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Kathy Zimmer - Thats What She Said Band - MinJin Seo Jan 26th 8pm Kathy Zimmer 9pm Thats What She Said Band 10pm MinJin Seo
Pete Lanctot + Spencer Katzman Band + Kathy Zimmer Pete Lanctot - (Set time: 11:00 PM)Pete Lanctot is a singer songwriter living in Brooklyn NY. His songs are surreal and mysterious narratives often featuring sordid casts of characters who's time, locations and origins are vague, and seem equally likely to be found in present day New York City, a Memphis juke joint of the 1920s or hitchhiking a depression era plains state highway. Musically, Pete's songs carry on the american traditions of blues, folk and country music while avoiding reproduction and derivation, and embrace sonic experimentalism and the avant garde. Traditional blues and ballad forms are bent from their original shapes by untraditional playing techniques, droning accompaniments, and interactive free improvisation within the band. Spencer Katzman Band - (Set time: 10:00 PM)Spencer Katzman is a composing and improvising guitarist and mandolinist based in Manhattan. Inspired at an early age by the wonders of early MTV and familiar sounds of classic rock, he later embraced influences from jazz, international, experimental, and other outside-the-mainstream music encountered through his tenure as a college radio DJ and multi-cultural surroundings in New York City. In 2008, Spencer released his first album as a bandleader, 5 is the New 3, with the Spencer Katzman Threeo (featuring bassist Keith Witty and drummer Dave Sharma). The improvisational mash-up of jazz sensibilities, odd-timed grooves, Indian and Brazilian rhythms, and indie-rock energy includes re-imagined arrangements of indie "standards" alongside eight original tunes. The Threeo, originally a one-night trio engagement booked on Spencer's 30th birthday, has now expanded with a three-piece horn section and frequently invites guest vocalists to the stage with a repetoire that has grown to include music by Cannonball Adderly, Neutral Milk Hotel, Joe Henry, and Bill Frisell. Beyond leading his own band, Spencer performs and records regularly with a diverse array of artists including his roles as concertmaster for the New York Mandolin Orchestra (now entering its 90th year), musical director for the venerable ska band Bigger Thomas, and guitarist for pop songwriter John Presnell, reggae group The Rudie Crew, jazz quartet David Aaron's Short Memory, and glam rock impresarios Michael T and Vanities (with occasional pinch-hitting on his first instrument - saxophone). Other notable collaborations have included: Musical theater with Peculiar Works Project, Nick Jones, and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts Contributions to three films for Over the GW Productions A guitar workshop hosted with Jim Campilongo Italian mandolin on the Rachel Ray Show and at the home of the Italian ambassador in New York Live band recreations of the Rocky Horror Picture Show and Cabaret An appearance at the Bang On a Can Marathon with Tactus A studio/gig resume highlighted by work with the "psycho mambo" band Gato Loco, NYC's finest polka band - the Ja Ja Ja's, soul artist Dexter Myers, guitar/banjo/tuba bluegrassoriented Dopplegangers, punk/jazz outfit Alex Weiss' Fighter Planes, nerdcore rapper Dale Chase, jazz standard and Russian pop alchemists Kolom-Bour, Grammy-winning engineer Peter Wade, children's performer Patty Stirling, Americana storyteller Jud Conway, experimental rockers Backworldsmen, and many stars of the NYC theater and cabaret scene including Lady Rizo, Corn Mo, Kim Smith, the Bindlestiff Family Circus, Benjamin Ickies, and Judith Malina. His association with Bigger Thomas, which started with an answer to a Craigslist ad looking for a substitute guitarist, has led to an especially vital series of collaborations in the ska community. In addition to contributing music and lyrics for Bigger Thomas' last two releases, he has appeared onstage or in the studio alongside members of the most significant ska bands of the last 40 years including the Specials, English Beat, Skatalites, Toasters, Skalars, Stubborn All-Stars, Rude Boy George, and Rudie Crew. In 2014, Spencer intends to return to his rock and roll roots with a new album featuring his vocals and lyrics. His first public foray as a songwriter, after a 15 year focus on writing instrumental music, was a surprise Youtube success: "She's Lorimer, I'm Metropolitan", an ode to romance at the intersection of the G and L trains on NYC's subway map, went "mini viral" and recently surpassed 9,000 views. Kathy Zimmer - (Set time: 9:00 PM)If sophistication and open-hearted goodwill could combine into a sound, what would it be? Enter Kathy Zimmer, a New York City singer/songwriter sporting a richly wistful set of pipes and speaking the language of shell-shocked wildflowers. If youre looking in earnest for something new, this is it. There is an essence of burnished class that exudes from Kathys voicethink of it in Great Gatsby terms: the money thats in Kathy Zimmers voice is equal parts lost Spanish Armada treasure and rural American box social baked goods. These two extremes are also present in the songs themselvesbeautifully eloquent images fly by while the topics they describe are simple and basic; yes, you too have been there and experienced that its just never before been summed up in quite this way. Heres a theory: Joni Mitchell is less jazz and more art song as is Kathy Zimmer. The girl in the upstairs choir is originally from the rural Great Plains, and she sings to the world with a clear voice and a clear gaze.
Kathy Zimmer & Tamara Hey with Kathy Zimmer, Tamara Hey Kathy Zimmer (8:30 p.m.) released her album Static Inhabited at the Slipper Room back in December, and now she happily returns to perform cosmopolitan folk music with her band the Sugar Bowls. Offering thoughtful songs accented with vocal harmonies and tricks up her sleeve, see why the Roots Music Report said, At various turns enchanting, haunting and soothingand at times a bit of all of theseMs. Zimmers sophisticated song crafting never fails to charm.Tamara Hey (7:30 p.m.) is best known for her quirky songs that move listeners to laugh, sigh and sometimes cry through carefully-crafted lyrics and music. She is musically influenced by bands such as The Beatles and singer/songwriters from as far back as the 60's up to today, and as a native New Yorker, the city is a frequent character in many of Tamara's songs -- as are her friends and neighbors, who don't seem to mind.
Sounds Like: Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, Judee Sill, Carole King, The Mamas & the Papas
Bio: Raised in a small rural Nebraska town, Kathy Zimmer grew up loving and making music in the company of a large musical family. She learned to play the guitar at an early age and began singing even earlier, as she performed for church services, rodeos, parades and county fairs.
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