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FONT presents New Trumpet Underground 2009

CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ
29 Cornelia Street, NYC, New York    212-989-9319
http://www.corneliastreetcafe.com
between West 4th and Bleecker Sts, Greenwich Village
1 Subway to Sheridan Square; A, C, E, B, D, V, F to West 4th St.
Contact: Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services, 845-986-1677, jazzpromo@earthlink.net

FONT presents
New Trumpet Underground 2009
Cornelia Street Café
June 26-28
$10 per set or $15 per night

Fri  Jun 26
9:00PM   FONT FESTIVAL
(Greg Bobulinski G-Men; Josh Berman's Old Idea; Leron Thomas Group)
9:00PM
Greg Bobulinski G-Men
Greg Bobulinski, trumpet & flugelhorn; Daniel A. Weiss, organ; Tom Kirchmer, bass; Ed Balsamo, drums

Donald P. Borchert dedicates his newest nonfiction book, Free For All (Virgin Books): “To Greg Bobulinski, jazz trumpet extraordinaire, who reminds us that life is not merely endless commerce.”

Greg Bobulinski’s professional career began at age 13 and has been going strong for nearly five decades. He has worked with many of the greatest names in jazz history from Clark Terry to Red Garland to Big Nick Nicholas; from the JVC/Newport Jazz Festival to the Louis Armstrong House to Saint Peter’s Church; from solo trumpet to full orchestra, throughout the world. Greg has been composing original music for over 40 years and has been the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, and American Music Center fellowships.

Greg Bobulinski is very proud to take part in the 2009 Festival of New Trumpet Music. Directly applying his long and fruitful experience, JAZZ EXPANSIONIST – GREG BOBULINSKI is a trumpet explorer bringing improvised/expressive trumpet soloing and composition into many diversified arenas of music: classical, Latin, opera, a cappella choir, Native American, religious services, cyclical pieces, poetry, etc. This evening, he will be joined by his longtime friends, colleagues, and performers for the past 25 years: Daniel A. Weiss, Tom Kirchmer, and Ed Balsamo. The evening also marks the release of Greg’s newest CD – Greg Bobulinski G-Men on the Squire Music Media International label.

www.bagofjazz.com

Fri 10:00PM
Josh Berman's Old Idea
Josh Berman, cornet; Keefe Jackson, tenor saxophone; Jason Adasiewicz, vibraphone; Anton Hatwich, bass; Frank Rosaly, drums

Josh Berman is a cornetist, composer, and music presenter living in Chicago. For almost 10 years, Josh has been a pivotal member of Chicago's vital improvised music community. He has been featured on recordings with the Chicago-Luzern Exchange alongside tenor saxophonist Keefe Jackson, with Jackson’s big and small bands Project Project and Fast Citizens, with Jason Adasiewicz’s quintet Rolldown, and Rob Mazurek’s Exploding Star Orchestra. His band, Old Idea, has just released a self-titled CD/LP on Delmark Records. Old Idea continues Berman's long musical association with Keefe Jackson, Jason Adasiewicz, Anton Hatwich, and Frank Rosaly.
www.myspace.com/joshbermanchicago

Fri 11:00PM
Leron Thomas Group
Leon Thomas, trumpet & vocals; Mike Moreno, guitar; Mike Severson, guitar; TBA, drums; TBA, bass

Leron Thomas (originally from Houston, Texas) graduated from NYC’s New School in 2003, known for his identifiable personal sound on the trumpet and his cleverly-written jazz compositions. Leron has played with Billy Harper, Bobby Watson, Roy Hargrove, Lauren Hill, Mos Def, and Bilal, amongst many others. He has performed his material with bands throughout Manhattan, staying focused on developing as a jazz composer and trumpet player but grew tired of the politics and lack of quality music within the New York jazz scene. With a love of music of all genres, alongside the scene’s general lack of support, Leron found ways to liberate himself through a natural, fluid progression into writing and performing what would be known as his ‘other’ music. This genre-less music incorporated jazz, rock, pop, country, electro-pop, and blues. Leron wrote these compositions and played his individual personal tone through his trumpet, while his unique vocals emphasized the diverse sound. His crossover talents were recognized by many, including the New York Times, gaining a favorable review and consistent support. Leron continues to stay true to his art and the objective of bringing real music to the people, with the recent independently-released Improvsensation.

