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David Berkeley with Special Guest Michael Dawson

Santa Fe-based singer, songwriter, author David Berkeley has been a guest on This American Life, Mountain Stage, World Cafe, CNN, XM Radio's Loft Sessions, WFUV, NPR's Acoustic Cafe and many more. He won the 2015 Kerrville New Folk competition and ASCAP's Johnny Mercer Songwriting Award. Called "a musical poet" by the San Francisco Chronicle, "sensational" by the Philadelphia Inquirer and "spellbinding" by Blurt, critics praise Berkeley's carefully crafted philosophic lyrics and soulful baritone, which at one moment resonates richly only to swoop into a fragile falsetto in the next. Berkeley has shared the stage with Adele, Mumford and Sons, Nickel Creek, Ray Lamontagne, Dido, Ben Folds, Rufus Wainwright and many more. His latest release is a novel one. He's penned a set of interwoven stories offered in his second book, The Free Brontosaurus, and a batch of accompanying songs on his sixth studio album, Cardboard Boat. The songs are sung from the perspective of each story's main character. His live shows often feature Berkeley reading excerpts from the book and singing the accompanying songs. Fans of Nick Drake, Ryan Adams, Cat Stevens or authors like Miranda July are in for a rare treat.

Santa Fe-based singer, songwriter, author David Berkeley has been a guest on This American Life, Mountain Stage, World Cafe, CNN, XM Radio's Loft Sessions, WFUV, NPR's Acoustic Cafe and many more. He won the 2015 Kerrville New Folk competition and ASCAP's Johnny Mercer Songwriting Award. Called "a musical poet" by the San Francisco Chronicle, "sensational" by the Philadelphia Inquirer and "spellbinding" by Blurt, critics praise Berkeley's carefully crafted philosophic lyrics and soulful baritone, which at one moment resonates richly only to swoop into a fragile falsetto in the next. Berkeley has shared the stage with Adele, Mumford and Sons, Nickel Creek, Ray Lamontagne, Dido, Ben Folds, Rufus Wainwright and many more. His latest release is a novel one. He's penned a set of interwoven stories offered in his second book, The Free Brontosaurus, and a batch of accompanying songs on his sixth studio album, Cardboard Boat. The songs are sung from the perspective of each story's main character. His live shows often feature Berkeley reading excerpts from the book and singing the accompanying songs. Fans of Nick Drake, Ryan Adams, Cat Stevens or authors like Miranda July are in for a rare treat.

Club Cafe's Monthly Open Stage with Host Bob Banerjee

A free monthly open mic night for all performers. Signup for Performers begins at 7pm. Starving Artist Special from 7pm-8pm featuring half off food, $2 Yuengling Drafts, Free Coffee & Tea. Ages: +21

Club Cafe's open stage is one of Pittsburgh's longest running and most revered open mic events for performers of all genres. Fashioned after some of the high profile and wildly successful open stages in Nashville, New York and LA, Club Cafe's open stage provides artists with the chance to perform on a world renowned stage while fostering a friendly and supportive environment enabling performers to network with their peers, attract new audiences and extend their reach.

This month's host is Bob Banerjee

A free monthly open mic night for all performers. Signup for Performers begins at 7pm. Starving Artist Special from 7pm-8pm featuring half off food, $2 Yuengling Drafts, Free Coffee & Tea. Ages: +21

Club Cafe's open stage is one of Pittsburgh's longest running and most revered open mic events for performers of all genres. Fashioned after some of the high profile and wildly successful open stages in Nashville, New York and LA, Club Cafe's open stage provides artists with the chance to perform on a world renowned stage while fostering a friendly and supportive environment enabling performers to network with their peers, attract new audiences and extend their reach.

This month's host is Bob Banerjee

Tommy Keene with Ivan Julian with Special Guest Steve Morrison and John Young of the Optimists

After a false start four decades ago, Tommy Keene and Ivan Julian are joining forces.

