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Bop Skizzum's New EP "Push" Now Available

Looking for a new album that inspires you to get up and get down? The 2010 Bop Skizzum release Push is now available on-line and ready for mass consumption. This short and sweet EP is pumping with ballsy rock adrenaline, singable hooks and danceable beats. It's a tasty cocktail of musical mojo that somehow manages to be both squeaky clean and grimy, laced with an addictive honey-pop sensibility that will cause it to linger in your rotation and make you crave more of what this delicious funk trio is dishing out.

Since it's founding more than ten years ago Bop Skizzum has always taken pleasure in concocting songs that enable you to blow off some steam by getting on the floor and burning it up. Screaming horn lines, block-rocking beats, and lyrics squarely stamped with Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing" seal of approval all point to one thing: Bop Skizzum's mission is to make you dance.

Comprised of Andy "ROK" Guerrero, Serafin Sanchez, Erin Jo Harris, and a rotating cast of the best musicians known to science, Bop Skizzum is all about making booty-shaking music in accordance with the founding fathers and mothers of funk. From the sweat-inducing grooves of James Brown and Sly and the Family Stone, the visionary jazz-soaked R&B of Stevie Wonder, the explosive pop of Prince and Michael Jackson, to the modern retro soul of Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Janelle Monáe. Bop Skizzum is following in these big footsteps to get your motor running any and every way it knows how.

Bop Skizzum was formed in 2000 by funk-lovers Andy "ROK", best known as the founding member and guitarist from the socio-political hip-hop rock group Flobots, and his friend, saxophone wielding sex symbol Serafin Sanchez who graduated from The University of Colorado at Boulder with a master's degree in Jazz music. NYU-trained soul-singing bombshell Erin Jo Harris was invited by ROK and Sanchez to join the duo in late 2009, and the freshly-minted trio started churning out songs like hot cakes. They enlisted the most bad-ass rhythm and brass sections available: tone master Chris Harris on bass and beat savant Tohbias Juniel on drums, along with two-man trumpet power punch Joe Ferrone and John Lake, and all headed deep into the studio to unearth their new signature sound.

Push emerged at the famed Blasting Room Studios in northern Colorado under the supervision of award-winning master engineers Jason Livermore and Andrew Berlin, best known for their work with gold-record-selling rock bands like Rise Against and cult favorite bands like NOFX and Alkaline Trio, to name a few. The final result is a meaty slab of party-starting funk & roll sliced and diced in the tradition of the original founders of funk, served up with a colossal helping of cojones grandes. The five-song Push EP was released to a score of hungry fans in May 2010, garnering good reviews and grabbing the attention of the Denver music scene like never before.

From the roaring guitar and blaring brass of "Prove It To You" to the soaring, soul-crushing vocals of their sole ballad, "What I Wanna Hear", to the heart-thumping bass and bone-breaking beats of the title track, Push is guaranteed to get anyone with an ounce of soul and a pulse shaking their tail feathers and banging their heads.

The new album is now available for download on iTunes, Amazon, emusic and all other on-line outlets as well as on www.bopskizzum.com. Be on the lookout for updates on the band including concert appearances along with the band's video segments outlining their mission to save the funk at www.savethefunk.org.

Select Concert Dates:
Friday, June 11, 2010
Gothic Theatre (EP Release)

3263 South Broadway
Englewood, CO
All Ages $5/$8 9pm

Saturday June 19, 2010
Westword Music Showcase @ Opal

100 East 9th Avenue
Denver, CO
All Ages $15 1pm

Friday, July 23, 2010
Skyline Park Summer Concerts

16th Street Mall & Arapahoe
Denver, CO
All Ages Free 12pm

Tuesday, July 27
Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Film on the Rocks
Morrison, Colorado
All Ages $10 7pm

August 4th
Elway's Summer Concert Series

6:30pm
Denver, CO
All Ages
Free

Black Seeds + Katchafire @ The Fox Theatre

Originating from Wellington, New Zealand, The Black Seeds have carved out their reputation through platinum selling albums, a masterful 8-piece live show, and a unique sound that fuses infectious grooves and melodies with undiluted roots music. With numerous European festival tours and releases behind them, and a successful 2009 North American release, their following continues to spread quickly around the globe.

