|Happy Wednesday Santa Cruz! We've got some great shows coming through this week as well as new shows just announced including an all-star funk fest featuring GEORGE CLINTON that we want to make sure you don't miss out on.|
Tonight Moe's Alley welcomes back THE MEMORIALS featuring drummer extraordinaire THOMAS PRIDGEN (Ex Mars Volta). Thursday it's Soul, Funk & R&B favorite ERIC LINDELL & Friday it's the Santa Cruz debut of ANA TIJOUX live & direct from Chile with her full band. BAYONICS opens the show. Sunday brings Serbian Rockers THE RED ELVISES & Tuesday it's violin virtuoso KYTAMI (Ex Delhi 2 Dublin) for a live electronica dance party not to be missed!
THE BIG OL NASTY GETDOWN featuring GEORGE CLINTON.
Buy your tickets EARLY for this rare Moe's Alley debut featuring an all-star 15 piece band that includes George along with members of Kool & The Gang & Graham Central Station.
Be sure to check out MOESALLEY.COM for our complete calendar & thanks for supporting live music!
Wednesday August 10th THE MEMORIALS
featuring award winning drummer THOMAS PRIDGEN (Ex Mars Volta)
8pm doors/8:30pm show
$10 tickets available after 4pm at Moe's or call 831.479.1854
|Moe's Alley welcomes the return of with THE MEMORIALS featuring THOMAS PRIDGEN formerly of MARS VOLTA. Special guests ELIQUATE open the show.|
The Memorials were spearheaded by Bay Area drumming prodigy Thomas Pridgen in December of 2009.
After a few years performing with The Mars Volta, Thomas turned his attention to forming his own group, incorporating a range of styles as diverse as the experiences of the bands members. Instead of becoming another rock bands' heartbeat, the focus was to collaborate with proficient musicians whom Thomas felt would fill a void he has heard in rock music throughout his life.
Thomas reached out to friends and former students of the esteemed Berklee College of Music,n Viveca Hawkins (vocals), and Nick Brewer (guitars), to join him in his newest endeavor. Recording with his friends yielded a family vibe that enabled a comfortable yet intense recording process. The groups' assets were rounded out with the addition of a bass, organ, synthesizers, and multiple percussive elements. Thomas' impression on first record: "For me it was important to put a band together with my friends, and ya know, the record is a rollercoaster. Some songs are hard, but will make you cry by the end...."
The aura of the recording sessions, and Thomas' vision for the group, are reflected in the views of the bands members. Viveca Hawkins glows when speaking of the project:
"We have totally made this project out of love... This album is made of the best of us, we put our hearts and souls into this."
The passion and intensity of the recording sessions are audible on The Memorials debut effort, as they combine a vast array of sounds atop Thomas and Nick's compositions. Nick's sprawling guitars and Thomas' thick drums serve as the core of the sound, while Viveca's voice brings it together perfectly. The end music is intelligent and calculated, exhibiting certain pop sensibilities within the scope of songs that rock out. The compositions highlight each musician's incredible talent, while creating textured tracks that feel like vignettes of a band finding their stride.
Thursday August 11th ERIC LINDELL
Soul, Blues, R&B & Funk
8pm doors/9pm show $12/15
|Moe's Alley presents an evening of Swampy Blues, Soul & R&B with ERIC LINDELL. |
On Eric's 2009 release, "Gulf Coast Highway", Lindell takes his songwriting to new heights on a set of soul-infused, instantly memorable roots music anthems in the tradition of Van Morrison and Delbert McClinton. It's full of righteous grooves and punchy guitar fueled R&B rave-ups, heartfelt ballads and funky second-line rhythms. Lindell throws some honky-tonk spice into play as well, with frisky versions of songs by Buck Owens ("Crying Time"), Delbert McClinton ("Here Come The Blues Again") and Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson ("I Can Get Off On You").
Additionally, Stanton Moore and Robert Mercurio, the drummer and bass player from Galactic, guest on 8 of the 15 tracks.