Rock 'n' roll aficionados need no introduction to pop songwriter Tommy Keene and pioneer punk guitarist Ivan Julian. However, what even the most dedicated listener might not know is these two Washington D.C.-area natives need no introduction to each other. In fact, the two were briefly in a band together in New York in 1980. While that partnership was not destined to last, Tommy and Ivan are now about to embark on a dynamite double-bill acoustic tour, playing solo and together.

To get to the roots of this relationship, we have to go all the way back to 1978. Ivan was playing guitar with the seminal New York punk outfit Richard Hell and the Voidoids. Tommy was working in D.C. with the Razz, a legendary local rock ’n’ rock outfit. One night, along with Razz bassist Ted Niceley, Tommy drove up to NYC to see Cheap Trick at the Bottom Line. Arriving to find out that the show had been cancelled, the two headed to Max’s Kansas City, where Ted introduced Tommy to his friend Ivan.

The two hit it off. A couple years later, Tommy was invited to come to New York to join Ivan’s new group, ultimately called the Outsets. Tommy rehearsed and hung out with Ivan in the early part of 1980, taking in the whole New York East Village scene, including such historic haunts as CBGB’s and the Mudd Club.

Tommy, however, was not destined to remain an Outset. Instead, he formed his own group and in the ensuing decades has released acclaimed albums on the Dolphin, Geffen and Matador labels, while occasionally playing sideman for Paul Westerberg and Robert Pollard. Ivan continued the Outsets for a few years, worked with the Clash and Shriekback, and later played extensively with Matthew Sweet before releasing his own solo album in 2011.

Having headed their separate ways at the dawn of the '80s, this current Keene-Julian pairing is, to say the least, an unexpected surprise. But when you also consider that only a short time ago, Ivan fought his way back to good health after nearly succumbing to cancer, then this 10-city tour is nothing short of miraculous.

After a false start four decades ago, Tommy Keene and Ivan Julian are joining forces.

Rock 'n' roll aficionados need no introduction to pop songwriter Tommy Keene and pioneer punk guitarist Ivan Julian. However, what even the most dedicated listener might not know is these two Washington D.C.-area natives need no introduction to each other. In fact, the two were briefly in a band together in New York in 1980. While that partnership was not destined to last, Tommy and Ivan are now about to embark on a dynamite double-bill acoustic tour, playing solo and together.

To get to the roots of this relationship, we have to go all the way back to 1978. Ivan was playing guitar with the seminal New York punk outfit Richard Hell and the Voidoids. Tommy was working in D.C. with the Razz, a legendary local rock ’n’ rock outfit. One night, along with Razz bassist Ted Niceley, Tommy drove up to NYC to see Cheap Trick at the Bottom Line. Arriving to find out that the show had been cancelled, the two headed to Max’s Kansas City, where Ted introduced Tommy to his friend Ivan.

The two hit it off. A couple years later, Tommy was invited to come to New York to join Ivan’s new group, ultimately called the Outsets. Tommy rehearsed and hung out with Ivan in the early part of 1980, taking in the whole New York East Village scene, including such historic haunts as CBGB’s and the Mudd Club.

Tommy, however, was not destined to remain an Outset. Instead, he formed his own group and in the ensuing decades has released acclaimed albums on the Dolphin, Geffen and Matador labels, while occasionally playing sideman for Paul Westerberg and Robert Pollard. Ivan continued the Outsets for a few years, worked with the Clash and Shriekback, and later played extensively with Matthew Sweet before releasing his own solo album in 2011.

Having headed their separate ways at the dawn of the '80s, this current Keene-Julian pairing is, to say the least, an unexpected surprise. But when you also consider that only a short time ago, Ivan fought his way back to good health after nearly succumbing to cancer, then this 10-city tour is nothing short of miraculous.

Vita and the Woolf with Special Guest Anthony Heubel

Vita and the Woolf is the sound of operatic vocals meeting neo-soul synth pop. Driven by the anthemic voice of front woman, Jennifer Pague and supported by the dynamic drumming of Adam Shumski, Vita and the Woolf has been melding cross-genre influences in their powerhouse electronic style since their first EP Fang Song came out in 2014.

