The Southern Soul Assembly Tour featuring JJ Grey (of JJ Grey & Mofro), Marc Broussard, Anders Osborne, and Luther Dickinson (of North Mississippi Allstars) debut run is hitting 16 U.S. markets in March and April 2014, this artist-in-the-round performance series features JJ Grey, Marc Broussard, Anders Osborne, and Luther Dickinson. These four talented singer/songwriters take the stage for an amazing night of songs and stories. The Southern Soul Assembly Tour promises a passionate, authentic, and deeply soulful homage to the rich Southern musical spirit.
March 19 – Taft Theatre – Cincinnati, OH
March 20 – War Memorial – Nashville, TN
March 21 – Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
March 22 – Savannah Music Festival – Savannah, GA
March 23 – Suwannee Springfest – Live Oak, FL
April 1 – Saenger Theatre – Mobile, AL
April 2 – WorkPlay Theatre – Birmingham, AL
April 3 – Riley Performing Arts Center – Meridian, MS
April 4 – Manship Theatre – Baton Rouge, LA
April 5 – T-Bois Blues Festival – Larose, LA
April 7 – Texas Union Ballroom – Austin, TX
April 8 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
April 9 – Norwalk Concert Hall – Norwalk, CT
April 10 – Grand Opera House – Wilmington, DE
April 11 – Carnegie Hall – Lewisburg, WV
April 12 – The Howard Theatre – Washington, DC
Additional dates (lets hope for West Coast!) to be announced!
Kill Rock Star stalwarts Quasi just released their double album ‘Mole City’ on October 1st and have just announced a national tour in the fall. Now in their 20th year as a band, members Janet Weiss and Sam Coomes have moonlighted for Sleater Kinney, Elliott Smith, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks and Built to Spill.
Quasi are a genre of their own and ‘Mole City’ (their 9th album) perfects the Quasi formula of Coomes subversive guitar pop and Weiss’ virtuosic drumming. You can watch the video for ‘See You On Mars’ on Pitchfork. You can catch Quasi this Saturday, November 23rd when they play the Doug Fir Lounge.
BIO: Mole City is not in the tradition or deviating from the tradition – it is the tradition. After 2 decades of launching drums, guitars and pianos through the shifting interzones between harmony and chaos (moonlighting along the way with the likes of Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag, Elliott Smith, Built to Spill and a long list of others), Quasi are a genre of their own – they write songs in the style of Quasi, and Mole City is the Quasi Song Book: Parlor Sing-alongs for the Last Century.
Now in their 20th year as a band, and a two-piece once again, Sam Coomes and Janet Weis hand-deliver the double album/Liberation Cookbook/Encyclopedia of Kicking Ass, Mole City, to those of us who still care about well-built, homemade objects crafted with integrity, spirit, fire, and skill. In other words, those of us who don’t fit into a world where the empty noise of crass capitalism, slick branding, and high profile hot pants have drowned out nearly all other concerns. Mole City, their ninth album, is a set of anthems for the refuseniks, Molotov tossers, pacifist soldiers and bug-eyed freaks, and Quasi is the band playing as the Titanic of what was once Independent Music goes down.
Quasi would actually fit in just fine if every other band had such technical control and ability that they could express each passing thought and literally converse through their instruments, could write meaningful, memorable songs, could sing with heart and humanity, could maintain a musical relationship for nearly a quarter century, could disregard the consumer-tested research and American Idolatry, and was brave enough to strip back their production budget and advance to zero, ditch the engineers, producers and side players, and head underground into their basement alone to record and mix over an hour of new music from scratch.
And Mole City would sound like everything else out there if all the other records peeled off their absurd costume jewelry and piped pleather jumpsuits, climbed into the sweat-lodge, confessed their sins of avarice and pride, renounced all earthly possessions and ties, then kicked out the fucking jams. This is the music at an agnostic afterlife juke joint where lysergic teardrops are cried into sweating mugs of high octane hellfire, the bartender can see clear through to your every thought, fear and desire, the upright player’s head is locked into a guillotine, and the guys next to you are whispering conspiratorially about how to fix their time machine. Shakin’ blues, precision freak-outs, air-guitar-worthy riffs, heavy round droplets of time, fuzz everything, wah wahs, ya yas, ooh ahs, grunts, shuffle struts and chiming minor seventh chords – this is rock n roll.
Praise For Quasi:
“Quasi’s songs teeter between optimism and despair, fantastical journeys and harsh realism; this is a pop band for people who like their pop throttled” — NPR
“Weiss is a remarkable, unpredictable drummer, and the pair play perfectly together, having reached the point at which improvisation becomes the result of an intuitive locking of creative minds.” –Pitchfork
“Quasi career emotively between Hammond wig-outs, naked piano chords and subversive guitar pop ditties, buoyed by the vicious drumming of Weis” – NME
“Janet Weiss is arguably the world’s greatest drummer” – Stereogum
“Coomes has his own way of sculpting a quirky pop song that makes one ask themselves if they’ve ever seen Michael Stipe and Jeff Mangum in the same room at the same time, pulling Athens, Georgia’s mainstream and cult-stream songwriting gods into the dreary Northwestern drizzle dregs.” –Daytrotter
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2013 @ Doug Fir
A special 20th anniversary celebrating PDX’s favorite rockers
QUASI – 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
This event is 21 and over
$15.00 – $17.00
The great storyteller and musician Todd Snider and Street Roots have put together an all-star lineup.
