Sooj

Feb 2023 shows & interviews & more!

Blessed Imbolc/Lammas to you all today! I have two concerts this month, one  my first face-to-face show  of the year, Modern Mythicon in Gettysburg, PA (I will be masked off stage, but please let me know if you plan to be there!),  and one online  just after my birthday.  Get details! 

I’ll perform on Saturday night at Mythicon (Frenchy & the Punk + This Way to the Egress Friday night!) with Ken Om Crampton & Kindred Crow! I also have a solo concert the next day.

Once home, I get to host an  online show and documentary film screening  Feb 23 and 25! Y’all come! Your presence=my present. Let your people know, please. This one is very special to me, with a co-star y’all haven’t yet seen me side by side with.

Interviews & Stuff

New interviews are happening! Soon you’ll hear me on the  Wordcrash  show with SatyrPhil Brucato and host Megan Alnico – turns out I am the first guest of the show who works primarily as a musician!

Wordcrash invites its guests to play brain games around their fandoms of choice. We had a blast! I’ll let you know when my episode comes out.

Just released this week is my interview on Everybody Speaks Music, hosted by my buddy Mojo Kemp & his guitar guru Kris Schulz, two great gents who asked great questions and held me in safety to talk about my triumphs and my struggles, alike.  Listen here  or wherever you enjoy podcasts.

A quick note about this one: Mojo chose to include the original version of my song “Lady Vagabond” at the end of the episode, a recording which includes the g-slur in the lyrics. He did not check with me before making this choice. I have rewritten the verses concerned which I created in my ignorance all those years ago, and I have plans to re-record them. I only ever perform the updated lyrics nowadays, but the fact that an updated recording isn’t yet available is entirely my fault. I apologize. I repent of my ignorance and continue to work to rectify it. Feel free to stop the podcast before the song begins.

(Good) Trouble at Home

If you’re so inclined and you have the juice for this, please consider following & keeping up with  inTRANSitive Arkansas  on social media and online. They are  helping us fight  against horrid anti-LGBT legislation (namely SB43) on its way to our new governor’s desk right now, sharing call and email scripts of what to say to the ARLEG in defense of our LGBT community here and offering extensive information on this year’s legislative sessions on their website. They are a source of hope and strength for me and for many others. I appreciate it.

Please also consider a donation to  Elevated Access , my current favorite flying allies of reproductive rights & access to care.

Mastodon & Patreon Going Strong!

Those of you who’ve come over to Mastodon,  I’m there, too , and you’re welcome to connect with me.

Want to hear my works in progress, download concert videos & unreleased songs, and learn ASAP about things I might not even be able to widely announce yet?  Become a Patron any time! 

“When I watch [S. J.] play and sing, the first word that comes to mind is pure: pure music, pure ability, pure art, pure intention, pure emotion.”

—Kris Schulz, Everybody Speaks Music podcast, Horizon School of Music Vancouver, BC

December Shows & More!

In case you missed the brand new music video I released over the weekend, for my remix of a darkwave/synthpop song for which I wrote the lyrics called “Strangelic”:  https://vimeo.com/777377847  

Both my remix and Sean C. Cook’s original mix will appear on all the major streaming platforms on or around December 9, but in the meantime, if you’d like to help us raise a little money for a local non-profit LGBTQIA+ aid organization, send your friends here to download the song at a price of their choosing:  https://sjtucker.bandcamp.com/track/strangelic-songwitch-remix  

I have one online show this month, coming up Saturday, with my tour mate Leslie Hudson:  https://onlineconcertthing.com/product/s-j-tucker-2022-12-10-0200-pm-cst/ 

December 12, I’ll give a short online guest stream with the Cauldron of Changes series on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/@cauldronofchanges337  

The series is brand new, and I’ve been invited to play a couple of songs live and to share from the heart my thoughts on my own magical practice, my vision, and my hopes & feelings on our witchy community.

December 14, if you enjoy Twitch, come on over for  emptyVeeTV ‘s New Music O’clock video stream! They’ll be sharing the “Strangelic” video during that event, as well as other toothsome tunes and visuals from my colleagues in the goth music world. (Don’t worry, those of you who prefer my more acoustic-based work. I have new things on the horizon for you, too. I promise.)