The band’s head-turning live show has since grown to reflect both the range of Pague’s vocals and the music’s shape shifting energy.

Originally inspired by the love relationship between novelists Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf, the name “Vita and the Woolf” was chosen while Pague was studying abroad in Europe in 2012. Upon returning to the states and going through a variety of line-up changes, the band has since solidified as a collaboration between Pague and Shumski. In the past year this configuration of Vita and the Woolf has been featured on the Urban Outfitters Music Blog, NYLON Magazine, and other regional and national media outlets as the band gears up for their upcoming album release in 2017.
Stay tuned for more info about “TUNNELS”, the band’s new full length record.

Vita and the Woolf recently toured as direct support for Rasputina on a 17-date cross country tour. In addition they have performed at XPoNential Music Festival in 2015 on the same lineup as St. Vincent, My Morning Jacket, and Courtney Barnett. And have opened up for Milk & Bone, Christine Perri & Colbie Caillat, Hamilton Leithauser, and The Parlour Tricks.

Vita and the Woolf is the sound of operatic vocals meeting neo-soul synth pop. Driven by the anthemic voice of front woman, Jennifer Pague and supported by the dynamic drumming of Adam Shumski, Vita and the Woolf has been melding cross-genre influences in their powerhouse electronic style since their first EP Fang Song came out in 2014.

The band’s head-turning live show has since grown to reflect both the range of Pague’s vocals and the music’s shape shifting energy.

Originally inspired by the love relationship between novelists Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf, the name “Vita and the Woolf” was chosen while Pague was studying abroad in Europe in 2012. Upon returning to the states and going through a variety of line-up changes, the band has since solidified as a collaboration between Pague and Shumski. In the past year this configuration of Vita and the Woolf has been featured on the Urban Outfitters Music Blog, NYLON Magazine, and other regional and national media outlets as the band gears up for their upcoming album release in 2017.
Stay tuned for more info about “TUNNELS”, the band’s new full length record.

Vita and the Woolf recently toured as direct support for Rasputina on a 17-date cross country tour. In addition they have performed at XPoNential Music Festival in 2015 on the same lineup as St. Vincent, My Morning Jacket, and Courtney Barnett. And have opened up for Milk & Bone, Christine Perri & Colbie Caillat, Hamilton Leithauser, and The Parlour Tricks.

Christopher Mark Jones - 'Incantations' CD Release with Special Guest Mark Williams

Christopher Mark Jones brings The Roots Ensemble (Vince Camut, guitar & pedal steel, Mark Perna, bass and Eric Kurtzrock, drums and vocals) and 13 new songs from his fourth release since 2010—Incantations—back to Club Cafe. Some early returns:

“From the simple country storytelling of “Field of Dreams” to the brooding, bluesy “Fire So Soon,” Christopher uses the palate of American roots music to weave his tales of families, lovers, workers, travel and hope.” Robin Greenstein, songwriter.

“… captivating lyrics, wide-ranging textures and exquisite instrumentation. The tracks incorporate talented accompanists that, like the mix itself, add layers and depth to the recording while still allowing Christopher's voice, lyrics and intricate guitar-playing to shine through.” Larry Berger, Saturday Light Brigade.

“Christopher’s new CD Incantations is filled with the things that make him a Pittsburgh pleasure – comfortable song settings in tight arrangements, brought to life by the Roots Ensemble (Jones and Vince Camut on guitars, pedal steel and banjo, Mark Perna on bass and Mark Weakland on drums and percussion) and several other contributors, all supporting Jones’ voice as husky and warm as carded wool.” Brian Junker, SongSpace

