04.12.18 NMT Drink this Saturday
We'll be at NMT in Rockford, IL this Saturday. Show starts at 8 with an opening solo set by our guitar player Bryan Olson. We put together a little trailer for the gig below with a clip of our tune "Walk Straight" that will be on the forthcoming release. Check back for more news soon!
03.26.18 Chicago Acoustic Underground footage
In January we stopped by Chicago Acoustic Underground to play some tunes and chat with Michael Teach about our music, the writing process, and our plans for the future. Here's a clip of our song, Settling. Big thanks to Michael for everything he's done and continues to do for the Chicago music scene, and for giving a voice to original artists!
03.21.18 Don't Look in to the Camera!!!
We had an absolute blast filming with OnTrack Waubonsee last night. I can play to a packed house and not feel a thing, but nothing like a bunch of cameras dissecting your every move to make you feel the heat! Our episode of the web series should be up some time in early summer! We've got a weekend off before we make our return to River's Edge in Batavia, IL and we can't wait!
03.19.18 OnTrack Waubonsee
This Tuesday we will be heading out as a full band to Sugar Grove for an in studio session with the long-standing OnTrack Web Series run by the talented students of Waubonsee College. We'll be sitting down for some interview and playing four new tunes on air! Follow me or the band on Instagram for some behind the scenes stuff day of! @FabledPlains & @OrlandoPenaMusic
02.12.17 Kiss the Sky!
We had a blast playing at Kiss the Sky in Batavia, IL this past weekend. We've got some great photos uploaded courtesy of our new friend Susan Romano. Now we've got a month off to get our drummer up to speed. We're excited to bring the noise with the full band for the first time at our next gig March 10th.
You might have noticed some changes on the site, I'll be reformatting some things over the next few weeks as I have finally put together a band and we've got a new name to work under. It will still be all of my same tunes, and a whole lot of new ones, but since I've been getting help from good friends lately we thought it was more appropriate to play under a new name, that is Fabled Plains! You can check us out all over Social Media @FabledPlains. We've got big things in the works and we're real excited to share it with you!
01.02.18 Happy New Year! Rivers Edge!
Happy New Year Everyone! What a great year 2017 was, despite certain presidential matters. I worked hard all year to gig as much as possible and I've made so many great friends along the way. I'm looking to stay even busier this year! I'm going in to the new year with a full band to support this time round, and we'll be kicking things off this Friday January 5th at River's Edge Bar & Grill in Batavia, IL! I'll be splitting time with the ever talented, Bryan Olson so you won't want to miss out!
12.18.17 Surprise Set, Upcoming Gigs
Well, originally I planned for The Elbo Room gig to be the last show off the year to take a month off to get some new material down, and figure out a solid line up and record. But, I was asked last second to come in and perform at the always special Common Grounds in Dekalb, IL this Saturday so I decided why not! It gave me the opportunity to test out a whole bunch of new material, which was great, and overall I got some positive feedback. And, as always I made a great new friend in fellow performer Peter Schwartz. Apart from all the new material in the works I have also been booking up a storm for the new year. Slide on over to the Shows page to see if I'm coming near you!
12.01.17 Recording Time!
Well last night was our last gig of the year. We had a great time at Elbo Room in Chicago, IL. Couldn't have hoped for things to go any better. It was so good to see so many familiar faces, old and new. It was incredibly moving to see how many people came out to support last night. I truly appreciate you all. Anyway, we're going to spend the next month getting a whole lot of new material ready and recording a release as a band. More news to come!
In the mean time don't forget to download my new EP "Intentions" over at Bandcamp for free!
11.27.17 New EP, "Intentions" out now!
So yesterday I decided I'd record and release a short, 3 song EP that I did in my pajamas from home. It's bare bones, and I'm excited with how everything turned out. You can listen, stream and download all for FREE over at BandCamp! Tell me what you think!?
11.09.17 Majakka Hall for Women!
Hey All, it's been a busy couple months, making great new friends along the way. I'm happy to say that this Friday I'll be playing at the beautiful Majakka Hall in Dekalb, IL. Hop on over to the Events page for more details on that. All proceeds will be going to the Dekalb Area Women's Center and I really couldn't be more proud to be apart of something like that. Come on out, support your strong, beautiful women, and local music!
10.27.17 HOUSE OF BLUES!!!
Wednesday night at Cubby Bear was such a great time that I have been invited back to play another showcase next Friday, November 3rd. This time it will be in the incredible Foundation Room at the one and only House of Blues in Chicago. I can't really express how I excited I am, I hope to see you all there to help me make this one really memorable!
10.24.17 Bliss Wine Bar in Wauconda, IL tonight!
I'll be heading out to the lovely Bliss Wine Bar in Wauconda, IL directly after work for a gig tonight. I'll be accompanied by the always great, Wes Carr, on his dobro, banjo, mandolin, and guitar. And, our new friend, Abby Rose will be making her debut with us on the violin. We're very excited and have been putting in many extra hours to make sure we make this one memorable. Hope to see you out there!
