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ROC TOO MANY ZOOZ
Sat. | March 24 | Montage Music Hall
By Christine G. Adamo
Write Revise Edit (dba "A-ha!" Creative)
TOO MANY ZOOZ
MATT DOE (Trumpet), right
LEO PELLIGRINO (Baritone Sax), left
DAVID "King of Sludge" PARKS (Drums), center
You know those long, deep European dial tones? Booooop. That’s what I got last week, when I called Matt Doe of TOO MANY ZOOZ to ask him about the band’s upcoming gig—this Sat., March 24—at Montage Music Hall (Rochester, NY). The trio formed roughly four years ago, via Manhattan School of Music.
An April 24, 2014, video (11:25) of them playing the Union Square subway platform in NYC has gotten 5,159,627 views on YouTube. You can view it HERE. In an age when people say attention spans are waning, thier viral video counts are no small feat. What’s their secret? Talent. (Duh, Christine). Vigorous energy. Passionate performance. Don’t be square, sitting at home like I do most cold Saturday nights. ROC weather ain’t that bad.
Me: Are you currently in Europe?
Matt: We’re in Paris right now. We’re out here doing a European tour. We just came out here a week ago and we’re here … until the 17th.
Me: How’s it going so far?
Matt: Good. [Silence.]
Me: A man of many words, huh? [Insert nervous laugh.] Is there a lot to like about Paris? Are you playing in the Metro? What’s going on?
Matt: I guess I’m just kind of used to this. We’ve been out here touring quite a bit. We don’t really have time to play in the subway. We mostly just try to do our routine: Get up, get in the van and drive to the next city. We get to sound check, play the sound check, have an hour or two to eat dinner and then play the show. We go to the hotel and then drive to the next city.
Me: Have you been to Europe before?
Matt: We lived in Paris for four months a long time ago. Ever since then, we’ve been here every year for at least a month.
Me: Nice! Are you promoting [2016’s Kickstarter funded] Subway Gawdz—or something else?
Matt: We’re working on new music—always. We have a bunch of new music that we’re sitting on and waiting on the right time to release. Until that happens, yeah, we’re promoting Subway Gawds. I mean, we’re really just getting out, seeing our fans, playing live shows and having fun.
Me: I bet that’s the fun part, being in front of people.
Matt: Tours can be pretty strenuous but the fun part is definitely getting in front of people.
Me: [Predictable journalist query.] Dare I ask, how does Europe compare to Rochester? Have you been to here before?
Matt: I’ve been to Rochester. I dunno, I mean, everywhere is just different and all people are different—always. “Europe,” as a whole, is like saying, “How does the United States compare to a city in … .”
Me: [Point taken.] What do you expect?
Matt: I’m not too familiar with Rochester. I don’t think we’ve ever played there, so it’ll be our first time, which should be cool.
INTERLUDE: Lately? It’s been warm. And it’s been cold. My advice to Matt was to prep for anything, weather-wise. After giving him a mini-geography lesson akin to, “It’s pretty far north right between Buffalo and Syracuse. Kind of an hour-and-a-half or so from Niagara Falls,” our interview continues.
Me: Are you guys going to Canada? It’s not a far stretch to get up to Toronto and Montreal. Is that where you’re going afterward?
Matt: Wait a second. Let me look. [Papers rustle, then nothing.]
Me: Hello … hello? Shit! [Dropped call. I try him again. Busy tone. He calls me. Y’gotta love good manners!] Matt?
Matt: Yeah, we’re going on to St. Catherines, [in Ontario,] Canada. That’s pretty close.
Me: [So, this is all about “me,” eh?] I love going up to Canada. My boyfriend’s a HUGE music fan. I mean, he goes to everything. We go to Toronto and Montreal frequently.