“Christopher Mark Jones is a bonafide storyteller in the mold of the classic folk troubadour. With Greg Brown's pacing and a Lyle Lovett attitude Jones revels in catchy choruses and solid song structure. Case in point is "Lordstown," which deftly follows a rustbelt family through several generations ending in job losses, college debt, and economic insecurity. With "Incantations" Jones lays out a west coast funk inspired groove to underscore a pointed, dark, and self deprecating autobiography of his genealogical and spiritual coming of age as a white male folksinger. With lines such as, "My mother kept her Christmas cards and the titles to our slaves, wrote Pentecostal histories in which we all were saved," Jones both indicts his privilege and bears it like a curse which has him singing "these incantations, revelations to no one," where his "only hope of happiness is to step right off this earth." There is a hopeful romantic streak on this album as well, highlighted by the tender "Field of Dreams." You'd need to have a heart as cold as a January night on Lake Erie to not feel the warmth of these two lovers.” Ben Shannon, songwriter.

Pittsburgh singer-songwriter Mark Williams will bring his passion and rhythm for an opening set.

Christopher Mark Jones brings The Roots Ensemble (Vince Camut, guitar & pedal steel, Mark Perna, bass and Eric Kurtzrock, drums and vocals) and 13 new songs from his fourth release since 2010—Incantations—back to Club Cafe. Some early returns:

“From the simple country storytelling of “Field of Dreams” to the brooding, bluesy “Fire So Soon,” Christopher uses the palate of American roots music to weave his tales of families, lovers, workers, travel and hope.” Robin Greenstein, songwriter.

“… captivating lyrics, wide-ranging textures and exquisite instrumentation. The tracks incorporate talented accompanists that, like the mix itself, add layers and depth to the recording while still allowing Christopher's voice, lyrics and intricate guitar-playing to shine through.” Larry Berger, Saturday Light Brigade.

“Christopher’s new CD Incantations is filled with the things that make him a Pittsburgh pleasure – comfortable song settings in tight arrangements, brought to life by the Roots Ensemble (Jones and Vince Camut on guitars, pedal steel and banjo, Mark Perna on bass and Mark Weakland on drums and percussion) and several other contributors, all supporting Jones’ voice as husky and warm as carded wool.” Brian Junker, SongSpace

“Christopher Mark Jones is a bonafide storyteller in the mold of the classic folk troubadour. With Greg Brown's pacing and a Lyle Lovett attitude Jones revels in catchy choruses and solid song structure. Case in point is "Lordstown," which deftly follows a rustbelt family through several generations ending in job losses, college debt, and economic insecurity. With "Incantations" Jones lays out a west coast funk inspired groove to underscore a pointed, dark, and self deprecating autobiography of his genealogical and spiritual coming of age as a white male folksinger. With lines such as, "My mother kept her Christmas cards and the titles to our slaves, wrote Pentecostal histories in which we all were saved," Jones both indicts his privilege and bears it like a curse which has him singing "these incantations, revelations to no one," where his "only hope of happiness is to step right off this earth." There is a hopeful romantic streak on this album as well, highlighted by the tender "Field of Dreams." You'd need to have a heart as cold as a January night on Lake Erie to not feel the warmth of these two lovers.” Ben Shannon, songwriter.

Pittsburgh singer-songwriter Mark Williams will bring his passion and rhythm for an opening set.

(Early Show) Kinky Friedman's Resurrected Tour

KINKY FRIEDMAN: RESURRECTED
Public Demands More Of Governor Of The Heart Of Texas

Kerrville, Texas - Yep, renowned raconteur and Governor Of The Heart Of Texas Kinky Friedman has been resurrected.  And he's hitting the road to prove it.  The legendary outlaw country singer/songwriter, novelist and Texas Jewboy's latest cd, The Loneliest Man I Ever Met (Avenue A Records/Thirty Tigers), mixing originals with interpretations of the music of his greatest contemporaries, is a hit.  It has received rave reviews across the board, making it Kinky's best and most popular release ever.  Yes, the Kinkster has been resurrected.

The Resurrected Tour tour starts in mid-April and will continue to the middle of May.  Kinky will be performing with his uber sideman, Joe Cirotti.  Kinky's cd producer, Brian Molnar will be opening the show.  Kinkster's long time pal, Brian Kanof, will be auctioning off bottles (first half of the tour only) of Man In Black Tequila (which is co-owned by Brian, Kinky and a third party) to benefit Kinky's award-winning animal rescue group Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch.

