Sad Daddy   $10 Advance / $15 Door
Dec
14
8:00 PM20:00

Sad Daddy $10 Advance / $15 Door

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3629219

Sad Daddy began as the meeting of three musical minds -- Brian Martin (guitar), Melissa Carper (bass), and Joe Sundell (banjo). The dynamic songwriting of the original three members carried the group's 2010 self-titled release and won them a loyal following in and around the great state of Arkansas. However, with Carper and Sundell residing in Austin, TX and Martin far away in Ozark country the group's opportunities for collaboration and performance were few and far between. Now with the original members all back in Arkansas as well as the addition of standout fidller Rebecca Patek, Sad Daddy is embarking on the next chapter of their musical journey. Their follow-up album, "Fresh Catch" was released in fall 2016 to massive critical acclaim and the band has been touring extensively throughout 2017. While Sad Daddy's musicianship and stagecraft are worthy of mention, the songwriting of Martin, Carper, and Sundell, remains the cornerstone of the group's allure and allows them to connect with a wide range of audiences.

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Bird's Eye .  $10
Dec
15
8:00 PM20:00

Bird's Eye . $10

Bird’s Eye is a Madison six-piece creating funky hip hop with live instrumentation. Building cred steadily since 2013, they now fill venues alongside other prime acts locally and on tour. Shows are characterized by the band’s ability to engage a crowd and surprise even devoted fans when inviting guests to share the stage impromptu.

The rhythm section—featuring Evan’s explorative bass, Frankie’s refined drumming, and Lauren adorning the mix with keys, vocals and sax—builds a groove-driven foundation for Ra Fury’s cutting lyricism, Joe’s wah-wah counterpoint on guitar, and Hannah’s soulful lead-singing. All six are uniquely valued because everyone has a part in each song that makes it so recognizable. Bird’s Eye plays at least monthly in the Madison area and has demos posted on Soundcloud and Youtube. Show your support!

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John Statz   $10   Advance tickets available
Dec
20
8:00 PM20:00

John Statz $10 Advance tickets available

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3918638

John Statz has been writing love songs lately, specifically about the kinds of romantic love that burn. Namely, all of them. When we first enter a new relationship we are filled with burning desire. Sometimes we later take those same relationships for granted and seemingly burn right through them. At the end we might find ourselves literally burning old love notes, or bridges, which turns out to be an excellent time to listen to that fire in our bellies. Hit the road, see something new, spend time on ourselves.The Fire Sermon is more than a meditation on romance in the 21st century, it is an assertion gleaned from trial by fire.

One of the more prolific and hard-working young songwriters working in the Americana genre, John Statz has released seven studio albums, and performed all over North America (including Canada and Mexico) and Europe, all in just a shade over a decade. Throughout that time he’s been writing the kind of songs that float through your mind and stay nestled in your thoughts long after listening (American Songwriter) and it’s been said that his songwriting can stand beside the best and above the rest (No Depression). Along the way John has attracted the attention of the likes of Americana scene heroes Jeffrey Foucault and Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown), who separately produced his last two records. This latest is produced by fellow Denver songwriter Megan Burtt, whose instincts and backing band help bring forth an entirely new sound from Statz. The title of The Fire Sermon was taken from the third section of T.S. Eliot’s poem, The Wasteland, the name of which was borrowed from a sermon given by Buddha, in which he denounced the fires of passion, hatred, and infatuation with which the senses burn, according to Eliot’s endnotes. At the very end of the Fire Sermon section Eliot simply repeats, “Burning burning burning burning.”

John Statz was given a guitar by his grandmother when he was 15, which turned out to be perfectly timed for a teenager who, after ten years of piano lessons, had lost interest in classical music and had taken to learning John Lennon and Elton John tunes, first trying out his singing voice and turning towards rock and roll. Spending the rest of his high school years in southern Wisconsin attempting to play and sing like Neil Young and Cat Stevens, it wasn’t until Statz was 19 and attending university in Oshkosh that he began writing songs. The spark lit after attending a show at the storied Cafe Carpe in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin featuring Jeffrey Foucault and Peter Mulvey, who quickly became heroes, and, much later on, fast friends and colleagues. The first record, Dusk Came Slow, was engineered by a friend enrolled in the university recording program, and what followed for John has been 11 years of touring everywhere from Bellingham to Budapest, Fairbanks to Mexico City, all the while becoming a stronger songwriter, and a more compelling performer.

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Ben Ferris Octet   $10  Advance Tickets Available
Dec
21
8:00 PM20:00

Ben Ferris Octet $10 Advance Tickets Available

Brown Paper Tickets https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3918067

The Ben Ferris Octet is an 8-piece band based out of Madison WI, playing music from 1920-Now with the sound of a big band and the clarity of a trio.

Members: Ben Ferris, Bass, Nicholas Bartell, alto sax, Jon Hoel, tenor sax, Luke Busch, Bari Sax, Paul Dietrich, Trumpet, Darren Sterud, trombone, Paul Meunch, piano and Michael Koszewski, drums

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Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble   $10
Dec
22
8:00 PM20:00

Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble $10

Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble is a world traveling instrumental acoustic jazz group based in Madison, Wisconsin. They are primarily influenced by the legendary Roma Gypsy Jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. The ensemble also pulls influences from American jazz, European Folk Music, traditional Latin, Parisian waltz, and other vintage-jazz sources. Expect a range of tunes from the “Hot Swing" repertoire, originals, and standards done in uniquely arranged styles.

Since its inception in 2003 Caravan has had substantial experience with live performance. They have performed in a broad range of settings including concert halls, festivals, and jazz clubs. They have also had a wide variety of live radio and television performance experiences!

Caravan has five releases on HotStringSwing Records and songs featured on other compilation CDs. The band regards their most recent release “The Waiting Game” to be their best work to date! Caravan's recordings have been prominently featured as a soundtrack in films, television shows, YouTube shorts, and advertisements.

 Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble has become an experienced, seasoned group with a diverse repertoire, and a unique voice in the Gypsy Jazz genre. Although the music of Django Reinhardt is still at the core of the band they have learned to take Gypsy Jazz in a broad range of directions.

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Ted Hefko and the Thousandaires    $10
Dec
28
9:00 PM21:00

Ted Hefko and the Thousandaires $10

http://www.ted.hefko.net/

“'Gas Station Guru', the latest release of Ted Hefko And The Thousandaires, has a true New Orleans sound, but in a unique way interpreted. Hefko has completely given its own twist and translated it to the time of today. That is why you not only hear the specific rhythm & blues and jazz sound that the city has always exuberated, but also the sounds of country, folk, roots and even a bit of cajun.”
Ella-Milou Quist, Blues Music Magazine, August, 2018

“years spent in devout study and constant gigging have paid huge dividends, as Gas Station Guru reveals Hefko as adept in songcraft—from lyricism to arrangements to production quality—creating an album that’s fun, funky and fulfilling.”
Frank Etheridge, Offbeat Magazine July 2018

“Hefko has a knack for good songs, and he concocts a gumbo of sounds that draw from blues, R&B, jazz, and that swampy vibe that is NOLA.”
Jim Hynes, Elmore Magazine, April 2018

“a well done roots-y, rhythm & blues, New Orleans R&B-jazz slice of music. I’m so glad this band finally crossed my path.”
Greg “Bluesdog” Szalony Blues Blast Magazine July 2018

“Gas Station Guru is a superlative release from Ted Hefko and The Thousandaires, who manage to capture everything that’s wonderful about the music and the city of New Orleans in just over 40 minutes and nine songs.”
Graham Clarke, Blues Bytes, July 2018

“Ted Hefko And The Thousandaires bring the sweet-tea taste of the Big Easy to this collection, meant for all us rodeo bums and son of a guns to find the “Gas Station Guru” that lives deep down in all of us!”
Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society

Ted Hefko leads his own flavor of New Orleans jazz… with the easy stride of the Night Tripper himself
Bman’s Blues Report, May 2018

“Ted’s songs bounce around musically, skipping like a stone on Lake Pontchartrain, through rhythm and blues, early jazz and folk music. The ripples they make linger in the best way, and after a song or two you’ll swear that you are back in the Crescent City.”
Greg Victor, Parc Bench Live, April 2018

“Hefko’s rich music is a breath of fresh air.”
Richard Ludmerer, Making a Scene, March 2018

What reviewers are saying about 
Ted Hefko and the Thousandaires' Distillations of the Blues

Here’s something different and interesting for you: Ted Hefko and his Thousandaires deliver a classy collection of material with a throwback feel that bathes you in the feel of the New Orleans on every cut.
Marty Gunther in Blues Blast Magazine June 2, 2016

"[Distillations of the Blues] delivers introspective lyricism with a cabaret swagger, capturing a range of emotion - the star attraction here is Hefko’s showcase of multi-instrument prowess."
Frank Etheridge in Offbeat September 29, 2015

"Destillations Of The Blues". The album was recorded in Brooklyn and New Orleans and immerses you in an atmosphere bluesy, jazzy swing and country twangs. The album is a series of songs that will not leave you unmoved, the perfect backdrop supervisor of the balmy summer evenings, which will follow.
Eric Schuurmans www.rootstime.be june 10th 2015

" A wonderfully wild ride, this is a distillation of what it is to make an underground record that somehow everyone finds out about. From the heart and the gut as well as the cerebellum, this is simply a gasser that'll keep you on board and wondering if you heard what you think you just heard."
Midwest Record, May 18. 2015

