Live Music Fans,
We were treated to a wonderful concert last night with Flamenco Fusion from the Front Range. The accomplished Miguel Espinoza displayed some awesome guitar playing in the flamenco style but he ranged far beyond with his fellow musicians on sax, electric bass, cello and percussion. A beautiful fusion of two genres for the room. Loved it.
And now, the important shows are the ones waiting to happen, right? So, it’s fitting that this week we have three more nights with some very talented musicians who are eager to share their cool, original songs with you. Another “can’t miss” week of excellent live music. Come out and enjoy it. Why not?
See you at the shows!!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT – MAY 1ST – PETE PIDGEON AND ARCOTA – 8:30PM – www.petepidgeon.com
“Appearing on one Grammy Award-Nominated project and landing 12 Grammy ballot appearances, international recording artist Pete Pidgeon’s “credibly original approach,” as praised by Rolling Stone contributor Jesse Jarnow, is rooted in multi-stylistic stories of perseverance and rejuvenation – reflections of Pete’s true-life experiences. Pete’s “progressive Americana songwriting” combines deeply poignant lyrics with the complex harmonic structures of Joni Mitchell, feel-good R&B undercurrents of Bill Withers, and spiritual ambiance of classic Yes. He can flexibly play American roots one night and neo-soul the next, delivering diversity with authenticity.
Pete’s newest LP, All the Little Things, features an all-star lineup of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and 3-time Grammy Award Winner Levon Helm (The Band, Bob Dylan), 3-time Grammy Winner Justin Guip (Hot Tuna, Levon Helm Band), 2-time Grammy Winner Erik Lawrence (Aretha Franklin), Grammy Winner Chris Pandolfi (Infamous Stringdusters), Grammy Nominee Catherine Popper (Jack White, Grace Potter, Ryan Adams), Glenn Patscha (Sheryl Crow, Marc Cohn), Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce), and Leah Concialdi (Nathaniel Rateliff). The 15-song self-produced album was engineered by Gold Record recipient Chris Bittner (Coheed & Cambria) at The Band bassist Rick Danko’s former residence of Applehead Studios in Woodstock, NY. The Denver Album Launch Party featured Jennifer Hartswick & Natalie Cressman of the Trey Anastasio Band and frequent Anders Osborne guitarist Peter Stelling. The album’s lead single – the horn-heavy Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You (feat. Levon Helm) – has been officially added at the fastest-growing AAA Non-Comm radio station in the US: 105.5 FM “The Colorado Sound.” FM stations KUVO, KRRR, and KRFC, are also spinning the second single, the emotive fan favorite The Ways We Change.
Based in Topanga Canyon Los Angeles – where Neil Young wrote After the Gold Rush – Pete Pidgeon & Arcoda have played the We Are LA Festival at the 27K-seat StubHub Center soccer stadium directly supporting actor Kevin Costner & Modern West and directly following Emmy Award-Winning, Top 10, Gold Record Artist Rachel Platten. Invited by Jimmy Kimmel Co-Executive Producer Doug DeLuca, the band performed in Hollywood with a lineup of 2-time Grammy Winner Tony Braunagel (Bonnie Raitt) on drums, Grammy Winner Jeff Paris (Keb’ Mo’) on keyboards, and Jesse Money (daughter of Eddie Money) on backing vocals. Pete performed at the Malibu Guitar Festival with Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty, Eric Clapton) on drums, Alex Ligertwood (Santana) on vocals, and Mark Hart (Supertramp, Crowded House) on lap steel. Pete has also played with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Pearl Thompson (The Cure), R&R HoF Nominee Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Dug Pinnick (King’s X), and is a member of Tasty Face with Angelo Moore (Fishbone).Former Jeff Buckley Co-Manager, Jack Bookbinder, recalls being, “struck by Pete’s jaw-dropping vocals and approach to artistry.” Pete’s music has been released internationally on the Sony BMG label and broadcast on BET’s number-one show 106 & Park for 10.3M viewers – as sung by Epic Recording Artist/ Missy Elliot protégé Jessica Betts. Pete’s eclectic compositions have been placed in award-winning films at the LA Reel Film Festival, Boston International Movie Festival, and Honolulu Film Festival.
2019 highlight performances include playing the Topanga Days Festival Main Stage preceding 2019 Grammy Award Winner Fantastic Negrito, and headlining the 600-capacity Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood. Pete recently performed for 4K fans at Joyride Brewing’s Anniversary Block Party, 3K at the Colorado Brewers’ Festival, 3K at the Fillmore Auditorium, twice headlined the Fox Theatre, directly supported Anders Osborne and Rich Robinson (Black Crowes), received a Westword Music Award Nomination and eight Rock Awards nominations, and has been featured in Denver Post, AXS, Boston Globe, Performer, Poughkeepsie Journal, Relix, Malibu Surfside News, Jambase.com, and Jambands.com. Pete also leads the funk band FU^K, published his 300-page book Hampton 98, and has a YouTube instructional series with over 1.2M views. He has earned the moniker Hardest Working Musician among his peers and should probably sleep more often.”