When singer/songwriter/vocalist Eric Lindell first hit the national music scene with his 2006 Alligator Records debut Change In The Weather, critics and fans alike celebrated the arrival of a roots rocker with dozens of unforgettable original songs. With his musical roots planted in Northern California, Lindell's music blossomed in New Orleans. His combination of sweet, blue-eyed soul with foot-stomping R&B, swamp pop, funk and blues have won him critical and popular acclaim across the country. As he toured the U.S., his fan base grew, and before long clubs and festivals were filled with happy, dancing people singing the words to every song. Now he's back with Low On Cash, Rich In Love, a collection filled with solid grooves, insightful lyrics and one emotionally rich song after another.
Recorded at Piety Street Studio in New Orleans, Low On Cash, Rich In Love will delight Lindell's fan base and will capture the attention of music lovers all over the globe. From the first single Lay Back Down to the undeniable groove of a totally reworked version of Gil Scott-Heron's Lady Day And John Coltrane (the album's sole cover song) to the New Orleans bounce of Tried And True, Low On Cash, Rich In Love is Eric Lindell at his very best. His sinewy and soulful vocals recall 1970s Van Morrison, while his guitar and harmonica work are uniquely his own. With sweet saxophones punching in all the right places and grooves building on top of each other, Eric Lindell has created a timeless collection of songs.
|Moe's Alley proudly announces the Santa Cruz debut of ANA TIJOUX from Chile. Don't miss one of the most talented female artists for this special Friday night get down. To make sure the party kicks off right SF's own BAYONICS open the show celebrating the release of their brand new album "Mission Statement".|
Regarded by many as the best rapper in the Spanish Language, Ana Tijoux's career has spanned 10 years of pure hits. Starting with her groundbreaking group Makiza-which mixed socially conscious lyrics with production styles unheard of in Latin America-to collaborations that turned into world-wide hits with the likes of Julieta Venegas, Control Machete, y Bajofondo, to the voice of the Gorillaz-inspired, #1 children's animated hit show Pulentos, Tijoux has always been at the forefront of her genre, one step ahead of the pack.
In 2010 she took a bold step forward to see if her flow would be accepted by those in the English-speaking world. The results: press raves and 2 coast-to-coast tours in the USA, picked by Radiohead's Thom Yorke at the top of his summer listening list, #1 Latin album of the year at Amazon.com, breaking new ground on iTunes charts around the world, and to top it all of, a Grammy nomination-only the second ever by a Chilean artist.
Her laid-back stlye and flow, mixed with jazzy production akin to old school classic hip-hop from its golden era, gives her a unique sound that has caught the ears of new fans across the globe. And she uses these techniques to tell a story that is from from the typical hip-hop anthem: born in France to parents who had been forced into exile by a brutal dictatorship in Chile, growing up between two worlds and not even knowing what language to speak, returning to her "native" country at 13 and not fitting in anywhere, and above all, being a female MC in a male dominated world who is much more concerned with being at home to tuck in her son at night than pimping or dealing drugs on the street corner. A true revelation for Latin music, for world music, for hip-hop ... Ana Tijoux is the real deal, a raw and honest tale wrapped in the most unlikely of packages, ready to explode on stage.
Sunday August 14th THE RED ELVISES
Russian Rock N Roll
8pm doors/8:30pm show $12/15
|Moe's Alley welcomes back The Red Elvises for an evening of Russian Rock N Roll. This performance will featuring original bass balalaika player Oleg Bernov. This is an evening with performance and The Red Elvises will be performing two sets.|
RED ELVISES ARE
Igor-Guitar & Vocals
The Red Elvises were founded in 1995 by two Russian political refugees, singer/songwriter Igor Yuzov and actor/bass-balalaika player Oleg Bernov in Los Angeles, California. Igor and Oleg met during Russia's Peace Walk and subsequently played together in a Russian folk-rock band called Limpopo. Believing that one can't go wrong with "The King" Elvis Presley as an inspiration and with "red" being not only Oleg's favorite color but the national color of their native country, the band name Red Elvises was created. Actually, it is widely believed that Igor came up with the "Red Elvises" name by seeing Elvis come to him in a dream, wearing a red dress! Igor will neither confirm nor deny the truth of that rumor.
