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Hiroya Tsukamoto

Hiroya Tsukamoto is a one of a kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five-string banjo when he was thirteen, and to ok up the guitar shortly after. In 1994, Hiroya entered The Osaka University and while at college in Japan, Hiroya was introduced to a musical and social movement in South America called Nueva Cancion headed by musical legends such as Vi ctor Jara and Violeta Parra.

In 2000, Hiroya received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the United States. He is also the recipient of the Professional Music Achievement Award. Hiroya completed a debut album entiti led "The Other Side of the World" with his band INTEROCEANICO and released in 2004. His composition entitled "El Otro Lado del Mundo" was nominated as the finalist of The USA Songwriting Competition 2004 and "Samba de Siempre" in 2005, a lso "Seventh Night" is the finalist of International Acoustic Music Award in 2006. Hiroya released his second album entitled "Confluencia" in 2006 and the third album"Where the River Shines" in 2008.

Hiroya has been leading concerts w ith his group including several appearances at Blue Note in New York and he performed with Esperanza Spalding, Marta Gomez, Kendrick Scott(The Crusadors), Pete Kennedy(The Kennedys) and Dave Maxwell(Muddy Waters Band).

Hiroya's recent album is "Heartland" which was released in August 2012 from 333discs. In October 2012, Hiroya did four days live performances on Japan Public TV(NHK) program "El Mundo".

Wednesday, July 30 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

a bigSphinx Productions production

"That Show", hosted by Caleb(justCaleb)

"That Show" will be my last full set in the city, for the moment. Dope lineup, be there or be that shape that nobody likes.

Live performances by:

  • Caleb(justCaleb)
  • BC Villanova
  • H3RO
  • Plans /There Will Be Crumbs
  • Cole Connor
  • Chuma Tha Mayor
  • Cassy Renee
  • Lyrical Lo
  • Ganja Goons W/ StarSeed Krigga
  • Kevin Flum
DJ: Matty Matt
Host: Caleb(justCaleb)

Friday, August 1 2014
6:30 to midnight
$5 21+ / $8 18+

Marbin ~~~ eBlue

Marbin first started in 2007 as a duo consisting of Israeli guitarist Dani Rabin and Israeli saxophonist Danny Markovitch Slor. Markovitch and Rabin met shortly after Markovitch had completed his military service as an infantry sergeant and Rabin had graduated from Berklee College of Music. Since 2008, Marbin has been living in Chicago and performing all over the United States, playing over 250 shows a year with th e accompaniment of drummer Justyn Lawrence and bassist Jae Gentile . They have released three albums: Marbin (2009), Breaking the Cycle (2011) , and Last Chapter of Dreaming (2013). Marbin is currently signed to Moonjune Records and Mana gement.

In the deep south, neighboring Columbia SC, three musicians collaborated to form the band known as eBlue. The fusion of jazz and dream rock is immediately evident once o ne enters the realm of this melodic playground of sound. The jargon of each individual is skillfully transmuted through their chosen musical medium. Drums initiate the lead with an effervescent, smooth and subtle technique, parting the v eil, tempting the grooving thump of the bass while teasing seemingly effortless solos from the guitar. Unique modal phrasing, odd meter, and signature tone further blend and fuse twisting to create texture, depth, and an eclectic sound, conjuring the very soul of this trio.

Tuesday, August 5 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

Don Merckle and The Blacksmiths ~~~ The Darnell Boys

Don Merckle and The Blacksmiths: A darkly honest and wry singer/songwriter out of Charleston, South Carolina, Donald Merckle's tunes have one foot in the foot-stompin' Celtic punk of The Pogues and Dropkick Murphys and another firmly planted in the alt-country tradition popularized by Uncle Tupelo, Whiskeytown, and the Drive-by Truckers, capable of both rock and roll growl and smoky barroom introspecti on.

The Darnell Boys: Old country, blues, and R&B. Austin Darnell on vocals, harmonica, and rhythm guitar; Caleb Darnell on vocals and lead guitar; Gus Darnell on vocals, rhythm guitar, and harmonica sometimes; Elijah Neesmith on bass; Patrick Weise on misc. percussion and singing saw.

Saturday, August 9 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Steve Marquette Quintet

A group capable of producing moments of frightening power and striking sensitivity, the Steve Marquette Quintet (formed 2012) features the talents of New Orleans musicians Jeff Albert (trombone), Brad Walker (saxophone), Jesse Morrow (ba ss), Steve Marquette (guitar) and Marcello Benetti (drums). Though primarily showcasing Marquette's compositions, their democratic nature provide a vehicle for all the musicians to express their unique voices and conceptions. Drawing upo n the leaders eclectic spirit, the quintet brings together elements of free jazz, collective improvisation, noise/rock, and other strains of the jazz tradition. Their debut recording, 'I Knew It Then' (2013), also marks the first release of Two Cities records - Marquette's record label dedicated to documenting Chicago and New Orleans improvising musicians.

Sunday, August 10 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Daryl Hance Trio ~~~ Albatross

"Seated onstage all those years in Mofro, one might have missed what a six-string monster Daryl Hance is, but there's no mistaking how he's right in line with contemporaries like The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and North Mississippi Allstars/Black Crowes man Luther Dickinson on his welcome solo debut, Hallowed Ground (released January 25 on Pine Tar Recordings). The album reveals what a goddamn sexy player Hance truly is, as well as showing off his ear-catching songwriting and singing skills -- there's something of John Fogerty to the whole package actually. It's Southern rock with a psychedelic lover man's twist, and anyone who likes it humid and right in the pocket is likely to plotz over Hallowed Ground."
- Hey Shredder, Dirty Impound

Albatross is a high energy, rock and roll band who plays blues rock, classic rock, country rock, and rock 'n' soul, specifically late '60s/early '70s style clas sic rock including British blues rock and Woodstock era music. They love to jam and improvise and to perform their takes on awesome old songs they like, as well as the raw, powerful, vintage sounding original material they come up with.< p>

Thursday, August 14 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Ultrafaux ~~~ The Ruby Brunettes

Baltimore band Ultrafaux performs original music composed by guitarist Michael Joseph Harris in the style of Jazz Manouche or Gypsy Jazz. The band is an acoustic powerhouse of two guitars and upright bass. Sami Arefin and Harris trade dazzling leads and harmoniz e together on rich gypsy-inspired melodies. The dynamic Eddie Hrybyk on upright bass holds down the steady swinging pulse and brings his passion for improvisation to the group.

Columbia, South Carolina's The Ruby Brunettes are a four piece band whose sound is largely defined by the intertwining of the male and female voices of Chris Compton (guitar) and Catherine Allgrim (trombone) and the three and four part harmonies created by the rhythm section of Chr is Paget (bass) and Ken Mixon (percussion). The group released their debut album in early 2013, before the addition of a rhythm section, and received tremendous reviews with Jasper magazine saying "this self-titled sticks out in a major way among music released in Columbia this year."

Thursday, August 21 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)