The neatest thing happened to me today as I was sitting on a picnic bench practicing guitar at White Memorial Conservation Center. A little girl of maybe 5 or 6 years of age boldly walked up and sat down at the table. She was there to listen and I played her a few songs from my set. I was rather nervous picking out a song, as I wanted to be a good role model and not play something like my severed head tune!
So yes, I’ve been invited by Gerri Griswold to play a set of music for the 4th Annual Celebration for the Bats, this Saturday. I’m very excited to be playing because this is one of my favorite places from childhood into adulthood, and Gerri’s one of my favorite people. She’s known as “the Bat Lady” for good reason as you’ll see when you’re there. I’ll be singing/playing guitar with a set of originals and covers.
Gerri/bat photos by Gwendolyn Craig
June 28 4th Annual Celebration for the Bats
Help Gerri Griswold celebrate our planet’s most extraordinary creature! A lecture featuring a live Big Brown Bat will begin the evening’s festivities then head off to the Activity Shed for a special concert provided by the ever so talented Lana Peck!!!!! We can then count our bat colony as it emerges from the Green barn! Charming bat cupcakes and lemonade will be served (to humans..not bats..they prefer insects)! Pack a picnic or BYOB! The event is on rain or shine. Come out and show your support for bats! Lecture: 6:00 P.M., Concert: 7:00P.M.
80 Whitehall Road, Litchfield, CT 06759
FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.
Please call 860- 567-0857 to register
and then Visit www.whitememorialcc.org
GlumPuppet Plays at ConnectiCON 2014
Drosh and I will be playing a short set of our music from GlumPuppet at this fun convention this year! We’ll be participating in the ConnectiCrawl that is a 21+ event co-hosted by ConnectiCon and various bars, restaurants and other venues in Downtown Hartford, featuring live performers from the fandom community! ConnectiCrawl will kick off at 6pm on Saturday night at Black Bear Saloon, and expand from there to include Burger Baby, Black-eyed Sally’s and other venues.
Will update when I find out what time we’re playing. We’re also hoping to get to do a second show that will include our videos, but we’ve yet to hear. Check back!
First of all, thanks to all who showed up for our GlumPuppet live show on April 25th! So pleased to see so many friends! Our T-shirts were a success and we hope to make more in the future (we still may have a couple left, so let me know if you are dying to get one).
BREAKING NEWS! I’ve recorded a few of my songs (mostly the funny ones from GlumPuppet; and yes, the “tackling the list” song is there as a live recorded performance) and have them for sale on bandcamp. You can get them by clicking the “buy music” link to the right or by going to lanapeck.bandcamp.com.
The recordings are what I call “DIY, lo-fi” versions; not that they aren’t good, but because they were recorded by myself using Garageband rather than with help from the pros. I’m hoping someday to get some songs recorded at a higher quality, but until then…they really aren’t too bad, I’ve been told, considering it’s just me playing mostly everything except Drosh on uke.
Well, once you’ve downloaded some of my music, that should keep you happy for a while or at least til the next show, which is June 28th. I’m gearing up for an hour set at the White Memorial Conservation Center’s Bat Celebration. Should be fun! Gotta write a bat song!
Here’s a link to Drosh’s recounting of our show and other stuff via his vlog: http://youtu.be/9RMpQvAIASA
GlumPuppet Live show!
Friday, April 25th 2014
“What is GlumPuppet?” you ask.
Well, it’s another performance project of mine and it’s not exactly children’s puppet theatre (It’s PG-13 for one “F-bomb” and one severed head song). We call it “Esoteric Modern Vaudeville” and it started over the internet on YouTube (we have a channel).
About 2 years ago my friends, Drosh and Jim and I decided to flex some creative muscles and put out weekly 30 second- 2 minute videos based on a given topic. We have music and poetry and puppets included. We made over 70 before Jim passed away last year and we let it rest for a bit.
Drosh and I have since picked up the pace and we did a short live performance with music and videos (and funny furry creatures) as an opener for the band, Pocket Vinyl. We were a hit and the audience loved us! So we’ve been given an opportunity to do a full-length show and we’re going for it!
In the name of General Silliness (and he’s ordering you to see us!), we present a night of music, videos and mayhem, celebrating some of the cultural institutions many of us love: Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Star Trek, Dr. Who, etc.
It’ll be FUN and, hey, we’re selling t-shirts too!
A Desultory Theatre Club presentation
Friday, April 25, 2014
63 Water Street, Torrington, Connecticut
Tickets are $10 at the Door.
Doors open at 7:30 – Show starts at 8pm
“More fun than a bucket of thumb-in-the-eye!” ~Slappy McKean
Ok, it’s getting lighter if not much warmer, and maybe by the end of the month some of you will want to venture out again at night! I’d say Saturday, March 22nd should be a lovely night to venture out and see me play well with others! Many thanks to Mitch Katz for organizing this and asking me!
I’m one of the 4 chosen songwriters for the New Morning Songwriter’s Series along with Arlon Bennett, Doug Mathewson and Marianne Osiel. From 7:30- 10pm we will be playing our original tunes for you! I attended last month’s series and had an enjoyable time. It’s in-the-round (in a circle) style seating with a casual and intimate feel…plus yummy munchies and drink for sale from New Morning Market (Woodbury’s infamous health food store).
Come on out! Spring is near!
New Morning Market
129 Main Street North
The doors will open at 7:00 with the show starting promptly at 7:30. Desserts and refreshments will be available and donations will be gratefully accepted.