The band's third original member, guitarist Zhenya Kolykhanov (he later legally changed his last name to "Rock"), had also emigrated to America and had been spending time playing in Texas. For the first few months Andrey Baranov was the band's drummer, but within that year, the first American in the band, drummer Avi Sills from Austin, Texas, was added to the lineup. The four of them got their start playing on Santa Monica's famed 3rd Street Promenade but became so popular that they were eventually asked to leave. The reason? They drew such huge crowds that the shopkeepers complained it was interfering with business! Soon thereafter the band set forth in its quest for world domination and endless summer nights. Playing countless shows every year, they became known as one of the hardest working bands in show business, as well as being one of the nicest and most accessible.
When they weren't playing on the road they were busy recording and self-producing their own CDs. Grooving to the Moscow Beat was the band's first release in 1996, followed by Surfing in Siberia in 1997. The phrases "Kick-Ass Rock 'n' Roll From Siberia," "Your Favorite Band" and "Good Times Tonight" became well known by fans throughout the country and around the world. At some point soon after the beginning of each show, audiences were assured, then and now, that "We are Red Elvises and we will be Your Favorite Band!" or sometimes, "We are Red Elvises, America's Singing Sweethearts!" Either way, crowds have always responded to Red Elvises' good-natured humor and rocking music by filling dance floors, often dancing onstage, drinking a lot of beer and generally having good times.
Tuesday August 16th KYTAMI + DJ THE PHONOGRAFF
Ex Delhi 2 Dublin Violin Virtuoso Debuts New Live Electronica Show
8pm doors/8:30pm show $7/10
|Moe's Alley welcomes violin extremist KYTAMI (formerly of Delhi 2 Dublin for an explosive live electronica performance not to be missed along side DJ The Phonograff.|
Kytami is a violin revolutionary. An unbelievably energetic performer, she
bounds between classical and fiddle styles, pitting them against heavy bass
and electronic dance beats and then commits a 360, executing her skills
against the pounding of skins in punk rock and metal. With her abilities,
style and devilish smile, she has won over audience after audience,
appearing at most major festivals across Canada and the Western U.S. as well
as performing overseas in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Berlin and Dubai.
Kytami has written and performed with the dancehall/hip-hop group Third Eye
Tribe and the indie band Lownote, who released two albums. Most recently she
has been writing and touring extensively with the world-class act Delhi 2
Dublin. Their two self-released full-length albums charted at #1 and #3 in
the World Music category and their debut release garnered the group a
Western Canadian Music Award. Further proof of her diversity, she has also
appeared on albums of such bands as The Rebel Spell and Swollen Members and
collaborated live on stage with metal band Goatsblood and legendary dub
producer The Mad Professor.
Kytami is currently heading back into the studio to finish up a second solo
album. She continues to rock dance floors as a part of a duo with
turntablist/producer DJ The Phonograff.
|Don't miss this double bill dance party featuring ALLENSWORTH & OTS TRIO.|
Allensworth is a collective septet pieced together by NAFRO (Natural Afrodisiac) front man singer-songwriter Jamie Allensworth. The dexterity of this group shows no boundaries and is known for their raw soul-funk, high intensity live shows. Their stripped down acoustic set is equally pleasing, bringing to mind such artists as Nick Drake, Elliott Smith, Wilco, and Jose Gonzales. "In an industry that has become so open to the masses, where music is so easily attained, we don't feel the need to abide by any certain criteria or genre. We play soul music, music from the soul. It was spiritual during the recording process and most definitely spiritual through it's delivery".
Jamie Allensworth: Guitars, Vocals (Nafro, Soulhustlers, Leparis Nervosa, Big B)
Patrick Bailey: Guitars: (Breakestra, the Rebirth, Soulhustlers, Leparis Nervosa)
Anthony Gonzales: Percussion Vocals: (Nafro, Soulhustlers, Leparis Nervosa)
Paul Clark: Keys,Woodwinds: (Nafro, Soulhustlers, Leparis Nervosa)
Johnny Balderay: Bass, Vocals: (Dumbluck, Big B)
Tom Plumb: Drums
ABOUT OTS TRIO
On The Spot Trio is: Kris Yunker: Hammond Organ, Bass Keys, & Clavinet. Emery Nelson: Drums. & Danny Mayer: Guitar.
On The Spot is exactly where these three musicians stand when they settle into a heavy funk-laden groove. Formed in July 2006, O.T.S. Trio mixes classic funky soul jazz stylings with modern jazz improvisational chops to create a psychedelic dance party for the ages. Guitarist Danny Mayer and drummer Emery Nelson were introduced through mutual musician friends, and immediately knew they would be musical brothers for years to come. They were fueled by dreams of playing in a Hammond Organ-based trio. Six months later, Mayer met versatile keyboard man Kris Yunker while studying music at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz County, Calif. Along with Nelson, the three musicians quickly found common ground amongst influences ranging from soul jazz greats Jimmy Smith and Lonnie Smith to Medeski, Martin, & Wood; Soulive and uber-guitarist John Scofield.
|Don't miss this live electronica dance party featuring INSPIRED FLIGHT, VIBRANT EYERIS & LITTLE JOHN.|
ABOUT INSPIRED FLIGHT
Rooted in hip-hop with branches of indie rock, electronica, downtempo, dub, and dance, Inspired Flight gives life to a hypnotizing and influential new musical experience that listeners are finding refreshing and authentic. iF's use of turntablism and sampling along with live instrumentation and vocals, all centered around innovative songwriting, has given birth to an independently-released debut album featuring high-profile MC's and sparking global attention, and a live show that has compelled audience members to scream, "Where have you been all my life!?"
Homegrown in San Diego, California, Inspired Flight fuses the talents of master turntablist, OpenOptics (Eric Poline), and seasoned guitarist/songwriter, Chavez (Gabe Lehner) who both discovered a passion for music at a very young age by falling in love with golden-era hip-hop. As teenagers OpenOptics became obsessed with turntables, collecting records, and DJ'ing, while Chavez became fixated on blues guitar, British rock, and songwriting. The two traveled their respective musical paths with true dedication and passion, honing their skills as musicians, and in 2006 they met when Chavez hired OpenOptics to do scratching on an electronica album he was making under the name of Mechanical Cats. With their shared love of hip-hop, electronica, and recording and producing music, it didn't take long for the two to collaborate on their own project. The fusion of personalities, backgrounds, and musical interests provided the perfect balance for creating fresh, thought-provoking sounds, and what began as a casual collaboration quickly evolved into Inspired Flight.
Adding a third dimension to the iF live show is vocalist/pianist Ashley Marie Mazanec. Ashley not only sings on four tracks of iF's debut album and one track from their earlier EP, but was the vocalist for Chavez's Mechanical Cats album, the prior musical project that lead to OpenOptics and Chavez meeting. With a unique voice and a talent for playing piano nurtured since the age of five, Ashley makes a strong addition to the sonic and visual aesthetic of iF's live show.
An Inspired Flight show features live vocals and performance on guitar, keyboards, turntables, kalimbas, and melodica, used with multiple laptops and MIDI controllers. The euphoric, dance-inducing beats of an iF show merge what is mostly original production with tasteful and strategic sampling, leaving audiences "blissed out" and craving more.
ABOUT VIBRANT EYERIS
Welcome to the age of fusion. In today's age of ground-breaking innovation,Vibrant EYEris is on a mission to help influence the progression of the Hip Hop and Electronica genres through musical fusion.
Heavily influenced by Underground/Conscious/Boom-Bap Hip Hop, Vibrant EYEris taps into the root of exploratory lyricism backed by hard-hitting and melodically versatile beats. The Electronica influence draws from such genres such as Glitch Hop, Breakbeat, Drum and Bass, House, Dubstep, and others.
Friday August 19th SAMBADÁ
Afro Brazilian Dance Party
8pm doors/9pm show $15
|Moe's Alley welcomes back Santa Cruz's favorite dance band SambaDá for one night only. Get your tickets now and don't miss the party!|
Brazilian Transplants in Unexpected Places:
SambaDa Reveres and Reinvents Samba and Surf-Rock There's a beach where one sunny afternoon you may witness an offering to an Afro-Brazilian Orixa spirit of the ocean, the next day watch master capoeristas practicing Brazil's martial art dance form, and still another day join a gathering of thousands of surfers-cum-dancers rocking out to hybrid musical sounds informed by bloco afro (Afro-Brazilian percussion music), samba-reggae, surf-rock, and California funk. No, these are not the shores of Bahia, Brazil. This is Santa Cruz, California, home of the surf-and-skate, capoeira-kicking, scene-busting phenomenon known as SambaDa. This smoldering and soldering band is a magnet of unexpected particles shaved from Brazilian and American sources. This community of people-their local fanbase and their Brazilian ancestors, their people-are honored in the title of SambaDa's new album Gente! (February 23, 2010).
