Theo Eastwind at Green Kill on October 23, at 7 pm.
If you’ve ever spent time in the New York City subway system, you may have already heard the music of singer/songwriter Theo Eastwind.
Eastwind’s extraordinary voice and captivating songs have been compared to Jeff Buckley, David Gray, and Nick Drake. His guitar playing is raw, passionate, and loaded with heart and soul. Put all these elements together and you have the alchemical Theo Eastwind.
After a Prolonged Absence
Theo is hitting the road again on a national tour across America October 15th through November 30th 2016. He will be touring in support of his most recent albums “King of the Underground” which was recorded entirely on a NYC subway platform and “The O” as well as playing new songs from his upcoming album “Useless if Stolen” which is slated for release this year. Fans can find the complete tour schedule, album information and sign up to the mailing list at Theoeastwind.com
Some of Theo Eastwind’s accomplishments include clinching Fox News’ “Subway Idol” competition, winning MSG TV’s “NYC Soundtracks”, Williamsburg singer/songwriter contest for “Set Up” and competing this past season in “Star of the Day” hosted by Ernie Anastos. His voice was also featured in a Miller Beer commercial, “It’s American Time, It’s Miller Time”, but you won’t hear it in the States. The commercial plays in Vietnam, where it announced Miller beer’s official launch in the Vietnamese market.
Theo is the essence of a self-made man. Born in Vienna, Austria, Dyslexia and strabismus in his left eye (corrected later in life through a surgical process) made school extremely difficult for him. He quickly grew impatient and dropped out of school in the ninth grade. He then enrolled in a trade school and started an apprenticeship for a degree in the confectionery arts. There, a new passion and talent for baking was found. In 1995, he answered an unemployment notice seeking a baker for a Viennese restaurant called “Lipizaner” in New York City, but when he arrived in this country from Vienna, he learned that the business had lost all its backers and the venture had fallen through. Theo was left on his own in a strange city with his life savings in his pocket. His only possession was a beat-up old guitar strapped to his back. He was too proud and stubborn to return to Vienna, but his savings and return trip ticket quickly ran out. With no place to live, and without knowing a soul in this new country, the reality of the tough city was now setting in. Down and out, strolling through the subway, a voice captured his attention. A man, Carlton, was singing a cappella for money. This subway musician and many others such as (Kathleen Mock, Alice Ridley, etc.) inspired Theo to do the same.
He began by singing cover songs by Nirvana, Sade, Fountains of Wayne, Foo Fighters, Sting, Oasis to name a few. He was inexperienced, shy, and could barely make five cents in three hours. Theo realized he had a lot of hard work to do if he was going to eat and pay the rent. Theo furiously practiced day in and day out, determined to cultivate his musical technique, and he began, with no formal training, to write his own music and lyrics.
Since those meager beginnings Theo has played in many staple NYC venues such as Under Acme, Mercury Lounge, The Livingroom, CB’s Gallery, and The Cutting Room. He also has had the privilege of working with many accomplished artists, including Soul Farm, Rachel Sage, Matt Johnson (former drummer for Jeff Buckley), Steve Holley of the Saturday Night Live Band, Billy White (electric guitarist from Dokken), Steve Schlitz from Longwave among others. He has also self publishes under the moniker TheoSophical Music.
Theo Eastwind Tour Dates for the Fall of 2016
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Stanhope, NJ-Orchard Beer Garden
10/21 Washington, DC-Electric Maid
10/23 Kingston, NY-Green Kill
10/25 Canton, OH-Buzzbin Art and Music Shop
10/27 Chicago, IL-Elbo Room
10/28 Dubuque, IA-The Smokestack
10/30 St. Louis-Gaslight Studios
11/3 Decatur, GA-Java Monkey
11/4 Carrboro, NC-Open Eye Cafe
11/6 Wilmington, NC-Juggling Gypsy
11/7 Charleston, SC-Home Team BBQ
11/8 Athens, GA-Lumpkin Street Station
11/12 New Orleans, LA-Fair Grinds Coffee House
11/14 Dallas, TX-Adair’s Saloon
11/16 San Antonio, TX-Fraio’s Art of Pizza
11/18 Rio Rancho, NM-The Blue Grasshopper
11/19 Cloudcroft, NM-The Western Bar
11/20-Santa Fe, NM-Cowgirl
11/26 Boise, ID-Shangri-La Tea Room & Vegetarian Restaurant
11/27 Sparks, NV-Sparks Lounge
11/28 Hayward, CA-Snappy’s
11/30-Los Angeles, CA-Gengis Cohen