The Colloquial Orchestra
The Colloquial Orchestra is an experimental improvised music ensemble founded by Dave Watkins in 2009 as an excuse to be in a band with his favorite RVA musicians. The project returned to the stage after a five year hiatus on March 10th of this year. This is the document of that experience.
Live at Bandito's features Elizabeth Owens, Micah Barry, PJ Sykes and Dave Watkins creating music live on four homemade dulcitars, designed and built by Dave himself, with percussion and electronics.
The film was produced and edited by PJ Sykes with footage shot by Alec Milton and Emmaline Terry.
Five minute sampler of the 4 1/2 hour “Alive in Richmond” compilation
SHOW HISTORY with audio and video links
03/10/2019 Bandito’s Burrito Lounge
Dave Watkins, PJ Sykes, Elizabeth Owens, Micha Barry, [Thumperor (Jon Hawkins) was sick and didn’t play]
with Christopher Tignor, Kenneka Cook
03/06/2019 Bandito’s Burrito Lounge Rehearsal
Dave Watkins, PJ Sykes, Elizabeth Owens, Micha Barry, Thumperor (Jon Hawkins)
06/22/2017 Flora - TCO presents: a night of experimental and improvised music
This was booked to be a TCO show but turned into a showcase for Jandek’s RVA backing band special one-off show.
Ready For The House Band (PJ Sykes, Gary Stevens, Chrissie Lozano)
with Amplifier on Fire, honeybrandy, LUNAR, DJ KaraT
02/07/2014 Renaissance Ballroom - WRIR Party For The Rest Of Us 9
Dave Watkins, Joon Kim, PJ Sykes, Tristan Brennis, Adam Birce, Tim Falen, Kyle Flanagan, Greg Garner, Troy Gatrell, Jon Hawkins, Joseph Hawkins, Evan Hoffman, Shannon Keeter, Clair Morgan Ben Nicastro Adam Tsai
08/17/2013 Bogart’s - Sounds Of RVA Showcase
Dave Watkins, PJ Sykes, Greg Garner, Ben Nicastro, Joon Kim, Tim Falen, Nathaniel Roseberry
04/09/2013 Gallery 5
Dave Watkins, PJ Sykes, Ben Nicastro, Greg Garner, Jameson Price, Laney Sullivan, Ethan Kuhn, Ethan Johnstone, Reid LaPierre, Jason Scott, Tristan Brennis, Nelly Kate,
02/01/2013 Renaissance Ballroom - WRIR Party For The Rest Of Us 8
Dave Watkins, Matt Klimas, Joon Kim, PJ Sykes, Adam Birce, Tristan Brennis, Jimmy Held, Nelly Kate, Shannon Keter, Brandon Martin, Nathaniel Roseberry, Adam Tsai
Dave Watkins, PJ Sykes Nathaniel Roseberry
7/14/2012 Gallery 5 - WRIR and The Commonwealth of Notions Presents: Volume Two
Dave Watkins, Matt Klimas, Joon Kim, PJ Sykes, Shannon Keeter, Brandon Martin, Ben Nicastro, Adam Rose
For this show TCO lined the walls and the audience sat in the middle of the room.
"Best surround sound set: Colloquial Orchestra's dynamic smorgasbord of eight musicians placed around the room and following the lead of the amazingly talented Dave Watkins on electric dulcitar.
The 27-minute improvised piece featured some of my favorite people, including Adam of Marionette, Matt of Snowy Owls and PJ, a guy who changes from mild-mannered photographer to beast of a guitar god when he has an instrument in his hand.
Also of note was Brandon, who entered the fray late in the game, setting up a drum and taking over percussion duties a bit after the set had begun." - Karen
6/2/20012 Gibson's Grill
Dave Watkins, Joon Kim, PJ Sykes
3/11/20012 The Camel
Dave Watkins, Joon Kim, Laney Sullivan, Jameson Price, Nathaniel Roseberry
8/5/2011 The Courtyard
Dave Watkins, Matt Klimas, Joon Kim, Laney Sullivan, Jameson Price, Nathaniel Roseberry,
Dave Watkins, Matt Klimas, Joon Kim, PJ Sykes, Jameson Price, Nathaniel Roseberry, surprise guest percussion by Melissa Koch and Hillary Langford
Dave Watkins, Matt Klimas, Joon Kim, PJ Sykes, Will Thompson, Kyle Harris
Dave Watkins, Joon Kim, P. D. Wilder, Joe Morgan, Zachary M. W. Corsa
Dave Watkins, Matt Klimas, Jonathan Vassar
10/26/2010 Gibbson’s Grill
Dave Watkins, Matt Klimas, Chris Payne and members of Me and My Arrow + Phantom Tailsfrom the great state of Minnesota
Dave Watkins, (bass/drums show)
12/14/2009 The Camel
Dave Watkins, Matt Klimas, Chad Ebel
10/02/2009 The Courtyard
Dave Watkins, Matt Klimas
Dave Watkins, Adah, Cagey Watts, Zachary M. W. Corsa, Nick Coward & The Last Battle, The Diamond Center, Dumbwaiter, Hoax Hunters, Shannon Keeter, Lobo Marino, Marionette, Me And My Arrow, Navi, Nelly Kate, Night Idea, The Snowy Owls, Phantom Tailsfrom, TLVS, Jonathan Vassar, Way, Shape, or Form, WBR, White Laces, P. D. Wilder,