If you're on the East Coast in June, you better be heading up to Massachusetts for the Django in June shows. Lollo, Andreas, Wrebel, Kliphuis, plus you get to hang out with Michael and Jack...what more could you want? Huh? You want more info? Okay, try looking here: http://djangoinjune.com/
But if you're in Los Angeles and can't afford the plane ticket, I'd like to invite you to a show I'm organizing. It's Django Night at Mr. T's Bowl, and it's happening on Thursday, June 15. It's a free show filled with many acts you won't see at a Djangofest. That's not a dig on Djangofest; they totally rule. We're just taking a slightly different approach, having Django enthusiasts who play in many different styles pay tribute to their hero.
Here's some info on the line-up:
Jeremy Drake & Nels Cline: Guitarist Jeremy Drake has received acclaim for his performances with groups like Team Up, Bedouin Hornbook, and Mount Washington, as well as for line/space/line, the improvised music concert series he co-organized. Guitarist Nels Cline is well-known to folks in both the jazz and rock scenes for his solo work and for his work with groups like the Geraldine Fibbers and Wilco.
Joe Baiza: Best known as the co-founder and guitarist of jazz/punk heroes Saccharine Trust, he’s also the driving force behind the Mecolodiacs and Universal Congress Of. For Django Night, Mr. Baiza will team up with drummer Brian Christopherson (Saccharine Trust, Guns Books and Tools) and bassist Anthony Shadduck (Universal Congress Of, The Eye Bright Buglers).
Killsonic: Purveyors of “East L.A. avant garde.” Killsonic mix bebop chops, punk energy, and avant composition into something indefinable that’s uniquely Angeleno.
Tango Nuevo: A quartet of alto sax, accordion, classical guitar, and double bass. They’re equally at home with chamber jazz, old guard tango, and Astor Piazzolla’s modernist compositions.
Tommy Davy: Mr. Davy is a devotee of the Django school of guitar playing, with an interest in both the earliest Hot Club recordings and the later, bop-influenced compositions.
Jessica Fichot: The evening’s official representative for the chanson tradition, in which Django was often employed as an accompanist to Parisian singers. Ms. Fichot learned her trade at Berklee School of Music and in Paris, where she lived for several years.
Frankie & Paloma: A guitar/violin duo that will undoubtedly shine a light on Django’s collaborations with violinist Stephane Grappelli.
Cat Hair Ensemble: (This one is my band.) Club-footed waltzes, nervous tangos, and gallow's swing. Old World dance tunes for New World losers.
Music starts at 8:30 p.m. This show is free. Mr. T's Bowl is located at 5621 1/2 N. Figueroa in Highland Park (90042, for you MapQuest types), between Ave. 56 and Ave. 57. Club entrance and free parking in rear. 21 and over.
If you want more info, feel free to send me a PM.