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Photos from the Lucero Concert, April 27 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-04-30 22:36:48

Photos from the Lucero concert at RIBCO on April 27, 2013, with opener Langhorne Slim & the Law. For more work by Matt Erickson, visit MRE-Photography.com.

Lucero:

Photo by Matt Erickson, MRE-Photography.com


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An Attention to Detail and Shape: “Hello Quad Cities – Volume 2” and Comfort, “Avalon”
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-04-17 11:13:11
The first track of any various-artists compilation bears a heavy burden, required to set the tone for what follows even though the performer had no role in crafting the remainder of the songs. Chris Coleslaw’s “Sterling ILL” does this on Hello Quad Cities – Volume 2 with a verse that succinctly repeats a common complaint about the Midwest, and the Quad Cities: “So New York grows / Hollywood glows / Well here in the middle / Well they say it just snows.”

Coleslaw’s delivery over acoustic guitar is poignant without being doleful – matter of fact yet clearly felt.

The sequencing here is smart – implicitly framing the second limited-edition local compilation as a rebuttal to the argument that our community is a dull dead end and then backing it up with “Sterling ILL” and 11 other exclusive tracks. (Hello Quad Cities is available on colored vinyl only, but each copy comes with a digital-download code.) Last fall’s Volume 1 was notable for its consistency, and the follow-up comes close to rivaling it.


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Photos from the Bernie Worrell Orchestra Concert, April 13 at Rozz-Tox
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-04-16 16:07:18

Photos from the Bernie Worrell Orchestra concert (with Jaik Willis) at RIBCO on April 13, 2013. For more work by Matt Erickson, visit MRE-Photography.com.

Bernie Worrell Orchestra. Photo by Matt Erickson, MRE-Photography.com.


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“I’ve Got to Be Free”: Bernie Worrell Orchestra, April 13 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-04-10 18:59:09

Bernie Worrell. Photo by Brian Diescher.Plenty of musicians talk a good game about loving many types of music. Bernie Worrell lives it.

“I play it all,” he said in a recent phone interview. “I’ll play a Jewish chant. A Gregorian chant. A chant in the middle of a rock piece. I’ll go to India. I’ll go to Africa. All in one piece.”

A brief sketch of his career should suffice as an illustration. He was a piano prodigy who wrote a concerto at eight and two years later performed with the Washington Symphony Orchestra. He studied at Julliard and the New England Conservatory of Music. He was music director and bandleader for soul singer Maxine Brown before becoming a central figure in Parliament-Funkadelic, with whom he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He recorded and toured with the Talking Heads and has worked with experimental artists including Bill Laswell and the super-group Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains. In 2011, he released an album of jazz standards.

As the Chicago Tribune’s Greg Kot wrote in a review of his 1993 album Blacktronic Science: “Bernie Worrell explores the possibilities of 21st Century funk with blithe disregard for boundaries. Bach, hip-hop, organ-trio jazz – it’s one big canvas for this virtuoso ... .”

“I get bored quick,” Worrell said. “I’ve got to be free, man. ... I will be free.”


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Ride It ’Til the Wheels Fall Off: Nikki Hill, January 26 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-01-22 22:58:00

Nikki HillBased on her vocal confidence and itinerary, it’s hard to believe that Nikki Hill is by her own admission a neophyte on the music scene.

She began singing in the church choir in her native North Carolina when she was six or seven, but her tenure as a performing and touring rock-and-roll artist is considerably shorter – basically less than a year. Yet she co-produced and released her self-titled debut EP last year on her own label, she’s planning a spring release of some sort, and this spring and summer she’ll be playing in Italy, Germany, Sweden, Norway, and Spain. On Saturday, she’ll be performing at RIBCO, and while you might not have heard of Hill, she’s doing her damnedest to change that.

“I’m kind of in that ride-it-’til-the-wheels-fall-off mode,” the 28-year-old said in a phone interview last week.


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