Valet Confidential

Find out what I've been keeping under my hat


I’m on a brand-new CD! And we’re having a Release Party this week!

The Chandler Travis Three-O, a four-person spinoff of the Chandler Travis Philharmonic (I’m sure most of you know that I’m a member of both), have produced our debut CD, “This is What Bears Look Like Underwater“, and we are having a release party this Friday (October 12) at Club Passim in Harvard Square (47 Palmer St).  The show starts at 8pm, and it’s just us – no opening act.

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Nationally Syndicated Radio Show Crazy Enough to Put Me on the Air!

Back in late October and early November I went on a two & a half week tour with the Chandler Travis Philharmonic and Chandler Travis Three-O. We played our way down to New Orleans and back.

Stop #2 of the tour was in Charleston, WV, where the four of us in the Chandler Travis Three-O played a taping of the Mountain Stage Radio Show. Our performance from that show is now available online at the NPR website.

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Tour Prep – T minus 2 hours (or so)

This is hopefully the first of several semi-regular posts from the road as I travel and sing with the Chandler Travis Three-O and Philharmonic during the “CTP ‘n’ 3 2011 Southern Matrimonial Tour“.

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This Week in Copyright Infringement


A couple of months ago I got a phone call at home that went something like this:
me: hello?
person: Is this Fred Boak?
me: yes it is
person: I’m calling from the Cape Cod Chronicle, and I’d like to interview you for a story about you
me: uh … um … why?
person: well, aren’t you a member of [looking at notes] the Chandler Travis Philharmonic?
me: oh sure, yeah, I sing with them
person: well, this is a feature about people you might see around town and that’s why we’d like to talk to you.
me: oh I see – sure, I guess I’m game!

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It’s a new year and everyone and their cousin is making a list. Or two. Or more. Do we really need another from me?

Well, my friend Todd Remley tagged me on his “Top 15” list on Facebook, and my friend Belinda, at Bubbles in the Think Tank has her list and talked to me about mine, so I guess there are two people in this world who care.
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The Return of the Valet – plus live CTP

This past Saturday night, several of us from the Chandler Travis Philharmonic stopped by the WMFO studios in order to promote our upcoming Christmas Cavalcade shows and just to have some fun with Bubbles in the Think Tank EAST hostess Belinda. As Belinda occasionally refers to me as being the show’s valet when I’m not being Chandler’s, this was double duty valet business for me.

Last night Belinda asked me to write a blog post about our appearance for her site. You can find it, along with a an mp3 of our performance, here.

I’m really glad she asked me to write the blog post. I know it’s been ages since I’ve written anything here, but I’m hoping this gets me writing more often. I’m going to try, anyway.



You have been Warned!

I’m going on a little 4-show Halloween weekend tour-ette with the Chandler Travis Philharmonic this weekend, and it sure would be much appreciated if any of you reading this were able to show up and see us! Also, if you have friends (or enemies) who you think might enjoy (or hate) the band, please encourage them to come out and see us, too.

We will be terrorizing the following towns:

  • Thursday, October 29, 8pm – The Turning Point Cafe in Piermont, NY (468 Piermont Ave, Piermont, NY – (845) 359-1089) – $15

    Our first appearance at the Turning Point. I’ve been hoping to play this spot for quite some time, and we’re all really excited about playing there. Personally, I think the admission price is worth seeing how we’re going to fit all 9 of us in the general vicinity of the stage!

  • Friday, October 30, 8pm – The Avalon Theatre in Easton, MD (40 East Dover St. Easton, MD – (410) 822-7299) – $20

    Our return to the wonderful Avalon Theatre. We were there in the spring of 2008 and had a great time. It’s a beautiful old vaudeville theater with a great sound.

  • Saturday, October 31, 8pm – Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem, PA (7 East Fourth Street, Bethlehem, PA – (610) 867-2390) – $18.50

    We’re back in steel country for the 3rd time since last November, when we played this intimate listening room for the first time. We were back again this summer for the Bethlehem Music Festival. And heck, it’s Halloween – how much more fun can you have than seeing the Philharmonic on Halloween!

  • Sunday, November 1, 8:30pm & 10pm – The Rodeo Bar in New York, NY (375 3rd Ave, New York, NY – (212) 684-6500) – FREE!

    The first of our Month-o-Sundays at the Rodeo Bar, our new home in NYC. We’ll be there every Sunday in November except the 15th. Two sets, no cover charge. Come on down!

If you haven’t seen or heard this band yet, be sure to check out the website; we have quite a few audio & video samples there. If you have already seen or heard the band, well … please ignore what you remember and show up anyway!

I’m not 100% certain, but I believe the band lineup for these shows will be:
Chandler Travis – guitar, vocals, King of the World
Rikki Bates – drums
Dinty Child – mandocello, mandolin, accordion, guitar, vocals
John Clark – bass
Phil Clements – keyboards, vocals
Mark Chenevert – tenor sax, clarinet, vocals
Keiichi Hashimoto – trumpet, vocals
Bob Pilkington – trombone, vocals
Fred Boak – vocals, valet

Sure hope to see youse – be sure to say “hi” if you make it.