Led by the vocals of Barnaby Weir and Daniel Weetman, at its core The Black Seeds music is a boundary-crossing sound fusion of big-beat funk, dub, soul, and afro-beat, mixed with vintage roots-reggae. Described by Clash Magazine as ‘one of the best reggae acts on the planet’, their legendary 8-piece live show brings the raw energy and good vibes wherever it goes. They now have countless sell-out New Zealand and Australasian tours behind them, and regularly perform at many of Europe’s biggest festivals.
The Black Seeds manage to play beyond the normal boundaries of reggae without compromising the music’s heart. While “Rotten Apple” has all the thump of a vintage Parliament-Funkadelic jam , “Afrophone”’s punchy horns and get- on-the-good-foot rhythm recall James Brown and the J.B.s at their peak – and the Seeds manage to pull it all off while retaining their voice. They make the blend of sounds feel absolutely natural. This is not a reggae band dropping a nov- elty funk cover into the middle of a set, this is simply Black Seeds music.” - Jambase.com (U.S.A) – Nov. ‘09
Reggae is one of the bloodlines of New Zealand music -- which accounts for the extraordinary success of Hamilton's Katchafire who, emerged as the hardest working band in the country. Their astonishing debut album, the prophetically named Revival, sold in excess of 30,000 copies (double platinum). The success of the band was evident in album sales, opening shows for the likes of Michael Franti and Spearhead, gigs all across the country (three in one day on Waitangi Day 2004, in Hamilton, Manukau and Nelson), three tours to Australia and New Caledonia, and most recently a stadium-filling headlining show in Fiji.
From humble beginnings ‘jamming’ in a garage, Katchafire is a melting pot of unique members, including two generations of one family and diverse musical perspectives – yet this blend is exquisitely aligned with the essence of reggae which can be an expression of social and political persuasions, hardship and pain, relaxation and reflection. Dubbed New Zealand’s hardest working band by national media, Katchafire have now completed numerous national and seven international tours. The band has moved audiences around the globe with three tours in New Caledonia, one tour in each Fiji and Hawaii and 10 Australian tours.
Katchafire’s unique, proudly New Zealand reggae style envelopes cross-cultural and cros-generational audiences in the revitalising vibes of healing music, encouraging sing-alongs and regeneration of soul. The Katchafire flame continues to burn ever brighter and stronger.

Sat, July 10th, 9:00pm
BLACK SEEDS + KATCHAFIRE

Internet 24-7 at www.foxtheatre.com | Phone: During box office hours: 303.443.3399

Toots & The Maytals Release New Album, US Tour & MP3!

Reggae legends Toots and The Maytals are happy to announce the release of the band’s latest record Flip & Twist, released today digitally and in stores May 18. In honor of today’s national holiday, Toots is releasing a special, 4/20-themed limited edition package, which includes a joint-shaped USB drive loaded with Flip & Twist, a Toots Stash Box, the physical CD of the album, and a variety of other gifts. The package is available via the band’s website along with digital copies of the album. Lucky fans will also be able to purchase a limited special bundle for $500 that includes a dinner and private acoustic performance by Toots on May 17.

For a taste of what the full album holds, the band is offering a FREE MP3 download of the song “Perfect Lover” available for download HERE.

One of reggae’s founding fathers, Toots Hibbert has been one of the leading figures for over four decades. Rising to prominence in the ’60s alongside greats like Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, Toots’ soulful voice has earned him comparisons to Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye and Wilson Pickett making him one of the most respected and versatile artists in these genres. And on Flip & Twist, Toots delves into his soul and R&B influences, creating a record that’s as much Kingston, Jamaica as it is 1960s Detroit. The album’s opener “Almighty Way,” is a modern day gospel-soul classic. “Fool For You” finds Toots at his most vulnerable, creating a soulful ballad a la The Four Tops. Toots also tackles Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground,” turning the song into a contemporary reggae classic. And on “Jungle” and “Maybe Yow” Toots delves into dance music, building catchy melodies catchy hip-hop beats.

