Happy Holidays!
Kajun

 

Wednesday, October 5th

 

Hey everybody! I'm late getting this out this month, so I'll keep it short.

 

Thanks to everybody who came out to the JDRF Fundraiser at the Union Jacks in Annapolis, MD last Wednesday night. It was nice to be involved in such a great cause that's close to my heart- thank you for your support!

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This Friday, October 7th, the Kajun Kelley Band will be back at Blackwall Hitch in Alexandria, VA. It's always good to get back to my old stomping grounds in Northern Virginia. Hope to see some of my old school peeps! Eric Bouchard (Bass/Vocals), Bobby Strawderman (Drums/Vocals) & me. We play 9pm to 1am.

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Saturday, October 8th, we're back at one of our favorite venues, Growlers in Gaithersburg, MD. Always a great crowd that is all about the music. They moved the shows to an earlier time slot- we now play from 9pm to 1:30am. Once again it's Eric, Bobby & me. You should go.

Hope to see you this month!
Kajun

 

Tuesday, August 2nd

 

Hey Everybody!

I just got back from an 8 day vacation on St. John- it was absolutely beautiful! But now vacation is over and it's time to get back to bidness! I'm hittin' the ground runnin'- lots of gigs this month!

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Tomorrow- Wednesday, August 3rd, the Kajun Kelley Band will be performing at the Columbia Lakefront Concert Series in Columbia, MD. It's outdoors, all ages, & FREE! We played there last year and it was a great crowd. The weather is supposed to be beautiful, so come on out and get your outdoor rock on with us. We'll be doing some original material as well as our usual "no-set-list/shout-out-your-requests" shenanigans. Show time is 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Eric Bouchard (Bass/Vocals), Ricky Wise (Drums/Vocals) & me. You should go.
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August is packed with gigs, so go to the
“Schedule”  page for the complete list of upcoming shows.

Thanks!
Kajun

 

Friday, June 3rd

Hey Everybody!

Last month was a very productive month for me. Started May 1st with a fantastic Sunday afternoon gig with
Never Never at the Woodstock Inn and went on to include performing two songs at the Prince Tribute Show at Union Jacks in Annapolis, MD, performing a last minute sold out "reunion show" with the Deanna Bogart Band at the Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, MD, ended with a great gig with Carey Ziegler's Expensive Hobby at the 8x10 Club in Baltimore, and had lots of great gigs with my own band peppered throughout. I came away feeling extremely musically fulfilled. I'm very blessed to be able to play with so many top notch musicians in so many different musical styles. Life is good!

Looks like June will be more of the same. Thank you for all of the support- hope to see you this month! Go to the
“Schedule”  page for the complete list of upcoming shows.

Thanks!
Kajun

 

Friday, April 29th

 

As a lot of you know, I am a HUGE fan of Prince. His passing has touched me in a way that, honestly, makes no sense, considering that I never met the man. I have always said that Prince was the most talented musician alive. He could play every instrument- VERY WELL- all while singing and dancing his ass off. He wrote, produced and engineered all of his own material and was one of the most prolific musicians ever. The words "virtuoso" and "prodigy" are often overused and misappropriated, but in Prince's case, he was the epitome of both. The world has lost a true musical genius. I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit that I’ve cried -more than once- over his death. I’m still in somewhat of a state of shock. He was way too young and he was still at the top of his game. Doesn’t seem real……

 

This Monday Night, May 2nd, the Kajun Kelley Band is honored to be among the performers at the AM/FM "Prince Tribute Concert" at Union Jack's in Annapolis, MD. Each artist will be performing two Prince songs to honor The Man. Show starts at 7:30pm. Click the link below for tickets and info:

 

http://tickets.unionjacksannapolis.com/84xbf

 

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Tomorrow Night (Saturday April 30th) the Kajun Kelley Band returns to the Rams Head Roadhouse in Crownsville, MD- 10pm to 1:30am. I just got back from a week long vacation, so Much-Pent-Up-Rock Shall Be Achieved. And, yes, there will be much Prince played as well.

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Sunday afternoon (May 1st) my boys in Never Never and I will be playing at the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, MD for their first "Bike Fest Sunday" of the season. We play from 1pm to 5pm. Much Rock Shall Be Made!

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A lot of great gigs coming up this month! Hope to see you all! Go to the “Schedule”  page for the complete list of upcoming shows.

Thanks!
Kajun

 

Sunday, March 6th

 

Sooooo...I just woke up, but I'm really excited because today I can FINALLY tell everybody that I am the new guitar player in Carey Ziegler's Expensive Hobby! Carey made me take an oath of silence (there was a blood ritual involved) so that he could "unveil" the new members (myself and my good friend Ricky Wise on drums) at our first gig last night at Club 66 in Edgewood, MD. It's an honor and a pleasure to play with such talented musicians- Carey, Brian Comotto, Scott Vernon, David Rhen, Jeff Chiaverini, Dave Makowiecki, Garrett Faccone, & Ricky- all of whom also happen to be really great people (and seriously fuckin' hilarious!!) The material this band plays is unique, diverse and ambitious- Chicago, Supertramp, Yes, & Frank Zappa to name a few. And even as an outside observer, I have to say that the vocal ability in this band is really, really, REALLY outstanding. 7 part harmonies and a 3-piece horn section that kills. Thanks so much to the awesome crowd at last night's show for making Ricky and me feel so welcome. My next show with CZEH is Saturday, March 26th at Stables in Westminster, MD. Go to the “Schedule”  page for the complete list of upcoming shows.

And don’t worry- I’m still playing with my boys in
Never Never as well as doing plenty of shows with my own band. I feel very fortunate to be able to play with so many great musicians! Life is good!

Kajun


Tuesday, February 24th

 

Hey- I won my first ever Rammie!! We won for "Best Local Act- Rams Head Tavern Savage Mill." Thanks to Steve Davitt for nominating us and thanks to all of you who took the time to vote. The staff and management at ALL of the Rams Head locations have been so supportive from the very beginning when I decided to put my own band together, so this really does mean a lot to me. Of course I share this with all of my musical brethren: my carousel of awesome drummers- John Thomakos, Bobby Strawderman, Jason Heiser & Ricky Wise; And especially my partner in musical crime and true friend Eric Bouchard. Pretty cool!

 

Click This Picture To See All of The 2016 Rammie Winners

 

 

Thursday, February 18th

Yesterday, Naptownmusic posted video of the entire Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians (AMFM)'s "Tribute To David Bowie" show at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, MD on January 20th, 2016 (just 10 days after Bowie's death.) Here's a clip of us playing Bowie's "Moonage Daydream." First time we ever played it, no rehearsal, A few clams, but the energy is there. Also a little nod to Glenn Frey, who passed away 2 days before the show. Eric Bouchard (Bass,) Ricky Wise (Drums) & me. Thanks to Jeni Parris Brady for shooting the video! And thanks to Sean O'Neill & Pj Thomas for inviting us to be a part of the show.

Click This Picture To Watch It On YouTube

 

 

Friday, February 12th

Here's another clip from my new as-yet-untitled instrumental tune I'm working on. I call this section (deep voice with lots of echo) "One Hand Legato Man!!"

 

I sometimes reach over with my right hand to mute the strings while I play with only my left hand. People probably assume I do this because I'm trying to look cool (and it DOES look fancy,) but the reason I started doing this is that it's actually really good practice to get your left hand accuracy together. I discovered that it also produces a very unique tone because of the omission of any pick attack. This is the first time I've ever used it on a recording- it was a lot of fun!

 

P.S.- the inset video in the lower right corner was obviously done after the recording. I just thought it might look cool to play along with the track and try to chase my left hand around with a camera held in my right hand. It was hard. I'm a dork.

 

Click This Picture To Watch It On YouTube

 




Thursday, February 11th

 

Hey Look! The Kajun Kelley Band is nominated for a Rammie! We're nominated for "Best Local Band at Rams Head Tavern Savage Mill." We have a great relationship with the staff & management at ALL of the Rams Head locations. They've always treated us like family (and kept some brothers WORKING) so this is very nice. Thank you to Steve Davitt and all at Rams Head for the nod.

 

We're also proud to have performed in two of the Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians (AMFM) "In The Vane of...." shows (The Beatles, Led Zeppelin) that are on the ballot.

 

P.S.- We're playing at Rams Head Savage next Friday, February 19th. Come out and get some "Nomination-Celebration Rock" on with us.

Click This Link To View The Ballot (and maybe vote for us while you’re there?)
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PSXS7QD

 

 

Tuesday, February 9th

 

I'm finally getting around to getting some work done in my home studio. This is the opening melody to a new somewhat-Steely-Dan-inspired instrumental tune I'm working on. I decided to video tape as I'm tracking this one. When I have it all mixed I'll be putting out a video for the complete track. Stay tuned!

 

P.S.- I'm using a cowbell as a click track, so it's good n' loud in the camera mic. I had a fever........

 

Click This Picture To Watch It On YouTube

 

 

 

Tuesday, January 26th

 

Happy Birthday Eddie Van Halen! I'm snowed in, so I just went downstairs and shot a little tribute video:

Click The Picture to Watch The Video On YouTube



 

Thursday, January 14th

JUST ANNOUNCED!

Wednesday, January 20th- Rams Head On Stage- Annapolis, MD- 7pm

 

AM/FM presents

A TRIBUTE TO DAVID BOWIE

 

Kajun Kelley Band will be performing along with other fantastic Annapolis based artists

Each artist will perform two David Bowie songs to honor his musical legacy

 

Click The Link Below For Tickets and Info

http://www.ramsheadonstage.com/event/1058733-amfm-tribute-david-bowie-annapolis

 

Monday, January 11th

 

RIP David Bowie. This one hits hard. He was a brilliant musician and an artist in the true sense of the word. A master of constantly reinventing his image and musical direction while somehow simultaneously maintaining his unique identity. He was always cutting edge and cooler than everybody else...The Thin White Duke.

 

Last Wednesday night, Eric Bouchard and I were playing an acoustic gig and I decided to break out “Starman” by David Bowie. We hadn’t played it in a while, so it felt good and fresh. On our break, a young man- probably early 20’s- came up to me and said “Hey man, thanks for playing David Bowie, that was awesome! Can you play some more?” I was so impressed that a guy his age knew a deep cut Bowie song (it's probably 20 years older than he was) that I happily obliged, and we played “Ziggy Stardust” for him in the next set. We played those songs again at all of our gigs last week, and again they went over well, even with people that I have a feeling had never heard them before. It’s just crazy to me that there was such a “Bowie appreciation” going on in my world last week and then he passed away.

 

The other thing about “Starman”- it starts with a really cool chord (Low to high: Bb-E-A-D-E; I think it’s a BbMaj7b5#11) which is the same chord that starts off the intro to the Stone Temple Pilots’ “Vaseline.” It’s well documented that STP were huge Bowie fans, and I’ve always suspected that this was their intentional but sly nod to the Thin White Duke. He inspired many generations of musicians, myself included.

 

I love so much of his stuff, but “Life On Mars” will always be the quintessential Bowie song to me. I had it on a 45 with "Moonage Daydream" & "It Ain't Easy" on the flip side, and I played that thing to death when I was a kid….

 

Rest In Peace Starman.

https://youtu.be/oAo7YeRkJYo

 

Wednesday, November 4th

Hey Everybody!

I'm steady getting my "booking agent" on at the moment, so there may be more gigs added to the list this month. Make sure you check the
“Schedule” page for frequent updates and info:
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Here's what's coming up this weekend:

Friday (11/6) The Kajun Kelley Band will be at The Barn in Parkville, MD from 9:30pm to 1:30am. This is our last show at The Barn in 2015. Hope to see all of our Baltimore peeps. Eric Bouchard (Bass/Vocals), John Thomakos (Drums/Vocals) & me.

Saturday (11/7) The Kajun Kelley Band will be playing a brand new venue for us- Ollie's Bar & Grill in LaPlata, MD, from 9:30pm to 1:30am. We used to play in LaPlata a lot, but it's been quite a while since we've been down that way. Hoping to see all of our old-school SoMD peeps! Eric Bouchard (Bass/Vocals), Ricky Wise (Drums/Vocals) & me.
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On
Saturday, November 21st, the Kajun Kelley Band will be playing the big Pre-Turkey Day Bash at the American Legion Post #96 in Brunswick, MD (near Frederick). Tickets are $15, and include a huge Thanksgiving dinner spread. Dinner is from 6:30pm to 8pm, and then we play from 8pm to 12am. I'll have tickets for sale at all of my shows ahead of time if you're interested.

 

 

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Hope to see you this month! Thanks for all the support and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 

Thanks!
Kajun

 

Wednesday, October 7th

Hey Everybody-

 

Very busy month of gigs coming up, starting with a K.K. Acoustic Duo show (Eric Bouchard & I) tonight (Wednesday 10/7) at the Rams Head at Savage Mill in Savage, MD from 6pm to 9pm......so it's time I get an update posted!

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Shows of note this month:

 

Next Thursday (10/15) I'll be playing guitar with my old and dear friends in the Deanna Bogart Band (Deanna, Eric Scott & Mike Aubin) at the Crisfield City Dock in Crisfield, MD from 6pm to 8pm. Most of you know that I was in the DBB for 11 years (1995 to 2006) so we're like family. This is the first time we've played a full show together since a reunion show we did back in 2010, so I'm really looking forward to it- should be a blast!

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Sunday, October 18th, the K.K. Acoustic Duo (Eric Bouchard & I) will be playing at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, MD from 2:30pm to 3:30pm. It's outdoors and all ages, so come on out and get your Sunday afternoon AcoustiRock on.

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On Halloween (Saturday Oct. 31st) the Kajun Kelley Band will be playing at the Rams Head Roadhouse in Crownsville, MD from 10pm to 1:30am. Much Ghoulishly Scary Rock Shall Be Made! Eric Bouchard (Bass/Vocals), Dave DeMarco (Drums/Vocals) & me.

 


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Lots of great venues on the schedule in October. Hope to see you all! Go to the “Schedule”  page for the complete list of upcoming shows.

Thanks!
Kajun

 

 

Thursday, September 10th

 

Hey Everybody!

 

On September 11, 2001, I was living in Arlington, Virginia about 3 miles from the Pentagon. I woke up that day around noon to a beautiful, sunny day outside my window, but noticed I had tons of messages on my voicemail........

 

I wrote the song, "Sky Is Falling”, about my experience on that horrible day. I recorded it years ago and put it on my CD, "Struggle Within", and I've always wanted to make a video for it that would portray the way the events of that day unfolded for me. I think this comes close.

