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Photos from the Trishas Concert, June 6 at the Redstone Room
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-06-07 15:13:25

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)


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By Popular Demand: The Trishas, June 6 at the Redstone Room
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-05-29 11:32:05

The Trishas

The members of the band that became the Trishas – playing June 6 at the Redstone Room – knew almost immediately that they had something special. But it took some prodding for them to pursue it.

The country quartet – Jamie Wilson, Liz Foster, Kelley Mickwee, and Savannah Welch – was assembled to perform at a 2009 tribute to country singer/songwriter Kevin Welch, Savannah’s father. Foster explained in a recent phone interview that Savannah was hesitant to participate but willing to as part of a larger group. The women weren’t friends – most of them knew one of the others, Foster said – so their initial rehearsal was their first time spending any time together.

“You can put four people together and have them all sing the right harmony notes, but it still doesn’t blend,” Foster said. “You have to really learn each other’s voices to really click right.”

But during that first rehearsal, on “Satan’s Paradise” (written by Kevin Welch and Claudia Scott), the clicking was evident. “We just hit the note, and it was ridiculous,” she said. “Of course, we’re girls, so we’re all jumping around, screaming.”


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Photos from the Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis Concert, May 4 at the Redstone Room
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-05-07 17:11:21

Photos from the Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis concert at the Redstone Room on May 4, 2013, with opener David G. Smith. For more work by Matt Erickson, visit MRE-Photography.com.

Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis:

Photo by Matt Erickson, MRE-Photography.com


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Photos from Victor Wooten Concert, April 21 at the Redstone Room
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-04-23 15:28:16

Photos from the Victor Wooten concert at the Redstone Room on April 21, 2013, as part of Polyrhythms’ Third Sunday jazz series. For more work by Matt Erickson, visit MRE-Photography.com.

Photo by Matt Erickson, MRE-Photography.com


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Jamming with a Professional: Victor Wooten, April 21 at the Redstone Room
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-04-04 11:12:08

Victor Wooten. Photo by Steven Parke.

The best teachers inspire as much as they instruct, and Victor Wooten both understands and practices that.

His chops as a performing artist are unquestionable. He won five Grammys with Béla Fleck & the Flecktones – of which he’s a founding member – and three times was named “best bassist” by the readers of Bass Player magazine. Rolling Stone readers in 2011 voted him the 10th best bass player of all time – alongside icons from the Beatles, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rush, and the Who.

Beyond being an accomplished musician, for the past 14 years he’s run music camps for kids, now held at the 147-acre Wooten Woods Retreat in Tennessee. And on April 21, as part of Polyrhythms’ Third Sunday jazz series, Wooten will give both a workshop and a concert at the Redstone Room.

He will not teach how to play bass like he does. As he said of The Music Lesson, his fictional work-around to a much-requested instruction manual: “I didn’t really want to put out a Victor Wooten method. I don’t want to tell people how they have to play.”

What Wooten excels at, as a phone interview last week illustrates, is gently knocking down the walls that keep creativity and music bottled up. He said he chose to tell a story in his book instead of writing an instruction manual because it freed him to explore his ideas and philosophy without being tied to facts or technique: “It lets me off the hook right away. ... ‘This isn’t true.’ ... That format allowed me to put more into the book – even things that I can’t prove.”


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