It’s usually a joyful yelling but not always. We all need pressure release valves. I hope all you friendly humans are able to access your inner ferocious visceral such-and-such when you really need it. Sometimes I yell for my self, other times I yell for our planet and our peoples.
YEAH BUDS! 🙌💖
I do high kicks when I’m feeling real good. You can’t see it here but my ginger beard grows ever-more powerful on this tour, and gives me super strength. I am thankful for the opportunity to perform with this band and express myself, and it’s cool to see people experience real human emotions at the shows. I think it’s possible for us to all support each other and try to encourage folks to engage with their world in a compassionate manner. Loving you all fiercely, Your Friend Swatkins
Video by @tgeedigs, taken from the live performance by Swatkins & The Positive Agenda at The Aladdin Theater in Portland, OR on Aug 25, 2018. Full vid link in bio.
The Positive Agenda-
Steve Swatkins- keys, vox, talkbox
Tyrone Hendrix- drums
Michael Elson- keys
André Zapata- bass
Peter Knudsen- guitar
Moorea Masa- vox
Swatkins returns to Cervantes’ Other Side in Denver on Jan 12 with The Positive Agenda and a tribute to D’Angelo and Erykah Badu. Let’s party. Video by @mountaintroutphotography from last year’s all-star Swatty rager.
Just announced! Swatkins & The Positive Agenda with Craig and Mikey from Turkuaz at Cervantes’ Other Side on Jan 12.
Plus, a very special tribute to D’Angelo and Erykah Badu featuring Kowan "Snugz" Turner, Will Trask (Analog Son), Dan Africano (John Browns Body), Eric Luba (Analog Son), Scott Flynn (ODESZA), Vlad Colesnicov (jofoke), Michelle Sarah, Devon Parker (Analog Son), LaDamion Massey, Matthew Rossman (Brothers Of Brass) and special guest Sasha Brown. Poster by @motorobot_creative
I love you guys and I hope you all have the opportunity to explore your passions and challenge yourselves to Have Your Most Best Time. We are only on this planet for a laughably short amount of time and there are many legitimate invitations towards anger and frustration, but at least we are all here, in this weird special beautiful thing together.
Whatta buncha clowns. It’s always been an ensemble that defies easy categorization. We’re not quite halfway through this Al Stone band tour and everything is still pretty totally cool. 📷: @elizabethamiranda
Aw yeah buds! Two nights at Revolution Hall for PDX NYE with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and Swatkins & The Positive Agenda!
Enormous admiration for @tyronehendrix who drummed with the Al Stone band last night while @blacksourdough was taking care of family business. Tyrone completely crushed the gig with finesse and musicality. Also gave me a taste of Home in the middle of a long tour. Love this guy. stage shot by @gentryhouston
This is so cool! “Music is the way! Let it make you smile.” Instabud @andrew_mckenzie doing a guitar talk-o-box jam with the Swatkins & The Positive Agenda track “Couldn’t Hurt To Try.” Would you musical Humans want to try a thing where we make internet musics together? I’ll post a tutorial for the song and maybe make tracks available for y’all if you’re interested. Tag a music nerd 🤓
On tour with the Allen Stone band. It must be easier to reject hate when you have access to such an abundance of joy. Unequivocally choosing love must be easier when you are surrounded by open-hearted humans, generous of spirit. I’m so appreciative for this brief sliver of time we have here, together, so we can share this experience and try to Be There For Each Other whenever we have the strength to do so. I love you.
Brand new @mooreamasa video! Head to her profile for the full thing. Visuals by @ursamajor_sf
In the old band house I lived in with Excellent Gentlemen, we would watch this George Duke Live in Tokyo 1983 DVD every single morning with coffee and bagel. Getting to play a castlebar-equipped clavinet (that’s what that thing is) was a literal dream come true. Thank you @customvintagekeys
@rqlrod is an insanely talented vocalist and put together one hell of a band for this live session. @sambrawner @thenigelhall @andrismattson @jameyarent @thorbzashmorbz @bluedreamstudios
Such a perfect little strawberry nugget of a soul pop bop. Happy we got to feature the incomparable Jamie Lidell.
Thanks @pdxspotlight for capturing some of the magic from our Swatkins & The Positive Agenda show at The Aladdin 🧞♂️ link in bio 📷: @smithmediaart
Repost from @customvintagekeys Rehearsing down in LA for Stone tour and Luke brought over this General Electric mini electric keyboard and modified it with some wizardry. The thing is no toy but it sure is FUN.
Ok, see ya. After your intrepid Swattyfriend hopped from Australia to NYC and then back to the west coast, he took a look at the rest of the year with the Allen Stone electric ensemble.
10/11 - Roseland Theater - Portland OR
10/12 - JaM Cellars Ballroom - Napa CA
10/13 - The Regency Ballroom - SF CA
10/14 - Ace of Spades - Scaramento CA
10/16 - The Observatory - Santa Ana CA
10/17- The Fonda Theatre (Night 1) - Los Angeles CA
10/18 - Fonda Theatre (Night 2) - Los Angeles CA
10/20 - Humphreys by the Bay - San Diego CA
10/21 - 191 Toole - Tucson AZ
10/23 - Tower Theatre - Oklahoma City OK
10/24 - The Rustic - San Antonio TX
10/26 - The Statler Ballroom - Dallas TX
10/27 - Emo's - Austin TX
10/28 - House of Blues - Houston TX
10/31 - Soul Kitchen - Mobile AL
11/2 - The Beacham Theatre - Orlando FL
11/3 - The Ritz Ybor - Tampa FL
11/4 - Revolution Live - Fort Lauderdale FL
11/6 - Center Stage - Atlanta GA
11/7 - Music Farm - Charleston SC
11/8 - Cannery Ballroom - Nashville TN
11/10 - Robert Kirk Walker Theatre - Chattanooga TN
11/11 - The Mill & Mine - Knoxville TN
11/13 - The Senate - Columbia SC
11/14 - Lincoln Theatre - Raleigh NC
11/15 - The NorVa - Norfolk VA
11/17 - Brooklyn Steel - Brooklyn NY
11/18 - House of Independents - Asbury Park NJ
11/20 - The Capitol Room - Harrisburg PA
11/21 - 9:30 Club - Washington DC
11/23 - Royale - Boston MA
11/24 - Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia PA
11/25 - Carnegie of Homestead Music - Munhall PA
11/27 - The Phoenix Concert Theatre - Toronto ON
11/28 - Majestic Cafe - Detroit MI
11/30 - House of Blues - Cleveland OH
12/1 - The Vic - Chicago IL
12/2 - Varsity Theater - Minneapolis MN
12/4 - Delmar - St. Louis MO
12/5 - Knuckleheads Saloon - Kansas City MO
12/7 - Gothic Theatre - Englewood CO
12/8 - The Complex - Salt Lake City UT
12/9 - The Egyptian Theatre - Boise ID
12/11 - Knitting Factory - Spokane WA
11/12- Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver BC
12/16 - Neptune Theatre (Night 1) - Seattle WA
12/17 - Neptune Theatre (Night 2) - Seattle WA