BAND MEMBERS – Pete Pidgeon – lead vocals, guitar – Johnnie Gilmore – bass – Marco Bazzi – drums
FRIDAY NIGHT – MAY 3RD – FIRST FRIDAY WITH NATALIE, ELLIE, GILLIAN AND LIZZY – 8:30PM – $15
One of the best things about the shop is that every once in awhile we can’t make the shows but somehow they seem to go on. It really is a village type thing. And this Friday Night, we have our wonderful friends of the shop for keeping the live music flowing for your ears. We have some very talented young lady singer/songwriters to thank for this special First Friday night. Should be sweet and I’m sorry to have to miss this show.
Last nights show proved once again why this little ancient room is the best sounding room I have even enjoyed in my life. Another good reason to keep coming up with the rent for over 25 years. I’m hopelessly hooked on the beautiful sound of this room. Come out and tell me of your pick for favorite sounding room. And on that subject, we were just ranked #2 on a list of the best small venues in the state. Wow! Quite an honor and I think our enthusiastic and loving fans had a big part. Go team! Check out the link below.
Natalie Spears: “History stores itself in the Old Time tunes and folk songs that Natalie brings to life. Blue notes and syncopation from years of listening to her father play piano weave into her music. The raw rhythms of Natalie’s banjo, bass, and piano groove beneath her soulful voice, singing of life’s joys and sorrows.”
Ellie Barber: “Ellie Barber’s mind exploded when she discovered at the age of 22 that it’s possible to sing and play cello at the same time. Raised as a classical cellist, she often found herself in practice rooms in college covering her favorite indie bands instead practicing her symphony repertoire. She now plays in Americana-folk bands, like Carbondale-based Pearl & Wood, emphasizing the deep resonance of the cello alongside warm, smokey vocals.”
Lizzy Plotkin: “Lizzy Plotkin’s place-based songwriting and fiddling is as exuberant as is it graceful. With reverence for the natural world and a humble, yet wise human perspective, Lizzy shares with listeners her joy and connection through original story, melody and voice.”
Gillian Grogan: “Gillian Grogan is an independent folk singer and songwriter. The New England and Sonoma based artist now tours the country year-round in her self-converted van dwelling, sprinkling stories throughout her thoughtful, driven melodies. Gillian’s unique blend of Americana, soul, folk, and old time balladry is influenced by a wide and honest spectrum of her experience as a 90’s-female-power-pop fan-girl turned banjo-hugging, bluegrass-loving researcher of many a Child ballad. Her songwriting has been deeply influenced by Bob Dylan, Ben Howard, Tracy Chapman, Justin Vernon, and Gillian Welch, among others.”
SUNDAY NIGHT – MAY 5TH – FAREED HAQUE AND THE TRANCE HYPOTHESIS BAND – 7:30PM – www.fareed.com
“Virtuoso guitarist and Co-Founder of Garaj Mahal, Fareed Haque is coming to the little room with his impressive funk, world music Trance Hypothesis Band.” Fareed played the room once before and put on a spectacular performance. We are talking original live music made for you on the spot.
“Between European and USA tours as a member of BIlly Cobham’s Crosswinds project, tours with Goran Ivanovic and a new release on Chicago’s Delmark Label, things have never been busier for Fareed! Fareed’s latest recording has been chosen as editors pick in Downbeat Magazine and one of the top 10 recordings of 2018 by Howard Reich. New recordings are slated for release this spring including new works from Goran and Fareed, as well as his Trance Hyothesis Band w/ Special Guest Bill Cobham!”
Check out this link to view the PBS special featuring Fareed’s band, Interview starts at 5:30.
This also from Audio Tree Live
“Fareed Haque is a modern guitar virtuoso. Steeped in classical and jazz traditions, his unique command of the guitar and different musical styles inspire his musical ventures with tradition and fearless innovation.
Since 2011, Haque has returned to his first loves, jazz guitar and classical guitar. He has been busy performing and recording with his trio featuring legendary B3 virtuoso Tony Monaco, his own trio and jazz quartet, as well as his larger world music group the Flat Earth Ensemble.
Recent releases include the critically acclaimed Out of Nowhere featuring drummer Billy Hart and bassist George Mraz, The Flat Earth Ensemble’s latest release Trance Hypothesis, and The Tony Monaco/Fareed Haque release Furry Slippers that reached the top 10 in Jazz Radio Airplay.
