13 December, 2020

photo by Karyn Raman

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Sunday December 20 • 7 pm PST

The Return of

QTN’s WORDLESS SOLSTICE

Virtual this year and Live Online

from the stage at Tsunami Books

and streaming from their facebook 

and youtube pages


An evening of musical mindfulness 

holding space for the longest night 

and a lively toast to the end of this most impossible year

with wordless songs of wound wire and wood!

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A hearty turn of another year’s greets to you all. 


Although I have missed seeing all the tribes of folk I usually visit along the way every year, it is an incredible thing to be home everyday – I  haven’t done that since about 1986. Utah Philips said when he was finally told to stay home and not go on another road trip, “It’s a different way to travel!” 


Since we used to say "bulletins as they occur,”  here's a short notice for you, coming right up. I've been asked to play my Wordless Solstice concert (an annual event for nearly ten years) and this year, virtual and streaming live from the hallowed stage at Tsunami Books in Eugene. It starts early, at 7 pm PST and 10 pm on the East Coast and we’ll be streaming the hour on Tsunami’s facebook and youtube pages simultaneously (Baby Gramps would say, “Same ol’ timeously.”)


There won’t be an in person audience, but you can attend without even leaving your house. Take a trip and never leave the Farm! Tune in from anywhere on this swinging sphere. Text your friend on the other side of the planet and experience it together. It’s a golden opportunity to celebrate the Winter Solstice 2020 and the great Jupiter and Saturn conjunction (which hasn’t occurred in Aquarius since the 13th century) with a bunch of wonderful people and all accompanied by live spontenacious QTN guitar music without all those pesky words. Tsunami has hosted this event for nearly ten years now. This will be a FREE show for all, and donations are welcome too.


We’ll turn the lights down and light candles. It's a heart toast to the longest night, and early enough so you can still go outside and watch Jupiter and Saturn dance too. Solstice time this year is Monday, December 21 at 2:02 am PST. 


Music helps me remember everything important in moving mercurial shapes and sounds and the brightness of the synesthesia of the seasonal turn and I am still moved by the sound of a guitar even after all these many years of playing.


My wish is for us all to remain healthysafe and sound, speedy healing to those I know struggling with this covid mess, and kindness and heartpeace to remember what we can do working together. There is so much that needs to be changed to repair our dysfunctional social mess and it really does begin inside, so it can continue to radiate outward.


My recordings are mostly all available at brianQTN.bandcamp.com and folks still order CDs by mail. Most grateful I be for all the letters, the affirmations and absurdities, the graces and the many ways we reach and touch from afar in this strangest of times. 


Maybe it is the dawning of the Age of Asparagus...


Your 21st century corn forest pundit,

bq




23 June, 2020

Toppling Statues


Sometimes the headlines write the songs. I had a good time writing this. Now if I could just get it out of my head…. Sing it to the tune of "On Top Of Old Smoky"

We're toppling statues
of confederate schmoes
i'd rather see Larry, Curly and Moe

Let’s have Ella and Billie, Sir Duke or Roy Haynes
or Dizzy Gillespie, Rahsaan or Coltrane
Or maybe Aretha or Sojourner Truth
Audre Lord or John Lewis or ol Langston Hughes

We're toppling statues
of old men with no souls
to replace them with heroes like Sun Ra or Nat Cole

Elizabeth Cotten, Charles Mingus or Prince
Barry White, Crispus Attucks or Atticus Finch

Big Mama Thornton, Ruby Dee or Odetta,
Mahalia Jackson or Sister Rosetta

Or Zora Neale Hurston or Nina Simone
Bessie Smith or Slim Gaillard, Monk or Sly Stone

We're toppling statues
those old men must go
To celebrate people
with big hearts and souls

Those thieves they have robbed us
of solace and sleep
They’ve never been heroes –
they just made the world weep

(The Nina Simone statue is in her hometown of Tryon, NC. Sculpted by Zenos Frudakis, it contains some of her ashes in a bronze heart built into the chest.)