"Everything that came from those speakers sounded right on: sometimes we knew every single word, sometimes we found ourselves with an “I don’t know this, but I like it” feeling. Either way, by the end of the night we knew that we’d love to have these guys come down ... and do an On the Hill Session.
Interview at Kettle Pot Tracks, January 27, 2015

"... the real showcase is Ted Hefko’s voice. It’s got the heft and gravitas of someone like Dr John while staying approachable and good-natured."
Calvin Powers, *AmericanMusicShow.com* Feb. 25, 2015

"... recorded both in Brooklyn and New Orleans, is bluesin' up the retro swayback, take-your-shoes off, ever-so-swingin’ country Cash-like twang with the saxiest menage of vocals and guitar..."
Dionne Charlet, *Where Y'At* Feb. 15, 2015

What reviewers are saying about 
Ted Hefko and the Thousandaires' If I Walked On Water

“For us, this is one of the most beautiful CDs that we have reviewed so far this year and the disc will certainly have a prominent place in our private collection. ”
Fred Celis - Rootstime (Belgium)

"You don't really have to think about them, but the lyrics still evoke feelings and imagery that strike deep and true. A lot of people try hard to be profound, it seems to be effortless for Ted and the Thousandaires."
Issac Story's Music Reviews - July 19, 2013

"Add a bit of straight-ahead jazz touched with New Orleans, a bit of stripped down folk and Americana, top it with some of the cleverest lyrics you've heard in some time, and you've got If I Walked on Water, the new album from Ted Hefko and the Thousandaires. If you like witty lyrics sung with style, if you like tuneful melodies played with some down home flair, if you like simplicity that may not be quite as simple as it seems, you'll want to give a listen... "
Jack Goodstein, *blogcritics.org* (Sep. 12, 2012)

"Follow that brooding Southern-fried piper dripping with sass and eloquence, and one song leads to another. There’s a little romance. Foot tapping quickly escalates to a slow dance with a sound match made somewhere between Dixieland and heaven."
Dionne Charlet, *Where Y'at *(Dec 01, 2011)

"Hefko and his Thousandaires are such a bright light in the music world that no mater your taste or period of music - jazz, folk, country, Dixieland, R&B - you'll find a connection to this collection. "
Grady Harp, *Amazon.Com* (Jul 12, 2012)

"If I Walked on Water is a Ben Sidran / Mose Allision affair trading in a good deal of jazz edge for post-beatnik Greenwich folk cool gliding between generations but always hanging a flourish of Dixie and New Orleans right around the corner. Put on some sandals and a pair of cheaters and then tuck them Marlboros inside yer t-shirt sleeve as you saunter bemused alongside sunrays, sidewalk, and Sweet Sally. "
Mark S. Tucker, *acousticmusic.com* (Aug 14, 2012)

"A sonic breath of fresh air, entertaining and a nice slice of Americana roots music without every coming close to the self indulgent pitfalls more common today by most artists"
Brent Black, *Critical Jazz* (Jul 27, 2012)

"If I Walked on Water makes a welcome break from the legions of hot jazz combos blasting their way through one upbeat number after another: it draws you in rather than hitting you over the head."
delarue, *Lucid Culture* (Aug 16, 2012)

"If I Walked On Water - has songs about trains, buses and taking steps to get some where you want to be. - They will make you laugh, dance and think"
Oscar Brooks, *The Examiner* (Jul 30, 2012)

"Ted Hefko writes New Orleans inspired jazz that appeals to the NYC crowd. That's a tall order but he and his band, the Thousandaires, know how to make music that sounds upbeat, sophisticated, and fun while staying true to the spirit of New Orleans. Think of him as an urban Dr. John. "
Calvin Powers, *Taproot Radio* (Dec 12, 2011)

"I'm not big into jazz, but I easily fell under The Thousandaires influence and soon found myself tapping my foot and snapping my fingers to the infectious beat of this record."
Andre Ziehli, *Americana Gazette* (Dec 01, 2011)

What reviewers are saying about 
Ted Hefko and the Thousandaires' Egyptland

"Placing disparate but complementary musical sounds side by side with a wide range of storytelling, Ted Hefko & The Thousandaires convincingly turn out a fine tribute to the Crescent City in Egyptland. "
Jeff Boyce, *Jupiter Index* (Feb 06, 0010)

"When New Orleans grabs hold of a musician’s soul, the ties run deep, and there are ties of the deepest kind in Egyptland -a trek down Bourbon Street where the sounds drifting over humid cobblestones lead you in and out of a musician’s very soul. -Thousandaires are one in a million."
Dionne Charlet, *Where Y'at* (Dec 22, 2010)

"Egyptland blends Jazz, Southern Funk, Blues, Folk, Rock and Latin styles in almost effortless fashion."
Wildy Haskell, *Wildy's World* (Sep 11, 2009)

"Ted Hefko makes an illustrious mix of Jazz, funk, folk and blues"
Johan Shoenmakers, *altcountry forum (Netherlands)* (Oct 05, 2009)

" Ted Hefko and The Thousandaires bring you a jazz infused, sometimes bluesy, sometimes folksy, mellow musical mixture. Ted has proficiently captured his individual laid-back style."
Andrew Lockwood, *allgigs.co.uk* (Nov 11, 2009)


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SONiA   $15 Advance/$17 Door
Dec
29
8:00 PM20:00

SONiA $15 Advance/$17 Door

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3814673

SONiA - Final U.S. Tour!

SONiA has played many venues in Madison over the years as an individual artist and with her band Disappear Fear, including several Mad Folk events plus house concerts and block parties. Disappear Fear has 17 Award winning CDs including first round Grammy entries for several albums.

SONiA is a world class composer and artist. She is the recipient of the Coin Of Honor from a joint coalition of United States military for her humanitarian efforts. She received the Spirit of Folk Music Award (2017) by Folk Alliance International.

SONiAs latest double CD, LIVE at MAXiMAL was in the first round running Grammy for Folk Album of the Year. She is a featured artist (Hamburg 2018) for the VOICE PROJECT to free the imprisoned Nudem Durak who is jailed in Turkey for singing in Kurdish. This is also one of many projects SONiA embraces to live into the possibility that- when you disappear fear what you have is love.

From the Opera House in Sydney to the bomb shelters in the Middle East to the Kerrville Folk Festival, SONiA has shared the stages and studios with many of her heroes including Bruce Springsteen (Light of Day Benefit concert for Parkinsons disease) Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Nickel Creek, Green Day, Emma Lou Harris, GEORGE, John Fullbright, Sheryl Crow, Jewel, Lucinda Williams, Joan Jett, and many more. She is endorsed by 7 international manufacturers including the SONiA Signature Model Santa Cruz Guitar, Shubb Capos, Fishman Transducers, Audix Microphones, John Pearse Strings,and DAdarrio.

Says Rounder Records, The honesty of her songs touches the hearts and minds of people from a wide spectrum of social and ethnic backgrounds who share a positive world vision. Please join us again in welcoming her back to Madison on December 29th at the Cabaret Room, our newest venue that we are trying out this season.

Her songs are a vivid celebration of the human spirit in all its infinite manifestationsher music has a singular sound that makes labeling and categorizing a waste of time. - Don Kening, Chicago Daily Herald

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Chicken Wire Empire  $10
Dec
30
6:00 PM18:00

Chicken Wire Empire $10

https://www.chickenwireempire.com/

Chicken Wire Empire began as a 4 piece traditional bluegrass band.  After years of honing their trad skills, and performing an Old & In The Way tribute show, CWE realized that there was more to bluegrass than the 1, 4, and 5.  Now Chicken Wire Empire blends old with new, and after gathering a following in Milwaukee, WI, enjoy playing throughout the region with their new quintet.  Ryan Ogburn on mandolin, Jordan Kroeger on upright bass, Ernest Brusubardis IV on fiddle, Greg Brundage on guitar, and Jon Peik on banjo will take you on a journey through space and time, or at least help you escape for a moment. 

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Harmonious Wail   $10 Advanced tickets available
Jan
5
8:00 PM20:00

Harmonious Wail $10 Advanced tickets available

Brown Paper Tickets https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3613045

These purveyors of Americana infused Gypsy Jazz just celebrated their 30th Anniversary and are continuing to take their listeners on a ride ranging from the music of the Hot Club sounds of Paris to the deepest blues of the Memphis Delta to the folk scenes across “every town” America into their 4th decade of existence.  The Wail are sublime entertainers, great educators and they’ve mastered the art of lifting spirits.

Harmonious Wail is Sims Delaney-Potthoff, a mandolin virtuoso, bandleader, vocalist and master of all things behind the curtain, Maggie Delaney-Potthoff, vocalist extraordinaire whose percussive instrument of choice is a cardboard box, but who also has a knack for exploring the musicality of almost any household object, and Jeffo Weiss, master bassist who dazzles and mesmerizes on both upright and electric bass.

Every performance is played from the heart and infused with the perfect balance of ingredients that firmly proves that music truly does make the world a better place. Recognized as the “Dr. Feelgood” of Gypsy Jazz, Harmonious Wail has an knack for lifting the spirits of listeners of all ages. The Wail celebrates 10 recordings to date, the three most recent having been submitted for Grammy nomination consideration. Their upcoming project, currently in the works, finds them teamed up with a group of Gypsy Jazz all-stars.

Their gracious approach to music translates beautifully in any outreach program.  They have honed their skills to provide excellent educational programs tailored to fit groups of varying skill and age. Popular topics have included; ”the instrumentation of Gypsy Jazz”, “how to succeed in the music biz”, and Maggie’s Method™ “If You Can Speak You Can Sing”.

