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Happy New Year, Bring it On 2022, and Rescheduled Slips Dates 

Hi everyone – As we close out yet another strange year, I wanted to wish you all a happy and peaceful New Year and 2022.

On the music front, things weren’t all bad in 2021. I was able to re-start the monthly acoustic gigs at the Dublin Pub in Portland, and the Paul Lesinski Band did its fourth pandemic-era livestreamed gig in March with Northwest Talent Spotlight. I also was able to do an acoustic livestream with NWTS before the show went on hiatus. There are some songs posted on the Paul Lesinski Music YouTube page for your perusal. 

But you know, we aren’t done with this stupid pandemic. The Floydian Slips shows that were booked for early January have been moved to Saturday April 2 (McDonald Theater in Eugene) and Saturday April 9 (Revolution Hall in Portland). Let’s hope things settle down by then and we can celebrate proper. Interestingly, May 2022 is the 25th anniversary of the Slips’ first gig, a one-off project to play Dark Side of the Moon all the way through, live. Little did we know we’d be still kicking it 25 years later! 

I am thankful for my family, my health and my ability to play music. I also thank you for your continued support. So as we step into 2022, I wish you all the best. Here’s to health, happiness and chasing what truly fills you.

See you around! 


Floydian Slips Shows Announced for January 2022! 

I am excited to announce my Pink Floyd tribute band Floydian Slips will return to the stage for the first time since New Year’s 2019. We will be playing Portland and Eugene Oregon on January 7 and 8, 2022, doing the Dark Side of the Moon and Animals albums in their entirety along with select favorites. To get tickets, go to these links. The full press is release is below the poster art!

Portland show: https://bit.ly/3Byq0cg 

Eugene show: https://bit.ly/3FEFCxw

Portland, Ore. – October 15, 2021 – The northwest musical collective Floydian Slips will perform Pink Floyd songs, including two full albums, in all ages show at Revolution Hall Friday, January 7, 2022, at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. doors). The band will perform Pink Floyd’s seminal Dark Side of the Moon and Animals albums in their entirety. Minors are welcome with a parent or guardian. 

Floydian Slips co-founder Paul Lesinski said, “We live in strange times and the individual has great power. Through social media, one person can start a movement. To quote a line from Animals, people are breaking away from the pack. They are taking a stand and using social platforms to share and amplify it. But when misused, this power causes great chaos and can be used to manipulate. In this context, the madness, money, and power presented in Dark Side and especially Animals is very relevant today.” 

After more than 23 years of rare and singular performances, the Pacific Northwest musical collective known as Floydian Slips continues to tear through the discography of classic Pink Floyd, performing note-perfect renditions of many of the iconic hits and deep cuts composed by the British-rock band. 

The band is a collective of mainstay Portland and Eugene musicians, including Nicole Campbell (vocals); Ehren Ebbage (vocals, guitar); Ned Failing (drums, percussion); Sean Flannery, (saxophone, keyboards) Dustin Lanker (keyboards, vocals); 

Paul Lesinski (vocals, guitar); Brendan Relaford (bass); Rich Sellars (vocals, drums, percussion); and Al Toribio (lead guitar, vocals). 

Each Floydian Slips concert is different, with unique set lists and special effects, and the band moves from “greatest hits” tributes to full-length album performances depending on its collective mood. 

“Getting this group together to perform is a blast,” said founding member Brendan Relaford. “Since we don’t tour, and all the members of the Slips have other bands and careers in and out of the music business, when we gather to play this timeless music, it’s a joyous occasion and that vibe is passed to our audience.” 

Born from a one-off idea to play through Pink Floyd’s classic The Dark Side Of The Moon album during a single concert in 1997, the eight-piece band has grown into a musical ensemble on a 24-year run that captures the essence of Pink Floyd, with emphatic tone placed just right where it belongs in each song. 

With spot-on vocals, perfect guitar solos, epic keyboard layers and Floydian-laid-back drum and bass grooves, the real Pink Floyd experience is enhanced during Floydian Slips concerts with unique visuals specifically designed for each show. 

The band approaches the classic music with all the curmudgeon, stoniness, swagger and attitude of the men who wrote the songs, and never fails to impress the naysayers while delivering the specific notes in the right places to please any Pink Floyd fanatic. 

Having performed The Dark Side Of The Moon, Animals and The Wall in their entirety many times, set lists have included most of the Wish You Were Here album, as well as select material from A Saucerful of Secrets, Meddle, and A Momentary Lapse of Reason, all played with great care to reproduce the original sounds and emotions of The Floyd as closely as possible.

Acoustic version of Rush Song "The Garden" 

I played a virtual acoustic gig recently with Northwest Talent Spotlight (see the whole thing here). I told the story of how the 2020 pandemic shite show really started for me when Neil Peart passed away that January. So it was fitting to learn and perform what turned out to be the last song on the last album for Rush. Called 'The Garden,' it fittingly addresses life and gained experience, and what is really important. See what you think:

See ya 2020! 