This Spring, don’t miss Toots & The Maytals as they tour the US this Spring, and keep an eye out for the band’s upcoming videos!

Toots & The Maytals Spring Tour:

04/29: Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Theatre
04/30: New Port Richey, FL @ Bourbon Street Night Club
05/01: New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
05/02: Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
05/02: Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
05/04: Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
05/05: Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa
05/06: Santa Fe, NM @ Brewery
05/07: Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
05/08: Colorado Springs, CO @ Colorado College
05/09: Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
05/11: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
05/12: Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theater
05/13: San Diego, CA @ SoundWave
05/14: Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Outdoor Pool
05/15: Hermosa Beach, CA @ Saint Rocke
05/16: West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
05/18: San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
05/19: Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theatre
05/20: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
05/21: Seattle, WA @ Showbox At The Market
05/22: Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theater
05/23: Billings, MT @
05/25: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
05/26: Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
05/27: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
05/28: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
05/29: Niagara Falls, NY @ Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel - The Bear’s Den
05/30: Boston, MA @ House of Blues
05/31: South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground - Ballroom
06/02: New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
06/03: Amagansett, NY @ The Stephen Talkhouse
06/04: Hunter Mountain, NY @ Hunter Mountain
06/05: Hyannis, MA @ Cape Cod Melody Tent

AUSTIN’S STONE RIVER BOYS FLEX THEIR BRAND OF “COUNTRY FUNK”

After tearing it up in the Lone Star State and across the country for nearly two years, Austin’s Stone River Boys will issue their recording bow Love on the Dial on June 1 via Northampton, Mass.-based Cow Island Music.

The Texas-based quintet features the talents of two well-traveled roots music practitioners — guitarist Dave Gonzalez, formerly a driving force in the Hacienda Brothers and the Paladins, and vocalist Mike Barfield, “The Tyrant of Texas Funk” and onetime leader of the Hollisters. Together, Barfield and Gonzalez have fashioned a gutsy crossbreed of country and R&B they’ve labeled “country funk.”

The Stone River Boys’ sound extends the direction of Gonzalez’ previous band, the Hacienda Brothers, who recorded three studio albums with producer and country-soul legend Dan Penn. Gonzalez was partnered in the Haciendas with Southern California-bred singer Chris Gaffney.

After Gaffney was diagnosed with liver cancer in early 2008, Gonzalez organized a benefit tour for his ailing bandmate, drawing musicians from Austin’s fertile talent pool. One of the principal members of the touring group was Barfield, whom Gonzalez had known since the early ’80s, when he fronted the top Southern California rockabilly band the Paladins and Barfield led the Houston bands the Rounders and the Hollisters.

Gaffney succumbed to cancer in April 2008, but the tour went on. “We went and did it anyway, and sent the money home to his wife Julie,” says Gonzalez. “A buddy of mine had a recording studio up in Nebraska, and while we were out on tour he invited us to come over there. We went in and cut a couple. I said to Barfield, ‘If you want to do a record, I’d love to, man.’ And we just started making a record.”

Barfield says, “We really naturally just started keeping it going. The name of the band came from the first place we rehearsed for that trip, in this little subdivision in deep South Austin, on a street called Stone River.”

Gonzalez recalls, “When I hooked up with Barfield, he had a whole pocket full of tunes. I felt, ‘We need to record these things right away.’ We wrote a couple right on the spot together. He had a few that were unfinished I kind of helped him with. But he wrote the majority of the material on the record.”