Nobody could invent a character quite like Kinky Friedman, the stogie-waving, black-hat-wearing Texas Jewboy singer, storyteller, tequila purveyor, animal rescuer and full-time iconoclast.

But what he hadn't done in 39 years was write brand new songs and record a new studio album around them. Friedman's The Loneliest Man I Ever Met, has to have been one of the longest-awaited follow-ups in recent memory. Not that fans have complained; the continued popularity of tunes such as Sold American, Nashville Casualty and Life and Ride 'Em Jewboy (the Holocaust-referencing song that soothed Nelson Mandela in prison) prove Kinky is that rare talent whose work withstands the test of time. Friedman still delivers those songs - interspersed with his inimitable blend of politically incorrect quips, jokes and tales both tall and true - to appreciative audiences around the world.

And new chapters of Kinky's fable life are just around the corner - literally.  Coming soon from Backbeat Books will be Mary Lou Sullivan's comprehensive Kinky bio (holy cow: 450+ pages!) and a brand new book by Kinky about Bob Dylan, which is not so much a biography as a group of "tales from the Bob."  To top it off, Kinky has nearly a dozen more brand new tunes for a follow up cd.  There are simply more sentiments he needs to express - his own and those of what country music was all about, according to Kinky, before it came "homogenized and trivialized and sanitized."
Railing against such perceived evils - whether cultural, political, social or in any other realm of human experience - is one of Friedman's favorite pastimes, which is why he calls Warren Zevon's My Shit's Fucked Up possibly that album's most important song. The late Zevon wrote it as a commentary on his own failing health, but Friedman finds it a perfect allegory for the current state of world affairs. As a man who has traveled much of the planet, quotes Winston Churchill, and calls two presidents pals, he's in a position to know.

And on tour Kinky will be, traveling from village to village, perhaps proving the truth of resurrection itself, definitely railing against evil.  Upon his return from the road, Kinky will dive into that next cd recording project.  To be titled Zoey, it should be available in late 2017.  "Maybe I'll just have to stick with songwriting," he says, stifling a sigh.

KINKY FRIEDMAN: RESURRECTED
Public Demands More Of Governor Of The Heart Of Texas

Kerrville, Texas - Yep, renowned raconteur and Governor Of The Heart Of Texas Kinky Friedman has been resurrected.  And he's hitting the road to prove it.  The legendary outlaw country singer/songwriter, novelist and Texas Jewboy's latest cd, The Loneliest Man I Ever Met (Avenue A Records/Thirty Tigers), mixing originals with interpretations of the music of his greatest contemporaries, is a hit.  It has received rave reviews across the board, making it Kinky's best and most popular release ever.  Yes, the Kinkster has been resurrected.

The Resurrected Tour tour starts in mid-April and will continue to the middle of May.  Kinky will be performing with his uber sideman, Joe Cirotti.  Kinky's cd producer, Brian Molnar will be opening the show.  Kinkster's long time pal, Brian Kanof, will be auctioning off bottles (first half of the tour only) of Man In Black Tequila (which is co-owned by Brian, Kinky and a third party) to benefit Kinky's award-winning animal rescue group Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch.

Nobody could invent a character quite like Kinky Friedman, the stogie-waving, black-hat-wearing Texas Jewboy singer, storyteller, tequila purveyor, animal rescuer and full-time iconoclast.

But what he hadn't done in 39 years was write brand new songs and record a new studio album around them. Friedman's The Loneliest Man I Ever Met, has to have been one of the longest-awaited follow-ups in recent memory. Not that fans have complained; the continued popularity of tunes such as Sold American, Nashville Casualty and Life and Ride 'Em Jewboy (the Holocaust-referencing song that soothed Nelson Mandela in prison) prove Kinky is that rare talent whose work withstands the test of time. Friedman still delivers those songs - interspersed with his inimitable blend of politically incorrect quips, jokes and tales both tall and true - to appreciative audiences around the world.

