Hi! My name is Evan, and I made this website. This site is a resource for anyone interested in Shiprock & Anchordog, my story about 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 to expand the mythology of Shiprock & Anchordog. I've had many collaborators in this project. Currently I'm playing with Courtney Parker, Kat Rapacki, and Chris Ball in the newest lineup of the Shiprock & Anchordog live band. I'm also working on creating music and comics, and uploading them on the site here in March '18.
I'm also currently planning the story for our big summer show. I'm working with my longtime collaborator Seana Lamothe on the eighth rock opera workshop and performance for summer 2018. Seana and I have space at the Hilltown Charter School booked to run the 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 kid 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 seemed to me like the perfect subjects for a rock musical story for all ages, which was something I had been pondering and planning for a while. I immediately began writing and singing about the dogs' adventures. I wanted to create an series of musicals, like a set of storybooks.
Kiini now knows about the project and is very happy, 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 we held a weekly after-school drama workshop at the Hilltown Charter School and rehearsed with a group of 12 kids. Then we staged a rock opera in May with hundreds in attendance over three days, thanks to Jackie's promotional talents. Lolo and I played the backing music.Later in 2011 I teamed up with a group of producers and musicians to turn that musical into a rock opera album with music and skits. Area children provided the voices of the characters in the story. We were faced with two power outages during the production of the album, but despite the recording process being derailed several times, in May 2012 we finally released the first Shiprock & Anchordog album.
In June 2012 I held a new drama workshop and staged the sequel to the our adventure musical. I called it "Shiprock and Anchordog Include Everyone" and it included new songs as well as old, and 21 kids acting, singing and dancing. I worked with new band members Andrea and Danielle to stage the show, which featured a large acoustic string band and vocal ensemble. In the fall I worked with my friend Lindsay and her team to create a music video for the song "Blueberries."
In early 2013 I released a Shiprock & Anchordog single with Josh Sitron called “I’m Just Like You” which featured awesome musicians. I stayed at Stone Soup Farm for the third drama workshop and musical, and staged a new rock opera called "Shiprock and Anchordog and the Monster Problem" in June with director Leah and 13 kids and in August with director Seana and 24 kids. Both rock opera productions featured full electric rock 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.
2014 saw the release of the first Shiprock & Anchordog comic and a new summer rock opera show called “Shiprock & Anchordog Meet the Dinosaurs” with a group of 22 kids. Seana directed the show again. Courtney and I performed in the 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 used crowdsourced voiceover recordings from over 30 fans. Our summer rock opera show was called “Shiprock & Anchordog in Space”. We teamed up with a group of 17 kids acting, singing and dancing. Seana Lamothe directed, and Courtney Parker and I sang and danced over electronic beats.
2016 saw a new comic with an old friend named Andrew Greenstone. This new comic was issue #2 in the Shiprock & Anchordog comic series. Seana and I also staged a new rock opera about interdimensional travel, “Shiprock & Anchordog in Hyperspace”, with a group of 18 kids and a rock band with new and old members.
2017 was an amazing year for the project. We staged "Shiprock & Anchordog Get Energized", our 7th summer rock opera, at the Hilltown Charter School. Seana and I wrote and directed the show, which featured a live band and 22 kids performing. Courtney, Mimi, and Sophie had vocal showcases in the show. 2017 was also the year that we started consistently uploading new music and visual art content straight to this handy website with virtually no intermediaries whatsoever.
2018 is going to be a gigantic year for Shiprock & Anchordog. We have our 8th rock opera in the works, our 3rd album, and our 3rd comic book, so don't touch that dial...
"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