www.allaboutjazz.com/leronthomas
www.myspace.com/leronthomas

Cover $10 per set/$15 per night
http://www.fontmusic.org

Saturday, June 27

9:00PM
FONT FESTIVAL
(Nadje Noordhuis Quartet; Jordan McLean Trio; Search)
9:00PM
Nadje Noordhuis Quartet (*FONT commission*)
Nadje Noordhuis, trumpet & flugelhorn; Mike Holober, piano; Matt Wigton, bass; Rohin Khemani, drums & tabla


Australian trumpet/flugelhorn player Nadje Noordhuis is becoming known for her lyrical invention and warm, rich tone. A semi-finalist in the prestigious 2007 Thelonious Monk Jazz Trumpet Competition, she has assembled a number of diverse ensembles that perform in intimate jazz clubs, formal concert series, as well as for private events at the Australian Consulate and United Nations. Nadje has been awarded a 2009 FONT Commission to write new music specifically for the trumpet. This work will be premiered by her trumpet, piano, bass, and percussion quartet and will emphasize the classical and jazz traditions of irresistible beauty, fluid melodic lines, and group interplay. Based in New York for the past six years, Nadje is a regular member of many young-composer big bands as well as the acclaimed Diva Jazz Orchestra. She has performed at numerous jazz festivals in Germany, France, Croatia, Australia, Asia, USA, and Canada; at venues including Blue Note New York, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and Birdland; and has shared the stage with celebrated artists including Tom Harrell, Dave Liebman, and Carmen Bradford. An eclectic composer, Nadje has written and performed music for short films as well as exploratory new music duos with glass percussion instruments. She holds a Masters degree in jazz trumpet from Manhattan School of Music.

www.nadjenoordhuis.com

Sat 10:00PM
Jordan McLean's Piano Music & Song Trio
Jordan McLean, trumpet & flugelhorn; Derin Oge, piano; Anneke Schaul-Yoder, cello

The music of Federico Mompou sets the artistic direction of this play-any-where chamber group. Music of Charles Ives, Samuel Barber, the 12th-15th centuries, Siberian and Turkish folk songs, and Mr. McLean's original work round out the groups' repertoire.

Performances include concerts at John Zorn's Stone, The Anthroposophical Society of New York, Renaissant Arts' SoHo Salon, and private homes, cafés, and clubs around the greater NY Metropolitan Area. Internationally-recognized trumpeter, composer, and orchestrator Jordan Mclean is joined by fellow SUNY Purchase alum Anneke Schaul-Yoder and Derin Oge on a busy performance schedule as they prepare to record the group's second album later this year.

www.fireofspace.com

Sat 11:00PM
Search: RJ Avallone, trumpet & wooden flutes; Matt Maley, saxophones & clarinet; David Moss, bass; TBA, drums

As recently described by All About Jazz, “Search’s sound and vibe conveys and signals an air of maturity that's rather uncanny for such a young band. The artists project a distinct sound into these largely, memorable and astutely engineered compositions, teeming with gobs of depth and snaking movements.” Their original compositions, based on motifs, characters, and organic thought, create new worlds of color, depth, tangibility, and exhilaration. The music becomes a theater of sound, taking audiences on a trip of the imagination across time and space, where anything is not only possible, but likely.

www.searchforthepresent.com

Cover $10 per set/$15 per night
http://www.fontmusic.org

Sun  Jun 28
FONT FESTIVAL
8:30PM
Clarino: Thomas Heberer, quarter-tone trumpet; Joachim Badenhorst, clarinets


Clarino is the duet of quarter-tone trumpeter Thomas Heberer and clarinetist Joachim Badenhorst. The duet's name refers to the close association of the two instruments. The clarinet (literally translated: "little clarino") took on the high trumpet (a.k.a. clarino) parts in baroque music after the art of the clarino died out in the 19th century. Additionally, the rediscovered clarino techniques influence the trumpet embouchure advocated by Thomas. Check out his essay on trumpet mechanics on his website www.thomasheberer.com.

