Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones at Sportsmen’s Tavern, May 2

Date: May 02, 2017

Time: 7:30 pm

Dave Alvin, Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and self-described “barroom guitarist,” is widely considered to be one of the pivotal founders of the current Americana music scene. A fourth generation Californian, Dave Alvin grew up in Downey, California as the local landscape quickly evolved from orange groves and dairy farms to tract homes and freeways.

Since forming the highly influential roots rock/R+B band The Blasters, with his brother Phil in 1979, and throughout his long and critically acclaimed solo career, Dave Alvin has mixed his varied musical and literary influences into his own unique, updated version of traditional American music. Combining elements of blues, folk, R+B, rockabilly, Bakersfield country and garage rock and roll with lyrical inspiration from local writers and poets like Raymond Chandler, Gerald Locklin and Charles Bukowski, Alvin says that his songs are “just like California. A big, messy melting pot.”

Dave Alvin’s songs have been recorded by a who’s who of contemporary roots artists from Los Lobos, Little Milton, Robert Earl Keen, Marshal Crenshaw and Joe Ely to Dwight Yoakam, James McMurtry, Buckwheat Zydeco, Alejandro Escovedo and X. His songs have also been featured in many movies and television shows including Justified, The Sopranos, True Blood, The Wire, Six Feet Under, Crybaby, Miss Congeniality and From Dusk To Dawn.

Coming to see the show from out of town? Please visit our friends at the Adams Mark Hotel.

program of Arts Services Initiative of WNY, Inc.

Sportsmen’s Tavern
326 Amherst St.
Bufalo, NY 14207
716-874-7734
http://sportsmensbuffalo.com/

 

International Jazz Day Celebration Hosted at PAUSA art house, April 30

Date: April 30, 2017

Time: 1:30 pm

Save the date! Sunday, April 30th from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm. JazzBuffalo, in association with Pausa Art House, will celebrate International Jazz Day. This day, organized by UNESCO, culminates the end of Jazz Appreciation Month and highlights the role of jazz in uniting people from every corner of the world.

This will be a FREE event, with donations accepted to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the MS Walk, which takes place at Canalside on May 6. Performing – so far – will be My Cousin Tone’The Buffalo Brass MachineFrench ConéXionKaty Miner, Harry Graser, and The Hot Club of Buffalo International model and singer Carmina Suzannewill join us to sing a song or two in French/ Italian to add to the International theme of jazz day and serve as our honorary MC for the day. Save the date and make plans to stop by Pausa Art House on Sunday, April 30th for great jazz music presented in the spirit of global UNITY.

Doors at 1:00pm
Show at 1:30pm

Admission: FREE – Suggested donation to the MS walk

PAUSA art house
19 Wadsworth St.
Buffalo, NY 14201
716.697.9075
http://www.pausaarthouse.com/

Couples Therapy Comedy Retreat at The Houston Improv, May 4

Date: May 04, 2017

Time: 8:00 pm

Hosted by the Houston Improv club favorite Alan Adams, this romantic comedy show will find Adams delivering his views on relationships with quick-fire wit, stone face delivery, and sarcastically venomous punch-lines.

Joining Adams will be local comedians Ali Siddiq, Tommy Drake, Netra “Ms. Already” Babin, and Chase Durousseau – a comedic powerhouse team ready to tackle those awkward family and relationship moments.

In addition to the five hilarious stand up acts, the audience will have an opportunity to ask the comedians relationship advice during a unique and sidesplitting Q&A session.

Doors open at 7:15 pm. Show at 8 pm.

Improv Houston
7620 Katy Fwy #455
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 333-8800
http://www.improvhouston.com/

Cafeza Presents Jazz Jam in the First Ward, May 1st

Date: May 01, 2017

Time: 7:30 pm

Cafeza presents journeyman Latin jazz percussionist Charlie Perez and friends for a weekly Jazz Jam in Houston’s Historic First Ward Arts District. The house band boasts some of Houston’s finest Latin jazz players performing numbers from a wide ranging repertoire of Latin, Caribbean, and Brazilian pieces, as well as jazz standards. Players and singers are welcome to sit in with band. Bring your instrument, your voice, or just yourself and hang with some of the coolest cats in town!

Cafeza features full restaurant menu inspired by the cuisine and culture of Spain and Latin America, as well as beer, wine, wine cocktails, and some of Houston’s best craft coffee. Last but not least, churros con chocolate (or guava!) made to order!

