Arts & Entertainment

Beaucoup Blue: Father/Son Guitar Duo to Perform in Westfield This Weekend

February 12, 2013 at 10:28 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Elqdasimw3E&feature=share&list=FLwAAf4BvQaUbWSLcAt9BZoQ

WESTFIELD, NJ--While many kids shun the music their parents listen to, Adrian Mowry was actually a fan of the music his father, David, played. Adrian grew up watching his dad perform in coffee houses and clubs, which inspired him to get into music early on.

Never pushed by his father to play an instrument, Adrian discovered he had a love for the guitar on his own. “I got into it before my teens,” he said. “I would sneak his [his dad] guitars out of his room when I thought he wasn’t looking. You think you’re being sneaky when you’re ten.”

Sign Up for E-News

Also having access to his parents’ books and albums, which included everything from avant garde jazz to Greenwich Village folk, Adrian was inspired by their eclectic tastes.

“I remember listening to Miles Davis, ‘Bitches Brew’ when I was eight-years-old, from that to Ritchie Havens” he said, adding, “I don’t want to eat the same thing every day, so I don’t want to be influenced by the same music.”

Adrian first started playing music with friends in high school, but always thought it would be cool to play with his father. They started playing a few party gigs, and now 38-year-old Adrian is dragging his 61-year-old dad all over the country to perform.

The father and son guitar duo from the Philadelphia area, known as Beaucoup Blue, recorded their first album in 2001 and started touring immediately afterwards with a full band.

Beaucoup Blue has been on the Top 40 Americana playlist radio and won the Billboard Magazine song writing contest of 2010.

Naturally Adrian has many stories about being on the road with his dad, but one he really likes to tell is about the time they entered a song-writing contest at a “Blues and Brews” festival in Telluride, Colorado. Musicians on the main stage included Lou Reed, Bruce Hornsby and B.B. King.

During the competition Beaucoup Blue played a few songs and ended up winning first prize, which scored them a spot on the main stage performing in front of 10,000 people, as well as a new Gibson guitar and $500 cash. The duo decided to sell the guitar to help pay for the trip, but were so excited about winning they treated themselves to a five-star restaurant and blew their $500 winnings on the entire meal.

For those who have never heard Beaucoup Blue, Adrian describes their sound as “music that encompasses country, folk, blues, jazz, singer/songwriter, Celtic.” Adrian feels that the music he and his dad listen to comes out in their songwriting, which is split right down the middle.

“We bring it to each other,” Adrian said. “We bounce it off each other. We edit each other. It’s really been a really good process so far.”

When asked if he and his father have family squabbles, Adrian said, jokingly, “What do you think?” laughed and added, “You bet!” But they always get it together when it’s time for music and the stage. “Nothing’s ever a lasting thing.”

While Adrian grew up admiring his dad’s skill, he’s quick to add that his mom is the most talented in the family. “She’s an artist. She’s a doll designer. For years she worked for Franklin Mint. She designed and made patterns for dresses,” he said, adding, “She’s an amazing cook on top of that. And she has the patience of a saint.”

Beaucoup Blue is in the middle of recording a new album, which Adrian believes will be called “Elixir.” Future plans include more tours.

“We played from Canada down to Florida,” he said. “I would love to play out west more than we have. We really want to go to Europe, and also touring the east coast. Hopefully this new album will get us overseas.”

You can catch Beaucoup Blue on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m. when they perform at Coffee with Conscience at the First United Methodist Church of Westfield, 1 East Broad St. (corner of North Avenue). Tickets cost $19 in advance and $23 at the door. Proceeds from this concert will benefit the Community Food Bank of NJ.

The Coffee with Conscience Concert Series supports five charities: Contact We Care, Inc.; Habitat for Humanity (Greater Plainfield Area); The Community Foodbank of NJ; Homefirst; and Keith Knost Special Needs Trust. Each concert has a designated recipient.

The concert series is made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

For tickets, visit www.coffeewithconscience.org.

For more information on Beaucoup Blue, visit www.beaucoupblue.com.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Westfield

Mother Seton Students Achieve National Merit Scholar Commendation

January 17, 2017

CLARK, NJ – In recognition of outstanding academic achievement on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), two Mother Seton Regional High School seniors received “Commended Student” status through the National Merit Scholarship Program, the school recently announced.

“The student body of Mother Seton is doubly blessed with two outstanding scholars this ...

