When Legos Learn to Love
With more rock n' roll/guitar genius/funky white boy dancing/slam poetry than their name can convey, Acoustic Spoken Groove unleashes their 2nd full length CD, 'When Legos Learn to Love.' Having already crafted an underground following for their own genre of music, they've managed to squeeze as much of the stunning visual spectacle of their concerts as possible into their new album. Peter Nevland's unfettered physical energy and Paul Finley's jaw-dropping guitar skills will take you on a synergistic journey that will make you feel you like you traded in all your toys for a heart that's real. Peter & Paul's Story Acoustic Spoken Groove. It's the best way to describe the unfettered energy produced by the unlikely combination of slam poet Peter Nevland and virtuoso guitarist Paul Finley. "These two performers - they're more than poets - have taken spoken word and the art of poetry slam to new heights," raves the Santa Fe Reporter. "An explosion of words," is the quotation of choice for the Dallas Morning News, "lifting his arms one minute and kicking his legs the next." Since September, 2002, Peter and Paul have completed countless tours across the U.S., Canada and England and played for just about every audience imaginable. From rock hungry students to fine art lovers, inner city kids to white-collar businessman, no one can get enough of their Acoustic Spoken Groove. Of course the most interesting aspect to them isn't so much where they've played, but how they ended up working together. Music and writing was the last thing on Peter's mind when he came to the University of Texas in 1993 to study Mechanical Engineering. When he did start writing, his performance was so inventive, bands started asking if they could play music for him while he unleashed his "Dr. Seuss took a walk through the ghetto and decided to become the white, jive king" style. It wasn't long before he met one of the most amazing guitarists he'd ever seen in 2000 at an Austin Arts Festival. Wisconsin-reared Paul Finley had been hooked by the guitar the first time his fingers touched the strings. At the age of 16, he began teaching, getting a diploma in Guitar Performance from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and joining his talents with the indie band, Mas Optica. He's played with symphonies, comedy troupes, rock stars and buskers in his journey from Wisconsin to Austin. It was the perfect preparation for the turn his life was about to take as he gave Peter his card and told him to call if he wanted to do anything with music. They finally played together a year later, realizing something instant and magical in what they were creating. After countless cities, open doors, wowed audiences, bad jokes and 8 CD's later, they're set to take off as the folk apostles of the most original, acoustic funk machine, spoken groove combo ever experienced. 'It's a wild trippin' psycho funkedelic roller coaster ride that taps into the unexplored depths of the unknown." raves HM Magazine. "an explosion of words," reads The Dallas Morning News, "lifting his arms one minute and kicking his legs the next." These two performers - they're more than poets - have taken spoken word and the art of poetry slam to new heights." - Santa Fe Reporter Paul," is a virtuoso on the guitar," raves Hope Arts Festival Coordinator, David Taylor. "The man does not hide behind his guitar, he rides it." What Peter does with words is illegal in 7 states and under investigation in 17 more," says national best-selling author, Roy Williams. Amazingly, Peter completed a Master's in Engineering from the University of Texas and spurned his lucrative position as an engineer at Motorola to pursue a performance career full-time. CD Releases "When Legos Learn to Love" 2006 Acoustic Spoken Groove "14 Windows" 2004 Paul's 2nd instrumental CD "Acoustic Spoken Groove" 2003 "Birth of the Spoken Groove" 2003 The whole Band "Just My Mouth" 2003 Peter's 2nd solo CD "Late Bloomer" 2002 The Peter Nevland Band "Peter Nevland" 2001 Peter's 1st solo CD "A.D." 2001 Paul's 1st instrumental CD A Few Places_Peter & Paul Have Played Soul Survivor Festival, 2005, 2006 - Shepton Mallet, England Pitch n' Praise Festival, 2005 - Stayner, ON Aliquippa Festival, 2005 - Aliquippa, PA CPYA Youth Festival, 2004 - Portland, OR Youth Specialties Convention 2004 - Dallas, TX Emergent Convention 2004 - San Diego, CA; Nashville, TN Ichthus Music Festival, 2003 - Wilmore, KY Freedom Arts Festival, 2002, 2003 - Beaumont, TX Hope Arts Festival, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 - Austin, TX Fayetteville, AR - The University of Arkansas, Kennedy Coffee San Diego, CA - Capistrano Beach Church Los Angeles, CA - Verge, The Bridge San Francisco, CA - Merge, Highway Community, Red Rock Coffee Santa Cruz, CA - Vintage Faith Atwater, CA - Seraphim Café Visalia, CA - Pipeline, Tazzaria Coffee Durango, CO - Steamworks Brewing Co, Durango Joe's, Fort Lewis College Colorado Springs, CO - 32 Bleu Loveland, CO - Blue Sky Church Hamden, CT - The Space Washington, D.C. - Teaism, Josh's Place Boca Raton, FL - Funky Buddha Lounge Delray Beach, FL - Club Dada Fort Walton Beach, FL - First Baptist Church Jacksonville, FL - Boomtown Theatre, Fuel Coffeehouse Pensacola, FL - Alligator Alley, The Hideout St. Augustine, FL - Juvenile Detention Facility West Palm Beach, FL - PBA University, G-Star School, Urban Youth Impact Duluth, GA - Perimeter Church Hinesville, GA - Over Coffee, Bethesda Church, First United Methodist Church Milledgeville, GA - Georgia College & State University Savannah, GA - Savannah College of Art & Design, 180 Cahokia, IL - Side Door Café Wheaton, IL - Wheaton College, Wheaton Bible Church Evansville, IN - Club Rev, Wired Coffeehouse Indianapolis, IN - The House, Chapel Rock Christian Church Georgetown, KY - Georgetown College Morehead, KY - Rowan County High School, Grounds & Sounds Murray, KY - Murray State University Owensboro, KY - Beyond the Brim, Common Ground, Macedonia Baptist Church, Our Lady of Lourdes Shreveport, LA - Lighthouse Coffeehouse Baltimore, MD - XandO (Baltimore slam feature) Albion, MI - Albion College Ann Arbor, MI - The University of Michigan Grand Rapids, MI - Calvin College, Schuller's Books, 4 Friends Coffee, Billy's Bar, Genesis UM Church Petoskey, MI - The Bridge, Roast & Toast Tawas City, MI - Tawas United Methodist Church Minneapolis, MN - Kitty Cat Klub, North Central University, Solomon's Porch Cassville, MO - First Christian Church Springfield, MO - Drury University St. Louis, MO - Webster University Joplin, MO - Dioko Coffee Co., Ozark Christian College, Carterville Christian Church Chapel Hill, NC - The Cave, Chapel Hill Bible Church Sylva, NC - Western Carolina University Nashua, NH - Greeley Park Albuquerque, NM - Atomic Cantina Santa Fe, NM - Bar B New York, NY - New York Stock Exchange, Times Square, MTV Studios, The Bitter End, Future Leaders Institute, Graffiti Church Cincinnati, OH - College Hill Presbyterian Church Columbus, OH - Oldfield's on High, Paranoia District, Kennedy Park, Vineyard Café Oklahoma City, OK - The Backroom, Galileo's, Zach's House Tulsa, OK - The Loft, Southwood Baptist Church Stratford, ON - Club Tango, Falstaff's, Bistro 32, Queen's Inn Corvallis, OR - Oregon State University, 1st Presbyterian Church Newberg, OR - The Coffee Cottage Portland, OR - Hill's Lego Palace Aliquippa, PA - Uncommon Ground, Aliquippa Middle School, Wildwood Chapel Bridgewater, PA - The Copper Dog Pittsburgh, PA - Club Café, Quiet Storm, The Open Door, Shadow Lounge, Church of the Ascension Rochester, PA - The Blue Violet Café Nashville, TN - Lipscomb University Kingston, TN - Common Ground, Morrison Hill Church Price, UT - College of Eastern Utah Arlington, TX - Arlington High School, Grace Community Church, North Davis Church of Christ, Lamar Baptist Church Austin, TX - The University of Texas, Flamingo Cantina, Momo's, Steamboat, Spider House, Flipnotics, the Vibe, Cheapo Records, Ruta Maya's, Ego's, Café Mundi, Threadgill's, 5X Austin Poetry Slam Champion, Mc Neil High School Beaumont, TX - Logon Café Canyon, TX - Wesley Foundation, First United Methodist Church Corpus Christi, TX - The Cassidy's Dallas, TX - Deep Ellum Live, Club Clearview, Galaxy Club, SMU, Insomnia, Reno's Chop Shop Houston, TX - Hard Rock Café, Sidecar Pub Kileen, TX - Killeen Community Center San Marcos, TX - Texas State University Waco, TX - Baylor University Chehalis, WA - The Matrix Coffeehouse Milwaukee, WI - Linneman's Riverwest Inn Where You've Heard Them on the Radio Tuscaloosa, AL - WVUA 90.7FM Durango, CO - KDUR 91.9FM Rolla, MO - KUMR (an NPR affiliate) morning show, KMNR college radio Springfield, MO - KDRU 98.1FM Oklahoma City, OK - KTOK with Sonya Vaughan and Scott Lewis Cleveland, OH - WCSB 89.3 FM, The True Unda-Ground Show Columbus, OH - CD101 New Band Showcase Stratford, ON - CJCS 1240 Austin, TX - KLBJ Local Licks Live with Loris Lowe, Power FM 106.7 Price, UT - KCEU 91.1FM Seattle, WA - KGNW 820.