Ron Scalzo – Live at Rockwood Music Hall

The last time I invited my peeps to a birthday gathering, my house and independent record label had just been wiped out by a hurricane. Friends from all different walks of my life turned out at a familiar Brooklyn bar to celebrate. I cried three times that night, in between all the beers and the hugs. Some may have mistaken those tears as despair, but they were really tears of joy. I felt like the world’s luckiest unlucky guy.

I returned to my post-Sandy refugee camp and saved one last hug for my traumatized dog. Laying atop an air mattress, there in the dark, I thought about the future……never doubting that music would remain a big part of my life. Even if Bald Freak Music was all gone – the synths, the mics, the speakers. The t-shirts, the postage meter. The turntables and all of the vinyl. The hard drives, all of it. It was just stuff. The music was always inside me.

I may have lost my way for a little while, but I never lost faith.

So come celebrate that belief – let’s have some beers, maybe cry a few more tears of joy. Because who knows what will happen between this birthday and the next.  A portion of the proceeds from the show will be donated to to All Hands Volunteers – the non-profit organization that showed up in the days after Superstorm Sandy and helped tear my house down and pull me out of the mud.

I’ll be at the piano at Rockwood Music Hall, a Lower East Side venue I have long admired, with some talented friends once again beside me. Hope to see/hug you there.