Keb’ Mo’ (Rescheduled from October 29th)

Music is a mirror. It captures the thoughts, feelings, and experiences of its creator; it frames and exposes these emotional currents to us, the listeners. And in listening, we realize we’re not alone: There is someone who sees and feels as we do, and who has captured those ephemeral visions in song. The Reflection is the first new studio album by Keb Mo since Suitcase in 2006. These twelve songs are the product of an important period of personal and professional growth for the artist formerly known as Kevin Moore. In that time, he started a new family; moved from Los Angeles to Nashville; built a state’of’the’art home studio, and founded his own label, Yolabelle International, distributed by Ryko and the Warner Music Group. Keb Mo is a three’time Grammy Award winner for Best Contemporary Blues Album; and a key figure in the acclaimed 2003 PBS series Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues. But The Reflection is not, in essence, a blues album. In sound and spirit, it’s closer to the work of African’American ‘folk soul’ singer/songwriters like Bill Withers, Bobby Womack, and Terry Callier. Indeed, tracks like ‘My Shadow’ and ‘Crush On You’ would have fit neatly into Urban radio’s ‘Quiet Storm’ format at almost any time in the past 25 years. The Reflection brings together all of this singular artist’s diverse influences ‘ pre’disco R&B, American folk and gospel, rock, blues, and more ‘ in a sound that is truly and uniquely his own.

Iris DeMent

Unquestionably, one of the finest singer songwiters of her generation. Iris will be touring in support of her first album of original music in 16 years ‘Sing the Delta.’ It is a beautiful collection of songs delivered with honesty and soul.

Commander Cody and Professor Louie and the Crowmatix

As always, the old Commander Cody himself is behind the piano, leading the musical mayhem and controlled chaos, and sporting his legendary antics and ability to spark up even the toughest crowds. Their 1974 album ‘Live From Deep in the Heart of Texas’ was named as one of Rolling Stones 100 Greatest of all times! They are the legends behind Hot Rod Lincoln. Today the Commander Cody Band is closely knit with the legendary George Frayne a.k.a. ‘The Commander’ (leader /keyboards/vocals), Steve Barbuto (drums/vocals), Rick Mullen (bass) and Mark Emerick on lead guitar and vocals. Frequent guest steel guitar appearances by Bobby Black, Professor Louie and the Crowmatix – The group came into existence preparing songs for Aaron Professor Louie Hurwitz’ studio productions for the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame group The Band. They are also the backing group for solo CD’s by Rick Danko and Garth Hudson. They started touring and recording their own music in 2001. They have six studio CD’s and two live recordings on The Woodstock Records label. Woodstock Records has just released Professor Louie & The Crowmatix latest CD, Whispering Pines. In spring 2008, they released As the Crow Flies. This CD has new originals and songs from their previous recordings which were most requested by fans and radio stations. The group continues to perform in concert at premier theaters, clubs & festivals, playing over 150 shows a year.

Album Cover ART

Whipped Cream’s album cover alone is considered a classic pop culture icon. The album cover was so popular with Herb Alpert fans that, during concerts, when about to play the song ‘Whipped Cream’, Alpert would tell the audience, ‘Sorry, we can’t play the cover for you!’ This exhibition of album cover art is curated by music aficionado Chris Zingg of Warren RI’s In Your Ear! music store.

