David's Blog

New Album Project In the Works 

We've been working very hard since the end of the summer on a new album project right here in Vancouver. It's been 3 years since the last one and I have done lots of writing. The time was right to pick out some very strong songs from this ongoing pool of work and get to it on recording some of them. So far we have 6 songs well under way. You never can set a finish date on a project such as this 'cos to do it well you need to take your time. In addition to the recording, with the mixing and mastering it seems to go on forever. But it's well worth it when the project is complete and ready for presentation....

So please stay tuned everyone for some new David Saba material coming out in the not to distant future.

Another Very Successful Group of Shows In Southern California 

Got away in October and played 5 shows down south in California. A standout was a benefit for desert Autism I played with my friend Marty Swiderski on Violin and my buddy Buz Blvd on percussion. It's always inspiring to get out of your town and perform your own songs in different spots. I think the making of new fans and friends is totally inspiring to a performing songwriter. Especially when it's done by moving around to play in new cities & towns.

 

Another Successful Run Of Shows In Southern California 

Another very successful tour of show dates in Southern California. Five shows in two and a half weeks. For me that was a good run and every show felt really good. I was able to showcase a handful of new songs along with many of the tried and true chestnuts. Out with me this time was percussionist Buz Keplinger and for one show my old friend and amazing violin player Marty Swiderski was able to join us.Temperatures were over 100 degrees F every day so most shows were indoors except for one we played in the high desert. This was an outdoor evening show at the Joshua Tree Saloon in Joshua Tree California, Probably 15  degrees cooler. A beautiful outdoor stage with a very keen evening audience.
Thanks to Coachella Valley Brewing Co., The Joshua Tree Saloon and Plan B for booking me to perform these shows. Thanks as well to all the organizers and fans for your enthusiasm in a guys burning desire to write great songs and to get out to perform them for the people....

Cheers and see you again soon....

David

Summer Is Really Shaping Up 

Hi Everyone,

Well so far, summer is really taking off. I have started work on my new album project as of mid June and the tour/show dates have been coming in nicely as well.

First summer show was last Sunday at the Black Kettle Brewery in North Vancouver, BC with a great turn out. This Sunday, My second being Car Free Day out on Commercial Drive, Vancouver. This is my 4th CFD and they are always a lot of fun with LOTS of people coming out for the entire day's events...

Then immediately after, Monday morning I catch an early morning flight down to Southern California where I'm booked for five show dates ranging from a 2 hour Joshua Tree outdoor evening show to four more dates on mixed bills with other featured performers in the Thousand Palms and Palm Desert areas of good ol' California  spread over a 3 week period.

So far In August I have one show booked as well at the fabulous Culture Café in Bellingham, Washington. I have played here a few times now in the winters but this will be my first summer show. I can't wait 'cos I know the walls role up in the summer out to the street.

So......I'm very eager to get out on these stages and play my songs for whomever is keen to listen and wherever I get the chance.

Thanks for everyone's love and support and stay tuned for more dates as the summer unfurls....

All the best,

David

Something New....for me 

This trip down South once again I was able to play some different spots. Most notably one spot I have never played before, The Plan B Tavern in Thousand Palms , California. This place is a big room with a big stage and great sound. Sooo.... I was feeling on top of the world this particular night because it was very busy and I had friends show up as well, both as performers and or audience members. Lots of support.

Rob Lawrence, a local solo musician and member of the band UPPER CLASS POVERTY, came up to me after my set and kindly asked me if I would be interested in doing a radio interview covering something to do with my songwriting. I was very surprised as well as very eager to participate. As it turns out I was to be at one of the rockinist radio stations in Palm Springs, California KCLB 93.7,  3 days later for a full on interview and as well complete rotation of my song, "Caught Up In You" from my last CD , "OUT OF TIME." This came off so well and sure as summer was aired 3 days later at 5:50 PM and it sounded awesome! 

So now heading back to Vancouver. I'm excited though this time to be heading home because I will be starting work on a new DS recording project June 1st. 

Thanks for checking in....

David

Just Coming Off Two And A Half Weeks Fantastic U.S. Dates 

Finally finished up last night March 24 with a Songwriter's Spotlight in Indio California at the Big Rock Pub. This is a new event with songwriters bringing their songs to a venue set up weekly just for songwriters to perform to a listening/attentive audience. Great job Lance and Lisa Lynn putting this together for all us songwriters to really benefit from. Exceptional talent here, can't wait to return.

One feature 2 hour show at the Joshua Tree Saloon in Joshua Tree California. Always a blast playing here. Especially on a Saturday Eve in March it'll always be busy. They are a great group and they love listening to the originals. Thanks Leslie for your endless generosity... Once again Thanks Buz Boulevard for making the journey and playing with me.

Another interesting show I played with my buddy Marty Swidersky on fiddle. This one a rockin' house show at my friend David Kain's place in Indian Wells California. Great chicken and ribs too Dave!

2 shows at the Coachella Valley Brewing in Thousand Palms California. The first show was an Acoustic Afternoon. Myself and 2 other artists tying the place up with our individual solo acoustic shows. The second was a week later, same spot. An all day St Paddy's day concert. Two stages indoor and out. Solos and bands. This entire day was a blast both as a performer and audience member. Loads of talent. It felt great to have been included in these shows. Thanks Ben and Wes for all of that! As well my friend Buz Boulevard playing with me on percussion

Started off this journey with a show Friday , March 8th at the Beach Store Cafe at Lummi Island Washington. This is an unbelievably musical Island in the North West I love playing and hope to get out again soon. Thanks Tess for the gig.