Cafeza
1720 Houston Ave
Houston, TX 77007
832 203 8016
http://www.cafeza.com/

Beauty In Chaos: Inside The Artist Mind at Hartford City Hall, May 4

Date: May 04, 2017

Time: 6:30 pm

Join us for our 6th Annual Avant Garde Show presented by Ashley Stone – “Inside the Artist Mind, Beauty In Chaos”.

This show is inspired by the creativity of an artist and will showcase many local artists that range from performers, singers, painters, makeup artists, hair stylists, and more! If you have been to our shows before it is a unique event with a new theme and location each year! If you haven’t attended, this will be the best one yet!

A regular ticket includes show admission

VIP Ticket includes premium seating, 2 drink tickets, 10 raffle tickets, and a swag bag

Hartford City Hall
550 Main St #1
Hartford, CT 06103
860-757-9311

Innovate Hartford Grand Opening Party, May 2

Date: May 02, 2017

Time: 7:00 pm

On Tuesday, May 2nd, Innovate Hartford will reveal the vision that will elevate the city of Hartford to one of the country’s most progressive cities. Through the reclaiming of one of Hartford’s most iconic buildings, Innovate is reinvigorating the downtown area with a brand new, world-class, tech and innovation hub. The Stilts Building at 20 Church Street will be home to 100 new start-ups in the next 12-18 months bringing the world’s freshest talent to the new co-working space.

“We’re inspiring a generation of innovators, makers, and best creative minds to take their ideas to the next level. We’re elevating talent and giving a platform to world-class ideas that can be owned by Hartford.” – Shana Schlossberg (Founder of Innovate Hartford).

The presentation will begin promptly at 7:30 PM followed by an evening of music and entertainment.
Be the first to experience the new brand and future for downtown Hartford.
Heavy Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served throughout the evening.
Formal attire – suit for men, long or cocktail length dress or suit for ladies.

Innovate Hartford
20 Church Street
Hartford, CT 06103
860-785-6510
http://www.innovatehartford.com/

Pad Party at SpringHill Suites, May 4

Date: May 04, 2017

Time: 6:00 pm

Enjoy some food and drinks while giving back to your community! The Pad Party is a charity event to collect feminine hygiene products. All the items collected will be donated to DVSAS and Lighthouse Mission. These products can be very expensive and are seldom donated compared to food products or clothing. So, let’s help our local shelters out by stocking up on pads, tampons and other feminine hygiene products!

Location

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Bellingham
4040 Northwest Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98226

Contact: jasleen.aulakh20@gmail.com

Kinski with The DTs and Stereo Donkey at The Green Frog, April 29

Date: April 29, 2017

Time: 9:30 pm

Sometimes you just want to play FASTER. For a band whose extensive discography has historically been primarily instrumental and prone to modifying adjectives like “post-“ and “space-“, the last couple of years have been a left turn down a twisted alley of fuzz pedals, blown tube amps, and a kind of raw power befitting of the Stooges. There are quiet moments here and there but you get the feeling they’re only there so the drummer can catch his breath. 7 (or 8) finds Kinski sounding heavier, faster, and even more self-assured, picking up where 2013’s Cosy Moments left off but also pushing their sound into even more singular territory.

7 (or 8), the title itself a wry observation echoing the confusion created by their extensive catalog, is in fact their SEVENTH (or eighth depending who you ask) LP and second for new label home Kill Rock Stars, having previously released several LPs on Sub Pop and other discerning independent labels. Recorded and mixed in San Francisco at El Studio with Phil Manley (of Trans Am), 7 (or 8) comes in the midst of a more prolific period for the band. “It always takes us awhile to write a record but this one came quickly. We’ve stopped worrying about it so much and just get on with it, which is easier on the soul,” says guitarist/singer Chris Martin. This mindset, alongside their newfound lyricism, has revealed a band that is slyly self-aware, hinted at through years of tongue-in-cheek song titles but now fully evident. The quicker pace has also instilled a palpable confidence and energy on record.

