Live Music Fans,
It’s looking mighty white around the neighborhood and Winter has settled in. Getting lots of exercise moving the snow around along with some aerobic booking. The acts are coming fast and furious as cabin fever settles in and they are making plans to leave their respective caves. Like this week, where we have three excellent touring acts heading our way through the slush and cold from distant lands.
We start off the week right tonight with a fantastic bluegrass band from Canada. Last Friday featured some excellent bluegrass from Wood Belly who got the packed house to stack the chairs and end their great set with dance fever. This could happen again tonight with your help. Check this award winning band out and then come out for some diversion from being snowed in.
On Tuesday Night, we get to hear a multi-talented, one-man band who should fill the room with his original songs and larger-than-life, personality. This promises to be both a unique and fantastic show for Zach’s first visit. Then, on Saturday Night, we have another unique act that features a classically trained harpist along with a MC/Poet/Songwriter. Check out their videos and then come out for some truly original sounds in the best sounding room around. Where else and why not?
See you at the shows!
MONDAY NIGHT – TONIGHT – FEBRUARY 10TH – THE SLOCAN RAMBLERS FROM CANADA – 8:30PM – www.slocanramblers.com
“The Slocan Ramblers (2019 Juno Award Nominee) are Canadas bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in tradition, fearlessly creative and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans have become a leading light of todays acoustic music scene. With a reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and an uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan, The Slocans have been winning over audiences from Merlefest to RockyGrass and everywhere in between.”
“On their much-anticipated album Queen City Jubilee (2019 Juno Award Nominee for Traditional Roots Album of the Year), The Slocans showcase their unique blend of bluegrass, old-time and folk with deep song-writing, lightning fast instrumentals and sawdust-thick vocals. With their trademark raucous energy, this album presents The Slocan Ramblers at the top of their game writing and playing tunes to keep you up all night. This is roots music without pretension, music to make you feel something say hello to your new favourite band.
The Slocans are: Frank Evans: Banjo – Adrian Gross: Mandolin – Darryl Poulsen: Guitar – Alastair Whitehead: Bass
I love it smokin bluegrass! BBC Radio
This fearless, fleet-fingered string band is adventurously advancing the high lonesome sound of bluegrass to great acclaim. The Bluegrass Situation
If youve grown tired of the same old sounds, heres a band who reinvents a genre. Bluegrass Unlimited
Riveting Bluegrass Today
Contemporary bluegrass at its very best.  Their third album, Queen City Jubilee, could be the one that propels them to the forefront of the acoustic roots scene. Songlines Magazine (UK)
The Slocan Ramblers put on one of the most vibrant shows of acoustic music Ive seen in some time. Its rare for Canadians (especially young Canadians) to play this music with such authority, passion and yet ability for experimentation. Chops galore, and a handsome bunch of fellas Tom Power Host of CBCs q
This is a tight-knit ensemble with a lot of drive, yet with something of a tantalizing rough edge to their sound. Sing Out! Magazine
Effortlessly pushing bluegrass back to its earlier roots in Appalachian traditions, while steering old sounds in fascinating new directions. No Depression
TUESDAY NIGHT – FEBRUARY 11TH – ZACH DEPUTY – 8:30PM – www.zachdeputy.com
“In making his fourth album Wash It in the Water, Zach Deputy dreamed up a sunny and soulful new sound that fuses hip-hop, funk, and folky pop with the spirited rhythms of soca and calypso. With that sound embodied by the albums brightly melodic and richly textured title track, Wash It in the Water finds the Georgia-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist mining his Puerto Rican and Cruzan heritage for inspiration.”
Because of the music I was raised on, Ive always heard rhythm in a very tropical, Latin-esque wayits something that resonates in the deepest parts of me, says Deputy, who grew up in South Carolina. When I was a kid my grandma would play a lot of salsa and soca and make me get up and dance to it, so in a way this is me putting my own spin on all that and bringing those sounds into a whole new era.