IN addition, Fareed has performed at the Chicago, Detroit, and Java Jazz festivals and was featured as part of the Made in Chicago Series performing with his numerous groups at Millenium Park’s Pritzker Pavillion in Chicago. He also performed and arranged numerous classical programs as 2013 artist-in-residence for The Chicago Latin Music Festival, was featured on WBEZ, as well as WFMT’s Fiesta! radio programs, and has recorded his arrangement of Piazzolla’s 5 Tango Sensations, El Alevin by Eduardo Angulo Leo Brouwer’s Quintet for Guitar and String Quartet with the critically acclaimed Kaia String Quartet. Haque continues to tour and record extensively along with documenting his unique teaching methods in a series of best selling interactive video courses through TrueFire.
IN 2016, Haque was invited to perform at the Indianapolis Jazz Festival Tribute to Wes Montgomery along with Peter Bernstein, Bobby Broom, Henry Johnson, Will Mathews, Russell Malone, Pat Martino, and Dave Stryker. He was also a visiting scholar at Western Michigan University. Recent projects include artistic directorship of numerous jazz festivals, performances with Tony Monaco, Paquito D’Rivera, Vijay Iyer, pundit Vikku Vinacrayam, long-anticipated reunion concerts with Garaj Mahal, concerts in India, a return to Java Jazz, and concerts and teaching in China. In 2017, Mr. Haque released The Bridge with virtuoso Chilean bassist Christian Galvez and renowned Indian percussionist Selva Ganesh. Haque has also rekindled his duo with Goran Ivanovic. Performances include Canadian Guitar Festival, Winters Jazz Fest NYC, Lotus Music Fest, and many others. Upcoming tours in China and Europe are slated for 2018. Haque has joined drum legend Billy Cobham as a member of his Crosswinds Ensemble featuring Haque on guitars, Randy Brecker on Trumpet, and Paul Hansen on sax and bassoon. Extensive touring and recording are slated for 2019. Haque’s most recent release NEW LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC FOR GUITAR AND STRING QUARTET was picked by Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune as one of the top releases of 2018. In addition, the release was chosen as Downbeat Magazine Editor’s Pick in 2018. 2019 portends to be a busy year, as Haque has retired from 30 years at Northern Illinois University to accommodate extended tours with Cobham, Goran Ivanovic, and his own groups. Highlights to include The Montreux Jazz Festival with Cobham, and appearances with his own groups at The Bluenote Beijing, Louisville, and Minneapolis Guitar Festivals among others. New recordings with his own group and with Goran Ivanovic are scheduled for 2019, under the legendary Delmark Label.
Born in 1963 to a Pakistani father and Chilean mother, Fareed’s extensive travels and especially long stays in Spain, France, Iran, Pakistan, and Chile exposed Haque to different kinds of music from a very early age. While this natural eclecticism has become a hallmark of Haque’s music, it was repeated visits to Von Freeman’s Chicago jam sessions that gave Haque a grounding in the Chicago blues and jazz traditions. The 1981 recipient of North Texas State University’s Jazz Guitar Scholarship, Haque spent a year studying with renowned jazz guitarist and pedagogue Jack Peterson. Fareed’s growing interest in the classical guitar led him to transfer to Northwestern University, where he completed his studies in classical guitar under David Buch, John Holmquist, and Anne Waller.
Soon after his transfer to NU, Haque came to the attention of multi-instrumentalist Howard Levy and joined his latin-fusion group Chevere. Thru Levy, Haque was introduced to Paquito D’Rivera and began a long and fruitful relationship with the Cuban NEA Jazz Master. Numerous world tours and recordings including Manhattan Burn, Celebration, Havana Cafe, Tico Tico, Live at the MCG were to follow. Especially notable is the classic and award winning Reunion featuring Haque along with Arturo Sandoval, Danilo Perez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Mark Walker, and David Fink.
Thru D’Rivera, Haque was brought to the attention of Sting, who had just begun his record label Pangaea. Sting invited Haque to join the label and he released 2 critically acclaimed recordings, Voices Rising and Manresa. Haque toured briefly with Sting, including notable appearances at The Montreux Jazz Festival, as well as NBC’s Michelob Presents Sunday Night with David Sanborn, but his own career demands led Haque in other directions.
Haque has been featured on WTTW’s ArtBeat and Chicago Tonight, Ben Sidran’s New Visions, Michelob Presents Sunday Night with David Sanborn on NBC, his own Lonesome Pines special for PBS, and on BET cable jazz channel. Fareed has twice been selected as Talent Deserving Wider Recognition in Downbeat Magazine. In 1989, Haque also joined the faculty at Northern Illinois University as professor of jazz and classical guitar. He continues to teach at NIU to this day.
