• Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 08:00 PM

    The Bills 2016

    The_Bills_photo_web_sized.jpgBuy Tickets The Bills are an extraordinary quintet from the west coast of Canada, renowned for their instrumental virtuosity, lush vocal arrangements, exuberant live performances, evocative songwriting and refreshingly innovative interpretations of traditional tunes from around the globe. They have racked up a string of Canadian music awards and a devoted fan following that extends across North America and Europe. The show marks the release of their brand new album 'Trail of Tales'

    The band features an all-star line-up of talent that includes Chris Frye (guitar, lead vocals), Marc Atkinson (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Adrian Dolan (fiddle, accordion, piano, vocals), Richard Moody (violin, viola, vocals) and Scott White (upright bass). Drawing musical inspiration from a broad range of North American traditions, a melange of European stylings, rhythms of Latin America, and melodies of the wandering Romany peoples, The Bills have forged a musical style all their own that transcends musical boundaries and defies simple categorization. With three main writers in the band, The Bills have developed a glorious and growing repertoire of songs that speak of their own part of the world.

    Whether entertaining an intimate theatre audience or a festival crowd of 10,000, these five gifted multi-instrumentalists are masters at bridging the gulf between stage and audience to create a completely unique and exciting musical experience.

    The Bills long-awaited new album will featuring almost all originals, the album is a vibrant collection of instrumentals and songs that perfectly showcase why The Bills are known the world over as one of the most boldly innovative roots bands, always remaining true to the global acoustic traditions they revere.

    Tickets $15 general and $13 students and members. Available at Wildberries Marketplace, online or reserve at 822-1575.

  • Wednesday, July 06, 2016 at 08:00 PM

    Miscreants

    Miscreants.jpg Tickets  Long time musical cohorts Trevor Dunn, Ben Goldberg, and Scott Amendola hit the road for a short west coast venture. They've been playing music together prior to the term email, which actually now even seems to be ancient. Drawing from original music of all 3, and various songs by others (Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Ornette Coleman,
    Diamonda, Galas, Black Sabbath, Wayne Shorter, The Beach Boys, and others) improvisation will lead the way when dismantling music.

    Trevor Dunn-Acoustic Bass  
    Trevor hails from Eureka, California. At an early age Mr. Dunn found himself playing clarinet. Thank the lord he found the bass. Once he realized there was no clarinet player in Kiss, he permanently relocated his musical endeavors to the bass guitar, which eventually lead to the stand-up bass. He leads various bands: from the effervescent Trio Convulsant, to the angularpop/rock of Madlove. He's a co-founding member of the confounding Mr. Bungle, and has been seen many times around the globe with the various ensembles of Mr. John Zorn. Trevor has also been caught bowling with The Melvins.

    Ben Goldberg-Clarinet   
    Ben was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He never liked Kiss so out of the gate he jetted towards the clarinet. At an early age he studied with Italian American Rosario Mazzeo. A good move, (according to other Italian Americans). Ben has been a prolific bandleader for decades. He formed the adventurous  New Klezmer Trio in the 90s, and has worked with the likes of John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Nels Cline, and many others. Ben is a very prolific composer. He released Orphic Machine in 2015, comprising of deep compositions, and poetry with a large ensemble.

    Scott Amendola-Drums   
    Scott was born in Englewood, New Jersey. Studied at Berklee college of music, and lives in the bay area. He composed a symphony called Fade To Orange which features Mr. Dunn, and guitarist Nels Cline (with whom hes played music with since the mid 90s, and is a member of The Nels Cline Singers along with Trevor. Plays with Charlie Hunter (since 93), likes fresh mangoes, and really likes playing with Ben and Trevor.

    For more information on Ben, Trevor, and Scott please visit:
    www.scottamendola.com
    www.bengoldberg.net
    http://trevordunn.net

  • Friday, August 19, 2016 at 08:00 PM

    De Temps Antan

    de_temps_antan_web_photo-couleurs.jpgIt takes a special blend of musical flair to create memorable songs of yesteryear. Songs with a hint of contemporary—dosed with uncontrolled laughter, deep-rooted couplets and sudden, impromptu shifts—that speak to familiar rhythms of the past. Welcome to the original musical stylings of De Temps Antan. 