 

This is in honor of all those who lost their lives or the lives of loved ones on 9/11, and especially to all the police and firefighters who lost their lives at the Twin Towers and the Pentagon while trying to save others. Never Forget.


Click The Picture Below To Watch The Video On YouTube

 

 

 

Monday, August 31st

OK......Here's my first ever attempt at making a "lyric video" for one of my songs. I decided I'd make one for "The Life That Got Away" because it's the "Beatles-influenced original" song that we'll be playing at the Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians (AMFM) "In The Vane of The Beatles" show at the Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, MD this Wednesday (9/2).

 

Check it out and let me know what you think!

 

 

Click The Picture Below To Watch The Video On YouTube

 

Tuesday, August 18th

 

It's been a LONG time since I've been inspired to transcribe a guitar solo note for note just for my own enjoyment, but Ian Thornley's solo in Big Wreck's "A Million Days" is so awesome that I took some time last week to learn it. I was having so much fun playing it (and being a lifelong disciple of Brian May) that I decided to write a 2nd guitar harmony to the entire solo. I was so proud !!!......and then realized that nobody would ever hear it live, unless I somehow clone myself. So I set up a camera, plugged into my Pro Tools studio rig and recorded it all. Wanna see/hear it? Here it go!

 

They say that imitation is the greatest form of flattery, so I hope if Ian Thornley ever actually sees this video, he takes it with the high regard/tribute for which it is intended. My lazy ass wouldn't normally do this unless I had to learn something for a gig, so he should know that he truly inspired me- Thank you Mr. Thornley!

 

Click The Picture Below To Watch The Video On YouTube

 

Wednesday, August 5th

 

Hey Everybody!

 

First off, I want to send a huge, sincere "Thank You" to everybody who came out to last month's shows. July was a busy month, culminating with a streak of 10 shows in 11 days that were spread out over a wide area. I can't tell you how much it means to me and my bandmates to see so many familiar faces at every venue we played. That kind of support and positive energy just makes it that much more of a blast to play music. I'm lucky enough to do what I love to do and call it "my job", and it's because of all of you coming out to shows that I'm able to do that- I can't thank you enough! I'm also spoiled to have played those gigs with incredible musicians who also happen to be great people- John Thomakos, Bobby Strawderman, Jason Heiser, Dave DeMarco, my partner in musical crime Eric Bouchard, and my boys in Never Never (Spike Settles, Erik Krakau)- thanks for making "my job" easy and fun!

 

And now, it's time to change guitar strings and get ready to do it all again......
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I also want to send out a big "Thank You" to Halo Jankowski for asking me to play at the grand opening of his new Black Lotus Tattoo Gallery location on Saturday, August 1st. The shop is absolutely beautiful and all the artists and staff there were super friendly and warm- I was honored to be there. Being somewhat of an "Ink Master" superfan, I was totally geeking out, and it was really cool to talk to these amazing artists from the show (Halo, Lydia Bruno, Gentle Jay, Matti Hixson, Melissa Monroe) whose work I so admire. Even though I have no ink (yes, I realize the dichotomy there), I am completely fascinated by their ability to create these incredible pieces of art and then being able to bring them to life on skin. I had a great conversation with Lydia and she filled me in on what it was like to be on the show and what goes on behind the scenes, which was very cool. So thanks to Halo & all for a really good time, and best of luck with the new shop!

 



Lots of great venues on the schedule in August. Hope to see you all! Go to the “Schedule”  page for the complete list of upcoming shows.

Thanks!

 

Kajun

 

Wednesday, July 8th

 

Hey Everybody!

 

Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July weekend. I've spent the last 10 days deeply immersed in DIY home improvement projects, but now it is time for me to deeply immerse myself in the improvement of my inner rockage. Lots of gigs this month!

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Shows Of Note:

 

Thursday, July 23rd, the Kajun Kelley Band will be performing at the Columbia Lakefront Concert Series in Columbia, MD. It's outdoors, all ages, FREE, and we'll be doing a lot of original material, including a couple new songs. Last year we got rained out, so here's hoping for good weather this time around. Show time is 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Eric Bouchard (Bass/Vocals), John Thomakos (Drums/Vocals) & me.
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July 14th & 28th (both Tuesdays), the K.K. Acoustic Duo (Eric Bouchard and myself) will be back at the Hard Rock Cafe' at the inner harbor in Baltimore, MD. We play in the outdoor pavilion from 5pm to 8pm. We played there every Tuesday last summer and it was always a good time. Great staff, drink specials, and the vibe outside is great. You should go.

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Saturday, August 1st, we'll be doing a Double Header:

 

Show #1: The K.K. Acoustic Duo will be playing at the Black Lotus Tattoo Grand Opening Party in Hanover, MD (near Arundel Mills & Maryland Live Casino). I'm a HUGE fan of the show "Ink Master", and this shop is owned and operated by Halo, one of my favorite artists on Season 4. So I was honored to be asked to play at the grand opening of his new shop. The party starts at 2pm, and we play from 5pm to 7pm. 98 Rock will be there, tons of guests tattoo artists, food, games, etc. You should definitely go! 

Show #2:
After the party, we'll be packing up and driving to the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, MD, where the Kajun Kelley Band will play from 9pm to 1am. This is our first time playing at the Woodstock with my band (I've played there may times with Never Never) so I'm hoping for a good turn out. It's a great venue with really cool peeps running it. Eric Bouchard (Bass/Vocals), Bobby Strawderman (Drums/Vocals) & me. Come on out!

 

 

 

Lots of great venues on the schedule in July & August. Hope to see you all! Go to the “Schedule”  page for the complete list of upcoming shows.

Thanks!

 

Kajun

 

Thursday, July 2nd

 

Wishing Everybody a Safe & Enjoyable 4th of July Weekend! My wife and I will be spending the weekend getting our DIY home improvement projects on, so I doubt the word "enjoy" will be used to describe our situation. But on the plus side, the chances of us being attacked by a shark are minimal. So we have that going for us, which is nice.

 

In honor of the occasion, here's a video of me playing a song you probably recognize. It's a celebration, bitches!! Where my hot dogs at? Can a bruh get some apple pie up in dis piece?
Happy BurrrrffffdayMurrrrrca!

(Click the pic below to watch the video)

 

Thursday, April 2nd

 

Hey Everybody! Looks like Spring has FINALLY sprung- it's a beautiful day here in the DC/B-more errrrrrrrrea. So I'm gonna get right down to this month's bidness so I can get myself outdoors!

 

But before I get to this month's news, let me first thank everybody who came out to shows this past month. March was full of well attended shows with a lot of great crowd energy, and I can't thank you enough for all the support!

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Tomorrow night (Friday 4/3) Never Never is returning to Club 66 in Edgewood, MD. If you've never been to this venue, you need to go. It's a truly unique set up and a fantastic to place to see a band. We play from 7:30pm to 11pm. Rock Shall Be Achieved! For more info, go to the Club 66 website:  www.club66.net

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Another big show of note this month:

 

Monday, April 13th- Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, MD- "In The Vane of Led Zeppelin" Show

 

 

The Kajun Kelley Band is excited and honored to have been asked to be a part of this!! Sharing the stage with a ton of talented Annapolis-based artist! Each artist will be performing one Zeppelin cover and one Zeppelin-inspired original tune. Show starts at 7pm. Check the link below for tickets and info:

 

http://www.ramsheadonstage.com/event/794669-in-vane-led-zeppelin-annapolis

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Lots of great venues on the schedule in April. Hope to see you all! Go to the “Schedule”  page for the complete list of upcoming shows.

Thanks!

 

Kajun

 

 

Sunday, March 8th

 

This Just In:

 St. Patrick's Day (Tuesday, March 17th)

 Kajun Kelley Band

510 Johnny’s

510 Marketplace Dr, Bel Air, MD

Blarney-Stone-Rock, Gosh B'Darn Ya!

 

 

Friday, March 6th

 

Hey Everybody!

 

Nothing like waiting until the VERY last minute to post this month's ramblings and update my schedule, but here it is

 

In between playing gigs- and shoveling snow- I've been spending most of time in my recording studio. I'm happy and excited to say that I'm deep into recording and mixing a bunch of new tunes. The songs are covering the gamut stylistically- some straight-ahead rock, some heavy stuff, and some instrumental guitar stuff. People are listening to music differently these days- the single song download is the way of the world- so rather than releasing a full length CD, I'm going to be releasing these one song at a time on iTunes. That also frees me up to jump all over the map musically- I don't have to worry about all the songs making sense being played next to each other. I'm a music-style-schizophrenic anyway, so this method allows me to follow my muse wherever it takes me (which really depends on how much coffee I've consumed on said day in the studio.) I'll keep you posted once I start releasing these things.

 

In the meantime, I’m still playing lots of gigs- a brutha has to WORK to support his recording habit!  Go to the “Schedule”  page for the complete list of upcoming shows.

Hope to see you this month!

 

Thanks!

Kajun

 

Wednesday, February 11th

 

Hey Everybody!

 

Sorry I'm just getting this posted. No worries- I haven't played any gigs yet this month. My wife and I kicked off February by taking a nice little four day trip to Cancun. Got our sun and relaxation on in a big way. Then we came home to an ice storm- a nice shock to the system! So now I'm back to reality and I'm ready to get back to the business of Making The Rock.

 

Lots of good shows this month. Go to the “Schedule”  page for the complete list.

 

Thanks!

Kajun

 

Thursday, January 1st

 

Happy New Year Everybody!

I hope everybody had a wonderful holiday season. We ended 2014 on a high note at our December 26th 
"Post-Christmas/Pre-New Years Rock Party" at the Rams Head Roadhouse in Crownsville, MD- thanks to all who came out!

 

Today will be a day of relaxation and college football (Go Buckeyes!!!- I grew up in Columbus, Ohio, ya know) but tomorrow I will be putting fresh strings on the ol' geetar and jumping right in to Making MUCH Rock at our shows this weekend. Friday (1/2) we'll be at The Barn in Parkville, MD from 9:30pm- 1:30am, and Saturday (1/3) we'll be at the Rams Head at Savage Mill in Savage, MD from 10pm to 1:30am. Both shows are Eric Bouchard (Bass/Vocals), Jason Heiser (Drums/Vocals) and me. Come kick in 2015 with us!
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Don't forget to check
the “Schedule”  page frequently for updates on added shows.

See you soon!
Kajun

 

Wednesday, December 3rd

Happy Holidays Everybody!

 

With this gloomy, rainy weather we're having here in the DC/Baltimore area, it's a little tough to get in to the holiday spirit. So please allow me to offer up this silly little video of my song "A Little Christmas Jam With Peanuts" as a way to spread some holiday cheer. If nothing else, you can laugh at my outward cheesiness while you revel in the amount of  Christmas ornaments my wife and I have accumulated....and the fact that I took the time to make them walk down the fretboard of my guitar. That took some time to pull off with a Flip Video camera- not exactly high tech!

Click the photo below to watch my video

“A Little Christmas Jam With Peanuts”

On YouTube

 

 


Lots of great shows this month to wrap up the year. Normally I highlight certain shows that stand out, but the whole month of December is full of venues we love to play. So check out
the “Schedule”  page, find the show closest to you...or get your travel on! We promise to make it worth the trip.

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Thanks to all of you for supporting all of my musical endeavors in 2014! It really seems like we've built a diverse and very loyal crowd of fans who have become friends over this year, and I can't tell you what that means to me- Thank You! And thanks to all of the magnificent musicians I've had the pleasure of playing with this year- too many to mention by name, but I do have to thank my main partner in crime
Eric Bouchard, and my various Kajun Kelley Band drummers- Nick Bertling, Dave DeMarco, Jason Heiser, Rob Minnick, Bobby Strawderman & John Thomakos. Also have to give props to my Never Never brothers: Spike Settles, Erik Krakau, Nick Bertling & John Davis. It was an incredible year for me musically, and I'm looking forward to a productive 2015.


 

Happy Holidays- Hope to see you this month!

 

Kajun

 

Wednesday, November 5th

 

Hey Everybody!

 

I want to start off by saying thank you to everybody who came out to our shows last month. We had some incredible crowds! In particular, our show at The Barn in Parkville, MD on October 17th was insane- a packed house full of loud people who got their Rock On! And the Never Never show at Club 66 on Halloween was also a fantastic night. Overall, ROcktober Was Achieved!

 

So if last month was "Rocktober", does that make this "Rollvember?" Discuss.......

 

Wrrrrrrrrd!

Kajun

 

Wednesday, October 1st

 

Hey Everybody!

 

First off, I want to send out a sincere and heartfelt "thank you" to everybody for all the positive comments I received on my "Sky Is Falling (9/11)" video. I was humbled and overwhelmed by seeing it shared and re-posted on Facebook so many times by so many people. I've wanted to make a video for the song for a long time, one that would recreate the events of that day and how they unfolded in my life. I know it's not exactly a Hollywood-level production, but I'm very proud of how it came out. So it means a lot to me that it touched some people- Thank You!
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Well, it is now ROctober, so Let There Be...uhhhhh...Roc.... or something.

 

Don't have a ton of shows this month, but this just means that each show will be that much more intense. We'll have a lot of Pent-Up Rock inside us that must be unleashed! There may be some shows added, so be sure to check the “Schedule”  page for updates.

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One show of note:

 

On Friday, October 31st, Never Never will Make Much Halloween Rock at Club 66 in Edgewood, MD. Club 66 is a venue that I've heard nothing but great things about, so I'm really excited to be playing there for the first time. Erik Krakau  (NN bassist extraordinaire) is unfortunately unable to play the gig, so my partner in crime Eric Bouchard will be filling in for him that night. So the never never before seen Never Never lineup (see what I did there?) will be Spike Settles (Vocals/Guitar), Eric Bouchard (Bass), John Thomakos (Drums) and me. Advance tickets are $20. Show is 8pm to 11pm. Go to the Club 66 website for tickets and info: http://www.club66.net/

 

Thanks!

Kajun

 

Thursday, September 11th

Hey Everybody!

 

On September 11, 2001, I was living in Arlington, Virginia about 3 miles from the Pentagon. I woke up that day around noon to a beautiful, sunny day outside my window, but noticed I had tons of messages on my voicemail........

 

I wrote the song, "Sky Is Falling,” about my experience on that horrible day. I recorded it years ago and put it on my CD, "Struggle Within," but I've always wanted to make a video for it. I finally did it.

 

This is in honor of all those who lost their lives or the lives of loved ones on 9/11, and especially to all the police and firefighters who lost their lives at the Twin Towers and the Pentagon while trying to save others. Never Forget.

I've been working non-stop the last 3 days putting this video together so that I could post in today.

