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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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Fall 2014 Update - September 12, 2014

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We had a great summer this year. Our last show of the summer season was the Helsing Junction Sleepover a few weeks ago. Good News: they plan to continue this tradition next year (contrary to speculation that 2014 was going to be the last). We'll be there next year, "lord willin' and the creek don't rise". 

But that ends our scheduled performance season for 2014. All of my attention for the remainder of this year will be focused on 'Alan's Confectionery: the musical'.

I've been talking about this project on line and in concert for over a year now but the script is finally done and the score in nearing completion as well. Our upcoming reading for PDX Playwrights is just a couple of weeks away at Portland Center Stage. This is an invitation only event intended to generate feed back from actors, directors and other members of the local theater community. 

That reading will be followed by possible edits and rewrites to the current script, in preparation for the first scheduled public presentation at the Fertile Ground Festival of new theater works in January of 2015.

From there our plan (hope) is that the musical will move into a full production run with a theater company (TBD) here in Portland and/or elsewhere in the US in the fall of 2015. 

You can keep up with the latest by following the #alansconfectionery hashtag on Twitter or Facebook (we'll probably post to Twitter more). Or better yet visit our publishing web site dubsquadmusic.net for detailed updates.

Oh, and if you want to donate to the cause I'll love you forever (even more than I already do). You can do so by clicking right here.

ARTB will return to performance mode in March of 2015 to support the release of the soundtrack for Alan's Confectionery. Stay tuned (right here) for more details about that. 

Until then, we're wishing you a healthy and happy fall of 2014.

Spring into Summer 2014 - May 20, 2014

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

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 Confectionery'. 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 Confectionery 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!

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