Not only a touring band the ever-reaching Harmonious Wail has enriched their lives working with National Public Radio.  They are honored to be recognized as “favorite house band” for the program “Says You” where they’ve matched their wits with the panelists. Their songs have graced the program “All Things Considered” and they have gifted their composition “The Money Song” to NPR stations across the country for annual fundraising programs.  Their songs, “People Stuff and “ I Like to Feel My Bones” both received International Songwriters Award, and four of their Gypsy Jazz compositions were cleverly woven into the film score of the internationally acclaimed independent film, ”I Really Hate My Job”.

True warriors for musicians worldwide, they are founding members of the highly respected International Folk Alliance, have created their own foundation, the Henry Mac Fund, supporting the arts in their hometown of Madison, Wisconsin and are recipients of the 2017 Musicnotes Outstanding Musical Career Achievement Award.

Exchanging musical ideas with other musicians around the world gave them the inspiration and enthusiasm it takes to create their own festival. In 2004 the Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest (MGSF) was born – a fund raising invitational showcase of the world’s finest gypsy jazz musicians. This Euro flavored festival has tripled in size since its inception. The workshops have also grown and the Wail is now regarded as “the stewards of Gypsy Jazz in the Midwest”.  Fueled by the energy of the MGSF and in their efforts to spread joy, in 2014 Harmonious Wail was proud to launch the Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest on-the-road, which is designed to present an outstanding evening of Harmonious Wail with a Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest headliner to sold out music halls across the country.

Harmonious Wail endeavors with each and every show, performance and workshop to not only showcase their talent, but to also touch each audience member’s or participant’s heart and soul and have them walk away feeling lighter in spirit.

 

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Yid Vicious   $10
Jan
11
8:00 PM20:00

Yid Vicious $10

Yid Vicious was formed in 1995 in Madison, WI in order to ameliorate the woeful dearth of klezmer in America's otherwise pleasant heartland. Klezmer is Yiddish folk music, music for dancing and celebrating, and no band has caused more dancing and celebrating than Yid Vicious. Except Kool and the Gang, when they had that hit single about celebrating good times, come on; that caused lots of celebrating. But Yid Vicious is next, right after Kool and the Gang.

Indoors and out, at weddings, at Bat AND Bar Mitzvahs, on flatbed trucks, in ramshackle bars and luxurious ballrooms, on high festival stages and on bare sod, we've often driven crowds into flurries of freylekh-fueled dancing fury. Although our repertoire is drawn mainly from traditional secular Yiddish music, we strive to infuse the music with our collective aesthetic and experience. Rather than replicate a particular time and place, we celebrate the long-standing tradition of klezmorim incorporating new musical ideas into an organic and ever-evolving art form. Chew on THAT, Kool and the Gang!

All told, there are six members of Yid Vicious, our musical arsenal consisting of clarinets, fiddle, horn, vocals, guitar, accordion, tuba, drums and sometimes theremin. Yid Vicious, ever hungry for attention, is available for weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, anarchist picnics, seances, boat shows, clam bakes, lumberjack competitions, corporate downsizings, highland games and other events.

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The Claudettes    $10 in advance - $15 at door
Dec
7
8:00 PM20:00

The Claudettes $10 in advance - $15 at door

Brown Paper Tickets   https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3613052

LOUDER THAN WAR (Manchester, UK)   A magnificent melange of masterful musicianship and multifarious melodies…as infectious as it is eclectic…start with some Delta blues, add a bit of old-time jazz/swing, sprinkle on some rockabilly guitar here and there and add a smattering of punk attitude….The music is joyous, a celebratory fusion of the best of the different styles that make up the melting pot that is “Dance Scandal at the Gymnasium!”

FRANK GUTCH JR, NO DEPRESSION           Holy Mackerel…I hear so many levels of what I consider amazing creativity…The Claudettes give me that same rush I get every time I hear Gruppo Sportivo…this album will end up on a very special list at the end of the year…I hear touches of Jerry Lee Lewis at his most manic…of cinema…of multiple genres wrapping around one another…These guys are the B-movies of the music world—maybe not understood now, but in the future, the kings and queens of the universe!

FRED MILLS, BLURT                                            The quartet…musters more per-capita energy across these dozen tunes than most any garage combo you’d care to mention…epic in feel…cinematic…a kind of cross between Dr. John-styled N’awlins rock and Krautrock-laced psychedelic punk….a musical magician’s act, primarily based around hi-nrg blues-jazz compositions for piano, bass, drums, and vocals, and a helluva lot of fun.

BLUES MAGAZINE (The Netherlands):            Soul, rhythm & blues and heavily fuzzy, sometimes psychedelic, sound walls. Garagesoul!….The Claudettes have succeeded in mixing this catchy ’60s pop and soul sounds with their quirky bluespunk sound!

SOUL AND JAZZ AND FUNK (UK)                  The intriguing new album from off-the-wall Chicago band the Claudettes….The foursome steadfastly refuses to categorize their music…though you might detect vaudeville, punk, blues and ’60s soul influences…interesting attempts to marry the classic girl-group sound of the Brill Building Era with Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound.

BILL BENTLEY’S BANDSTAND, THE MORTON REPORT             They’ve got firepower to spare, a bushel of original songs…that can be detonated at will, and in lead singer Berit Ulseth someone that sounds like they’ve been waiting their whole life to front this band. There is simply no way to lose…a place not often visited these days by rock & rollers….These are a dozen songs played for keeps…guaranteed to turn everything from a gymnasium for juveniles to a geriatrics ward into a hothouse of delirious delight. Wear it out.

GARY GRAFF, BILLBOARD                                The Claudettes begin a whole new era with Dance Scandal at The Gymnasium! The 12-song set showcases a different lineup of the band…but that’s only made the Claudettes’ distinct and idiosyncratic blend—punk, blues, R&B, rockabilly, some jazz—more potent.

JEFF ELBEL, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES              The band honors its disparate roots while crowding the palette even further on the new album….New Orleans stroll, roots, jazz, krautrock and rockabilly are swirled into the delightfully confounding mixture….Zach Verdoorn plays frequently feral bass and guitar. Berit Ulseth’s supple, jazz-schooled voice is a natural fit for the band….Iguana deploys his piano as a blunt-force instrument.”

CONCERTO MAGAZINE (Austria)                 Chicago piano blues-punk, spiced up with a pinch of jazz, psychedelic music and soul…quite an unusual listening experience…eccentric…Ulseth is an extraordinary singer…Blues, but of the extraordinary variety. (4 out of 5 stars)

SPILL MAGAZINE (Toronto):            The Claudettes are…putting out music that sounds unlike like anything out there now….Berit Ulseth is the siren singer of the group, with a voice that just lures you in….They have roots in the bluesy jazz groups of the past, the classic rock ‘n’ roll from the beginning, current folk influences, some country mixed in, and something special that is simply impossible to place….Their newest album really is a true masterpiece….It’s unlike anything I’ve heard before. 10/10.

NICK CRISTIANO, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER     The title of the band’s album, Dance Scandal at the Gymnasium!, hints at the kind of kitschy fun percolating under this audaciously genre-defying set….From roots to pop to punk, the musical strains span decades as well as styles, making for a mash-up delivered with deft musicianship and flair.

RICK MASON, MINNEAPOLIS CITY PAGES             Trying to parse the sprawling, shapeshifting, intoxicating gloop that Chicago’s Claudettes concoct would be “Utterly Absurd.” That’s the title of a noisy, twisted stomp on the quartet’s new albumit sounds like psychobilly night at New Orleans’ Dew Drop Inn. Blues, punk, and vintage rock slip up top, swirling around the piano antics of blues/art-rock vet Johnny Iguana….Berit Ulseth’s jazz-schooled, country-edged vocals add another dozen intriguing dimensions—Minneapolis City Pages

SCENE POINT BLANK                                          The punk vibe stems from the energy that pours out of your speakers….A brilliant production from Mark Neill….What really lured me in is Berit Ulseth’s vocals…she is the real star of the album…I can only advise you to give the new Claudettes album a spin. I think I’ll leave it on repeat…8.0/10

DISCO CLUB (ITALY)                                           These Claudettes intrigued me…a cross between rock, diverted R&B and instrumental virtuosity…complex and fascinating melodies…also the vocal harmonies, almost like the Beach Boys, are formidable….If you want to do an experiment in a parallel world where pop is out of any pattern, try this Dance Scandal At The Gymnasium. I do not know if they make scandal, but good (and strange) music, surely.

MINNPOST (Minneapolis)                                          You could throw a lot of descriptors at the Claudettes, and they would all stick: Windy City blues, punk blues, jazz, roots, rockabilly, soul, juke joint….Johnny Iguana is a hardcore piano banger; vocalist Berit Ulseth has a clear, sweet voice with a spine of steel. The music is fierce and the lyrics are wicked. If you’re on the hunt for something you haven’t heard before, this Chicago-based band is probably it.

BILL KOPP, MUSOSCRIBE                                 They look like a jazz trio and vocalist; they sound not at all like that…I can’t think of another group that combines barrelhouse piano and female chanteuse vocals with heavily-effected electric guitar and slamming drums…draws as much from hard and psychedelic rock as it does from N’awlins piano boogie…you must listen to the Claudettes…I liked these guys when they started out, and I think I love them now.