Produced by Gonzalez, the album was recorded during several sessions in 2008-09 with a band that included bassists Scott Esbeck (formerly of the way-out instrumental combo Los Straitjackets), Hank Maninger (Hacienda Brothers) and Kevin Smith (Dwight Yoakam), pedal steel whiz Dave Biller, and drummers Justin Jones and Damien Llanes. It extends the seamless fusion of country and soul influences essayed by both the Hacienda Brothers and Barfield, whose over-the-top funk shows at Austin’s Continental Club have become the stuff of legend.

“Chris Gaffney was a great Western singer,” Gonzalez says, “but he also had a knack for singing R&B and soul tunes, too. When I hooked up with Barfield, it was the same thing. He’s a country bro’, but he’s a funky soul bro’, too. In that sense, it does lean toward the way the Hacienda Brothers were. Dan Penn called our music ‘Western soul.’ Mike is real funky; I was telling everybody it’s more country soul. Lately we’ve been calling it ‘country funk,’ because we’ve got a little more funk and a little more up-tempo material in this new band than we did with the Haciendas.”

Barfield sees a natural connection between the sounds of country and R&B: “There’s a picture of Solomon Burke and Joe Tex, and maybe James Brown, and they all had cowboy hats on. A lot of those soul performers will talk about how they used to listen to the Grand Ole Opry. Some R&B songs, especially the ballads, are very close to some of the honky-tonk ballads. To me, it’s all very similar.”

Love on the Dial features 10 original songs written or co-written by Gonzalez, Barfield, Esbeck, and Biller, plus four musically diverse covers — the late Stephen Bruton’s “Bluebonnet Blue”; a cover of Tyrone Davis’ 1968 hit “Can I Change My Mind”; Gerry Goffin and Carole King’s “Take a Giant Step” (recorded by the Monkees, the Rising Sons, and Taj Mahal); and Nashville hitmakers Jerry Foster and Bill Rice’s “Special.”

Gonzalez says of the new unit, “I feel really refreshed. We have a different take on the country side of things. Mike is a Gulf Coast country Texas boy, and at the same time he’s got this funky up-tempo R&B thing going. I’m working a new style of guitar that I’ve always loved, but I’ve never had the opportunity to play it. People are saying they love the new band, and they’re glad to hear me playing a lot of guitar again.”

“This is the first band where I’ve had a full-time steel player,” says Barfield. “That’s something in this band I like — there are so many voicings. It gives you what a horn section might do or an organ might do.”

Gonzalez, Barfield, and Esbeck are joined in the current edition of the Stone River Boys by pedal steel guitarist Gary Newcomb and drummer Mark Patterson, who both played with Esbeck in Austin singer-songwriter Bruce Robison’s group. The band will support the release of Love on the Dial with a summer 2010 tour of the Southwest and the West Coast.

Sleepy Sun Announce MORE US Tour Dates

Sleepy Sun is a California band from many Californias. They hail from the rolling oak and sage hills of Sierra Gold Country, The San Francisco Peninsula, where Kesey raged and the Dead were once Warlocks, and the forever-sunshine climes of the Southland.  They came together—young and garage strutting in the coastal Northern California crucible of Santa Cruz. And there they birthed the Sleepy sound—dead blues shaken alive, razor sharp and ramblin’, soul, sonic science and dead-on pop surgery. Wooden, earthy, stratospheric, and swinging…California music of beautiful contrasts for conflicted times.
Now, two records into a frighteningly fast-blossoming evolution, Sleepy Sun are a living machine of fire and focus. Their first release on ATP records Embrace illuminated the golden path to Sleepy land—hard-riffing, delicate, dreamy and cultivated. The latest ATP release, Fever, is arrival at the palace the path promised.

Fever is the honey harmonies and danger wailing of Bret Constantino and Rachel Williams pulled from a tender tangle into steel-strong braid; the wing-on-wing guitars of Matt Holliman and Even Reiss in screaming dives and sweet ascending circles; the lowdown served up tough and thundering from drum and bass authorities Brian Tice and Jack Allen.

