september

 

FRIDAY 9/12 8:00PM

ATOMIC FUNK PROJECT

Atomic Funk Project is a world-class band from NYC specializing in

Motown, Soul, Funk, and Dance music. With three unique vocalists

plus full rhythm and horn sections, their high-energy show has

something for everyone. You won't be able to resist the dance floor

as they seamlessly transition through Motown, Soul, Funk, and Dance hits.


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COMING THIS FALL!

SATURDAY 9/13 7:30PM

Yabuno Ettun Project

A JOURNEY OF TWO


Music critic and photographer Eliseo Cardona, editor of the

blog BlueMonk Moods, has described YEP as "two young

masters creating dialogues of mesmerizing possibilities." He

also wrote: "Their music is based on the intrepid attitude that

anything goes as long as risk is shooing away any fear."


Indeed, YEP is a highly creative collaboration between

Japanese pianist Haruka Yabuno and Israeli bassist Ehud

Ettun. Each one an imaginative composer, Ehud and Haruka

have created, during the past few years, a unique interaction

on stage. Their performances have also been described by listeners as "captivating" and "fascinating."

"The beauty is that we came together through music way before we could find a common verbal language," explains Haruka. "Once music took over, once we knew that improvising could take us anywhere, the journey itself was our destination."


The repertoire is broad landscape, which may explains each concert is a unique experience.

Ehud explains: "Even though we came from different backgrounds, perhaps musically, indeed culturally, we found many similarities between Japan and Israel, let alone between us."

And he adds: "Exploring without asking permission, without fear is what rewards as musicians and listeners." The YEP has performed in various venues in the US, including Jazz at the Kitano (NY), Lilypad (MA), Somethin' Jazz Club (NY) and more.


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FRIDAY 9/19 7:30PM

Hio Ridge Dance

Hio Ridge Dance returns to The Dance Hall with their

new collaborative work "Placeholders."


Hio Ridge Dance Collective is a choreographic collaborative

formed by Cookie Harrist, Delaney McDonough,

and Caitlin Richards from Denmark, Maine.


The Collective was founded out of a mutual need to make

dances in a more holistic way.To do so, they removed themselves

from lives in separate cities and moved into an old, remote family

home in Denmark, Maine. They live together, cook together,

and make dances together, and can't help but dream big.


The performance is at 7:30pm with a Q & A with the audience afterwards.

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SATURDAY 9/20 8:00PM

The Roy Sludge Band

Roy Sludge plays classic country and rockabilly music

with a heaping helping of humor thrown in.


The Boston based Roy Sludge Trio have been playing

the New England area for over 5 years. Their popular

Sunday residency, enjoyed by young and old, earned

them a "Best Residency" nomination at The Boston Music

Awards in 2012 and 2013. Roy was nominated as "Best

Male Vocalist" in 2013. Their live shows have been

described as "lightning in a bottle."


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FRIDAY 9/26 8:00PM

OURBIGBAND

(formerly Chris Klaxton & The State Line Big Band)


Comprised of the Seacoast area's finest instrumentalists,

OURBIGBAND delivers the classic swing/dance band arrange-

ments that we've all come to love, the best of the Great American

Songbook, the works of George Gershwin, Count Basie, Duke

Ellington, and Charles Mingus, as well as original material

written by the Seacoast's own. An ensemble teeming with

creative improvisers, OURBIGBAND is not only for those

looking for a sentimental evening of classic dance music,

but for die-hard jazz lovers and fans of bebop and beyond.


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artwork by Sarah Argue

SATURDAY 9/27 7:30PM

An Evening of A Capella

The Afternotes are the Seacoast NH area's newest group, formed in

March of 2013, all former members of the New Hampshire Notables,

University of New Hampshire's original women's a cappella group.  

Their repertoire includes a mix of traditional and contemporary with

songs by Adele, Sara Bareilles, The Beatles, Prince, Fleetwood Mac

and others- and they are so excited to sing for you!


The Stairwells evolved from an eight week a cappella class at Traip

Academy in Kittery in the early 90's.  At the close of the session, they

wanted more and Instructor/music director Ben Baldwin, felt the same.

They continued rehearsals each week for many years and after a brief

hiatus, re-formed in 2010 and continue to sing a repertoire  of songs from

Rockin' Gospel to Doo Wop at weddings, fairs, libraries and multiple large

community events.


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october

FRIDAY 10/3 7:30PM

Greek Dance Party!

Carol Coronis Band


Catch some Greek fire and find your hidden tsifteteli!


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SATURDAY 10/4 7:30PM

John Funkhouser Trio

The John Funkhouser Trio is a band of Musicians without Borders.

With influences as wide ranging as Woody Guthrie, Thelonious Monk,

Frank Zappa, Frederic Chopin, and Ravi Shankar, the Trio “employs 

complex rhythms, deep soulful moments, rock and passion and

sensitivity.” (-Bebop Spoken Here). Each of Funkhouser’s expansive

compositions inhibits a unique universe, while the band seamlessly

integrates composed music with improvisation into “a whirling dervish

of sound and light.” (Bop-n-Jazz.com)



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SATURDAY 10/11 7:30PM

MARK SHILANSKY & FUGUE MILL

CD RELEASE PARTY WITH SPECIAL GUEST

JASON ANICK QUARTET

Fugue Mill weaves jazz through the fabric of Americana,

world, and classical music, creating a complex yet attractive blend of

musical and improvisational styles. Original group pieces are featured

side by side with music by such composers as Leonard Cohen

and Samuel Barber. Violin and mandolin augment the quartet of

piano, guitar, bass, and drums, creating a transparent and

vibrant palette of improvisation and counterpoint.


The Jason Anick Quartet is an ever-revolving group of some of the best young jazz musicians in New England.  The group performs uniquely arranged standards along with founding member Jason Anick's  eclectic and soulful compositions.  


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FRIDAY 10/17 8:00PM

DENNIS BRENNAN BAND

Dennis Brennan is one of the Boston area's leading rock/roots singer/songwriters.


His latest album, the aptly titled "Engagement," is a perfect snapshot of Brennan at

work. Divided equally into studio and live tracks, the diversity is stunning as he takes

listeners on a journey that comes from the gut. And he doesn't apologize for its

variety. "This record is such a mix because that's the way I hear things," he says.

"I love not having one style or sound."







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FRIDAY 10/24 8:00PM

SHANGO!

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 10/25 8:00PM

CHRIS KLAXTON

CD RELEASE PARTY!

A sneak peek at completed album:


  1. William Blake's poem, "The Land of Dreams", set to music by Chris

and dedicated to his loving nephew, his biggest fan, David Higgins.

David recently passed on.

• Arrangement of Stephen Foster's, "Hard Times"

• Arrangement of poet, Cody John Laplante's, "fictional friends"

  1. Musical musings on the vastness of space and the wisdom of Carl

Sagan


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