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Teletón Rehabilitacion Infantil

Tony Memmel Trio with the patients, families, and staff at Teletón
Tony Memmel Trio with the patients, families, and staff at Teletón

**This post is about events that occurred last Friday (May 13, 2016). Thanks for reading this flashback post.**

We had one of the most meaningful programs of our tour, on Friday. We played a concert and led a discussion at a physical rehabilitation center for children, called Teletón. The children and the staff told us that they loved the music, and that seeing me play guitar was a big inspiration for them.

One boy commented that seeing us together as a band, and the husband-wife relationship that Lesleigh and I have, was very moving to him. He said in his country it isn’t common to see someone with a physical difference in a relationship with someone without one.

It was a moving, heartfelt moment. I paused to think about his statement, and about how I could respond…

I told him that in my experience, I hope and think of most people on some level that attraction to someone else and the friendships we have, are more linked to the character of a person, than to the look of a person. Be a good friend to others, and be confident in who you are and the way you were made, and the rest falls into place.

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A photo with the artist!

After the concert and discussion, we had a meet-and-greet with the children and staff. One generous attendee was being discharged that day; before she left, she gave us a beautiful piece of artwork that she’d made. We’re looking forward to displaying the art piece when we get home, and will think of the wonderful Teletón community every time we look at it.

A Warm Welcome In Paraguay

 

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    Post-concert photo with the wonderful people in Villarica, Paraguay

We arrived in Asuncion, Paraguay on a humid, rainy Sunday afternoon. As we walked down the jetway, we were met by our new team, Mabel and Jazmin from the local U.S. Embassy.

Mabel was holding a sign with an American flag and my name on it, and she navigated the airport with speed like I’ve never seen before. She knew all the staff at the airport, and led us directly to the window where we acquired our Paraguayan visas. We breezed through customs, all the airport staff said “¡Hola Mabel!” as we went by, and we were met by a Suburban to take us to the hotel. It was really something.

When we checked into our hotel, there was a small lizard in our room. The front desk staff came to take a look and said he was harmless. Lesleigh and I stood on the bed with a garbage can and the local info binder from our room, and ushered the lizard into the bin. Ben got some footage of Lesleigh and me corralling the reptile. It’s nice to be working as a team on and off the stage.

Post-lizard capturing adventure, our attention turned to a less-exciting necessity of lengthy travel… We were in dire need of laundry facilities (which we’ve been seeking since Belém, but we haven’t had a day off since we started the tour). We prepared our two weeks of dirty clothes and walked through the streets to a local laundromat service.

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Ben Picker and bag of laundry, getting ready for our trip to the laundromat

It’s not self-serve or coin operated, it’s a service here, so we were apologetic to the friendly, forgiving owner of the shop as she counted our socks and underwear with us. We are adjusting to the extreme exchange rate (approx 5,600 Paraguayan guarini to $1 U.S. Dollar), so our 27,000 guarini laundry order cost us $4.82. We are very grateful to the kind-hearted woman for her much-needed service.

I’m writing today on a van ride in the Paraguayan countryside. Our evening event last night was a four hour drive from Asuncion to Villarica. The city was celebrating its 446th anniversary, and our live concert in the Plaza de Los Héroes was part of the festivities.

There were colorful lights and banners of red, white, and blue (the colors of the Paraguayan flag) throughout the park and city. We spoke with people before the show, who spoke only Spanish, and Lesleigh and I felt proud to be able to communicate with them. Our time spent on long car rides drilling Spanish verbs on the Duolingo iPhone app while on tour in the States this spring, is paying off.

Plaza De Lose Héroes - Villarica, Paraguay
Plaza De Lose Héroes – Villarica, Paraguay

We were warmly received in Villarica, and after the concert we were invited to a reception at a local art gallery. Our hosts gave us three beautiful, handcrafted wallets that are made of leather and the local woven threads.

Reception at a local art gallery in Villarica, Paraguay
Reception at a local art gallery in Villarica, Paraguay
Hand-made goods from Paraguay
Hand-made goods from Paraguay

On our way to our concert at a local school today in Coronel Oviedo, we just stopped in a local craftsman community. We were told that under a former dictatorship, people who performed certain jobs or services were made to live in communities together. The community of Yataity makes one-of-a kind clothing. It was an amazing stop. Thank you for reading! More soon.

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Spring Tour

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The spring tour is cruising along! We’d love to see you at one of our remaining shows!