17 June, 2020

Is As Does Is – Re-Does!

Greets to you on the cusp of the strangest summer after the strangest winter and spring I can ever remember. Here’s hoping you are standing up and at em, learning lots, and digging in during this most explosive time of social change and growth. Somehow we all are doing our parts creating a different kind of place to live in and there has never been a time like this before.

I am grateful for this place where I live, for the community of folks I know in so many places and the many ways creation continues to manifest as we question everything we’ve been taught and reach beyond it all to move beyond limiting beliefs and conditioned responses. It is a time of big swift change and a deep renegotiating and revisioning of the way we choose to live together.

Amazingly, along with everything else happening this year, 2020 is also the 25th anniversary of Is As Does IsThat 1995 album has just been remastered and reimagined to celebrate its silver year – but who woulda thought we’d be where we are and why do this now? 

I’ve been preparing to do this for awhile. Back in February, I dug out the original master tape thinking it was the perfect time to revisit it and took it to Sky Onion Studio in Portland to have it remastered. It sounds real and 3D now instead of muddy and muffly like when it first was made it into a CD. It hasn’t been available since the turn of the century and for good reason.

The album is a dozen rollicking, relevant tracks recorded simply with a guitar, voice and a bit of harmonica – wound wires and wood meeting the human voice and mind, from a time before pocket phones, email and zoom concerts when I was living in my truck and touring everywhere. 

The sonic difference is startling and the cover has been updated and re-visioned  too thanks to Lampadina Design. As SeƱor Wences said in his famous Pepto Bismol commercial: “It’s the same, just different!” Have a listen, go for a ride, send for a copy or download it. 

Here's two ways: 

• Order it directly through me with a check or money order, just like in the old days by sending me your mailing details. You can send me messages through the Bandcamp page linked in the next paragraph.

• Order it online as a physical CD in its spiffy new wallet design or download it as lossless soundfiles on Bandcamp here. Get the album download free when you order the CD too. Sending for a physical copy supports the Postal Service (and who wouldn’t want to do that these days?). 

Whether you pay online at Bandcamp or write to me, mere days later, a uninformed uniformed government employee will deliver a copy directly to your quarantined door almost like magic – only better. 

I may be fiddling while Rome burns here, but this project has been a goal for the last several years and other folks have continued to ask for it. While I hoped to have a whole new QTN recording together this year, in this locked-down whirld in the brokedown palace with no live music and no gigs, not much is happening that way now, or maybe in the near future either. 

As part of the 25th anniversary celebration, here’s a recently unearthed video of the song Medicine Bow, from Is As Does Is, live and filmed in Zion Narional Park on a tour through Utah about 1997. I’m not sure who filmed this, but it sure is fun to see again. Enjoy.  https://youtu.be/rbofdr1PQW8

We now return you to your regularly scheduled program which is already in progress… Steady steady now…

Your corn forest pundit,
bq

04 May, 2020

QTN Newsletter the Boing of Spring 2020

Hello bright human beings wherever you be these days!

QTN reporting in after a very long pause, far from the crowding mad on the hill over by the way in these strangest of most surreal times. May you and yours all be well and healthy and looking forward. Welcome to the new names on this list.

There are a five brief sections here:
• QTNews
• Is As Does Is
• LOLOLOLOLOLO
• Hibidiville
• And in conclusion...

It is a time of transformation and evolution and this way of unnatural being without shaking hands, hugging, live music and socialization is somehow nearly 100% universal since we are mostly all either quarantined at home or attending to “essential services” (if you are one of The Essentials, my gratitude and eternal thanks).

Emails, messages, texts and even real 3D letters inquiring where and how I be have been coming often and I thank you all for checking in with me. It’s a good to hear from folks even ones I have not heard from in a long time. I still enjoy email and am into letter visits. 

