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Paddy Keenan w/ Davey Mathias

Paddy Keenan is one of Ireland's leading uilleann pipers, and possibly the best of the best performing today. A fellow musician who played with Keenan in the Bothy Band compared his outstanding skill and talent on the pipes to Jimi Hendrix's legendary ability with a guitar.

Keenan was born into a musical family in County Meath, Ireland. Brother Johnny Keenan made a name for himself as a fine banjoist, and his father crafted uilleann pipes. His grandfather and father both played the instrument, and Keenan began playing when he was ten years old. Four years later, barely into his teens, he performed at Dublin's Gaiety Theatre. He went on to join a family band named the Pavees. The togetherness didn't last when Keenan, at the age of 17, discovered the blues and headed to Europe. The piper started performing there and in England.

Ireland lured him back within several years. With Michael O Dhomhnaill on guitar and Triona Ni Dhomhnaill on keyboards, Keenan started to perform in the Dublin region. The small group soon expanded to include Matt Mollov on flute, Paddy Glackin on fiddle, Tony MacMahon on accordion, and Donal Lunny on guitar. They dubbed their band Seachtar, which means seven in English, which was the number of players within their group.

With Seachtar, Keenan played concerts in Dublin and across Ireland, but the band soon unraveled. MacMahon left, followed by Glackin. Tommy Peoples, a fiddler from Donegal, came aboard and the group of musicians renamed themselves the Bothy Band. Kevin Burke later stepped in to take over on fiddle.

The group grew in stature and influence, drawing attention to Keenan's virtuosity. While Lunny offered the Hendrix comparison, others equated Keenan's unfettered and animated improvisational piping with jazz legend John Coltrane. Following the Bothy Band's demise in 1979, the piper went solo. He has recorded for Hot Conya Records.
  - Linda Seida, AllMusic.com

Friday, April 18 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$12 in advance / $15 at the door RIGHT HERE


Easel

Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello, electric guitar)
Christoph Erb (tenor saxophone, bass clarinet)
Michael Zerang (drums, percussion)

Chicago-based cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm has played and studied music in a variety of situations from the Juilliard School to the gutter. A former student of Anthony Braxton, Morton Feldman, Bunita Marcus and Pauline Oliveros, his primary projects are his Valentine Trio and The Lightbox Orchestra. He is also a member of a number of ongoing collective projects (The Boxhead Ensemble, The Friction Brothers with Michaels Zerang and Colligan, The Flatlands Collective, Keefe Jackson's Fast Citizens) as well as participating in numerous one off "ad-hoc" or frequently convening ensembles. He also currently plays in groups led by Joe McPhee (Survival Unit III), Peter Brotzmann (Chicago 10tet), and Ken Vandermark.

Christoph Erb (tenor saxophone, bass clarinet) was born in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1973. He currently lives in Lucerne, Switzerland. He performs regularly in Europe and the U.S with many musicians including: Jim Baker, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang, Jason Roebke, Jason Adasciewicz, Josh Berman, Keefe Jackson, Tomeka Reid, Frank Rosaly, Nate Wooley, Jamie Branch, Jeb Bishop, Paul Lovens, Hans Koch, Urs Leimgruber, Martin Schätz, Christy Doran, Daniel Humair, Peter Schärli, Julian Sartorius, Hans-Peter Pfammatter, Christian Weber, Christian Wohlfart and many others, He played several tours in Europe, USA and South America. In 2007 he has formed his own Label veto-records, and 2011 after a four month residence in Chicago the sub label for improvised musik veto-exchange. 2012 he received the Culture Award from the City of Lucerne.

Michael Zerang was born in Chicago, Illinois, and is a first-generation American of Assyrian decent. He has been a professional musician, composer, and producer since 1976, focusing extensively on improvised music, free jazz, contemporary composition, puppet theater, experimental theater, and international musical forms. Michael has collaborated with contemporary theater, dance, and other multidisciplinary forms and has received three Joseph Jefferson Awards for Original Music Composition in Theater. As a percussionist and composer, Michael has over eighty titles in his discography, has toured nationally and internationally to 34 countries since 1981, and works with and ever-widening pool of collaborators.

Wednesday, April 23 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)
$8

an Arnold Taylor situation

Made to Break
(Ken Vandermark, Tim Daisy, Jasper Stadhouder, Christof Kurzmann)

Made to Break is improviser/composer Ken Vandermark's newest ensemble and his most radical. Combining elements of his interest and experience with the music of Ethiopia and the Ex, alongside the New Music ideas of John Cage and Morton Feldman, and mixing these with his perspective toward jazz and improvised music history, he has devised a compositional framework for the band that can be restructured for every performance and which deals with melody, sound, and rhythm in a completely unique way. This creative system gives the music of MADE TO BREAK an almost unprecedented flexibility and immediacy. The instrumentation of the quartet (drums, electric bass, electronics, and reeds) has given Vandermark an amazing palette of sounds to explore with each composition, but it is the individuals involved (with Tim Daisy, Jasper Stadhouder, Christof Kurzmann), and their diverse approaches to improvisation, that give the ensemble such a dynamic and spontaneous energy.

Saturday, April 26 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)
$10 in advance RIGHT HERE or
  $12 at the door

an Arnold Taylor situation



Sundress Sandals and Spoken Word

Selah the Poet aka Monifa Lemons Jackson & Bugsy Calhoun and friends present a night of Music and Spoken Word at it best.
The line up includes Upstate poet Starry Lail from Charlotte and Ital Al-Amin music by Lee Hartwell & Cassy Ren ee.

Sunday, April 27 2014
6:30pm (doors at 6pm)
$10 in advance / $15 at the door


Dex Romweber Duo ~~~ Los Perdidos ~~~ Thee Knee Jerks

Dex Romweber DuoFor a quarter century, Dex Romweber has trolled the dark corners and back shelves of the haunted thrift store of Americana ephemera and honed an extraordinarily i diomatic sound, a particular and readily identifiable DEXness for those in the know. It's a creepy doll collection of surf, proto-rockabilly, garage, dark and vengeful blues, and nobody, but nobody, plays it like Dex. First with the lege ndary Flat Duo Jets and now with his Duo, Dex distilled the punk ethos of less-is-more to the essential guitar/drums template. Left in the wake of his lecherous and slithery Silvertone were early acolytes like Jack White, Neko Case, and the Reigning Sound as well as a current crop of the indie pack like Ty Segall, No Age, Japandroids, and The Black Keys. All owe an unclaimed pawn ticket of debt to his sublime and spine-tingling sound. He is a live wire back to the murky , sometimes dangerous and always unpredictable headwaters of real rock and roll.

Los Perdidos"Los Perdidos' surf-rock hews closer to early rock instrumentalists like Link Wray, Duane Eddy and The Shadows, leaning m ore on Morricone widescreen than rapid-fire Dick Dale tremolo picking, brief vignettes unfolding in cascading melodies predicated on casual insouciance rather than amphetamine-rush energy. There's plenty of reverb coming from Andy Collin s' Fender amp, sure, but his hollowbody Gretsch -- a favorite instrument of Eddy's -- lends his tone a hefty, spaghetti-western twang, balancing Byron Chitty's active basslines and Adam Cox's busy, fluid drumming. Like The Shadows -- or Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet -- Los Perdidos' momentum is subtle but strong, and totally enveloping. It still evokes a ride on the Pacific Coast Highway, but it trades top-down summer fun for the ghostly chill of moonlight reflecting off the ocean."
- Patrick Wall, Free Times

Thee Knee Jerks is just four sore losers from Soda City, SC bashin' out garagepunk.

Saturday, May 10 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)
$10 in advance / $12 at the door