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Friday May 17 - Southern Komfort Brass Band 10 p.m.
What do you get when you mix Funk, Jazz, Dance, Rock, Hip-hop and Sacred music? You get Southern Komfort, a Jackson, MS-based brass band! The band has been described as an "instant party" due to the ability of this talented group of musicians to cause dancing and revelry wherever they show up!
Sat. May 18 - The Quickening (Blake Quick of Flowtribe new Project) 10 p.m.
Fri. May 24 - Dime Bros. ( Members of Nekisapaya & Furrows)10 p.m.
Sat. May 25 - The Bailey Brothers 10 p.m.
Fri. May 31 - Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires w/ Special Guest 10 p.m. www.thegloryfires.com
Lee Bains of The Dexateens
The title of LEE BAINS III AND THE GLORY FIRES’ debut album comes from Bains mishearing an old hymn as a child. In the soft accents of his elders around Birmingham, Alabama, “There is a balm in Gilead” sounded a lot like “There is a bomb.” It fits, really. The Glory Fires learned to construct music in the churches of their childhoods, and learned to destroy it in the punk clubs of their youths.
As much Wilson Pickett as Fugazi, as much the Stooges as the Allman Brothers, Birmingham, Alabama’s Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires have brought radical rock’n'roll to bear on their own experience and their own place. On ‘THERE IS A BOMB IN GILEAD,’ they deconstruct the music of the Deep South, strip it down and reassemble it, to make a righteous ruckus that sits at the vanguard of the vernacular.
In 2008, shortly after returning to Birmingham from college in New York, Lee Bains fell in with the Dexateens, a Tuscaloosa institution whose raggedy union of cock-eyed rebel pride and forward-thinking fury proved to be the perfect apprenticeship for a confused Southern boy, raised on Skynyrd and schooled in Faulkner. After Bains had played with the band for a couple or three years, a couple or three hundred shows, the Dexateens came to a reluctant end. Bains found himself off the road, back in Birmingham, without a band. He also found himself with a passel of powerful songs sitting somewhere between buzzsaw garage, classic power-pop and sweating country-soul. Casting his nets in central Alabama’s rock’n'roll clubs, Bains assembled the Glory Fires. Chugging along with a fierce Muscle Shoals vibe, the Glory Fires brought a sense of urgency to Bains’s drawling, howling voice.
After tracking some demos under the powerful guidance of Texas punk pioneer Tim Kerr (Big Boys, Poison 13, Now Time Delegation) and a few months of shows, the Glory Fires traveled to Water Valley, Mississippi to record the tracks for their debut LP ‘There Is a Bomb in Gilead’ at Dial Back Sound with engineer Lynn Bridges (Quadrajets, Jack Oblivian, Thomas Function). The songs were mixed in Detroit, at Ghetto Recorders by Jim Diamond (The Dirtbombs, The New Bomb Turks, Outrageous Cherry). It is there — in that Mississippi grease and Detroit grit — that ‘There Is a Bomb in Gilead’ sits, fuse lit, ready to go.
Sat. June 1 - Iron Feathers 10 p.m.
Fri. June 7 - Vegabond Swing 10 p.m. www.vegabondswing.com
Music should not simply be heard. Music is meant to be experienced. This is the ideal that inspires the eclectic, high-energy sound of the Lafayette, LA based band Vagabond Swing. The band creates the driving force behind their music with their uninhibited blending of styles and creativity. With their musical roots ranging from bluegrass to ska, the band produces a surprisingly smooth mixture of progressive Gypsy/Experimental/Circus-vibe/Swing tunes. Along with their melodic energy, the band members themselves bring on a show of vibrant, youthful spunk, which gives their performance a thrashing air of excitement.
They recently released Soundtrack to an Untimely Death (2011), their first full-length album, with Grammy Award winning engineer, Tony Daigle. Dabbling with both serious and playful themes, Soundtrack is a continuous movement of mutually complex and easy-listening songs. The record is broken into a five-chapter story, which effectively turns the entire piece into a multipart gypsy ballad. Band members include: Jon Stone (mandolin, vocals, percussion), Jesse Duplechain (guitar, melodica, background vocals), Bryan Webre (guitar, keys, programming, percussion, background vocals), Hayden Talley (upright bass), Josh LeBlanc (trumpet, keys, percussion, background vocals), Steven Pilcher (trumpet, keys, percussion, vocals), and Roy Durand (drums, vocals, percussion). The band’s varied musical background includes concentrations in folk/bluegrass/gypsy (Stone), punk/ska (Durand), classical/avant garde (Pilcher), and jazz (Duplechain, Webre, Talley, LeBlanc). LeBlanc is also bassist of the internationaly know GIVERS.
