State Champ (solo) | Piranha Rama
Thursday, June 14, 2018
7:30 PM 10:30 PM
Spend some time in Louisville, Kentucky and you will find it is one of the most unassumingly strange places in America. The ratio of grown folks to millennials in attendance at any rock gig seems roughly 3:1. Such events take place in places like caves and chicken coops, among other nontraditional venues. Hip, transgressive people don't seem to outgrow hip, transgressive things here; no one seems very eager to settle for a life less weird.
Singer and head honcho Ryan Davis is a sharp, astute lyricist, the kind of songwriter who probably gets tired of people asking him why he doesn't try his hand at short story writing. Indeed, Fantasy Error's depictions of postmasters and county coroners, Dickensian drinkers and "teardrop pushers" are as vivid as they are familiar, sung with the conviction of a Drag City-damaged Chris Knight.
~ James Toth
Large Unit | CGI Jesus
Doors 730pm | Show 8pm | $15 | Full Bar
Large Unit is the 13-piece group led by Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love. Since the band’s incarnation in 2013 it has grown to be Nilssen- Love main venture.
There is also distinction between what parts of the music is improvised and what is composed. Neither is it a 50/50 mix. Often the two are intertwined by carefully constructed systems by Nilssen-Love that brings out both the spontaneity of improvisation and the tightness of a band that knows where it’s going. Add the various changes in line-up, a Large Unit gig is something you don’t want to miss, because the next time you catch it won’t be the same band or music.
Large Unit has in its first five years toured Europe, North America, Brazil, Ethiopia and Japan. Now in June the band will embark on a full tour of the USA, to be followed by summer festival shows at Roskilde (Denmark), Moldejazz (Norway, where they played their rst gig) and Alarm (Germany). Later there are plans for Canada, Mexico, and more European gigs.
Extended Trio | TBA
Saturday, June 23, 2018
7:30 PM 10:30 PM
What makes EXTENDED so exciting to the jazz community in New Orleans grows out of the way, together, they create, each with an awareness of each other, including plenty of space for improvisation and interpretation. EXTENDED is Brad Webb on drums, Matt Booth on bass, and Oscar Rossignoli on piano. All of them compose for the group, and with the particular musical personalities of the group foremost in mind — an approach that has thrilled locals and will likely soon reach audiences both nationally and internationally.
Their debut LP from the spring of 2017, released on Breakfast-4-Dinner records, has received praise for its distinctive compositions and dynamic group interplay. As stated by Geraldine Wycliffe from Offbeat Magazine, "these three musicians sound as if they were destined to play with each other. Their interactions, improvisations and the seamless way their compositions flow from cut to cut feel instinctive. Extended exemplifies creativity." Anthony Dean-Harris of NextBop writes, "it's not an overcomplicated album because it's composed together as a group with a harmonious sense to it. It's nice having a piano trio album of original compositions from young pros who are of their time who found a configuration that fits."
Following the album's release, Extended has toured within the country and continues to play shows that leave audiences invigorated and fulfilled. As the whole world knows, the city of New Orleans knows no shortage of the highest caliber of players in the world, but in the last year locals have been thrilled to see the development of a new collective - EXTENDED - that has quickly come to find a place among our brightest stars.