Toubab Krewe with Special Guest ChopShop
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 8:00pm doors / 9:00pm show
Some music cannot be found on a map or within iTunes categories. Some music is so original it seems snatched from the great, invisible substrata that runs below all human activity, a sound aching to be born without a flag or fixed allegiance - free, questing, overflowing with immediate, tangible life. This is the music of Toubab Krewe, the vibrant Asheville, NC-based instrumental powerhouse that creates a sonic Pangaea that lustily swirls together rock, African traditions, jam sensibilities, international folk strains and more. While nearly impossible to put into any box, it takes only a few moments to realize in a very palpable way that one is face-to-face with a true original who recognizes no borders in a march towards a muscular, original, globally switched-on sound.
Formed in 2005, Toubab Krewe has tenaciously honed their craft through relentless touring and a fierce dedication to carving out something they can truly call their own. The fruits of this hard work can be heard on their latest release, TK2, (September 7, 2010 on Nat Geo Music). What Justin Perkins (Kora, Kamelngoni, guitar, percussion), Terrence Houston (drums), Drew Heller (guitar, piano, fiddle), David Pransky (bass, guitar), and Luke Quaranta (Djembe, Congas, percussion) have wrought on TK2 reflects the many miles and musical journeys that have transpired since their studio debut.
This is a band that actively draws inspiration from whatever source floats into their purview, something they've exhibited in their half decade of heavy gigging, including regular appearances at major U.S. festivals like Bonnaroo, High Sierra, Rothbury and Wakarusa, and abroad at such legendary gatherings as Festival In The Desert in Mali. Their globe-hopping propensity has made them an emerging headliner at their hometown's famous Orange Peel and a familiar face as similar venues throughout the country. Whether on their own or collaborating with luminaries like the Last Poets' Umar Bin Hassan or Uncle Earl's Rayna Gellert, Toubab Krewe has already earned the attention and respect of a broad musical community.
Toubab carries echoes of African greats like Ali Farka Toure, Orchestra Baobab and Salif Keita, no doubt picked up during the group's travels to study and live in Guinea, Ivory Coast and Mali. But what truly differentiates Toubab Krewe from other Statesiders inspired by African music is how they innovate on what they've learned instead of simply recreating tradition. Toubab Krewe carves out a new trail honoring the African originators they admire by making something alive and contemporary.
An Evening With Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 7:00pm doors / 8:00pm show
Following up on last year's critically hailed Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead, guitarist Charlie Hunter and drummer Scott Amendola return with PUCKER, a lean and sinewy session marked by fierce grooves, caressing melodies, and startlingly intuitive interplay. While Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead focuses on Hunter's compositions, PUCKER focuses on Amendola's compositions!
"After 20 years of constant writing I figured it was time to take a break and explore the guitar again," Hunter says. "I told Scott, if you've got enough music together we could make a record of your tunes. What I like is that it really fits right into what we've been doing all along, simple music with a lot of space. Scott's not burdened by trying to be jazzy. He's a drummer who's really listening to everything with big ears. He was already driving the bus."
"I think the duo setting works so well because we meet in the middle, and there's such a wide range of things we can call on. What I love about Scott is that I know he's not going to play the obvious things when I call on something, and I know it's going to groove.
(Early Show) The Wreckids with Special Guests Greg Dutton & Frank Spadafora
Friday, April 25, 2014 - 6:00pm doors / 7:00pm show
Join Club Cafe for an evening of live local music featuring The Wreckids and special guest TBA. Tickets $10.
(Late Show) Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers with Influx and Road Runner
Friday, April 25, 2014 - 10:00pm doors / 10:30pm show
Are frontmen made or born? The six members of Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers are in the perfect position to answer that question. Four of them have fronted other projects, but during the past few years they have united under first-time bandleader, Hertler, to create sublime folk tinged with Motown, funk, and pop. "When we met Joe," says bassist and producer of Hertler's first album, Kevin Pritchard, "He was a weird dude with sideburns hiding behind an accordion. Now he's a confident front man with a flower on his head and a mic in his hand."