Damn the Torpedoes

The works of five different graphic artist studios from across the country, Damn the Torpedoes depicts gig posters of performances and musicians far and wide.
Curator of the show Peter Cardoso is the owner of Ghost-Town studio. His design work has been featured in galleries across the country and has been seen in movies, magazines, on television and on walls around the world.
Nate Duval is a New England native and has been getting quite a name for himself as of late. He has exhibited his work at Forecastle Music Festival in Louisville, Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles and Chicago and Flatstock@Bumbershoot Music Festival in Seattle.
Mark McDevitt and Robert Lee of Methane Studios got their start in 1998 when they formed a partnership to produce silk screen posters for the East Atlanta club The Echo Lounge that featured some of the best independent bands in the late 1990’s.
The roots of this partnership started in the mid 1980s at Columbus College of Art and Design located in Columbus, Ohio. Robert and Mark, both from small Ohio towns, majored in Illustration and bonded over bad 80’s haircuts, corndogs, good music and creating art to form a friendship that would transcend into creating award winning artwork recognized worldwide.
Today they exist as a two man studio creating package designs, logos, and posters for clients such as Turner Broadcasting, Honda, Liberty mutual, Blue Q, Dave Matthews and many other of your favorite bands. Recently featured on CNN, you can also find their work in many books that feature designs relating to t-shirt, music packaging and of course posters.
Terrance ‘Lil Tuffy’ Ryan is a designer and artist living in San Francisco. Very few artists in the world have portrayed the delicacy, sensitivity and mystery of rock and roll show prints with the skill and insight of Lil Tuffy. In July 2002 an under-employed Lil Tuffy commenced designing and hand-screening posters to combat his self-diagnosed Attention Deficit Disorder. In November that year he was taken under the wing of living rock art legends Chuck Speery and Ron Donavan and their famous Firehouse. There he explored rock and roll psyche. More recently, Tuffy has been featured in Antiques & Collectibles and Gasoline magazines. His work was included in The Art of Modern Rock and featured in Panda Meat: Vol. 1 and Swag 2: Poster Rock of 90’s and Beyond.
Andrew Vastagh, aka BOSS CONSTRUCTION, is a one man design, illustration & screen print show, based in Nashville, Tennessee. Andrew designs and prints all his posters by hand, personally. As a graduate of the design program at The University of Memphis, Andrew wanted to avoid a corporate cubicle and focused instead on the freedom gig posters and freelance projects offered. He has worked on everything from T-shirt designs for Death Cab For Cutie to the recent identity and branding of The Warped Tour 2010 and projects with Wonka candy and KIA Motors. Andrew lives in Nashville with his twelve year old daughter Madalyn, and two mean chihuahuas Bonita & Echo.

Kathleen Edwards

Ottawa native Kathleen Edwards spent 2010/2011 cooped up recording a new record with co-producer Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver). The first fruits of their labour can be heard on the just released 7′ entitled Wapusk. The full-length album, Voyageur, is scheduled for release in January 2012. Since the release of her debut LP, Failer (2003), Kathleen has toured across Canada, USA and Europe several times over, sharing the stages with the likes of My Morning Jacket, John Doe and Willie Nelson. Along the way Kathleen has garnered critical acclaim for her live shows as well as multiple Juno Award nominations for Back To Me (2005) and Asking For Flowers (2008), which also earned her a spot on the Polaris Prize short list.

Comedy Night featuring Kenny Rogerson and Steve Bjork

KENNY ROGERSON For the past 20 years Kenney Rogerson has been one of the top comedians in the region and among the best comics nation wide. Frequently referred to as ‘the funniest man you’ve never heard of,’ Rogerson combines a brilliant wit and an understated sarcasm that has led him to the nation’s top clubs as well as appearances on the late night talk shows including Letterman, and Conan O’Brien as well as appearances on Comedy Central, Showtime’s ‘A Pair of Jokers,’ Evening at the Improv, and MTV. As well as making stops to perform in Las Vegas and Atlantic City Rogerson has appeared as ‘Kevin the Biker Fireman’ on the FX hit show ‘Rescue Me’ and as ‘Pat the Cop’ on ABC’s ‘It’s All Relative.’ Rogerson wrote and starred in comedy film pieces on Fox Television Network’s ‘Sunday Comics’ and has made film appearances in ‘Fever Pitch’ and ‘There’s Something About Mary.’ He is simply one of the funniest comedians in the business. Steve Bjork For nearly two decades Stephen Bjork has been entertaining comedy crowds with his strange view of everyday life and a look at the past that virtually every one of his audience members has experienced. Bjork reflects on childhood occurences, being a new father, and everyday life that receive the Bjork twist. Having performed alongside some of the top names in the business, Bjork has shared the stage with the likes of Dane Cook, Steven Wright, Dom Irrera, Dave Chappelle, Gilbert Gottfried, Joe Rogan, Dana Gould, and Tommy Chong. He has also opened for the legendary musical group The Platters. Bjork has performed in Las Vegas, as well as the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, Hilarities in Orlando, FL and Cleveland, OH; TSM Comedy Club in Louisville, KY; Crackers in Indianapolis, IN, Penguins in Cedar Rapids, IA, and many, many others as well as being a New England favorite.