 

Here is the link to the video:


http://youtu.be/lRkKVnr1cDY

 



 

Wednesday, August 6th

 

Hey Everybody!

 

First off, I want to sincerely thank everybody who came out to the shows in July. I had an insane amount of gigs that were spread all over the place, but the show of support and amount of friendly faces who came out night after night gave me and the band tons of energy and positive vibes. I appreciate that more than you could know!

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This month is equally busy. And we've got two shows that are all about showcasing ORIGINAL MUSIC:

 

Tuesday August 12th- Columbia Lakefront Concert Series- Columbia, MD. The Kajun Kelley Band will be playing a 2-hour show (8pm to 10pm) that will be primarily original material from my "StaleStories FreshEars" & "Struggle Within" CD's (I'll probably throw in a few covers just for fun). The show is outdoors and all ages- a really cool vibe. Bring a blanket and a picnic basket full of goodies to consume while getting your Original Rock on! Eric Bouchard- Bass/Vocals, Dave DeMarco- Drums/Vocals & me. For more info:  http://www.columbiaassociation.org/services/lakefront-summer-festival

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Friday August 15th- Sunset Concert Series at O'Donnell Lake- Waldorf, MD- (10400 O'Donnell Place, St. Charles, MD). The Kajun Kelley Band plays from 7pm to sunset. Again- All Originals, outdoors and all ages. We play this series every year and it's always a real good time. Eric Bouchard- Bass/Vocals, Bobby Strawderman- Drums/Vocals and me. For more info: http://www.stcharlesmd.com/blog/summer-concert-series/friday-night-concerts-schedule

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A bunch of cool shows at a bunch of cool venues this month, including full band shows at The Greene Turtle Hunt Valley (8/8) The Barn (8/29) and The Mallet (8/30). Check the “Schedule”  page for a complete list of upcoming shows. Hope to see you!

Thanks!

Kajun

 

 

Monday, June 30th

Hey Everybody!

 

Lots of news this month:

I've been hired to be the house band at the
Hard Rock Cafe in Baltimore, MD! OK......not EXACTLY, BUT...the Kajun Kelley Band JUST played there this past Saturday night (6/28)- which was an awesome show with an incredible crowd (thanks to all of you who came out!)- and I'll be playing there 6 times in the month of July. They have booked the K.K. Acoustic Duo to play in the outdoor pavilion every Tuesday thru the end of July from 5pm to 8pm. And then on Friday, 7/18 the Kajun Kelley Band will be playing there from 9pm to 1am. The outdoor pavilion is a really cool open-air area right on the water at the Inner Harbor of B-more. And it's covered, so the shows are rain or shine. We vow to live up to the "Hard Rock" name. Be it acoustically or electrically, Hard Rock Shall Be Achieved!
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This Friday is the 4th of July, and the Kajun Kelley Band will be playing the Silver Spring Downtown LIVE! Concert Series at the Fountain Plaza Stage in Silver Spring, MD. It's an outdoor show located at 916 Ellsworth Dr. in the heart of Silver Spring, MD. We play from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Come get your pre-fireworks 4th of July celebration on with us!
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Speaking of the 4th of July, it's now a tradition that I post this video of my rendition of the
"Star Spangled Banner" in honor of Independence Day, so here's the link to the video. As always, I dedicate this to all of our fine men and women in the US Military!

 

Click on this incredibly awesome photo of me behind the American flag to watch the video:






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We're playing a lot of new venues for us this month as well:
Hickory Lodge in Bel Air, MD, Sylvesters in Essex, MD, The Jetty on Kent Island, MD, and Bare Bones in Ellicott City, MD. Come show us some new venue love & support! Check the “Schedule”  page for a complete list of upcoming shows. Hope to see you!

Thanks!

Kajun

 

Wednesday, June 4th

Hey Everybody!

 

I just got back from an amazing two week long vacation in Italy. My wife and I hit Venice, Florence, Pisa, Siena and Rome. It was a whirlwind tour, but we had an absolutely fabulous time. But now I'm back, and I'm hittin' the ground runnin' with plenty of live shows this month. Time to shake off the vacation rust and play some guitar!

 

Shows of note:

 

This Friday (6/6) The Kajun Kelley Band will be playing for the first time at The Mallet in Fallston, MD. The Mallet is a great venue- and a BIG venue- so we're hoping to fill it with as many of our peeps as we can. Come show us some new-venue love, and we will repay you with new-venue Rock!

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Monday June 9th the Kajun Kelley Band will be playing the Summer Lunchtime Concert Series in Silver Spring, MD. It's an outdoor show located at 916 Ellsworth Dr. in the heart of Silver Spring, MD. We play from 12pm to 2pm. Lunch & Rock on a Monday afternoon- great way to start the week.

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Monday June 16th- My good friend singer/songwriter/bassist Eric Scott is hosting a new singer/songwriter series every 3rd Monday of the month at 49 West Coffeehouse in Annapolis, MD, and he's invited me to play a short set of original tunes. Headlining the bill is another great friend (who, as most of you know, I played with for 11 years) Deanna Bogart! If you've never seen her, this is a great intimate setting to experience her monster piano playing, singing, and energy. Also on the bill that evening is singer/guitarist Andrew Tufano. The best part...admission is only $10.00! Eric will open the show with a short set at 8pm. The line-up:

 

Andrew Tufano - (pop/rock) - 8:15pm

Kajun Kelley  - (rock/rock) - 8:50pm

Deanna Bogart (featured artist) - (blues/jazz)  - 9:20pm

 

Come out and support ORIGINAL music!
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Check the “Schedule”  page for a complete list of upcoming shows. Hope to see you!

Thanks!

Kajun

 

 

Thursday, April 3rd

 

Hey Everybody!

So I manage to make it through this crazy over-achieving-arctic-vortex-snow-in-March Winter without getting sick, all the while watching everybody around me come down with a vast array of stuff that was going around. Then this Spring weather finally arrives...and I come down with a turrrrible head cold. Beautiful. In some ways it was a good week for me to get sick because I didn't have any shows. But as easy as I've been taking it to try to shake this thing in time for the weekend, now the weekend is upon me, and I'm still a phlegmed-up, no-energy-having mess. I've got an acoustic gig tomorrow night (Friday 4/4) at
Luke's Grille in Stevensville, MD, and I'm going to do my best to make that thing happen. Mucinex-D and throat lozenges a-plenty, "Snot Rock" shall be achieved!

I'm keeping this short so I can get back to my box of Kleenex. It's hard to type whilst blowing your nose.

 

Check the “Schedule”  page for a complete list of upcoming shows. Hope to see you!

Thanks!

Kajun

 

 

Thursday, March 6th

 

Hey Everybody!

 

First off, I'd like to thank everybody who came out to our shows in February. We played a lot of new rooms and the support was phenomenal. Our February 7th show at The Barn in Baltimore, MD in particular was OFF THE HOOK! It was our first time playing there and the place was packed with a fantastic crowd- a truly awesome night.

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This month we are once again playing some new venues for us, and we're hoping to get that same kind-hearted support:

 

Sat. March 8th- T-Bonz- Ellicott City, MD- K.K. Acoustic Duo- 7pm- 11pm

 

Sat. March 22nd- The Office Bar- Pasadena, MD- Kajun Kelley Band- 9pm- 1am 

 

Fri. March 28th- Apehangers- Bel Alton, MD- Kajun Kelley Band- 9:30pm- 1:30am. I've heard Apehangers has been newly renovated- hoping to see some of my old school southern Maryland peeps!

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As has now become tradition, the Kajun Kelley Band will be closing out the St. Patrick's Day festivities at the Rams Head Roadhouse in Crownsville, MD. This will be our 5th year in a row being the last of the live-bands-all-day St. Paddy's throwdown at the Roadhouse, and it's always a blast. This year it falls on a Monday, so we'll be playing an hour earlier to accommodate your weeknight drinking/rocking/recovery schedule. We go on at 9pm and play until 12:30am.

 

 

 

Tons O' The Rock to check out this month- Check the “Schedule”  page for a complete list. Hope to see you!

Thanks!

Kajun

 

Thursday, January 30th

 

Hey Everybody-

 

There's a lot to talk about this month on the show tip, so let me get right to it.

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We have two great venues that we're playing for the first time, and we would love to fill 'em up with all of your lovely faces:

 

Friday, February 7th, The Kajun Kelley Band will be live at The Barn in Baltimore, MD. The Barn was one of the top places to play in Baltimore for years, but they sadly closed their doors a couple years ago. But now they have reopened under new management and have started having live music again. I'm always being asked by folks in the B-more area to play some venues near them- well here you go! So come join Eric Bouchard (Bass/Vocals), John Thomakos (Drums/Vocals) and myself for a great night of music in a great club. Show is 9pm to 1am.

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Friday, February 21st, The Kajun Kelley Band will be live for the first time at The Greene Turtle in Hunt Valley, MD. I've played this room with my boys in Never Never, but this is the first time I'll be there with my own band. It's a great set up with a good sized stage. It's a BIG room, so I'm hoping we'll get a BIG crowd to fill it up. Once again, it will be Eric Bouchard, John Thomakos, and myself. BIG Rock shall be achieved! Show is 9:30pm to 1am.

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Saturday, February 15th, The Kajun Kelley Band will be playing at a place we play regularly, the Irish Channel in Crofton, MD. When I booked this gig, the manager explained to me that they are putting a lot of emphasis on which bands are drawing good crowds, and deciding who they will keep in the rotation based on the draw. On average we do pretty well there, but sometimes it's hit or miss. So if you enjoy seeing us at the Irish Channel- and I know a lot of you do- I'm asking you to come out for this one so we can continue to make it a regular stop. Eric B, Johnny T. & me. They've even moved the show time to an earlier start to help increase attendance- we'll be playing 9pm- 12:30am.

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Lots of shows this month- Check the “Schedule”  page for a complete list. Hope to see you!

 

Thanks!

Kajun

 

Friday, January 3rd

 

Hey Everybody- greetings from "New Antarctica", formerly known as North America. Apparently 2014 is the beginning of the new Ice Age- Good Times!

I've waited until the last possible minute to post this, but it wasn't out of laziness (this time). I'm actually still waiting to hear back from some clubs about possible dates this month. Wanted to have everything finalized before I updated my schedule, but alas, I'm playing this weekend, so I can wait no longer to get the word out. So be sure to check out the Schedule page for updates. I'll be adding show dates as they come in.

I'm playing tonight and tomorrow night- please don't let the sub-zero wind chill factors keep you away! The gigs are indoors, and as an extra added bonus, the clubs provide heat! AND drinks that will warm you from the inside. We shall provide Rock, which will warm your soul.....

 

Thanks!

Kajun

 

Thursday, December 5th

 

Happy Holidays Errrrrrrrrrrrrybody!

As my humble little Christmas gift to you, I offer you these links to my silly Christmas-oriented home made music videos. Enjoy! Click the pics below to watch the videos on YouTube!


"A Little Christmas Jam With Peanuts"

 

 

"Snowpocalypse"

 


Thanks to all of you for supporting all of my musical endeavors in 2013! And thanks to all of the magnificent musicians I've had the pleasure of playing with this year- too many to mention by name, but I do have to thank my main partner in crime Eric Bouchard, and my various Kajun Kelley Band drummers- Dave DeMarco, Rob Minnick, Bobby Strawderman & John Thomakos. Also have to give props to my Never Never brothers: Spike Settles, Erik Krakau, Nick Bertling & John Davis. It was an incredible year for me musically, and I'm looking forward to a productive 2014.

Happy Holidays! See you all in 2014!!

Kajun

 

Friday, November 1st

 

Just got back from a little 4 day trip down to Nashville. Had a great time, but I'm exhausted!

The day before I left for Nashville, I was hired by
Bill Hellman at WoofTunes to play some "shred guitar" on one of his "Woof Axx" guitars to open up the 2013 BARCStoberfest in Baltimore, MD. I picked up the guitar a couple days before the gig so I could take it home and dial it in through my rig and get a feel for it. Some of my guitar playing friends were curious about the Woof Axx, and asked me to shoot some video as I was checking it out. I just got around to uploading all the video last night, and edited it down to a little “demo video”.

 

So here you go! Click the picture below to watch the video on YouTube:

 

 

Wednesday, October 2nd

 

Hey Everybody!

 

Thanks to all of you who came out to the shows last month- we had some awesome crowds! Can't thank you enough for all of the support.

 

Last month started out as a pretty light month for me gig-wise, but I received a couple out-of-the-blue calls to fill in on some dates. So I want to thank my friends in Tripwire for having me fill in at their Padonia Station show on Sept. 21st- always a pleasure playing with you guys! And also thank my good friend/musician extraordinaire Scott Spivey for having me on a couple unexpected acoustic duo gigs- we always have more fun than should be legal playing together. There's an awful lot of talent around this area- get out and support local music!

My apologies for not informing all of you on the mailing list of these last minute add-on shows. But the truth is this: I truly appreciate everybody who has signed up for my monthly newsletter/schedule, so I try not blow up your email accounts every time a new gig pops up. The BEST way to keep up to date is to either
"like" my Facebook Band Page (www.facebook.com/KajunKelleyBand) or to check this website’s Schedule page. I keep both up to date anytime a new show comes through.
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That being said, here's what I have coming up this week:

Thursday 10/3- The K.K. Acoustic Duo will be at Hightopps in Timonium, MD- 9pm- 1am. Eric Bouchard and myself, rockin' the 'coustic bass & 'coustic geetar, respectively. Hightopps has cushy leather couches and good drinks. We provide Rock of the Unplugged Variety.
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Friday 10/4- Never Never is at the Fish Head Cantina in Arbutus, MD- 9:30pm- 1am. First Fridays at Fish Head Always Rock. Bring Yo Self.

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Saturday 10/5- The Kajun Kelley Band is very happy to return to the Irish Channel in Crofton, MD- 10pm- 1:30am. It's been a minute since we've played the Channel, and peeps have been asking when we'd be back. Well, the time is nigh- Be There Saturday Night!

 

Check the “Schedule”  page for a complete list of this month’s and future shows. Hope to see you!

 

Thanks!

Kajun

 

Wednesday, September 4th

 

Hey Everybody!