While SambaDa emerged from a Brazilian dance group, founder Papiba Godinho has not let his status of capoeira master dominate the band's sound. Since the beginning, when some of his students started jamming on their evenings off, the motley members have always brought in their own styles and ideas. The new album features Dandha da Hora, a powerful singer steeped in the life and lessons of samba culture and the Brazilian black pride movement. When Dandha arrived in Santa Cruz, drawn by love from her home in the hills and shanties of Salvador, Brazil, she brought with her an ethos that charges the band's music with an energy born of veneration. Every September, Dandha proceeds to the beach to lead the ritual in honor of Yemanja, the Yoruba Orixa of the ocean revered in Candomblé, her native religion. Here, the traditions of West Africa, carried halfway around the world, washed up in Santa Cruz like so much flotsam before finding a new home in the eclectic bricolage of SambaDá. One track on Gente!, "Mare," contemplates the immensity of the ocean, how the rise and fall of the tides reflect our lives, and ends with an old Yoruba salutation to Yemanja. Yemanja takes the offering, but returns a gift in kind: driftwood from Brazil, still green at the core, takes root once again where the sand meets the hills. Dancing feet in a hundred-strong samba pat down the soil, and the strains of surf rock, alive and well, raise the tree up to be a new-culture organism, all Amazon jungle wood and funky Cali fruits.
But this is not the band's only ritual. Guitarist and drum machine wizard Will Kahn likes to jump in the water between sets during SambaDá's beachfront shows, which draw thousands of stomping, jumping fans. "The beach is really where our music is supposed to be," he reflects. Will, who joined the band in its early days, is from Bolinas, that famously private hamlet in the hills near Santa Cruz. Growing up with artists, poets, and the intellectually curious, Will found it natural to mix music from around the tropical world, but mostly reggae, with the passionately laid-back culture of surfing. He is responsible for the tight, intense tsunami of a surf guitar that inflects SambaDa's Afro-Brazilian dance tunes. That sound rides the crest of a tall wave until it crashes into a turbocharged Jamaican rhythm on "Iguana," the first track, which also features band member Anne Stafford on saxophone. Anne's klezmer music roots sidle up alongside the Middle Eastern inflections that Dick Dale first introduced into surf rock.
Saturday August 20th DUKE ROBILLARD
Blues Guitar Legend
8pm doors/9pm show $15/20
|Moe's Alley welcomes back Duke Robillard for his long awaited return.|
Moe's Alley welcomes back Duke Robillard for his long awaited return.
Here's a quick quiz:
What do Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Jay McShann, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, John Hammond, the late Jimmy Witherspoon, Dr. John, Maria Muldaur, Roomful of Blues, and the Canadian band The Rockin' Highliners all have in common? Answer: Duke Robillard
Guitarist. Bandleader. Songwriter. Singer. Producer. Session musician. And a one-man cheering section for the blues, in all its forms and permutations. And every one of those names has shared recording studio space or stage time with a man who is a legend in the blues community.
The Blues Music Awards (formerly W.C.Handy Awards) have named Duke Robillard "Best Blues Guitarist" four years out of five (2000,2001,2003,2004) making him the second most honored guitarist for that award! He was also nominated in that category in 2005, 2007 and again this year of 2008.
In 2007 Duke received a Grammy nomination for his "Guitar Groove-a-rama" CD and was also honored with the prestigious Rhode Island Pell Award for "excellence in the arts" along with actress Olympia Dukakis, actor Bob Colonna, and R.I. Choreographer/Festival Ballet director Mihailo "Misha" Djuric.The Pell award is named for Senator Claiborne Pell who help establish the the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities in 1965.