10.18.17 New video of "Drying Out" Up!
I threw together this short video for a long unfinished tune called Drying Out today. I really just wanted to experiment with iMovie.
10.16.17 Listen to previously unreleased track "Searching for Meaning"
Hey guys, I just uploaded an old track that was never released before to my SoundCloud. If you like it, you can download for free!
Also wanted to note that this song and a handful of others are getting reworked to fit in to the current line up of folks I am gigging with. I can't wait to show you all the noise we've been making lately!
10.04.17 Big Things Coming!
Just a reminder about the upcoming gig at Common Grounds in Dekalb, IL Saturday the 14th, coming up real soon. We've been working hard to make some special versions of my tunes for this. Also, take a look at the phenomenal flyer Lily Fong put together for us. You can check her out on Instagram; @dreambandit.
I've also been working on booking some more gigs in the upcoming months including my first gig in Chicago, which I am very excited about. I've got a few surprises in regards to the line up of this group, can't say anything yet but there are big changes in the works!
9.24.17 Good Times at the Market, New Show Added!
Well, it was a hot one at the Beloit Farmer's Market this past Saturday, with no pop up tent either! I thought for sure my ginger bud, Bryan Olson(Radioshine, Hurrian, Unnamed Soul Band) was going to explode in that sun! Regardless of the heat, we sweat our way through our own sets and a duo set together. It's always a good time playing with someone who is so natural at his instrument. The two of us will be playing some solo sets with two others next month at Common Grounds in Dekalb, IL. For more information on that gig and others, slide on over to the Events page!
9.19.17 More Gigs Coming Up
Hey all, I've been sick as a dog the last week and a half so I apologize for not posting any new videos to my social media lately, and for my over all inactivity. I have managed to keep busy from home though, working on lining up some new gigs, designing this logo, and giving a fresh look to the website. Check the Events section for upcoming shows, you can also add me on Facebook for up to date information on when I'll be playing next, take care and as always, I hope to see you out there!
9.14.17 New Pages & Logo
I've added a couple new pages to the site, a Lyrics section for you to peruse and critique my thoughts, and an EPK to assist with booking and marketing. I also had a new logo made up, it's simple, but perfectly captures what is in my soul. What do you think?
8.28.17 Cornfest was Rad
I had such a great time playing Cornfest yesterday! I was accompanied by the ever-talented Wes Carr on the dobro, banjo, and guitar! We also had our good friend and amazing musician, Sophia Andaloussia, come up and sing one with us! Click play on the left to here a clip of us playing through my tune, All I Can Do, which will be on the forthcoming EP.
You can also check out more of Wes at: rwesleycarr.com
And Sophia with her band Black Water Reservoir
8.24.17 Upcoming Gigs
I've got a couple shows added in the events page, some were last second. This brings to an end a long time hiatus from the stage and I'm very excited to get back at it. The stage was always my favorite part about making music. I'd love to see you people there!
8.16.17 Follow me on Instagram!
Are you on IG? If so follow me @orlandopenamusic to see a bunch of videos of new material, peaks behind the scenes at shows and for an overall look in to my life making music!
8.12.17 Does Anyone Use QR still?
8.05.17 Day One Tracking!
I'm still not 100% sure which songs will make the final cut, but today I have kicked off tracking everything that has a fair shot. I guess we'll all just have to wait and see which tunes make it! I've got some big plans for this release including collaborations on the artwork, and a plethora of my favorite musicians to join me on some songs. It feels great to be recording again after a writing break for some time. More to come!
7.30.17 New Release Inventory
7.15.17 On Sacrifices
I've given up my bedroom in my home in order to accommodate the new drum kit, thank you Gretsch! I am now shacking up in the old music room which you might recognize from previous Instagram videos. I'm already feeling much more comfortable in this larger space when tracking or writing. Anyway, just wanted to share my joy, cheers!
7.07.17 Back to my Roots
A lot of people probably don't know this about me, but I was actually a drummer first! I picked it up in the 5th grade school band, and I was in love instantly. Every band I was in through out school and basically until I was about 21 I played drums. I only picked up guitar around that time because I couldn't play drums in my apartment, then the singing bug bit me and I am where I am today. Anyway, it's been a few years, far too long, so I've decided I needed to get back to my drumming roots, I couldn't be more thrilled with this amazing Gretsch Catalina Maple kit, they make some incredible stuff for the price. Hot damn, am I rusty, but it feels good to be back on the throne!
7.08.17 New single "Waxing" out now!
*Free download on my soundcloud now, link is below! I'm very proud of how this tune turned out. I've had the song written for about a year now but wasn't entirely sold on the arrangement. Finally got to recording it, and I was lucky enough to have Bryan Olson play some lead guitar on it, as well as Juan Pizano on the bass. Enjoy!
7.05.17 Blog Style
I've decided to change this home page in to more of a blog feed where I update periodically with current events and news. Bare with me if it's a little slow to change for the time being, any way, take care!