Why is it that every time I have to be stuck in my office on the computer doing my beginning of the month "administrative duties" (website/facebook/reverbnation page calendar updates, newsletter, etc) it's always absolutely gorgeous outside? I look out the window, and the weather is just mocking me. That's just not right. So that being said, I'm keeping this month's newsletter short and sweet.
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Tomorrow night
(Thurs.9/5) the K.K. Acoustic Duo will be at O'Briens in Annapolis, MD. 9pm- 12:30am. It's opening night of the NFL Football season. Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, Drinks, & Rock

Friday 9/6- Never Never
is back for the September edition of First Friday at the Fish Head Cantina in Arbutus, MD. 9:30pm- 1am. Rock Will- And Shall Always- Be Achieved on First Fridays!
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Another fun show of note this month:

Friday September 20th,
the Kajun Kelley Band will be at the Rams Head Roadhouse in Crownsville, MD. 10pm- 1:30am. Eric Bouchard (aka- "Eric Jr.") is on vacation, so the band will be my old buddy Eric Scott (aka- "Eric Sr.") on Bass/Vocals, John Thomakos on Drums/Vocals, and Me- Xylophone/Tambourine/Vocals. Who knows what we will end up playing, but I'm sure it's going to be stylistically all over the map and very cool!

 

Check the “Schedule”  page for a complete list of this month’s and future shows. Hope to see you!

 

Thanks!

Kajun

 

Wednesday, July 31st

 

Hey Everybody!

I wanted to send a sincere thank you to all of you who checked out and shared my
"Star Spangled Banner" YouTube video last month. It has over 1400 views, which is incredible to me. Not exactly considered "viral", but that's a lot of views for something that I shot at home on a little Flip Video camera. Thanks for all the love! 
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This Weekend's Shows:

Thursday (8/1)- K.K. Acoustic Duo
will be at O'Briens in Annapolis, MD- 9pm- 12:30am. Get your weekend started a day early, yo!

Friday (8/2)- Never Never returns to Fish Head Cantina in Arbutus, MD for our monthly "First Friday" of Rock. 9:30pm- 1am

 

Saturday (8/3)- The Kajun Kelley Band is at the Hard Times Cafe' in Frederick, MD- 9pm- 1am. We love playing Hard Times- a great staff and a crowd that tends to enjoy the heavier stuff. Rock is Always Achieved!
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On Friday, August 9th, The Kajun Kelley Band will, unfortunately, be playing our last show at one of our favorite venues, RiRa Irish Pub in Bethesda, MD. The club’s lease is running out in September, and they will be closing their doors. The staff & management have always been fantastic to us, and we're really going to miss them all. So please come out and make this last show there a big one! Show is 10pm- 1:30am.

 


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Lots of good shows this month- Check the “Schedule”  page for a complete list of this month’s and future shows. Hope to see you!

 

Thanks!

Kajun

 

Tuesday, July 2nd

 

Hey Everybody!

Hope everybody is getting good and geared up for your 4th of July Weekend festivities. I hope to eat burgers & dogs, drink beer, and light things on fire. Somewhere- doesn't matter where, as long as those three activities are involved.

In celebration of our nation's burrrrrfday, I present to you this video of my own little solo guitar version of our
National Anthem:

  

Click on this incredibly awesome photo of me behind the American flag to watch the video:

 



Feel free to share the video- after all, we do live in a free country. Consider it a way to exercise your rights as an American Citizen! (See what I did there)

In all seriousness, I dedicate my version of the
"Star Spangled Banner" to all of our fine men & women who serve in the U.S. Armed Services. They Truly Rock!
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Lots of great shows coming up this month:

 

Wednesday 7/3- The K.K. Acoustic Duo will be at O'Briens in Annapolis, MD, helping you kick off your July 4th celebration. You've got the next day off from work, so take advantage, dammit. We play 9pm- 12:30am
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Friday 7/5- Never Never will be at the Fish Head Cantina in Arbutus, MD. It's "Hippie Fest", maaaaannnn! Break out your tie dyes, beads, and throw your peace signs in the air like old-school-Ozzy-in-the-Sabbath-days while you get your Rock On! Show is 9:30pm- 1am
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Saturday 7/6- Kajun Kelley Band is at the Rams Head Roadhouse in Crownsville, MD. We love playing the Roadhouse- what better way to wrap up your 4th of July weekend? None. None Better Way. (Grammar, bitches!)
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Thanks to everybody who came out to the shows last month, and to all the newbies who signed up on the mailing list. Hope to see you this month!

 

Thanks!

Kajun

 

 

 

Thursday, June 6th

 

Hey Errrrrrrybody!

 

Just like last month (and probably the month before that) I have waited until the last minute to post this. Therefore, I shall not bore you with any lame attempt at humor, and will instead get right down to this month's bidness. Although I DO want to take the time to thank everybody who came out last month- we had some really incredible shows- much love for all the support!

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Tonight (Thurs. 6/6)- K.K. Acoustic Duo will be live at The Woodfire in Severna Park, MD- 7pm- 10:30pm. Joining Eric Bouchard & I will be our friend Matt Lesny on percussion, thus making us the K.K. Acoustic TRIO. Rock commences in 3 hours- how's that for a heads up!

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Friday 6/7- Never Never will bring Much Rock to the Fish Head Cantina in Arbutus, MD- 9:30pm- 1am.

It's "Bring a Newbie Night

 

 

Bring somebody who has never-ever been to a Never Never show (ever!) and we'll buy you both a beer or a Never Never shooter.

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Saturday 6/8- Never Never returns to The Mallet in Fallston, MD. 10pm- 1:30am. Been a minute since we've played The Mallet. It's a great spot- come on out!

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Another Show of Note This Month:

 

Saturday June 29th- The Kajun Kelley Band will be at Growlers in Gaithersburg, MD- 10pm- 1:30am. This will be our last appearance at Growlers until 2014. It's one of our favorite places to play- the crowd there just seems to be 100% into the music. We always see a good amount of familiar faces, so I just wanted to let you all know this is the last show there for a while. Hope you can make it out!

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Lots of Good Rock this month- Check the “Schedule”  page for a complete list of this month’s and future shows. Hope to see you

 

Thanks!

Kajun

 

Wednesday, May 1st

 

Hey Everybody!

 

There is so much rock on the schedule this month, I've decided to skip my usual ramblings and just direct you to my “Schedule” page. Peruse it thoroughly- with calendar in hand- and plan your Month of Rock accordingly.

 

Besides, it's beautiful outside here in the DC/B-more errrrrea, so I ain't tryin' to be stuck in front of my computer, knowwhati'msayin?

 

Hope to see you this month!

 

Kajun

 

Wednesday, April 3rd

 

Hey Everybody!

 

This past Monday night, I was honored to be asked to be the featured guest on the internet radio show "Chillin in AJ's Garage". If you didn't catch it, fear not- for I have provided you with a link to the interview:

 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ajsgarage/2013/04/02/kajun-kelley--guitarist--deanna-bogart--kajun-kelley-band

 

It's an archive file, so you can check it out at your convenience- listen, pause, grab a bite to eat, rewind, fast forward- you have the control!

 

Thanks so much to host Russ Clarke for having me on- I had a great time!

 

And for those of you asking "How could I have found out about this interview before it aired, so I could have listened live and called in and asked Kajun embarrassing questions?"

 

The Answer Is:

 

"Like" us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KajunKelleyBand

Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kajunkelley

 

That's where to get the most up to the minute news, as well as other completely useless information that ain't nobody got time for.

 

Also- I spent some time (OK, a LOT of time) this month updating my website…….

 

You’re on here now! Take a look around on the different pages- click on the links, listen to the songs, whatever- if for no other reason than to make my poor non-computer-savvy-takes-me-much-longer-to-do-than-it-should self feel like I didn't do it all for nothing.

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This Week's Scheduled Displays of Rock N Roll Carnage:

 

Thursday (4/4)- The K.K. Acoustic Duo will be live at Hightopps in Timonium, MD- 9pm- 1am. We play there Every-Other-Thursday until the end of time, so come give Eric Bouchard and I so much love that it will stay with us through the off weeks.

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Friday (4/5)- The Oh-So-Mighty Never Never kicks some Every-First-Friday-Of-The-Month Rock at the Fish Head Cantina in Arbutus, MD- 9:30pm- 1am

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Saturday (4/6)- Never Never moves The Rock in a northeasterly direction to the House Of Rock in White Marsh, MD- 10pm- 1:30am.

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Also of note this month:

 

My Virginia peeps have been giving me a hard time (justifiably so) for having forsaken them by not playing in the state in which I was resident for many a year. I humbly offer you the first step in my road to "keepin' it real by kickin' it old school" redemption:

 

Saturday April 13th- The Kajun Kelley Band will be at the Hard Times Cafe' in Manassas, VA- 9:30pm- 1:30am. I once worked at the mall across the street from there.....bringing it back around full circle.

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Lots of Good Rock this month- Check the “Schedule”  page for a complete list of this month’s and future shows. Hope to see you!

 

Thanks!

Kajun

 

Tuesday, March 26th

 

Good News/Bad News Schedule Update, yo!

 

Good news for my Virginia peeps- We're FINALLY going to be back down your way- it's been a minute:

 

Saturday April 13th- Hard Times Cafe'- Manassas, VA

 

Bad news for my Southern Maryland peeps:

 

Our Saturday April 13th gig at Casey Jones in LaPlata MD that I had previously posted is not happening after all (thus the new date in Virginia). Hopefully we'll be back down there again soon. Suggestion: Take a field trip to Manassas, VA...they have hotels there.

 

This Thursday (3/28) I’ll be playing a K.K. Acoustic Duo show at O’Briens in Annapolis, MD with my good friend Dave DeMarco on Acoustic Bass/Vocals. We play from 9pm- 12:30am- come on out and start your weekend celebration a day early.

 

Thanks!

Kajun

 

Sunday, March 17th

It’s A St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Bitches!

 

 

February 28th , 2013

 

Hey Everybody!

 

This just in! I'm very honored to be featured in Mobtown Music Guide's "Artist Spotlight" section. Check out the link below to read the interview. Thanks to Scott Paddock at MMG for the exposure, and for doing a great job promoting the Baltimore/Annapolis/DC music scene.

 

http://mobtownmusicguide.com/kajun-kelly-artist-spotlight/

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This Weekend's Shows:

 

Thursday 2/28- The K.K. Acoustic Duo will be at The Woodfire in Severna Park, MD- 7pm- 10:30pm. Eric Bouchard- Acoustic Bass/Vocals & Me. Rumor has it that our good friend Matt Lesny will be joining us on percussion. Come get your pre-weekend AcoustiRock on!

 

Friday 3/1- Never Never live at the Fish Head Cantina in Arbutus, MD- 9:30pm- 1am. First Friday at Fish Head always results in Rock!

 

Saturday 3/2- Never Never live at the House Of Rock in White Marsh, MD- 10pm- 1:30am. It's called the House of Rock, so it's a requirement that we do whatever is necessary to make it live up to the name.

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St. Patrick's Day (March 17th) falls on a Sunday this year, but that shouldn't stop anybody from celebrating- you just have to start your partying a couple of hours earlier! It's become a tradition that the Kajun Kelley Band close out the all-day music lineup at the Rams Head Roadhouse in Crownsville, MD. This year we'll be playing from 8pm to 11pm (instead of the usual 10pm- 1:30am) to better accommodate your Guinness/Irish Whiskey consumption/recovery plans. This is always a great time- don't miss it!

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Lots of great venues on the calendar this month. Check the “Schedule”  page for a complete list of this month’s and future shows. Hope to see you!

 

Thanks!

Kajun

 

January 31st, 2013

 

Hey Everybody!

 

Whaddup with this weather, yo?! Is it winter or summer? Are we having a snow emergency or a tornado warning? Do I wear a parka or a t-shirt? Snow boots or flip-flops? I guess it's time to start dressing in layers........

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Lots of great shows this month- Rock Happens regardless of the weather

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Tomorrow Night (Friday 2/1) - Never Never live at Fish Head Cantina in Arbutus, MD. 9:30pm- 1am

 

It's our fearless (and ageless) leader Spike Settles' Birthday Bash. Come celebrate and honor the area's premier rock vocalist, and he shall thank you with the gift of song. It's a celebration, bitches!

 

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Saturday (2/2) - Kajun Kelley Band live at the Hard Times Cafe' in Frederick, MD. 9pm- 1am

It's been a minute since we've played in Frederick, so we're hoping to see all of our Frederick errrrrea peeps in the house. Rock shall be achieved!

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We're playing a lot of our favorite spots this month, and we hope to see you out there. Check the “Schedule”  page for a complete list of this month’s and future shows.

 

Thanks!

Kajun

 

 

January 9th, 2013

 

Hey Errrrrrybody!

 

Hope you all had a great holiday season, and that your New Year has started off well.

 

I want to thank everybody who came out to the last couple shows of 2012- we ended the year in style! The 12/21/12 "End-Of-The-World-As-The-Mayans-Know-It" Kajun Kelley Band show at the Rams Head Roadhouse in Crownsville, MD was off the hook. The place was packed, the world didn't end, Rock was Achieved....and there was much rejoicing!

 

Then the boys from Never Never kicked out some good ol' guitar-driven-rock-n-roll at the New Year's Eve Charm City Countdown in Towson, MD....and there was much rejoicing! Hopefully those shows were a Harbinger of Rock to Come in 2013. Make it so......

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This month has plenty of music of many flavors. Here's a sampler platter:

 

Tonight (Wed. 1/9) the K.K. Acoustic Duo is at O'Briens in Annapolis, MD- 9pm- 12:30am. It's the exciting debut of my brand new speaker stands! Maybe not that exciting for you, but I will now be able to play with reckless abandon, minus the fear that my speakers are going to topple on to somebody's head and spark a huge law suit against me. You had no idea how perilously close you were to serious injury when you were drunk dancing in front of the band.....

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Tomorrow (Thurs. 1/10) the K.K. Acoustic Duo starts our Every-Other-Thursday-of-2013 run at Hightopps Backstage Grille in Timonium, MD. We play 9pm- 1am. Kick off you weekend early with some Thursday night AcoustiRock. You may now drunk dance in front of the band in complete safety (See above)

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This Friday (1/11) Never Never is at the House of Rock in White Marsh, MD. It's the "Purple Friday Celebration" pre-Ravens playoff game party. Wear your colors.....that is if your colors are purple. Rock Commences at 10pm and doesn't stop until 1:30am.

 

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Also this month, on Friday 1/18 the Kajun Kelley Band returns to the Irish Channel in Crofton, MD. It's been a while since we played at the Channel, and we've had lots of people asking when we'd be back. Well, here 'tis! Eric Bouchard- Bass/Vocals/Bass Ale, John Thomakos- Drums/Vocals/Guinness, & Me- Guitar/Vocals/Irish Coffee.

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Check the “Schedule”  page for a complete list of this month’s and future shows.

 

Hope to see you this month!

 

Thanks!

Kajun

 

December 11th, 2012

 

Hey Everybody!

