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Town Square Pavilion • Carbondale: Carbondale Main Street Community Friday Night Fair w/ Black Fortys (progressive pop) / Jewels (progressive jazz)

Black Fortys - Beestings - Kaskaskia Island

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Black Fortys - Blood Red Moons - Voodoo Moon

Blood Red Moons

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Black Fortys - Kaskaskia Island Part II (Breaking Down Walls) - Kaskaskia Island

Kaskaskia Island Part II (Breaking Down Walls)

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Black Fortys - Sadie, Sweet - Inana Veda

Sadie, Sweet

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Black Fortys - Sneaky Babies - Voodoo Moon

Sneaky Babies

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Jewels - Herbie's Blues - Introducing the Jewels

Herbie's Blues

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Jewels - Okraschoten - Introducing the Jewels

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Rustle Hill Winery • Cobden: House Concert Series presents Marbin (jazz, progressive rock)

Marbin - Bar Stomp - Breaking the Cycle

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Marbin - Snufkin - Breaking the Cycle

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John Brown's on the Square • Marion: Marbin (jazz)

Marbin - Bar Stomp - Breaking the Cycle

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Caravan of Thieves’ Amazing Gypsy Jazz: Pucker up for Their New Kiss Kiss CD

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Carbondale Music Coalition
Varsity Center for the Arts
Varsity Theater


Who: Carbondale Music Coalition
What: Caravan of Thieves (Gypsy jazz)
Where:
When: 2015-03-21
Django Reinhardt was a European guitarist who played in America during the Great Depression. Impress
Brent Glays
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Django Reinhardt was a European guitarist who played in America during the Great Depression. Impressed with musicians like Louis Armstrong, Reinhardt created a style of playing that has since been known as Gypsy jazz. Could Gypsy jazz have helped turn the economy around in the 1930s?

“It’s a known musical style,” says Carrie, guitarist and singer for Caravan of Thieves. “And it’s used to describe what we do. The free aspect of music.”

“Nowadays the term Gypsy has become less P.C.,” adds her husband, Fuzz, the other half to the guitar playing and singing. “But it’s what we do. We travel around a lot, as a band, and entertain. So in that aspect, I suppose you could call us gypsies.”

“But it’s more about the energy,” Carrie says. “The free-spiritedness of music.”

They bring entertainment to communities nationally.

“It gets funny,” says Fuzz. “Everyone laughs, and then we’ll get serious and very intense. We try to make the show dynamic in a variety of ways. Loud to soft, serious to lighthearted, different instruments and different configurations of those instruments.”

And the instruments are far from traditional. For example, Caravan of Thieves created their own percussion using garbage cans, buckets, and pots and pans. Fancy drum sets aren’t needed.

“We started [Caravan of Thieves] about seven years ago,” Fuzz explains. “Carrie and I have been married for ten years now, and we’ve had an acoustic duo longer than that. One day we were playing on a college campus, and Ben was playing in another band, and that’s how we met. He plays violin and we incorporated him into a trio, then we met Brian and he joined, playing a standup bass. Within a month or two we were performing and have been ever since.”

Carrie also says it’s been a wonderful experience.

Unlike many concerts, this one also incorporates the audience.

“We play on and off stage,” Fuzz explains. “We get the audience to gather around, clap, and help with the percussion.”

“We’ve added some visual and theatrical elements to the show,” Carrie says. “We dress up and get the audience involved, there are sing-alongs. The venues we’ve played are a wide range, but it’s partially seated, partially standing so people can enjoy it both ways— listen and watch or move around a little bit. We do a lot of festivals.”

This time they’re playing at the Varsity Center for the Arts, where they played during the CarbondaleRocks Revival festival in 2013.

“We’re looking forward to returning to Carbondale,” Fuzz says. “We’ve played there a couple times before, at various festivals, and the [Varsity]. It’s a lot of fun.”

“We’re about to release our fourth album [Kiss Kiss],” Carrie says, “so this is, sort of, the tour for it. We’re going to do some things that we haven’t done before.”

There promises to be something for everyone.

“We’ve had a lot of experiences, seen a lot of different types of people, been to a lot of places,” Fuzz says. “Our music comes from everywhere. Life in general. It often doesn’t come from our real lives, literally. It’s not about us; it’s fiction.”

Fiction can stretch as far as imagination.

“Carrie and I take turns telling stories,” Fuzz says. “There’s a lot of back and forth. It always starts with a concept that we’ll flush out, and find a way to tell it as colorful as possible.”

