Category Archives: Shows

Peabody!

Adding another stop to the Employee Burnout Tour, BTO is happy to announce that we’ll be performing at the Peabody Institute Library on December 11th at 7:00pm! There is limited space for this event so *please* ensure that you register at THIS LINK!

As always, keep an eye on our socials or our Upcoming Shows page for details.

Cambridge!



We’re thrilled to announce that the MIT Museum has included us in their After Dark Series for the month of October! October’s theme is: INK. Catch us on October 12th at 6:00!

Celebrate National Book Month at our novel October After Dark. Take in a performance by the Boston Typewriter Orchestra, design your own MIT Press book cover, and create a solar print. In our Collections Workshop, join our curators for a close look at prints and printmaking equipment from the 17th to the 20th centuries.

Craft beers from Lord Hobo and tasty bites from Za available for purchase.

Tickets are available HERE!

This and all of our other appearances can be found in the Upcoming Shows tab.

Worcester!

We’re performing at Ralph’s Rock Diner on Saturday, October 7th with Garrison, Pilot to Gunner and Sorry, Mister. We don’t play club shows very often nowadays, so if you ever wanted to see us live, this is the place!

Tickets will be available at the door.

This and all of our other shows can be found in the Upcoming Shows tab.

Flier by onetricpony

Philadelphia!

We’re excited to announce our first performance in the Keystone State!

The Boston Typewriter Orchestra will play Philadelphia at the Mt. Airy Village Fair, Oct. 1, 2023! The seven-person percussive group, as seen on BBC, NPR, and NBC, will perform FREE during the Mt. Airy Village Fair in the spacious, whimsical Garden of the WPM Typewriter Shop, 11:30 am, and street-side, 1:30 pm.

Mt. Airy Village Fair spans the intersection of Greene St. & Carpenter Lane, 11 – 4 pm. In its 12th year, the annual fair is known for highly interactive engagement for children and adults. The fair this year will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Weaver’s Way Co-op (at this intersection).

You’re f#$%^&’ pretty loud, New Jersey!

In conjunction with our Elevator Music 8 exhibition, Gallery Aferro has invited us to perform on March 5th at 6:00pm! If you happen to be in the Newark area, definitely stop in and check us out!

Saturday, March 5th, 6 – 7:30pm
Main Gallery @ Gallery Aferro
73 Market Street, Newark, NJ

Free and open to everyone!
* Masks are required. Please register for timed admission here.

More information is available on the Gallery Aferro Events page here.

Chinese Typewriters

It’s weird when people have been asking about the BTO and wondering where they can see us play. Since the answer to that for much of the year so far had been Chicago, it seemed a bit irrelevant for our local fans. While Chicago was a blast and both of our shows were a hoot, it’s nice to have a spot in Cambridge where we are playing and can invite people to see us. That’s why we’re taking our act to the Hong Kong in Harvard Square. It’s a venue that had been known as a hub of comedy, so it’s fitting that we’re the sort of band that fits just right there.

Joining us for the night of fun is a DJ crew who do things the way I did when I used to take over the gym/cafeteria in junior high and did it all on cassette. The Hartford Yacht Goats are a crew that brings the soft rock flavor and dolby hiss to any great night, and we’re taking them out of Connecticut for the night and showcasing them to a whole new audience. As the other primary contributor to the Beyond Yacht Rock podcast, it’s nice to have us join forces like Voltron.

B&E is a duo that will be playing a live set during the evening. With the most un-googleable name, the accordion-guitar duo features Brendan’s former C4RT bandmate Ed, and we’ll find out just what it’s really all about when you do too, since you’ll already be sitting at a table right up front. We haven’t been let out to have fun in the more ribald environment of a night club in ages, so make sure you’re there, because witnesses will be needed.

June 14, 2019  7-10pm
QWERTY Laundry: A Night for Fun
with B&E
and music from the All-Cassette soft-rock DJ squad Hartford Yacht Goats
Hong Kong Restaurant
1238 Massachusetts Ave, Harvard Square, Cambridge MA

My Kind of Town, Though Windier Than We Might Like

People who track our touring radius know that the one time we made it to Washington DC was the true anomaly on our appearances. Aside from a few flirtations with NYC and the Catskills, all of our performances have been within New England. Thanks to overtures from the American Writers Museum, we’re gonna try to sneak a bunch of typewriters through TSA and visit Chicago for a couple days.