THE SECOND DISC                                                 The Chicago group…introduces vocalist Berit Ulseth’s smoky stylings….blends crunchy riffs with rhythm and blues, sixties-style pop and soul, and plenty of attitude….The sound is raw and immediate….This Scandal boasts punk spirit, earworm melodies, and a neo-retro sound that’s loaded with appeal.

THE VINYL DISTRICT                                          The Claudettes have been tagged as punk-blues, but on this CD immediately connect as something other/more than growled-out Willie Mabon covers slathered in amp gristle. If steeped in tradition, the Claudettes aren’t a replication (or, as said, a mere dirtying up) of it, instead exuding comfort with contemporary motions (Mark Neill produced) as new vocalist Berit Ulseth shines, especially on “Pull Closer to Me” and “Death and Traffic.” Iguana’s skills are fully showcased on the title track. A-

TROY MICHAEL, INNOCENT WORDS         The first album for the Claudettes to feature their touring band…pays off handsomely….featuring raw and unencumbered musicianship…the 12-track album features the soul of the ’60s, psychobilly punk of the early ’80s and vaudevillian blues. Like an angel’s voice hovering over the music is one of the band’s multiple singers, Berit Ulseth. (She) has a booming voice, but is able to reel it into a soft sensual tone as she commands your attention….One of the most entertaining and unique albums of this year.

DETROIT METRO-TIMES                                  Psychobilly might be an unfamiliar term to some, but when describing Chicago cabaret rockers the Claudettes, it’s pretty damn accurate….The sultry, retro moodiness captured on the band’s latest record sums up what makes the Claudettes’ twisted ragtime vibe stand out from your typical revivalists….The Claudettes are well versed in whimsy, and throwing listeners for a loop.

GRANT BRITT, NO DEPRESSION                  A spacey mix of themes, styles, and genres…offering up a mash-up of Fess and Tuts Washington carnival barrelhouse boogie. But The Claudetttes never do anything straight up, so Iguana and his cohorts stir in a Middle Eastern vibe as well courtesy of the ghostly ululations of vocalist Ulseth….Whatever else he brings into the equation, Iguana can’t stay away from Fess too long, paying him instrumental homage on the title cut. But Ulseth takes this one out of the New Orleans streets and into a Middle Eastern casbah with her haunting moans.

IMPOSE MAGAZINE                                              Sets the stage for a prom full of suspense, mystery & strangeness….The old-timey meets the modern scandal showcase of ‘Naked on the Internet’…before shutting down the entire time-warping dance party with “Utterly Absurd.” The new Claudettes record is one worthy of repeated listens to enjoy a variety of different facets from what is ultimately a complex piece of performance concept pop.

BLUESBUNNY (Glasgow, Scotland)                        Manic barrelhouse mania…a search and destroy mission….’Pull Closer to Me,’ with the intoxicating voice of Berit Ulseth out front, soon becomes the song that will steal your heart…An album with hipster appeal but, for those of us with a heart, it is what resides beneath the fast-flowing waves of musical energy that will make our day. That, in case you haven’t guessed it already, is soul.

EMERGING INDIE BANDS (UK)                     Welcoming and warm dirty blues that grinds its way through the speakers filling the room with music that invites the listener to tarry in its company, like an invitation to share a drink in a ramshackle bar offered to a stranger in town—and long before the first song has run its course the audience feels The Claudettes are long-time travelling companions.

GIRL UNDERGROUND MUSIC                         With elements of blues, soul, punk, and flat out noise, the quartet have something truly unique that you have to hear to understand—even if it only succeeds to confuse you more.

THE ALTERNATE ROOT:                                   Psychobilly, ’60s rock ’n’ soul and vaudeville blues blare from the bandstand…frenetic piano…big-band-era harmony…amphetamine drive…whirling ’60s girl-group pop…cyclonic rhythms…jackhammer groove…as the Claudettes theatre-whisper the news for Dance Scandal at the Gymnasium!

THE GINGER QUIFF (UK)                                  “There were moments in Twin Peaks (when) I sat and wondered what the hell I had just seen. I had similar experiences listening to the Claudettes—what on earth did I just hear?…A joy to behold….From first song to last, the whole album is masterful….If you aren’t shattered with a huge grin on your face after listening to this album, you haven’t been listening hard enough.

KNOXVILLE NEWS-SENTINEL        The Claudettes clobber convention with ‘Scandal’….a complex amalgamation of blues, jazz and organic rock with an adult lyrical bent and stunningly melodious vocals by primary singer Berit Ulseth….As engaging as the vivacious and often romping instrumentation is, Ulseth’s commanding vocals, steadfast and dulcet, flood the songs with humanity….Bands like The Claudettes make it easier to cope with a crazy world. (4 out of 5 stars)

MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE      Another alluringly idiosyncratic mélange of blues, jazz, pop, rockabilly, punk and soul with a sometimes noirish vibe (“Don’t Stay with Me,” “November”) and a sometimes kinetic kick (“Influential Farmers,” “Taco Night Material”)—or both (the title track). Berit Ulseth has the right blend of mysteriousness and sweetness for this material, which is skillfully spiked by veteran Johnny Iguana’s versatile and enthusiastic keyboards.

JP’S MUSIC BLOG                                                    You are instantly drawn in by the sweet, soulful vocals of Berit Ulseth. They incorporate a ’60s R&B vibe in the groove of “Give It All Up For Good” and the nostalgic jazzy vibe of “Naked On The Internet.” The band shines beautifully on the sensual ballad “Pull Closer To Me.

KEYBOARD MAGAZINE:                                    Blues with the ferocity of punk….The piano takes center stage in the band’s music and songwriting, as it does on their new song “Don’t Stay with Me,” our featured track this week.

TOM HAUGEN, DAILY VAULT                         An unlikely meshing of blues, rockabilly, jazz and ’60s pop, all with traces of burlesque and vaudeville spirit….The new tunes are highlighted by Ulseth’s seductive pipes….’Dance Scandal at the Gymnasium’ is both reserved and ignited, sophisticated and reckless, and it contains some of the best elements of every notable genre of music since the ’60s….There aren’t too many albums that can remind you of both the Cramps and Patsy Cline. A-.

COLORADO SPRINGS INDEPENDENT        Chicago’s eclectic blues weirdos the Claudettes rely on Berit Ulseth’s soaring vocals to infuse their music with punk and rockabilly elements. For this new album, the band relied on Black Keys engineer Mark Neill to combine a Phil Spector-style wall of sound with the cheesy ambience of your high school hallways. The results, while initially puzzling, yield a dozen pesky earworm tracks.

AXS                                                                                 Audiences looking for an album that will grab them by the ear and not let go will want to check out this record.

BEEHIVE CANDY                                                    The band have a delightfully unique musical sound…the musical hooks are everywhere. Not being certain of what each piece might bring adds to the excitement. This really is an album worth some time digging into.

THE AUTUMN ROSES                                          Dizzying rhythms dance as elegant, vintage melodies cloak its dramas in cool. Then a quiet, warm romance glows with an enchanting warmth. “Don’t Stay with Me” and “Pull Closer to Me” are both polished, independently minded jewels.

INDIE VOICE BLOG                                                Chicago has long been on the cutting edge of the blues, and the Claudettes are one of the finest bands we have ever heard that originated in the Windy City. The smoky hot vocals of Berit Ulseth and the scorching piano of Johnny Iguana ignite to set their music on fire…its sound will remain with you long after….The Claudettes must be a dynamic live band, because that performance energy comes through on every track. Run, don’t walk to your nearest retailer and get this one today.

INDIE BAND GURU                                                Packed full of soul and spice….We are swooped into a dream world full of romantic vibes….The Claudettes is a band not found often in our time. It mixes the old and the new and spins what is a beloved genre and morphs it into a hailstorm of vocals and instruments in the best way.

BUZZ MAGAZINE (Champaign, IL)            Brimming with soul and funk…a fun and exciting listening experience….Ulseth’s voice sounds like an old friend’s, and that helps to create a deeper understanding….(They show) off their musical prowess while creating a well-rounded album that is a delight.

THE ALTERNATE ROOT                                    The piano of Johnny Iguana sets the pace, the rhythm, and guides the Claudettes into the promise of “Give It All Up for Good” on a brutal beat.

MICHAEL DOHERTY’S MUSIC LOG               I wasn’t prepared for the wild ride this disc took me on…the music feels outside of time…This band really has its own sound, its own perspective, its own vibe. And it has something to say.

RECORD DEPT. MUSIC REVIEWS                  Combines musical styles for a retro vibe with modern tongue-in-cheek humor….Both the Claudettes and their genre-blending Dance Scandal at the Gymnasium album are fascinating and ever-evolving.

 RAGE MONTHLY                                                                    An intelligent mix of songs that speak to today and never stop pushing the boundaries of their musical expression.

GARY GRAFF, OAKLAND (MI) DAILY TRIBUNE  An idiosyncratic blend—punk, blues, R&B, rockabilly, cabaret, some jazz—that’s both indescribable and undefinable.

DAGGER ZINE                                                                          I have to admit it took me a little while to wrap my head around this record….an enticing mix of soul, blues, folk, and punk…loose, occasionally loud and lascivious…”Don’t Stay With Me” features some rolling and rollicking piano while “November” is all late night lounge lizard swing.

 THE DELI MAGAZINE (Chicago)                The band blends blues, soul, punk, and more into a sound that is all their own. It’s somewhere on the venn diagram of Little Richard, Fiona Apple, and Nirvana.

FLOORSHIME ZIPPER BOOTS                        A rocking version of urban blues that is stylish and sultry. Frontwoman Berit Ulseth wows with vocals as smooth as a chocolate shake….The band colors its sound with some heavy rock and jazzy touches to create an album as strong as the Chicago winter. This is a must have.