Check out their videos for “Dead Wrong,” “Home,” and “There Must Be Love,” among others, on Youtube for a preview of what’s to come.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20, which is a small token for an evening of singing and dancing. Plus, we’re getting out of our own Depression (or, really, recession)— let’s go out and have some fun. For tickets, visit <http://CarbondaleMusicCoalition.com>. For more information, log on to <http://www.CaravanOfThieves.com>.

who: Carbondale Music Coalition

what: Caravan of Thieves (Gypsy jazz)

where: Varsity Center for the Arts

 

when: Saturday, March 21

Crackerboots Return to Preview a Sip of Lemonade

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Varsity Center for the Arts
Varsity Theater

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Crackerboots: Setting the Mood for Jen Haselhorst’s Photographs


Who: Carbondale Music Coalition
What: Crackerboots (jazz)
Where:
When: 2015-03-07
Luella Wood and Bill DeMain are Nashville musicians and longtime friends who play together as Cracke
K. Brattin
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Luella Wood and Bill DeMain are Nashville musicians and longtime friends who play together as Crackerboots. Wood, who also sings with Tim Carroll as Luella and Some Fella, was scheduled to appear in town last week, but icy weather kept her away. Now, Carbondale audiences will have a chance to hear Crackerboots’ retro-flavored jazz Saturday, March 7 at the Varsity Center for the Arts. Nightlife caught up with Wood to talk about sources of inspiration for the band, the new record she and DeMain are recording, and what audiences can expect from them in Carbondale.

Though Crackerboots formed only a few years ago, vocalist Wood and guitar player DeMain have known each other for a decade, and their musical partnership is fertile. They are songwriting collaborators whose work together, as Wood describes it to Nightlife, often resembles a hangout session. The music feels so natural because it comes from a conversation; while they talk about their lives or casually blow off steam, Wood says, DeMain might take out his guitar and “some of the things we talked about will turn up in a song.”

Though each are involved with other projects— DeMain also plays with Swan Dive— they’re committed to Crackerboots. The key to balancing multiple projects successfully, Wood says, is making each one a priority.

Crackerboots has a distinctly retro sound that reflects the interest Wood and DeMain share in the sixties movies they grew up watching and their classic scores. The humor of those movies, Wood told Nightlife, “is embedded in me.”

Wood also claims the minimalist analog recordings of artists Donna Washington, Peggy Lee, and Patsy Cline as influences.

Crackerboots’ first self-titled album, which came out last August, is notable for its easygoing, melodic charm, but on their second release, tentatively called Lemonade, DeMain and Wood are striving for a deeper sound. “It’s not as cute,” Wood says, “not as obvious.”

It’s still playful, but it’s more mature. In their most recent sessions, the band has been clear about their musical goals, leading to a stripped-down sonic purity, a distillation of the jazz and blues tones for which they’re known. Crackerboots chooses to record live onto tape, meaning all the musicians participating know they need to bring their A-game to avoid mistakes. Wood feels this has a positive and palpable effect on the energy in a session.

Crackerboots recently recorded six songs at the legendary RCA Studio A in Nashville— where Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton once made music— and DeMain and Wood continue to develop new material.

DeMain and Wood will bring a full band to Carbondale Saturday, including longtime collaborator Micah Hulscher on keyboards, and audiences can expect to hear them break out some of their newer material.

Though they’re passionate about what they do, the musicians who make up Crackerboots haven’t lost their sense of humor. Wood explains that the name of the band comes from a character she invented, a cool-guy cowboy cat who walks into a room, preceded by the sound of the spurs on his boots, and devours saltines.

“I grew up really fast,” Wood says, “so music and my imagination are my place to play.”

who: Carbondale Music Coalition

what: Crackerboots (jazz)

where: Varsity Center for the Arts

 

when: Saturday, March 7

Hot! Sauce: Local Latin Groups Says Gracias! with a New CD

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Hot! Sauce

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Flame Bar & Grill


Who: Hot! Sauce
What: Latin music and jazz; CD release party
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When: 2014-12-13
Hot! Sauce performs with eclectic Latin jazz heat Saturday, December 13 at the Flame Bar and Grill,
Leah Williams
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Hot! Sauce performs with eclectic Latin jazz heat Saturday, December 13 at the Flame Bar and Grill, where the local band is celebrating the release of their latest effort, Gracias!.

Sizzling since 2009, Hot! Sauce consists of several talented musicians, including Tom Hensold on percussion and vocals, Lucy Perez on percussion and vocals, Mel Groot on piano and vocals, Buddy Rogers on both the saxophone and flute, Larry Millard on congas, Mike Alderfer on bass and vocals, and Stefan Santiago on trumpet, mandola, and vocals.

On the new record, Hot! Sauce included Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Puerto Rican, and West African songs. Listeners will hear the cha-cha-cha, mambo, samba, and guajira. Many songs are performed in Spanish or Portuguese, depending on the culture of the music.

The album opens with the light and refreshing “Guantanamera,” a song from Cuba with lyrics by José Martí. Hot! Sauce quickens the pace on songs like “El Cumbanchero,” “El Cuatro de Tula,” and “Anatelio,” providing the spicy enticement needed to cut up the dance floor.

“We wanted to show a representation of the styles we’ve been performing, some of the traditional forms we’ve come to do over the years,” Hensold told Nightlife. “There’s also specific styles of dance that are high-energy.”

