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All I can say is… wow!  What an incredible week in New Orleans!  Shawn and I went down last week to participate in the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Camp, held in the heart of the French Quarter, where we had the opportunity to learn from and play with some of the best players in the world — including David Boeddinghaus, Dan Levinson, David Sager, Gerald French and Banu Gibson (just to name a few!).  Just this past Thursday, we performed together at Preservation Hall to a standing room only crowd!  Wow!  A dream come true!  We hit all the hot spots while we were there, soaked in the sounds, the sun, and the unshakeable spirit that permeates the entire city.  What a truly magical place New Orleans.  We also got to connect with and befriend amazing players from all over the world with whom we are already making plans to visit in all corners of the globe.   (You can check out some photos from our trip on my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/HeatherPiersonMusic)

So… after all that excitement, it is nice be back and surrounded by all the familiar comforts of home.  The garden needs some attention, as do lots of other things that were waiting patiently for my return.  Here is what’s happening this week:

Wednesday, June 20th

The quartet will be at Delaney’s in North Conway, NH.  We start at 9 p.m.  There will surely be a trad jazz lilt in my playing – come check it out!

Friday, June 22nd

I’ll be sharing the stage at the Red Parka Pub in Glen, NH with big brother/guitarist-singer extraordinaire Jeremy Dean and his Dean Machine starting at 9 p.m.  JD has been known to tear the roof off with his incredible guitar playing – don’t miss this!

Saturday, June 23rd

I’ll be back in my seat in the Ledges Dining Room of the White Mountain Hotel in North Conway, 6 to 10 p.m.

Tuesday & Wednesday, June 26th & 27th

I’ll be heading up the notch to the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, NH to play two nights in the dining room, 6 to 10 p.m. both nights.  On Tuesday, I may even pop up at Hoot Night at the Wildcat Tavern in Jackson, NH.  One never knows…

Thursday, June 28th

A double!  First, Shawn and I will be outside in the fresh air performing at the Berlin Farmers Market from 4:30 to 6:30.  Then, we head back down to North Conway to play a quartet gig at McGrath’s Tavern starting at 9 p.m.  Seammus is doing one heck of a nice job over at his tavern.  Go try the amazing food and stick around for the music!

Friday, June 29th

A new venue for me!  The trio will be at Tony’s Italian Grille & Pub, located on Route 3 in Thornton, NH from 7 to 10 p.m.  For directions, give them a shout at (603) 745-3133.

Saturday, June 30th

Another night at White Mountain Hotel, 6 to 10 p.m.

I have some exciting jazz shows planned for July — I’ll send you all the details in the next post.  Until then, thanks so much for your continued love and support — and I hope to see you and hear from you soon!