Many have asked when there will be a live streaming a QTN set online. Well… cellphone connectivity where I live is dubious at best, so while playing a live concert again is a fun idea I would definitely love to do, it’s not an option to do it from here. My phone doesn’t even ring most times, doesn’t tell me anyone calls and I hafta call in a couple times a day just to see if there are voicemails...

I made it back to Oregon in mid-October and in January, decided my new full-time job would be to spend several days a week without going to town to get life projects back on track and to learn to just be again. Right about then, the boom got lowered and the multiverse said “Several days a week?! How about you stay home EVERYDAY and for the next several months?” – so here I am, here we all are, and even though I’ve really been looking forward to more social time after the last several years of a different kind of quarantine and isolation. I guess social time not happening anytime soon. This will be the first time in more than forty years that I will not be in Texas for a spring visit. Kerrville has been postponed until October and no one knows what comes next.

Around the world, there is trepidation and fear about the most basic touching and communication and this distorted shelter in place and live music is suddenly gone. The ways we connect socially and deeply as humans is meaningful lifefood to me and it feels so odd and unnatural to be separated this way. 

On another hand, who would ever think that the year of 2020 perfect vision would actually stop the Big Machine and allow us to pause altogether? Perhaps that’s what it means. The only other time in my life I recall everything stopping like this was when Yoko asked the world to be quiet for ten minutes together in honour of John’s passing. Many the world over complied, including radio and television stations that broadcast ten minutes of dead air.

Even with the craziness of it all, this time to me feels sacred; a time to reset and assess, to revision and think about how to move forward. We are changing how things are going to go by looking at process and changing ourselves. As the Heron Moon song says, “There’s nothing to return to, only to proceed...” What does that look like for you?

Here in this contracted place, time and projects proceed because this is what I have always done. Perhaps it seems like fiddling while it all burns down, but having time to be still and write, play my instruments and be home is a huge gift, so here on the hill over by the way, I am proceeding with a couple cool endeavours:

• IS AS DOES IS - Just before lockdown, I dug out the old master tapes of this album and had a new freshly remastered version of that out of print 1995 album made. It sounded okay as the original cassette, but the first CD sounded mushy and muddy to me. Early digital mastering was not very good in the 90s. Thanks to Gus’ masterful remastering job at Portland’s Skyonion Studio, it now sounds clear, wonderful and new. 

This year is the 25th anniversary of Is As Does Is too, so I am manufacturing a short run of CDs for those who’ve continued to ask for it. Discs will be ready by May and preorders are happening now. If you’re interested, let me know asap.

•  LOLOLOLOLOLO, the QTN colouring book is again available. Laugh and get the crayons or markers out now that there’s time to colour. Order a book and I’ll send you a 2 1/2” button of the cover image too, both postpaid for $8 (paypal or check). If you’d prefer a contactless version, I can email a printable pdf instantly.



• My other albums and strange recordings are online at brianQTN.bandcamp.com  Since this crazy world is shrill and there are too many loud voices, I made Guitarred and Feathered, the ten song, wordless guitar album, free or pay-what-you-can to download from Bandcamp. 

If you can’t make a donation, just put 0 in the amount box and hit the download button. It’s my way of saying a big thank you for all these years and to send a rollicking instrumental soundtrack back to you to accompany these times. Physical CDs of my albums are available too by mail via Bandcamp. Every little bit helps to keep the wolf from the door…

• HIBIDIVILLE is the QTN youtube channel where I post my videos. More are coming soon as I’ve been converting my old VHS performances into streamable vids. Subscribe to the channel and you get notified as I post new treats. My other links are listed below the signature at the letter’s end. All feature various QTN content.

It’s true at times like these that we need our artists and creatives to bring new forms into being and many I know are busy alchemizing and creating. It is a time as well when folks who’ve wanted to get more creative are doing so and who knows what will come out of all this. Along with everyone’s lack of work and resource and commerce, I (and many contemporaries) are wondering how to proceed. There is something beyond what we knew as “normal” before this and it is my hope that whatever proceeds from this, it will be better than normal and that we will find a more humane and inclusive way to be on this swinging sphere.

