THE CHANDLER TRAVIS PHILHARMONIC with special guests STEVE SHOOK and KIMON KIRK
Friday 2/22 -
THE CHANDLER TRAVIS PHILHARMONIC
with special guests
KIMON KIRK (w/ John Sands and Thomas Juliano)
$10 advance / $10 at the door
8:30 doors / 9:00 show
the Chandler Travis Philharmonic, at the Lizard Lounge, with special guests Steve Shook (founding member of Travis, Shook, & the Club Wow and the Incredible Casuals; Steve will be playing new material from his debut solo recording, a 6 song EP which will be released this spring, and this is his first appearance in the Boston area in about 30 years), and Kimon Kirk (producer of said Steve Shook EP, which makes him a bit of a miracle worker, too... not to mention his own fine solo recordings and work with Session Americana, which -oops! -I just mentioned!)
Dixieland romps, twisted Mardi Gras marches, sweaty 60's rock, smoky torch songs, and occasional novelties that sound somewhere between Randy Newman and They Might Be Giants, all with hilariously offbeat lyrics. The world would be a better place if Travis would only visit more often. Sam Hurwitt, San Francisco Express
the best band in the universe Rob Caldwell, Hudson-Catskill Register Star
The Chandler Travis Philharmonic is a 9-piece ensemble from Boston that includes a horn section, string bass, keyboard, mandocello, guitar, drums, accordion, and singing valet. It's possible they might be the missing link between the Kinks and Sun Ra
Songwriter, bassist, and producer Kimon Kirk has toured with Aimee Mann, Grant-Lee Phillips, Amy Correia, and Sarah Borges, and was a founding member of Boston's award-winning roots collective Session Americana. He has also released two solo recordings, 2009's Eye On You and 2011's Songs For Society, both of which traverse the pop-music landscape. He recently produced Dignify, Steve Shook's first solo album, as well as new releases by Tom McBride, Kerry Schneider, and the Heygoods.
There's some chance you may be aware of Chandler's other band, the Incredible Casuals, or of his earlier work with Travis Shook and the Club Wow; either solo or in one or another of these guises, he has appeared with Elvis Costello, Green Day, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, John Cale, Bonnie Raitt, NRBQ (longtime buds Terry Adams and Al Anderson from the 'Q played on the first Philharmonic album), Charles Mingus, the Beach Boys, Allen Ginsburg, the Replacements, George Carlin (a guest star on two CTP albums, and a traveling companion for decades), Of Montreal, etc., etc.
The Philharmonic was born in the fall of 1996 at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, on the occasion of Chandler doing a guest shot there with a house band led by multi-instrumentalist/singer Dinty Child. When asked if he would like to add any additional instrumentation, Chandler, having always hated when elderly bands ruan out of ideas to this extent, facetiously suggested "oh yeah,let's get some horns and chick back-up singers." Strangely, Dinty complied with the horn part, booking (among others) genius trumpeter Keiichi Hashimoto, and the CTP was surprisingly hatched!
Later on,cross-dressing drummer Rikki Bates, a pal of Chandler's from the Casuals and one of the more amazing instrumentalists on the planet, and Keith Spring, (NRBQ, Martin Mull) helped complete the picture.
Since then,the band -all colorfully garbed 8 pieces of them, plus singing valet Fred Boak -have introduced the concept of alternative dixieland and omnipop to audiences all over Massachusetts and far beyond (San Francisco,Chicago,and especially New Orleans and New York City have proved particularly responsive -the Village Voice declared them "keenly entertaining", calling Chandler "a true New England eccentric and a master of daft power pop", and the band "a blend of Ringling Bros. and Ra" that "puts the harm back in Philharmonic", and the New Yorker has repeatedly concurred.)
The band released its debut album, "Let's Have a Pancake",along with 26 other website-only full-length CDs (the improbable and ground-breaking RadioBall series) in 2000 as a means of welcoming in the new century; four more "official" Philharmonic releases followed,all on the Sonic Trout label, the most recent being 2010s "The Chandler Travis Philharmonic Blows!", which followed hard on the heels of Chandler's first solo release in a decade, 2009s "After She Left".
The Lizard Lounge (View)
1667 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|