DAILY HERALD (Chicago)                                            If you drew a Venn diagram illustrating the overlap between bawdy blues, rowdy rock and manic punk, you could very well find Chicago’s The Claudettes at that intersection. I can think of no better way to describe the soulful and engaging songs this band conjures up.

COOL CLEVELAND                                                The Claudettes mix up musical styles and eras with insouciant glee. Rockabilly, punk, classic soul, vintage burlesque house jazz and piano-driven jump blues all bubble up in their cauldron of sound.

PASADENA WEEKLY                                           They may be hell for agents to market, but the unpredictability of eclectic bands like this is refreshing….(they) imaginatively stir blues, New Orleans jazz, grungy rock and pop, shifting time signatures with abandon.

REXBASS.COM                                                         The Claudettes are hard to pin down to any one genre….There is a definitely a blues influence, but there is also a heavy jazz theme, and to lesser degrees you will hear rock, boogie-woogie, punk, and god know what else. All of these elements add up to a wonderful slice of Americana….These guys can really play: Iguana has a killer dexterity and a righteous touch on the keys, Verdoorn is ultimately versatile and has wicked bass and guitar tones, and Torre is a frickin’ drumming machine. Damn.

ILLINOIS ENTERTAINER                                They pull out all the stops on their latest album….12 eclectic tunes run the gamut…piano-driven Chicago blues and improvisational soul/jazz with a heartfelt punk rock attitude, played with a quirky tin-pan alley, neo-vaudevillian swagger.…(Berit Ulseth is) endearing and seductive…immense musical chops…Iguana’s social commentary and character-based storytelling are equally impressive….The band covers a broad musical spectrum

NEW CITY (CHICAGO)                          It seems that every conceivable musical genre pairing has been attempted…It’s comparatively rare to discover an artist creating something that feels fresh and new out of existing musical forms. Chicago band The Claudettes are just such artists…There’s a strong foundation of barrelhouse and stride piano jazz, but there’s plenty of boogie-woogie as well…Some call it punk jazz; others label it psychobilly R&B. In the end, labels don’t matter, nor do they get at the heart of the music from this innovative and constantly evolving outfit.

ALTCOUNTRYFORUM.NL (Netherlands)              Playful…raw, exciting… From soul, rhythm & blues to a dash of jazz to rockabilly and punk music…intriguing, sometimes theatrical and unpredictable…a cool record…the Claudettes deserve to be heard, especially on the various Dutch stages.

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PULL CLOSER TO ME: Live in the Piano Room review:

JEFF BURGER, THE MORTON REPORT     Three fine songs by the Claudettes’ Johnny Iguana…plus four covers that you’d never expect to find in one place: T.Rex’s ‘Cosmic Dancer’; Pink Floyd’s ‘Us and Them,’ combined, if you can believe it, with a whistled portion of Otis Redding’s ‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay’; Ruby and the Romantics’ 1963 hit, ‘Our Day Will Come’; and the Sundays’ ‘Here’s Where the Story Ends.’ Everything here is excellent but the latter two tracks, both featuring sublime vocalist Berit Ulseth, are particularly arresting.

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GREG KOT, CHICAGO TRIBUNE   A revelatory blend of jazz and blues, stirred with punk brio. There are also dashes of classical and world music, and enough stops, starts and hairpin turns to suggest the giddiness of Raymond Scott’s cartoon music…How do they do it?

Johnny talks with Greg Kot in an extended Chicago Tribune interview

Greg also picks The Claudettes’ NO HOTEL as one of his top Chicago albums of 2015

MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE  A skewed cabaret band of jazz, blues and rockabilly…A sensibility that feels equal parts James Dean and David Lynch.

JEFF ELBEL, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES  Chicago’s premiere punk-blues piano band are back in high gear. Their fusion of sounds (ranges) from Otis Spann to the Minutemen and from Ray Charles to Raymond Scott…(and they) do wicked things to standards.

NEW CITY (CHICAGO)   Definitely one you should be spinning…there’s enough energy going on to power your average Third World airport…barreling, hyper-saloon piano banging…you have to hear it to believe it…Chicago’s own neo-vaudeville barnstormers!

ELMORE   An album that makes you feel like you’ve stepped into the past, yet it’s very much fresh and energizing. The Claudettes bring on the roots scene as you have never heard it before. Yana’s pop-soul voice is straight out of the ’60s and blends so well with the drumsticks, piano hammers and vintage swagger.

PHILADELPHIA WEEKLY   Heavyweight piano man Johnny Iguana, drummer Michael Caskey and singer-dancer Yana create a kicked-up mix of blues, jazz and soul you’ll remember long afterward.

NO DEPRESSION   The Claudettes attack the blues with the ferocity of punk rock on their sophomore album. NO HOTEL puts the rock ’n’ roll in the rhythm & blues…a 45-minute barn-burning party that you never want to end. Move over, Mose Allison, the Claudettes have arrived to give the blues a much needed kick in the ass.

BIG CITY BLUES MAGAZINE   An entirely reconfigured Claudettes with the very welcome addition of the captivating, nay sultry, vocalist/dancer Yana. The trio move deftly from the Roaring Twenties to the 1940s to the 1960s…soulful…jazzy…hypnotic…hot-rod drums…shades of Cecil Gant crossed with Otis Spann…Yana needs her own album, she’s that good.

TONY SARABIA, WBEZ (CHICAGO NPR) Call it “Brother Ray Meets the Ramones,” “Barrelhouse Thunder,” “Chopin Meets the Minutemen”…or maybe, just call it great music.

INNOCENT WORDS   Imagine a 1920s New York jazz supper club where Bessie Smith is owning the stage, and in the back there is another room where Ray Charles is playing 1960s soul, and off in the distance is a beautiful black lady singing French songs. That is the beauty of NO HOTEL by Claudettes. If Keith Moon had played the piano, he would have been Johnny Iguana…he is taking the piano to a whole new level…hot damn!

TIM QUINE, RUBBER CITY REVIEW (AKRON, OH)   Pianist Johnny Iguana is the real deal. Together (with Caskey) they make a powerful sound, steeped in the legendary blues duets of Otis Spann and S.P. Leary but also weaving in strains of cabaret, vaudeville and even punk rock.

THE HOLLER (NEWS OF THE COLORADO BLUES SCENE)   The blues turned inside out. Imagine Roosevelt Sykes mixed with David Bowie, only with soul. Polyrhythmic boogie-woogie piano from Iguana with freestyle drumming from Caskey. A dynamic, swinging approach to music. If you have a chance to see the Claudettes, do it.

The Claudettes selected as Bluesbreaker of the Week by Dan Aykroyd (a.k.a. Elwood Blues) on Bluesmobile!

The Claudettes featured on Sound Opinions, “The World’s Only Rock and Roll Talk Show”!

DOWNBEAT   Hits listeners upside the head with a mash-up of Otis Spann blues, Albert Ammons boogie-woogie, Ray Charles soul and “Fess” Longhair New Orleans R&B. Catch them in a chaotic ballroom!

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES   Fuses blues and punk, and all points between….The hectic boogaloo of “Deep Soul for High Society” pays rowdy homage to Ray Charles…prodigious skill, but not purism.

BG (BUDDY GUY’S BLUES AND MUSIC NEWS)   Uninhibited, wild, exciting…yet deep-rooted Chicago blues. A very powerful and impassioned album done as only true Chicago blues masters could do it. With this album, Johnny could easily inherit Big Moose Walker’s mantle as the piano wild man of Chicago blues. A pair like the Claudettes really shows the continued vitality and possibilities of Chicago blues in the 21st century.

COLOSSAL POP   Beautiful and chaotic and wildly impressive all at once….If you would have told me three weeks ago that the most played album in my rotation would be a piano and drum instrumental album, I would have laughed….I’m all in. I love this album and the Claudettes may be my new favorite band!

BLUES MUSIC MAGAZINE   Like Keith Moon chasing a crazed, punked-up Little Richard… greasy rhythm and blues that makes the dance floor so slippery you need to sprinkle sawdust on the floor to keep from falling down…a great ride, one that’ll leave you shaking and laughing and wanting more the next time this rowdy carnival comes to town.

BLUES BLAST:  Their ambition and hard work have been rewarded with a fabulous album…unquestionably danceable and refreshingly unique…40 minutes of high-energy fun.

BLUES BYTES (SURPRISE PICK OF THE MONTH, NOVEMBER 2013)   One of the freshest discs that has crossed my ears in a long time…an amazing find…Iguana and Caskey play their instruments like men possessed.

AMERICAN BLUES SCENE   Johnny Iguana sounds like a saloon pianist from the Wild West brought to the future, his own vaudeville style modernized alongside Caskey’s sweet and delectable drumming, blending blues, jazz and a good time, creating an album unlike any other on the market.

EDEN BRENT (VIA FACEBOOK)   Has all the sophistication of 21st-century serious music with a helluva sense of humor….Most interesting piano album in my collection since Brubeck’s Take Five.

CAUGHT IN THE CAROUSEL   They come across like a ragtime White Stripes, tearing through the 13 numbers here with an undeniable musical velocity….Truly one of the most refreshing musical experiences of the year.

FOLK AND ACOUSTIC MUSIC EXCHANGE   Some of the most startling music you are going to hear…you are in for a wild ride. They seem like two madmen…but they are two madmen in beautiful tight rhythm.

