Aztec Two-Step – Still fillin’ the house!

Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman, with bassist Fred Holman, filled the house for Voice’s last show of the 2012-13 season on June 8.  A straw pole of the audience revealed that over half had seen the group at least twice before – one person claimed 25 times!  That’s not so hard to believe considering the duo has been at it for over 40 years.

Here are some photos from the event. Click on any thumbnail to start a slideshow:

Chet Baker would be Proud!

Double Entendre:  A Tribute to Chet Baker 

A Tribute to Chet Baker featured six of the area’s top jazz musicians performing an evening of Baker’s signature songs. including the timeless There Will Never Be Another You and his famous Let’s Get Lost.

 

Chris Brown played trumpet and flugelhorn, Kim Oler was on vocals (and piano as the mood struck).  Nick Bariluk did the heavy lifting on piano with Bob Leonard on drums, David Snyder on bass, and David Hirschman on guitar.

Here are a few photos from the show – just click on any one for a slideshow:

Photos by Tom Hearne

Martha Redbone and William Blake Center Stage

Even after all the accolades, the articles, the Grammy nominations, etc, who knew what to Martha Redbone at Voices Cafeexpect when Martha Redbone and her band took the stage?  Did they expect the humility? the warmth? the presence? the energy with which the poetry of William Blake is translated into the melodies and heart-arches of our times and all times?

The answer:  no one knew exactly what to expect – and everyone was blown away!

 

 

 

 

In our first concert of 2013, Voices Cafe was proud host to Martha and her band on Saturday, January 12th.

Take this opportunity to share your stories from that night by commenting below.

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About MarthaRedbone…

VILLAGE VOICE

“Poised to be Americana’s next superstar”

TIME OUT NEW YORK
“Martha Redbone is a charismatic indie-soul diva whose sound is a just-right mix of retro and modern”

TIM JOHNSON, Director of the Smithsonian Institute; National Museum of the American Indian
“Martha Redbone’s journey back to the source of American music — and to her ownheritage — has conjured up an artistic triumph. The Garden Of Love poignantly reveals a musician at the top of her game, vocally, intellectually, and spiritually. One not only hears the voice of the Bard, in this case William Blake’s legendary prose arranged and phrased brilliantly, but also the very origins of American music arising from the blend of American Indian, African American, and English folk music traditions. It’s the dawn of a new day for this fascinating artist, and we’re all the beneficiaries of her confident, and yet sensitive, quest.”

…and, THE NEW YORKER

In a brilliant collision of cultures, the powerful blues and soul singer Martha Redbone has recorded an album called “The Garden of Love: Songs of William Blake,” which was produced by John McEuen, of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. In it, the mystical, humanistic words of the eighteenth-century English poet are fused with the melodies, drones, and rhythms of the Appalachian string-band music that Redbone absorbed as a child from her grandparents, in Black Mountain, Kentucky.” 

Martha Redbone is also a leader and activist.   Here is some addtional material from her website:

“Alongside her career as a recording artist and songwriter Martha Redbone has maintained a steady involvement with causes she believes in utilizing her celebrity in Indian Country for fundraising and leadership.

Ms. Redbone holds an annual Traditional Music Workshop within the United Houma Nation’s Cultural Enrichment Summer Camp program teaching grade school age children the music from her Choctaw and Cherokee heritage as well as incorporating the tribe’s own Houma-French language.

Martha has given talks on subjects ranging from Indigenous rights to the role of arts in politics at many institutions including New York University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and on Native Identity during the Native Theater Festival at the Public Theater in NYC. Her album “Skintalk” is part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian as an example of contemporary Native American music. She is featured in NMAI’s current exhibit “Up Where We Belong- Native Americans in Popular Culture”.”

The Kennedys bring Handel, Pachelbel, Griffith and their own unique sound to Voices

There is something magical about this husband and wife duo…the chemistry is palpable as they wind their way through styles from folk to blues to rock to classical (not classic rock, classical, as in Handel).  The combination of Maura’s voice and Pete’s virtuosity on both guitar and ukulele(!) was mesmerizing.

 

 

 

 

The Kennedys are an American folk-rock band, consisting of husband and wife Pete and Maura Kennedy. Their first album, River of Fallen Stars, was released under the name “Pete and Maura Kennedy”; they released all subsequent albums as “The Kennedys”. They met in Austin, Texas in 1992, when Pete Kennedy was playing in Nanci Griffith’s band, and for their first date, each drove 500 miles to meet at Buddy Holly’s grave in Lubbock, Texas. Soon, Maura Boudreau joined Griffith’s band as a harmony singer, and they began their career as a duo when they opened for her during her tour in Ireland. They are influenced by the Byrds and other 1960s rock and folk-rock artists. Their 1998 album Angel Fire featured many songs with literary references, such as “A Letter To Emily” and “Just Like Henry David”.

When performing live Pete plays the acoustic guitar, electric sitar, bass and ukulele, while Maura plays acoustic and electric guitars and uke.

They have performed in clubs and theatres throughout the United States, a cruise, and at Bill Clinton’s first and second inaugurations – and at Voices Cafe in Westport CT!

Here are some photos from the event – click on any photo to start a slideshow: