Thursday, February 11
STEPHANE WREMBEL – Gypsy Jazz Guitar Virtuoso
7:00 Doors, 7:30 Show
Club Congress @ Hotel Congress
Tickets HERE, $20adv, $23 day of
He has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. Woody Allen recruited him to score the theme for the 2012 film Midnight in Paris, and he performed the irresistibly catchy original song live during the 2012 Academy Awards. He has headlined at Lincoln Center, played major festivals, recorded with mandolin legend David Grisman, toured with master violinist Mark O’Connor and shared stages with everyone from Elvis Costello to Patti Smith to The Roots. The Gitane guitar company has even named a model after him. To say that Stephane Wrembel—who learned his craft among the Gypsies at campsites in the French countryside—has already had a remarkable career would be an understatement. But this virtuoso guitarist from France has truly just begun to make his mark as one of the most original guitar voices in contemporary music.
Wrembel has dazzled audiences at such major gatherings as the High Sierra Music Festival, the Berkshire Mountain Festival, Whistler International Music Festival and many others, as well as at Lincoln Center. He also created his own event, the annual Django A Go-Go Festival, where he and others influenced by Reinhardt celebrate the Sinti guitar style.
Vintage Guitar magazine has praised his playing as “pure dazzle and dash, a stunning storm of notes that blankets the melody in a rain of arpeggiated notes.” Time Out New York wrote that the latter “shows off Wrembel’s limber chops in a variety of settings, including ebullient French Gypsy swing, moody ballads, sultry raga-influenced numbers and a lithe cover of Mongo Santamaria’s ‘Afro Blue.’
Saturday, February 13
DEDE WYLAND & The McLaughlin Brothers, Peter & David McLaughlin
featuring members from The Sonoran Dogs
7:00 Doors, 7:30 Show
Club Congress @ Hotel Congress
Tickets HERE Tickets $16 adv, $20 day of show
Also: Dark Star Leather– 2940 N. Swan @ Ft Lowell; Tel: 520-881-4700
Antigone Books- 411 N. 4th: Tel: 520-792-3715
Award-winning singer and guitarist Dede Wyland honed her bluegrass skills early in life playing throughout the Midwest and Central states with the Milwaukee-based band ’Grass, Food & Lodging’. She later moved to New York where she became a founding member of ‘Tony Trischka and Skyline’. She toured internationally with Skyline for over a decade; her clear, powerful voice made her a perennial nominee in the annual awards poll of the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA).
As one of the few women at the time who was performing in a high-profile touring bluegrass band, Dede remains a role model and an artistic influence for a generation of female bluegrass musicians who would shape the music in the years to come.
Dede continues performing and also concentrates on her work as a vocal coach. Dede’s singing has won her a shelf full of “Wammie” awards from the Washington Area Music Association. Her first full-length solo recording, “Keep the Light On” (Patuxent Music 189) was released in 2009, and her career is the subject of its own chapter in Murphy Hicks Henry’s 2013 book “Pretty Good for a Girl: Women in Bluegrass” (University of Illinois Press).
|Featured in her band will be the McLaughlin Brothers, Peter and David McLaughlin, along with members of The Sonoran Dogs. Peter’s “Bluegrass Festival” band includes Mark Miracle-mandolin/vocals, Rockygrass Banjo Champion Tyler James (Walls), Brian Davies on upright bass/vocals, and Nick Coventry on fiddle/vocals).|
Peter McLaughlin is a former Winfield National Flatpicking Champion, singer and songwriter. Pete’s brother David, from Winchester, VA, is a superb mandolin player, singer, and music producer. David was a member of the Johnson Mountain Boys, and performed on Dede’s last CD.
Friday, February 26
7:00 Doors, 7:30 Show Club Congress @ Hotel Congress
2013 Winners- Telluride and Rockygrass band contest
Laura and the Killed Men open the show
Tickets $5 at the door.
Don’t ask Front Country what kind of music they play. Just listen.
What started as a group of friends playing bluegrass in San Francisco’s Mission District has morphed into a touring powerhouse of song and sound, transcending their humble stringband roots. Front Country’s dynamic instrumental textures take flight with grace and gravitas while rooted in the relentlessly soulful vocals of lead singer-songwriter Melody Walker. Along with mandolinist Adam Roszkiewicz, guitarist Jacob Groopman, violinist Leif Karlstrom and bassist Jeremy Darrow, this quintet has been called “passionately intoxicating” and “orchestral” and Melody’s bluesy vocals have been described as “rafter-shaking”. Seldom traditional, always original, Front Country’s going to be around a long, long time.
Laura & the Killed Men open the show
Laura and the Killed Men steep their songs in the lore of the American West, refracting its triumphs and tragedies through an intimate lens. Laura Kepner-Adney, the lead singer and guitarist in the Tucson-based band, shades her spellbinding voice with echoes of country and Appalachia. Her expansive songwriting style, honed from seven years in the critically acclaimed ensemble Silver Thread Trio, highlights her connection to Arizona’s unforgiving environment.