For additional information, please call 203-266-6688.
A New GlumPuppet Live Show is in the works!
SAVE-THE-DATE: Friday, April 25, 2014
Desultory Theatre Presents GlumPuppet at the Create Here Now Space at Morrison’s Hardware, Water St. In Torrington, CT
My first show on ConcertWindow was a lot of fun and I’ve decided to do an encore for those who missed the first one and those who want to watch again. On Wednesday, Feb. 26th at 8pm, I’ll be playing from my originals setlist and maybe add a few I missed.
This is a really fun, informal and casual way to see live music from the comfort of your own computer or mobile device! You’ll be able to type messages to me on the scrolling chat board along side the screen and there’s even a virtual tip jar!
Tickets are pay-what-you’d-like (min. $1) and can be purchased online starting now at http://www.concertwindow.com/shows/3754-lana-peck
this is also where you’ll go back to when the show starts.
*word to the wise: don’t wait ’til 7:59pm to go to the link, you’ll need to create a username/password first to watch and that might make you a little late. I will probably go a bit over 30 mins, but just a heads up!
The webcast will not be recorded – it’s offered in real time. I hope you can join me!
SAVE-THE-DATE: Saturday, March 22nd, evening
Songwriter-in-the-Round series at New Morning Market in Woodbury, CT
[more details soon!]
A singer/songwriter friend of mine Sharon Goldman introduced me to this great website, concertwindow.com, where you can offer a live streaming concert from the comfort of your own laptop to the comfort of your fans’ laptops, pads or phones. I “attended” her show and loved the experience and decided to go for it. Thank you Sharon!
So, on Tuesday, January 14th 2014 at 9pm EST, I will entertain you with original songs from my “secret lair.” There will also be a live chat you can make remarks on while the show is going and chat with others who are watching! It’s fun! Who knows, you might even see my cat! Yes, really!
It’ll be like a PJ party and you won’t have to leave your own house; you could look like a complete schlep and no one will know! You could even sit in your car and watch on your cell phone or pad! Wherever you are in the world, you can tune in!
You can purchase online tickets on a pay-what-you-want basis starting now at http://www.concertwindow.com/shows/2662-lana-peck.
The webshow will not be recorded – it’s offered in real time. I hope you can join me!
*word to the wise: don’t wait ’til 8:59pm to go to the link, you’ll need to create a username/password first to watch and that might make you a little late. I will probably go a bit over 30 mins, but just a heads up!
Don’t forget the January 9th show in Torrington at Morrison Hardware for DTC’s Songwriter-in-the-round series “The Great American Songbook.” See my show schedule page for more info and hope to see you there!
I have been invited to perform Thursday, January 9, 2014 by songwriter, Robert C. Fullerton, and the Desultory Theatre Club for their monthly music showcase as one of three songwriters. See my schedule page for more specifics. Meantime, I’m creating my plan of attack, ya know, ’cause Ellington, Gershwin, Porter, and the like are pretty hard core! Hmm, maybe I’ll have to bring in the big guns for this one! 😉
Perhaps it was Halloween or the fact that I have this severed head prop I made for the musical Evil Dead or the fact that I’ve been told by a number of people that they miss GlumPuppet videos, but I’ve finally found some time/inspiration to create the latest installment. This one’s a music video Drosh helped me film down in Hamden (when children were in school). It’s called “Sweet Severed Head” and is perfect timing for Halloween.
“Sweet Severed Head”
Don’t forget to check me out as Grandma Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof at the Warner Theatre. We open this weekend! Shows are Nov. 2, 3, 8, 9 & 10 Click here for tickets
Review in Register Citizen 11/7/13
(photo by Katherine Ray)
A most happy Friday the 13th and Yom Kippur to you (well, not sure Yom Kippur is quite happy…somber, reflective…)
A quick update to let you know I was cast in Fiddler on the Roof at the Warner Theatre. I will be playing the character role of Grandma Tzeitel. She’s in Tevye’s Dream sequence. I plan to have fun with this one and call upon my heritage to create a delightful character perhaps along the lines of the great Yiddish Theater actresses. We’ll see.
Though, I’m feeling the need to sing “Far From the Home I Love,” so perhaps I will plan something outside of this Warner foray to exercise my need to sing such a song. Hmmm…
I’m quite excited to be sharing a new song or two at Saturday’s Ladies ‘N’ Lyrics night (Aug 24th, 7pm-see schedule page). One song in particular was inspired by a character from Harry Potter (book 3 Azkaban). I’ve finally caved in and decided to read the series for myself and then watch the movies as I go. The new song is a bonus and I may be inspired to write more!
Originally, I never read the books but saw the first and second film while my father was still alive. He was a huge Potter fan (collected the toys and had a baseball cap with all the Hogwart houses). He passed in 2004 and somehow I felt like I just didn’t want to see movies he would never be able to see. I wish I could have shared this fandom with him (and this song), but I’ d like to think perhaps he knows.
So, I’m hoping my fans will come out and see me this Saturday for the official Harry Potter song debut! I won’t tell you any more about it ’til then. Working on the last lyrics to another song (non-Potter) as well. It’s kind of a catchy Cheryl Crow-ish pop song called “Actions Speak Louder.” (I’m giving myself some pressure to finish it for Saturday.)
A huge thank you to those who came out to support me at NW Idol last Saturday! I heard some of you in the audience! I made it to the top 6 this time and got to sing my second song. Act II band were a great band to back me up and perhaps we’ll do it again sometime!