Photos by Scott Preston
Archive for February 2011
Interview with Joe Hettinga from Strange Arrangement – Band performs with The Skeetones at The Mad Frog 2/24
Interview by Scott Preston
In just a few brief years, Strange Arrangement has routinely filled larger venues throughout the MidWest as their ever evolving sound steadily gains more and more notoriety. Drawing on influences from the likes of Phish, Herbie Hancock, Umphreys McGee, and Wilco, a Strange Arrangement show will take an audience through several different musical genres touching upon jazz, funk, rockabilly, soul, and progressive and psychedelic rock. Opening for National Touring Acts such as Future Rock, Outformation, The New Mastersounds, and Umphreys McGee as well as performing at large festivals like Summer Camp, Hookahville, Hoxeyville, and North Coast Music Festival Strange Arrangement’s original brand of dance friendly progressive funk has music fans taking notice. The relationship Strange Arrangement shares with its ever growing audience is based around the idea of creating a moment in time where one can laugh, dance, sing, and connect with the band and its music.
In January, 2011, Strange Arrangement will release its second full length album “Polygraph” recorded and mixed at IV Labs Studios in Chicago, by Manny Sanchez (Umphreys McGee, Smashing Pumpkins, North Mississippi All Stars). The album marks a new chapter for Strange Arrangement and represents what the band has accomplished both professionally and personally since their release of “Side x Side”. An extensive tour in support of “Polygraph” will find Strange Arrangement playing larger clubs, theaters, and festivals throughout the MidWest in 2011 and on. Read more
Phish kicks off their 2011 Summer Tour on Memorial Day weekend, playing three consecutive nights (May 27, 28 & 29) at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY. Stops along the way include Cleveland, Cincinnati, Mansfield and more, as well as 2-night runs in Holmdel, Columbia and Alpharetta.
Fans purchasing tickets for the Darien Center, NY concert will receive free admission to Darien Lake Theme Park on June 8th, the day of the show. The theme park, which is adjacent to the Performing Arts Center, will be open exclusively to ticketholders on that date.
Additional summer announcements will be coming. Following the summer, the band has no touring plans for the remainder of the year. Read more
Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs will embark on a headlining tour in the US this summer, beginning May 25th in Waterbury, CT. Ray is so happy to include special guest Brandi Carlile as support as well as the talented Secret Sisters who will join him for much of the tour.
An exclusive presale for fans who pre-order Spring – Live 2010 will kick off Tuesday, March 1st. The general on sale for tickets will begin on Saturday, March 5th, with the exception of VT, NY, Toronto, Quebec, MT and ID, which will go on sale March 4th. Read more
CincyPunk Fest, the city’s largest independent charity music festival, is taking over the Historic Southgate House in Newport, Kentucky on Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9. The event, which has raised over $32,000 since January 2005, will feature 39 established and up-and-coming local bands on three different stages during the two-night event. CincyPunk Fest 10 will feature everything from punk and indie rock, to hardcore, ska, country, folk, blues and everything in between. We’ll also have a special comedy set from up-and-coming local comedians, as well as a surprise reunited band performing on Saturday, April 9 in the ballroom. Read more
Interview by Scott Preston
Slightly Stoopid is performing on Friday 2/25/11 at The Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave, Covington, KY. Opening the show is Fishbone. 7:00 Doors | 8:00 Show – All Ages
Price: $20 Show Info
With more than a decade of making music together, the members of Slightly Stoopid have perfected one of the rarest and most valuable skills a band can develop: the art of the stealth groove, that knack for quietly, almost innocently, sliding into a composition, and utterly lassoing anyone within earshot by mid-song. That’s where the band has come to reside, musically: deep in the pocket, that ever-elusive, funky trench where a band can entrance an audience, hypnotize it and hold on to it until the set or CD is finished. Built on a bedrock of nasty, oceanic slabs of dubby bass, meditative vocal harmonies, rock-steady guitar licks and tightly syncopated percussive rhythms, Slightly Stoopid illustrate a case study in underground success, steeped in years of hard touring, an improvisational business model, and a creative process that continues to unwind and push the envelope of a new jam-based genre the band helped to create. Read more