April 17th, 2016
Bluebird Cafe
Nashville, TN
8:00 PM
*Limited Seating

April 9th, 2016
Beans and Leaves Coffee and Tea
Long Grove, IL
3:00 PM

April 8th, 2016
Private House Concert
Waukesha, WI
7:00 PM

April 8th, 2016
Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra
Guest Speaker
Sheboygan, WI
10:00 AM

April 7th, 2016
Private Event
West Bend, WI
1:30 PM

April 3rd, 2016
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
Fairfield, CT
5:00 PM

April 3rd, 2016
Storrs Congregational Church
Storrs, CT
10:00 AM

April 1st, 2016
Mount Hope Montessori School
Mansfield Center, CT
9:00 AM

March 26th, 2016
The Vanilla Bean Cafe
Pomfret, CT
8:00 PM
$15 at the door

March 25th, 2016
**PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED EVENT AT FENNARIO CANCELED BY VENUE.
SHOW MOVED TO A PRIVATE HOUSE CONCERT**
West Chester, PA

March 24th, 2016
Legion Bar
Brooklyn, NY
10:00 PM

March 23rd, 2016
Map Room at Bowery Electric
New York, NY
9:00 PM

March 22nd, 2016
The Park House
Pittsburgh, PA
8:00 PM

March 20th, 2016
The Living Room
Stroudsburg, PA
8:00 PM

March 19th, 2016
Hive Mind Community Art Space
Akron, OH
Doors Open: 7:00 PM
Showtime: 8:00 PM
$5 Suggested Donation

Warm Up With Some Free Music

A few years back, I wrote a song about a cold January night shortly after Lesleigh and I got engaged. I want to share it with you to hopefully help warm you up on THIS cold January night. Just click “Last January” in the music player on the side of this page, kick back, and enjoy this Tony Memmel oldie!

Happy New Year

I’d like to raise a fond New Years toast to you, my friends: As we bid farewell to 2013, I’d like to thank everyone who made this our biggest year so far. I was blessed this year to be able to continue, and be rewarded for, my work as a professional singer-songwriter, to begin sponsorship relationships with several wonderful companies, and to be able to continue my work with the hand and limb difference community. My hopes are high, and I hope yours are, too, that the New Year will be even better than the last. May God bless you and may he bless 2014.

Spring Tour Co-Sponsored by the Lucky Fin Project

My spring tour is here! I’m looking forward to heading out on the road, and I’m VERY excited to be working with the Lucky Fin Project! More dates are on the way for a second leg of the tour, in May and June. Stay tuned. Follow us on the road at my tour blog: www.tonymemmel.blogspot.com!

March 4th, 2013
Acoustic Cafe
Winona, MN
7:00PM
Cover: TBA

March 5th, 2013
Barley Street Tavern
Omaha, NE
9:00PM
Cover: TBA

March 6th, 2013
The Phoenix Lounge
Harrisburg, SD
Time: TBA
Cover: TBA

March 7th, 2013
Bleu Door Lounge – HOUSE CONCERT
(Contact me for details)
Hutchinson, KS

March 8th, 2013
The Phoenix
Tulsa, OK
9:00PM
Cover: TBA

March 9th, 2013
Hopkin’s Icehouse
Texarkana, AR
8:30PM
FREE

March 13th, 2013
AudioWall Invasion (@the 311 Club)
South by Southwest
12:40PM
FREE

March 13th, 2013
Mouth by Mouthwest Showcase
South by Southwest
Fundraiser to benefit the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians
Authentic Smiles Dental Studio
5:45PM

Spring Tour Announcement

My spring tour is just around the corner! I’m looking forward to heading out on the road, and I’m VERY excited to be working with the Lucky Fin Project! There will be more dates announced in the near future INCLUDING a date and time for our debut performance at South by Southwest in Austin, TX! More dates are also on the way for a second leg of the tour, in May and June. Stay tuned!

March 4th, 2013
Acoustic Cafe
Winona, MN
7:00PM
Cover: TBA

March 5th, 2013
Barley Street Tavern
Omaha, NE
Time: TBA
Cover: TBA

March 6th, 2013
The Phoenix Lounge
Harrisburg, SD
Time: TBA
Cover: TBA

March 7th, 2013
Bleu Door Lounge – HOUSE CONCERT
(Contact me for details)
Hutchinson, KS
Time: TBA

March 8th, 2013
The Phoenix
Tulsa, OK
8:00PM
Cover: TBA

March 9th, 2013
Hopkin’s Icehouse
Texarkana, AR
8:30PM
FREE