Fever is a band working, like the heroic combos of old—real, made by hand, eyes ahead on an unbridled future and giving two shits for the sideways glance of the lurking trend spotter.  A band working, and a working band—Sleepy Sun’s soaring and soul-stirring live shows are already mowing down audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.  They’ve opened for Autolux and Mudhoney, rocked Primavera and Treasure Island, and relentlessly toured the capitals and humble hamlets of North America and Europe. And in their path, the converts are fast becoming legion.
They are a band of musical adventure too—tackling Graham Nash’s ‘Chicago’ for a forthcoming compilation celebrating the Hollie/CSNY legend’s work. English electronic collective U.N.K.L.E. have taken note of Sleepy Sun’s eclectic energies as well, working collaboratively on a track with the band for an upcoming single and LP.  Sleepy Sun won’t relent in 2010. Fever in May, SXSW and the Arctic Monkeys in spring. And as always, a hundred twists yet untold in a message—sent with burning love and rock-solid soul—from California to the whole damn beyond….
Also....ATP Recordings will be releasing a limited edition EP to celebrate Record Store Day on April 17th featuring tracks from Built To Spill, Apse, Sleepy Sun and Fursaxa. Limited to just 1000 copies worldwide, the 10” will feature tracks from recent and soon to be released albums on ATP/R.
Each EP will come with a coded card allowing free downloads of MP3’s of the 4 tracks as well as some bonus download only tracks from other ATP Recording artists such as Fuck Buttons (Olympians radio edit), The Scientists (We Had Love), Alexander Tucker (Veins to the Sky) and The Drones (River of Tears).
North American Tour Dates

4/11 - The Pageant - St Louis, MO  w/ Arctic Monkeys
4/10 - Al's Bar - Lexington, KY
4/12 - Liberty Hall - Lawrence, KS  w/ Arctic Monkeys
4/13 - Cain’s Ballroom - Tulsa, OK  w/ Arctic Monkeys
4/15 - Marquee Theater - Tempe, AZ  w/ Arctic Monkeys
4/16 - House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV  w/ Arctic Monkeys
4/23 - Pitzer College Kohoutek Music & Arts Festival - Claremont, CA
4/24 - Rickshaw Stop - San Francisco, CA

6/11 - Lincoln Lounge - Reno, NV
6/12 - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT
6/13 - Hi Dive Club - Denver, CO
6/15 - Record Bar -
Kansas City, MO
6/16 - Off Broadway Night Club - St Louis, MO
6/17 - Summit Club - Columbus, OH
6/18 - Mohawk Place - Buffalo, NY
6/19 - Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, NY
6/21 - Il Motore -
Montreal, QC
6/22 - Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto, ON
6/23 - Magic Stick - Detroit, MI w/ Rodriguez
6/24 - Double Door -
Chicago, IL
6/25 - The Cactus Club - Milwaukee, WI
6/26 - 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN
6/27 - Aquarium (6pm Early Show All Ages) - Fargo, ND w/ Deerhoof
6/27 - Aquarium (11:30pm 21+ Show) -
Fargo, ND
6/28 - Royal Albert Hotel - Winnipeg, MB w/ Black Mountain
6/29 - Amigo’s -
Saskatoon, SK
6/30 - Pawn Shop - Edmonton, AB
7/1 - Sled Island Festival at Palomino - Calgary, AB
7/3 - The Biltmore Cabaret -
Vancouver, BC
7/4 - Logan’s Pub - Victoria, BC
7/6 - Chop Suey -
Seattle, WA  w/ Sleepy Eyes of Death
7/7 - Mississippi Studios -
Portland, OR

Lubriphonic to Tour SE With The New Mastersounds in April

Lubriphonic has announced it will hop aboard an April tour with The New Mastersounds for their Southeast run, culminating in a House of Blues performance during the peak of the epic New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. In celebration the group has offered a download of over 90 minutes of live recordings for free via its website.

Chicago’s Lubriphonic tight and raw sound is immediately familiar, fusing the roots of soul with explosive in-your-face delivery and sensuous R&B dance music.  The New Mastersounds is an instrumental four-piece British export offering a modern take on vintage soul-jazz, funk and rock delivering gritty grooves and deep rhythms.