With Deputy playing every instrument on the album, Wash It in the Water was self-produced in spontaneous sessions that took place in studios and homes and sometimes in Deputys garage. Each time I recorded it was mostly just for fun, he says. I wasnt trying to make anything happen, I was just going with what felt good. As a result, Wash It in the Water bears a warm, natural feel that permeates everything from the intricate guitar work and tender vocals of Jump in the Water (a serenade to Deputys seven-year-old daughter) to the groove-heavy funk of Put It in the Boogie (a celebration of the joyfully chaotic life of a musician) to the piano-driven balladry of Loving You (a powerful meditation on unconditional love).
Despite the spur-of-the-moment approach, Wash It in the Water emerges as a gracefully arranged effort that owes much to the musicianship and songcraft Deputys honed since getting his first guitar at age 13. By his mid-teens hed started up a series of garage bands, balancing his own projects with playing in local big bands and soul groups. I was this 16-year-old white kid crushing it in a Motown band, and because of that I got to learn a lot about respecting the composition, Deputy recalls. To me music is a bunch of small pieces fitting together to form this beautiful castle.
In his early 20s, Deputy experienced a major turning point that would take his music in an entirely new direction. I was playing in a band but I wasnt inspiredmusic wasnt bringing me the joy that it used to, and I felt like I might be done with it altogether, he says. Along with quitting the band mid-tour, Deputy traded in his electric guitar and amp for a nylon-string acoustic and moved back home to work construction with his dad. At work all day Id have this music in my head, and as soon as I got home Id go straight to the guitar, he says. Serendipitously landing a solo gig by walking into a bar just after that nights featured artist had bailed, Deputy soon introduced the world to the sound hed eventually dubisland-infused, drum n bass, gospel-ninja-soul. By 2008 hed released his debut album Out of the Water andthanks to his ingenuity in loopingmade his name as an unforgettable one-man-band live act.
In reflecting on his path as a musical artist, Deputy likens that creative awakening to the message at the heart of Wash It in the Water. That songs about cleansing yourself from all the nonsense of the worldstarting fresh, a rebirth of sorts, he says. And whether performing live or creating new music, Deputy aspires to guide listeners toward a renewal of their own. I try to give people a little soul massage, he says. In music you get so raw and make yourself naked to the world, and hopefully people can find themselves in that and realize theyre not alone. For me touching someones life in a positive way is the best thing about making music, and thats whats kept me going with it for all these years.
SATURDAY NIGHT – FEBRUARY 15TH – KUF KNOTZ & Christine Elise – 8:30pm – www.kufknotz.com
“MC/ Poet/ Songwriter Kuf Knotz and classically trained Harpist / Guitarist / Pianist / Vocalist Christine Elise have combined forces to create a new album. The unlikely pair connected and built the project with a similar vision, wanting to create positive, forward thinking music driven by a strong message. Both individuals are intrinsically motivated to foster community growth through musical expression.
Kuf Knotz and Christine Elise offer motivational creative arts workshops and performances at various settings such as hospitals, schools and community centers. Their mission is to use the power of music, personal experience and empathetic relation to help individuals grow to meet their fullest potential.
Christine Elise has a strong background in music therapy having delivered music therapy services to children, adults, and seniors with developmental delays, special needs and those needing emotional support. Finding a passion for community music therapy, she has facilitated group sessions for professionals and clients in the USA, South Africa, Peru and Jamaica. She has presented at national and regional music therapy conferences, with a focus on her community music therapy work, as well as written three scholarly articles published by Music Therapy Perspectives.
Kuf Knotz is one of todays fastest emerging alternative artists which has led him to open for a very diverse number of acts –
Ms Lauryn Hill, The Roots, Common, G-love, Wyclef Jean, Slick Rick, The Wailers, Robert Randolph, Steel Pulse, Arrested Development,
Robert Glasper, Inspectah Deck, Rising Appalachia, Zac Deputy, Josh Ritter, B.O.B,
Bone Thugs & Harmony, Kabaka Pyramid, Yellowman , Soulive , Easy Star Allstars, Ozomatli & Bruce Springsteen.
In addition to his musical talent, Kuf has a strong passion for supporting the community by participating and facilitating fundraising events such as food drives, clothing drives, cancer benefits, and disaster reliefs. He is also a member of the WXPN program Musicians on Call.”
Steve, Mary Margaret and Shannon – A Family Biz