Other awards over the last decade include three Canadian Maple Blues Awards in 2001, 2002, and 2003 for "Best International Blues Artist," The Blues Foundation's "Producer of the Year" award in 2004, The French Blues Association "Album of the Year" award in 2002 (Living with the Blues) and "Guitarist of the Year" awards in 1999 and 2002.
BB King himself has called Duke "One of the great players," The Houston Post called him "one of God's guitarists. And the New York Times says "Robillard is a soloist of stunning force and originality.
None of that goes to Robillard's head. He's still on the road, still playing as many as 250 dates a year. And still proving, night after night, that his true talent is bringing people out to hear the music, appreciate the show, and dance to the blues.
Duke had his first band in high school - he was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island - and he was fascinated from the beginning by the ways in which jazz, swing, and the blues were linked. In 1967, he formed Roomful of Blues, and the band was tight enough and tough enough to accompany two of its heroes, Big Joe Turner and Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson on record and in live appearances.
|Mato Nanji & Indigenous return with their rockin' blend of South Dakota Blues that have made them a Santa Cruz favorite. |
Mato Nanji's always provided the heartbeat of the band Indigenous - along with the warm dusty voice and the soaring, spirited guitar fireworks that have earned the group from South Dakota's Nakota Nation a place among roots rock's elite. But with the emotionally charged and musically visceral Broken Lands, the band's second album on Vanguard Records, Nanji makes a transformation from sparkplug to visionary."I've wanted to make an album like this for years," Nanji explains, "but to a certain extent my hands were tied. Now I feel like I've achieved so many things I've wanted this band to be. The songs I'm singing are more personal. The sound of the band has broadened, and we were able to explore all the influences that are woven into that sound - blues, soul, R&B, and even country - more than ever. And the guitar playing is more controlled, to really let the songs speak for themselves. On top of all that, I've grown as a singer. After being frustrated for a while, all of this makes me very happy. "What it amounts to," Nanji announces, "is that Indigenous is a brand new band."He means that literally. From the group's beginning in his parents' basement through the release of 2006's Vanguard debut Chasing the
Sun, Indigenous was a family band. But after that disc was recorded Mato's bassist brother Pte, his drummer sister Wanbdi, and his percussionist cousin Horse left to pursue other musical paths. "Everybody decided to go their own way, leaving me to carry on Indigenous," Nanji says. "Playing with my family for 10 years was a lot of fun, but it was time to grow."So Nanji recruited guitarist Kris Lager, keyboardist Jeremiah Weir, bassist Aaron Wright, and drummer John Fairchild to tour behind Chasing the Sun. They also appear on Broken Lands, joined by drummer Kirk Stallings, percussionist Chico Perez, and Mato's wife Leah Nanji on backing vocals. Producer Jamie Candiloro (Ryan Adams, R.E.M., Willie Nelson, the Eagles) completed the studio team."Jamie shined on bringing out the energy and honest sound we had going on," Nanji says. "He had us set up and play live in the studio as if we were on stage. Some of the songs, like the acoustic-guitar shuffle 'All Night Long,' went down with even the vocals recorded live while the band played. Others, like 'Should I Stay,' are more textured, but benefit from the energy that comes with playing the basic tracks live."Nanji's big-toned guitar on Broken Lands' dozen songs about romance and destiny continues to demand comparison to his idols Stevie Ray Vaughan, Los Lobos, Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana. His burnished style - full of ringing sustained notes and artfully bent strings - elevates the emotional appeal of numbers like the romantic soul-searcher 'Should I Stay' and the brooding blues-rock masterpiece 'Waiting.' Nonetheless, Nanji kept his gear for the sessions trim: a couple amps, including the distinctive organ-like whir of a Leslie speaker, and his trademark Stratocasters augmented by a Guild acoustic."I wanted to get more slide guitar into the album, too," he says, "which gave me and Kris, who's an exceptional slide player, new ways to have interplay." So Lager added bottleneck to 'All Night Long,' the sweet ballad 'Eyes of a Child' and other numbers. "I've loved slide ever since I found Elmore James in my father's collection of old blues albums when I was a teenager," Nanji says. The other sonic addition is Leah Nanji's harmonies on much of Broken Lands, "I've always been a big fan of women singing backing vocals," Nanji says. "Leah was able to do some of that on Chasing the Sun, but to me her voice is an essential part of Broken Lands."