That being said, 7 (or 8) hits like a ton of bricks. The double helping of riffs in the form of “Detroit Trickle Down” and “Flight Risk” leave the listener nearly out of breath. Martin, Lucy Atkinson (Bass), Matthew Reid-Schwartz (Guitar), and Barrett Wilke (Drums) stretch out a bit over the course of the record, marrying their more expansive sound with proto-punk fury, but they rarely let up until the last song, album highlight “Bulletin of the International String Figure Association”. One of the last songs written for the record, “Bulletin…” eases into a nearly 11 minute crescendo of rock bliss, gently flirts with a string section at the same time, and then floats back down to Earth in a perfect denouement. Like John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands on the cover, Kinski strive to make art that is uncompromising and on their own terms and 7 (or 8) is a refreshing reminder that rock music in 2015 can still be a unique and cathartic experience.

The Dt’s originated as a threesome at the tail-end of 2001. Guitarist Dave Crider (Mono Men, Watts, and head honcho of Estrus Records) and Diana Young-Blanchard (chanteuse, writer, and song stylist, Madame X) are long-time friends who conceived the idea of forming a band with heavy influences of 70’s-style-hard-rock, injected with a flavorful dose of soul sensibility, likened to that of greats like Otis, Al, and Ike & Tina to name a few. Shortly after the dynamic duo design, they latched onto powerhouse drummer Phil Carter and spent their first year blowing people’s minds with a full-on, Hard Soul sound rarely matched by any group twice their number. Amazingly fluid and charismatic, these three musicians set the foundation for the Dt’s, although the band has morphed and evolved through the years, as most great bands tend to do. In 2003 keyboardist Patti Bell was added to the fold. Bell’s jazz background helped establish an original groove-feel that meshed uniquely with the hard rock power of Crider’s guitar, freeing up space that ultimately had to give way to further musical experimentation – you might say the damn busted wide, and nobody wanted to stick their finger in the hole. It was during this configuration that the Dt’s released their first full-length of mainly original songs, Hard Fixed.

Bell flew the coop and the kids were on the streets again, playing in triangulation, and happily so. But as chance would have it they soon acquired the player they hadn’t really been looking for, and bassist Scott Greene earned his spot as the fourth member of the Dts just days before being whisked off to play his first shows with the band in Spain. It was during this tour that the Dt’s second release, Nice-n-Ruff: Hard Soul Hits Volume I, was devised and soon after recorded with legendary engineer, Jack Endino.

The Dt’s struck a major chord with the rock-lovin’ Spaniards, (Blanchard was named one of the top ten vocalists of 2005 in the popular, Barcelona-based rock publication, Popular 1), and have since returned to play packed houses all over the country, as well as in Portugal, the U.K., and more recently, Brazil. After returning from their Spanish tour in October of 2005, the group laid down tracks for their third full-length recording, appropriately titled Filthy Habits, with engineer Johnny Sangster. In May of 2006 the Dts invaded Mars Studio once more, completing the second half of Filthy Habits with Mr. Endino. Filthy Habits is the latest release from the Dts, completely original, completely Dt’s, and completely their best record!

The Dt’s are stronger than ever in 2008. With the latest addition of killer rhythm section (Michael Van Buskirk, AKA, Mikey Funster on drums and Matthew Zielfelder on bass guitar) the Dt’s have become legendary.

The Green Frog
1015 N State St.
Bellingham, WA 98225
360-306-8273
http://www.acoustictavern.com/

Kinski with The DTs and Stereo Donkey at The Green Frog, April 29

Date: April 29, 2017

Time: 9:30 pm

Sometimes you just want to play FASTER. For a band whose extensive discography has historically been primarily instrumental and prone to modifying adjectives like “post-“ and “space-“, the last couple of years have been a left turn down a twisted alley of fuzz pedals, blown tube amps, and a kind of raw power befitting of the Stooges. There are quiet moments here and there but you get the feeling they’re only there so the drummer can catch his breath. 7 (or 8) finds Kinski sounding heavier, faster, and even more self-assured, picking up where 2013’s Cosy Moments left off but also pushing their sound into even more singular territory.

7 (or 8), the title itself a wry observation echoing the confusion created by their extensive catalog, is in fact their SEVENTH (or eighth depending who you ask) LP and second for new label home Kill Rock Stars, having previously released several LPs on Sub Pop and other discerning independent labels. Recorded and mixed in San Francisco at El Studio with Phil Manley (of Trans Am), 7 (or 8) comes in the midst of a more prolific period for the band. “It always takes us awhile to write a record but this one came quickly. We’ve stopped worrying about it so much and just get on with it, which is easier on the soul,” says guitarist/singer Chris Martin. This mindset, alongside their newfound lyricism, has revealed a band that is slyly self-aware, hinted at through years of tongue-in-cheek song titles but now fully evident. The quicker pace has also instilled a palpable confidence and energy on record.