 

I'm feeling the Christmas Spirit, Yo!

 

And I'm spreading the love!

 

Now thru Dec. 25th, I'm giving away FREE MP3's of my jazzy little Christmas ditty "A Little Christmas Jam With Peanuts" on CDBaby.com

 

Also, MP3 downloads of my 3 full length CD's are 1/2 price- $5.00 each

 

"Moods," "StaleStories FreshEars", & my latest CD "Struggle Within"

Buy 1, Buy 2...Hey- collect all 3!

 

Here's the CDBaby link- Now go get your free song, yo!

 

http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/KajunKelley

 

 

Click the photo below to watch my video

“A Little Christmas Jam With Peanuts”

On YouTube

 

 

Lots of great shows to wrap up 2012:

 

Thursday Dec. 13th-

Woodfire- Severna Park, MD- Kajun Kelley Acoustic Duo- 7pm- 10:30pm

http://www.woodfirebackroom.com/

 

Friday Dec. 14th-

Anthony’s- Dunkirk, MD- Kajun Kelley Band- 9pm- 1am

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Anthonys-Bar-and-Grill/53652420587

 

Saturday Dec. 15th-

Millstream Inn X-Mas Party- Woodlawn, MD- Playing Guitar w/ Never Never- 10pm- 1:30am

http://www.facebook.com/events/404648669607210/

 

Friday Dec. 21st-

The End Of The World As The Mayans Know It Party!

Rams Head Roadhouse- Crownsville, MD- Kajun Kelley Band- 10pm- 1:30am

Come spend the End Of Days getting your Rock on with us!

http://ramsheadtavern.com/roadhouse/

 

NEW YEARS EVE! Monday Dec. 31st-

Charm City Countdown- Towson, MD- Playing Guitar w/Never Never

Bring in the New Year with Rock!

http://www.charmcitycountdown.com/uptown/index.html

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I say this every year, but it bears repeating:

 

I know I speak on behalf of myself and all of the fine musicians I'm fortunate enough to play music with when I say we can’t thank you enough for coming out to shows and supporting us this year. Because of you, we are able to make a living doing something that we love to do, and we know how fortunate we are for that. Thanks for a great 2012, and we look forward to an even better 2013!

 

Have a safe and happy holiday!

 

Kajun

 

 

November 10th, 2012

 

Thanksgiving Eve Party!

 

 

October 31st, 2012

 

Hey Everybody!

 

I hope that this email finds you all well, and that you made it through Hurricane/Superstorm/RagingBitch Sandy unscathed. We lost power here at 9pm on Monday night, but thankfully got it back at 3pm on Tuesday. So although it was an inconvenience, we were very lucky compared to others. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of those people- especially in New Jersey & New York- who were greatly affected by the storm.

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Now I'm about to go outside and rake away some extremely rain soaked leaves so the little trick or treaters can make their way to the door tonight without feeling like they're on a Slip-N-Slide. Although maybe that's what they need- give 'em a little challenge to get to the treats. Make them EARN the candy. These kids today have it too easy, I tell ya. Why, back in my day, if we wanted treats, we had to make the candy OURSELVES, pass it out to our neighbors in the morning, just so they could give it back to us that night when we knocked on their door in our costumes- which we also had to make ourselves, out of paper mache! And the houses were all 1 mile apart, with yards that were uphill in both directions........(you get the idea)

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Thanks to everybody who came out to the shows last month- you truly made it a memorable "ROctober". November is another great Month O' Shows of the Rock Variety. Check the “Schedule”  page for a complete list of this month’s and future shows.

 

Hope to see you this month!

 

Thanks!

Kajun

 

October 3rd, 2012

 

Hey Everybody!

 

Welcome to October. The change in the weather has come to the DC/B-more area, and it brought a little sickness along with it for me. Been feeling bad for the last week. Not sure exactly what it is I've come down with. It won't blow up into a full-on cold, but I've got a sore throat, a runny nose, and I'm annoyingly tired all the time. It's like a slight head cold coupled with narcolepsy. Cough, sneeze, sleep. But starting tomorrow I must rise above it and Make Rock. Singing is going to be a joy! Maybe I'll just embrace my new sound and create a whole new sub-genre- "Snot Rock". It'll be all about Attitude. And Phlegm. And Frequent Naps.

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Lots of good shows coming up this month. After all, it is Rocktober!

 

We'll be visiting a slew of Rams Head locations:

 

This Sat. Oct. 6th- The Kajun Kelley Band will be at the Rams Head Shorehouse in Stevensville, MD. This is the first time we've played the Shorehouse with the full band in a couple of years, and we're really looking forward to it!

 

Fri. Oct 12th- The Kajun Kelley Band will be at the Rams Head Roadhouse in Crownsville, MD. We love this place- our home away from home.

 

And Sunday Oct. 28th, Never Never will be playing at the brand new Rams Head Center Stage located at the Maryland Live! Casino at Arundel Mills, MD. The show is from 8pm- 11:30pm. I know it's a Sunday, but it's an early show. Extend your weekend of Rock, bitches!

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Check the “Schedule”  page for a complete list of this month’s and future shows.

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On a completely unrelated note, my beautiful wife Roni Kelley and I are celebrating our 5 Year Weddin' Anniversary on October 25th. Cuz We Rock. Just sayin'...........

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Hope to see you this month!

 

Thanks!

Kajun

 

August 13th, 2012

 

I've been getting my late-night-play-guitar-in-front-of-the-TV on this week, watching the Olympics, and it inspired me to work up my own little solo guitar version of the "Star Spangled Banner". This goes out to Team USA (104 total medals) and of course to all of our fine men and women serving in the US military.  You Truly Rock!

 

Click on this Awesome photo to see the video on YouTube

 

 

 

August 1st, 2012

 

Hey Everybody!

 

Let's start out this month with a little advertisin':

 

As a struggling independent artist, every dollar counts— so I wanted to let you know that between July 30th and August 3rd, if you purchase any of my MP3s from CDBaby.com, I'll get to keep 100% of the sales. (Normally they take 25% off the top)

 

Go to this link: http://www.cdbaby.com/artist/kajunkelley

 

So if you haven't bought my new CD "Struggle Within"- or any of my older discs- now is the best time, because your money will literally go further to help me make my next CD......or at least payoff this last one! You can buy singles as well- I would appreciate anything! You can preview samples of each song on the page.

 

Also, every day this week I've been posting a different song from the new CD on the Kajun Kelley Band Facebook Page, so you can hear the songs in their entirety. If you're on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/KajunKelleyBand and "like" the page, then check 'em out.

 

Thanks for supporting ORIGINAL INDEPENDENT MUSIC!

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Speaking of original music, I want to thank everybody who came out to the Kajun Kelley Band show at the Sunset Concert Series in Waldorf, MD last Friday. As a musician who plays a lot of clubs where it's required that I play primarily cover songs, it was really refreshing to have the show organizers come up to me before the set and say "We really want to focus on original music, so play a lot of your own songs." AMEN! The crowd there was totally into it as well- even sold some CD's after the show. Thanks so much- I appreciate that more than you know!

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Shows of note this month:

 

Fortunately, this month we're playing some of our favorite clubs- clubs where original music isn't frowned upon! The Rams Head at Savage Mill, MD (8/10), RiRa in Bethesda, MD (8/18), and the Rams Head Roadhouse in Crownsville, MD (8/24). We'll be slipping in a lot of original stuff, as well as our usual routine of playing whatever songs you throw at us!

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I also have two shows with the mighty Never Never this month. This Friday (8/3) is First Friday at the Fish Head Cantina in Arbutus, MD (always a good time!) and next Saturday (8/11) we'll be playing in a brand new room, the House of Rock in White Marsh, MD. I think it's only appropriate- and long overdue- that Never Never have a gig at a place called The House of Rock. Rock We Shall!

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Check the “Schedule”  page for a complete list of this month’s and future shows.

 

Thanks!

Kajun

 

July 10th, 2012

 

Hey Everybody!

 

Welcome to July- Quite a rough start to the month in these here parts! Violent thunderstorms producing widespread power outages in the middle of a record setting heat wave- not a good combo. But as of today, the heat has come down to a bearable level, and we're getting a little much needed rain without all the chaotic accompaniment. Hopefully all of you out there have your power back, and all is right in your world!

 

Other good news- I'm happy to announce that my good friend/bassist-extraordinaire/partner-in-musical-crimes Eric Bouchard is expecting the birth of his second child this week. Congrats to the family Bouchard!

 

Obviously Eric B. (Or "Eric Jr.") is taking some time off, so as a result I have an interesting mix of gigs this month:

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This week I'll be doing a slew of gigs with my old friend Eric Scott ("Eric Sr.")- A double-duo-day on Wednesday (7/11), an Eric Scott Band gig on Friday (7/13), and then Eric & I will be doing an old-school-reunion show at The Woodfire on Saturday (7/14). See the full schedule below for details.

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And this Thursday (7/12), I'll be playing an acoustic duo gig with Scott Spivey at O'Briens in Annapolis, MD. Scott and I played a gig together last month at The Horse in Baltimore- we had never played together before that night, so we were winging it, and it was a blast! Scott is an awesome singer & shredding guitar player. So imagine two guitarist playing together in a situation where there's nobody there to tell them that they are playing too many notes.....in fact, they are encouraging each other to play more notes....and meanwhile the crowd is still singing along to every song. Guitar.Geek.Heaven.

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Then on the following Thursday (7/19) I'll be filling in for Scott, playing guitar in his Real Rock Band Karaoke band at Looney's South in Maple Lawn, MD. Dave DeMarco on Bass, Ray Snyder on drums, & me. Here's the deal: you come out and tell us what song you want to sing, we back you up. Come on out and get your Rock Star on!

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Friday, July 20th marks the triumphant return of Eric "Daddy 2 Times" Bouchard, when the Kajun Kelley Band plays at a brand new venue for us- Anthony's in Dunkirk, MD. Friends have been telling me we needed to play this place, and other friends helped make it happen. So come on out and help us break in a new room with some old faces. We Shall Provide The Rock.

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And speaking of Providing Rock, Never Never will be playing the next day, Saturday, July 21st, at the Surf & Turf Festival at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Carroll County, MD. For those of you who've been looking for an all-ages outdoor Never Never show, this is the one to see. We play from 6pm- 8pm. Lots of food & drink vendors, and lots of Rock.

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One more to tell you about: Friday July 27th, the Kajun Kelley Band will be playing the Sunset Concert Series at the Boardwalk on O'Donnell Lake in Waldorf, MD. This one is also all ages and outdoors. We'll be doing a bunch of songs off my CD's as well as throwing in a few covers. The show is from 7pm- 8:30pm. It's a very cool little gig, so come on out and get some Sunset Rock.

 

Check the “Schedule”  page for a complete list of this month’s and future shows.

 

Thanks!

Kajun

 

May 31st, 2012

 

Hey Everybody!

 

(Warning: I'm about to get my brag on)

 

My wife and I just got back from an incredible two week trip to Portugal and Spain. We spent the first week visiting friends in Lisbon, with a little two day excursion to the beach in the Algarve for good measure (what's a vacation without some sun time?). From Lisbon, we flew to Madrid for a 3 day stay, and then took a train to Barcelona for our final 3 days. I can't even tell you how amazingly beautiful it is there. The sites, food, people, and overall vibe- we were blown away! But now we're back, and both still suffering from some jet lag. I've been passing out at 10pm- not good when your gigs go until 1:30am. Necesito.Mas.Cafe'.Por.Favor. (This is the extent of my Spanish....)

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I booked myself silly this month (we musicians don't get paid vacations, so a brother's got to make some scratch!) So much to promote, I don't know where to start. How 'bout with this week's shows?

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Tonight (Thurs. 5/31) the K.K. Acoustic Duo will be at Ramparts in Alexandria, VA from 9pm- 1am. I hear that Ramparts in now a non-smoking venue, which is awesome. Come enjoy the rock, food, drinks, and fresh(er) air.

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Friday 6/1- Never Never at Fish Head Cantina in Arbutus, MD- 9:30pm- 1am. It's First Friday, which means R-to-the-O.C.K! Today is John Bonham's birthday, so we shall rock much Zeppelin in his honor!

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Saturday 6/2 is a BIGGIE, which I told you about last month.

 

June 2nd- Kent Island Rock N Run Festival

 

Benefiting the Special Olympics of Maryland

 

A 5-mile run followed by an all day outdoor Festival with Food, Drink and Vendors Featuring live performances by:

 

The Smithereens, Mr. Greengenes, The Reagan Years, Love Seed Mama Jump, Dean Crawford, HiJinx, Hot Tub Limo

&

The Kajun Kelley Band

 

(Kajun Kelley Band plays 12:45pm- 2pm)

 

Click The Photo Below For Tickets and Details

 

 

 

You don't have to participate in the run if you aren't the running type. You can just go to the festival and get your all-day-all-night-drink-eat-and-Rock on. It's a great show for a great cause. If you DO want to participate in the run, go to the Kent Island Rock N Run website for all the info.

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As I said, I've got a very full calendar this month. Playing a lot of our favorite venues as well as a couple of new spots. Check the “Schedule”  page for more info.

 

Thanks!

Kajun

 

May 3rd, 2012

 

Hey Errrrrybody!

 

It's May 2nd, and I'm playing May 3rd, which means I gots no more time to waste in getting my May show schedule out to the masses.

 

Oddly enough, I'm gonna go against all that is logical and start off by talking about a show coming up in June. Because it's big, and I need to be giving you a head's up so you can be gettin' your ticket-purchasing/planning on, sooner than later:

 

June 2nd- Kent Island Rock N Run Festival

 

Benefiting the Special Olympics of Maryland

 

A 5-mile run followed by an all day outdoor Festival with Food, Drink and Vendors Featuring live performances by:

 

The Smithereens, Mr. Greengenes, The Reagan Years, Love Seed Mama Jump, Dean Crawford, HiJinx, Hot Tub Limo

&

The Kajun Kelley Band

 

(Kajun Kelley Band plays 12:45pm- 2pm)

 

Click The Photo Below For Tickets and Details

 

 

 

You don't have to participate in the run if you aren't the running type. You can just go to the festival and get your all-day-all-night-drink-eat-and-Rock on. It's a great show for a great cause. If you DO want to participate in the run, go to the Kent Island Rock N Run website for all the info.

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Now back to the immediate future.....

 

Tomorrow night (Thursday 5/3) I will be playing at The Horse You Came In On in Fells Point (Baltimore) MD. with 2 of the finest musicians in the errrrrrrrea. Eric Scott- Bass/Vocals, John Thomakos- Drums, & myself will be kickin' out the jams, weeknight style, from 10pm- 1:30am. What will we play? Come out and see.........