After a short stint at Warner Bros. recording Majestad (unreleased and featuring John Patitucci, Michael Landau, Russel Ferrante, Grazinha, Lenny Castro, and Carlos Vega!), Bruce Lundvall signed Haque to the legendary Bluenote Records. While at Bluenote, Haque recorded three albums as a leader: Sacred Addiction, Opaque, and Déjà vu. Haque toured and recorded extensively with other artists, including tours and 3 CDs with Javon Jackson: A Look within, For One Who Knows, and Good People. In addition, sideman credits include tours and recordings with Joe Henderson, Herbie Mann, Bob James, Richie Cole, Joey Calderazzo, Kahil El Zabar and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, and numerous Bluenote recordings for producer/arranger Bob Belden alongside Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Joe Lovano, Paul Motian, and many others. Numerous classical recitals, as well as appearances with the Vermeer Quartet and many symphonies across the US and abroad, added to an incredible diversity of performances during this period.
Thru Belden, Haque was invited to join forces with Joe Zawinul as part of his Zawinul Syndicate. The group proved to be one of Joe’s best and most eclectic. Included were percussionist and vocalist Arto Tuncboyacian, drummer Paco Sery, bassist Mathew Garrison, along with Haque on Guitar and Electric Guitar. A year of extensive touring brought Haque closer to his Jazz/Rock roots.
In 2001, Haque’s interest in jam bands and the jam scene led him to co-found the jam super-group Garaj Mahal featuring Kai Eckhardt, Eric Levy, and Alan Hertz. This began 10 years of extensive touring across the US, performing in excess of 200 shows per year. Haque also joined George Brooks’ group Summit, featuring Zakir Hussain and Steve Smith. Haque was voted ‘Most Valuable Player’ at the 2002 High Sierra Music Festival. Haque and Garaj Mahal released 3 Live CDs as well as 5 studio CDs: Mondo Garaj, Blueberry Cave, w00t, More Mr. Nice Guy, and Discovery, which featured Haque’s debut of the Moog Guitar.
In 2004, Fareed premiered his Lahara Double Concerto for Sitar/Guitar and Tabla with The Chicago Sinfonietta at Symphony Center in Chicago, under the baton of maestro Paul Freeman, featuring tabla virtuoso Ustad Zakir Hussain, to whom the work is dedicated.
In 2006, Fareed was commissioned to compose a classical guitar concerto for the Fulcrum Point Ensemble. His Gamelan Concerto was premiered in May of ’06 at The Harris theatre in Millenium Park.
In 2007, Garaj Mahal won an Independent Music Award.
In 2009 Haque was voted ‘Best World Guitarist’ by Guitar Player Magazine’s Readers’ poll. His acclaimed 2009 release Flat Planet was twice #1 on the World Jazz Radio charts.
After 10 years of over 2000 dates with Garaj Mahal, Haque’s interest in electronic music and the Moog Guitar spurred him to leave Garaj Mahal and form Fareed Haque’s MathGames, featuring bassist Alex Austin and drummer Greg Fundis.
Notable events during this time include Haque performing and assistant directing the first Jazz Festival en la Patagonia in Frutillar, Chile under his mentor and friend Paquito D’Rivera, and appearances with his own groups at Java Jazz, The Chicago Jazz Festival, The Twents Guitar Festival, The Indy Jazz Fest, Coleman Hawkins Jazz Fest, Jazz in June, The Lafayette and South Bend Jazz Festivals, Sophia Jazz Fest, Bulgaria and many others around the world. Haque also performed at both the Aranjuez and Villa-Lobos guitar concertos (in one concert!) with The Chicago Philharmonic, under the baton of Lucia Matos at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
Here comes some more great live music planned for the room for your listening enjoyment. Dig it!!
See you at the shows!! But wait! There’s still more to come.
MORE UPCOMING SHOWS IN THE LITTLE OLD MUSIC ROOM
1 – Pete Pidgeon & Arcoda
5 – Fareed Haque – www.fareed.com
1 – The Woodpile – www.thewoodpilemusic.com
8 – The Outer Vibe – TBC
9 – Second Sunday in Sopris Park – Free Summer of Music Series
7 – The Dead Horses – www.deadhorsesmusic.com
12 – Ride the Rockies Celebration – Town Plaza – 4pm to 8pm – Free Live Music
5 – 19th Annual Mt. Sopris Music Fest and First Friday Celebration – Town Plaza
14 – Second Sunday in Sopris Park – Free Summer of Live Music Series
27 – The Deer – www.thedeermusic.com
9 – The Blue Canyon Boys – www.bluecanyonboys.com – TBC
11 – Second Sunday Free Live Music in Sopris Park – 3pm to 7:30pm
TBC=To Be Confirmed
Well, there’s some very good reasons to leave your warm couch. Come out and enjoy the magical wonders of live music in a sweet, comfy historic space. Hard to beat when you are in the mood for just good live music. That’s my theory and I’m sticking to it for another week. Hope to see you out proving my theory correct. Why not?
Steve, Mary Margaret and Shannon