Vagabond Swing has played with several renowned musicians, such as Snarky Puppy (Ropeadope Digital), Ghostland Observatory (Trashy Moped Recordings), GIVERS (Glassnote Records), Honky, Anders Osborne, Pork Dukes, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Fishtank Ensemble, Vermont Joy Parade, Caspian Hat Dance, The Iguanas, Danny Barnes, and Scott Birum. They headlined the UNO Film Festival and performed at Foburg Fest, French Quarter Festival, Gulf Brew Beer Festival, and Geronimo Festival. This year, they have played at Wakarusa and the 2011 Festival International de Louisiane. In May of 2011, the band successfully embarked on thier first national tour. Following their summer tour, Vagabond Swing will be supporting the New Orleans based Garage A Trois for a series of shows.
Sat. June 8 - Jerry Joseph w/ Jeff Crosby & The Refugees 10 p.m. www.jerryjoseph.com www.jeffcrosbymusic.com
Joseph first came to prominence in the mid-1980s with still-beloved cult band Little Women, a reggae-rock proto-jam band that dominated the Rocky Mountain club scene for nearly a decade, and notably helped break jam giants Widespread Panic, who looked up to Joseph and opened for his band before rising to prominence. To this day, many of Panic’s favorite concert staples were written by Jerry Joseph, including such blazing epics as North, Chainsaw City and Climb to Safety. Today, Joseph neatly describes Little Women as mash-up of Burning Spear and the Grateful Dead dressed up like the New York Dolls.
The other two key ingredients to the Jackmormons, JR Ruppel and Steve Drizos, are also musical lifers working steadily for decades both as sparring partners to Jerry Joseph and elsewhere. Drizos was a member of acoustic Dexter Grove from 1995-2004, who performed over 1500 shows nationally. Drizos produced the live Jackmormons record Badlandia and co-produced Happy Book, as well as performing and recordings with such luminaries as Dave Mason and Jim Capaldi (of Traffic), Widespread Panic, The Decemberists, moe., Merle Saunders, Eric McFadden, as well as dozens of local Portland artists and bands. Ruppel has recorded and played live as a solo artist and with Fabuloso and Moheynow. As far as being part of the Jackmormons, Drizos says, I love the intensity of this band, the songs and live performances. Playing drums for this band sometimes feels like driving a runaway train about to fall off the tracks at any moment but always manages to arrive at the station.
Former Little Women percussionist Gregg Williams (Dandy Warhols, Blitzen Trapper) produced Happy Book, incorporating horns and other choice elements from guests Jenny Conlee-Drizos and Chris Funk(The Decemberists), Eric Earley (Blitzen Trapper), Dan Eccles (Richmond Fontaine), Wally Ingram, Little Sue Weaver and Paul Brainard into the trio’s tight-knit chemistry to create an expansive work that captures Joseph’s startlingly broad musical range in a roughly graceful, swiftly intoxicating way.
Columbia Record Club used to have 20 records for a penny and I filled out form after form, and these boxes of records came to my house and my parents would flip out. Those were my influences, says Joseph. I was a kid, so I was as into The Monkees as I was The Beatles. Then, my mother would tell you, it was all over on my 9th or 10th birthday with [Black Sabbath's] Master of Reality and Steppenwolf Live. Then at 12, it was jazz. I saw every jazz act that toured in the 70s Herbie Hancock and Tower of Power after we went to see Steely Dan. All that and then my older babysitter bought me Exile on Main Street and I saw [Bob Marley and] The Wailers in 1976 and moved to New Zealand. And then The Clash came out and changed my life. But I also loved ZZ Top and all those guitar bands. When I lived in New Zealand, I sat in my window and read Lord of the Rings while listening to prog like Gentle Giant and Camel. Later, I learned a lot from Chris Whitley touring around Europe with him.
As 2012 gets rolling, Joseph is steadily extending his global reach, taking advantage of the Internet’s ability to find audiences worldwide with tours in Southeast Asia, Europe and elsewhere, another hyper-gifted American singer-songwriter finding appreciation beyond his own country’s borders. However, Happy Book may be the perfect introduction to American audiences that have yet to discover one of the most striking, talented musicians of the past quarter century, an endlessly insightful rabble-rouser and back street shaman whose creative tendrils extend beyond the Jackmormons into extensive solo work, a duo with percussionist Wally Ingram, rangy rock juggernaut Stockholm Syndrome (where Joseph plays with Widespread’s Dave Schools, Bay Area guitar marvel Eric McFadden, Gov’t Mule’s Danny Louis and Ingram), and a host of unreleased work.
Despite the sort of roadblocks and turns of fortune that usually crush most musicians, Joseph survives, and in fact, thrives in a way that’s heartening and stirring on Happy Book, a clear-eyed survivor’s hymnal.