So for now, in answer to queries, the best way to support me, and your favourite artist creatives during this time is to see what they’re up to via websites, social media etc, to order their work online, watch virtual concerts, and make them a donation if you can. Take care of those in your immediate community, especially those who are older and most vulnerable and alone. Even curbside visits from across the yard can be good contact medicine.

Historically in times like these (there have been other times like these) the world has come back reset and reinspired with a new sense of humanity and purpose. A recent essay I’ve enjoyed and passed around is The Coronation by Charles Eisenstein. I find it objective and wide ranging, containing many things I’ve been thinking these days even way before I read it. Do with it whatever you will.

Thank you for making it this far. As Ken Nordine would say: “ How are things in your town?” Drop me a line and let me know what’s happening where you are. If your email has changed, let me know that too.

Your corn forest pundit,
bq

04 July, 2019

QTNews and Dates – OCF and Beyond!


Ah… returning to Oregon for a brief new window of song and familiar new faces. It is time for the 50th Oregon Country Fair and I am combining my energies with the others who open wide in celebration every year. It is my 31st year of of performance and participation, to move with the waveform and breathe an analogous consciousness further into creative oblivion. 

I will be performing with The QBand, musicians of a high calibre who bring the songs I fashion into realtime tactile 5D. This year the band is Jason Montgomery on bass, Lewi Longmire on mandolin and singing, Michelle Alany on fiddle, Andrew Alikhanov on otherworldly clarinet and other guests Oliver Steck on accordion for our Shady Grove setand who knows who else. The many faceted entertainment possibilities at this event is truly audacious and astounding. See the entire line up at oregoncountryfair.org. 

After the Fair, I get to spin through Eugene to play music on several splendicious occasions all in the same week in the eccentric accepting community I’ve called home for nearly twenty years now. By fall I hope to be back on the Upper Left Edge as inhabitant and neighbour again and that is an idea that reaches in and tickles me Brino. 

Here are dates and places where our paths can cross in music, story and fellowship. 
Thanks for your ears my dears!

Your corn forest pundit,
bq

•• Oregon Country Fair ••
Friday July 12 1:40 pm at Blue Moon
Sunday July 14 1:40 pm at Shady Grove


•• Scobert Park •• 
Wednesday July 17, 6:30 pm
Annual post OCF exhale concert!
Picnics, kids, dogs, families
and cookies encouraged. 
4th and Blair


•• Eugene Saturday Market ••
Saturday July 20, 11 am
QTNstrumental Wordless Guitar 


Later that same evening, Saturday July 20, 8 pm
IN CONCERT
•• QTN at Tsunami Books ••
2585 Willamette St
All ages welcome!
No one turned away for lack of dough re mi

03 May, 2019

QTN Mother's Day Concert at Radio in Austin



All the Boing of Spring to ye!
Here we are in the years. The brown grass turns green, woodpecker pecks the bark off the plum tree, male cardinals say “Bezedio toe toe toe toe”, the females say “Rrrrrrrrrrrrr” and Captain Robin is always on patrol pacing the yards for worms and intruders. It is spring in the midwest after the strangest winter I ever remember. 

Suddenly I am elder in my immediate tribe and as the parents have moved into vivid memory, their passings fresh and vibracious, green life surgemerges up from sleeping bulbs and seeds full of life energy, photosynthesizing it all up for sighs. Another greening season on the wildmind Earth after hardly any sun around here since way last October. I remember ninety days of grey in the Specific Northwet, but never here in the midwest.

