Greetings from Austin

Greetings from Austin, Texas! I know it’s been a little while since an update, but I’ve been busy expanding my musical knowledge in graduate school.  Since packing all of my guitars up and moving to Texas in January a lot has transpired.  I’ve seen some great music, eaten some life-changing BBQ, met some wonderful people and adopted a domestic terrorist in the form of a 13 pound Chihuahua mix.  Now that the semester is winding down, I’ll have some more time to play around town and dive headfirst into the “Live Music Capital of the World”.

I’m playing a couple songs this Wednesday for the Kerrville Folk Festival Singer/Songwriter Contest at Cactus Cafe.  There are 8 finalists and I’m honored to be included in this pool of talent.  I am also playing a solo show at Red Eyed Fly on May 19 at 10 pm.  Doors are at 8 pm and it’s a FREE show.  You can RSVP here.


Thanksgiving Eve “IN CAHOOTS” 2nd Annual Tribute to THE BAND

Join us next Wednesday, November 27 at The Family Dog for our 2nd Annual Tribute to THE BAND.  Last year was packed and we’re getting the band back together for another special set on Thanksgiving Eve. IN CAHOOTS is the name of our side project devoted to the music of THE BAND and is inspired by their fourth studio album of the same name.  We’ll be playing songs from their entire repertoire and you can get a sneak peak of the setlist here on Spotify. IN CAHOOTS is…

From L to R; Sandy Chapman as Garth Hudson, Parker Smith as Robbie Robertson, Roger Baldowski as Levon Helm, Michael Chesin as Richard Manuel, Brandon Kunka as Rick Danko

This is our last show of 2013 and a chance to reconnect with family and old friends.  There is no better way to cure a hangover than with a Thanksgiving meal, but please be responsible and don’t drink and drive.

Show starts at 9 pm and you can RSVP here.


Taste of Atlanta Next Friday

Greetings folks, we’re getting closer and closer to making our PledgeMusic goal for the new album and only have 24 days left! Thank you all for pledging so far. Please keep on sharing, spreading the word and pledging if you haven’t already. Increase the Bandwith! Pledge here!

Here at Bandwith HQ we’re getting ready for a big show next Friday, the kickoff party for TASTE OF ATLANTA. This Food+Wine+Beer+Cocktail Festival is going strong in it’s 12th year and we are honored to be a part of the festivities. Check out more details and buy tickets here…


Lift Off!

We have officially launched our PledgeMusic campaign today and will be updating the page with plenty of content over the next two months. In the meantime, take a minute to look around at the incentives and we hope you enjoy our PledgeMusic video. Click on the badge below to learn more about the album. Increase the Bandwith!


Piedmont Summer Tour Video

CLICK HERE for a video recap of our summer tour

The video was filmed and edited by my good friend Craig Newman and is an accurate portrayal of our time on the road. Big thanks to all of our friends and hosts along the east coast for your spirited reception and revelry!  We hope to be back very soon.

I am playing a solo show in Savannah this Saturday at the Sentient Bean and a full band show over Labor Day weekend in Miami opening for The Mike Dillon Band at Will Call on Saturday, August 31.  The Miami show will feature two very talented college friends of mine – Taylor Byrd (bass) and Brian Lange (drums) rounding out the rhythm section.

Our only Atlanta full band show for this fall is on September 27 at VINYL and you can buy tickets here.  We are going to take some time off this fall to record our followup album to 2011’s Garden Hills.  More info on that soon!  Until then…

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See you on “tur”

The time has come for us to embark on the final leg of our Piedmont Summer Tour.  We officially started the tour in Birmingham and also had a great show in Serenbe opening for Col. Bruce Hampton. The remaining dates of the tour are below ending with a very special “homecoming” show at Smith’s Olde Bar on Friday, July 12 where we will be joined by Brad Rikard on sax.  It’s been a while since we headlined upstairs at Smith’s and this will be a great show with The Deadfields and Adam Klein and the Wildfires opening.  I was watching Jeopardy and Alex Trebek offered some timely words of encouragement in the form of one of his categories…so, let’s go on “tur”!

6/27 – ISIS Music Hall – Asheville, NC
6/28 – 185 King Street – Brevard, NC
6/29 – Casbah – Durham, NC
6/30 – Broad Street Cafe “Jazz Set”– Durham, NC
7/1 – The Camel – Richmond, VA
7/2 – Velvet Lounge – Washington, DC
7/3 – IOTA Club & Cafe – Arlington, VA
7/5 – The Calico Room – Wilmington, NC
7/6 – The Radio Room – Greenville, SC
7/12 – Smith’s Olde Bar – Atlanta, GA

If you have friends in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia or DC, help us spread the word. Let us know and we’ll make sure to give them a hug from you. We’re looking forward to making new friends and seeing old friends and family along the way.  You can follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to stay updated from the road.  Finally, I’d like to take this time to introduce the band…

See you on “TUR”