    Since 2003, Éric Beaudry, André Brunet and Pierre-Luc Dupuis have been exploring and performing time-honoured melodies from the stomping grounds of Quebec’s musical past. Using fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki and a number of other instruments, our three virtuosos blend boundless energy with the unmistakable joie de vivre found only in traditional Quebec music. In fact, the only thing missing from this magnificent musical blend is you! So come enjoy an evening unlike any other with De Temps Antan.

    Tickets $20 general & $18 students and members ($22 day of show). Available at Wildberries Marketplace, arcataplayhouse.org or reserve at 707-822-1575.

    Éric Beaudry was first exposed to traditional Quebec music in Saint-Côme, a village in Quebec’s Lanaudière region. Raised by a family entrenched in music, he began singing and playing guitar at the age of 10. In 1992, he unleashed his musical ambitions on local audiences by founding La Galvaude, followed-up later by Ni Sarpe Ni Branche and Norouet. Éric’s passion for music also helped foster an interest in song, which led to several awards including a 2002 Prix Mnémo for his role in producing the album Musique gaspésienne, featuring violinist Édouard Richard. In 2003, hot on the heels of this success, Éric became a member of La Bottine Souriante. Éric’s love of music also spurred a passion for enlightening others and, following the completion of a Bachelor of Arts in pop guitar and jazz, Éric began teaching traditional music at Joliette’s CEGEP régional de Lanaudière in 2002. Wherever he performs, Éric’s rich vocal range and unquestionable talent on stringed instruments—guitar, mandolin and bouzouki—guarantee a rousing performance for all.

    André Brunet borned and grew up in Lacolle, in Quebec’s Montérégie region and was first drawn to music at a very young age. It was his parents who first noticed his keen interest in music and encouraged him to follow his passion. André’s first love was for the violin and, at the age of nine, he began taking lessons. Along with his brother Réjean, he created Les Frères Brunet and went on to record several albums and perform at various concerts around the world.

    In 1997, André’s unwavering energy and refined style earned him a spot with La Bottine Souriante, with whom he toured more than 15 countries over the course of 10 years. Although his journey with La Bottine Souriante came to an end in 2006, André remained immersed in traditional music, and he is currently playing with Pierre-Luc Dupuis and Éric Beaudry in the group De Temps Antan.

    At the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Competition in August 2008—an event showcasing more than twenty violinists from across Canada— André took home top honours as “Canadian Grand Master”. It was the first time a Quebecois had won the prestigious award since the competition’s inception in 1990. In september 2009, André has won the first place in one of the top competition in Ontario: Annual Pembrooke Old Time Fiddling and Step Dancing Championships; which make him again the first Quebec fiddler to get the honours at this competition since its beginning in 1975.

    Also, Andre has participated in the Opening Ceremony of the XXIe Olympic Winter Games 2010 Vancouver British Columbia in Canada.

    Sometimes in duo with his brother Réjean Brunet (Vent du Nord), Éric Beaudry (La Bottine Souriante), Martine Billette or with the trio De Temps Antan with his former colleagues from La Bottine: Pierre-Luc Dupuis and Éric Beaudry, or even with the group Celtic Fiddle Festival alongside the great fiddler Kevin Burke (Ireland), Christian Lemaître (Brittany), André feels right at home on any stage. Today his passion for traditional Quebec music continues to pave the way for dance and swing enthusiasts the world over—a true journey of musical discovery.

    Pierre-Luc Dupuis was born in Louiseville, in Quebec’s Mauricie region, and hails from a lineage where traditional music was always at the forefront of daily life. Although he began singing with his family at a very young age, Pierre-Luc was somewhat of a late musical bloomer, taking up the accordion at 18! But what he lacked in experience he made up for in determination. At 19, he founded Les Langues Fourchures, with whom he recorded his first album in 2001. For the next 4 years, he helped the band pay its dues and make its mark throughout Quebec and, in 2003, he joined La Bottine Souriante, one of the province’s best-known music groups. Since then, he’s wowed audiences from Dublin to Porto and Budapest to Melbourne with his unique humour and warmhearted charisma. Since ending his journey with La Bottine Souriante in 2008, Pierre-Luc has devoted himself to his true love—De Temps Antan.

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