Chris Cutler, Philly Underground Music & Culture Fest & Other TRM GIGS
- The Red Masque Concert Update
Greetings from Philadelphia-area dark art rock band The Red Masque.
We are currently in the midst of organizing our Late
Winter/Spring/Summer schedule and have a few shows to announce at
Saturday 3.08.03: 2003 Philadelphia Underground Music & Culture
Festival. Sedgwick Cultural Center, 7137 Germantown Ave.,
Philadelphia, PA 19119; 215-248-9229. 7pm. $10 in advance/$12 at the
door. With IZZ, Dreadnaught, and Second Sufis. Details provided at
the end of this post.
Saturday 3.22.03: Blvd Deli, 5218 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA. With
Another Pretty Face and Girlush Figure. $5. 9pm. Order tickets in
advance or at the door. Note: Tickets are selling fast as this is the
Blvd Deli's Anniversary Show. Email anotherprettyfacemusic@...
Sunday 3.23.03: Sedgwick Cultural Center, 7137 Germantown Ave.,
Philadelphia, PA 19119; 215-248-9229. 7:30pm. Opening for Chris
Cutler (of Henry Cow). Tickets will be sold in advance or at the
door. Ticket price TBA. All ages.
Monday 3.24.03: The Tritone, 1508 South Street, Philadelphia, PA
19146; 215-545-0475. With The Crime (ex AKASH), opening for special
Saturday 3.29.03: NJ ProgHouse, AKA The Metlar - Bodine House Museum,
1281 River Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854. $20. 8pm. Order tickets in
advance. Only 30 tickets will be sold for this special intimate TRM-
only performance. Order tickets by emailing njproghouse@...
Thursday 4.10.03: Lowell Brewery, Lowell, Mass. Details TBA.
Sponsored by NEW EARS (New England Art Rock Society). 8pm. See
www.newears.org. $3. Buy tickets in advance or at the door. Email
newears625@... for details.
2003 Philadelphia Underground Music & Culture Festival
WHEN: March 8 . 7pm. $10 advance tickets/$12 at the door
WHERE: Sedgwick Cultural Center, 7137 Germantown Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19119; 215-248-9229;www.sedgwickcenter.org.
The Sedgwick Cultural Center will host the second annual PUMC
Festival celebrating the spirit of underground music and culture.
This unique, one-day event will bring together musicians and fans
from all across the country on March 8, at 7pm. The festival will
offer daring bands that are in the vanguard of the underground music
community; an art film presentation, dancers and firebreathers and
other performance artists; and unique vendors area featuring indie
label CDs, ethnic food, alternative arts, unique gifts, information
and other entertainment.
The music of bass guitarist/composer Bob Lord and Dreadnaught - known
as `progabilly,' a term coined to describe the band's singular fusion
of old school progressive rock, Americana, classical, and jazz - has
captivated audiences, musicians, and critics alike. Over the last 6
years and 3 studio albums, Dreadnaught has steadily become one of the
most innovative and acclaimed young bands to emerge from the American
music scene; their latest release THE AMERICAN STANDARD (Red Fez
Records) has helped them earn `best album' and `best band'
nominations and awards from publication after publication, including
the Portland Phoenix, Portsmouth Herald, Progressive Rock Reviews,
JAM Music Magazine, ProgressiveWorld.net, and Progressor.net. In
addition, the album has garnered rave reviews throughout the US,
England, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Mexico, Brazil,
Canada, and believe it or not Uzbekistan.
From the frantically heavy King Crimson and Bach-inspired
opener "Ballbuster" to the pastoral Yes and Aaron Copland-esque
strains of "Derby Days," Dreadnaught's groundbreaking third album THE
AMERICAN STANDARD pulls absolutely no punches. Recorded with longtime
engineer Shaun Frenchie Michaud of Event (Inside Out Records) and
Andy Happel of Thanks to Gravity (former Capitol Records) and
featuring cover art by the Brothers Hildebrandt (Lord of the Rings,
Star Wars), the album was released by Red Fez Records on 17 November
2001 and has since gone into a second pressing.
Bob has toured extensively with Dreadnaught (including two different
month-long national tours in 2002 alone), booking, playing, and road
managing over 300 shows across 20 states since the tick of the
millennium clock; the management experience and general business
acumen acquired over his 14-year career has proven to be as essential
to Dreadnaught's success as his compositional skills and instrumental
proficiency. In addition to moonlighting as the bass guitarist for
Thanks to Gravity and rock/soul outfit King Syracuse with Ed Jurdi,
Bob has shared a stage with artists as diverse as John Entwistle of
the Who, the California Guitar Trio, Duke Robillard, Strangefolk, and
a very odd fellow from NYC who lip-syncs his own material and goes by
the name of Valkyrie.
Dreadnaught is currently in post-production for a double-disc live
album to be released worldwide this spring on the Italian label Comet
Records, and Bob is currently working on composing the score for the
independent motion picture THE MUSHING MILL.
THE RED MASQUE
Event organizers, The Red Masque are a dark, theatrical avant rock
band from the Philadelphia community with gothic, psychedelic and
space rock influences, who are fast achieving a cult status within
the underground art rock community. Performing at such prestigious
events as the 2001 World Con Science Fiction Convention and the 2001
Prelude to the North East Art Rock Festival, The Red Masque's offer
truly innovative "art rock to scare the neighbors with", as well as
utilize a wide variety of instrumentation: celtic concert harp, toy
dolls, found percussion, indian snake charmer flutes, death's head
rattles, bass, guitar, mandolin, keyboards and horns and vocals. In
addition, their latest album, VICTORIA AND THE HARUSPEX, has been
appearing on numerous Top 10 lists for 2002. The Red Masque fans may
be interested to know that bassist/keyboardist/acoustic guitar player
Brandon Ross' younger brother Doug Ross, will be performing acoustic
guitar in the vendors area in-between performances. In addition, The
Red Masque will be bringing special guest performers with them on
stage for this event.
Second Sufis, a duo from Connecticut, offer
progressive/experimental/world ambient music that traverses mystical
realms as often as it expands mental dimensions. Their music grows
out of progressive rock and ambient music. The one constant in their
music is change, and each release is a vastly different listening
experience from the others. The often poly-rhythmic, poly-ethnic,
pieces act as springboards for group improvisation.
According to All Music Guide's review by Gary Hill, New York's IZZ
is "Definitely progressive rock in the '70s tradition, this [band]
takes elements of many classic prog bands and combines them into a
mix all their own. Yes, Genesis, UK, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, King
Crimson, and Renaissance are among the bands who Izz seem to look to
for stylistic inspiration." If you like rock music with strong vocal
harmonies and finley-composed song structures, IZZ is well-worth your
Ticket Ordering Information
Tickets will be available in advance by phone from the Sedgwick (215-
248-9229), as well as at the door. Admission is $10 in advance and
$12 at the door and will be limited to 300 people. For additional
details, press inquiries or questions about the event, please email
festival organizers, The Red Masque, at theredmasque@....
Chestnut Hill Hotel
8229 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118
Silverstone Bed & Breakfast
8840 Stenton Avenue, Chestnut Hill
Philadelphia. PA 19118
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