And new chapters of Kinky's fable life are just around the corner - literally.  Coming soon from Backbeat Books will be Mary Lou Sullivan's comprehensive Kinky bio (holy cow: 450+ pages!) and a brand new book by Kinky about Bob Dylan, which is not so much a biography as a group of "tales from the Bob."  To top it off, Kinky has nearly a dozen more brand new tunes for a follow up cd.  There are simply more sentiments he needs to express - his own and those of what country music was all about, according to Kinky, before it came "homogenized and trivialized and sanitized."
Railing against such perceived evils - whether cultural, political, social or in any other realm of human experience - is one of Friedman's favorite pastimes, which is why he calls Warren Zevon's My Shit's Fucked Up possibly that album's most important song. The late Zevon wrote it as a commentary on his own failing health, but Friedman finds it a perfect allegory for the current state of world affairs. As a man who has traveled much of the planet, quotes Winston Churchill, and calls two presidents pals, he's in a position to know.

And on tour Kinky will be, traveling from village to village, perhaps proving the truth of resurrection itself, definitely railing against evil.  Upon his return from the road, Kinky will dive into that next cd recording project.  To be titled Zoey, it should be available in late 2017.  "Maybe I'll just have to stick with songwriting," he says, stifling a sigh.

(Late Show) Steeltown Horns with Special Guest Gene Stovall

"The Steeltown Horns band is Pittsburgh's premier instrumental funk band playing powerful original and classic funky instrumentals, and featuring a truly all star lineup. The eight piece band is fronted by the three man international touring horn section The Steeltown Horns: Reggie Watkins - trombone, Rick Matt - saxophone, and JD Chaisson - trumpet. The group also features many of the areas most talented musicians including iconic drummer Poogie Bell. The other members are Anton Defade - bass, Anthony Ambroso - guitar, Justin Bechak - Keys, and David Glover - percussion. The band made a big splash on the Pittsburgh scene when they formed in 2016 and played the official Feastival afterparty, several well attended shows at The Rex Theater, and finishing off the year at First Night Pittsburgh in Downtown Pittsburgh. The group has recently hit the studio and is currently producing their first studio EP."

"The Steeltown Horns band is Pittsburgh's premier instrumental funk band playing powerful original and classic funky instrumentals, and featuring a truly all star lineup. The eight piece band is fronted by the three man international touring horn section The Steeltown Horns: Reggie Watkins - trombone, Rick Matt - saxophone, and JD Chaisson - trumpet. The group also features many of the areas most talented musicians including iconic drummer Poogie Bell. The other members are Anton Defade - bass, Anthony Ambroso - guitar, Justin Bechak - Keys, and David Glover - percussion. The band made a big splash on the Pittsburgh scene when they formed in 2016 and played the official Feastival afterparty, several well attended shows at The Rex Theater, and finishing off the year at First Night Pittsburgh in Downtown Pittsburgh. The group has recently hit the studio and is currently producing their first studio EP."

Acid Mothers Temple with Special Guests BABYLON - Presented by Opus One & WPTS Radio

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
Formed in 1995 by Makoto Kawabata at the same time as the Acid Mothers Temple Soul Collective. The group released its debut album in 1997 on PSF Records (Japan), and it was selected as one of the year's best albums in the The Wire magazine (UK). In 1998 the group played their first tours of the US and Europe. Since then the group has released a huge number of albums on labels from many different countries. As of 2017, the group has released around 80 albums. Every year since 1998, they have toured extensively in the US and Europe, and more recently have started performing around Asia and in Japan too.
The group has performed in collaboration with many musicians including psychedelic originators Gong and Guru Guru, Simeon (Silver Apples), Nik Turner (Hawkwind), and the Occitanian trad sinder Rosina de Peira. Japanese collaborators have included Afrirampo, Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins), Maso Yamazaki (Masonna), Seiichi Yamamoto (Boredoms), Jun Kuriyama (The Ox), and many others.
To begin with the group had a floating line-up with contributions from many members of the AMT Soul Collective. But as tours became more frequent, the group began to coalesce around a core touring line-up. Other bands were created with Acid Mothers Temple as part of their name (AMT & The Cosmic Inferno, AMT SWR, AMT & The Space Paranoid, Acid Mothers Gong, Acid Mothers Guru Guru, etc.), but AMT & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. has continued to function as the mothership and main lineage for all our activities.
In 2016, 21 years since the group's founding, there was a major shift in the line-up and "Next Generation" was added to the name. We now view the first 20 years as chapter one in our story, and we are now turning the page to start chapter two. The current touring line-up is: Makoto Kawabata (the sole original member), Hiroshi Higashi, Mitsuko☆Tabata, Nani Satoshima, and S/T.