The essence of Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers is the energy they bring to their live performances. "The live show is the purpose of the band. This is why we make music. Playing music is a symbiotic process, and without a crowd it is just a bunch of guys jamming," says Hertler. "We believe that performance is not a High Art operation, and that you should do anything you can to ensure that the crowd is having a good time. From pinatas to confetti, to fog, to flowers, to drum solos, to strobe lights, to Thor, to showinford battles—literally anything goes."
Their upcoming album and video release, Live at Russell, recorded and filmed at Detroit's Russell Industrial Center, is a testament not only to the band's live vibe, but also to their impeccable musicianship. Without the brief interludes, the five track album could easily be mistaken for a studio recording. The lead track, "Garden," with its simple, beautiful harmonies and its sonically dynamic nature brings to mind Mumford & Sons or The Lumineers. "Your Story" builds to the kind of sneaky hook you don't even realize you've internalized until you're singing it during a quiet moment. Hertler's passionate vocal delivery, combined with the band's judicious use of tasteful percussion and piano tempered by sweet guitar, make this song a clear hit. The Live at Russell sessions were also video recorded, providing a true look at the way Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers play together. Intimately shot and featuring candid moments in and around the worn yet charming Russell Industrial Center, the video captures both the hard work and play that makes this band what it is.
Joe Hertler started as a successful solo artist, and then formed a duo with guitarist Ryan Hoger. That duo expanded when they caught the eye of Pritchard, who asked them to do a special performance in Bigger Brush Media's Quilted Attic. Soon, drummer and life long friend of Pritchard, Rick Hale, joined the band, bringing his jazz-trained services into the mix. After the release of the first Rainbow Seekers album, On Being, which has sold an impressive 1,400 copies to date with no outside help, the band grew again. Keyboardist Micah Braken and saxaphone prodigy Aaron Stinson joined, giving the group a decidedly classic turn. Live instruments, live musicianship, and live energy became the creed of The Rainbow Seekers and led them to the live recording at The Russell.
& Ticket Giveaways
- Tue 06/03 JD McPherson (and His Band)
- Wed 06/04 Matt Munhall
- Sat 06/07 Whitney Ann Jenkins and Her Platonic Guy Friends (CD Release Show)
- Thu 06/12 Mother Falcon
- Sat 06/14 Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express
- Tue 06/17 Reuben and the Dark
- Tue 07/08 The Cordovas ft. Joe Firstman
- Thu 07/10 Caravan Of Thieves
- Tue 07/22 Matthew Sweet Rock Show
- Wed 07/23 Gas House Gorillas
- Thu 07/31 Briar Rabbit
- Fri 08/01 Girlz In Black Hatz
- Nathan Zoob
- Opus One and Shadow Lounge Presents Kwesi K
- (Early Show) Crystal Bowersox
- (Late Show) Elsinore
- AcoustiCafe Open Stage
- An Evening With Chris Pureka
- Patrick Sweany
- Open Air Stereo
- (Early Show) SOLD OUT - Gramsci Melodic
- (Late Show) The David Mayfield Parade
- (Early Show) Household Stories EP Release Show
- (Late Show) SOLD OUT - Formula412 Record Release Party
- AcoustiCafe Open Stage
- Dan Croll
- An Evening With River Bottom Quartet
- Cadaver Dogs
- No Bad Ju Ju (CD Release Party)
- (Early Show) Nathan Angelo
- (Late Show) Light Waves
- AcoustiCafe Open Stage
- Jessica Lea Mayfield
- Toubab Krewe
- An Evening With Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola
- (Early Show) The Wreckids
- (Late Show) Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers
- (Early Show) Christopher Mark Jones and the Roots Ensemble
- (Late Show) The Routines
- Bronze Radio Return
- AcoustiCafe Open Stage
- Lily & Madeleine
- Patrick Park