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What do we sound like? 'Organic Soul'...'Free Range'... 'Curtis Mayfield meets Keb Mo at the Oregon Country Fair'...


Alexander's Real Time Band is a performance, touring and recording ensemble. The usual suspects are Sarah 'Frankie' Linderman (drums, voice), Susan Peck (keyboards, voice), Whit Draper (guitar, bass) and myself, Alan Alexander III (songs and stuff). 

Other musicians who have joined me at gigs and/or in the studio include
Jolie Clausen, Hershel Yatovitz, Mary Flower, Leah Hinchcliff, Danny Lamb, Poeina Suddarth, Felicia Figueroa, Mark Simon, Art Alexander, Nancy Durham, Ward Griffiths, Mel Kubik, Newel Briggs and Mary Sue Tobin (to name a few).


I am blessed and truly grateful to have so many talented friends who enjoy playing my music. But sometimes the live gig is just me singing my original tunes solo and accompanying myself with fretless bass, walkabout dulcimer, guitar, piano or whatever other instrument I can get my hands on. Whether it's the quartet, trio, duo or just me, I think you will have fun anyway.

It's about the songs. I'm a songwriter. It's just what I do. I hope you enjoy them. Thanks for visiting my site and thanks for listening.

--alan alexander iii

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Spring into Summer 2014 - May 20, 2014

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Alan Alexander Sr…. St. Louis 1933
Founder of Alan's Confectionary

Things have been extremely busy here at ARTB headquarters. So busy, in fact, that we will be doing even fewer performances this summer and fall. We have been accepting the offers that come in (if they sound like fun) but we have not been actively soliciting dates.

The main reason is that I am gearing up for the upcoming debut of 'Alan's Confectionary'. The first critical reading of the script is scheduled for October 7th at Portland Center Stage for PDX Playwrights. After that, the plan is for a public preview via Fertile Ground in February 2015.

This means finishing and editing the script and score (almost done), putting together the band  and recording the music. After the PDX Playwright reading I'll be activity shopping for production partners for Fertile Ground. If you have suggestions feel free to let me know via ac@dubsquadmusic.net .

The other exciting news is the massive update of our publishing company's website dubsquadmusic.net . The new site now includes a searchable database of all songs in the Dub Squad Music, BMI catalog (ARTB songs included). This will make it much easier to find, buy and/or license our music, including sheet music. Big thanks to Kara Kinley for the redesign and programming. The new site looks and works great! This will be the main place to find updates on Alan's Confectionary this summer.

That's it for now. Be sure to check out our calendar for up coming dates. Hope to see you sometime this summer. 

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Our First Live Web Concert is March 9th! - February 25, 2014

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Scary!

It's March already and I'm just now checking in to wish you a Happy 'New' Year!!??   Scarier still: it's been over 4 months since my last journal entry!

After the holidays, the big excitement for me was attending the 2014 Fertile Ground Festival. It was my first time at this annual event which features new works for the theater from Portland based playwrights and musicians. My goal was to get an education on the local theater landscape that would help me with the development of 'Alan's Confectionary' (which I hope to debut at this festival in 2015).

Fertile Ground was more fun than I could have imagined. I saw 13 plays and performances in 2 weeks for a pass price of only $50…an incredible value. Tickets for 2 to even one of these events would cost as much. The events ranged from staged readings of works in development, like the musical 'The Temporary Man' at Lakewood Theatre, to full blown productions, like 'The End of Sex' at the Shoebox Theater (presented by Theatre Vertigo).

I learned a lot and discovered new resources for my work. I have recently hooked up with PDX Playwrights to continue my education and networking as I close in on the completion of my script and score for 'Alan's Confectionary'.

That project means fewer live performances for ARTB in 2014. But I do have one show I want to mention that's coming up in March. It's our first house concert to be streamed live over the internet. 

This concert will feature Alexander's Real Time Band in our full quartet configuration with Whit Draper (guitar, bass), Frankie Linderman (drums, voice), Susan Peck (keyboards, voice) and yours truly (songs and stuff).

This concert is a fund raiser for the Right Brain Initiative (RBI). RBI is an Arts Education Program of the Regional Arts and Culture Council (on which I am a Board member). This program provides artist residencies, giving teachers and student a chance to incorporate the arts into core curriculum. The program goal is to provide arts education opportunities to every K-8th grade student in the metro area.

The house concert will most likely be sold out by the time you read this but if you can find a computer or mobile device with internet access on Sunday, March 9th at 7pm, Pacific time you can watch live at this web address

 http://www.concertwindow.com/shows/4060-alexander-s-real-time-band


Feel free to pass this link and the performance time on to any friends you think would like to catch us live AND support a great cause.

Suggested donation for the web stream is 8 bucks but pay what you want. Proceeds will benefit the Right Brain Initiative.  Thanks!

Zoom! - November 23, 2013

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Mel Kubik, ZZRose, Hershel Yatovitz, Ward Griffiths and Alan at Alberta St. Pub (Nov 2013)

Zoom zoom zoom. I've been meaning to update the blog for a few weeks now, but things have been soooo…..busy! Got a breather now, so here is the latest.

My October road trip was fun, productive and satisfying. I was able to get some good research done for the 'Alan's Confectionary' script and score. I had a fun performance at The Wolf in St. Louis and I had some quality time with family.

I returned home to a series of first world problems requiring my immediate attention (a story for another time). Then a few days later, I was off to the 'Far Lookout' writers cabin for 7 days of immersed writing for 'Alan's Confectionary'. I managed to finish Act 1 (first draft) and sketch out the 3rd musical number. Progress.   

Then it was crunch time, in pre production for the second episode of our monthly Songwriter Carousel at Alberta Street Pub. This one took a little longer to arrange because Sarah was (and still is) on tour with Poeina Suddarth and Whit was also unavailable. 

But I got lucky. I was able to recruit one of my favorite PDX drummers, Ward Griffiths (Quadraphonnes, Gravy) and guitar legend, Hershel Yatovitz (lead guitarist for Chris Isaak) to sit in.

The guest song writers for the show were Mel Kubik (a former Dub Squad bandmate who currently performs with Quarterflash) and ZZRose, a new face on the Portland singer/songwriter scene.

The resulting show was pure magic! Even though none of these musicians had ever rehearsed or even met each other before the night of the show (aside from Susan and I), they played as though they had known each other for years. The level of talent on stage was about as high as you could ask for and the audience loved it. Great songs. Great players. Magic! Have a listen right here!

So now I get a few weeks with no gigs or travel. Whew! But I'll be in the studio finishing up mixes on a few tracks we hope to release before Christmas. And our next Songwriter Carousel is December 18th, once again at Alberta Street Pub. Susan Peck and I will share the stage with special guests Leah Hinchcliff and Andrew Maldarelli (the dynamic duo otherwise know as Gravy). Ward Griffiths will once again be joining us on drums.

I guess it's not much of a 'breather' after all. But hey, if it was easy, everyone would be doing it.

Thanks for your support. 

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