Well, it’s been such a busy end if 2017 and beginning of 2018, I have neglected anyone that actually checks in to this website (new version of this coming in the summer of 2018, I hope) – and I’m sorry. So, in late December I was offered a great gig with a four man group called The Company Men: The Company Men. A group of four amazing dudes that basically do retro-pop mash-ups. Imagine the Platters and Katy Perry songs put together in one glorious performance moment. With dancing. Lots of dancing. Anyway, I have just returned from L.A. where I learned the shows and in two days I leave because this awesome collection of dudes is headed onto the Norwegian Cruise Lines “Escape” ship. So, I’ll be avoiding all of winter and singing on this ship from Jan 20 – Apr 14. Should be an amazing experience. I am still practicing my fancy dance moves, but all in all, I am ready. Come visit! The ship sails out of Miami! I should be able to start posting gigs about the summer in Italy (yes another one) in mid-March. 2018 rocks!
Hello World! It’s been a few months since I’ve hopped on here and uttered even one word. Perche? Because when I returned from my summer of making music in Italia with The Downbeat Trio, I had to focus on what…MOOLA! So, I’ve been working at Orange Theory and then briefly at LA Fitness (hated it) in sales. Well, now I’m back, dipping my toes back into music and trying to figure out how to combine my passion for helping others achieve their fitness goals with music. I have been talking about making my EP forever, but I can’t quite seem to find the style and writing partners I desire, so I’m going to have to double down on trying to figure out exactly where I want to go, creating the songs, and then finding someone who gets on board with my ideas. In other words, I realize I need to drive the train from song inspiration all the way to a finished jam. Hook, line, and sinker. As for the fitness, I am realizing that I much prefer working one on one for myself and so I am recommitting to my Fatty Fitness business and looking for some work with private companies to subsidize. It’s a struggle, but I will figure it out. So, that’s where things stand. This will be the first holidays season in 5 years not spent in Europe gigging and it is surreal to just be here, but this is home now and I must figure it out. I. Can. Do. It. I’ll try to get on here and blog more frequently. As a side bar: I wanted to change my website to something more musically modern and bright, but the cost was outta control, so for now, this dark, jazzy site will just have to do. Mad Lurve to all…Miles
Hey All! Just a quick update from Chicago. After an amazingly gigtastic summer in Italy, I am back in Chicago, but the good news is…The Downbeat Trio has an amazing gig in Boulder, CO at the Jaipur Literature Festival on Saturday, September 16th. We are the headliners…well…and it should be well attended. Super psyched to head to my home town and gig with my sister and Marco Cremeschini! It. Is. On. http://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/boulder/music/
Well…writing from the wonderful Lago di Garda area. So….I’m about half way through this summer journey of gigging all over Northern Italy. So, far, so good. Plenty of gigs both with my sister and with some others and private events that pay well. I’m working on the language, loving the food and generally having an amazing time. The musicians in this area are professional and super fun…your gigs always come with free food and at least a few free drinks. What’s not to like about that? Trying to figure out a way to make this a regular summer thing…hopefully, laying the ground work this summer to prepare for next summer. Anyway, I’ll post a few pics in the next few weeks so that you all can see some of the venues and I love my mic shots. Super. Awesome. Fun. Hope you had a Happy 4th and that all is well in your world. God Bless ‘Merica.
Hey….so I’ve been in Europe about three weeks now and the gigs are coming fast and furious. A lot of private parties and fancy hotels, but they feed us well and I’m working with all kinds of crazy cats, so it’s all good. Two months to go and every day there’s some new hotel or new event to sing at and spread the music of jazzy, poppy, r and b goodness. I’ll try to be better about the blogging. As you can see from my previous posts, I’m simply not good at it…HOWEVER, I love you, my fans and I want to stay connected, so I will do better. Buona serata!!!!
It’s on. I’ve arrived in Italy and although I’ve already had one gig with my super sibling jazz pop trio, “The Downbeat Trio”, we really start cranking it up tomorrow. SO excited and the gigs keep rolling in. It’s nice to finally be here and to really be able to dig in to the music community here and to be available for longer than two weeks at a time. I have some gigs with my sister and some gigs with some local musicians doing jazz clubs, private parties and a few swanky corporate events. It’s all good. Living the dream. Still a little sad about no “Granny Says” action, but it just didn’t catch. I’ll have to update the website later when I can afford it. For now, it is what it is. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook at: Miles Simmons Powell or The Downbeat Trio, or Downbeat Music. SO. MANY. OPTIONS. Talk to you soon! A presto! Miles
Show tonight in Chi-Town! Hello Suckers Cabaret @ Davenport’s Piano Bar in Wicker Park. If you’re not there, you’re missing out! See the Google for address and tix info (or check out the events page on this site). Mad Lurve, Miles
Well…January has come and gone and we are now solidly over half way through February. Wow. The year is flying by. Gotta a couple of gigs coming up locally, but the big news is….moving to Europe to gig for all of June and July! Bookings are starting to roll in, I’ve got a place to stay and it’s all happening. So excited. Keep posted here and I’ll try to be better about getting on the website. Hope all is well in your world. Go see some live music….
Well, Happy Holidays, Fan-Friends! Chillaxin’ in Italia for a few weeks and by chillaxin’, I mean gigging all over and trying to finish up writing songs for the forthcoming EP. Last weekend we were at this amazing resort in the Austrian Mountains called Mohr Life Resort (http://www.mohr-life-resort.at) with some of the nicest audience members one could ask for. Additionally, we spent a couple of nights there being well fed and using the spa, before our gigs. The struggle is real! Anyhoodles, if you happen to be in the Northern Italy region and feel like coming to check out some good jazzy goodness over the next few weeks, come check us out! The “Events” page on this site is up to date through the beginning of January and I am now furiously working on booking gigs for Jan and Feb back in Chi-Town. There is sooo much to be done. Also, look for a major announcement coming early next year about my extended summer tour in Europe with The Downbeat Trio. It. Is. On.
Hey Gang! Miles here. It’s been a few months since I’ve checked in via the blog on my website. Laying low and working hard at my daytime gig. However, slowly dusting the pipes off and getting ready to crank things up for a 3 week tour in Europe. I leave December 14th and will return January 4th. Schedule forthcoming on the Events page here. I have a few private gigs in Chicago before I take off. I will start blogging on the road when fun stuff happens! In the mean time, have a great holiday season and look for additional gigs and changes to the website in the new year!