Conversion of Single Family Zoning to Multi-Family Zoning Could Start 'Gold Rush' of Development

January 14, 2017

Dear Editor,

I am writing to oppose the construction of a multi-family residence (6 residential units) at 1481 East Broad Street in Westfield.  The construction of a multi-family residence at this location (RS-12 zone district) is contradictory to the township’s 2005 Master Plan, which has zoned this district for single-family home construction only.  Additionally, it requires ...

Westfield Police Blotter: Shoplifting, Drug-Related Arrest & More

January 12, 2017

January 4, 2017 6:23 p.m.

Pietro Maioriello, age 20, of Scotch Plains, NJ, was arrested for possession a controlled dangerous substance under 50 grams pursuant to a motor vehicle stop. Subject was processed and released on a summons.

January 4, 2017 9:21 p.m.

Stephen Thomas, age 21, of Plainfield, NJ, was arrested on the strength of two outstanding warrants for his arrest from Highland ...

Audio: Point View's Petrides Tells Bloomberg Says Content Move Makes Sense for Apple

January 16, 2017

Point View's Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, John Petrides, live on Bloomberg Radio (Interview starts at 1:35) discussing Apple's potential move into making original video content:

assets.bwbx.io

Point View Wealth Management, Inc. works with families in Summit and beyond, providing customized portfolio management services and comprehensive ...

Testing Your Resolve

Now that the ball has dropped in Times Square it is time for another annual tradition – New Year’s resolutions. So, along with improving your diet and exercising more, consider adding these:

“Will” you? – I have lost count of how many clients with whom I have met that have a spouse, children and substantial assets but an outdated or even no will at all.

5 Questions to Ask at an Open House

When you go to your next open house, ask the listing agent these key questions to help you make an informed decision. When a property is hot, a public open house may be your best opportunity for due diligence before submitting an offer. While the hosting agent may not be able to answer all of your questions, there is a lot you can learn.

1. How long has it been on the market?  You may ...

Today’s Bond Market - Should I Stay or Should I Go?

2016’s final days left bond investors unsettled.

Just a few months ago, with the backdrop of the surprise July Brexit vote, U.S. Treasury yields hit record lows. Donald Trump’s election as president has increased concerns of a new round of tax cuts and greater government spending, which could stimulate inflation. The Federal Reserve has finally raised interest rates and is ...

It Even Happened to Me

Beware of credit card fraud — it can happen to anyone.

I was shopping at a retail establishment over the holidays and purchased some items with my business credit card. The next day, I was downloading my credit card activity into QuickBooks and spotted some strange charges - they were not large amounts, but they originated from establishments I don't frequent, like ...

Video: Mistreated, Harassed, Abused, Discriminated Against or Retaliated Against at Work?

Have you been mistreated, harassed, abused, discriminated against or retaliated against by your employer?

Watch this video to learn how Westfield employment attorney Fred Shahrooz-Scampato, who for the last 25 years has aggressively represented employees, can help you.

If you are the victim of prejudice or spend every day in a hostile work environment, you can give him a call for ...

Westfield Students & Parents Learn Positive Steps in Navigating the Digital World

How much screen time is too much?  More than 1,500 Westfield intermediate school students probed the answer to that question this week in grade level assemblies arranged by their counselors. In a film called "Screenagers," sixth, seventh and eighth graders at Edison and Roosevelt Intermediate Schools were shown examples of how excessive digital use can impact school, family ...

Westfield Area YMCA is Ready to 'Bring on Summer'

It may be cold outside but the Westfield Area YMCA is gearing up for summer camp!  In-person registration is now underway.  Each year campers ages 3-15 try new activities, learn new skills, get creative, have a blast and make new friends in a safe environment.

 

 

The Y is excited to offer new S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) ...

Holy Trinity School Spotlight - 6th Grade

Sixth grade is a transitional year for students as they enter middle school.  Holy Trinity School embraces this change through its continued commitment to creating an environment in which its students can grow and develop academically, socially, and spiritually. 

In sixth grade, the curriculum becomes more departmentalized with students rotating classes for various subjects and ...

Cat Missing from Fanwood Home

Shadow has been missing from vicinity of Russell Road, Fanwood since Dec. 26. Shadow is a timid, long-hair gray male, about 6 years old. He may have been spotted on Fairacres Avenue in Westfield Tuesday.

Call 908-294-0340 with any information. 

Police Identify Body Found as Missing Woodland Park Senior

January 14, 2017

WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Woodland Park Police Chief Anthony Galietti announced earlier that the identify of a deceased man found in Woodland Park on Jan. 13 was Thomas Kozell, 85, of Woodland Park. 

Kozell, 85, had been reported missing by his family in the evening on Jan. 12, ...