HELEN GILLET | Sunday, July 27
Globe Trotting, multi-faceted, jazz-based cellist, singer, composer and improviser Helen Gillet is a “mixed bag” of musical influence. She has won “Best Female Performer” this year in Gambit Weekly’s Best of the Beat Awards as well as “Best Other Instrument” in Offbeat Magazine’s Best of the Beat Awards. Downbeat Magazine recently nominated her a Rising Star in the 61st Annual Critic’s Poll.She lives her music as an expression of the entire human condition, performing an eclectic mix of French pop, Avant Garde Jazz, North Indian, Folk and Classical styles.
Helen performs with Tom Maxwell and the Minor Drag. Tickets available online.
Choro das 3
Sunday, July 20 at the Rooster’s Wife
The rich, romantic sounds of Brazil.
Hang the flag, watch the parade, fire up the grill , slice the watermelon, and ooooh and ahhhh the the finale. What better way to celebrate the 4th of July weekend than with the blues ?
What are the blues ? A feeling, a musical scale, a type of song, a particular chord progression, a poetic form, an attitude, a shared history ? A true American art form, blues music in its finest rendition speaks from the heart about suffering, personal, political and universal . The blues gives voice to heartache. Singing and listening to the blues brings healing by sharing the experience.
W.C. Handy first heard the blues while waiting for a train at a remote Mississippi station. He brought the music mainstream when he published “Memphis Blues” . That opened the door for a wider audience for the music that had come from the fields fo the rural South. As the great migration brought African Americans seeking work northward, the music evolved to reflect their urban existance. Acoustic guitars were replaced by elctric models and joined by bass, drums and harmonica. The full band sound gave expression to life’s condition, while propelling listeners to the dance floor with the amplified rhythm. From these rustic roots followed virtually every major American music form born in the 20th century, including jazz, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and hip hop.
Deb Callahan has been a singer all her life. Her powerful, expressive voice will dispel your blues, with the blues . See you soon.
"Chaise Lounge performs a blend of music that sounds like it was recorded at Capitol Recording Studios in 1962 and somehow found its way to today’s pop charts. You might call it ‘Early Stereo.’ Or perhaps Lounge with a capital ‘L.’ Or maybe just plain enjoyable. It is the combination of five of the Washington area’s top jazz musicians playing sparkling arrangements of standards and original tunes and featuring the soft, luminous vocals of Marilyn Older. Her voice is truly an American Original. An evening spent with her is an evening spent in the warm, inviting glow of one of the most wonderful voices singing in America right now."
Sunday June 29
Tickets available now
The Get Right Band
"Combining catchy, clever songwriting with musical expertise and fearless improvisation, the live show promises to make you shake everything you’ve got. From funk to rock n’ roll to reggae, this is a dance party. This is an ass shaking good time."
Sunday, June 22 at The Rooster’s Wife
How David Jacobs-Strain found his sound
The left coast poet pulls and wrecks those guitar strings like the blues players of old, but brings a modern touch to lyrics, making him one of the most electric players ever to hold an acoustic. The thinking man’s blues player knows his history, too—down to the subtle differences between Taj Mahal and Son House. But he never aspired to play any of the greats note-for-note. It’s always been about finding his own sound.
Guitar.com: Did you study these peoples playing in a note-for-note fashion?
Jacobs-Strain: No, I never did. I’ve never been a note-for-note player. I’ve always gone for trying to create the texture or the feeling that evokes the music, rather than trying to learn note-for-note what somebody is doing. That just seemed kind of wasteful and indulgent or something. I’m not really into copying other players. Certainly I’ve imitated a lot of the sounds and tried to connect with those emotions they put out, but I’ve never had an interest, the way a musicologist would, in being able to reproduce a particular sound exactly.
Read more of Jacobs-Strain’s guitar.com interview.
New collaboration series between The Rooster’s Wife and The Cameo Thursday night, June 12
Doors at 7:30 and show at 8 pm
A wonderful theater , filled with fantastic music ? That’s First Thursdays. The Rooster’s Wife and the Cameo Art House join forces to bring top notch live music to Fayetteville. The intimate setting, with comfy seats, and delicious snacks make the Cameo a perfect place for an evening of acoustic groove. The once monthly series will present an eclectic menu of national touring artists. Shows begin Thursday, September 4th . But first , we have an exquisite appetizer. David Jacobs-Strain will give a proper introduction to the program with a kick off concert, June 12. Tickets are available at the Cameo,and on line at theroosterswife.org. Doors will open at 7:30 for the 8 o’clock June 12 show. The Cameo is located at 225 Hay Street in downtown Fayetteville, NC .