CLUB d'ELF with special guest OTIS GROVE plus JEFF LOCKHART
Friday 9/29 - Moroccan dosed Psychedelic Dub Jazz Collective
with special guest: OTIS GROVE & JEFF LOCKHART
$15 advance / $18 at the door
9:00 doors / 10:00 show (10PM - Otis Grove / 11PM - Club d'Elf w/ Jeff Lockhart and Sam Gilman)
Mike Rivard's improvisational groove collective returns to the warm embrace of the Lizard Lounge with their usual stellar cast of musicians. Tonight features an opening set by Donkilo!
who blend traditional instruments like the Fula flute, 10-string kamalengoni and djembe, with guitar, bass, sax and more creating a sound that is fresh and daring
What is this thing called Club dElf? Club dElf is an ever-shifting group of musicians fiercely dedicated to the groove, revolving around the foundation of bassist/leader Mike Rivard. Consisting of some of the most sought-after players from the jazz, DJ, rock & world music scenes of Boston & NYC, each show features a different line-up, with Rivard and drummer Dean Johnston at the core. Guitars, turntables, Fender Rhodes, laptops, horns, tablas and all manner of exotic instruments flow in and out of the mix, along with guests such as John Medeski & Billy Martin (Medeski Martin & Wood), DJ Logic, Marc Ribot, Skerik, Steven Bernstein, Ryan Montbleau and Marco Benevento, creating a unique experience for every performance. Informed as much by sci-fi writer Philip K. Dicks ideas of shifting reality and parallel universes as by Miles Davis & Fela Kuti, the band draws inspiration from many sources, including neo-psychedelic avatar Terence McKenna and avant garde comedy troupe The Firesign Theater.
Sam Gilman - Hammond Organ and vintage keys
Tyler Wayne Drabick - Guitar
Brian Sayers - Drums
There's a new sound taking over the town known as Boston. If you're by the banks of the Charles River as the moon glows over the muddy waters you very well may hear some thick, groovy beats banging out a trail for raw guitar licks and a soul-drenched Hammond organ. Yes indeed, ladies and gentleman who are down with the funk, it's time to get rocked by your new favorite band: Otis Grove.
Otis Grove began as a collective experiment in crossing the traditional organ jazz sound with funk, hip-hop, and rock tones. It was the beginning of a sonic realization based in groove and free in improvisation, yet rooted in songwriting and melodic structure. In early 2004, on the heels of their self-titled debut album, the band began spreading their sound to clubs around the New England area. The music, which has since evolved into a unique blend of aggressive rock n' roll and high-intensity organ funk (some fans have dubbed their genre 'Runk'- a mixture of rock and funk), pays tribute to the masters while consistently pushing itself in new directions. Performer Magazine writer Sam Merrick described it as "a monstrous funk groove that probably would have sent Godzilla running had he been in the neighborhood."
While an organ-based power trio at it's core, Otis Grove likes to keep it spicy by frequently collaborating with other musicians. Special guests who have joined the band for performances and recordings include Oteil Burbridge, Mr. Lif, Melvin Sparks, Akrobatik, Ryan Montbleau, Jesse Dee, The Akashic Horns, Garrett Sayers, Tim Palmieri, Amy Bellamy, Aaron Bellamy, Bill Carbone, Beau Sasser, Johnny Trama, Danny Mayer...... and many many more.
Eleven years and well over 1000 shows after its conception, Otis Grove is hitting it harder then ever. The trio-known for their cranked-up, dance-inducing, dynamic live performances- signed with Ropeadope Digital records in 2008 and are currently working on their 5th album which will be released in 2016.
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Formed in 1998 by Rivard with the encouragement of Morphines Mark Sandman (who guested with the group until his death in 99), the music draws from a startlingly wide spectrum of styles, including jazz, hip hop, electronica, avant garde, prog-rock and dub. Under the tutelage of member Brahim Fribgane (who hails from Casablanca) the band absorbed Moroccan trance influences and frequently adds this element to the mix. Audiences of all persuasions are drawn to Fribganes mesmerizing oud stylings and Rivards commanding playing of the Moroccan sintir, a 3 string bass lute used by the Gnawa people of Morocco, a mystical brotherhood of trance-healers. Derived from such ancient sources as these, trance forms the central core of the Club dElf aesthetic, unifying all of the various genres the band has absorbed.
The Lizard Lounge (View)
1667 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|