INTERMISSION: Leave it to me to continue stating the obvious [Could I have ADHD?], rambling. I tell Matt it’s nice to be that close. That Rochester’s a small city. That I guess you could say it’s “quaint.” That Montage is a pretty cool place. That it’s downtown. That downtown is tiny—“y’know, not all massive and metropolitan.” That it’s pretty “neat.” [Neat?!] That, if they’re looking to eat afterward, they should maybe try Mark’s Texas Hots. That it’s an artsy city.
Me: Montage … has a nice, big, open room. The stage is sort of set in a way that people can crowd all the way ’round. I think you guys will have a lot of room to move around, as well.
Matt: [Refreshingly succinct.] Nice!
Me: Yeah, yeah. I think you’ll like it. I hope you’ll like it. There’s a craving for really cool music around here. I think you’ll get a good reception.
INTERVAL: What do Matt (below) and my mother's snazzy 1960s era purse have in common?
Me: I was watching the Beyoncé CMA performance on YouTube. I caught a glimpse of you at Stage Right. That was you! It was great! It looked like a massive undertaking with all these people on stage. Was that exciting—to have a lot of people around?
Matt: Working with Beyoncé was totally a great learning experience. We have nothing but nice things to say about her, her team and the way we were treated. I mean, we had such a great experience all around.
Me: It looked like there were 20, 30 people up on stage. Do you remember anything in particular about the experience—a mood, an event, a face in the crowd?
Matt: Probably something like that. I mean, with the whole band and everything, probably around 20. Yeah, nothing comes to mind. Whenever I’m performing, it’s just … uh, kind of … I don’t know how to say it. I guess, when I’m performing, it’s just a different box. [A box?]
Every stage is different. It’s just about putting what you do and putting your artistic footprint into any situation, or kind of box, that you put yourself in. For us, it was just different to take what we do and kind of just …, I mean, that’s the beauty of collaboration.
It's just taking what you do, artistically, and mashing it with what other people do. Seeing how it works and what happens and if it’s something that’s cool and stuff like that. It was just really fun getting to go out and do that. Nothing in particular comes to mind, but it was just a great experience.
Me: [First I admit jealousy.] I hear that it sort of boosted sales of CDs and downloads and stuff. Did it? Was there much of an effect?
Matt: Yeah, I’m sure it did. I don’t much pay attention to that sort of stuff, but … um, I definitely think that—yeah, inherently—just being associated with Beyoncé and performing live on the Country Music Awards pushes viewership and exposure.
Me: Can I ask [as if I won’t] what’s the oddest—or most odd—gig you guys have ever played?
Matt: I dunno, we’ve played some pretty strange shows. We did a show in New Orleans one time that was, like, at this old hotel that someone had bought. It was, like, this clothing-optional pool party. So, that was pretty weird.
Me: Did it involve Bounce [music] or other artists?
Matt: It was just us, playing—as we do.
Me: Are you sitting there naked now, as we’re talking?
Matt: It definitely can get weird but, uh, you know. We’ll survive. [Laughs, as transatlantic time delay gives way.] It was a party, so it’s cool.”
Me: Is there a question you wish I had asked you?
Matt: Um, I dunno. Those questions were cool. [Laughs.] Yeah, I dunno. It’s all good. We’re just doing our thing and plugging along, y’know.
Me: [As an Arts Reviewer, you try not to ask standard things. Then there are the things you ask for personal reasons.] You’re a trumpet player and all. Are you a fan of Chet Baker? Or not?
Matt: Uh, yeah. I mean, I grew up listening to a lot of jazz trumpet players and Chet Baker was one of them—so, I definitely, um … yeah. I’m a fan of his trumpet playing.
Me: I’m excited to see you guys. [In earnest.] I’ll be at the show, so I’ll say, “Hi!”
Matt: Cool. Awesome, yeah. Please introduce yourself. Later. Thanks for calling.
UPCOMING: After Germany and Poland and before Europe again (Turkey, France, Belgium, Netherlands, etc.) the band plays on.
MAR 21: THE HAUNT (Ithaca, NY)
MAR 22: PEARL STREET (Northampton, MA)
MAR 23: HIGHER GROUND (Burlington, VT)
MAR 24: MONTAGE MUSIC HALL (Rochester, NY)*
MAR 26: WAREHOUSE (St. Catherine's, Canada)
MAR 27: RUM RUNNERS (London, Canada)
MAR 29: THE 27 CLUB (Ottawa, Canada)
MAR 30: PHOENIX THEATER (Toronto, Canada)
MAR 31: L'ASTRAL (Montreal, Canada)
BONUS: Video Big Band, ass-shaking sax stylings of Leo P.--pelvic thrusts and fancy footwork aplenty.
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Wanna Good Scream? Slip “Under the Shadow”
By Christine G. Adamo
Catch "Under the Shadow" at The Little Theater while you still can. Visit the TheLittle.org.
Her screams were unmistakable.
She was stunned. Mortified. Perhaps even terrified. She was? Me.
Sitting in L2, at The Little Theatre, I took in a pre-screening of the Persian film “Under the Shadow” (84 min.) with a handful of other brave folks. I’ll tell you now that I’m no fan of horror and am shocked that this entry only earned a PG-13 rating. Then again there were no sex scenes, no flashes of gratuitous nudity and nothing you could call overtly violent. Nothing obvious, that is.
I am, however, a fan of the undeniable realism, horrific undertones and stunning cinematography which characterize this film; a truly suspenseful social commentary. The 2016 release was written and directed by Babak Anvari. He's also known for the 2011 film “Two & Two,” described as “an allegory for the absurdness of dictatorship and tyranny and the resilience of the human spirit.”
His newest release ups the ante on all counts and, in the process, lifts the veil on the inherent horrors of patriarchy. Set in the late 1980s—as the Iran-Iraq War drew to a close—the film’s opening sequence sets the tone for what’s to come. We pan through the halls of an academic setting cast in stark white tones save for a raven-colored burqa worn by the protagonist, Shideh.
Narges Rashidi thrills as Shideh in "Under the Shadow" (directed by Anvari, 2016, 84 min.).
That role is played with vivid dimension by Narges Rashidi, whose own family fled Iran, in 1987, for Turkey and then Germany. It’s worth noting that Rashidi was named “Best Young Actress” at the N.Y. Int’l. Independent Film Video Festival, in 2007, for her role as Lolita in “A2Z.” If I had my way, she’d win an Oscar for her work in “Under the Shadow.”
The film’s synopsis describes a situation in which mother and daughter are struggling “to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war-torn Tehran of the 1980s (as) a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home.” That barely scratches at the surface of what lurks in every frame. Through a series of well-chosen camera angels and movements, we see Shideh’s world turn upside down.
A former medical student and cultural revolutionary, this young mother struggles to reconcile the relationships and forces which weigh on her: Her relationship with her mother, her relationship with her husband, her relationship with her daughter, her relationship with her neighbors, her relationship with institutions and her relationship with personal demons—each unyielding and oppressive of her ambitions, aspirations and actions.
A slew of contentious relationships ups the ante in "Under the Shadow," rated PG-13.
In the process, she struggles to hold it together both literally and figuratively.
A steady stream of pop culture references keeps viewers stuck in this '80s time capsule alongside Shideh, including a video clip of Yazoo’s 1982 hit song “Situation,” with its cautionary lyric: Don’t make a sound; just move out. Such references, however nostalgic, heighten the psychic and physical dangers women face as they reach for emancipation and empowerment.
“Under the Shadow” makes clear that—whether natural, supernatural or manmade—it is those forces that rest outside ourselves which are the most fearful of all, inducing anxiety and whipping up winds that put our dreams precariously out of reach. Brilliant, tense and suspenseful, this intellectual thriller takes horror to exciting new heights (a la "The Shining").