BMAN’S BLUES REPORT   A nonstop piano riot….With Hound Dog Taylor Taylor intensity, the two men create a rockin’ frenzy….Iguana has a lot to say and says a lot without saying a word.

SEPIACHORD   Soon to be classic…a vintage vibe that should find ears with neo-hipsters, old-school cool cats and contemporary greasers alike.

POP MATTERS  Greasy keyboard-based barrelhouse blues with a side of heavy beat that evokes early Chicago R&B/rock…makes you jump and dance…a little scary, but that’s just part of the dangerous thrill.

CASCADE BLUES ASSOCIATION  Definitely nothing remotely blues-rock. There is a timeless feeling meshing the great pianists of the past with a modern flair that resembles nobody else.

THE ISTHMUS (MADISON, WI)  The Claudettes are your new favorite party band. The Chicago quartet is rooted in “Windy City piano blues,” but their sound also includes elements of rockabilly, punk, burlesque and vaudeville, resulting in a band you’d be likely to hear at the speakeasy version of CBGBs.

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Lou Shields and Steering Ships with Empty Bottles   $5
Dec
6
8:00 PM20:00

Lou Shields and Steering Ships with Empty Bottles $5

Shields continues the tradition of American music with a solo-performance that pulls in styles of days-gone-by. Using his National Resonator Guitar or Banjo accompanied by a unique front porch style of foot percussion and harmonica, he uses his voice as an extension of the past. Lou carries a full sound during live performances while sharing stories, thoughts and experiences with the audience. He has toured throughout the United States and Europe for over 8 years and has released 4 full-length albums and 13 EP’s.


Spontaneous. Surprising. Weird. Energetic. Boozy. These are just some of the words that have been used to describe Milwaukee dark roots band Steering Ships With Empty Bottles. With an eclectic mix of traditional roots sounds, fast-paced punk and rock riffs, and soulful lyrics it's no wonder they've set themselves apart in an expansive musical landscape. With songs to get your feet stomping and your heart weeping, there truly is something for everyone in their craft. This has offered them the fortunate opportunitie to spread their sound both all across the United States and abroad.

With four full-length albums, multiple split EPs, and tracks on a slew of samplers across the globe, you can always be sure that there's something new on the way.

The tides may change, but the ship with always sail.

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The Howard Levy 4 - $20 - Advanced Tickets Available
Dec
1
8:00 PM20:00

The Howard Levy 4 - $20 - Advanced Tickets Available

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Multi Grammy - Award winner Howard Levy is a world - renowned harmonica player, pianist, and composer. He has played with many of the world’s top musicians, vocalists and bands, including Steely Dan, Kenny Loggins, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Trio Globo, Paquito D’Rivera, etc, and he has led many bands as well.

The Howard Levy 4, his newest group, features 3 of Chicago’s finest musicians who are also Howard’s long-time musical friends.

Chris Siebold, house guitarist for 3 years on A Prairie Home Companion, has played with many notable musicians, and brings intensity, soul and his incredible technique to any style of music.

Larry Kohut, remarkably versatile bassist (who also played for A Prairie Home Companion) has worked with a long list of the world’s top Jazz artists in the US and Europe.

Luiz Ewerling, great drummer/composer, is one of the top Brazilian drummers living in the US. He contributes rhythmic depth and passion to whatever music he plays.

The band performs original compositions by Howard, Chris and Luiz. The repertoire features music from Howard and Chris’ new CD “Art + Adrenaline”, and music from Luiz’s album “Our Earth”. The styles range from Jazz, Brazilian, Latin, and World Music, to Blues and more.

Howard plays equal amounts of harmonica and piano (sometimes together), and the band creates a volatile mix of styles with hot, soulful playing and deep grooves.

So...expect the unexpected.

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THIS SHOW IS CANCELED. The Gentlemen's Anti Temperance League   $10
Nov
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The Gentlemen's Anti-Temperance League is a swing sextet from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The GATL came together in the winter of 2014 to breathe new life into old music. A melting pot of hot jazz, swing, and latin rhythms, brought to a boil by soaring vocals and endless energy. Their second album, "Masquerade" was released on June 3rd, 2017. GATL's second full-length album is a masterful mix of old-time hot jazz and latin rhythms, held together by modern songwriting and layered stories. “The Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League take things all the way back to the 1930s with their Django Reinhardt-influenced gypsy jazz, and they do it damn well.” -Andrea Swensson, The Current "... takes the best style of music from each decade after Prohibition and creates a unique musical style." -CBS Minnesota “Some would call it “old-timey,” while others would argue “timeless.’’ -Duluth Homegrown

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Madtown Mannish Boys   $10
Nov
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Madtown Mannish Boys $10

http://www.madtownmannishboys.com/

The Madtown Mannish Boys are a Madison-based Blues band who are steeped in Chicago-style Blues, including artists like Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Otis Spann, Paul Butterfield, and Little Walter. They play harmonica-driven tunes with gritty fervor and dynamic energy, and they perform with raw exuberance and driving rhythms that make you want to boogie!

Andy Smith has a powerful and soulful voice, reminiscent of some of the greats from Blues and R&B. Paul Schwoerer wields his harmonica with a chip on his shoulder and plays with nimble intensity, while Jesse “Honey Boy” Steinberg injects flurries of guitar riffs into the lively grooves laid down by Tim Payne (bass) and Nate Morenek (drums). Adam Pryor (keys) is one of the most sought-after Blues keyboardists in the Midwest, featuring endorsements from Hammond, Korg, Rev33, and Stay Stands. The Boys are frequently joined by Jason Schultz (trombone) and Dan Resnick (saxophone).

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Sharel Cassity   $15
Nov
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8:00 PM20:00

Sharel Cassity $15

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"[Cassity] plays alto and soprano with a seriously soulful tone that’s impressive enough to stop a roomful of seasoned jazz fans in their tracks"

----Downbeat Magazine

Saxophonist, Multi-Reedist, Composer, Bandleader, Recording Artist  and Educator Sharel Cassity (pron.“Sha-Relle”) is a distinguished musician on the New York jazz scene where she resided for 16 years. Listed as “Rising Star Alto Saxophone” in Downbeat Magazine for the past 8 consecutive years & having earned her Masters from The Juilliard School on full scholarship, Sharel has won the 2007 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award & was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in 2010.

Known for her fiery and soulful style of improvising & her expert ensemble skills, Sharel is a versatile sideman having performed regularly alongside renowned artists Roy Hargrove, Lewis Nash, Joe Chambers & Darcy James Argue. Currently a regular member of the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, Dizzy Gillespie Afro Cuban Experience, Nicholas Payton’s TSO, Cyrus Chestnut’s Brubeck Quartet and the Jimmy Heath Big Band, Sharel has toured 24 countries and performed at leading venues like the Newport Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival & the North Sea Jazz Festival. Sharel was lead alto in the Diva Jazz Orchestra from 2007-2014 and performed in the Broadway musical After Midnight as well as Maurice Hines’ Off-Broadway production, Tappin’ Through Life. Other jazz luminaries she has performed with include Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Natalie Cole, Christian McBride, Gregory Porter, James Moody, Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Slide Hampton, Maceo Parker and Terrence Blanchard.

In mainstream genres Sharel has recorded with Top 40 hit singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant on her 2015 CD/ DVD release and also joined her band on the Today Show. Additional popular artists she has performed with are Aretha Franklin, Vanessa Williams, K.D. Lang, Fantasia, Trisha Yearwood, Seth MacFarland (Family Guy), Ruben Blades & DJ Logic. Sharel can be seen in an ESPN Superbowl commercial in 2013 and appears in the PBS Television Broadcast “Juilliard Centennial Celebration”.

As a bandleader and solo artist Sharel leads her own projects, ELEKTRA and the SHAREL CASSITY QUARTET. She has led these groups at renowned venues like the DC Jazz Festival, Winter Jazzfest, Blue Note Jazz Festival, Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival, Monty Alexander Jazz Festival, Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, Martha’s Vineyard, The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, Blue Note Jazz Club, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Birdland, Smalls Jazz Club, Smoke Jazz, the Jazz Showcase and more. She also took her quintet on a 5 city tour of Mexico in 2016. 

Sharel’s most recent project and 4th release as leader, Evolve, is her debut recording with her band ELEKTRA and will be released on her label Relsha Music. This album is a jazz mix-genre project with a cast of top NYC musicians, featuring a collection of artful originals and reimagined compositions by Alicia Keys & Bjork. On this album Cassity confronts the evolution of music, her own personal and artistic evolution and a push for evolution of the current social climate (race & gender) in the United States. Her former releases, Just for You, (DW 2008), Relentless (Jazz Legacy Productions, 2009) & Manhattan Romance (Venus Japan 2014) established her both internationally and throughout North America having stellar bands and receiving top rated reviews in JazzTimes, Jazziz and Downbeat. Relentless was played on over 100 radio stations and was on the Jazzweek charts for 32 consecutive weeks.

Sharel has been included in 3 jazz publications, “I Walked with Giants” by Jimmy Heath, “AM Jazz: Three Generations under the Lens” by Adrianna Mateo and “Freedom of Expression: Interviews with Women in Jazz” by Chris Becker. Additionally she has been featured on the cover of Saxophone Journal & featured in the American Indian News magazine.  Sharel is an alum of audition based programs IAJE Sisters in Jazz, Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead, Ravinia at Steans Institute & received numerous Downbeat Student Music Awards in both the “Composition” and “Ensemble Performance” categories.