I’m lucky. I work. I’ve never had to play in a cover band. I’ve never had to wear a funny hat, says Joseph. Perhaps because of the lack of traditional success, I’ve put out about a record a year, plus all the stuff that’s never come out, and it’s kept me creatively honest. I don’t rehash my past. I don’t repeat any of my old hits because I don’t have any big hits [laughs].
"I believe Jeff Crosby is the authentic item...if I had half a brain, I would quit playing music and manage him...and if I were signing bands for Atlantic Records, I would have signed him a year ago...I would put my job on the line and never look back" – Jerry Joseph
Los Angeles, CA – Idaho-born, LA-based singer-songwriter Jeff Crosby's Silent Conversations ep will be released on Cosmo Sex School on March 5. This will be Cosmo Sex School's first release that is not a Jerry Joseph project.
Silent Conversations deals with the bittersweet emotions of leaving home and family for the first time and finding new appreciation for what you left behind. Partly written as Jeff moved from small town Idaho to L.A. with the rest composed during a month-long trip to Columbia, the five songs reflect the change he was making in his life at the time and the clarity that comes from distance. The title track, "Silent Conversations," was written while standing in the doorway of a catholic church in Colombia during a torrential downpour. "This Old Town" is a reaction to coming home after moving to LA, how different everything looks and how the place shaped him. "Family, How Ya Been" is taken from letters Jeff was attempting to write home while staying in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua. Jeff says, "I'm not very good at keeping in touch or writing home so naturally the letters turned into a song. I found the poem while moving my stuff to LA and started performing the tune at pubs and bars. People really reacted to it so I decided to record it for the EP."
Jerry Joseph's first encounter with Jeff Crosby also elicited a strong reaction to his live performance. While opening for Jerry in the Rockies, Jerry was immediately struck by Jeff. Jerry raves, "Jeff is the whole package. His guitar playing is frankly ripping, he's got a big thoughtful voice and a great hungry band. He's fucking gorgeous and manages to not let that override his presence (give him time). And then there's the songs. I keep going back to Stephen Stills ala Manassas, in vocal timbre, guitar stylings and song writing. I would venture to guess as Jeff was forming his `thing', he had no idea who Stephen Still is. There's a lot of the Laurel Canyon vibe in his writing but at the end of the day, he's from Idaho."
The two played some more shows together and Jerry offered to put out the ep on his label, Cosmo Sex School. "I think Jeff is a rock star. I still like and look for rock stars in music, that's what I grew up with. They had presence and confidence and they looked cool and I could sing along and most importantly, they were not me. I didn't want to pay to see me, I wanted to go somewhere else, with cool locations and interesting friends and the camaraderie of a band and good drugs and pretty girls and I wanted to shake my ass while I was at it. I listen to Jeff and, at least for a moment, I go there. You might want to go there too..."
Sat. June 15 - Flowtribe 10 p.m. www.flowtribe.com
Straight out of New Orleans and into your earholes, Flow Tribe comes at you with the delicacy of a sledgehammer. They create “backbone cracking music”, a soul shaking mixture of styles and sounds guaranteed to drive you wild. These are 6 seasoned performers who have shared the stage with the likes of Trombone Shorty, Juvenile, and BIll Summers just to name a few. A relentlessly touring band that plays major venues and festivals around the country bringing with them a heat and passion best described as “bizarrely irresistible”.
After forming in the summer in 2004, Flow Tribe started to come together and live shows soon followed. Following the dual adversities of Hurricane Katrina and drummer Russel Olschner’s deployment to Iraq, the Tribe regrouped in 2006 to growing popularity and local acclaim. In 2009 Flow Tribe was selected by the reader’s of Gambit Weekly as the #3 Best New Local Band. Constant touring throughout the Southeast earned Flow Tribe the reputation as one of the hardest working bands with the most high energy live show. From New Orleans to the slopes of Colorado and everywhere in between, Flow Tribe brings the funk each and every time. We make backbone cracking music, plain and simple.
Thursday July 18 - Gypsy Camp tour Featuring Blackfoot Gypsies, The Gills, The JAG, & Swaze 9 p.m.
Friday July 26 - Archnemesis 10 p.m. www.archnemesismusic.com
Formed as the musical brainchild of Justin Aubuchon and Curt Heiny, Archnemesis creates its distinctive sound by combining original music with samples ranging from early 20’s blues and jazz to modern hip-hop and soul.
With their EP Diamonds and Glass and LP Peoples Radio both available for free download atwww.archnemesismusic.com, the highly anticipated third release Every Man For Himself is now available from their website and at1320records.com. With this addition to their ever-growing musical catalogue, Archnemesis continues to turn heads at festivals and club shows while elevating the standard for modern electronic music.
Archnemesis has performed genre defining sets at some of the top U.S. festivals including Electric Forest, Lights All Night, The Hangout Music Festival, and Camp Bisco