I’ve visited my Upper Left Edge home a mere handful of times the last few years, a couple of weeks or a month at a time. I can feel the pull especially now, but first there is a family museum to disperse, a home to clean, prepare to sell and it is process work, not unlike writing a tune, making an album or lengthy project of any kind. It was theoretical for years, what this time would be like then all of a sudden, it’s in realtime 3D. Remembering to breathe intentionally, energy to fingertips and the medicine of wound wires and wood is what gets me through it all.

In every house I’ve been in, I wonder what stories are in the layers of paint and wallpaper; how many tough life moments live in the walls and floors, how many tender ones; how many birthdays and holidays, pictures and tears and grieving and laughter, meals and glasses of wine. 

My parents' house is not the house I grew up in although it’s my same age. There have been only two other families’ lives in it. Still there are some houses going back four or five generations. The many archives of my being in the attics of my life are all around and I am a process person, so I empty drawers and closets, sift papers and pictures, and release the bulk of it in favour of the way i have always lived – with way less accumulation, no teevee and little in the way of furniture.

If you’ve made it this far in these wordshapes, I’ve come to say I am taking a break from all this to blow the cobwebs off my wings and breathe music I do live-love to play-sing wherever I be. It is a privilege to play songs that come out of my hands and voice and a fine way to see many of you I have missed these last swift passing of years. 

May is a Texas trip with an Austin show or two and a couple slowed down weeks sleep on the ground in Quiet Valley and singing to the stars with some amazing people. Later this summer, there’ll be an Oregon trip to play the 50th Oregon Country Fair where I have performed since that fest's 19th year. 

In Austin, celebrate Mother’s Day with me at Radio. I am sharing the evening with Jesse Dalton, and Wilson Marks, Masumi Jones and Lit Du. The trio goes on at 8, and Jesse and I at 9. Bring yer mom or a mom you know who needs a music break. Here’s it in a blast. Hope to see you all. I have missed my Austin friends…

Lotsa QTN recordings, CDs and downloads both, are available here

Brian Cutean & Jesse Dalton
The Wilson Marks Trio (with
Wilson Marks, Masumi Jones 
and Lit Du) at 8 pm
Sunday May 12
at RADIO
4204 Manchaca Rd
Families welcome!











21 December, 2018

QTN 2018 End of the Ear Retrospective


Hello to you at the turn of another year!
2018 has dwindled away and suddenly here we are in the years. Today the Winter Solstice and tomorrow, days begin to lengthen again. December is always a zoom of energy and a welcome reflective time and most especially this year. If folks seem a bit kinder and more open, that's no small thing these days. Perhaps it’s a cellular imprint on our earliest beings and all the old seasonal tales we’ve been told like mythological whispers replay with tidings of comfort and joy even as the world mostly seems like anything but. The pic above will show you how I’m celebrating this year...

Been a long time no type a hello, so hope yer doon most splendid in whatever you are bringing forth in fifths and sixths. Thanks for the emails and communications of all sorts and especially for hanging in here with me. Perhaps we’re moving forward through this brouhaha even though it sometimes feels like standing still. That’s the nature of process work and more than likely one of the main reasons we came here anyway.

In these days of extreme over stimulation and the continuing conflagrations of social structures and sensibilities, it is good to remember to go for a walk to a peaceful place, to sit quiet not doing, to make a pot of hearty soup, to play music for the sheer exuberance of it, to write a poem you mean or find a way in to the creative. The whole world depends on the creative process most days and perhaps many of the world’s problems are caused by folks missing their naps...

On a brighter note, to those of you who have asked and are interested, I’ve just initiated the option for you to be able to download all my recordings in one swell foop for one lolololo price. Six full length CDs worth of tunes and extra assorted audio oddities all for $38 are at brianQTN.bandcamp.com and they’re purchaseable, downloadable and streamable. 

Of course they are available separately too.  If you prefer physical CDs with real covers and liner notes etc, I’ve made another run of Guitarred and Feathered and Sound of Photosynthesis, Hearthearthearth, Parakeetfishhead and Lubricating the Species are still in print too. When you download The Sound of Photosynthesis album, if you’d like a poster of its splendicious cover art with the album's lyrics on the back, I can mail it to you postally as I’ve just found a stash.

