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FRIDAY 3/6 @ 8:00PM

SHANGO AFROBEAT ORCHESTRA!

Shango Afrobeat Orchestra pays homage to the legendary Fela Kuti.


Fela Kuti was Nigeria's James Brown, Bob Marley, Dr. King, Sly Stone, Malcolm X, and George Clinton all rolled into one super-funky, hilarious, radical activist, hyper-sexual trickster. He created his very own Afro-Pop sound combining and blending everything he had ever heard, from Yoruba songs and rhythms, to Highlife guitars, to American Jazz and Funk and beyond. And in the African tradition, everybody dances, you can't escape it.


Fela was such an outsize figure it takes four members of Shango (Jonny Peiffer as bandleader, Stu Diaz as vocalist, Matt Langley on tenor saxophone, and Mike Effenberger on keys) to even come close to pulling off what Fela himself was able to do. With horn players, guitars, keyboards, percussion, singers and dancers, Shango is nearly 20 members strong.


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SATURDAY 3/7 @ 7:30PM

PRIMO CUBANO

Primo Cubano, our favorite Latin dance band, plays traditional Cuban dance music dating back to the turn of the 20th Century. "Son" is the most popular style to come out of Cuba and is the primary contributor to the blend of Latin styles today known as Salsa. It was first a music of the country people and eventually migrated to Havana, where it was urbanized and began to draw a wider audience.




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FRIDAY 3/13 @ 7:30PM

RAGING BRASS REGGAE

Raging Brass Reggae was formed in 2014 by trumpeter Marc Chillemi. This 7-piece brass band pays tribute to 1960s Jamaican Ska, Rocksteady and Roots Reggae instrumentals. Created in South Portland, Maine, RBR includes trumpet, trombone, alto & tenor saxophones, guitar, tuba and drums. Featuring an all-star collection of musicians from Portland based bands Primo Cubano, Rustic Overtones, The Fogcutters Big Band, Sly Chi, and the Portland Rumba Project.

Marc Chillemi - trumpeter, arranger, composer and bandleader. Holds a B.A. in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music, and a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern Maine. Marc's eclectic musical interests and style has invited him to share the stage with a variety of international recording artists including, Orchestra Baobab, The Skatelites, Alton Ellis, Slavic Soul Party, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Antibalas, and G. Love & Special Sauce.

Barry Saunders - tenor, baritone and soprano saxophone.

Mike Ayotte - alto and tenor saxophone.

Dave Noyse - trombone.

Matt Wasowski - guitar.

Rafael Kielt-Freyre - tuba.

Garry Gemitti - drums

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SATURDAY 3/14 @ 7:30PM
  

EHUD ETTUN TRIO

Bassist Ehud Ettun has been "making a splash into the jazz and world music scene"(Boston Globe), he has collaborated with artists such as Danilo Perez, George Garzone, Anat Cohen and others. His new trio, together with pianist Daniel Schwarzwald and drummer Matan Asayag have recently released their album "Raw Gestures",  that was rated #1 on the Jazz category in the iTunes chart in Israel.

www.ehudettun.com      JAZZ


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EHUD ETTUN IN THE NEWS!

 

FRIDAY 3/20 @ 7:30PM

CAROL CORONIS BAND CELEBRATES ST. PAT’s + GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Welcome the Spring Equinox with a celebration of Greek Independence Day and St. Patrick's Day!

It's no secret that the Greeks and the Irish have had the bouzouki in common since the 1960s,
contributing to a rich, musical heritage that bridges the cultures of the two countries.  With her cittern, a sort of mandolin-on-steroids derivative of the Greek bouzouki, Carol Coronis and her band return to rock the dance floor with zils and exotic sounds of Greece along with some fiery gems from the Emerald Isle.  


Merging traditional folk genres with urban and laiko, the band--her brother

Chuck Coronis on drums, Bill Zecker on bass and fiddle and Bob Halperin on guitar--will have you kicking up your heels as you experience the excitement of

Greek dancing with a side trip to Ireland's folk music scene!


The blend is natural; as host of two radio shows on WUNH radio 91.3 FM,

Aegean Connection and The Ceili Show, Coronis is deeply entwined with

the music of both countries.  Her cd, girl from thessaly reflects this with pulsing

Greek traditional dance songs and a twist on an Irish jig.

Check your Greek/Irish connection on the coolest dance floor in the Seacoast!

