Hi! My name is Evan, and I made this website. This site is a resource for anyone interested in Shiprock & Anchordog - two dogs who travel together across magical landscapes.
This site and all of its contents are free and intended for all ages. Everything here is independently created, produced and published, with no ads. Here's an original oil painting one of my moms did of Shiprock & Anchordog because she loves to support the project:
When I write music or create art, I usually work on expanding the universe of Shiprock & Anchordog. I've had many collaborators in this project. Currently I'm playing with Courtney, Kat, and Chris in the Shiprock & Anchordog live band. I'm also working on creating music and comics, and uploading them on the site here in June '18.
I'm also currently writing the story for our big summer show. I'm working with my longtime collaborator Seana on the eighth rock opera workshop and performance for summer 2018. Seana and I have space at the Hilltown Charter School booked so we can run the theatre program for two weeks, Monday through Friday, from July 30th to August 10th, with performances on the weekend of the 11th & 12th. Reserve a space for your student anytime through our contact form!
SOME SHIPROCK & ANCHORDOG BACKSTORY:
I met Shiprock and Anchordog about ten years ago by chance, while I was in college. I was on break at work and was getting a bite to eat when I saw two dogs and asked to pet them.
The dogs were accompanied by a man named Kiini, who told me all about how he found Shiprock and Anchordog in the Southwest desert on the Navajo reservation and took them in. Shiprock is named after the sacred Navajo monument, and Anchordog is the anchor that holds the group together.
After hearing their story from their human companion, they stayed in my head. I began writing and singing about the dogs' adventures. I wanted to create a series of musicals, like a set of storybooks.
Kiini knows about the project and is very pleased with it, and has stated that the energy of the dogs is flowing through our music. He has attended our live performances and has even brought Shiprock and Anchordog themselves to see several shows!
A timeline of the Shiprock & Anchordog project shows that we've had a lot of collaborators. We like to get as many people involved as possible, and since the project is multimedia, there are a lot of ways to take part.
In the fall of 2010, my good friend Lolo and I performed a musical story about Shiprock & Anchordog at a small venue in Turner's Falls, Massachusetts. Jackie, a local director, saw the show and wanted to turn it into a musical. In early 2011 with assistant director Sasha, we held a weekly after-school drama workshop at the Hilltown Charter School and rehearsed with a group of students. Then we staged a rock opera in May. Lolo and I played the backing music. Later in 2011 we teamed up with a group of producers and musicians to turn that musical into a rock opera album with music and skits. Local kids provided the voices of the characters in the story. In May 2012 we released the first Shiprock & Anchordog album on CD.
In June 2012 we held a new drama workshop and staged the sequel to the our adventure musical. We called it "Shiprock and Anchordog Include Everyone" and it included new songs as well as old, and about twenty kids acting, singing and dancing. I worked with Andrea, Cari, Justin, Mike, Jeremy and Danielle to perform the music. In the fall I recruited local filmmaker Lindsay and her team to create a music video for the song "Blueberries."
In early 2013 I released a Shiprock & Anchordog single produced by local music wiz Josh, called “I’m Just Like You”, which featured awesome musicians Andrea, Jesse, and Jeff. I stayed at Stone Soup Farm, held two workshops and staged two productions of a new rock opera called "Shiprock and Anchordog and the Monster Problem" with directors Leah and Seana debuting. Both rock opera productions featured big groups of kids acting and singing, with live bands playing the backing music in the barn at Stone Soup. In the fall I teamed up with my old friend Greg and began the Shiprock & Anchordog comic book series.
In April 2014 Greg and I released the first Shiprock & Anchordog comic. In the summer Seana and I staged a new summer rock opera show called “Shiprock & Anchordog Meet the Dinosaurs”. Courtney and I performed in the new Dinosaur rock opera as the backing music duo, with electronic beats.
2015 brought us a successful crowdfunding campaign by mid-year, and we released our new crowdfunded CD "Include Everyone" in December. We recorded and mixed the CD ourselves and sampled crowdsourced voiceover phone recordings from over 30 fans. Our summer rock opera show was called “Shiprock & Anchordog in Space”. Seana Lamothe directed a group of local children in choreography and acting, and Courtney and I sang and danced over synth beats.
In 2016 we released a new comic with my old friend Andrew doing the inking and coloring and lettering. Seana and I also staged a new rock opera about interdimensional travel, “Shiprock & Anchordog in Hyperspace”, with a group of local kids and a live rock band. Courtney and I performed lots of awesome duo shows.
In 2017 Seana and I staged "Shiprock & Anchordog Get Energized", our 8th summer rock opera, at the Hilltown Charter School, a new venue for us. The show featured a live rock band and another big group of local kids performing. Mimi and Sophie had vocal showcases in the show and Ezra and Steve played in the band. 2017 was also the year that we started consistently uploading new music and visual art content straight to this website with no intermediaries, so that Shiprock can maintain its independence. Courtney and I began performing live shows with Kat and Chris, who round out the band nicely as an acoustic folk-pop quartet.
2018 is going to be a great year for Shiprock & Anchordog. We have our ninth rock musical in the works, plus our third music album, and our third comic book, and we have a solid line-up in the live band.. so there's a lot to look forward to...
"My daughter has been obsessed with the Shiprock & Anchordog album since we got it. We've been listening to certain tracks on repeat for literally hours at a time. She has changed her name to Cari, for now." - J. T., of Hadley, MA
"Shiprock & Anchordog isn't flashy or loud; it's gentle and sweet and engaging. It's testament to the fact that kids absolutely can appreciate subtle storytelling when it comes from a place of authenticity. It'll be fun to see what they do next." - Bill Childs, of Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child