An Evening with The Baseball Project
Sid The Cat & Bootleg Theater Present

An Evening with The Baseball Project

Bootleg Theater - Bar StageLos AngelesCA
$15.00
Ages 21+
Doors at 8:30 Show at approximately 9pm

Sid The Cat & Bootleg Theater Present

An Evening with The Baseball Project

8/7/20 at Bootleg Theater

$15

Formed in 2007 by Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, The Minus 5, R.E.M., Filthy Friends) and Steve Wynn (The Dream Syndicate, Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3, Gutterball), The Baseball Project began as a way for a couple of fans to pay musical tribute to our national pastime — and maybe score some free baseball tickets in the process. But The Baseball Project has since blossomed into a full-fledged, much-loved band in its own right, one whose following and creativity has steadily grown with each release and tour. The band's official roster includes R.E.M. Rock Hall Of Famers Peter Buck and Mike Mills, and drummer Linda Pitmon (Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3, Filthy Friends, Minus 5). To date, the group has released three proper albums, a fourth of topical songs (written and posted one year month-by-month on espn.com), as well as a live EP and 45.

Fresh off an appearance at the Innings Festival during spring training in Tempe, Arizona, Steve Wynn says: “We’ve been playing together in The Baseball Project now for 11 years, and in other configurations over the past 30 years. You can really feel it —baseball or no baseball, it’s just a killer rock band.”

“We don’t have any rules about what constitutes a baseball song,” McCaughey explains. “It can be anything from a character study of an obscure guy from the 1920s, to something that just happened, to something completely ridiculous like ‘Extra Inning of Love,’ which takes the baseball-as-love metaphor and tries to stretch it as far as it will go. They can be fictional songs or non-fictional songs. The great thing with baseball is, we’ll never run out of things to write about!”

The album 3rd ends with a rousing version of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” the Tin Pan Alley classic that The Baseball Project has performed during numerous seventh-inning stretches at major and minor league ballparks across the country. While McCaughey’s not sure what actual present-day players think of the band, The Baseball Project has found a deeply receptive audience amongst baseball writers, broadcasters and team executives.

“A lot of the assistant GMs or PR people for baseball teams are of the age where they could have been fans of The Dream Syndicate or the Fellows or R.E.M.,” explains McCaughey. “Over the years, they’ve gotten up to having a cool job, and they hook us up. It’s panned out pretty well,” he says, citing behind-the-scene tours at the Baseball Hall of Fame, singing the anthem at a Red Sox / Yankees tilt at Boston’s Fenway Park, and their debut on David Letterman’s Late Show, among his favorite Baseball Project-related experiences.

“We have a lot of fun in this band,” adds Wynn. “All five of us have had plenty of thrills in music over the years, and experienced things we couldn’t have imagined when we were twenty years old, but this band is a whole different thing. When I was making music in the basement as a kid, I had thoughts of maybe someday playing the Whisky A Go Go, or getting played on the radio — but I never imagined getting to throw out the first pitch at Wrigley Field!”

And in 2019, the band played three nights at The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, in conjunction with the MLB All Star Game. In 2020, recording sessions are being booked for the long-awaited 4th album. Another one for the record books!

Venue Information:
Bootleg Theater - Bar Stage
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057