LASTLY for this month, the big one: I have one more live concert for 2022 on December 19th. That one will be a MUSES ON THE ROAD concert and holiday party at George’s Majestic Ballroom in Fayetteville. If you’re in the area, grab a ticket, and please tell your people!  https://stubs.net/event/4836/muses-holiday-show 

We want it to feel like a holiday party as well as a concert, and friends, we are gonna make the most of this because we have not had the opportunity, all of us together, to share a stage since 2019. It’s gonna be very special, very festive, and we’ve got some new musical surprises up our sleeve. We’re also, fingers crossed, fully planning to record the whole thing. Actually, Ginger is planning to record the whole thing, because as you’ve heard me say plenty of times before, the Doss is a boss. 

Keep an eye on your favorite music streaming places over the next few days, because I was finally able to get a couple of my Bandcamp-only releases submitted for wider distribution:  Ember Days  and my two cryptid Carols, “ Welcome Mari Lwyd ” and “ The Feast of Krampus ” (both the electric and acoustic versions), should show up on Apple Music and all the others sometime later this week or next week! 

Online show + Twitch stream THIS WEEK

Sneaking in a post before diving back into birthday prep for my little sprite- he turns four tomorrow. Where am I, when am I, what is time?!?

I hope you’ll be able to join me this SATURDAY evening, Oct 29 at 8:30pm, for my LIVE-streaming Celestial+Spooky online concert! I’m making a list of songs I love to perform, some familiar and some as yet unreleased, about spooky things here on earth, and the beauty of the stars, moons, and other wonders out in space! Join me and you’ll be helping support my music, our Online Concert Thing platform, and local causes I adore. Special surprises and spooky door prizes will materialize as soon as we’ve sold 50+ tickets! All you have to do is purchase a ticket to be eligible to win. My Halloween online concert last year sold over 100, which was epic! Get your virtual “seat” here: https://onlineconcertthing.com/product/s-j-tucker-renee-janski-2022-10-29-0830-pm-cdt/

An important note: Renée Janski was originally scheduled to join me for this concert but she is isolating at home with Covid. We wish her the speediest and most complete of recoveries, plus all the comfort and puppy snuggles she can handle! I still plan to share ticket revenue with Renée, not least because her amazing dogs Dolly and Rainbow are surely working overtime to provide comfort right now–best doggos could always use more cash in the dog treats fund. I miss her so, but I know she’s in good hands. Paws. 😀 Do yourselves a favor if you don’t yet know Renée’s work, and check it out here: https://reneejanski.com/home

(Click on the little player at the bottom right corner of her site, and it will expand so that you can listen to her songs!)

Those of you who enjoy both Twitch and goth/darkwave-flavored music, please join me this WEDNESDAY October 26 at 4pm Central, for EmptyVee TV’s New Music O’clock stream! They will be showing my new “Alchemist Eyes” music video during the program, as well as other toothsome new tracks and videos from gothy musicians worldwide. Watch here (mature audiences): https://www.twitch.tv/eMpTyVeeTV

If you haven’t yet seen the video for “Alchemist Eyes”, here it is on my YouTube channel, with transcript or captions:

video preview

 

Get this new mix of the song here!

NEXT MONTH: I have several online events with two very different, very lovely co-stars! See me November 5th at 2pm on my YouTube channel (and other social media as well, if we can manage it) with my excellent Canadian song sibling Leslie Hudson for a live preview of our December 10 online show. Then, come back over to Online Concert Thing November 10 and/or 13 to see the beautiful poetry-and-music concert my desert poet sister Kat Heatherington filmed with me over mountains, rivers, and multiple homesteads: https://onlineconcertthing.com/product/s-j-tucker-2022-11-10-0900-pm-cst/

Remember that you’re always welcome at my Patreon for as little as $1 a month if you’d like access to all of my online show videos and sneak-peeks/early listens of what I’m working on next. Thank you all for inspiring me and sticking with me, and may your Halloween/Samhain be sweet!

October Update: new song, video, shows!

Happy Spooktober, yall! I have a LOT of things to invite you to enjoy coming up shortly.