 

This Friday night (5/4), Never Never will be at the Fish Head Cantina in Arbutus, MD, throwing a little suhm-in'-suhm-in' called a "Lemon Stick Party". Being a transplant (imposter) to the Baltimore errrrrrea (I grew up in Columbus, Ohio), I had no idea what the "lemon stick" was all about. So like any child of the computer age, I got my Google on! Seems this is a long standing B-more tradition. When the warm weather hits, you take a lemon, cut it in half, stick a peppermint stick into the pulp, and it acts as a straw. Suck on the peppermint stick, and you get some sweet & sour/sugar & lemon juice action, all in an easy to carry with you package. Friday night, we're adding a new ingredient to the mix. A little something we call- quite simply- ROCK. Come get your lemon-stick-rock on, bitches! It's a celebration!

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That's enough out of me. Check the “Schedule”  page for details on these and the rest of my May shows.

 

Thanks!

Kajun

 

April 5, 2012

 

Hey Everybody!

 

I've been spending all of my time working (i.e.- obsessing) in my newly upgraded home studio, and it occurred to me that it's a new month, so I'd better crawl out of there long enough to let everybody know where I'm playing. The easiest way for me to learn this new system of mine (ProTools, for those who know and/or care) is to actually work on some new music, so I'm writing and recording some new all-instrumental material. It's a lot of fun, albeit sometimes frustrating because I'm still learning all the commands and such. I'm a slow engineer, and the musician in me is like "Come on man, I'm ready to PLAY!!!!!"

 

So let me get right to this month's schedule- I'm itching to get back into the dungeon.....

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Before I forget, I want to thank everybody for checking out and sharing my "Tebow Is A Jet" video ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rU3WMyEUl9U .) It had over 1400 views in one week- that's crazy to me. Apparently I need to do more song parodies about current sporting news..........

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Very Special Show Coming Up:

 

On Friday, April 20th, I'll be playing with Never Never at the 2nd Annual Rockin' For Ronald Benefit Concert at Kurtz's Beach in Pasadena, MD. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 the day of the show, with 100% of the ticket price going to the Ronald McDonald House of Greater Washington DC. Four great bands- Kelly Bell Band, Rob Fahey & The Pieces, Dave DeMarco Band, & Never Never. The concert goes from 5pm to 12am. For tickets and info, go to http://www.missiontix.com/events/product/13697/rockin-for-ronald-2012 .

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This Weekend's Shows:

 

Friday, April 6th- Never Never at Fish Head Cantina- Arbutus, MD- 9:30pm- 1am. This show always rocks- I love me some First Fridays at Fish Head! Any excuse to play with the boys in Never Never is good, and Fish Head never (never) disappoints. (I am a cheeseball)

 

Saturday, April 7th- Kajun Kelley Band at Hard Times Cafe'- Frederick, MD- 9pm- 1am. Eric Bouchard- Bass/Vocals, Bobby Strawderman- Drums/Vocals, & Me. Bringing The Rock to Frederick, cuz Frederick likes The Rock. (Again, cheeseball, I am)

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We're playing a lot of our favorite venues this month- check the full schedule on the “Schedule” page and plan your April Rock accordingly.

 

And that's not a type-o: I am pulling a double on April 20th- playing with Never Never at the RFR Benefit from 6pm- 7pm, and then playing at Rams Head Roadhouse (always a great time) with the Kajun Kelley Band from 10pm- 1:30am.

 

Thanks!

Kajun

 

March 22, 2012

 

Hey Everybody!

 

I was spending this week learning how to use my new studio equipment (ProTools), and then after watching the news and plenty of ESPN, I was inspired to kill two birds with one stone and write and record a little parody about the "Tebow Traded to the NY. Jets" headlines. Of course I felt compelled to put together a video to go along with it.

 

I present to you, "Tebow Is A Jet"

 

Wanna see it? Here it go!:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rU3WMyEUl9U

 

Hope you enjoy my stupidity!

 

Special Show Announcement!

 

Saturday June 2nd, 2012

Kajun Kelley Band

Live At

The Kent Island Rock N Run Festival

Kent Island, MD

 

Click The Photo Below For Tickets and Details

 

 

 

March 1, 2012

 

Hey Everybody!

 

It is FAR too nice outside here in the DC/Baltimore errrrrrea for me to be stuck here at my computer typing up my monthly newsletter! But as usual- even with the gift of the additional leap year day- I have found a way to wait 'til the last minute to send this out. But I gots some shows to promote, yo! I’m 'bout to flex my speed typing skillz so's I can get my ass to the great outdoors!

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March is Choc' Full o' Rock-n-Roll Goodness, starting this weekend:

 

Tomorrow, Friday 3/2- Never Never at Fish Head Cantina in Arbutus, MD. It's First Friday at Fish Head, yo! And with the weather being this beautiful, it's the perfect setting for some semi-outdoor Rock! And you know that with Never Never, the Rock is always gonna be brought-en!

 

Saturday 3/3- Kajun Kelley Band at Growler's in Gaithersburg, MD. I'll have special guests John Thomakos on drums and Erik Krakau on bass/vocals. Two KILLIN' musicians.....and me- wingin' it like we always do. All you G-burg area peeps don't want to miss this. Love playing at Growlers!

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And I also want to mention the big St. Patrick's Day Extravaganza at Rams Head Roadhouse in Crownsville, MD. Here's the skinny:

 

Rams Head Roadhouse- St. Patrick's Day Bash on Saturday, March 17th.

Enjoy $.50 Guinness drafts from Noon-1pm, Drink specials, Live Music, Green Beer & more! No cover, just a party!!

 

Live Music starts at Noon in the outdoor tent:

Suzy Estrada- Noon- 2:30pm

Peterbuilt- 3pm- 6pm

Outta The Blue- 6:30pm- 9:30pm

 

Kajun Kelley Band closes the show indoors from 10pm- 1:30am. Eric Bouchard- Bass/Vocals, Rob Minnick- Drums, & Me.

 

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Guinness + Rock = Nuthin' But Luhhhhhhhhh!

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Don't forget to "Like" the Kajun Kelley Band Facebook Page:

www.facebook.com/KajunKelleyBand

 

You'll get up-to-the-minute updates, along with occasional pointless commentary

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Another very full month o' gigs, so check out the “Schedule” page for the complete list.

 

 

February 1, 2012

 

Hey Everybody!

 

I want to thank everybody for kicking off the first month of 2012 in fine fashion. We had some really great turnouts at our January shows, which is traditionally a little hit-or-miss. So let's go ahead and keep the Leap-Year Rock attendance going into February, yo!

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Gotta tell you, 2 weeks ago my February calendar was looking frighteningly light. But after working the phones and email HARD- as well as having some gigs fall into my lap last minute- things filled up with a quickness. And as a result, my February schedule is full with what has shaped up to be a cool mix of shows- playing with different combinations of great musicians throughout the month- and covering some serious ground geographically. Here's the way it lines up:

 

Thursday 2/2- Kajun Kelley Band at The Waterfront Hotel Bar in Fells Point (B-more, MD)- Eric Bouchard- Bass/Vocals, Dave DeMarco- Drums/Vocals & Me. It's our first time at the Waterfront, so come show us some weeknight B-more luhhhhhhhh.

 

Friday 2/3- Never Never at Fish Head Cantina in Arbutus, MD. It's lead singer Spike Settles' birthday bash, so show him some B-day luhhhhhh. And for those of you who STILL haven't seen this band....are you f-ing kidding me? You don't even know....... 

 

Saturday 2/4- Dave DeMarco Band at Firehouse Tavern in Parkville, MD- Dave DeMarco- Bass/Vocals, John Davis- Drums & Me. Dave emailed me on Sunday and asked if I could do a last minute fill in for his guitar player, Sam White. I said "Hells Yeah!"

 

Friday 2/10- Kajun Kelley Band at Irish Channel in Crofton, MD- Eric Scott- Bass/Vocals, Bobby Strawderman- Drums/Vocals, & Me. That's right, my good ol' friend Eric Scott is on board for an entire night of making Serious Rock with us. Bobby gets to throw down with the guys he used to go see when he was under age. It's like "The Circle of Life"....."The Circle of Rock"?? 

 

Saturday 2/11- Casey Jones in LaPlata, MD. Night #2 of the Eric Scott/Kajun Kelley weekend, this time going truly old-school-acoustic-duo at our old stomping grounds, Casey Jones. Come feel the reunion luhhhhhhh

 

Saturday 2/18- Kajun Kelley Band at Hard Times Cafe in Frederick, MD- Eric Bouchard- Bass/Vocals, Rob Minnick- Drums, & Me. We played Hard Times on Christmas Eve-Eve, and the crowd was awesome. Been getting a lot of names on the mailing list every time we play there, so we hope to see you all back there on the 18th

 

Saturday 2/25- Never Never at The Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, MD- When we played there back in October, it was literally packed to capacity (and probably then some). You know a place is full when police are directing traffic BECAUSE of the gig-  now that's ROCK! Can't wait to play there again. And did I mention that if you STILL haven't seen this band...........

 

Also this month, Eric Bouchard and I will be rocking some K.K. Acoustic Duo shows at some of our favorite places in MD: O'Briens in Annapolis (2/8 & 2/22), Luke's Grille in Stevensville (2/17), & The Woodfire in Severna Park (2/24).  See the “Schedule” page for all the upcoming dates and show times.

 

Thanks!

Kajun 

 

December 25th, 2011

 

“A Little Christmas Jam with Peanuts”

Single now available for download at these links

www.CDBaby.com/artist/kajunkelley

www.iTunes.com/kajunkelley

 

See the video on YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCvQPj3l9yw&feature=share

 

 

December 22nd, 2011

 

Hey Everybody!

 

I've spent the last 24 hours putting together a silly little video for my Christmas song, "A Little Christmas Jam with Peanuts". Thought I'd let you know so you can check it out- hopefully it will put you in the spirit! Consider this my little Christmas Gift to all of you!

It's brand spankin' new to YouTube- Hot off the press! Click the link below:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCvQPj3l9yw&feature=youtu.be

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And while I'm at it, might as well tell you that the Kajun Kelley Band is playing tomorrow night (Friday 12/23) at Hard Times Cafe' in Frederick, MD. Show is from 9:30pm-1:30am. Come on out and get your Christmas-Eve-Eve Rock on!

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Happy Holidays Everybody!

 

Kajun

 

November 30th, 2011

 

Hey Everybody!

 

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. Mine was fantastic! I was already excited because my Sister and Brother-in-law were coming in from Ohio for the holiday weekend, but I got the added surprise that they brought my Mom, Stepdad and Brother along with them. They got in late Wednesday afternoon, and then they all came out to our Thanksgiving Eve show at the Rams Head in Savage Mill, MD. They hadn’t seen me play in years, and this was their first time seeing me with my own band, so it was a really special gig for me (although I must admit to being a little nervous…..a little voice in my head saying “TryToNotSuck. TryToNotSuck. TryToNotSuck”). We had a real nice turnout that night- thanks to all of you for coming out and making me look good in front of my family! And you requested all of my Mom’s favorites- Metallica, Pantera, Rage Against The Machine. My Mom has a great sense of humor, so I must admit it was fun to be yelling “FUCK YOU I WON’T DO WHAT YOU TELL ME” over and over again in front of my mother. And I didn’t even get grounded!

 

Speaking of good turnouts, I want to thank you all for a string of really good gigs last month. Particular standouts were the shows at Growlers in Gaithersburg, MD, the Irish Channel in Crofton, MD, and the aforementioned Rams Head Savage Thanksgiving Eve show. All three of those are rooms we hadn’t played in a while, so it was good to feel missed! Honorable mention goes to McGinty’s Pub in Silver Spring, MD. It wasn’t a huge crowd, but what they lacked in quantity they made up for in Ferocity for their Love of All Things Rock! My People!

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So it’s now officially the holiday season, and I know that makes it difficult to get out to any shows. But we’ve got plenty lined up this month, so if you need a break from your shopping madness, come on out and unwind with us. Check the “Schedule” page for the show nearest you.

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(Shameless plug alert……..)

 

And if you’d like to give the Gift of Rock this year, Kajun Kelley CD’s make a great stocking stuffer. They’re available at gigs (cheapest & quickest- no shipping fee or waiting for delivery!) or online at these links:

 

Hard Copies of CD’s at CDBABY:

http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/KajunKelley

 

Or Download on ITunes:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/kajun-kelley/id200226155

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I say this every year, but it bears repeating:

 

I know I speak on behalf of all involved in the Kajun Kelley Band when I say we can’t thank you enough for coming out to shows and supporting us this year. Because of you, we are able to make a living doing something that we love to do, and we know how fortunate we are for that. Thanks for a great 2011, and we look forward to an even better 2012!

 

Have a safe and happy holiday!

 

Thanks!

Kajun

 

 

 

THANKSGIVING EVE!

Wednesday, November 23rd

 

 

Kajun Kelley Band

Live at Rams Head Savage Mill

10pm-1:30am

 

What's that? You say you can't possibly go out the night before Thanksgiving and still prepare that Thanksgiving meal?

 

Just follow the patented "Kajun Kelley Pre-Turkey Day Plan":

 

Place turkey in oven; Taxi to Rams Head Savage Mill; Drink, Rock, Repeat; Taxi home; Pass out; Wake to smell of overdone turkey; Place turkey in trash; Enjoy Thanksgiving meal at Boston Market.

 

Now you have no excuses!

 

Come out and get your Extreme-Thanksgiving-Eve-Rock on with The Kajun Kelley Band at the Rams Head in Savage Mill, MD. 10pm-1:30am.

 

Rams Head Savage Mill

8600 Foundry St.

Savage, MD 20763

301-604-3454

November 3rd, 2011

Hey Everybody!

 

I'm all sorts of consumed with getting my business...excuse me..."bidness" on these past few weeks, trying to "work" the release of my new CD, Struggle Within. It's a necessary evil in the world of the self-employed-independent-unsigned musician: ain't nobody else gonna promote your new wares, so you've got to embrace the D.I.Y. self promotion! The Internet is the musician's best friend in this regard, which means I've been spending WAY more time on the computer than I care to. So that being said, I'm going to get right down to the bidness at hand in this month's newsletter. As a direct result of my excellent computer skillz, here's the latest news (Excuse me while I refer to myself in 3rd person):

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The New Kajun Kelley CD, "Struggle Within", is now available to purchase online at CDBaby.com.

