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A Steady Diet of Curveballs: Portland Cello Project, June 27 at the Redstone Room PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Thursday, 20 June 2013 07:13

The Portland Cello Project. Photo by Tarina Westlund.

For its June 27 performance at the Redstone Room, the Portland Cello Project will be featuring the music of Beck (Hanson), (Dave) Brubeck, and (Johann Sebastian) Bach. Alliteration aside, the grouping of a contemporary rock artist, a jazz icon, and a Baroque composer is relatively natural for an ensemble known for aggressively omnivorous appetites.

“It really started with the Beck,” said Doug Jenkins, the Portland Cello Project’s artistic director, in a recent phone interview. “When we heard last August that he was going to put out an album of sheet music rather than actually recording an album, we got really excited, because it just seemed like it was right up our alley – to grab that and play with it and adapt it to our larger orchestral ensemble. And so we booked the show immediately. ... It was coming out December 7, so we booked the shows on December 13 [and] 14 – even having no idea what we were going to get. ... We got the music, and we basically camped out 24/7 to learn all 20 songs and get them all ready to go for the performances. ... They’re wonderful songs. ... We recorded them right away, too, a week later, and then put out that CD.

“That was a month or two after Dave Brubeck passed away. [He actually died December 5.] We did kind of a tribute to Dave Brubeck at the same time. And Brubeck and Beck, they actually went together really well. The kind of old-timey feel of the Beck songs from the Song Reader, and of course Brubeck is just wonderful, timeless stuff. ... And then the Bach just seemed like, as a cellist, a logical thing to throw onto it.”

Brubeck channeled Bach in his “Brandenburg Gate,” and one instrumental piece from Song Reader has a classical vibe, Jenkins said. So “there’s already this reaching among the composers who obviously had no idea what we were ever going to do with it. We can find a lot of middle ground, a lot of places to connect things together.”

 
A Little Out of Whack in the Right Way: The Multiple Cat, June 14 at RIBCO PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 07:35

The Multiple Cat

The Return of the Multiple Cat represents the first set of new material from Pat Stolley’s band The Multiple Cat in a dozen years, but the man has hardly been slothful.

As a founder and a member of bands, Stolley was intimately involved in the Quad Cities-based Future Appletree label – active for half a decade starting in 2002. And from Daytrotter.com’s beginning in 2006 to summer 2008, he was the Web site’s primary recording engineer; he estimated he’s logged roughly 800 Daytrotter sessions and still typically records between 12 and 24 a month.

That experience, he said last week, took a toll. “For a while there, I was so depressed about music in general because of having worked for Daytrotter and seeing the amazing amount of bands and stuff out there – how much noise there is out there. It makes you just want to pick up your toys and go home.

“But then there’s this other thing: I don’t really have a choice. I’m going to keep writing songs and recording them, whether anyone is going to listen to it or not.”

 
Photos from the Trishas Concert, June 6 at the Redstone Room PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Roberta Osmers   
Friday, 07 June 2013 09:13

Photos from the Trishas concert at the Redstone Room on June 6, 2013, with opener the Dirt Road Rockers. For more from Roberta Osmers on the Quad-Cities music scene, visit OfTechAndMusic.Blogspot.com.

The Trishas:

Photo by Roberta Osmers (OfTechAndMusic.Blogspot.com)

 
The Turtle in the Race: The Sumner Brothers, June 11 at Rozz-Tox PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Thursday, 06 June 2013 07:43

The Sumner Brothers

Several reviews of the Sumner Brothers’ second studio album, I’ll Be There Tomorrow, start similarly. No Depression’s begins: “There’s no reasonable explanation why I have not heard the Sumner Brothers before ... .”

Actually, there is a reasonable explanation. The Vancouver duo – playing Rozz-Tox on June 11 and recording a Daytrotter.com session while in the Quad Cities – has built a following in western Canada and the U.S. west coast over the past seven years; but it has never played “out east,” in Brian Sumner’s words. I didn’t ask, but I think “out east” likely includes the Midwest.

“We’re the turtle in the race, where we just kind of slowly grow every year,” he said in a phone interview last week.

But I’ll Be There Tomorrow is bringing a lot of new ears to the group following a self-titled studio album and two collections of home recordings. “It’s just careful planning on our part,” Brian said of the positive attention the 2012 release has received. The brothers have conscientiously cultivated media relationships, he said, which paid off when the record came out in September.

 
Photos from Summer Camp, May 24-26 in Chillicothe, Illinois PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Erickson   
Thursday, 30 May 2013 12:14

Photos from the Summer Camp music festival, held May 24 through 26 in Chillicothe, Illinois. For more work by Matt Erickson, visit MRE-Photography.com.

Trey Anastasio Band

Photo by Matt Erickson, MRE-Photography.com

 
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