This way, I get to come sing for you wherever you are and you get to help me keep this road open and get fun music to lift your spirits whenever you need it most. It is a good way to support your local artist and to nourish your insatiable taste for quality music.

Another wonderful thing this year: I found a sixteen minute video my brother Bruce made way back in 1995 of his earliest 3D Assembloids. Since he is no longer with us in form, it is the most we get to hear of his improvised guitar playing while looking at the details of his art he zooms in on. It’s at https://youtu.be/Im53zQFPrUc  on my Hibidiville youtube channel. Other vids there include a just-posted video of the bonus track from the HHH album of me and the Chapel Hill chimes filmed by Brad Burkons.

Solstice greets and huge thanks to you all for your many years of ears, letters, affirmation, believing in this music and your ideas and feedback and the etc too. It means a lot, especially these days. We'll need a lot of patience, love, sagacity and wherewithal to get through the challenges of this next year and we all have a front row seat. Onward and excelsior!

Your corn forest pundit,
bq

05 July, 2018

QTN Summer News, livestream concert and albums available again!


Hello to you all and the turn of another season to you as the burgeoning summer is upon us once again! Here’s three sections of summer-y details of upcoming Oregon shows and two newly-available-again QTN recordings.

•• Suddenly June and it’s been a wild year for me mostly spent in Chicago area since last July in eldercare mode with my dad. Time for performance and travel has been mostly nonexistent and it is an amazing grace that allows me two weeks respite to return to Oregon to homebase, to cut the mile high grass, trim the wild blackberries where I ostensibly live and once again, play with the inimitable and evre-amazing Qband for my 30th consecutive Oregon Country Fair. 

This year, our set at the legendary Blue Moon stage will be streamed online via KRVM FM on Saturday July 14 at 4:20 pm Pacific Time. Just go to krvm.org and we’ll play for you wherever you are.
OCF Awkward Stage
2017 from left Jason Montgomery, QTN, Simon Lucas and Kate O'Brien

•• I’ve finally remanufactured Guitarred and Feathered, my 2010 album featuring one guitar and no words recorded in front of eight splendid mics. The first pressing sold our quickly and though it’s been downloadable on my Bandcamp page, physical CDs are not the same as files and folks have been asking for another run. The wordless music is a fine listen and the fabulous feather paintings on the cover were done by New Mexico Theresa Gray and quite remarkable.

•• Amazingly, this year is the 30th anniversary of my first album, Lubricating the Species, recorded way back in 1987, and released the following year in time for me to peddle it at the 19th Oregon Country Fair way back in the 20th century days of Runny Raygun when ketchup was a vegetable and trees caused pollution. I’ve made a lot of albums since but that was the first and though you can still find vinyl copies online for collector’s prices, I’ve finally placed it on my Bandcamp page for streaming, downloading and instant ordering (brianQTN.bandcamp.com). There are other CDs available there too.

Always glad to hear from you. 
Hope to see you next in real time.

Your corn forest pundit,
bq

22 December, 2017

QTN 2017 End of the Ear Retrospective

And now it’s winter… winter in America…

Long time no type a hello and howd'yadoon. Today the Winter Solstice and tomorrow, days begin to lengthen toward springy summeryness again. It’s been a tough zoom of a year for everyone I know in so many ways and a kind of a missing year for me as I have been less in my homebase of the northwest involved with my usual writing, performing and recording and way more involved in eldercare on a daily basis (as many others are as well). The day to day of finding the groove in caregiving is like the routine with full plates spinning on sticks that those guys used to do on Ed Sullivan. Clearly many of you won’t remember that but I betcha you know what I mean allasame…

The brianQTN.bandcamp.com page has many of my recordings available for streaming, download or to order CDs by mail and it is good for us both: I get to come sing to you wherever you are and you get to help me keep this road open and get fun music to lift your spirits whenever you need it most. The latest album, The Sound of Photosynthesis is in its second CD pressing and I’m still planning to press it into vinyl, perhaps in 2018. Been looking for an able hand to help retool my old website too. Any design folk interested?

