Posts Tagged ‘Matt Costa’

EVEREST Performance and Interview

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

TheRFW and our friends at Throwback Media went to the Magic Stick to sit down for a chat and exclusive performance session with Everest when they opened for Matt Costa.

Special thanks the Matt Costa band and our friends at Magic Stick/Majestic for making this happen!

Video Production : Raymond Grubb, Matt Hutton, Mike Dedenbach

Sound : James Linck

Interviewer : Jennifer David

Matt Costa Performance and Interview

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Back in October of 2010, TheRFW and our friends at Throwback Media, went to the Magic Stick to sit down for a chat and exclusive performance session with Brushfire Recording artist Matt Costa.  Fresh on the release of his third studio album, Matt gives us insight to his writing/recording process and shares new tracks from the compilation.

Special thanks the Matt Costa band and our friends at Brushfire for making this happen!

Video Production : Raymond Grubb, Matt Hutton, Mike Dedenbach

Sound : James Linck

Interviewer : Jennifer David

Matt Costa Part 2 – RFWtv

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

Originally published March 03, 2008

Contributing Writer : Rashon A. Massey

Picking up from Part I’s entry, Matt did a kick ass set at the Blind Pig. I sometimes don’t enjoy Michigan audiences. We have the reputation out there for either being a tough crowd or down right lame; however, the Blind Pig sports quality fans and people at all times… and this group was a true home crowd.

The venue was far more packed than Matt’s last appearance at the Magic Stick in Detroit on 05/10/06. What I favored most within the growth of the south-eastern fan base was the overall existing knowledge of Costa’s music. People were openly singing and cheering along. I have a firm belief that when more college-aged men are happy, drunkenly-screaming at the act in encouragement…it is a good show.

I was thoroughly impressed to see Jacob on stage. With talk that he had to enter a local hospital after their accident, I didn’t even know if he would stick with the tour.

After the set, we caught up with Matt’s manager Chris for a talk about the road. At the time we found him, he was pacing the halls of the venue, gathering band members and equipment, preparing to pack up for the night. They shut down the top floor of the Blind Pig fairly quickly, so Matt and fans hung out in the lower bar while the crew struck down the premises. Chris was thrilled to run into familiar faces again on the tour, and was happy to inform further press that the band and Matt were fine. He said the accident did shake up members and was a true wake up call, reminding them how important every moment is. I could tell from the look across his face that he was REALLY appreciative of the Michigan love. Chris noted that both the Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor audiences we so generous post accident and theft, that it gave them the momentum to keep on trucking along. GO MICHIGAN!

Here is Part II of the ongoing Spotlight Artist series on Matt Costa. I am checking in with Chris sometime later this week to see how the gang is doing out on the road and will let you know probably sometime after Langerado.

On the video, you will find full coverage of Matt’s performance at Borders in Ann Arbor featuring songs “Josephine,” “Mr. Pitiful,” “Miss Magnolia,” and “Vienna.” There are two parts to the video so be sure to check them both out!

(as written by the crew :-)

Unfamiliar Faces
Yellow Taxi
Sweet Rose
Mr. Pitiful
Cigarette Eyes
Behind the Moon
Cold December
These Arms (Are Snakes)
Vienna (sausage)
Miss Magnolia
Ballad of Miss Kate
Manic Man

Matt Costa Part 1- RFWtv

Saturday, March 7th, 2009


Originally published February 25, 2008

The crew has gathered together at my home, and in about T-25min we will be departing for the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor to see Matt Costa. We got some wonderful footage of him at Borders showcasing songs from his latest album. Part II of the Matt Costa Spotlight Series will be uploaded in the coming week amidst our Langerado coverage.

Until then – rest your weary bones and check out Matt Costa Part 1. The interview was recorded right outside of the Bedouin Soundclash set at the Cowboy Ranch in London, Ontario Canada back in 2007.

We’ll be back tomorrow with a Langerado artist profile on Martin Sexton. Benjamin recently caught up with Martin at his show in Royal Oak, MI and we will be sharing some neat footage found on You Tube as well.