Come enjoy an intimate night with musicians and friends and support grassroots media and people experiencing homelessness.
We’re proud to announce that the great Todd Snider and an all-star lineup musicians, including Kevn Kinney (Drivn’ N’ Cryin’), Scott McCaughy (R.E.M., The Minus 5), Ashleigh Flynn and Chris Funk (The Decemberists), Houndstooth, Sue Zalokar (Street Roots music reporter) and the one and only Artis the Spoonman, will be playing a benefit show to support Street Roots.
When: Thursday, November 21, Door open, 7 p.m., Shows starts, 8:00 p.m.
Where: Alberta Rose Theater, 3000 NE Alberta, Portland, OR. 97211
Be there! 100 percent of the proceeds will go to benefit Street Roots.
Alejandro Escovedo is a texas legend and one of Austin’s finest! We are extremely lucky to have him return to the Doug Fir for a show this week.
BIO: There are songwriters who sing their songs, and then there are songs who sing their writers.
Alejandro Escovedo is one with his muse and his music. Over a lifetime spent traversing the bridge between words and melody, he has ranged over an emotional depth that embraces all forms of genre and presentation, a resolute voice that weathers the emotional terrain of our lives, its celebrations and despairs, landmines and blindsides and upheavals and beckoning distractions, in search for ultimate release and the healing truth of honesty. Sometimes it takes the form of barely contained rage, the rock of punk amid kneeled feedback; sometimes it caresses and soothes, a whispery harmony riding the air of a nightclub room, removed from amplification, within the audience.
His rise has been gradual, a steady incline rather than a quick ascendance, but it has deepened and burnished his music, made it closer to the bone, where it begins to break, deepening his insight and his ability to find that insight in performance. His tireless touring, and dogged determination to place one album after another, has taken him through many musical scenes, remaining the same persona within each, of an artist who doesn’t settle for the easy way out.
“You just do your good work, and people care,” Alejandro says over the phone beginning a promotional tour for his latest work, Street Songs of Love, his tenth solo album. “I always believed, when I was a kid, that if you just worked hard, you would find fulfillment. I think I got a lot of that from my father, and my brothers. A working musician is all I ever wanted to be. Hard work, to stay true to what you want to do, and then eventually someone would notice for that very reason.”
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013 @ Doug Fir Lounge
Legendary Texas Alt-country from celebrated singer/songwriter – Early Show
ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO & THE SENSITIVE BOYS
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
This event is 21 and over
Mick Turner of Dirty Three fame is coming up from down under for a very special US solo tour starting in November to promote his upcoming new album, Don’t Tell The Driver! Grab a sneak peek at a track from the record here!
Finally! After 15 years, Big Mick Turner has turned in the big rock record we always knew he had in him! Yeah, Don’t Tell the Driver is a different kind of record from all the Mick Turner records — not just his own, but the ones he’s done with Dirty Three, Bonny Billy, Cat Power, Fungus Brains and Venom P. Stinger put together.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2013
Bill Callahan w/ Mick Turner (Dirty Three)
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm Aladdi
Minors -21 permitted w/parent or legal guardian
Upcoming Mick Turner tour dates:
Fri. 11/8/13 @ Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY
Tue. 11/12/13 @ Rhythm Room – Phoenix, AZ*
Wed. 11/13/13 @ Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace – Pioneertown, CA*
Thu. 11/14/13 @ Japan American Theatre – Los Angeles, CA*
Fri. 11/15/13 @ Soho Restaurant & Music Club – Santa Barbara, CA*
Sat. 11/16/13 @ Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA*
Sun. 11/17/13 @ The Chapel – San Francisco, CA*
Tue. 11/19/13 @ Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR*
Wed. 11/20/13 @ Neumo’s – Seattle, WA*
Thu. 11/21/13 @ Beachland Ballrom – Cleveland, OH^
Fri. 11/22/13 @ Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL^
Sat. 11/23/13 @ The Loving Touch – Ferndale, MI^
* w/ Bill Callahan
^ w/ Mono
Skerik’s Bandalabra will play three shows with Mike Dillon Band/Yojimbo trombonist Carly Meyers in the Pacific Northwest next month. The band—which features Skerik, D’Vonne Lewis, Evan Flory-Barnes and Andy Coe—will get started at The Tractor in Seattle on November 21 before hitting The Olympia Ballroom in Olympia, WA on November 22 and The Goodfoot Lounge in Portland, OR on November 23.
Hammond organist Joe Doria brings together some of the best of the NW music scene to create a powerful and jaw-dropping funk and jazz sound like you’ve never heard. A mix of stellar musicianship, seasoned songwriting and deep groove where no musical stone gets unturned. McTuff is a movin’ and groovin’ adventure that you will not soon forget, featuring the impeccable Andy Coe on guitar and the incredible Tarik Abouzied on drums.
McTuff has performed at festivals and venues all over the US from Bumbershoot to the New Orleans Jazz Fest. The band originally featured saxophone great Skerik, who still makes frequent appearances with McTuff, and its current members have performed with an impressive list of world-renowned artists including Carlos Santana, Stanton Moore, Ravi Coltrane, Bobby Previte, Michael Shrieve, Mike Stern, and many others.