THIS FRIDAY October 7, I have a live concert in Memphis, TN, and I’ll also release a new single & premiere my first music video in ages! The song & video are to celebrate a new mix of my song, “Alchemist Eyes”, which will soon be available on all streaming platforms! Get it first at good old Bandcamp for #BandcampFriday and you’ll be giving me a little bit of extra support!
Catch the video premiere with captions on my YouTube channel, or watch it on Bandcamp when the song launches!

Lemme know if you’ll be in Memphis Friday:
October 7, 7:30-10:30pm
Black Lodge, 405 N Cleveland, Memphis, TN 38104
$15 advance (get tickets here) or $20 at the door

And don’t miss a FREE Online show October 8, 5-11pm Central (I’m on at 9pm): the 2022 Correllians Livestream Fundraiser, raising money to send a group representing the Pagan community to the Parliament of World’s Religions 2023! Watch on YouTube, on Facebook Live, or at Pagan World TV on Roku!
Tips welcome via PayPal, CashApp, or Venmo: sjtuckermusic

LATER ON:
October 29, 2022 – 8:30pm CT
Online show: S. J. & Renée Janski, Celestial + Spooky
$12 and up: https://onlineconcertthing.com/product/s-j-tucker-renee-janski-2022-10-29-0830-pm-cdt/
Costumes optional, enchantment guaranteed.

I’ll also stick around to help Renée with the Day of Remembrance service on October 30 at UU Fellowship of Fayetteville. Join us (masked) in person or online: https://www.uufayetteville.org/​

As always, if you want to see ALL the shows I have planned through December (four more events at least!) just visit the tour calendar: http://sjtucker.com/tour And if you’d like an early peek at new music & more, you’re always welcome at my Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/sjtuckermusic​

Shows & fun stuff Sept-Oct!

Hello, my dears near and far! I’m thrilled to say that I have quite a healthy handful of in-person AND online shows coming up between now and the end of October! Here they are:

1. EARTH WARRIORS FESTIVAL 2022

Evening, September 24, 2022

Back to back with Frenchy & the Punk!

4H Camp Graham, 164 Springhill Rd, Clarksville, OH 45113

https://www.earthwarriorsfestival.org/

S. J. Tucker returns to EWF with her dynamic tour mate, Renée Janski!  Fall in love with Renée’s rich voice and gutsy piano! Let S. J.’s witchy wit and whimsy carry you away to kingdoms unknown!  Neither of these Arkansas-born songwriters can imagine life without music, and they don’t want you to have to do that, either.  Join us at EWF for fierce original songs from two Glamazon Witchy Warrior Queens on piano, guitar, hand drums, and bass.  S. J. and Renée have performed and traveled together for many years, and they can’t wait to see you–EWF will mark some of their first new shared adventures on tour this decade.  Our splendid fellow performers include Primal Rhythm, Soolah Hoops, Brian Henke, and the one & only Frenchy & the Punk!

2. Cincinnati: Sooj & Renée in Concert

September 26, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

St. John’s UU Church, 320 Resor Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220

$15 donation at the door

Join us for an evening of music with S. J. Tucker & Renée Janski! Both have performed in Cinci before, but never before together!  Magic, mischief, and musical sass are all on the bill! $15 love donation at the door. Masks and social distancing encouraged.  Special thanks to Shelley Graff & the Cincinnati Womyn Singing in Sacred Circle, who’ll sing a special opening set!  Venue is ADA compliant.  See you there!

In case you missed it, Renée and I shared a FUN rehearsal video from the other night: https://youtu.be/GpcpK1iYbaM

3. Sooj & Renée perform in Midtown Memphis

October 7, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Black Lodge, 405 N Cleveland, Memphis, TN 38104

$15 advance: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sj-tucker-and-band-in-concert-tickets-295399226037 $20 at the door

Fantom Events & The Broom Closet are bringing Sooj & Renée to Midtown for one night only, and it’s sure to be a night of witchy musical goodness! Join us at Black Lodge’s new local event space for a saucy, sassy, song-filled evening like no other!  Missed you, Memphis; let’s do this!

4. FREE Online show: S. J., Meren King, Cloud, and Jon Anastasio perform at the 2022 Correllians Livestream Fundraiser!

October 8, 2022 – 5pm-11pm Central (S. J. performs at 9pm)

The group is raising money to send a group to the Parliament of World’s Religions 2023, to represent the Pagan Community! Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/MagickTv

Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/Correllians.Live/videos/657956278511108/

or Pagan World TV on Roku!