Lubriphonic will open for The New Mastersounds on the following dates:

April 17 – Club 828 - Asheville, NC

April 18 - Blue 5 - Roanoke, Virginia

April 20 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC

April 21 - Pisgah Brewery - Black Mountain, NC

April 22 - Barley's Tap - Knoxville, TN

April 23 - Vanderbilt University - Alumni Lawn - Rites of Spring

April 24 - 412 Market - Chattanooga, TN

April 25 - Visulite Theatre - Charlotte, NC

April 27 - Blazers Tavern - Valdosta, GA

April 28 - Engine Room - Tallahassee, FL

April 29 - Soul Kitchen - Mobile, AL

April 30 - House Of Blues - New Orleans, LA

The Lubriphonic sound is full of precision orchestrations made up of blazing guitar work, unison three piece horn lines, soulful songwriting, bluesy vocals and the habit to cut the funk loose. The best description of the band’s sound comes from Relix Magazine: “Superb, adventurous, diverse, simply mesmerizing instrumental work. Steeped in soul, rock, pop, and blues Lubriphonic's members play with a tenacity and precision that sets them apart from equally proficient bands.”

In addition to the live sampler offering on its website, Lubriphonic is also offering free downloads of recordings of four additional shows to registered members of the website here.

Steve Cropper & Felix Cavaliere reunite for new album, 'Midnight Flyer'

Steve Cropper, guitarist for Booker T. and the MGs and one of the primary architects of the unmistakable Stax sound of the 1960s, and vocalist/keyboardist Felix Cavaliere, the voice of the Rascals and the pivotal figure in the blue-eyed soul movement of that same era, have reconvened for their second collaborative recording. Sparks fly at the crossroads of Memphis soul and East Coast R&B when Stax Records releases Midnight Flyer on June 15, 2010.

Midnight Flyer, recorded in Nashville and mixed by the legendary David Z, is the followup to Nudge It Up a Notch, the 2008 maiden voyage by Cropper and Cavaliere that scored critical acclaim from the music and mainstream press. The San Francisco Chronicle called Nudge It Up a Notch “an unexpected delight,” while Blues Wax heralded the project as “one of the great surprises of 2008, and further evidence of Concord’s genuine commitment to the revamped Stax imprint.”

The Stax legacy — and Concord’s commitment to it — are very much alive in Midnight Flyer, an album that once again showcases the songwriting prowess of two towering figures from one of the most seminal periods in the history of American pop music. Assisting with the songwriting throughout most of the album’s 12 tracks is drummer/percussionist/vocalist Tom Hambridge, who also lent a hand with the crafting of the previous album.

“Felix and I come from pretty much the same musical school — but from different geographical locations,” says Cropper. “He’s a Jersey boy at heart, and I grew up in Memphis, but when soul meets soul, what can you say? There are no borders. There are no boundaries.”

But geography does play a role in the making of great songs, says Cavaliere. “Steve has that Southern vernacular, which is something I really like,” he says. “It’s almost like another language to those of us from the East Coast. It has a certain folky quality to it. Some of those idioms are part of the hit songs that Steve has written and recorded over the years, and they’re part of this record as well.”

The impact of both of these musicians and songwriters on pop music is nearly impossible to quantify. As part of Booker T. & the MGs — the house band for the Stax label in its original incarnation during the 1960s — Cropper co-wrote and produced classics by artists like Eddie Floyd (“Knock On Wood”), Wilson Pickett (“In the Midnight Hour”) and Otis Redding (“Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay”). In subsequent decades, he lent his instrumental and production skills to a range of artists including Jeff Beck, the Blues Brothers, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and many others.

Cavaliere came to prominence in the mid-’60s as vocalist/keyboardist/songwriter for the Rascals (initially known as the Young Rascals). Cavaliere wrote and/or sang several of the band’s biggest hits, including “Good Lovin’” (1966), “Groovin’” (1967), “It’s a Beautiful Morning” (1968) and “People Got To Be Free” (1968). The phrase “blue-eyed soul” was coined during the Rascals’ heyday, due in large part to the group’s highly successful forays into R&B and soul — styles that had been developed and previously dominated by African-American artists.

