Billboard Top 10 + Chicago, OH, IN, CT, MA, Germany


The compilation album Action Moves People United featuring my song Make It Better is in the Top 10 on Billboard! The album, released in partnership with UNESCO is produced by Kevin Mackie, Krista Wallhagen and Rupam Sarmah and features music and poetry by Dan Aykroyd, Julian Lennon, Kathy Sledge, Alan White, Geoff Downes, John Wetton, Patrick Moraz, Annie Haslam, Janis Ian, Martin Barre and many more! The album is available on iTunes and Amazon now. “Make It Better” music video now viewed over 72,000 times on FB is here. See album artwork below and links to the press release here. Please check it out 🙂

I’m back in NYC after an absolutely amazing tour and BMI songwriting camp in South Africa. Pictures from my travels are on my Instagram and a short digest about the trip is on my Facebook profile which you can read here. Already planing another trip to this beautiful place that is changing massively these days.

Some great shows coming up this month including a FREE in-store performance at the Record Connection in Niles, OHon Oct 13th, a return to Uncommon Ground in Chicago, IL on Oct 15th and Chicago Street Theatre in Valparaiso, IN on Oct 16th. Latter two shows feature my long time collaborator Chris Marolf on upright bass, kora, banjo and vocals and the show in Valparaiso will also feature Megan Marolf on oboe and members of the Valpo High School Orchestra! Tickets available now at Chicago Street site and Uncommon Ground site.

Later this month I’m back in Middletown, CT at the Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center on Oct 21st and a house concert at my dear friend Monica Mansfield in Shrewsbury, MA on Oct 22nd! Seating is limited, get your tickets here. On Oct 24th I’ll be doing a dance workshop in Boston, MA with my dear friend Yo-el Cassell who I worked with on the Off-Broadway show Moonlight Interior. Then off to Germany for a couple of weeks and shows in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein! Details below, please do spread the word!

Thank you,


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Oct 13, 2016, 6:00 PM: Niles, OH: The Record Connection

Oct 15, 2016, 9:00 PM: Chicago, IL: Uncommon Ground on Clark

Oct 16, 2016, 7:00 PM: Valparaiso, IN: Chicago Street Theatre

Oct 21, 2016, 7:30 PM: Middletown, CT: Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Ctr

Oct 22, 2016, 7:30 PM: Shrewsbury, MA: House Concert

Nov 03, 2016, 8:00 PM: Hamburg, Germany: TalkDOT TV Show Live Taping

Nov 11, 2016, 8:00 PM: Hamburg, Germany: HT16 200 Jahr Feier

Nov 13, 2016, 7:00 PM: Barmstedt, Germany: Kulturschusterei

Nov 17, 2016, 8:00 PM: Hamburg, Germany: Kukuun

Nov 19, 2016, 8:00 PM: Barmstedt, Germany: House Concert

Dec 01, 2016, 8:00 PM: North Miami, FL: The Luna Star Cafe

Dec 03, 2016, 7:30 PM: Fort Meyers, FL: ACMA Listening Room

Dec 11, 2016, 4:00 PM: Green Brook, NJ: Cozy Cabin Concerts

Dec 17, 2016, 8:00 PM: Sellersville, PA: Sellersville Theater 1894

Apr 22, 2017, 8:00 PM: Teaneck, NJ: Ethical Brew Concerts

Dec 03, 2017, 8:00 PM: Honesdale, PA: Riverfolk Concerts

Reverie Tour continues Upstate NY and NYC

We’re back in New York after two weeks of tour dates in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan. Had some really nice shows and made lots of new friends. Thanks to everyone that helped make this leg of the tour such a success. We have a little time off before Lars and I hit Upstate NY this coming week, then doing a NYC show on Friday, May 16th, 8 pm at Rockwood Music Hall with the band!

I haven’t had time to post pictures of the tour yet but will hopefully get to it after we finish up with this next leg of the tour. In the meantime you can check out these pics that were posted by who came to our show at The Winchester (which is btw my new favourite venue in Cleveland!). Also, the Philadelphia Daily News wrote about Reverie: “Ear-grabbing pop singer-songwriter has a confident yet gentle voice, with tints of soul, gospel and Afropop rhythms.” Thanks to everyone that came out to our Tin Angel show!

While it’s been a really hectic schedule, the response we’re getting from the audiences and local radio makes it all feel so worth it. When we came through Northeast Ohio we did a taping for a show on Akron’s WAPS, 91.3 The Summit with Tom Ball, aka Twistin’ Tom, during which we played a lot of songs from the new album. I also ended up doing an impromptu cover of “Carpet of the Sun” by Renaissance and got to DJ some of my current favourites bands. The show will air later this month – I will let you know when we get an air date.

This coming week we are going to be playing on WAER Radio in Syracuse, NY Thursday, May 8th. We’re doing a pre-taping that morning that I believe will air on the station sometime between noon and 3 pm. They’re on 88.3 FM and the web site is if you want to tune in online. We’re also going to do an in-store performance and CD signing at Big Apple Music which is a music and audio/video store located in New Hartford, NY. Friday night we’ll be at one of our favourite spots upstate called The College Street Cafe. That’s a 9 pm show and I will have Lars Potteiger with me on all these. You can check out Lars’ solo work at

A bunch more stuff is coming up this Spring and Summer including performances at the New York Book Festival in Central Park, Bronx Week, MusikFest, Fairfax Corner Summer Concert Series and a few others that we’re still working on. In July I’m heading to the UK to do my first solo tour over there. I’ll be performing in London, Birmingham, Leicester, Coventry and a few other locations, including a spot at the Kenilworth Festival on Saturday, July 19th. After that date I’m heading to Germany where I will meet up with Chris. We’re planning on him joining me on bass for a few shows that we’re currently working on setting up. We do have a date in Berlin, that’s on Wednesday July 23rd with a local band called Stylblyten.

Looking forward to keeping the music coming and hope to see many of you this week and on May 16th in NYC!

JK & Band