Several scenes in "Under the Shadow" surpass the scare level of "The Shining" even.
Catch “Under the Shadow” at The Little Theatre while you still can. Visit TheLittle.org for show times, which include a showing tonight (Thurs., Oct. 20), a matinee on Sat., Oct. 22, and another showing late Tues., Oct. 25.
And be sure to let me know if it makes you SOL. Uh, scream out loud.
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FRI., 10/7 - MIDGE URE at Montage
(10) Things to Know About Midge Pre-Show—and Then Some!
By Christine G. Adamo for ROC-Arts
Midge Ure plays Montage Fri., Oct. 7, so get your tickets now! (Photo Courtesy: Midge Ure | Photo By: Heiko Roith)
“There are many things I get involved with outside the regular areas of my music. Things I do with Save the Children and Band Aid. The various radio shows I narrate for the BBC. The books—print and electronic, audio and photograph. The oddities I seem to have been part of over the years alongside oddities I hope to be part of in the future. (I've created) a home for these orphans. Somewhere for this odd collection to reside.”
JAMES "MIDGE" URE
excerpt from LIFE on the artist’s Official Website
Are you a fan of phenomenal '80s music? '90s music?
Then you'll love this! Over the weekend I received an email from my friend Jennifer Sciarabba. (Really, we're friends! Ask her.) You may know her as Jen V., the creator and longtime host of “New Wave Wednesday,” airing weekly on WBER 90.5FM from 7-9am EST.
“One of my favorite artists of all time is coming to Rochester Friday night,” Jen enthused. “Meet me there and see an amazing performance of a world-class musician—Midge Ure—for less than it would cost to go out to dinner. Artists of this caliber don’t often come to smaller markets like ours. We want to be able to give him the BIGGEST audience we can.”
Jen’s right and we agree! Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of. So, what’re you waiting for? Let's pull out all the stops on this one. Here’s a primer, in the form of a list Jen compiled and was kind enough to share with us for your benefit.
(10) Things to Know About Midge Pre-Show:
- Midge is originally from Scotland.
- As a solo artist, he’s released (5) albums.
- As Jen attests, he’s an “incredible guitarist.”
- Ure has fronted Slik, The Rich Kids and Ultravox.
- He and Bob Geldof co-wrote “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
- Together those two music gods co-organized Band Aid, Live Aid and Live 8.
- Midge was a Prince’s Trust Rock Gala (Eric Clapton, Kate Bush, et al.) music director.
- Jen says he sounds like Shrek, but is definitely “cuter.”
- … and looks like Jean-Luc Picard, but is “more fun.”
- He may be knighted Sir Midge any day now.
Tune into Jen's show this Wed., Oct. 5, and you may WIN TIX to see Midge live!
Midge Ure is a rock god and a Save the Children ambassador. (Photo Courtesy: Midge Ure | Photo By: Heiko Roith)
—and Then Some!
How ’bout a few bonus facts thrown in for good measure?
Ure’s debut solo album, The Gift (1985), was released after Band Aid while on hiatus from Ultravox—with “If I Was,” co-written with Danny Mitchell, reaching No. 1 in the UK and Ireland. The title track from Breathe (1996) appeared in a series of Swatch ads. You can catch a glimpse of Tyra Banks in one of them. Let me know if you do
Live 8 was produced in an effort to urge G8 leaders to get serious about ending poverty worldwide. That year, Midge was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his charitable and musical endeavors. He’s also received numerous honorary degrees in Music, Law, Arts, Culture and more. Ure’s 2015 cover of David Bowie's “The Man Who Sold the World” also appears on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
Get Yer Tix Today!
Still wonder why Jen's so keen on spreading the word?
Doubtful. Yet, in case you need another reason, here goes. It's a personally-penned invitation from Jen. V. herself: “I’d (love) to hang out with you, as we hear great music on Friday night. So, please, join me for the Midge Ure show at Montage!” When you see Jen? Midge? Me? Say "Hi!" (Hell, I'll even accept a high five!)