That being said, 7 (or 8) hits like a ton of bricks. The double helping of riffs in the form of “Detroit Trickle Down” and “Flight Risk” leave the listener nearly out of breath. Martin, Lucy Atkinson (Bass), Matthew Reid-Schwartz (Guitar), and Barrett Wilke (Drums) stretch out a bit over the course of the record, marrying their more expansive sound with proto-punk fury, but they rarely let up until the last song, album highlight “Bulletin of the International String Figure Association”. One of the last songs written for the record, “Bulletin…” eases into a nearly 11 minute crescendo of rock bliss, gently flirts with a string section at the same time, and then floats back down to Earth in a perfect denouement. Like John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands on the cover, Kinski strive to make art that is uncompromising and on their own terms and 7 (or 8) is a refreshing reminder that rock music in 2015 can still be a unique and cathartic experience.

The Dt’s originated as a threesome at the tail-end of 2001. Guitarist Dave Crider (Mono Men, Watts, and head honcho of Estrus Records) and Diana Young-Blanchard (chanteuse, writer, and song stylist, Madame X) are long-time friends who conceived the idea of forming a band with heavy influences of 70’s-style-hard-rock, injected with a flavorful dose of soul sensibility, likened to that of greats like Otis, Al, and Ike & Tina to name a few. Shortly after the dynamic duo design, they latched onto powerhouse drummer Phil Carter and spent their first year blowing people’s minds with a full-on, Hard Soul sound rarely matched by any group twice their number. Amazingly fluid and charismatic, these three musicians set the foundation for the Dt’s, although the band has morphed and evolved through the years, as most great bands tend to do. In 2003 keyboardist Patti Bell was added to the fold. Bell’s jazz background helped establish an original groove-feel that meshed uniquely with the hard rock power of Crider’s guitar, freeing up space that ultimately had to give way to further musical experimentation – you might say the damn busted wide, and nobody wanted to stick their finger in the hole. It was during this configuration that the Dt’s released their first full-length of mainly original songs, Hard Fixed.

Bell flew the coop and the kids were on the streets again, playing in triangulation, and happily so. But as chance would have it they soon acquired the player they hadn’t really been looking for, and bassist Scott Greene earned his spot as the fourth member of the Dts just days before being whisked off to play his first shows with the band in Spain. It was during this tour that the Dt’s second release, Nice-n-Ruff: Hard Soul Hits Volume I, was devised and soon after recorded with legendary engineer, Jack Endino.

The Dt’s struck a major chord with the rock-lovin’ Spaniards, (Blanchard was named one of the top ten vocalists of 2005 in the popular, Barcelona-based rock publication, Popular 1), and have since returned to play packed houses all over the country, as well as in Portugal, the U.K., and more recently, Brazil. After returning from their Spanish tour in October of 2005, the group laid down tracks for their third full-length recording, appropriately titled Filthy Habits, with engineer Johnny Sangster. In May of 2006 the Dts invaded Mars Studio once more, completing the second half of Filthy Habits with Mr. Endino. Filthy Habits is the latest release from the Dts, completely original, completely Dt’s, and completely their best record!

The Dt’s are stronger than ever in 2008. With the latest addition of killer rhythm section (Michael Van Buskirk, AKA, Mikey Funster on drums and Matthew Zielfelder on bass guitar) the Dt’s have become legendary.

The Green Frog
1015 N State St.
Bellingham, WA 98225
360-306-8273
http://www.acoustictavern.com/

A Musical Midsummer Night’s Dream at Peace United Church of Christ, May 5 – 21

May 05 – May 21, 2017

Four star-crossed lovers wander into an enchanted forest with high hopes of righting their love lives. But the forest is filled with impish fairies who like nothing better than to turn things topsy-turvy, and in the clearing a group of very blue-collar actors are rehearsing a play which they believe will be “high art.” Shakespeare’s hilarious plot and all his famous quotes are preserved in a musical/modern-language retelling of this timeless tale!

Performance Dates and Times:
 
May 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20 at 7:30 pm
May 21 at 2:00 pm

Tickets: General Admission tickets are $15 and may be reserved by calling 507-282-6117.

Location

Peace United Church of Christ
1503 2nd Avenue Northeast
Rochester, MN 55906

Website: http://onceandfutureclassics.org/