Tips welcome via PayPal, CashApp, or Venmo: sjtuckermusic

5. Online show: S. J. & Renée Janski, Celestial + Spooky

October 29, 2022 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

$12 and up: https://onlineconcertthing.com/product/s-j-tucker-renee-janski-2022-10-29-0800-pm-cdt/

Join two of our favorite sassy song-sisters for something of the celestial and the spooky, blended together for a single night! Let S. J. and Renée’s respective original songs (as well as a couple of borrowed surprises) sweep you away by moonlight: piano, guitar, bass, hand drums, jazz, blues, rock, and soul in the hands of these consummate performers make a recipe to remember! Costumes optional, enchantment guaranteed. Exclusive downloads and more assured!

I’ll also stick around to help Renée with the hybrid online Day of Remembrance service on October 30 at UU Fellowship of Fayetteville. Join us (masked) in person or online: https://www.uufayetteville.org/

And that’s all I’ve got between now and Halloween, except that maybe, just maybe I’ll be ready to release the official music video for “Alchemist Eyes” as well as getting the song released as a single on all the big streaming platforms! If I manage that before Halloween, I’ll post right away!

As always, if you want to see ALL the shows I have planned through December (two more events at least!) just visit the tour calendar: http://sjtucker.com/tour

And if you’d like an EARLY peek at the music video and more, you’re always welcome at my Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/sjtuckermusic

Online show TODAY (July 28) + new interview!

Hi, yall! I’ve got a virtual show today at my favorite hometown museum! Catch it today at 2pm central OR tonight at 9pm central if you can: onlineconcertthing.com/product/s-j-tucker-2022-07-28-0900-pm-cdt/

Check out the preview video I made for everyone to enjoy: youtu.be/8nQuBxO0fsQ

You’re also welcome to join my Patreon (a few of you have already done that this month, and I’m so happy! Thank you!) Patrons at all pledge tiers get access to all my show videos the month after they air:

Lonnie Scott, gentleman and scholar, host of the Weird Web Radio podcast, welcomed me as a new guest this month! We had a GREAT conversation. Check it out here or anywhere you get your podcasts. (Seriously, Lonnie asks great questions and this is one of my favorite recent interviews!) weirdwebradio.com/episode-78-sj-tucker-talking-trickster-prayers-music-and-magic/

July 28 online show & more!

Greetings from the hot armpit of southern summer, sweet friends. Thank you for reading me today. I’m in my little studio with all (electric) fans on deck as I write.

MUSICAL NEWS

If you haven’t already found it on your own, I’m happy to let you know that I gave my Bandcamp digital single “Chalk on the Sidewalk” a wider digital release recently! It’s now streaming on all the major platforms!

I’m also hard at work on a music video for my song, “Alchemist Eyes” to be released for free on YouTube & Vimeo! Please make sure you’re subscribed to my channel in either place (or both!) so you don’t miss the release.

If ever you’d like to hear more about what I’ve been working on or get access to rare recordings & unreleased works in progress, I’d love to welcome you to my Patreon family. I share new goodies each month, and you may pledge anything from $1-$20: https://www.patreon.com/sjtuckermusic

CONCERTS COMING UP!I have one lovely online show for us to look forward to this month, on Thursday, July 28! There will be TWO showings of this performance, and you only need one ticket for access to both. Please enjoy the one which fits your schedule:

2pm Central (3 Eastern, 1 Mtn, Noon Pacific, 7pm GMT)

and then

9pm Central (10 Eastern, 8 Mtn, 7 Pacific)

S. J. TUCKER IN CONCERT ONLINE: SULTRY SUMMER NIGHT (AT THE MUSEUM)

Get tickets: https://onlineconcertthing.com/product/s-j-tucker-2022-07-28-0900-pm-cdt/

S. J.’s going on location for this special performance, all the way back to her hometown, and she’s taking us along! Sooj has given plenty of shows through the years in coffee shops, bookstores, college canteens, libraries, and once even a bank vault, but have you ever been to a concert in a museum? Now’s your chance to check out one of S. J.’s favorite museums, a place where she spent time almost daily as a child, as well as her excellent, enchanting, welcoming songs! If all goes well, S. J. will donate a portion of ticket sales to the Desha County Museum as well as Arkansas Abortion Support Network. Door prizes will be available, and online shows never run out of seats! Join us!