Catch Midge Ure live at The Montage Music Hall (50 Chestnut St. in Rochester) on Fri., Oct. 7th. Doors open at 7pm. The Heroic Enthusiasts hit the stage at 8pm and the night runs thru 11pm. This show falls smack dab in the middle of the first leg of Ure’s most current U.S. tour.
For tickets, go to Lakeshore Record Exchange (370 Park Ave.) or visit AlternativeMusic.com. For info, visit the “Midge Ure Presented by Lakeshore …” Facebook page. For fun, download the attached flyer and spread the world near and far: Facebook, Twitter, everywhere.
While you're at it, like Midge's Facbeook page: /Midge-Ure.
And comment on the show! (below)
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Sharon Jones, long-time vocalist with The Dap-Kings, comes on like a barefoot freight train.
Get Hip to “Miss Sharon Jones!” at The Little This Weekend
By Christine G. Adamo
Wanna one-word review of “Miss Sharon Jones!” (2015, 93 min.)? Humbling.
The film—produced and directed by Barbara Kopple in 2015, presented by Starz Digital and released nationwide this August—opens with a noontime screening on Sat., Sept. 3, at The Little Theatre and offers a humbling look at a year that could easily have derailed this dynamic woman whose spirited soul and vocals have infused the Grammy Award winning band The Dap-Kings with an extra shot of dimension for decades.
"Sharon's voice is like a train,” Dapette Saundra Williams cautioned. “You betta get out the way!"
As the part-live-concert, part-studio-performance and very personal documentary helps explain, this “female James Brown” and former Rikers Island corrections officer is more than just a booming voice and larger-than-life personality. She’s fronted The Dap-Kings for 20+ years. And she’s also a recent survivor of pancreatic cancer.
That particular struggle is what “Miss Sharon Jones!”—the movie—used as a vehicle to shed light on who Jones is. But, so much of what’s stood in the way of her rise to stardom has prepared her to face it head on.
"Everything I've done, in my life, takes a little longer," Jones confessed on film.
Sharon Jones fronts The Dap-Kings in Asheville, N.C., in 2010 (courtesy: Rich Orris on flickr).
She grew up the youngest of six children in what she classified “the projects.” She was determined to move her mother out of there just as soon as she could, often supporting her entire family. She’s also been called too fat. Too black. Too short. And too old.
“The guys from Sony,” she said, slung those accusations at her and made her question her ability to make a dent in the music industry. Yet? She’s made more than a little ripple. In fact, she's sure to leave a lasting impression.
"Look at me now. All this hard work has finally paid off."
"I think, all the time, ‘When I had in my head I wanted to be a star, nothing happened.’ But, when I just said, 'You know what? I just wanna sing and use this gift and let people love me for my voice—not the way I look—and enjoy my music,’ (things took off).”
Sharon Jones (center), The Dap-Kings and The Dapettes as featured in a publicity photo at SJDK online.
The Dap-Kings aren’t regularly showered with radio air time, but they have a loyal audience that spans the globe. Its membership is diverse and inclusive. Heck, Homer Steinweiss joined that band at 16 years of age! Its bass player, bandleader, lead songwriter and producer Bosco Mann (aka Gabriel “Gabe” Roth) co-founded Daptone Records and wrote “Retreat” to help ease Jones back into the fold after chemotherapy.
The animated video makes a cameo appearance in “Miss Sharon Jones!” and is worth checking out on YouTube or on the band’s official website, where you can purchase the film’s soundtrack for $10.99 (I highly recommend it). Despite a few issues with consistency of picture quality, especially during live performance footage, “Miss Sharon Jones!” is a must-see for music lovers of every persuasion and generation. Visit TheLittle.org for local show times, which run thru Wed., Sept. 7.
Post a comment. letting me know what YOU think of “Miss Sharon Jones!”