Matt Costa Update – February 23, 2008

Saturday, March 7th, 2009
Originally published February 23, 2008
Article written by Rashon A. Massey

We have received a nice amount of emails both out of concern and awareness with the recent happenings surrounding Matt Costa. For those that are still unaware, Matt has had quite the difficult past weeks on tour with two significant events happening. First, I woke up to a message from Chris Fenn, the very kind manager of Matt, letting me and many others aware that Matt Costa’s gear had been stolen. Instead of taking journalistic liberties with his words, here is a copy of the mass distributed message from Chris:



Dear Friends,
We need your help. At some point between 11:30PM on Saturday, February 16th and 12Noon on Sunday, February 17th the following pieces of musical gear and equipment were stolen from the inside of The Garrick Centre in Winnipeg, MB. All of the items listed below belong to Matt Costa and/or members of his band, the items had been locked inside The Garrick Centre for overnight storage as this was reportedly safer than leaving them in our trailer on the streets of Winnipeg.

Matt Costa – Stolen Gear List
(Winnipeg’s Garrick Centre on 2/17/08)

1 each – Gibson J-45 Acoustic Guitar, Natural
1 each – Gibson ES335 Electric Guitar, Seafoam Blue
1 each – Epiphone EL-OO Acoustic Guitar, Sunburst, w/ Seymour Duncan Mag Mic Pickup
1 each – Fender Custom Shop Nocaster Relic Electric Guitar, Blonde
1 each – Fender Custom Shop 1963 Telecaster Relic Electric Guitar, Lake Placid Blue
1 each – 1953 Supro Lap Steel Guitar, Salmon Mother Of Pearl
1 each – Kentucky Mandolin, Sunburst
1 each – Fender Custom Shop 59′ Relic Precision Bass Blonde
1 each – Ashdown EVOII500 Bass Head w/ Road Case
1 each – 1973 Marshall Lead Bass 20 Guitar Head w/ Orange Anvil Case
1 each – Fulltone Tube Tape Echo, Black, w/ Road Case
1 each – Calzone Briefcase w/ Boss Tuner, Sans Amp & Three Monster Cables
1 each – Anvil Briefcase
1 each – Countryman D.I.

There will be a reward for anyone that provides information leading to the recovery of any of these items and that person’s identity will of course remain confidential.
Please contact Chris Fenn w/ any information,
Thanks in advance for your help.

Chris Fenn -


As if that wasn’t strenuous enough on the shoulders of Matt and his team, this past Wednesday on my way to the radio station, I received a second notice from Chris via Myspace, alerting everyone of a show cancellation in Madison, WI. Once again, here is the note (and pictures) Chris sent out at 4:00 p.m. on 02-20-08:


Just a quick note to let you know that tonight’s show in Madison, WI is canceled due to an unfortunate accident. On the way to Madison, Matt Costa’s van & trailer slid off the road. Piano player, Jacob Sahagen was injured and is currently recovering from minor injuries at a local hospital.
Of course we apologize for the cancellation of tonight’s show and have every intention of resuming the tour in Chicago on Friday night at The Double Door. If you had plans of attending please know that we will do our best to make a timely return to your city. Thanks for your continued support and understanding. Chris-


Wow- thank the higher powers that be that everyone made it out alright.

Yesterday, the Costa Camp released this statement :

Feb 22, 2008

Anyone with information related to the gear that was stolen from Matt Costa and his band at The Garrick Centre in Winnipeg, MB on the morning of February 17th should contact Detective Duncan Paterson with the Winnipeg Police Department.

Detective Duncan Paterson
(204) 986-7890
Any help recovering the items and/or apprehending the thieves is greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

So here is the deal – here @ RFW we are doing EVERYTHING in our power to make sure Matt has a FANTASTIC time in Ann Arbor, MI – home of the MI Wolverines and the conception town of Rufus Wainwright (a fun little fact I learned from his mother, folk gem and legend Kate McGarrigle). Tomorrow we are hitting the town with friends and fans alike, posting Matt Costa posters everywhere, asking random folk for opinions on tracks from his new album Unfamiliar Faces, trying to spread the awareness and love about Costa at another Ann Arbor Borders Bookstore appearance and show that evening at the Blind Pig.

Because of the new album, extensive tour schedule this year and newsworthy events, we are making Matt Costa a 2008 Spotlight Artist here at RFW. Check back to our site for information and updates directly from Matt and his team as we bring you the inside coverage of Matt Costa’s Unfamiliar Faces 2008 tour.

First up – PART 1 of Matt Costa (upload coming shortly). Stay tuned for Borders show post wrap update (with media) as well as footage of Matt in Ann Arbor at the Blind Pig. Only here at RFW!