Sharing the same musical vision, Thomas and Joachim have absorbed the traditions of jazz, improvised, and contemporary classical music resulting in personal instrumental styles that incorporate both traditional and extended techniques like circular breathing, micro-tonality, and multiphonics.

Thomas Heberer, born 1965 in Germany, living in NYC since 2008, winner of numerous awards, has been at the forefront of creative improvised music for the last 20 years. Having worked with nearly everybody in the field, he is probably best known for his work with Misha Mengelberg's ICP, Alexander von Schlippenbach, and bassist Dieter Manderscheid.

Joachim Badenhorst, born 1981 in Belgium, divides his time between New York and Belgium. He is active in numerous projects as a co-leader: Mogil (Iceland), Red Rocket (Ireland), Rawfishboys (France), Ploug/Pettersen/Badenhorst (Denmark), and Ryan Blotnick Group (New York). Joachim is a member of the Han Bennink trio.

www.thomasheberer.com
www.myspace.com/joachimbadenhorst

9:30PM
Russ Johnson Quartet
Russ Johnson, trumpet; Jacob Sacks, keyboard; Eivind Opsvik, bass; Rudy Royston, drums

Brooklyn-based trumpeter Russ Johnson is an active performer in the jazz, improvised, and contemporary classical music scenes throughout the U.S. and abroad. In addition to leading his own groups, and co-leading The Other Quartet and New Math, Russ is currently touring as a member of Lee Konitz's New Nonet and the Steve Swallow/Ohad Talmor "L'Histoire du Clochard" sextet. In addition, Russ has performed with a long list of musical heavyweights including Kenny Wheeler, Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano, David Liebman, Joe Maneri, Oliver Lake, Myra Melford, Anthony Davis, Brian Blade, Tony Malaby, Jenny Scheinman, and Mat Maneri.

For the FONT 2009, Russ is premiering a new set of music featuring three of New York's most creative musicians: Jacob Sacks on keyboard, Eivind Opsvik on bass, and Rudy Royston on drums.

www.russjohnsonmusic.com

Cover $10 per set/$15 per night
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Made In The UK Presents the TONY KOFI QUARTET

Tony Kofi is one of the UK’s outstanding saxophonists, 2008 Best Instrumentalist BBC Jazz Awards and MOBO nominee amongst his most recent recognition.  Since 2000 Tony Kofi Quartet have been performing together, inspired by the more visceral end of the hard bop of the 1960s.  His quartet moves through vibrant swing to reflective lyricism with a powerful rapport, bridging the heavyweight American tradition and European individuality.

kofiAs well as leading the quartet, Tony is the youngest, and only UK, member of the renowned World Saxophone Quartet with David Murray, Oliver Lake and Hamiet Bluiett  – touring with them again in 2009, along with tours of Europe with Abdullah Ibrahim, and Jamaaladeen Tacuma. Tony has played frontline with Branford Marsalis, Courtney Pine, Clifford Jarvis, Dr Lonnie Smith, Gary Crosby's Nu Troop, Jazz Jamaica All Stars, Afropeans, Queen Latifah, US-3, Salt 'n' Pepper, to name just a few.

In 2005 Tony Kofi Quartet released All is Know (Specific Jazz), arrangements of compositions by Thelonious Monk and performed Monk’s entire repertoire in marathon six-hour performances at London Jazz Festival in 2003 and 2005.  In 2008 they released their own compositions, The Silent Truth on Specific Jazz.

