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Battle Trance Promo Video from Travis Laplante on Vimeo.

Battle Trance ~~~
Dan Voss + Nic Jenkins ~~~
Occupants

Battle Trance transcends genres, but also transcends time and space. Existing in the cracks between contemporary classical music, avant-garde jazz, black metal, ambient, and world music, Battle Trance is an ensemble that pushes the four saxophonists to the limit, shedding new light on the saxophone as an ensemble instrument. The players use circular breathing to build continuous, hypnotic waves of sound; multiphonics layer to create intricate textures that seem to come from an ancient time; and blisteringly fast lines seem to liquefy into each other. Unorthodox articulations and unusual fingerings are also part of the vast sonic vocabulary that the members of Battle Trance have painstakingly mastered

Dan Voss + Nic Jenkins will be playing a sort of free verse melodic spazzing with angular to minimal song structures. Happy, uncertain.

Occupants is a freeform improv/noise/jazz trio consisting of Gabe Madden (guitar/trumpet), Michael Crawford (drums), and Tom Law (live manipulations, synth).

Thursday, January 29 2015
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)
$10


Husband ~~~ Ghosts of the Kodiak ~~~ Daddy Lion ~~~ Matt Crumpton (of Two Fell in a Foxhole)

Friday, January 30 2015
7:30pm (doors at 7pm)
$7


Tracy Shedd ~~~ Susanne Kappler ~~~
Tonya Tyner

"Tracy Shedd has surely been someone's best kept secret! Upbeat, bittersweet and intimate lyrics coupled with a musical style quite human and bringing the right amount of balance needed to ensure there's nothing pretentious about any of it. There is real grit and honesty within her songs that will endear her to you." - Subba-Culcha

Susanne Kappler: "Her strength as a performer and her dramatic, smoky vocals provide poignant narration to complement her powerful talent as a songwriter." - Cola Town Fizz

"Tonya Tyner... [is] a gifted musical communicator... [with] appealingly honest vocals... extremely original... [with] an obvious spark. Her songs make points and they get to them quickly." - Big Western Flavor

Saturday, January 31 2015
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$15


Joie. ~~~ The Lovely Few ~~~ Infinitikiss

Saturday, February 7 2015
8p (doors at 7:30p)
$6


Sean Gaskell

Sean Gaskell features traditional songs on the Kora, a 21 string harp that he learned how to play throughout the course of multiple visits to its homeland in Gambia, West Africa. The Kora is native to the Mandinka people who live within the countries of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau. The music is traditionally played by oral and musical historians known as Griots (Gree-ohs). The Kora is a very melodic and seemingly peaceful instrument, which is contrary to its musical repertoire.

Many songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande empire. While the Kora is only 300 years old, some commonly played songs can be traced back 800 years to the founding of the Mande empire. Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh, both of Brikama, Gambia. He was first inspired to play by Kane Mathis, a Kora player formerly based in Seattle who has lead 'The Kora Band' and 'The Sahel Band'. Gaskell relocated from Seattle to Asheville, North Carolina in 2014. He has been featured at a number of music festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal.

Sunday, February 8 2015
4pm (doors at 3:30pm)
$10 for adults / $5 for students

The Columbia Community Drum Circle will be playing in the Conundrum courtyard before the show,
from 1:30pm to 3:30pm!


Cathy Stayman Productions and bigSphinx Productions present

An Evening with Webb Wilder

There are Roots-Rockers, and then there's Webb Wilder.

Hardly a purist, he has described the music he and his band, The Beatnecks, make as, "Rock for Roots fans and Roots for Rock fans." In essence: Rock and Roll. There's nothing new about combining R & B, Rock and Roll, Country, Blues, Pop and Rock. The Rolling Stones and the Beatles proved that it can yield marvelous and diverse results. I said he wasn't a PURIST. I didn't say he wasn't very PICKY about the quality of the music. That includes everything from the sonics of the recordings, the choice of players, the influences he draws on, the songs he chooses to cover, or how attentive he is to the craftsmanship of his own songs.

Saturday, February 28 2015
7pm to 10pm
Hor d'oeuvres at 7pm -- bring a dish or snack!
$15 in advance RIGHT HERE / $18 at the door
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Cathy Stayman Productions and bigSphinx Productions present

Anne McCue ~~~
Marv Ward and The Blessed Souls

Bluesy songstress and multi-instrumentalist Anne McCue has just recorded her 6th studio album -Blue Sky Thinkin' - with co-producer Dusty Wakeman (Lucinda Williams, Dwight Yoakam) in Los Angeles. The album has been mastered by Ray Kennedy in Nashville. The album reunites the band from her critically acclaimed 'Roll' album and allows Anne to explore some of her favourite influences, including Billy Holiday, Charlie Christian, Howlin' Wolf, Albert King, Nick Drake, Astor Piazzola, Peggy Lee, Bessie Smith.

"I've been a fan of guitarist/singer/songwriter Annie McCue for many years so I'm very honored and happy about singing with her on a damn fine song for her upcoming album. She wrote the song with John Hadley and the brilliant David Olney. You can't go wrong with such talent." - Dave Alvin

"I had done some gigs with Annie McCue out in California and thought that besides her phenomenal playing and great songs she had a unique presence. She has an angelic quality to her but also a Charlie Chaplin-esque vibe. Fearless and tender and alluring." - David Olney

Veteran blues guitarist Marv Ward grew up in the small town of Lorton, Virginia. He played his first gig at 10 and started performing professionally at age 16. He's played in literally dozens of bands over the past 45 years and has secured his place among bluesmen with his straight-forward no-nonsense blues style. It's a little bit Delta, a litle bit Piedmont, a whole lot of R&B, but mostly, it's straight up Rev. Marv Ward.

Tuesday, March 17 2015
6:30pm to 9:30pm
Hors d'oeuvres at 6:30
$12 in advance RIGHT HERE / $15 at the door