Click this link to buy the CD:

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/kajunkelley4

 

The New Kajun Kelley CD, "Struggle Within" is now available for download on ITunes:

Click this link to download the CD:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/struggle-within/id477870429

 

You can also purchase all of Kajun Kelley's other fine releases from CDBaby.com at this link:

http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/KajunKelley

 

And on ITunes at this link:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/kajun-kelley/id200226155

 

(You may also feel free to post a nice review of Kajun Kelley's music on either (or even both!) of those fine websites. Then others might see the reviews and think Kajun is cool or something)

 

And if you haven't already done so, go check out the new Kajun Kelley Band Facebook Page:

http://www.facebook.com/KajunKelleyBand

Hit him with a "Like" (Then others might find Kajun likeable)

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OK, back to first person......

 

So..if I may, allow me a moment to be "sensitive artist guy" (otherwise known as "pretentious asshole") and tell you a little bit about the new CD.

 

First off, let me say this: I'm an old school guy, who listened to "albums" when I was growing up (I still own some if you young-uns want to see what one looks like). Albums were cool in that they were usually a complete package kind of deal- not just an assortment of single songs. That's something that I feel has been lost in the current cookie-cutter-Pro-Tools-auto-tune music of today...but I digress. I still think of CD's in the same way as albums, and I'm a sucker for holding the CD cover in my hand and reading the liner notes while the disc is playing.

 

I'm aware that we're living in the new age of the digital download, and people usually buy singles and not complete CD's. Believe me, I do my fair share of purchasing from ITunes.

 

"Struggle Within" is meant to be listened to as a complete CD. It's put together so that the songs flow from one into the next, and there is a theme that runs throughout the CD that ties together not only the music, but the artwork of the disc as well. Don't get me wrong- there are 10 individual songs, and I feel they hold up on their own. But my intention is that it be heard as, well....an album! (And preferably on headphones. I grew up listening to Queen on headphones while I did my homework. Lots of stuff going left to right and swirling around in your head. Nuff said!)

 

I assure you I'm not saying this with any sort of monetary angle in mind. The songs are available to download individually, and, believe me, I'm moved by anybody wanting to buy ANY of my music at all! All I'm saying is that the "sensitive-artist-guy" in me would prefer that you get the actual CD, only because I really want people to hear it the way I had in mind when I was putting it all together.

 

Thank you for reading my pretentious bullshit.....

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On another note concerning Struggle Within: The liner notes of the CD state that the full song lyrics are available at www.KajunKelley.com . This is a flat out lie! But it's not for lack of effort. My current website is set up in a, shall we say, antiquated way that prevents me from adding a "Lyrics" tab. I'm in the process of completely revamping the site, and it will be updated by the end of November, if not sooner. In the meantime, I'm going to attempt to post all the lyrics on this "News" page. All apologies for my false advertisement. A real businessman would have had all of that in place BEFORE releasing the CD. But I'm a musician..........

 

 

Thanks!

Kajun

October 14th, 2011

Hey Everybody! 

 

A lot of news for you today! A Brand New CD, Facebook, Twitter, & ReverbNation:

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The new Kajun Kelley CD, "Struggle Within", was delivered today and will be available for sale at shows starting Tomorrow, Friday October 14th, at the Hard Times Cafe' in Frederick, MD.

 

Don't live near Frederick, MD? No worries! We have a ton of shows coming up in different locations in the DC/MD/VA area where you can purchase a CD. Just consider each of these shows a "Kajun Kelley CD Release Party" in your area.

 

Here are the upcoming shows in October/November:

 

October-

14- Hard Times Café- Frederick, MD- Kajun Kelley Band- 9pm- 1am

15- Woodstock Inn- Woodstock, MD- Playing Guitar w/ Never Never- 10pm- 1:30am 

19- O’Briens- Annapolis, MD- Kajun Kelley Acoustic Duo- 9pm- 12:30am

21- Woodfire- Severna Park, MD- Kajun Kelley Acoustic Duo- 8pm- 12am

22- Casey Jones- LaPlata, MD- Kajun Kelley Band- 9:30pm- 1am

28- RiRa- Bethesda, MD- Kajun Kelley Band- 10pm-1:30am

29- Austin Grill- Silver Spring, MD- Kajun Kelley Band- 9:30pm- 1:30am

 

November- 

 2- O’Briens- Annapolis, MD- Kajun Kelley Acoustic Duo- 9pm- 12:30am

 4- Fish Head Cantina- Arbutus, MD- Playing Guitar w/ Never Never- 9:30pm- 1am

 5- Growlers- Gaithersburg, MD- Kajun Kelley Band- 10pm-1:30am

10- O’Briens- Annapolis, MD- Kajun Kelley Band- 10pm- 1am

12- Hard Times Café- Woodbridge, VA- Kajun Kelley Band- 9:30pm-1:30am

16- O’Briens- Annapolis, MD- Kajun Kelley Acoustic Duo- 9pm- 12:30am

18- McGinty’s Pub- Silver Spring, MD- Kajun Kelley Band- 10pm- 1:30am

19- Irish Channel- Crofton, MD- Kajun Kelley Band- 10pm-1:30am

23- Rams Head Savage Mill- Savage, MD- Kajun Kelley Band- 10pm- 1:30am

30- O’Briens- Annapolis, MD- Kajun Kelley Acoustic Duo- 9pm- 12:30am

 

For those of you who don't live in the DC/MD/VA area, the CD will be available online at CDBaby.com, ITunes, Amazon and other online retail outlets within the next couple of weeks. I'll send out an email with all the online links when it's available.

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Along with constantly getting a hard time about "when will the new CD finally be done", I've also been getting the "when are you going to get on Facebook" questions. Well, apparently I'm an all-or-nothing kind of guy: In conjunction with the new CD release, I've also gone ahead and got my "social network" on....with a vengeance! Now you can:

 

Find me on Facebook on the Kajun Kelley Band Facebook Page:

Go to www.facebook.com/KajunKelleyBand and "Like" us to get news, show updates, and post your comments

 

Follow me on Twitter:

@KajunKelley ( https://twitter.com/#!/kajunkelley )

 

And check out my new ReverbNation page:

www.reverbnation.com/kajunkelley

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I would be lying if I didn't say this is all really exciting for me. As many of you know, this new CD has been a LONG time coming. I'm extremely proud of it and can't wait for people to hear it. We'll be adding new songs from the CD into the live shows as well, so please come check out a show and pick up a copy.

 

I'm going to be posting a little background about the CD on News page in the next few days. Wanted to have that done already, but I've been too busy getting all these other sites up and running!

 

Thanks!

Kajun

September 28th, 2011

Hey Everybody!

 

First off, I'd like to apologize for the somewhat cryptic and vague email sent out to the people on my mailing list earlier this month announcing that my gigs were "canceled due to illness". I want to thank everybody who sent emails wishing me well and asking what exactly my illness was. I'm sorry I wasn't able to get back to you, but I saw the emails and really appreciated the kind thoughts.

 

It's a LONG story, so I'll give you the somewhat abridged version: On August 28th, I had to have an emergency appendectomy. I was in the hospital overnight, and then I was cleared to go home. The doc told me I had to take a week off to recover (thus the "gig cancellation" email), and after that I should be good to get back to playing shows. About a week later, when I should have been feeling much better, I started running a fever that wouldn't break. I went in for more tests, and after having a CT Scan, the doctors found that an abscess had formed where my appendix used to be. I had to be admitted to the hospital (again). They performed a second surgery to drain the abscess, and I had a catheter stuck into the abscess though my stomach, which drained the remaining gunk though a tube and into a bag attached to my leg. (Nice!) I was in the hospital for week (I don't recommend this- there are much nicer places to stay.) At the end of that week, they did another CT Scan, saw that the infection was gone, removed the catheter and sent me home. I once again had to take a week off to recover, which meant cancelling even more shows.

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So September has been a rough month for me, but now I'm back up and running. My first show is tonight at Ramparts in Alexandria, VA. It's the K.K. Acoustic Duo with my long lost friend Eric Bouchard joining me on acoustic bass & vocals. We play from 9pm to 1am. I'm rusty, but really looking forward to playing again. A month away from gigs is way too long for me.

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I've got something big in the works right now, and I'll be posting another newsletter in the next couple of weeks to let you all know about it. In the meantime, check out the Schedule Page for the complete list of gigs for the rest of this month as well as October.

 

Thanks!

Kajun

August 3rd, 2011

Hey Everybody!

 

Tonight is my first gig back after a week-long break. Got my family visit on, including a trip to Ohio for my niece's wedding- which was awesome, although my niece getting married makes me officially old. I didn't touch a guitar for over a week, so I've spent the last couple nights changing strings and getting myself reacquainted with my neglected "axe" (that's hip musician slang for "guitar"). So now the rust has been shaken off, and I am fully prepped to deliver The Rock that this month's busy schedule requires.

 

July was brutally hot, and August is shaping up to be more of the same. So I ask you- what better way is there to beat this extreme heat wave than being indoors with air conditioning, cold drinks, and Rock?? (Answer: None. None More Better) All of the venues we're playing this month offer all of the above, so come on out and achieve the comfort you desire.......  

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Got something for everybody this month- hitting all the DC Metropolitan Errrrrrrrreas:

 

We start it off tonight with good ol' O'Briens in Annapolis, MD. We're at O'Briens 3 times this month- The K.K. Acoustic Duo Tonight & Wed. Aug. 17th, and the FullOnFullBandRockExperrrrrience next Thurs. Aug. 11th (that's the Real Deal, yo)

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Tomorrow night, Thurs. Aug. 4th, we'll be at Casey Jones in LaPlata, MD for a rare weeknight acoustic gig in southern Maryland.

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Friday Aug. 12th, the Kajun Kelley Band will be playing a new venue for us, the Austin Grill in Silver Spring, MD. Come out and show us some new venue love.

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Saturday Aug. 13th, the Kajun Kelley Band is returning to one of our favorite venues- Growlers in Gaithersburg, MD. The club was closed for repairs for a while after being damaged by some violent storms last summer. This is our first time back since they started the live music back up, so come on out.

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We're also returning to the Northern Virginia errrrea this month- Full Band at RiRa in Arlington, VA on Friday Aug. 26th, and Acoustic Duo at Ramparts in Alexandria, VA on Wed. Aug. 28th.

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Check out the Schedule page for the complete list of upcoming shows, and check back frequently for updates.

 

Thanks!

Kajun

July 1st, 2011

Hey Everybody!

 

Happy 4th of July weekend! I came home from my gig tonight and realized it was now officially July 1st, making me officially late getting my July newsletter/schedule posted. June done snuck by me, so I apologize. That being said, I will get right to the bidness at hand.

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I want to thank all of you for the emails this month with your well wishes and concerns with my sinus surgery/voice issues. You don't know how much I appreciate it. I especially want to thank all of you who came out to the shows- you pulled me through- I truly can't thank you enough. There's definitely some truth to the power of the positive vibe. There were nights this month where I could barely talk before the gig and had no idea how I was going to make it through the night, and there would be a good crowd of friendly faces at the show to give me that energy to feed off of, and I would pull it out. I will spare you all the the details, but the way it stands now is that I'm slowly getting better. It seems to be a 2 steps forward, 1 step back type of process. I'll start feeling like my voice is working normally, and then the next day (or sometimes hour/minute) it will go back to being a struggle getting any volume out. Not only singing, but just speaking. (My apologies for becoming the dreaded "close talker"- it's the only way you'll hear me). I went to another doctor to get a second opinion. He works with a lot of vocalists (thanks to Spike & Sherry from Never Never for the referal), and he set my mind at ease a little. He said that things look good, and I just need to be patient and things should start coming back around. I.Can.Not.Wait.......Patience.Is.Not.My.Strong.Suit.

 

This past weekend's shows I was feeling/sounding much better, and I was psyched! But then Tuesday and Wednesday, I was right back to struggling to talk. Patience.........

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Tomorrow night, Friday, June 1st, I'm playing guitar with Never Never at the Fish Head Cantina in Arbutus, MD, 10pm to 1:30am. Those of you who have seen this band already know about the Severe Onslaught of Rock they produce. But for those of you who haven't- what are you.....Scared?! Afraid To Rock?! I know it's 4th of July weekend, but if you're in town you owe it to yourself to start your weekend festivities at this show. Oh yeah...be afraid. Be Very Afraid....

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The Kajun Kelley Band is hitting some of our favorites this month: Rams Head Roadhouse, McGinty's, and Casey Jones, to name a few. And don't forget to check the Schedule page for updates. Come on out this month. Watch and be amazed as the love (and rock) you send my way makes my voice grow stronger......and stronger......and stronger.....

 

Thanks!

Kajun

June 2nd, 2011

Hey Everybody!

 

My two week "medical leave" break has finally come to an end, and it's time to get back to the business of Making The Rock. I had my sinus surgery last Wednesday (May 25th), and after a lengthy 8 day recovery period (sarcasm) I've been assured by the doctor that I'm OK to get back out there and "sing my heart out". But I'm thinking it's going to be more like "sing my head off", because singing makes my head feel like it's about to explode. But I will prevail dammit, head or no head! It's a good thing that I play guitar, because if my head should explode, I can still play instrumentals.

 

But don't start shedding tears for me just yet. All of you mathematician types out there probably spotted a discrepancy with the "two week medical leave" reference followed by a "8 day recovery period"- just doesn't add up. This would be because, like any good Rock-Star-in-Training-with-an-upcoming-sinus-surgery, I started my two week medical leave with a one week vacation in Paris. Rock.Star. My wife and I hit Paris hard, getting our tourist on with a vengeance. We mastered the subway system and took in all the sights- the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur, The Louvre, Versailles. We stayed in this bomb little apartment that had a balcony with an insane view of the Eiffel Tower. We would sit out on the balcony in the morning and have our breakfast- pain chocolat avec cafe' au lait (kickin' my new french knowledge) and take in the view- it was ridiculous. We ran ourselves ragged taking it all in, but it was worth it.

 

So we flew back home on a Tuesday night, and Wednesday morning I got up and had surgery. I needed to shock myself back to reality. And really, what better way to get over your jet lag than to be on pain killers for a couple days? Doctors orders.............

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So here's what's going on this month:

 

After a few brutally hot days here in the Baltimore/DC errrrrrrea, today the weather messed around and got beautiful! And it's just in time for us, because we have two outdoor shows starting tonight.