Co-produced by Cropper, Cavaliere and Hambridge, Midnight Flyer captures the synergy and brilliance that can only emerge when two powerful forces of nature come together. The result is a range of styles and shades, from heartfelt ballads like “When You’re With Me” to the soul-charged “I Can’t Stand It,” a churning vocal duet featuring Cavaliere and his daughter Aria. “Sexy Lady” harkens back to the soul stylings of the ’70s, while the funky instrumental “Do It Like This” digs into a tight groove and makes plenty of room for Cropper’s tasty riff work to close out the set.

“The main thing we both take away from this record is how much fun we had making it,” says Cavaliere. “We may have used a lot of new technology that didn’t even exist when Steve and I were recording back in the day, but the songs themselves are still the most important part of the process, and we just had a blast writing and recording them. I think that spirit comes through on the record.”

Cropper notes a timelessness about Cavaliere that serves as a metaphor for the music itself. “Felix is ageless,” he says. “Sure, you can look at him and see that he’s gotten older since those early days, just like we all have. But if you close your eyes, he sounds as young and energetic as he did when he was making records back in the ’60s . . . Working together on records like this reminds us of the kinds of things that go into the making of a good song. We’re still doing that, and we’re still having fun doing it.”

Freda Payne Tribute To Ella Fitzgerald

Freda Payne, celebrated R&B and jazz vocalist, who shot to fame with her #1 Hit, “Band of Gold,” and “Bring the Boys Home,” pays tribute to the legendary Ella Fitzgerald, as no one else can! Payne, the star of such Broadway shows as Jelly’s Last Jam, Sophisticated Ladies and Blues in the Night, “conjures the spirit of Ella” with her renditions of “A-Tisket, a-Tasket,” “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing.” and “Mack the Knife,” as well as many other Fitzgerald classics.

The Iridium Jazz Club is pleased to present soul, jazz and R&B diva Ms. Freda Payne in a very special Tribute To Ella Fitzgerald Thursday through Sunday, March 25 through March 28th.

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
1650 BROADWAY (Corner of 51st)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121
http://www.iridiumjazzclub.com/
SETS AT 8:00 & 10:00PM

Maceo Parker at Cervante's Ballroom - March 12th

Maceo Parker: his name is synonymous with Funky Music, his pedigree impeccable; his band: the tightest little funk orchestra on earth.

Everyone knows by now that he’s played with each and every leader of funk, his start with James Brown, which Maceo describes as "like being at University"; jumping aboard the Mothership with George Clinton; stretching out with Bootsy’s Rubber Band. He’s the living, breathing pulse which connects the history of Funk in one golden thread. The cipher which unravels dance music down to its core.

“Everything’s coming up Maceo,” concluded DownBeat Magazine in a 1991 article at the beginning of Maceo Parker’s solo career. At the time Maceo was a remembered by aficionados of funk music as sideman; appreciated mainly by those in the know. More than a decade and a half later Maceo Parker has been enjoying a blistering solo career. For the past sixteen years Maceo has been building a new funk empire, fresh and stylistically diverse. He navigates deftly between James Brown’s 1960’s soul and George Clinton’s 1970’s freaky funk while exploring mellower jazz and the grooves of hip-hop.

His collaborations over the years performing or recording or both have included Ray Charles, Ani Difranco, James Taylor, De La Soul, Dave Matthews Band and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. His timeless sound has garnered him a fresh young fan base. It is almost impossible to separate which came first, Maceo or the funk. The amazing P-funk Parker has been at it with his legendary alto horn for some time dating back to the 1960’s. That’s when Maceo and his drummer brother Melvin climbed on board the James Brown funky soul funk train. It wasn’t long before James coined the solo summoning signature, “ Maceo, I want you to Blow!” . To most musicologists it’s the muscially fertile group of men from this period of James Brown’s band who are recognized as the early pioneers of the modern funk and hip-hop we still jump to today.