So.....now back to Vancouver to start work on my new CD. Its been 2 1/2 years since my last release and I've got lots of new material. I'm super excited to get going on this new project and start fleshing out these new songs with my long time collaborator/producer Sid Perez.

Cheers and thanks everyone for your amazing love and support......

Playing Some New So. Cal. Dates / Staring Up New Recording Project 

So off we go to perform some dates up and coming in  Southern California once again. It always feels so great to exit stage left from what we're used to and shake it up a bit.

Booked so far for March 2019's Southern California jaunt:

2 acoustic dates at the CVBC in Thousand Palms. 1 x  acoustic Sunday Show with four other artists plus 1 x St. Patty's Sunday Show . An all day event with several bands and solo artists.

1 x House show in Indian Wells Calif.

1 x Songwriters showcase in Indio, Calif.

Check davidsabamusic.com for future dates.

April 2019 back in Vancouver: At last, work begins on my next Album Project. It's written , studios booked, musicians lined up etc. etc. Can't wait to start layin' down tracks....

Cheers!

Another Southern California Mini Tour Winding Down 

Well, just finishing up another California Mini tour. These events for me are school, a proving ground, a fortunate event of new friends and performance opportunities for one arriving from another stratosphere. 

They do things differently down here. I'm not saying better just differently than my home town Vancouver. Its very good to go different now and then as a performing singer songwriter. It gives you more to write about  in new songs and it gives you more to sing about from your heart. I have been very fortunate over the last couple of years to establish some good friends and contacts down here through just playing any spots I could find. Slowly I am gaining traction in a very strong outside (to me) musical market. Earning new spots to perform 1 & 2 hour shows of my own songwriting material instead of always just running the open mic circuit. Open mics are great because that is where initially you establish your contacts and warm your confidence up as a  performer. To finally be able to branch away from that a little and step it up as well is important though. 

Places I have played this trip have been very exciting. To be a performer you have to get used to and expect a lot of moving around. A lot of driving, but its definitely worth it . What it does is it drums up NEW excitement during the journey for the upcoming performance.

One more date Wednesday night at the Coachella Valley Brewing Company in Thousand Palms California, then back to Vancouver on Thursday. See you back home.....

Playing Bellingham 

Going to Bellingham was always a big deal as a kid having grown up in Vancouver. We were going to "THE STATES" to buy Levi 501's , blue Keds sneakers and Three Musketeers chocolate bars . Things you could not get in Vancouver at the time. It was a blast running down in the back seat of our Mustang convertible with my older sister and her boyfriend for the afternoon. Simple.

I was performing one night in Vancouver this last summer and I met a gentleman "Chuck Dingee" who played before me. Chuck has an amazing voice and can sing the hell out of any song, so I really took note of him. When he came off I went over and struck up a conversation with him and he informed me he was from Bellingham and he came up to Vancouver now and then to play. He also said he ran an open mic in Bellingham every Sunday night from 7 - 11 pm with a weekly feature in between, from 8:30 - 9:30 and he invited me to come down and perform my originals in the feature spot. I was honored he invited me as well as  all over this idea/opportunity both from a professional and nostalgic place. Going down there now is exactly the same basically as it was when I was 12 so I very much wanted to get down and play. Some family and some friends came down with me and of course Chuck was there to greet us as friendly and welcoming as could be. The venue was the old "Bellingham Herald" building and "The Culture Café" is set up in the old mail room of said building. I had a great time playing, as well the other performers were excellent and the audience members very friendly. Just the way I remember Bellingham as a kid except I have a closet full of Levi 501's I can buy now in Vancouver....

Performing Outdoors 

Playing outside is a whole different can 'o corn for a performing artist. No longer are you in a DARK tiny (or big or medium) room wearing jeans and a ski jacket. You are out in the day with the sun and the expanse of the world around you wearing shorts and a T-shirt  as you send your songs off in all directions to an outdoor audience.

Its just different! I have played outdoors in the past, but recently I had a chance to play  2 outdoor shows. One 2 hour show on an outdoor stage in the Southern California Desert, then 1 back in Vancouver just last weekend where I was fortunate enough to have a chance to play 1 hour on the outdoor area at 2nd and Commercial Dr. for the "Commercial Drive Car Free Day". You just seem to free - up as you play and the audience seems very keen outdoors as well. Last night / Sunday as I was BBQ'n dinner for my family the urge struck me once again to play outside. So, I set up on my back patio in the warm sun, shorts and a t-shirt and gave my neighbours a concert as I was cookin' dinner. As I mentioned I have played outdoors before but it never really occurred to me then how much different and how much more "Fun" it is than paying inside. Maybe 'cos everything just seems more fun in the summer....

Summary

Another very successful tour of show dates in Southern California. Five shows in two and a half weeks. For me that was a good run and every show felt really good. I was able to showcase a handful of my new songs along with many of the tried and true chestnuts. Out with me this time was percussionist Buz Keplinger and for one show my old friend and amazing violin player Marty Swiderski was able to join us. Temperatures were over 100 degrees F every day so most shows were indoors except for one we played in the high desert. This was an outdoor evening show at the Joshua Tree Saloon, probably 10 degrees cooler. A beautiful outdoor stage with an eager evening audience. 
Thanks To Coachella Valley Brewing Co., Joshua Tree Saloon and Plan B for booking me to perform these shows and to all the organizers and fans as well for your enthusiasm in a guys burning desire to write great songs and to come out and hear them....

Cheers and see you again soon....

David