In addition to performing, Sharel has always been passionate about teaching and inspiring future generations of musicians. Cassity currently is a Professor of Saxophone and Piano at Elgin Community College in Elgin, Illinois.  Between 2016-17 Sharel served abroad as the Woodwind Professor at Qatar Music Academy in Doha, Qatar. Students from her private studio have won scholarships to the Hartt School of Music and placement in Jazz for Teens, Jazz House Kids and the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra. She has taught internationally in Japan, Costa Rica, Mexico, China and Qatar and has given numerous clinics about the saxophone, jazz language, rhythm, harmony and music business.

Starting her musical journey at the age of 6 as a classical pianist & quickly winning state level competitions by the age of 8, she went on to win numerous awards on a national level--eventually placing in the Disney International Piano Concerto Competition at age 11. Receiving her first saxophone at the age of 9, Sharel was classically trained in the French school of saxophone by a descendant of classical saxophonist Eugene Rousseau. Later at Yukon High School in Yukon, Oklahoma Sharel added flute, clarinet & piccolo to her arsenal and performed in the school jazz, marching and symphonic bands. While in high school she was the recipient of the John Philip Sousa Award and earned a position in both Oklahoma All State Jazz and All State Concert bands for 3 consecutive years. Afterwards she attended the University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Program for 2 years before transferring to NYC to complete her BFA at The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music.

Moving frequently throughout her childhood , Sharel’s family eventually settled in Yukon, Oklahoma where she graduated high school. In 2000 she moved to New York City where she resided for 16 years, earning her degrees while thriving on the NYC jazz scene. She recently relocated to the Chicago area with her husband and son. Sharel is proud to be a Vandoren Performing Artist, RS Berkeley Virtuoso Saxophone Artist and AMT  Microphone Artist.

 

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Sharyl Cassity - Acoustic Set - $15
Nov
23
8:00 PM20:00

Sharyl Cassity - Acoustic Set - $15

Brown Paper Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3596768

https://www.sharelcassity.com/

"[Cassity] plays alto and soprano with a seriously soulful tone that’s impressive enough to stop a roomful of seasoned jazz fans in their tracks"

----Downbeat Magazine

Saxophonist, Multi-Reedist, Composer, Bandleader, Recording Artist  and Educator Sharel Cassity (pron.“Sha-Relle”) is a distinguished musician on the New York jazz scene where she resided for 16 years. Listed as “Rising Star Alto Saxophone” in Downbeat Magazine for the past 8 consecutive years & having earned her Masters from The Juilliard School on full scholarship, Sharel has won the 2007 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award & was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in 2010.

Known for her fiery and soulful style of improvising & her expert ensemble skills, Sharel is a versatile sideman having performed regularly alongside renowned artists Roy Hargrove, Lewis Nash, Joe Chambers & Darcy James Argue. Currently a regular member of the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, Dizzy Gillespie Afro Cuban Experience, Nicholas Payton’s TSO, Cyrus Chestnut’s Brubeck Quartet and the Jimmy Heath Big Band, Sharel has toured 24 countries and performed at leading venues like the Newport Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival & the North Sea Jazz Festival. Sharel was lead alto in the Diva Jazz Orchestra from 2007-2014 and performed in the Broadway musical After Midnight as well as Maurice Hines’ Off-Broadway production, Tappin’ Through Life. Other jazz luminaries she has performed with include Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Natalie Cole, Christian McBride, Gregory Porter, James Moody, Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Slide Hampton, Maceo Parker and Terrence Blanchard.

In mainstream genres Sharel has recorded with Top 40 hit singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant on her 2015 CD/ DVD release and also joined her band on the Today Show. Additional popular artists she has performed with are Aretha Franklin, Vanessa Williams, K.D. Lang, Fantasia, Trisha Yearwood, Seth MacFarland (Family Guy), Ruben Blades & DJ Logic. Sharel can be seen in an ESPN Superbowl commercial in 2013 and appears in the PBS Television Broadcast “Juilliard Centennial Celebration”.

As a bandleader and solo artist Sharel leads her own projects, ELEKTRA and the SHAREL CASSITY QUARTET. She has led these groups at renowned venues like the DC Jazz Festival, Winter Jazzfest, Blue Note Jazz Festival, Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival, Monty Alexander Jazz Festival, Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, Martha’s Vineyard, The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, Blue Note Jazz Club, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Birdland, Smalls Jazz Club, Smoke Jazz, the Jazz Showcase and more. She also took her quintet on a 5 city tour of Mexico in 2016. 

Sharel’s most recent project and 4th release as leader, Evolve, is her debut recording with her band ELEKTRA and will be released on her label Relsha Music. This album is a jazz mix-genre project with a cast of top NYC musicians, featuring a collection of artful originals and reimagined compositions by Alicia Keys & Bjork. On this album Cassity confronts the evolution of music, her own personal and artistic evolution and a push for evolution of the current social climate (race & gender) in the United States. Her former releases, Just for You, (DW 2008), Relentless (Jazz Legacy Productions, 2009) & Manhattan Romance (Venus Japan 2014) established her both internationally and throughout North America having stellar bands and receiving top rated reviews in JazzTimes, Jazziz and Downbeat. Relentless was played on over 100 radio stations and was on the Jazzweek charts for 32 consecutive weeks.

Sharel has been included in 3 jazz publications, “I Walked with Giants” by Jimmy Heath, “AM Jazz: Three Generations under the Lens” by Adrianna Mateo and “Freedom of Expression: Interviews with Women in Jazz” by Chris Becker. Additionally she has been featured on the cover of Saxophone Journal & featured in the American Indian News magazine.  Sharel is an alum of audition based programs IAJE Sisters in Jazz, Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead, Ravinia at Steans Institute & received numerous Downbeat Student Music Awards in both the “Composition” and “Ensemble Performance” categories.

In addition to performing, Sharel has always been passionate about teaching and inspiring future generations of musicians. Cassity currently is a Professor of Saxophone and Piano at Elgin Community College in Elgin, Illinois.  Between 2016-17 Sharel served abroad as the Woodwind Professor at Qatar Music Academy in Doha, Qatar. Students from her private studio have won scholarships to the Hartt School of Music and placement in Jazz for Teens, Jazz House Kids and the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra. She has taught internationally in Japan, Costa Rica, Mexico, China and Qatar and has given numerous clinics about the saxophone, jazz language, rhythm, harmony and music business.

Starting her musical journey at the age of 6 as a classical pianist & quickly winning state level competitions by the age of 8, she went on to win numerous awards on a national level--eventually placing in the Disney International Piano Concerto Competition at age 11. Receiving her first saxophone at the age of 9, Sharel was classically trained in the French school of saxophone by a descendant of classical saxophonist Eugene Rousseau. Later at Yukon High School in Yukon, Oklahoma Sharel added flute, clarinet & piccolo to her arsenal and performed in the school jazz, marching and symphonic bands. While in high school she was the recipient of the John Philip Sousa Award and earned a position in both Oklahoma All State Jazz and All State Concert bands for 3 consecutive years. Afterwards she attended the University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Program for 2 years before transferring to NYC to complete her BFA at The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music.

Moving frequently throughout her childhood , Sharel’s family eventually settled in Yukon, Oklahoma where she graduated high school. In 2000 she moved to New York City where she resided for 16 years, earning her degrees while thriving on the NYC jazz scene. She recently relocated to the Chicago area with her husband and son. Sharel is proud to be a Vandoren Performing Artist, RS Berkeley Virtuoso Saxophone Artist and AMT  Microphone Artist.

 

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Tony Castañeda Latin Jazz Sextet   $10
Nov
17
8:00 PM20:00

Tony Castañeda Latin Jazz Sextet $10

https://tonyc-latinjazz.bandcamp.com/

The Tony Castañeda Latin Jazz Sextet has been honoring and keeping alive the latin jazz tradition for over 10 years, playing the music of what some call the Golden Age of Latin Jazz. (1940's-1960's) Constantly searching for the obscure gems of that era, the band felt a responsibility to present these treasures to a new audience with new vigor and life! The Afro-Cuban Jazz arrangements of that period are outrageously timeless and remain on a par with any jazz music coming out today. 

On "Mambo O' Muerte", the bands second recording, the Tony Castañeda Latin Jazz Sextet pays tribute to the Latin jazz greats with all new, original compositions borne out of many years of listening, playing, and most importantly, respecting the genre known as Latin Jazz. Homage to the late Mongo Santamaria and one of the last remaining greats, Eddie Palmieri are paid in the tunes "Mr. Mongo" and "For E.P." written by the saxophonist Anders Svanoe. Pianist Dave Stoler contributes the moody "Cheech's Bossa" which I predict will become a classic, perhaps to be emulated 30 years down the road by the future aspirants to the Latin Jazz idiom. who knows what the future holds for Latin Jazz? This recording is not only a walk in the past but a trip to that future and a statement of what is now. "Mambo O' Muerte" gives you a choice: Dance or Die, Life or Death!!! The Tony Castañeda Latin Jazz Sextet has chosen to Live! What will you choose?

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Radio Wranglers    $10
Nov
15
8:00 PM20:00

Radio Wranglers $10

http://radiowranglers.net/

The Radio Wranglers hail from Wisconsin and are heavily influenced by the sounds of the 1930's, 40's and 50's with influences ranging from Country and Western, Western Swing, and  Honky Tonk. The band has had the pleasure of playing at Opryland in Nashville, and opening for such acts as Wayne Hancock and Carolyn Martin's Western Swing Band. They strive to encapsulate the sounds of traditional 1940's and 50's Country and Western music, while adding their own tunes to the long lasting tradition they so greatly admire. From Waltzes to Boogies, hot swing to high and lonesome blues, you do not want to miss this band's unique blend of true American music!