Tickets are $20.00 Advance / $25.00 Day of show
Doors are at 8pm, show begins at approx. 9PM
Tickets are available at the Cervantes’ box office or online at Cervante's Ticketing

Martin Sexton tour to hit Bonnaroo

Martin Sexton’s spring and summer tour dates have just been announced and include several highlights: appearances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Bonnaroo, plus a run of dates supporting Dave Matthews Band.

Starting close to home with a New Haven date on April 15, he will headline such key markets as DC 930 Club, New York Nokia Theatre, Chicago Park West, Los Angeles House of Blues, San Francisco The Fillmore, Vancouver Commodore, Boston House of Blues and more.

The New York Times noted that Sexton “jumps beyond standard fare on the strength of his voice, a blue-eyed soul man’s supple instrument . . . his unpretentious heartiness helps him focus on every soul singer’s goal: to amplify the sound of an ordinary heart.” And Rolling Stone adds, “His outstanding taste in songwriting as well as a soul marinated voice that can easily be compared to the likes of a young Steve Winwood or Van Morrison.”

Sexton exclaims, "It's an exciting year: I've got a brand-new record and a new band. I feel strongly about the songs I'm singing and we look forward to hopping on the bus and spreading it around the world."

Upcoming Tour Dates:

Thurs., April 15  NEW HAVEN, CT Toad’s Place

Fri., April 16  WASHINGTON, DC 9:30 Club

Sat., April 17 BOSTON, MA House of Blues

Sun., April 18 SYRACUSE, NY Wescott Theatre

Tues., April 20 TRAVERSE CITY, MI City Opera House

Wed., April 21 ANN ARBOR, MI The Ark (2 shows)

Thurs., April 22 INDIANAPOLIS, IN The Vogue

Fri., April 23 CHICAGO, IL Park West

Sat., April 24  MADISON, WI Majestic Theatre

Sun., April 25  ST PAUL, MN Fitzgerald Theatre

Wed., April 28  NEW ORLEANS, LA House of Blues

Thurs., April 29 NEW ORLEANS, LA Jazz & Heritage Festival

Fri., April 30  ATLANTA, GA Variety Playhouse

Sat., May 1  NASHVILLE, TN Mercy Lounge

Wed., May 5  PHOENIX, AZ Compound Grill

Thurs., May 6  SAN DIEGO, CA Belly Up

Fri., May 7  SAN FRANCISCO, CA The Fillmore

Sat., May 8   W. HOLLYWOOD, CA House of Blues

Sun., May 9 SACRAMENTO, CA Harlow’s

Tue, May 11 ARCATA, CA Humboldt Brewery

Wed., May 12  EUGENE, OR W.O.W. Hall

Thurs., May 13  VANCOUVER, BC Commodore Ballroom

Fri., May 14 PORTLAND, OR Crystal Ballroom

Sat., May 15 SEATTLE, WA The Showbox

Sun., May 16  SPOKANE, WA Knitting Factory

Tue, May 18 BOISE, ID Knitting Factory

Wed., May 19 SALT LAKE CITY, UT The Depot

Thurs., May 20 DENVER, CO Ogden Theatre

Fri., May 21 KANSAS CITY, MO Crosstown Station

Sat., May 22  ST. LOUIS, MO The Pageant

Sun., May 23  CINCINNATI, OH 20th Century Theatre

Sat., June 5  NEW YORK NY Nokia Theatre

Fri., June 11  MANCHESTER, TN Bonnaroo

Wed., June 23 CLARKSTON, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre;

w/ Dave Matthews Band

Fri., June 25 CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH Blossom Music Center;

w/Dave Matthews Band

Wed. June 30 CAMDEN, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center;

w/Dave Matthews Band

Thurs., July 1 CAMDEN, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center;

w/Dave Matthews Band