When future music historians look back at the strong currents circulating between the Americas in the 21st century, they will find Los Lobos, Calexico, and a charismatic, lanky Missourian singing tight harmony with a Southern belle rattling the jawbone of a donkey. David Wax and Suz Slezak form the artistic core of the David Wax Museum, and together they fuse traditional Mexican folk with American roots and indie rock to create a Mexo-Americana aesthetic. Combining Latin rhythms, infectious melodies, and call-and-response hollering, DWM was hailed by TIME for its ‘virtuosic musical skill and virtuous harmonies’ and has built a reputation among concertgoers all over the U.S, Canada, Europe and China for ‘kicking up a cloud of excitement with their high-energy border-crossing sensibility’ (The New Yorker). With the release of Knock Knock Get Up (September 2012), David Wax Museum has reached a level of cross-cultural integration and musical fluency that allows them to speak electrifying and heartfelt poetry with a tongue that is wholly their own.
The band has been actively recording in their own studio for the past year, experimenting with new sounds and approaches, different from anything they’ve done before. What is coming out of these secluded sessions is guitar-driven rock that Cheap Trick and the Rolling Stones would approve of and other songs that have more of an introspective approach and sonically lie more with Bon Iver and Mute Math. An eclectic record to say the least, but one that still is anchored in strong melodies, creative arrangements and big choruses, but with interesting turns.
Four storied musicians attempting to re-define a format that forever perverted the way we experience music. You may love Top 40 (doubtful), you may hate it (probable), you may not care about it at all (liar), but you cannot escape it. *** OMAHA DINER’s Ironclad Guarantee: all songs have touched, however briefly, #1 on the Top 40 pop chart. OMAHA DINER is many things: the world’s definitive virtuoso of the seven-string guitar, the pioneer of saxophonics, a recipient of the 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship for composition, and a Grammy nominee. Omaha Diner is at home in all situations in and beyond the world of music – not only scoring one of the films of legendary director Robert Altman, but performing in another one as well. In its 125 years of experience the Diner has worked in some capacity with an unlikely and astonishing array of artists: Aretha Franklin, Sting, John Mayer, Levon Helm, John Adams, Roswell Rudd, Linda Ronstadt, Pearl Jam, Elton John, My Morning Jacket, Courtney Love, The San Francisco Ballet, Sam Rivers, Marianne Faithfull, The Moscow Circus, Roger Waters, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Michael Tilson-Thomas, R.E.M., Johnny Copeland, Bonnie Raitt, Lukas Foss, The Meters, Ween, D’Angelo, Les Claypool, Alvin Ailey, Digable Planets, Sonny Sharrock, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Tom Waits. This will be one incredible show.
For the past four decades, Bill Payne has spent more time on the road, in studios, and working with rock n’ roll hall of famers than most of that rare group of musicians who can pay the bills with their talent and endurance. He’s one of rock’s most talented keyboardists, a legitimate legend among peers. A founding member of Little Feat, he’s appeared on hundreds of studio albums and toured with the likes of Jimmy Buffet, James Taylor, and the Doobie Brothers. Most people in the music industry or familiar with rock’s meaningful past know this amazing musician’s songs and recognize his chops instantly. Countless musicians have shared time with him in the studio or onstage. More would like to, because he makes most musicians better. Gabe Ford, drummer for Little Feat will be joining Bill for this show.
A rare full band show. Lori McKenna’s unusual combination of professional and personal life, at least in the context of the modern music industry, has been well-documented. Admired and recorded by Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood and Alison Krauss (to name just a few), McKenna is a master at chronicling the small, difficult moments between romantic partners as they navigate their relationships.
Widely acclaimed as one of today’s finest narrative songwriters, Shindell has a rare gift for using detail to illuminate his character’ motivations and actions without ever getting mired in minutiae. Not Far Now’s nine new compositions (complimented by a pair of outside songs) are haunting vignettes that exist vividly beyond the song that documents them: Shindell gives the listener a window into these lives, but their story continues long after the window is shut. ‘Time deposits me, the character I’m writing about, and a listener there at the first line,’ he observes. ‘Then, at the end of the song, at the end of the last line, life and time go on. The song happens in between those two moments.’
Often encapsulated as the ‘Sound of Maui’, HAPA’s music evokes a place that many people at different times have referred to as heavenly. The overriding quality of their music is one of beauty and serenity, found in the majestic tones of the oli (chant), mele (song), the elegant movements of the sacred dance known as hula, and the exhilarating innovative sounds of virtuoso slack key guitar. HAPA’s self entitled debut cd released in 1993, swept the 1994 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaii’s equivalent of the Grammy’s), becoming the biggest selling CD by a group or duo in the history of recorded Hawaiian music. The group’s ground breaking music has established them as the most recognized name in Hawaiian music internationally since their debut release, with sold-out shows from Tokyo to New York.
Debra Mann, jazz pianist and vocalist, has performed throughout the northeast corner of the US for 3 decades. She was deeply influenced early on by the music of Joni Mitchell, from the folk years through her exploration into jazz. Debra’s band features the mega talents of Dino Govoni (sax), Steve DeConti (guitar), Dave Zinno (bass), & Marty Richards (drums). Together they interpret the iconic music of Joni Mitchell through a jazz lens. Come join us in a great night of music as we celebrate this rare and highly gifted and influential artist. This concert will be a live recording for a future CD release.
Lucy Kaplansky is a rare vocal talent, ‘a truly gifted performer…full of enchanting songs’ (New York Times). Blending country, folk and pop styles, she has the unique ability to make every song sound fresh, whether singing her own sweet originals, covering country classics by June Carter Cash and Gram Parsons or singing pop favorites by Lennon/McCartney and Nick Lowe.
UFO is an English rock band who formed in 1969. UFO were ranked #84 on VH1’s ‘100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.’ For UFO, it’s always the audience who passes the final judgment on the quality of a song. Only when a number has proved its worth at a UFO gig, can vocalist Phil Mogg and the rest of the band be confident that it will stand the test of time. Besides Mogg, UFO features Andy Parker (drums), Paul Raymond (keyboards), Vinnie Moore (guitar) and Rob DeLuca (bass). Expect all the classics and songs from their latest studio album ‘Seven Deadly.’