BRANDON “KUNKAFUNK” KUNKA                                    CHRIS “ZIGGY” ZIEGLER











May Solo Shows

Got some solo shows coming up this month. Download my recently released “Solo Flight” album for free or pay what you want to hear for yourself…

5/11 – Buckhead Spring Arts and Craft Festival at Chastain Park- 3 pm
5/18 – Steve’s Live Music – Songwriters in the Round – 7:30 pm
5/19 – Dunwoody Nature Center (KIDS Concert) with Jason’s Music Party – 2 pm
5/25 – Smith’s Olde Bar Atlanta Room – 8 pm

Piedmont Summer Tour

Announcing the 2013 “PIEDMONT SUMMER TOUR”

This tour will wind through the region of the United States known as the “Piedmont”…see below for the inspiration for the name of the tour and click on the thumbnail above for a closeup of the tour poster.  Whereas, the “Solo Flight” design had one eagle, this poster depicts three eagles because I will be joined by Chris Ziegler on bass and Brandon Kunka on drums.  Click on the venue links below for ticket and pre-sale info or head over to the tour dates page.

6/14 – The Nick – Birmingham, AL
6/15 – Serenbe – Chattahoochee Hills, GA
6/27 – ISIS Restaurant / Music Hall – Asheville, NC
6/28 – 185 King Street – Brevard, NC
6/29 – Casbah – Durham, NC
6/30 – Broad Street Cafe “Jazz Set”– Durham, NC
7/1 – The Camel – Richmond, VA
7/2 – Velvet Lounge – Washington, DC
7/3 – IOTA Club & Cafe – Arlington, VA
7/5 – The Calico Room – Wilmington, NC
7/6 – The Radio Room – Greenville, SC
7/12 – Smith’s Olde Bar – Atlanta, GA

From Wikipedia….The Piedmont is a plateau region located in the eastern United States between the Atlantic Coastal Plain and the main Appalachian Mountains, stretching from New Jersey in the north to central Alabama in the south. The Piedmont province is a physiographic province of the larger Appalachian division. The name “Piedmont” comes from the French term for the same physical region, literally meaning “foothill”, ultimately from Latin “pes montium”, meaning “the foot of the mountains”….The Piedmont region is closely associated with the Piedmont blues, a style of blues music that originated there in the late 19th century. Most Piedmont blues musicians came from Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia. During the Great Migration, Black Americans migrated to the Piedmont. With the Appalachian Mountains to the west, those who might otherwise have spread into rural areas stayed in cities and were thus exposed to a broader mixture of music than those in, for example, the rural Mississippi delta. Thus, Piedmont blues was influenced by many types of music such as ragtime, country, and popular songs—styles that had comparatively less influence on blues music in other regions.

Piedmont Summer Tour Poster

Piedmont Summer Tour Poster

Summer Tour + Solo CD Release + Peachtree Tavern

Lots of news at Bandwith headquarters!  It’s been a busy spring and we’re gearing up for our summer tour.  This year we’ll be in Washington, DC around July 4 and several other cities in North Carolina and Virginia.  Check out our tour dates for a show near you.  This is the first time the full band has gone on the road and we’re excited to hit the ground running.

I have just released a compilation of live recordings from my last solo tour entitled “Solo Flight.”  It is a digital only release – you can download the free album or pay what you want here. Most of these songs have not been released and I hope you enjoy them.

In other news, we are playing our only show of the spring on April 27 at Peachtree Tavern.  Our good friend and fellow University of Miami alum, Johnny Shortridge will be opening the evening with his band, Cool June.  I played with them when I was in Nashville and they have a great sound.  See the poster below for details and click here to RSVP to the event.

P.S. I still have a few shirts left from the solo tour and other goodies that you can purchase at our online store here..

February News

We are playing a special show on Saturday, March 2 at Smith’s Olde Bar opening for two of our favorite groups, American Aquarium and The Higher Choir.  Smith’s has asked us to sell tickets before the show and they are going fast.  If you’d like a ticket, you can send us a check or pay via PayPal.  Here’s are the details for the show and a picture of the tickets…they sure are pretty.

Saturday, March 2

Smith’s Olde Bar (upstairs)

Doors at 8 pm / Show at 9 pm

Tickets: $10 advance / $12 at the door

Click here to RSVP

For you out-of-towners, we’ll be webcasting part of our show at Patio Jams at the University of Miami on Thursday, Feb. 14 from 12:30-1:00 pm (EST).You can listen in here.  Think of it as our Valentine’s Day gift to you…the webcast is donation based so you can pay whatever you like.  This Saturday we are playing at Swamp Stomp, a music festival that I co-founded and is near and dear to my heart.  Featuring some of Florida’s best bands and some national talent as well (Fishbone and Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds), it is quickly becoming one of the premier concerts in Miami.

In other news, I have a few solo shows coming up this spring so check out our tour dates for a current list of shows.  Also, keep an eye out for a compilation of recordings from my recent tour that will be released in the next few months.

Much love to you all. Happy Valentine’s day people of the world.