Another standout track on Gracias! is the West African rhythm-laced “Café Flat.” The song was written by late friend of the band Joe Liberto, and the song is dedicated to his memory. The song’s name was derived from the first notes of the melody rather than an actual place that serves coffee. The instrumental combines Liberto’s tune with the traditional West African rhythm called lolo. Local group the Southern Illinois West African Drumming Ensemble (of which Hensold is also a member) backed Hot! Sauce on the recording.

Hensold said the band had been working on songs for Gracias! since 2012. The album was recorded at Shadi Frick’s Low Key Studios.

Hensold said Hot! Sauce’s songs resonate in part because they come from master artists, and the band members are exceptional players who incorporate their experiences and knowledge into performances.

“I think people really appreciate how exciting the music is,” he said. “There are a lot of elements that could be considered unusual to the ear for a Southern Illinois audience.”

Hensold said the band expects Gracias! to open new doors for them in 2015.

“We are hoping this will add a spark and some interest into different things,” he said.

The title of the album is meant to express appreciation to all of those who have supported Hot! Sauce in the past.

“We want to thank all those who have created this great music and continue to keep it alive,” Hensold said. “It is truly our privilege to join in the sharing.”

For more information about the band, check out Hot! Sauce on Facebook.

who: Hot! Sauce

what: Latin music and jazz; CD release party

where: Flame Bar and Grill

when: Saturday, December 13

Tres Hombres • Carbondale: Marbin (jazz, progressive rock)

Marbin - Bar Stomp - Breaking the Cycle

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Crackerboots: Setting the Mood for Jen Haselhorst’s Photographs

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Grotto, The
Newell House


Who: Carbondale Music Coalition
What: Jen Haselhorst (photography exhibit) / Crackerboots (jazz)
Where:
When: 2014-11-05
Crackerboots bring a blend of retro imagery and breezy jazz-centric blues Wednesday, November 5 to t
Leah Williams
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Crackerboots bring a blend of retro imagery and breezy jazz-centric blues Wednesday, November 5 to the Newell House Grotto Lounge. The music will accompany a photography exhibit featuring the work of Jen Haselhorst, who among other things is well-known for documenting the local music scene; her promotional shots of David Gene, Bosco and Whiteford, and the Scandal have appeared in Nightlife. The event is sponsored by the Carbondale Music Coalition.

Crackerboots provide the musical ambiance of a romantic stroll with peaceful melodies and effortless vocals. There is a relaxing quirk about them.

Nightlife spoke with both Luella Wood and Bill DeMain while the Nashville, Tennessee-based pair were taking a break from a writing session to talk about influences, staying true, and what’s next for the duo.

Wood and DeMain met nearly a decade ago. What they found was an undeniable ability to make music together.

“We just found that we had this amazing chemistry,” Wood said. “We didn’t plan any of it. It just sort of happened by accident.”

DeMain said that they also found they liked many of the same movies and television shows and had a mutual appreciation for vintage and retro styles.

“We like a lot of the same things, and we just clicked,” DeMain said. “Because we have the similar interests we could play with that and let that be one aspect of our show.”

Much of Crackerboots’ music has a soft truth in each guitar-string bend. On “Safe,” a song that the duo pitched for the last Twilight movie, Wood sings, “I can’t pretend that I don’t love you / It’s like a knot that I can’t undo.” Her voice captures the delicate balance of tenderness and surrender.

“It’s very honest and heartfelt,” DeMain said of the band’s music.

For Crackerboots’ latest album, which had a release party in August, the band brought in Brad Jones, producer of Jason and the Scorchers’ Halcyon Times. Pianist Micah Hulscher and drummer Dave Harrison also came in to round out the sound.

The album features several sultry songs as well as influences ranging from bossa nova to post-war pop.

The Nashville Scene called the album “a sweet soundtrack for those transitional days where stifling late-summer afternoons yield to nights with just the faintest hint of autumn’s chill.”

Wood and DeMain said they have plans to record new material at the hallowed grounds of RCA Studio B, which became famous as the birthplace of the Nashville Sound in the sixties. Many legendary recording artists have laid down tracks there, including Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, and Elvis Presley.

While Wood also sings with Luella and the Sun and DeMain is the cofounder of Swan Dive, audiences should not expect to hear anything similar in Crackerboots’s music.

“We want people to know that the stuff that we do with Crackerboots is completely different than what some people might know us from,” Wood said.

And they can’t wait to prove it.

“We’re really looking forward to coming to play in Carbondale,” he said.

For more information, check out Crackerboots on Facebook. See Haselhorst’s photography at <http://www.JenHaselhorst.com>.

who: Carbondale Music Coalition

what: Jen Haselhorst (photography exhibit) / Crackerboots (jazz)

where: Newell House Grotto Lounge

when: Wednesday, November 5

 

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