?Nominated for two 2017 Grammy Awards: Best Folk Album (Upland Stories) and Best American Roots Song ("Alabama at Night") Named in 2016 "Best-of-the-Year" lists by Rolling Stone, NPR Music, NPR Fresh Air, The Guardian, Salon, Chicago Tribune, and more "Capable of telling haunting stories that reach into old weird Americana with a sense of life live simply yet richly." ??? Austin Chronicle "His picking and playing find a natural setting in which to inhabit the minds and stories of characters far more likely to be found in the Appalachian foothills than the concrete jungle of his home city, Chicago." ??? SPIN "One of the most observant and wry songwriters of the past two decades." ??? Rolling Stone In 1993, a songwriter banging around the Chicago club scene with a twangy voice and dangerous sense of humor caught our attention. We started making records with him, and as part of the first-generation Bloodshot roster, Robbie Fulks helped us define ???Alternative Country.??? In 2013, after two decades of playing music everywhere from the taverns of southern Illinois to the honky-tonks of northern Norway, from Austin City Limits???s soundstage to the historic Grand Ole Opry, he reunited with us for the highly acclaimed Gone Away Backward. Upland Stories continues and ??? with sprinklings of pedal steel, drums, electric guitar, and keyboards ??? expands the sound of that acoustic set. Fulks???s richly emotional storytelling is illuminated by his instrumental prowess and emotional voice. At 53, he is philosophically reflective, writing ???with clear eyes and a full heart??? (Ken Tucker, NPR). Don???t get us wrong, his wit is still as quick as his picking; but it???s reflected through the lens of fatherhood, marriage, middle age, and the literary voices he is drawn to and draws from: Flannery O???Connor, Anton Chekhov, Mary Lavin, Frank O???Connor, Javier Marias, James Agee. Three new songs??????Alabama at Night,??? ???America Is A Hard Religion,??? and ???A Miracle??? ??? are meditations inspired by Agee???s 1936 trip to Alabama, the sojourn that fueled his furious polemic on American poverty, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Coming of age in the 1960s and 1970s in Virginia and North Carolina, at the edge of the broad ???upland??? region referenced in the record???s title, also provided depth and detail for Fulks???s songs about the mysteries of memory, the vanishing of cherished things, and the struggles of everyday life. Robbie tries to make songs that offer more than verse-chorus-hook: songs that have space, calmness, unresolved tensions, and the hallmarks of lived experience. This sort of complexity is displayed in ???Fare Thee Well, Carolina Gals,??? an intimate folk song from the perspective of a man who has let life???s possibilities pass him by, and in ???Never Come Home,??? in which a sick man returns to spend his last days among an unwelcoming clan of pious, hard-bitten East Tennesseans. Accompanying him is an incredible cast. Todd Phillips emerged in the 1970s as bassist in David Grisman???s and Tony Rice???s classic lineups. Frequent Bill Frisell collaborator Jenny Scheinman played violin, as did Shad Cobb (Osborne Brothers, Steve Earle, Willie Nelson). The two Chicagoans on the record are Flatlanders guitarist Robbie Gjersoe and trad-jazz drummer Alex Hall. The multi-faceted utility string wizard Fats Kaplin (Jack White) and legendary avant-gardist Wayne Horvitz (Naked City, Paul Taylor, Zony Mash) complete the extraordinary ensemble. Steve Albini, who began working with Robbie on Halloween night 1986, recorded the group???s live singing and playing on old German mics using a non-automated Neotek board, creating, as he always does, a provocatively unvarnished and analogically resonant stereo image. Twenty years ago, Robbie???s exuberance for old-school country made a lot of noise. Today, his storytelling through folk and bluegrass music on Upland Stories delivers the quieter, sometimes unsettling truths of humanity. ???Some people get where they hope to in this world. Most of us don???t.??? ??? James Agee?
"Sunset Jazz at Newport": Top Artists Amid Stunning Ocean ViewsFor the eighth year in a row, you can groove to straight-ahead jazz with a laid-back vibe on Wednesday nights throughout the summer. The Rose Garden and Seaview Terrace at Orange County's Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa provide the perfect outdoor oceanside backdrops for this collection of top artists, who'll all be playing two one-hour sets, separated by a half-hour intermission. Among the artists this year are the Ken Peplowski Quartet with Sue Raney, Carl Saunders Sextet, The Jazz Cruise All-Stars with Jeff Hamilton, Byron Stripling-Bobby Floyd Quartet, Barbara Morrison and the 17 piece Tom Kubis Big Band.
