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the subdudes

the subdudes

Rock / Americana New Orleans, LA  US


  • Wed

    Dec 2

    Sacramento, CA, US | 2:00pm

    The Subdudes Over the course of 25 years and ten albums, the Subdudes have quietly become one of Americas national music treasures.The New Orleans-formed group is a living encapsulation of American music, a vibrant cauldron of sounds that stirs together meaty grooves and jazzy dynamics, soulful R&B swagger, easy vocal harmonies, cheeky rock n roll attitude and folky social consciousness not to mention some of the sharpest musicianship and ensemble playing youll ever hear from any five musicians.Led by singer/guitarist Tommy Malone and accordionist, John Magnie, The Subdudes draw most of their inspiration from the sounds of their native New Orleans, blending blues, gospel, funk, and R&B with their own harmony vocals; their sound is also notable for the bands substitution of a tambourine player, Steve Amede, for a drummer. Tim Cook rounds out the band on bass.

  • Thu

    Dec 31

    Boulder, CO, US | 8:00pm

    Hey Gang, We are FIRED UP to open for The Subdudes on New Year's Eve at the Fox Theater in Boulder! If you haven't heard The Subdudes, check them out on FB and at http://www.subdudes.com/

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  • Thu

    Jan 14

    Northampton, MA, US | 2:30pm

    Lionel Loueke Guitarist Lionel Loueke chose to record GAA--his remarkable rock-infused fourth Blue Note album--live in the studio with an intimate audience in attendance. The purpose was to achieve a raw energy and reach a musical essence, and to that end he reunited with the two musicians who accompanied him on his 2008 Blue Note debut Karibu--bassist Massimo Biolcati and drummer Ferenc Nemeth--a simpatico trio that first formed when the three attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston together in the late 1990s. "I always wanted to record this trio live" says Loueke of the sessions, which were captured at Sear Sound in New York City. "We were all in the same room with a small audience, no headphones, no isolation and no overdubs of course. It has a real live feel. It was a very special event." Loueke's compositional mastery is evident in the construction of the 11 original songs presented here and the trio's performances are extraordinary. "I don't think we sound like any other trio on the scene today" says an understated Loueke. "I have been writing for this trio for a long time. They can handle every metrical challenge in my songs. There is an inside communication between the three of us." The musical dialogue on the album--which was produced by Blue Note president and GRAMMY-winning producer Don Was--pertains to the nature of the Earth and man's effect on it, an urgent message at a time when the warning signs of global warming have become undeniable. In Greek mythology, Gaa is the personification of the Earth, the mother goddess who birthed the planet and the entire universe. "She would be angry," Loueke states bluntly. "We have not taken good care of her child." The time signature of the title track "Gaa" is a propulsive 35/8. "This band can handle any rhythmic challenge. But the most important thing to remember is to write strong music no matter what the time signature may be. The rhythm must flow naturally and not draw attention to itself. It's a tool of expression." The quiet is quickly broken by the opening fanfare of the rock-edged "Procession." "B.B. King and Jimi Hendrix were my heroes," says Loueke. "I see this as a ceremonial piece for the forgiveness of mother earth. It brings to mind a bunch of people marching through the graveyard, tapping the ground with their canes." The album ends surprisingly with a spry version of the Bee Gees hit "How Deep Is Your Love" which leaves us pondering how we might change this destructive course. "I didn't understand the words when I was young," says Loueke. "I just loved the beautiful melody and voices." Even presented wordless, the lyrics take on new meaning here: "And you may not think I care for you / When you know down inside that I really do." * * * Lionel Loueke picked up the guitar late at age 17. After his initial to exposure to jazz in Benin, he left to attend the National Institute of Art in Ivory Coast. In 1994 he left Africa to pursue jazz studies at the American School of Modern Music in Paris then came to the U.S. on a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music where he first encountered his future trio mates Massimo Biolcati and Ferenc Nemeth. After graduating Loueke was accepted to the Thelonious Monk Institute where he was able to study with his most significant mentors: Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Terence Blanchard. Praised by Hancock as "a musical painter," Loueke combines harmonic complexity, soaring melody, a deep knowledge of African folk forms, and conventional and extended guitar techniques to create a warm and evocative sound of his own. His Blue Note debut Karibu (2008) featured guest appearances from Hancock and Shorter with his trio and was met with wide acclaim. Mwaliko (2010) offered a series of intimate duets with Angelique Kidjo, Richard Bona, Esperanza Spalding and Marcus Gilmore. Heritage (2012) was co-produced by label mate Robert Glasper and found Loueke exploring a more electric sound with a new trio featuring Derrick Hodge on electric bass and Mark Guiliana on drums. In addition to albums with his collective trio Gilfema with Biolcati and Nemeth, Loueke has appeared on recordings by Hancock, Blanchard, Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Kenny Barron, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Joe Lovano, as well as contemporaries including Spalding, Gretchen Parlato, Kendrick Scott and others. He has also toured the world with Hancock and is a member of Blue Note's 75th anniversary all-star band with Glasper, Hodge, Scott, Ambrose Akinmusire and Marcus Strickland.

  • Fri

    Jan 15

    New York, NY, US | 8:00pm
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  • Sun

    Jan 17

    Beacon, NY, US | 7:30pm


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  • Laurness (Fan)
    Nice site! Thanks for the invite, and for all the great music.


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