Drawing influences from such artists as Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb, Milton Brown, Jack Gurhrie, Tex Williams, Webb Pierce, Hank Thompson, and Hank Williams, The Radio Wranglers also write original music with a taste of the past. Fronted by the twin fiddle team of Blaine And Ruthie McQuinn on fiddle and vocals, The Radio Wranglers are Danny Tyksinski on lead guitar, and Ed Novak on rhythm guitar, and Peyton Lencho on doghouse bass.

The Radio Wranglers have had the good fortune of playing the Nashville Boogie for two consecutive years, including being the band for the Western Wear Fashion show! And in November 2015, they were nominated for an Ameripolitan Award for Western Swing group.

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Goran Ivanovic Trio   $10 Advanced tickets available
Nov
10
8:00 PM20:00

Goran Ivanovic Trio $10 Advanced tickets available

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3612689

https://www.goranguitar.net/index/

One of the most versatile, skilled, and curious musicians in Chicago, guitarist Goran Ivanovic has built a career built upon exploration. Born and raised in Croatia, he was in the midst of studying at the prestigious Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria with masters like Elliot Fisk and Joaquin Clerch when his parents (his father is a Serb, his mother a Bosnian Croat) were expelled in the late 90s; the family was granted asylum in the US and they settled in Chicago.

Since his arrival he’s displayed a deep interest in collaboration, steadily expanding his stylistic range well beyond the European classical music and Balkan sounds he was fluently versed in when he arrived. These days his repertoire not only incorporates those disciplines, but jazz and flamenco as well.

He’s recorded duet albums with the great Pakistani-Chilean jazz guitarist Fareed Haque as well as Greek-American musician Andreas Kapsalis. He’s a key member of the quartet Eastern Blok with Matt Ulery, Doug Rosenberg, and Michael Caskey, a combo that deftly surveys the folk music of Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Serbia in a distinctly jazz-oriented context, embroidering timeless Balkan melodies and rhythms with sophisticated improvisational gambits.

Most recently, Ivanovic released an eponymous trio album with bassist Ulery and percussionist Pete Tashjian where he’s achieved a stunning assimilation of his many influences, creating a hybrid all his own. Reviewing the new album for All About Jazz, Budd Kopman wrote, “It is easy to get lost in Ivanovic's technique, especially if one plays (or attempts to play) Classical style guitar, in a jazz style or not.” The trio’s agility has also been noted. As Jeff Elbel wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times, “The trio are recognized for their individual virtuosity, but they show particular excellence as a unit able to stop on a dime and twist gracefully through the trickiest hairpin turns together on local stages.”

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Tony Monaco/Fareed Haque Trio   $25
Nov
9
8:00 PM20:00

Tony Monaco/Fareed Haque Trio $25

Brown Paper Tickets https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3613038

https://www.fareed.com/tony-monaco-fareed-haque-trio.html

Fareed Haque has spent much of career defying expectations of what the jazz guitarist is supposed to do and sound like. Recently, Haque has been tackling one of the most iconic and enduring contexts for his instrument, collaborating with Hammond B-3 master Tony Monaco in a hard-hitting organ combo.

Organist Tony Monaco from Columbus, Ohio, whose reserves of energy match the guitarist’s, studied with greats Hank Marr and Don Patterson but his greasy, rambunctious style owes serious debts to the great Jimmy Smith. His playing goes head-to-head with Joey DeFrancesco at his most extroverted.

Their first CD Furry Slippers received critical acclaim, "Haque's guitar in the opening, title track heats up a groove as potent as any track recorded by Melvin Sparks, Grant Greenor any other guitarist from the soul-jazz heydays of Prestige or Blue Note Records. Monaco's original "Boogie Blue" kicks out even hotter and tastier jam: Haque's rhythm hook stirs the funk up from the bottom and spreads it 'round the top while Monaco's turn brings to mind a picture of Sun Ra reclining in a mellow mood behind his master keyboard console. "We're trying to keep moving the tradition forward but yet keeping up with the times," Monaco explains. "So it has more of a modern-day funk rather than just swing."

All About Jazz

In the hands of Jimmy Smith, the organ could sing.
Here, Monaco again proves that he too is the sort of
high-caliber player who can coax such a response. --Downbeat Magazine

The Tony Monaco/Fareed Haque Trio has been working consistently since their meeting at The Java Jazz Fest in 2014.

The Trio has headlined many festivals including The JavaJazzfest, Detroit Jazz Fest, Chicago Jazz fest, Columbus Jazz fest, Lafayette Jazz fest, Southbend JazzFest, The Pritzger Pavillion in Millenium Park, Chicago and many others. Club appearances include such legendary venues as The Bluenote, NYC, Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC, The Greenmill, Chicago, DazzleJazz Denver, Colorado and many many more.

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Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore    $17/Advance    $20/Door
Nov
8
8:00 PM20:00

Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore $17/Advance $20/Door

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3658217

https://mollieobrien.com/

“An Incredible Singer and Fantastic Guitarist performing some of the Best Songs you’ll ever hear in one show…there’s the quote for the poster. Now, let me explain. Mollie O’Brien first performed on Mountain Stage in 1985, our second year. She was the best singer we had ever had on the show. She kept coming back and now, 27 years later, she’s still one of the top three best singers ever to perform on the show and I can’t think of the other two at the moment. Keep in mind, we have had over 1,800 guests on Mountain Stage. She can sing contemporary and traditional folk music, country, bluegrass, jazz, gospel, blues and pop but she’s not a jack of all trades. She’s a master of many styles. Since she and Rich have been performing together regularly – he finally quit his day job – they are impossible to beat as an acoustic duo. They have impeccable taste and choose the most entertaining, interesting and inspiring material from the wide world of song. And they’re funny. I urge you to see them if you get the chance and make your friends come with you (they will effusively thank you later).”
Larry Groce, Artistic Director and Host, Mountain Stage

“Sitting out in my little writing porch, watching the wrens build nests and listening to the enormous song that improbably comes out of their tiny bodies, and wondering why more people haven’t heard of the singer Mollie O’Brien. Full disclosure: we went to convent school together in Wheeling, West Virginia. But even if I didn’t know her I would be completely in thrall to her throaty, bluesy, beautiful voice and the way she delivers a song, as though she’s really living in it. There are a lot of people I listen to when I write: Sondheim, Adele, The Donnas, The Veronicas, Keith Urban. But she stops me and makes me attend, just like the house wrens do.”
Anna Quindlen, Author

“Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore are two national musical treasures. Combining blues and bluegrass (and everything in-between) with their soulful voices and stunning instrumental chops, Mollie and Rich are a constant source of joy and inspiration to me. They are truly among the best out there keeping American music alive and vital.”
Dave Alvin

“We do not have another singer like Mollie O’Brien – she stands and delivers in a completely original way – no matter the material. Together Mollie and Rich have made a sure and honest recording of Saturday nights and Sunday mornings that runs as deep as family.”
Darrell Scott

One part Maria Muldaur, one part Suzy Bogguss & one part Ella Fitzgerald, Mollie O’Brien’s voice with its seemingly limitless range is the perfect vehicle for this eclectic set of songs. Rich Moore’s crisp harmonies & guitar playing support in all the right places. It takes serious talent to play and sing this effortlessly.”
Gretchen Peters, Songwriter

“Heartfelt intelligence and unselfconsciously sophisticated.”
Rolling Stone

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The Suitcase Junket   $10
Nov
7
8:00 PM20:00

The Suitcase Junket $10

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3596375

https://www.thesuitcasejunket.com/

Between two full-length, solo rock albums of 2017 and 2019, The Suitcase Junket [solo multi-instrumentalist Matt Lorenz] releases a surprise May'18 EP, entitled Live With Others. The EP consists of six tracks recorded live in concert with special guests from the New England music scene, including Boston string band Twisted Pine, bluesman Tim Gearan, Kate Lorenz of Kate Lorenz and The Constellations, James Rohr and Mike Castellana of the Blue Ribbons, Isa Burke of Lula Wiles, and wildcard Barry Rothman who plays turntables and musical toys.

Without any doubt you expect to hear the skeleton are the first words to hit your ears and its a wild ride from there into the spaced-out, psychedelic slow jam of Sandman, which was improvised on the spot when performed, like most of the tracks on the EP, at Atwoods Tavern in Cambridge, MA. A fierce and punchy punk tune cranks up in the irreverent New Undertaker, which tells of a corpse falling in love with its mortician. Matt Lorenz, the human behind The Suitcase Junket, alleges that the chorus of this song was heard in a dream and woke him up laughing. In My Name was recorded at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY, and is the only track without other musicians sitting in, though Lorenz credits the crowd at Lenas in the album notes, and they do shout out here and there between the growling slide guitar lines. 

Once I had folks up on stage for the song we had decided to do together," says Lorenz, "I usually tried to keep them there to see what would happen. Being a one-man-band, I get pretty pumped on the energy of playing with other people, and the spontaneity of it made for some pretty interesting moments. Tim Gearan brings his formidable blues chops to bear on the song She Got and it all wraps up with a spooky, laid-back version of Spell on You by Jay Hawkins, featuring Matts sister Kate Lorenz on vocals. Ive been playing more with other people lately and I wanted to get a little snapshot of these collaborations out into the world without a lot of fuss and fanfare. So here it is.

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