This most propitious time of year is full of the sounds of a worldsphere mechanism resetting itself amidst onslaught, detritus and chaos. Even though it seems like sometimes a darkopolypse comes, it’s so important to remember there is still a heart beating underneath it all and stronger than ever, getting clearer each breath and day, an autonomic holding space even as it often appears to be exactly the opposite. There is an opportunity for a re-visioning here alongside the hairpin turns and chaos triage and an open elastic way of seeing as well. A practice of some kind to ground it all is essential through it. 

If I didn’t play guitar, there is no way of knowing where I’d be today. It is the way I process my day to day. Moving fingers on wound wires and wood feels mighty good. If I didn’t breathe and stretch and listen to the onlyeveryany, I’m sure everything would make way less sense than it appears to now. Perhaps it is a time of looking at old patterns and transforming them, pulling old belief system tapes and updating them on a regular basis loaded kinda process to recreate and image something untried and new, to snap out of habit and evolve into a different grace.

It was pointed out to me that this December 31 will be the only day when every adult was born in the 20th century and every child was born in the 21st. The turn of the year is a good time to check in with those we call family, by blood or by choice. As many folks drop off the sphere each year, older generations vanish and youngers too.  It’s always a good idea to tell someone you’re thinking of them. 

I can’t imagine where I would be without all your ears, support, letters, affirmation, ideas and feedback and I’m glad I don’t need to imagine it. Somehow I have been doing this musiclife for a very long time and it is a strange sustenance. A fine community too of creatives who revision each day and bring new thought and clarity into being through hand and heart made art, silliness, music, dance and bright beingness.

May your New Ear hear thrilling music unanticipated and incredible. May your close ones enjoy health, wherewithal and as many graces as an opening heart can hold. To my fellow Northwet pluviophiles, I hope to be back there soon to drink the winter skies and sea.

Yogi Berra once said “ You can observe a whole lot just by watching!” and that, my friends, is more than enough for me…

You corn forest pundit,
bq

27 September, 2017

QTN Midwest – GroveFest 2017 and Crane's Pie Pantry in October!






•*♪♫•*¨*•.♪♫ BRIAN CUTEAN *♪♫•*¨*♪♫•*
GROVEFEST 2017 and CRANE'S PIE PANTRY

•• SUNDAY OCTOBER 1 • GROVEFEST ••
GLENVIEW IL
My first set is 11:55 am on the big stage and 
at 2:45 pm in the Kennicott Courtyard.
I've played this fest since the 20th Century and it’s still big fun.
Music, crafts, food and history outdoors on a golden autumn day.
Everyone is welcome.
The Grove National Historic Landmark is at 1421 Milwaukee Ave.

Glenview, IL 60025. Phone is 847.299.6096

•• FRIDAY OCTOBER 13 • 1 – 4 pm on The Patio••
CRANE’S PIE PANTRY RESTAURANT & WINERY
FENNVILLE, MI
So glad to be able to see my Michigan family if only for a day.
I haven’t gotten to play music there for the last three years due to family emergencies. 
It is a special treat to get to visit and play these songs there and share.
Join us at Crane's – a multi-generational place to go for splendid food and fellowship. 
There is no cover and all ages are welcome.
6054 124th Avenue (M-89), Fennville, MI 49408 
cranespiepantry.com


It’s been an impossibly difficult as well as a most enlightening year.
Graces comes in many forms, even forms we don’t like or recognize.
Every day is holding space and breathing it through to clarity.

Hope to see you at this lovely 100 year old community treasure.

Your corn forest pun-dit,
bq