 

TONY KOFI QUARTET

 

Tony Kofi (saxes), Jonathan Gee (piano), Ben Hazleton (acoustic bass) & Rod Youngs (drums)

Sunday, June 21st Sweet Rhythm, New York 8 & 10PM

double bill with Tim Garland’s Lighthouse Trio

Sweet Rhythm
88 Seventh Avenue South
New York, NY 10014
212-255-3626

The Kitano Hotel presents the Beat Kaestli Quartet, May 20th

After returning from his 7th European tour and Festival in Mexico, internationally acclaimed vocalist Beat Kaestli presents his unmistakable blend of Jazz, classical and contemporary vibes at the Kitano Hotel, New York, backed by his stellar NY-Trio, featuring vocalists Aria Hendricks and Hilary Kole. His soon to be released CD “Far From Home - A Tribute to European Song” ( http://www.myspace.com/beatkaestli ) is already receiving praise from audiences everywhere. It’s dedicated to European composers, like Weill, Bizet, Purcell and Legrand and Jazz legend Jon Hendricks writes in his liner notes:  “Soulful, sensitive singing. I am impressed by Beat Kaestli’s CD and I look forward to hearing more!”. His sets will also include songs from his new French program.

beatBeat’s current CD “Happy, Sad and Satisfied” is still gaining acclaim in the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe, having received great reviews from a majority of the major Jazz publications, while radio stations and local papers have been supporting the tours and festivals with interviews, showcases and CD reviews. In the US, the CD was introduced on “Groove Boutique”, a nationally syndicated show on CD 101.9 Smooth Jazz, and Kaestli’s refreshing approach to standards remains a favorite on Jazz radio stations everywhere. Additionally, “Happy, Sad and Satisfied” has been receiving high praise from critics and audiences across the country and in Canada. It was named among the “Top 25 Best CDs of 2006” by Indie Music Magazine and received a “Best Male Jazz Vocal” nod from the Twirlie Awards. Also, Kaestli’s last NY performances at the Blue Note and the Jazz Standard were mentioned among the “Noteworthy Performances” in JazzImprov Magazine.

About Beat Kaestli:
Beat Kaestli is a vocalist, songwriter, arranger and producer residing in New York City. He moved to New York from his native home of Switzerland, where he was awarded a scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music (BM). In 2007 he received a scholarship from the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation and graduated in 2008 with a Masters Degree from the Aaron Copland School of Music (MA). While honing his craft alongside noteworthy Jazz performers, such as Jane Monheit, Jason Moran and Stefon Harris, he immersed himself in Manhattan’s fiercely competitive music scene, emerging as a seasoned performer. He now appears in clubs such as The Blue Note, Birdland, The Bitter End, The Jazz Standard, The Stone and Sweet Rhythm, performing with Jazz greats, like Esperanza Spalding, Clarence Penn, Joel Frahm and Billy Drummond. In 2005, Beat was the chosen vocalist for the Glenn Miller Orchestra, thrilling audiences in concert halls across the USA. Since the release of his acclaimed CD “Happy, Sad and Satisfied” in 2006 he is touring the world extensively with his own projects, showcasing his music in renowned clubs and at festivals across the US, Europe, Mexico and Canada.

Emory Joseph presents 'Fennario – Songs By Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter'

Jer- for the Grateful Web

NYC singer/songwriter Emory Joseph pays tribute to the songwriting team of Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter, the principal songwriters for the Grateful Dead, with his upcoming release, Fennario - Songs by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter (street date August 19 on Iris Records).  At the time of Garcia's passing, the Grateful Dead had been together for 30 years and were the highest-grossing touring act in the world. For Fennario, Joseph carefully selected and recorded material that had never been released on studio albums and re-interpreted some of the best-loved Garcia/Hunter material.

The wide range of music on Fennario draws from the same American palette that inspired Garcia and Hunter, from the sweet country of "It Must Have Been the Roses" to the Memphis rock and roll of "Tennessee Jed" to the Muscle Shoals soul of "Sugaree."

To produce the album, Joseph enlisted the core group of top-shelf multi-instrumentalists he'd used on his critically acclaimed debut album, Labor & Spirits: Tom "T-Bone" Wolk (Hall and Oates, The SNL Band), Duke Levine and Jon Carroll (Mary Chapin Carpenter), and vocalist Soozie Tyrell (The E-Street Band).  The album's other principles are Larry Campbell (who was coming off eight years touring with Bob Dylan and who now plays with the Dead's Phil Lesh), and drummer Dennis McDermott (Marc Cohn). Fennario's twelve tracks were recorded in five 'round-the-clock days at New York's legendary Legacy Recording Studios. There are two guest performances, bassist Lincoln Schleiffer (on "Mission in the Rain") and long-time Garcia associate, mandolinist David Grisman (on "Brown-Eyed Women").