Our perception of a Chicago Typewriter is more than a mere Thompson submachine gun…
it’s a Thompson supermachine gun outfitted with a daisy wheel!

While the AWM performance is for a fundraiser for them and you may need $5000 for a table to see us open and close the show, we have added a gig on Monday April 8 where we are going to play at the venerable Phyllis’ Musical Inn. If you’re in Chicago, come early, as we are scheduled for a 6pm start time. Or if you see a bunch of Bostonians wandering around the streets carrying typewriters, try to point us in the right direction.

Monday April 8, 2019 6pm
Phyllis’ Musical Inn
1800 W Division St, Chicago IL

Tuesday April 9, 2019
American Writer’s Museum fundraiser <private event>
Chicago, IL

Westward Ho!

After spending the first half of the year playing surprise shows and private events and then heading into the studio to lay down some tracks, we’re venturing Westward over the fall to play a series of shows along the Mass Pike (or maybe more appropriately Route 20). We’re bound to land a Boston gig to announce soon too, but for now you’ll have to make a bit of a trek to come and see us play, starting Sunday in Worcester…

Sunday, September 16, 2018   12:30pm
stART on the Street : World Music Stage
Park Ave & Elm St
Worcester, MA

Wednesday, October 10, 2018  7:00pm
“Our Triumphant Return”
Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation
154 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453

Sunday, November 4, 2018   2:00pm
Painting, Politics, and Performance: Thomas Hart Benton’s America
Modern & Contemporary Gallery of the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts
21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA 01103

Saturday November 17, 2018   3:00pm
in the Rotunda
Wayland Free Public Library
5 Concord Road, Wayland, MA

Typing in the Holidays

So we’re expanding the scope of things… Usually December is a winding down of the year, but this year has been crazy and 2018 is already shaping up to be even busier. So instead of merely playing a couple of songs as a lark at the Christmas Cavalcade, we’re also helping the JP branch of the BPL celebrate the holidays, and we’re doing a show with some good pals from Chicago, Bitchin’ Bajas, that will serve as a quasi official record release party for us.

12/7: First up of the three is the trip to Jamaica Plain where we’ll serve the local community with a proper dessert of sound after a potluck at their branch of the Boston Public Library. The room fits only about 100, and I’m not sure if you need to bring food to share to be let in, but this will be the most casual of the shows, with a limited PA, so if it’s not your natural neighborhood, maybe you shouldn’t try to fight your way down to that end of town.

12/13: Last of the three chronologically is the 13th Annual Christmas Cavalcade. It’s always a crazy time and with Johnny D’s razed last week, it’s gonna be at Once again this year. Proceeds go to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition, so that’s a great cause, but if you’re coming just to see us play, well, know that we’ve got a very short set in the early part of the night and that we’ll dust off a popular Christmas ditty that we’ve played out the past few years, let Alex do his twisted interpretation of a Night Before Xmas, and we’ll have a new holiday tune to show off celebrating those that died on the holiday.

12/10: The other show, well, this is our big record release show at a dance studio in Cambridge’s Central Square, and it’s the one that everyone should come to see us play. We’ve been trying to find a good chance to bring our record out to the locals beyond those that supported us on Kickstarter or Bandcamp. When my pal Cooper told me his electronic band Bitchin’ Bajas was coming to town to play Studio @ 550, it seemed a perfectly bizarre fit for our all-analog manual typewriter attack to join forces with their droning melodic swells. This one will have us playing first and we’re planning to play a set designed for the heads who are there for the tunes, so we’ve got a few ideas up our sleeves on just how to shock and awe. Bring some extra cash as we’ll have records and t-shirts for sale and we’ll be around to hang out after you figure out how to reattach your jaw.

Thursday December 7 6pm
JP Branch Annual Holiday Party
Boston Public Library JP Branch
30 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Sunday December 10, 2017 9pm
Record Release Party (FB Event Page)
with Bitchin’ Bajas, Prone, Erika Nesse
Studio @ 550
550 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA
$12 advance / $15 at the door

Wednesday December 13 doors at 6pm, music at 7pm
13th Annual Boston Christmas Cavalcade for the Homeless
with Livingston Taylor, The Chandler Travis Philharmonic, Merrie Amsterburg, The Boogaloo Swamis and more!
Once Somerville
160 Highland Ave, Somerville MA 02143
$20.00 in advance, $25.00 at the door, all proceeds go to Somerville Homeless Coalition