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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

Coda Duo

The Coda Duo is an award-winning classical guitar duo comprised of Brett Floyd and Christopher Jenkins. The duo has presented concerts, workshops, and masterclasses at venues in South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Indiana, Tennessee, Texas, Washington DC, Missouri, and also won first place at the Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Festival and Competition in May 2010. The duo has also been featured on the internationally-broadcast 'Classical Guitar Alive' and ETV radio.

They'll be playing music by Dave Matthews, Ralf Bauer, Miklos Rozsa, Brent McPike, Tom Waits, and Fabrice Pierrat.

Thursday, April 24 2014
7:30pm (doors at 7pm)
$10 (Adults) / $5 (Students and children under 12)


Daddy Lion ~~~ Release the Dog ~~~ Hectorina

Only 25 hand-numbered CD copies of Daddy Lion's new EP are being made available to the public. Come to the show to make sure you get a copy! The record will also be available digitally at www.daddylion.bandcamp.com.
This is the first full-band Daddy Lion record and the first studio effort (recorded with Alex Davis at Wentworth Studios).

Daddy Lion
w/ very special guests:
Release The Dog
Hectorina

Friday, April 25 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)
$5


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, Stasper Jadhouder, Jristof Sturzmann), 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


Blue Note Jazz Combo

Come join Leland Rayner, Gabriel Bertolini, Gabriel Valentino Bethel, Levi Cull, Jerry Wiles, and Jonathan Lovett for a night of original tunes, arrangements, and jazz standards!

Monday, April 27 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$5 General Public / $3 Students


Matthew Smith and Friends

LIVE performance and CD Release Event

Join Matthew as he celebrates the release of his first solo album "Bedtime Stories" and gives a special live performance of his original songs. While the recording features Matthew playing and singing all the parts himself, at the concert he will be supporte d by Austin Gaboriau on bass, Joe Vernon on percussion, and Jason Page on guitars and vocals. Simple but emotional, Matthew's music focuses on melodic guitar/bass interplay, extended song forms, and vocal harmonies. Don't miss this first-ever live performance! You can listen to demo versions of some of Matthew's new songs here:
https://soundcloud.com/matthewsmith-solo

Check out his newe st recording "Words of A Song", the favorite "Long Lines", as well as a sweet lonely version of "Kentucky" ... among lots of other great songs... see you at the concert!

Sunday, May 4 2014
7pm (doors at 6:30pm)
Adult Admission: $10 (includes a free copy of the CD)
Youth Admission (under 16): $5 (sorry, no free CD but one can be purchased for an additional $5)


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