"I produced Fennario to be something that Deadheads and non-Deadheads alike could love." says Joseph.  "I absolutely wanted it to be a respectful tribute to a beautiful working partnership, and something that could maybe help to explain to the world why so many kids spent so many years of their youth following these songs around the country and back. Fennario is a long overdue letter to Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter for having written songs that have inspired, amazed, and informed me since I was twelve."

Track listing:

1.       Sugaree

2.       Ramble On Rose

3.       Tennessee Jed

4.       Black Peter

5.       Mission in The Rain

6.       It Must Have Been the Roses

7.       Loose Lucy

8.       New Speedway Boogie

9.       Brown-Eyed Women

10.      Loser

11.      Bird Song

12.      To Lay Me Down

Colorado Music Association Presents Kai Eckhardt Bass Clinic

Photo courtesy of Tsunami Publicity- for the Grateful Web

Bassist Extraordinare Kai Eckhardt, along with the Colorado Music Association, will be hosting a unique day long clinic in Denver with the legendary virtuoso. Known primarily for his work with jazz funksters Garaj Mahal and fusion guitarist John McLaughlin, Eckhardt has established himself as one of the premier bassists in the music industry. Creating a style melding worldly flair with scorching fretwork and exotic rhythms, Kai Eckhardt blazes a trail of originality.

For the clinic, Eckhardt's teachings will concentrate on the Konokol method. The Indian method of Konokol teaches the fundamentals of rhythm through the use of spoken syllables and hand motions, without the use of drums or other percussive devices. Also featured will by Kai's Symmetrical Approach to melody and harmony. Using this approach, Eckhardt creates an entirely new piece of music from completely random selections. Incorporating elements of the polyrhythmic matrix, he will demonstrate how this method works for rhythm.

Musicians across the musical spectrum, from drummers to vocalists to horn players, can benefit from Kai's teachings. In addition to musical growth, Eckhardt's clinics also contribute to inner development and inspiration. "It is my desire to teach people how to invent and reinvent themselves by paying close attention to the underlying principles that make us learn. During my clinic, I will be open to any sincere question and I will do my best to help the student unblock, trouble shoot, align and get inspired," says Eckhardt.

In order to facilitate the learning process, Kai Eckhardt will feature a series of graphs and illustrations, along with original compositions accompanied with lyrics and groove loops. The clinic will take place Sunday, May 18th at 10:00AM at the intersection of Colfax and Lafayette in Denver. Cost for the day long seminar is $60.00.

Colorado Music Associations presents:
Kai Eckhardt Clinic
"Rhythm, Melody and Harmony"
When: Sunday May 18th, 2008
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: $60.00 at the door
1490 Lafayette (Colfax and Lafayette)
RSVP to stevewerg@aol.com to receive a coupon for $5.00 off the admission.

Kai Eckhardt one hour LIVE performance/interview
KRFC 88.9 FM Live@Lunch
Friday, May 16, 2008
12 noon - 1 pm MST
Kai's fans around the world can listen on-line via www.krfcfm.org or locally via 88.9FM in N. CO.

Umphrey's McGee Presents "Terror-Torium" on Halloween

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Umphrey's McGee pays tribute to Halloween and to classic American horror films with TERROR-TORIUM, a fright-filled evening of music, costumes and décor taking place at Denver's Fillmore Auditorium on October 31st. Fans are encouraged to dress as their favorite horror movie character and partake in a costume contest, with the winner taking home tickets to every Fillmore show for one year. Denver's own Kinetix will open the show.

The ascension continues for Chicago's Umphrey's McGee, not only in terms of their commercial success but in creative accomplishment and instrumental achievement as well.  Their performance on Live at the Murat (SCI Fidelity), their first official live release, is as impressive as anything they've recorded to date, with the power and finesse, the yin and the yang, that have come to characterize their by-now classic material.

