Saturday, November 9, 2014
All Shows at High Mayhem Studio
Doors at 7pm, show starts at 7:30
$10 Suggested Donation
Acts in Order of Appearance
the brilliant Dullards
Hosted by Damon Griffith
Johnny Bell brings us another solo set of his unique style of Ameritronica. Banjo, live looping and drum machines creates a unique ambient americana songcraft
Upon hearing each other play in different bands at an arts and crafts fair in Albuquerque in 2011, banjo player/vocalist Steven Robert Allen and tuba player Mark Weaver cooked up the idea for this unusual duo. BaBa weaves together early jazz and early country fiddle tunes with Steve’s wry originals, Mark kicks a bit of porchboard bass, and they stir up an ear-tickling, genre-smooshing musical concoction,
here are a few videos of BaBa in live action:
Combining boundless creative imagination with a deep reverence for American folk, blues and country music, Marisa Anderson’s guitar playing is fluid, emotional, dexterous and original. Signal to Noise magazine calls Anderson’s guitar work “Utterly fabulous”, TIme Out London refers to her playing as “Stunning…haunting and evocative”, Pitchfork calls her latest record, ‘Mercury’, ”Brilliant” and Wire Magazine says, “Her sound has strength in restless variety…Anderson’s playing is heartfelt and utterly American, free from grandstanding and steeped in respect for the old tradition.”
On ‘Mercury’, Anderson channels the history of the guitar and stretches the boundaries of tradition. Songs like ‘Mojave’ and ‘Embudo’ evoke the American West, while ‘Galax’ and ‘Deep Gap’ are tributes to the rural mountain music of the South. “Mercury” picks up where Anderson’s previous acclaimed record “The Golden Hour” leaves off, featuring sixteen compositions for solo guitar and lap steel, recorded live in single takes, with no overdubs, looping or electronic layering.
Before landing in Portland in the late nineties, Anderson dropped out of college at age nineteen to walk across the United States and didn’t stop traveling for fifteen years. “Mercury” is a direct result of Anderson’s peripatetic existence, reflecting years of living in cars, tents and buses, traveling to Mexico with a circus, walking, hitchhiking and always playing guitar. In the past two years, Anderson’s music has landed her festival appearances in Europe and the United States and opening slots for artists including Sharon Van Etten, Daniel Higgs and Thao and Mirah. In August 2013, KBOO Community Radio will release a split 7″ featuring Anderson and Elizabeth Cotten.
Anderson’s music has been featured on soundtracks including ‘Smokin’ Fish’, ‘For the Love of Dolly’, ‘Girls Rock’, and ‘Gift To Winter’. Recent festival appearances include Le Guess Who, Creative Music Guild Improvisation Summit, Portland Experimental Film Festival, Sound & Music Festival, NOFest, Electrogals, Festival of Endless Gratitude, Pickathon, and PICA’s TBA Festival. Her writings on music and activism have appeared in Bitch Magazine, Leaf Litter, and in Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls, the book.
She is KBOO Community Radio’s 2013 Artist in Residence and in 2012 Anderson was one of six artists selected for Signal Fire’s Afloat Residency. Anderson’s debut solo recording ‘Holiday Motel’ was a 2006 Outmusic nominee for Best Female Debut Recording. Anderson spent 2003-2011 working at the Rock’n’Roll Camp for Girls in Portland.
the brilliant Dullards
Though musicians Alex Neville, Chace Haynes, Jeremy Bleich and Milton Villarrubia have appeared in various disparate creative ventures in Santa Fe and beyond, before 2008 they were Dullards. As a reunion, of sorts, The Brilliant Dullards will bring their volatile concoction of Southern Martial Alt Folk back to High Mayhem for a one-night-only special performance.