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
Formed in 1995 by Makoto Kawabata at the same time as the Acid Mothers Temple Soul Collective. The group released its debut album in 1997 on PSF Records (Japan), and it was selected as one of the year's best albums in the The Wire magazine (UK). In 1998 the group played their first tours of the US and Europe. Since then the group has released a huge number of albums on labels from many different countries. As of 2017, the group has released around 80 albums. Every year since 1998, they have toured extensively in the US and Europe, and more recently have started performing around Asia and in Japan too.
The group has performed in collaboration with many musicians including psychedelic originators Gong and Guru Guru, Simeon (Silver Apples), Nik Turner (Hawkwind), and the Occitanian trad sinder Rosina de Peira. Japanese collaborators have included Afrirampo, Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins), Maso Yamazaki (Masonna), Seiichi Yamamoto (Boredoms), Jun Kuriyama (The Ox), and many others.
To begin with the group had a floating line-up with contributions from many members of the AMT Soul Collective. But as tours became more frequent, the group began to coalesce around a core touring line-up. Other bands were created with Acid Mothers Temple as part of their name (AMT & The Cosmic Inferno, AMT SWR, AMT & The Space Paranoid, Acid Mothers Gong, Acid Mothers Guru Guru, etc.), but AMT & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. has continued to function as the mothership and main lineage for all our activities.
In 2016, 21 years since the group's founding, there was a major shift in the line-up and "Next Generation" was added to the name. We now view the first 20 years as chapter one in our story, and we are now turning the page to start chapter two. The current touring line-up is: Makoto Kawabata (the sole original member), Hiroshi Higashi, Mitsuko☆Tabata, Nani Satoshima, and S/T.

Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones

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.

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.

Maybird with Shana Falana and Zeve

Maybird was born in the summer of 2013 when singer/songwriter Josh Netsky performed at a small concert in the woods of upstate New York called the Stone Mill gathering. It was there that serendipity brought Netsky and his brother (drummer) Adam Netsky together with long-time guitarist Sam Snyder and new addition Kurt Johnson – and things clicked.

Mostly recorded in the basement studio at the Stone Mill, as well as various apartments in the Rochester area, their debut ‘Turning Into Water’ EP paints a picture of the sonic array that resulted from that night. The track ‘Big Sun Explosion’ was discovered by Danger Mouse and released on his label 30th Century Record’s first compilation in late 2015. The EP’s release followed shortly after. Currently, the band is recording a follow up LP and exploring some new sounds.

Maybird was born in the summer of 2013 when singer/songwriter Josh Netsky performed at a small concert in the woods of upstate New York called the Stone Mill gathering. It was there that serendipity brought Netsky and his brother (drummer) Adam Netsky together with long-time guitarist Sam Snyder and new addition Kurt Johnson – and things clicked.

Mostly recorded in the basement studio at the Stone Mill, as well as various apartments in the Rochester area, their debut ‘Turning Into Water’ EP paints a picture of the sonic array that resulted from that night. The track ‘Big Sun Explosion’ was discovered by Danger Mouse and released on his label 30th Century Record’s first compilation in late 2015. The EP’s release followed shortly after. Currently, the band is recording a follow up LP and exploring some new sounds.

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