Recorded in Indianapolis in April 2007 and produced by longtime "sound caresser" / honorary seventh member Kevin Browning, the two-disc set features fan favorites like "Push the Pig," "The Triple Wide," "In the Kitchen," and "Nothing Too Fancy" along with rare tunes like the set-ending "Padgett's Profile" and the brief but torrid "Angular Momentum," centered on the combo of drummer Kris Myers and guitarist Jake Cinninger.  The band also dusts off tunes like "Hajimemashite" from '98s Songs for Older Women, and the Yes meets Little Feat-influenced "40's Theme," a live favorite for the band and its fans.

Throughout the show, UM's invention brings the progressive instrumental chops of Zappa and the stylistic savvy of Steely Dan.  It is innovative without being indulgent, exhilarating without losing control, and there are plenty of improv passages that keep the band and their fans off-balance.  Clearly, logging 120 gigs a year, "live" is where UM lives.

The current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

October 04 Liberty Hall Lawrence KS
October 05 Granada Theater Dallas TX
October 06 Stubb's BBQ Austin TX
October 14 The Echo Project Fairburn GA
October 16 Toad's Place - Lady Byrd Hat Building Richmond VA
October 17 Nightclub 9:30 Washington DC
October 18 Magic City Music Hall Johnson City NY
October 19-20 Nokia Theater Times Square New York NY
October 22 Harro East Ballroom Rochester NY
October 24-25 Higher Ground Ballroom Burlington VT
October 26 Orpheum Theatre Boston MA
October 27 House of Blues Las Vegas NV
October 28 Vegoose Las Vegas NV
October 31 Fillmore Auditorium Denver CO
November 09 IU Auditorium / Univ. of Indiana Bloomington IN
November 10 Eagles Ballroom Milwaukee WI
November 15 Amos' South End Charlotte NC
November 16 City Hall Nashville TN
November 18 Bear Creek Music Festival Quincy FL
November 29 Orbit Room Grand Rapids MI
November 30 Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Columbus OH
December 01 Michigan Theatre Ann Arbor MI
December 13-17 Caribbean Holidaze Runaway Jamaica
December 29-31 The Aragon Ballroom Chicago IL
March 16-18 Jam in the Dam Amsterdam Netherlands

Live at the Murat is the latest feather in the cap of the dazzling sextet.  They followed their highly touted spring 2006 studio release Safety In Numbers with the magical odds and sods The Bottom Half in the spring of this year.  The album, with its outtakes, alternate versions, and other nifty bits, reached #26 on Billboard's coveted "Heatseakers" Chart and received high marks from the music press.  HARP magazine recently noted "…[The Bottom Half delivers] creamy studio work infused by diabolical skill."  Also in 2006, Umphrey's McGee sold out shows in theaters coast to coast, appeared at Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, and made their late night TV debut on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."  Booked by the Monterey Peninsula Booking Agency, the band recently sold out three nights at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom, two nights at Irving Plaza, San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium, and the list goes on, as does Umphrey's McGee.

Cloud 9 Presents CARIBBEAN HOLIDAZE

photo by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Cloud 9 Adventures, the people who bring the music community the floating festival known as Jam Cruise, today announce their next destination concert experience.  Caribbean Holidaze will bring 800 music fans to Jamaica for four nights to celebrate the music of The Disco Biscuits & Umphrey's McGee, along with very special guests Keller Williams, the Benevento/Russo Duo, Mad Professor and the return of the Brain Damaged Eggmen, a unique collaboration between Umphrey's McGee and The Disco Biscuits performing the music of the Beatles and Pink Floyd.

Caribbean Holidaze will take place December 13-17, 2007 at two of Jamaica's most celebrated and lavish resorts – Breezes Runaway Bay and Hedonism III.  The Disco Biscuits and Umphrey's McGee will each be performing three shows while Keller Williams will be performing twice.

Both Resorts are super-inclusive; just about everything you can eat, drink and do is included in your vacation price. Choose which resort fits your style and tastes, from the wild atmosphere at Hedonism to the laid back island vibe at Breezes, both resorts offer incredible amenities, activities and much more. Oceanfront concerts will take place all four days with attendees free to explore all the amenities each resort has to offer – all included in the package price.