The Emmy Award Winning World Music and Dance Spectacular! Guitar virtuoso Benise (Buh-ness-say) and cast return with a brand new show - Spanish Nights! Backed by a stage full of musicians and elaborately choreographed dancers, ???Spanish Nights??? captures world music at its best. The show appeals to the hearts and souls of people of all ages, cultures, and musical backgrounds. Benise, armed with his Spanish guitar, takes us on an unprecedented and epic adventure through Spanish Flamenco, Cuban Salsa, Brazilian Samba, Argentine Tango, Indian Bollywood, Parisian Waltz, and exotic African drumming! ???The Prince of Spanish Guitar??? - Dancing With The Stars ???Extreme Flamenco Fusion??? - Screen India Benise's ???Spanish Nights??? showcases classic songs from Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, and The Eagles, combining them with Spanish guitar and Spanish dance. Benise???s love of both Spanish guitar and rock brings a fierce intensity to these new interpretations of his favorite classic anthems. A former street musician, Benise began composing original works with powerfully emotional arrangements that are both wild and refined, producing a sound that is as edgy and exotic as it is romantic and sensual. A celebration of culture, love, music and life, Benise???s ???Spanish Nights??? will take us to worlds both faraway and deeply personal, and remind us that hope can be the healing thread in all of our lives. As the show???s composer, guitarist and creative force, Benise says ???Spanish Nights??? aims ???to take people on a musical journey. I wanted to push the boundaries of traditional Flamenco/Spanish guitar while combining the elements of dance and theater. This show is a celebration of culture--the culmination of all the shows we???ve done over the last 10 years.??? Directed by Amy Tinkham (Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, Madonna) Directed by Raj Kapoor (Josh Groban, American Idol, Dancing With The Stars) Choreographed by Alex Magno (Madonna, Academy Awards, Jenifer Lopez) Benise handpicked the ???Gitanas,??? the dancers in ???Spanish Nights,??? from a global pool of brilliantly diverse talent. In breathtaking couture and innovative staging and choreography, they give Spanish dance a fresh and luminous makeover. ???This is a great show for the whole family. We have something for everyone,??? comments Benise. ???I hope people will be inspired by our story, the music, and the production, and have the passion to follow their dreams.??? As for future tour dates, Benise adds, ???I can???t wait to travel to new cities, meet new people, and play every night--it???s what I live for.??? The Theatrical World Music and Dance spectacle that has been called ???The Latin Riverdance??? This is a ???Family Friendly??? performance. A show that???s magical and inspiring for all!
Chicago-based Andrew Belle has made a name for himself as one of our more compelling songwriters since releasing his debut album The Ladder in 2010. Though that album held strong at number one for several weeks on iTunes's singer-songwriter chart and earned dozens of television and film licenses, Belle boldly followed a new muse on the album's electronic, alternative follow-up, Black Bear. His third and latest album Dive Deep doubles down on the ethereal electronic sound of Black Bear, and sees Belle pushing himself to new depths as a songwriter, a vocalist, and a composer. Soaring choruses and moody arrangements abound on Dive Deep, a thoughtfully crafted and deeply felt album that deserves consideration among peers like James Blake and Bon Iver.
The Astonishing Show Show! An evening of magic, music, and puppetry on stage LIVE at El CID! Broadway and Sirius XM's Benjamin Schrader and "Magic Castle" magician Robert Ramirez host a show featuring astonishing magical acts from some of the best award-winning magicians in the country, as well as weird and wonderful performances from some of LA's finest professional puppeteers, all accompanied by the retro funky beats of DJ Victoria Rawlins. Performers include magicians from America's Got Talent and Penn & Teller's "Fool Us," and puppeteers from Broadway and The Jim Henson Company.
Born out of the Dallas, TX, Prophets & Outlaws is a band compiled of brothers and friends whose broad musical tastes have put them all over the Texas music charts and in front of thousands of clamoring fans. Poetic descriptions and catchy turns of phrase all fall shamefully short of accurately conveying their music prowess. PAO is simply a band that must be heard to be truly understood, and it???s their unique stylings and homegrown chemistry that brings music fans out to their live shows night after night. Their first big break into the ???scene??? came in 2013 when they entered and won the Ranch Factor contest presented by Ft. Worth ???taste-maker??? radio station KFWR ???The Ranch.??? Thus began their solid relationship. Other stations across the Midwest jumped at the opportunity to add this left-of-center sound to their playlists. PAO has released four EP???s to date including their first self-titled, their second ???Wanted,??? their third ???Wolf Howl??? and their latest EP ???Texas Home.??? They have produced three Top 20 singles on the Texas Music Chart with one of which was the fastest climbing single on the Texas Music Chart. The guys have been invited to perform at some the most significant events in Texas including the main stage at the renown Larry Joe Taylor Music Fest last year and also performed at Dallas??? American Airlines Center on New Year???s Eve. After years of touring, the guys feel they have now hit their stride. Their latest EP ???V??? marks their fifth project release and represents the full culmination of the trek they have compassed. Also from Dallas, producer Jason Burt???s oblivion to the Texas Music Scene sound brought forth unbiased ears and a rejuvenating sound that allowed the guys for the first time to relinquish absolute control in the studio. What emerged is a stunning V-song collection from a V-piece band thick with V-part harmonies.
Set to the toe-tapping sounds of jazz, soul and R&B, Chicago style stepping comes to the Ford with the help of LA Steppers Connection. Learn the synchronized steps of this smooth style rooted in traditional dance movements of swing dancing, jitterbug and the bop. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. JAM Sessions are participatory while also centered on movement and music. All JAMs are FREE. All ages and skill levels are welcome.