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SATURDAY 3/21 @ 7:30PM  

AVANT COAST Creative Music Series #1: featuring Luther Gray Trio & Equal Time

Acclaimed drummer Luther Gray brings his new trio featuring the incendiary horn duo of Jim Hobbs and Allan Chase for this show. The trio have just released an album on Skycap Music entitled "Horns and Drums, Drums and Horns" which showcases the near-telepathic interplay of this dynamic group. Individually, the members have performed with the likes of Anthony Braxton, Ken Vandermark, Joe Morris, Taylor Ho Bynum, Leroy Jenkins, Andrew Cyrille, Stanley Cowell, and many others.


Also on the bill are local favorites Equal Time who have been performing their own brand of spontaneous music throughout the area since 2006. The current lineup of Thom Keith, Forbes Graham, Jonathan Paul, Tim Webb, and Mike Walsh have been together since 2009. Individually and collectively they have performed with Eddie Gale, Dick Griffin, Michael Gregory Jackson, Curtis Clark, Steve Lantner, Fiveighthirteen, and Shango, among others.


Each group will play a set, and at the end of the evening all the musicians will play a final set of improvised music together. Anything can happen!

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SATURDAY 3/28 @ 7:30PM

Seth Warner's LP Project: Pontiac + Back to Black

Seth Warner returns to The Dance Hall after hugely successful

tour date playing with Francine Reed in 2013.

The LP Project features the Seth Warner Trio and

The Stephanie Fogg Band joining forces to recreate two

seminal albums that affirmed each of these amazing artists - critically and creatively:


Pontiac - Lyle Lovett (1987)

Back to Black - Amy Winehouse (2006)


Experience an amazing live recreation of the music.


The evening will end with a set of blues and soul classics!

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FRIDAY 4/3 @ 7:30PM  

DAROL ANGER & THE FURIES

Darol Anger is a unique fiddle guru, who spent three decades reinventing American string music to encompass his explorations of bluegrass, jazz, and music from around the world. The groups that he founded or co-founded include the David Grisman Quintet, the Turtle Island String Quartet, Psychograss, Montreux, and the Republic of Strings ensemble. His playing and composition overflow with passion, prodigious technique, and a generous sense of humor. He has spent his career enlightening and inspiring his fellow musicians, and vice-versa.

That's where the Furies come in featuring Emy Phelps, Jenna Moynihan, Mairi Chaimbeul, and Eric Law.


When these powerful forces get together with Darol, the result is mythical, magical, musical mayhem.


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SATURDAY 4/4 @ 7:30PM

MOTHER SUPERIOR & THE SLIDING ROYALES

MOTHER SUPERIOR AND THE SLIDING ROYALES PLAY SOUL MUSIC.


Not '60's soul', not 'Neo soul', not 'Rock soul' but soul music. There is no reason or practical way to define it. With a sound that is both classic and modern, MoSup can conjure sounds that harken equally to Motown and Stax as they do to New Orleans.


With the operating principle of 'simple is best', the band crafts concise, power music with a definite pop flair.


Fronted by the inimitable Taylor O'Donnell and supported by some of the seacoast of NH's finest, Mother Superior and the Sliding Royales are something to experience...with live shows stirring audiences up into a revival-esque frenzy.  


Taylor O'Donnell - Vocals

Mike Walsh - Drums

Matt Langley - Saxophones

Mike Effenberger - Keys

Zach Lange - Trumpet

Greg Glasson - Bass

Stu Dias - Guitar & Vocals


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FRIDAY 4/10 @ 7:30PM  

RHYTHM FUTURE QUARTET

When four young jazz virtuosos decided to join forces, the Rhythm Future Quartet was born. Named after a Django Reinhardt tune, the Rhythm Future Quartet performs dynamic and fiery arrangements of Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions.


Jason Anick and Olli Soikkeli, the front-men and lead soloists of the group, have been receiving critical acclaim this past year and are considered 'rising stars' in the world of Jazz and Gypsy Jazz. The prestigious Wall Street Journal proclaimed, "Olli Soikkeli, is a riveting Finnish guitarist who combines astonishing dexterity and speed with pure soul in a way that places him among the worthiest current day successors to the legacy of the great Django." Jason Anick, who is also an award winning composer and Berklee College of Music Instructor, received critical praise from the world-renowned Boston Globe which stated, "Jason's compositional voice is as distinctive as his virtuoso playing."


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