About a month from now I’ll have the good fortune to return to the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee for an outdoor festival performance! Please let me know if you plan to be there. I haven’t seen my TN-NC-SC fans & friends since last October, at one of only two in-person shows, and I’m so happy to be headed back soon.

August 12-14, 2022

Harvest Homecoming Festival

Cerren Ered/Dragonshire

5101 Mathis Branch Rd, Cosby, TN 37722

Tickets & info: https://www.facebook.com/cerrenered

S. J. PERFORMS AT CE’S HARVEST HOMECOMING (Saturday evening)

Come Home to celebrate OUR Harvest, come let our hearts and our hands join together. From Our Hearts, We will tell the story of Us with Sacred Space. We mark our Rites of Passage with our community, making what we find Holy stronger within us. We will demonstrate our individual practices and, in doing so, aid others in finding their own. We will sing our songs and tell our tales, naming each other and finding the Sacred Place within us all.Special Musical Guest: S. J. TuckerPlay Games, Tell Stories, Dance the Fire, Join Rituals, Sing Songs, Share the Feast. Continue on our Path of Growing the Hearts and Empowering the Hands of Our Community.


AFTER THAT

I have an opportunity to give my first Texas show in ages at the tail end of August, en route to CokoCon in Arizona (over Labor Day weekend), but it’s not quite confirmed. I’ll write to you all again in early August with the details, but feel free to keep an eye on my tour schedule page also: https://sjtucker.com/tour

COVID-19 is still abroad. I am continuing to schedule online concerts & keeping my tour schedule light, but cautiously booking a few more in-person shows. It’s tricky, getting back into the mode of performing for real folx and real faces again, but y’all have always made it worth my time, my toil, and my efforts. This time will be no different, except that I and my fellow performers may be rusty and unexpectedly vulnerable for a while yet. Thank you all for the gift of your understanding as well as your listening ears when next we meet at a show.

May 7 & 10 online show + Firebird’s Child club remix!

Hi, folx! Just a couple of quick things to share with you for the month of May.

THING ONE! I hope you can join me this May 7 OR 10 for this month’s online show! Get your ticket for $5 or more here! My special guest will be my story-bestie Catherynne M. Valente, and she’s got a new book out that’ll knock your fairytale socks off. Come and hear her read passages from her work (her voice, her delivery, AND her writing are all quite good, I’m telling you!) between songs! We’ve also got door prizes available, including signed goodies & jewelry inspired by my lyrics, unlocking at 25 tickets sold & 50 tickets sold. Invite your friends, choose the showtime that suits your schedule better (you only need one ticket for both May 7 at 2pm Central and/or May 10 at 9pm Central), and join us!

Here’s an image you may share on your socials if you like, to help us spread the word.

More about Catherynne & her new Middle Readers novel, Osmo Unknown and the Eightpenny Woods, which she describes as a gender-swapped Persephone story, set in the world of Where the Wild Things Are.

THING TWO! Bandcamp Friday will be back again this May 6 from midnight to midnight Pacific! I’ll be doing a special Bandcamp release of the brand new “Firebird’s Child” remix, on which I got to collaborate with Dead Beat, my new Midwest witchy DJ buddy! It’s streaming on all the usual places now (YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, Deezer & more) but if you’d like to download it directly from me, you may do so starting this Friday via my Bandcamp store! Bandcamp Friday is when the Bandcamp platform gives artists an extra cut of sales on the first Friday of just about every month; they’ve been doing this for us since before the pandoodle began.

New song + show tonight!

Hi, my stars! It’s Bandcamp Friday, April Fool’s Day, AND Concert Day for me!

I didn’t get this new live song posted in the middle of the night like I’d planned, but here it is now: http://music.sjtucker.com/track/april-fools-day-live-2022

I wish you a sweet, fulfilling April Fool’s Day with only good suprises!

Come see my online show TONIGHT or Sunday afternoon if you can: https://onlineconcertthing.com/product/s-j-tucker-2022-04-01-9-pm-cst/

Thank you all for letting me be your Sacred Fool today!