EPK: FOLK ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL 2024

buggy at fai 2024

Soul rock singer-songwriter BUGGY JIVE is attending the 2024 Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, Feb. 21-25, with support from Michael Paz of the Paz Group, whose roster of artists include Joy Clark and Gregg Hill.

Here’s the scoop on Buggy in Kansas City, including his private showcase schedule.

(PS: His friends call him Bryan. You can call him Bryan!)


CONTACT

Michael Paz, The Paz Group Entertainment
michael@thepazgroup.com
504-382-0343
thepazgroup.com

Bryan Thomas (aka Buggy Jive)
buggyjive@gmail.com


SHORT BIO

BUGGY JIVE is a soul rock singer-songwriter quietly uploading songs and music videos from a basement studio somewhere in Upstate New York. He was recently named a 2023 “Top Shelf” Tiny Desk Contest finalist and Album of the Year winner for Upstate New York’s 2023 “Eddie” Awards. A string of high-profile shows this fall included a well-received opening slot for Macy Gray’s “Reset” tour kickoff in Troy, NY.


PRIVATE SHOWCASE SCHEDULE

Buggy will be performing unplugged, solo-acoustic guitar for FAI private showcases. All showcases are at the Westin Crown Center. Schedule and room locations subject to change.

WEDNESDAY PM /THURSDAY AM

11:15-11:55 pm.
MUSIC BIN.
Song circle. Room 710.

1-2 a.m.
MUSICAL CHAIRS.
Song circle. Room 622.

THURSDAY PM / FRIDAY AM

12:10 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
FIRST TIMERS RM. #3.
Solo set. Room 703.

FRIDAY PM / SATURDAY AM

1 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.
ACCESS SONG CAMP ITALY.
Song circle. Room 738.

SATURDAY PM

11 pm – 11:20 pm.
BLACK AMERICAN MUSIC SUMMIT.
Solo set. Room 556.

SUNDAY AM

10:20 am – 10:35 am.
BLACK AMERICAN MUSIC SUMMIT.
Solo set. Westin Garden Terrace.


LINKS

 


LIVE

Excerpts of recent live performances.


PRESS

Recent kudos in the media.

Niskayuna native Buggy Jive receives well-deserved accolades from NPR and the Eddie Awards. Daily Gazette. April 2023.

“I’m singing about my reality, so those are things I wrestle with all the time,” Thomas said of his musical forays into socially conscious messages. “It’s almost like there’s an obligation not to ignore tough issues and also an obligation to acknowledge that issues are complicated. It’s not always cut and dry or black and white. I do play with those themes.”

Bob Boilen, NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest “Top Shelf” Features. April 2023.

“I picked this not only because he’s a talented human being but also because there’s lots of references to [Tiny Desk Contest]. Maybe this is the year you might want to quit your day job. I dearly love this.” – Bob Boilen, NPR.

Buggy Jive thrives in opening slot for Macy Gray’s “Reset” tour. Nippertown. Sep. 2023.

Musically… local songwriter Buggy Jive stole the night with his originals that captivated us with his thoughtful lyrics and complex, layered sounds.


LATEST RELEASE

Buggy Jive’s latest release, The Ghost of Alexander, won the Album of Year award at the 2023 Capital Region Thomas Edison Music Awards; the video for the lead single, “Encyclopedia Black and the Case of You,” won the award for Best Music Video.

Listen below or follow the link to find The Ghost of Alexander on your favorite streaming music service.

A new project, Hurry Up Please It’s Time, is in development for release later in 2024.