The Bo-who? Forget what was, what IS is Sam Llanas rooting around NYC, this shot from the Living Room. Photo courtesy of Daystorm Music

The Bo-who? Forget what was, what IS is Sam Llanas rooting around NYC, this shot from the Living Room. Photo courtesy of Daystorm Music

Currently in the middle of a highly successful run in NYC at various venues, former BoDeans member Sam Llanas is not only bringing his brilliant new solo album 4AM to life on the stage but also contributing the haunting “Messed Up Like Us” to Doug Vincent’s A Day For Grace show.  Sam Llanas’ Facebook page has this to say about A Day For Grace… Doug Vincent and Sam Llanas tackle the last taboo in our culture in a brilliantly funny, gut-wrenching and soul stirring performance of A Day For Grace.An original one man show written and performed by Doug Vincent and directed by Tanya Taylor Rubinstein.  Also featuring original live music written and performed by Sam Llanas (former front man of the Bo Deans).From the A Day For Grace Facebook page, hit that more button to read what some audience members and performers are saying about A Day For Grace and it’s creator Doug Vincent:

“Doug Vincent is a creative powerhouse who embodies compassion, gentleness and bravery. It is a rare person who can nurture and reveal a tender heart and empathic spirit in the performance arena – both as an actor and as a facilitator. His comedic ability spans the physical and intellectual. His emotional spectrum spans the vulnerable to the powerful, one not excluding the other but walking hand-in-hand. Because of this, he is able to bring his audience along with him to places we might not willingly go with anyone else. This capacity in him crosses over into his work as a facilitator. Following and leading his students into uncharted territories, bringing them out the other side through the transcendent power of story-telling is his gift, and ultimately, our gift. Doug Vincent truly is in service to the world with all he offers. He truly is doing his part to make this world a better place by fostering the transformational power of story-telling. All who know him and work with him are deeply fortunate.”

Michelle Baker (Vest), Writer, Artist

“Doug Vincent embodies a rare and magical combination of qualities that make him a powerful performer and a gifted healer. He is somehow a consummate entertainer and a generous empathy, challenging and supportive, rigorous and joyful, fearless in the face of suffering and one of the funniest people I have ever known. Full of energy and absolutely centered all at once, he is a natural leader who is willing and eager to hold the tethers loosely so that those he is working with can soar. But one of Doug’s greatest gifts is his uncanny ability to somehow know just which of these energies is called for in any given moment–and in what measure–to take his audience or his workshop participants just past their edge and over into revelation.”

Courtney Arnold, Writer/Performer/Coach/​Arts Administrator

“Doug Vincent tackles the themes of fatherhood and what it means to be a good man through the lens of a son as well as a first time father himself. Vincent’s storytelling is rooted in raw truth and tenderness as he guides his audience through his own personal journey exploring the deep and sometimes fragile bonds of family and self. Vincent is an actor’s actor – exploring his characters with depth and delivering them to his audience unvarnished, flawed, and simply human. He is a master of developing full and complex characters.”

Ann Marie Houghtailing, Playwright and Performer of the Critically Acclaimed Off-Off Broadway Solo Show, “Renegade Princess”

“I have always loved working with Doug. He is present and giving as a partner in improvisation, ever-ready to follow or lead the way no matter where the scene is headed. Writing with him is much the same: Doug walks a fine line between the banal and the deep, always ready to explore thought-provoking realities or dance off into a world of ridiculous fantasy. In short: he is a ton of (super smart) fun.”

Jared Crain, Actor/Writer/Comedian

“As a performer, Doug has the ability to quietly draw the audience into his world, and then gives us permission to dance around with him. Watching him perform is truly inspiring. He is one of those people who walks the line between gloriously light and hilariously dark; he punches you in the gut with truth then gives you a hug. As a writer and a mentor, Doug is one of the most supportive people I’ve ever met. While writing my solo show Miss Communication, Doug was there every step of the way, helping me figure out the story I wanted to tell. He patiently read all the drafts, listened to all my grandiose ideas, and was my cheerleader when the self-doubt took over. He never pushed or “directed” my show into what he thought it should be. He encouraged me to get everything out and then allowed me to see the story that was already there. Our stories are the product of our pasts, but the simple act of telling our stories ensures that they don’t have to define our futures. Doug taught me that our stories can set us free, and for that I am forever grateful.”

Michelle Miracle, Actor/Comedian/Voice-Over Artist/Writer/Bowler

Those reviews should be enough to draw people in to the shows.  But here at BouleBlog, we strive to give you more…  More of what?  More motivation to stop gawking at the pretty ladies with the eating disorders strutting up and down “Fashion Avenue” and get to your nearest Sam Llanas gig (if you aren’t in NYC, and you know Mr. Llanas and/or Mr. Vincent’s show is coming to a venue near you, go go go go go go)!!!!  But the information so far has only been one third of the amazing equation that is this awesome experience.

The next third of the formula is the live interpretation of the songs from Llanas’ 2011 solo masterpiece 4AM on Robert Fripp’s Inner Knot Records.  This set of songs was previously reviewed in my former blog affiliated with Princeton Record Exchange, Scotti’s and Looney Tunes CD stores.  As a musician myself, I strongly identified with the album’s concept of being during the early morning hours, as those hours are my favorite times to work in the studio.  While Mr. Llanas’ concept may not be exactly that of a musician plying his trade in the early morning hours, the disc takes you on that journey with Mr. Llanas.  Whatever proclivity you enjoy, as you listen to the disc, you can picture yourself with Mr. Llanas, exploring the late night/early morning.

This reviewer is eager to see how Mr. Llanas will perform these songs live.  For you readers, there will be a full show review posted here shortly, but thanks to the great folks at Daystorm Music (in particular Gary Tanin, who has been a long-time supporter of this blog) this blog will be privy to a private, exclusive interview with Sam Llanas himself (and if we are lucky, we may pry a few questions out of Mr. Tanin as well)!!

That, dear readers, is the final third of the potion to this thrilling event that is taking New York City and parts beyond by storm!!!  I will be there to report it, but we all know there is nothing like being there and witnessing brilliance in person!  I hope to see you there!!  Where?  Check out Mr. Llanas’ Facebook page or the page for A Day For Grace for details as well as Mr. Llanas’ website, for a show near you!

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