Eclectic Vibes - February 2019

by Andrew Frey

Joe Russo's Almost Dead coming to the Sylvee

Joe Russo's Almost Dead coming to the Sylvee

Weeee! February packs a pleasant bounty of offerings for the musically inclined. Break out of your cabin fever and shake your bootay all month long!

Sax player Leo Pellegrino is one of the most energetic performers I have ever seen. Along with his band mates, Matt “Doe” Muirhead (trumpet) and David “King of Sludge” Parks (drums), Too Many Zooz blasts out a show filled with breakneck brass, infectious rhythms and sensational fancy footwork. Trot on down to this brasshouse spectacle on 2/12 at the Majestic Theater in Madison, WI with Kainalu.

Every progressive Dead Head within 100 miles should be converging for this show! Formed by Furthur drummer Joe Russo, JRAD is known for intermingling Grateful Dead’s folk-rock and Americana sound with contemporary prog rock and jazz fusion influences amid wild flourishes of improvisation and other like minded Americana jam rock. Get your tickets ASAP if you want to dance with the Dead Bears on 2/17 at The Sylvee in Madison, WI. Plus there is a Shakedown Street pre and post party at High Noon Saloon.

The last time I saw That 1 Guy his show was filled with such clever up to date funky audio/visual toys in addition to incorporating magic seamlessly into his live show that I was in awe of how far he has come since I first saw him at the Annex way back when. Still sporting his one of a kind instrument, The Magic Pipe, this well bearded, hat wearing, musical conundrum is certain to get you moving when he struts his stuff on 2/28 at High Noon Saloon in Madison, WI.

This Month's Rating Scale is from 1 is Venal thru 10 is Meritorious

Michal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics - From The Sea

Michal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics - From The Sea

Michal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics

Album title: From The Sea
Record Label: Super Best Records
Rating: 9

Featuring a DJ, an MC, and a violinist in addition to Menert’s wide ranging electronic musical influences, this 7 piece band flavors their compositions with tasty measures of jazz, jam, R&B and hip hop. Additionally, Menert for the first time shares lead vocal duties with Jules Thoma to create a warm and dreamy element to this release. Surprisingly seductive and soulful selections overall.

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Soleance - Tribute To Galt MacDermot

Soleance - Tribute To Galt MacDermot


Album title: Tribute To Galt MacDermot
Record Label: First Word Records
Rating: 10

Grammy Award Winner Galt MacDermot died on Dec 17, 2018, but his music will live forever! Best known for his work on the musical Hair, he produced several #1 hits in the late 60s and has been sampled by numerous groups and producers over the years.. This tribute by the French group Soleance samples choice snippets and turns them into quite on point, catchy, funky,  jazzy electronic infused compositions.

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