 

Tonight, Thursday, June 2nd, the Kajun Kelley Acoustic Duo is playing the outdoor patio at Sly Fox Pub in Annapolis, MD from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Like I said, the weather is perfect for this kind of gig, so you should come out. AND you may have the added bonus of being the first to see my head buss wide open while attempting to sing. Bring your camera! (That's right- I said "buss wide open")

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Tomorrow, Friday, June 3rd, the Kajun Kelley Band will be playing the Sunset Concert Series at the O'Donnell Lake Boardwalk in Waldorf, MD. We played this last year, and it was 105 degrees outside, so we earned some beautiful weather for this year! We'll be doing primarily original material with a few covers thrown in the mix. It's outdoors and all ages. The show is from 7pm to 8:30pm. The location is the boardwalk on O'Donnell Lake (behind Boston's in Waldorf: click here for a map).  

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Saturday, June 18th, I'll be doing my 2nd show playing guitar with Never Never at the Wild Duck Cafe' in Middle River, MD from 7pm to 11pm. My first gig with them last month was awesome- I had a blast! So I'm looking forward to doing it again. www.nevernever.com

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Sunday, June 12th, I'll be playing with The Rat Pack, filling in for guitarist/vocalist Rick Olaguer, at McAvoy's in Parkville, MD. We play from 9pm-ish to 1am. This is my first time playing with the Rat Pack (no rehearsals, of course) and McAvoy's is having a party that day, with live music all day long, so come check it out.

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We're playing a lot of our favorite venues this month- McGinty's, Rams Head Roadhouse, O'Briens, RiRa, Hard Times Cafe- and covering a lot of area. Check out the Schedule page for details.

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Thanks!

Kajun

May 4th, 2011

Hey Everybody! 

 

I want to send out a big thank you to everybody who came out to see us last month. We played a lot of shows in April (16), and that can sometimes work against you- it divides your crowd, where you get a few people at this show, a few at that show, etc. But last month was awesome- as the month went on, the amount of repeat faces kept growing. Lots of familiar faces, but we also gained a bunch of new peeps. And the new peeps were showing up at the next show with MORE new peeps. There were more names added to the mailing list this month than I think I've ever seen. It all culminated at the show at The Bullpen at Nationals Stadium on Friday, April 29th. We had a big crowd of people who enjoyed "The Rock" so much that my "sign up sheet" for our mailing list was max'd out at the end of the show. (Apparently I need to step it up on my marketing preparation skillz.) Anyway, we truly felt the luhhhhhhhhhh this month, and we're hoping to be seeing all of you again real soon.

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This month is the opposite of April in terms of the amount of gigs (I'll explain why later), but here are a few of note: 

 

This Friday, May 6th, I'll be playing guitar with the band Never Never at Fish Head Cantina in Arbutus, MD. I'm sure many of you out there are already familiar with Never Never, so I don't need to tell you how very hard they Rock. But for those of you who don't know, you need to check this band out. The first time I saw them, I was blown away. They do all the stuff I love....and WELL! Everything from Aerosmith, Van Halen & Pink Floyd to Audioslave, Alice in Chains & Rage. But it's when they break out the Zeppelin that the shit just gets stupid-over-the-top good. So when they asked me if I could fill in on guitar for some shows, I was more than happy to do it. This Friday will be my first gig with them- I'm really psyched about it- so come check out some top notch live Rock. More info here: www.nevernever.com

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Saturday, May 7th, the Kajun Kelley Band will be returning to our favorite backyard spot, the Rams Head Roadhouse in Crownsville, MD. We always have a great time there. The staff is awesome, and the crowd is always about "The Rock". 

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Friday, May 13th, we'll be back at McAvoy's in Parkville, MD. This is another of our favorites, and we don't get up that way too often. We're hoping to see all of our "Parkville Peeps"  

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Saturday, May 14th we'll be at the Hard Times Cafe' in Woodbridge, VA. We've actually started to build a bit of a Woodbridge following, and Hard Times is a cool venue. Hope to see all y'all Virginians there.

 

Check the Schedule page for show times

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After the show on the 15th, I will unfortunately be taking a two week "leave of absence" from gigging. If you've been on this mailing list for the last 5 months or so, you've read me bitching about the fact that I've been constantly battling some sort of congestion issue that I couldn't seem to completely shake. (You may have even caught me gettin' my drugs on at the gigs. I've had to rock the hard stuff so I could sing- Nasonex, Mucinex D, and Halls Cough Drops. That's how I roll....). Well after many doctor visits and numerous tests, they finally did a CT scan of my sinuses, and it turns out that I need to have sinus surgery. I won't bore you with the technical terminology, so we'll just call it a "sinus scrape". Sounds pleasant, doesn't it? The doc warns that this may change the tone of my voice a little, so I'm hoping it will make me sound like Chris Cornell. Maybe I'll have him do a "voice implant" while he's in there. Anyway, I've been instructed that singing is really not a good idea right after the surgery, so I'm taking some time off to recover. But I've already booked up June, so I'd BETTER be recovered by then. 

 

So make sure to get out to a show this month, because come June, I may sound like Justin Beiber............

 

Thanks!

Kajun

April 7th, 2011

Tonight’s show at Sly Fox Pub in Annapolis, MD, originally scheduled to be outdoors from 7pm-10pm, has now been moved indoors from 8:30pm-11:30pm. It’s just a tad bit chilly to be hangin’ outside, so we’ll see ya downstairs!

March 31st, 2011

The “Live Rock Band Karaoke” gig I was scheduled to play tonight at The Jetty in Kent Island, MD has been canceled, due to weather. I guess because it’s cold & rainy, and it’s somewhat of an outdoor area (???) Not really sure. I got the word second hand. I was interested to see what that gig was all about….I was filling in for guitarist Brian Ewald, so I had no idea how they run the whole “karaoke” thing. Oh well……

Tomorrow night, the Kajun Kelley Band rocks McGinty’s in Silver Spring, MD. Eric Bouchard on bass/ vocals, Bobby Strawderman on drums / vocals, & me. 10pm- 1:30am. Come get your rock on!

March 30th, 2011

Hey Everybody!

Have a lot of news this month, so I'm gonna get right to it!

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I want to send out special thanks to two people for giving me some invaluable exposure last month (and unsolicited at that, which makes it even cooler!) 

First, to Carrie at WRNR 103.1 Radio in Annapolis, MD for playing the "censored" version of my song "Ego Check" on her show "Naptunes" on March 8th. A good friend of mine emailed me that night to tell me he was listening to me on RNR, so I did some investigating to find out who to thank. WRNR has always been extremely supportive of unsigned artist, and I truly appreciate that Carrie chose to give me some airtime. And all on her own accord! That moved me! 

Second, to Kevin Laliberte of McGinty's Pub in Silver Spring, MD. DC's On Tap Magazine ran a featured interview with Kevin (read the article here), and when asked if he had a favorite band that plays the club, he answered "Kajun Kelley. He is an amazing guitarist. You can ask him to play any song and he will play it ten times better than the original." How awesome is that?! I need to pay him....WELL!!  

We're playing at McGinty's this Friday, April 1st, so I'll be playing whatever Kevin wants to hear!

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Been hard at work updating this website......it's long overdue! Check out the freshly updated "Bio" & "Music" pages- there's a lot of new information. And be sure to check the "News" and "Schedule" pages regularly. I'm updating those frequently now, posting new info and show dates as soon as they come in.

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Speaking of new shows coming in.....I booked myself silly this month! Along with some of our favorites, we have a few new clubs for us on the schedule this month: 

Thursday, April 7th, we'll be at the Sly Fox Pub in Annapolis, MD. Sly Fox is an awesome place to hang out. We'll be doing an acoustic duo show outside on the deck from 7:30pm to 10:30pm.  

Friday, April 8th, the Kajun Kelley Band will be at the Hard Times Cafe' in Frederick, MD. It's been a while since we've brought the rock to Frederick, and I know there are a lot of people on our mailing list from the area, so come out and show us some luhhhhhhhhhh

Friday, April 15th, the Kajun Kelley Band will be at the Hard Times Cafe' in Germantown, MD. Though technically not a "new" club for us, it's been a while since we've been there. I've had a lot of people from the Gaithersburg area who have specifically requested that I try to book a gig at Hard Times- well here it is! Hoping to get a lot of people out to this show so we can make it a regular stop.

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Last but not least, baseball season is upon us, and the Kajun Kelley Band will once again be providing some Washington Nationals "Postgame Rock" at The Bullpen at Nationals Park. We'll be playing Friday, April 29th immediately after the Nationals/Giants game (approx. 10pm-12am). Get more info here. 

Check out the Schedule page for a complete list of upcoming shows and details

Thanks!

Kajun

 

March 21st, 2011

Wanted to let you know about a special show we have coming up in April:

Saturday, April 9th

Fundraiser In Honor of Fallen Firefighter

Mackey’s American Pub

Old Town Manassas, VA

 

Event Starts at 9pm

Kajun Kelley Band Performs 10pm- 1am

 

Mackey's American Pub

9412 Main St

Manassas, VA 20110

703-330-1534

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Kyle Wilson, a firefighter, died at the age of 24 fighting a fire in Prince William County on April 16, 2007.  Proceeds and donations will go to the Kyle Wilson Memorial Scholarship Fund, which benefits the George Mason School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (of which Kyle graduated) 

Also, the next weekend (April 16th) there will be the 4th Annual Kyle Wilson Walk for Fitness.

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Please come out for a great night of food, music, and fun for a great cause

Hope to See You There!

Kajun

 

February 2nd, 2011

Hey Everybody! 

I'm happy to report that it's finally not raining, sleeting, icing, or snowing today. This time last week we were getting yet another crazy amount of snow here in the Washington DC/Baltimore errrrrea, and we just dodged a bullet from this last storm that pummeled the rest of the country. Of course, it was this time last year that we were getting dumped on by back to back snowstorms- the dreaded "Snowpocalypse". Most of you on the mailing list are familiar with the song and video I put together inspired by said snowstorms (Aptly titled "Snowpocalypse" ), but to all you who haven't seen or heard it (and experienced my silliness brought on by cabin fever), here's the link to the YouTube video: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgWOqnTqqEU 

As it turns out, these snowstorms are working out great for me on a business tip. Every time there's a huge snowstorm, it seems the hits on the video increase. Go me! As a result, I've been getting inquiries from people asking if there was any way to purchase the MP3. Ask and you shall receive! As of today, it's now available on ITunes! Click on this link: 

http://itunes.apple.com/artist/kajun-kelley/id200226155 

And at CDBaby. Click on this link: 

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/kajunkelley3 

So now you'll be able to strap on your IPOD the next time you’re shoveling mounds of snow and use it as your soundtrack.....

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Another busy month of gigs coming up: 

Tonight we have the unusual occurrence of a FullOnFullBandRock gig on a Thursday night. We'll be at RiRa in Arlington, VA from 9:30pm to 12:30am. We played there on New Year's Day and had a great crowd. Hoping to have the same tonight. Start your weekend early and get a little Thursday night Rock.

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Speaking of unusual FullBandRock shows- we normally play at Casey Jones in LaPlata, MD with the K.K. Acoustic Duo, and people there have been inquiring as to what we sound like with the band. Once again, inquire and you shall receive! (I'm such a people pleaser. i.e.- ass kisser). We'll be playing there with the full band on Saturday, February 19th. The show is from 9:30pm to 1am. Come feel the True Rock.

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I will be back at Casey Jones the following Saturday, February 26th, this time playing an old-school-reunion acoustic duo show with my old friend Eric Scott.  

We played a reunion show last month at the Woodfire in Severna Park, MD, and unfortunately I came down with strep throat. We almost canceled, but were VERY glad we didn't. The place was packed with a lot of old friends we hadn't seen for some time. I was bummed that I couldn't sing, but truly felt the love from all the peeps- thanks for all the support and making it a great night. Eric and I are going to be there again soon as a sort of "makeup date", when hopefully we'll both be in good health.....

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Check out the “Schedule” page for the complete list of upcoming shows

Thanks!

Kajun

January 26th, 2011

Seeing as we are once again being pummeled by snow here in the Washington DC/Baltimore area, it seems appropriate that I post this video that I “produced” during last year’s big wave o’ snowstorms.

For those of you who have not yet seen it, I present to you:

 Snowpocalypse

Click on the awesome photo below to view the video

January 5th, 2011

Hey Everybody! 

I want to wish everybody a Happy New Year, and especially thank all the people who came out to spend the holiday weekend with us. Brittany's in Woodbridge, VA on New Year's Eve was all about "The Rock", and it was followed up by another "Night of Rock" at RiRa in Arlington, VA. We saw a lot of friends there, as well as getting a lot of newbies signed up on the mailing list. Thanks for helping us bring in 2011 in a good way. We'll be back to both venues within the month- Brittany's on Wednesday, January 19th, and RiRa on Thursday, February 3rd, so we hope to see you then.

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Our "Every-Other-Tuesday-Night" K.K. Acoustic Duo shows at O'Briens in Annapolis, MD have been moved to a "No-Set-Pattern-Of-Wednesday-Nights" starting this Wednesday, Jan. 5th....uhhhhhhhhhh, that would be TONIGHT. And also be sure to catch the REAL deal, when we play O'Briens with the FullOnFullBand on Thursday, Jan. 13th. We do the full band thing there one Thursday a month- check it out. 

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All of you old school peeps who used to come out to see me and my old friend Eric Scott (singer/bassist/cool muv) play together "back in the day" will be happy to know we're gonna have a little "reunion" show of sorts at one of the old-school venues we used to frequent, Woodfire in Severna Park, MD, this Friday, January 7th. Shows starts at 8:30pm. 

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Playing a lot of our favorite venues this month. Click on the newly-directly-accessible-to-me and updated "Schedule" page for the full list of upcoming shows. Check out my computer skillz..........

Thanks!

Kajun

 

…….Later on December 29th, 2010

I AM A SUPER GENIUS!!

I managed to get the schedule page back up and running, complete with an up-to-date schedule- all without having to consult anybody! Of course, had I just picked up the phone I probably could have saved myself many hours of frustration, but what fun is that?

I.Rock.So.Hard

Kajun

December 29th,  2010

Soooooooo………….I’ve FINALLY figured out how to access this page myself, thus allowing me to update my website directly. It’s only been since May 2007 that these pages have been updated. I’m not exactly computer savvy….or in a hurry to get anything done. But in the midst of me trying to update things via trial and error (I have no booklet or ANY knowledge of HTML) I’ve managed to screw up the “Schedule” page, and it isn’t working at all now.  This is bad, considering that’s the main reason I wanted to update the site. Hopefully I can get some help from some of my more computer-literate friends on how to fix it.

This is what I look like whilst trying to figure all this out:

Wish me luck!

In the meantime, go to www.myspace.com/kajunkelley for the latest schedule.

Much Luhhhhhhh, and Happy New Year!

Kajun