Event details are as follows:

Caribbean Holidaze
December 13 -17, 2007
Breezes Runaway Bay & Hedonism III
Runaway Bay , Jamaica
Featuring Umphrey's McGee, The Disco Biscuits, special guests Keller Williams, the Benevento/Russo Duo, Mad Professor and the return of the Brain Damaged Eggmen

Pre-booking begins Thursday May 16 th at 12pm EST

Super-inclusive vacation packages starting as low as $845.00 plus airfare.

YARD DOGS ROAD SHOW PRESENTS: CABARET BLITZ!

Consider Yard Dogs Road Show's "Cabaret Blitz!" a polite challenge to all that is prevailing in American culture.  There is poetry everywhere and it must be acknowledged!  Collaborating for these shows with regional and local artists, the groups billed along this very special run represent a menagerie of west coast cabaret and circus arts.  Many of them have never shared the same stage.  They come with open hearts to engage a decorated and poetic civilization.  Dress code:  a formal outward expression of one's inner carnival.

Born from the saloon vaudeville that toured the Wild West in the late 1800's and slammed into the underworld of modern American road culture, Yard Dogs Road Show create a timeless and surreal union of ancient theatrical alchemy and modern pop culture. It's a true story on stage: sword swallowers, dancing dolls, fire eaters and hobo sunset poetry - all animated by the live sounds of the Yard Dogs cartoon band. Yard Dogs Road Show is pure visual and sonic voodoo. The times have demanded it and here it is: "The new emergence of road show nobility."

Cabaret Blitz! Show dates include:

Fri May 4     Showbox              Seattle, WA w/ Circus Contraption
Sat May 5     Nightlight           Bellingham, WA w/ Dream Science Circus
Sun May 6     The Commodore        Vancouver, BC w/ Tarran the Tailor & the Ancient Rugged Revival
Mon May 7     Capitol Theater      Olympia, WA w/ Femme De Fabrique
Tue May 8     Wonder Ballroom      Portland, OR March Fourth Marching Band
Wed May 9     McDonald Theater     Eugene, OR w/ Vagabond Opera
Thu May 10    Ashland Armory       Ashland, OR w/ Vagabond Opera
Sat May 12    Fillmore Auditorium  San Francisco, CA w/ Rosin Coven and others TBA

There is some speculation as to the origin of the Yard Dogs Road Show.  Not for the want of mystery but for the difficulty in translating an experience that was navigated by the overly-romantic and sleep deprived. Shows came and went leaving very little time to fully comprehend what was going on.  Some say the carnival-inspired performance art of the Yard Dogs Road Show began as a three piece jug band performing in road houses and dance halls and at informal gatherings, including Oregon's modern day acid tests with Ken Kesey and The Merry Pranksters. Some say they traveled in a 1967 Ford Galaxy 500 and the evolution of their show revealed itself in the flames of a campfire on Dog Creek Road: dancing dolls with feather fans, an hombre in silver sunglasses eating fire, a dreamy guitar boy with golden locks, a bearded swami capable of conjuring the supernatural . Others say this story is complete hogwash and it was actually the brainchild of a unemployed "cowboy" and his faithful muse – transient artists with an incredible talent for brainstorming impossible ideas while under the influence of poppy tea and wishful thinking.  By chance these conversations were overheard by an ambitious young poet who decided to actualize them for the sake of all impossible dreams everywhere. Either way, that was seven years ago, and the unlikely troupe of gypsies has been performing on stages ever since.

With the publication of his book, Hobo: A Young Man's Thoughts on Trains and Tramping in America (Random House / 2003), ringleader and founding member Eddy Joe Cotton and the Yard Dogs Road Show surfaced into the mainstream media, including recent recognition in SPIN Magazine. Bringing rock & roll to theatre and theatre to rock & roll, they have collaborated with Teatro Zinzanni, Cirque Du Soleil, and Burning Man and have performed such renowned festivals as Vegoose, Oregon Country Fair and Wakarusa. Look for the troupe on tour this spring/summer, including a coveted Bonnaroo play.