To say “It was quite a year” understates the uniqueness of 2020 and also short-changes both the highs and lows. For many, there were countless physical, emotional and economic hardships. Indeed, so many of our lives changed, forever. Losses have been incurred that we won’t get back.  

Focusing on the positive, and what I am thankful for, it’s my immediate family’s health and general happiness. We grew closer this year because, well, we had to. We were together a lot, and sorted out how to make it work, and how to even make it fun. I’m not wishing another 2020 on anyone but that was a nice by-product. 

On the music front, a high was managing to get a CD released. Even though it was written and mostly recorded before January 2020, I felt that it was timely and relevant to 2020’s political and societal landscape. So I am glad I got it out. This gave me an excuse to safely get the band back together and play some virtual venues that did not exist last year, namely the PDX Couch Tour and Northwest Talent Spotlight, run by Brian J. Straus and Bobby Palotta, respectively. These shows were ‘attended’ by so many who frankly would never be able to see us in person given their location and the fact that I don’t tour, even when there is no pandemic. I also did one acoustic show behind a sheet of plastic at the Dublin Pub before Portland locked everything down again. It almost felt normal. Thanks to JT for that! 

I also met and worked with some great people who started their own media outlets (or leaned into their existing ones), like drummer Kevin Rankin who started up a videocast called All Access Live and interviewed me and my Floydian Slips partner Ned Failing, or Tim and Naomi Bunch, who interviewed me for their fantastic podcast The Audio Brew, or my buddy Eric Gessner who keeps having me on his Now and Then radio show on KMUZ FM

Eric and I did a three-hour tribute on KMUZ to Neil Peart in January (Neil’s dying in January was an early point where this year turned to shit and didn’t turn back), and ran an hour-long special on the new CD this month. Radio was friendly in general and I was proud to be added to the rotations of the Portland Radio Project, Shady Pines Radio, Radio Hot Tub, and NWCZ by old friend and supporter Darryl Fortune. 

So there was some music and some community! And I got to PLAY, virtually and also in person 6+ feet apart with my musical partners Dave Kendall and Mike Budd, without whom…! Thanks guys, as always! 

For 2021, I remain thankful and hopeful. As this year turns to next year, I wish all of you safety, warmth and happiness and hope that whatever your jam is, that you are doing it. See you on the other side!

--Paul Lesinski


Huge Thanks to NW Talent Spotlight 

We had so much fun playing last Thursday at the Northwest Talent Spotlight studios. The band was on, and we had all cylinders firing on the lights, sound and web front as well. Some of our best playing IMO and we caught it all on tape - lightning in a bottle! Thanks to Bobby Palotta and Andy Madson for treating us right. Enjoy the whole show HERE!

Doing Another Live Web Gig This Week! 

We had so much fun doing the PDX Couch Tour show last month that we found another place to try. This is a live three-piece trio gig done with Northwest Talent Spotlight, a crew that is familiar with TV studio production. Showtime is 7 p.m. PT on Thursday October 1. You’ll be able to watch via Facebook or YouTube. We’ll play about an hour and a half. Hope you can join! Links below! 
Facebook Event (Please RSVP!) – https://fb.me/e/4SuxBFQ4D 
Stream from YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycYigVDLgx8 
Stream from Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Northwest-Talent-Spotlight-103473191298312/?ref=page_internal

Live Stream Gig This Thursday! 

I’m excited to officially announce an electric trio gig, which will be live streamed live this Thursday (Sept 3) at 8 p.m. PT. We are doing it in partnership with PDX Couch Tour at the Star Theater in Portland. PDX Couch has strict COVID protocol and has done more than 100 live stream concerts with no issues, which is why we agreed to do the show. Dave, Mike and I are very excited to play live and LOUD again and to debut three of the new songs from the CD. You’ll be able to watch live on FacebookYouTube and there is a Zoom link too, so engaging with the band is possible and encouraged.  

Hope to “see” you there!! 

New Video - Say What You Will 

Posting a new video from the new CD. This song, called Say What You Will, is the most political song I have ever written. It simply asks the question, "are you happy with how you voted in 2016?" The song is, of course, from the new CD called What You Hold Near, which you can find on the music section of this page and iTunes/Apple Music, Spotify and Amazon.

Announcing New CD - What You Hold Near! 

I am pleased to announce the official release of my third full-length CD, a work which I am calling “What You Hold Near.” You can get it right now at my Bandcamp page, and you can purchase or stream it from iTunes/Apple MusicSpotify and Amazon. There are YouTube promotional videos for three of the songs herehere and here

So…let’s face it -- we are living through unsettling times. And even though these songs were written and recorded over the past two years, I think they resonate with what is happening today in the world. I chose to call the album What You Hold Near because at the core of things, we draw strength from our families, friends and those people and things we choose to hold nearest to our hearts. 

In difficult times, music has always powered me through. I hope it is not too presumptuous to suggest that these songs can offer opportunities to escape, reflect or to just rock out to. 

Thanks to my bandmates David Kendall and Mike Budd, who brought these songs to life. Thanks to those who I hold near, especially my beautiful wife and children. May we all emerge on the other side stronger and wiser. 

As always, thank you for your support. Stay safe!

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