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Announcement! We have changed the name of our Friday Events to Friday Features because we're happy to say that we will be organizing separate weekly Java Jams specifically for jamming only! More information and updates coming soon!
Join us every Friday in a warm coffee shop atmosphere for a Friday Feature promoting the music of at least one local artist! Sip on some of the best espresso drinks around, meet up with friends, play board or card game, or get some work done while listening to some of New England's finest! Hope to see you there!
Greyhound Dream is an acoustic trio based in southern Rhode Island and founded in 2015. GD exhibits a broad eclectic repertoire of roots and popular music including blues, folk, country, and early rock and roll. Made up of well-seasoned performers who have all played with successful Rhode Island bands, the group features the deft finger-style guitar and gritty vocals of Josh Schurman which blend perfectly with Krista Brown Rousseau's powerful multi-octave voice. Jerry Rousseau's rock-solid and sensitive bass playing completes the sound.
Mother Superior and the Bad Habit
'Like most heavenly conceptions, Mother Superior and the Bad Habit (henceforth referred to as MSatBH) means well, but will likely be misunderstood and cause a war. I suppose we’ll risk it. Some concepts MSatBH tackle: Love, Finitude, Consciousness, Rollerskates, and the Oneness of Sex, Life, and Death. Thanks to our musical instruments, our armchair philosophers’ take on these subjects are not a complete bore.
Mother Nature: on Guitar, Vocals, and Heaven Connector
Mother Oh Bryan: on Bass and theJustice Device
Mother Fretboard: on Guitarand churns the guilt pot
Mother Styx: on Drums, the love machine, and drives the “to hell” chariot
“Mother Superior and the Bad Habit are the perfect combination of quirk and wit, pairing psychedelic soundscapes with well thought out arrangements of both tremendous original songs and some of the most timeless covers.”-Ariel Rose Bodman
“A facial hair bonanza!!”-Rex Millerson
“Sad Losers.” Precedent Drumpf'
(March 31st is a show! See other column! ->)
April 1st (Saturday)
URI Big Jazz Band
The University of Rhode Island Jazz Big Band has been the four year home for many music students over 40 years and has been host to many internationally renowned jazz artist such as Frank Morgan, Slide Hampton, Bob Mintzer, Bill Dobbins, Jeff Jarvis, Gary Burton, Joanne Brackeen and many other. The University of Rhode Island Big Band tied first place in 1991 with the University of Massachusetts, Amherst at the MIT New England Intercollegiate Jazz Festival with Phil Woods and Herb Pomeroy as adjudicators. The URI Big Band has also performed multiple times at the Lincoln Center Spring Concert Series in New York City, the past 4 years at the Newport Jazz Festival and with British Jazz Artist Jamie Cullum at the Newport Jazz Festival in the Summer of 2015.
Occasional String Band
A group of friends from South County, Rhode Island, who who get together “on occasion” to play an eclectic mix of mostly acoustic music. “Occasionally” it's folk, “occasionally” bluegrass, “occasionally” blues, and “occasionally” some of their own original compositions--but always for the pure fun of it!
Saddle Up The Chicken
URI Big Jazz Band
Occasional String Band
Guitar Workshop w/ Peppino D'Agostino
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jeremy kittle band
Session One “How to Groove” March 19th 3-6pm
Session two “Style Expansions” March 26th 3-6pm
Learn to play the most popular contemporary styles in two workshops followed by a show featuring the Dan Moretti Quartet on April 2nd!
Workshops are for all instrumentalists including horns! Workshop package only $60! (Can't make both dates? Come to just one for $35!)
Soul, Rock, Funk, R&B, Swing, Bosa, Mambo and more!
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Backline will be provided. Participants will get an educational discount should purchase the 23 Tutti grooves which includes audio, video and music. They are playable on Mac, PC and IOS. An instructional sheet will be sent upon registration completion on how to install the Tutti. Enrollment will be limited to 20 people.
Call 401.824.971 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
March Open Mic/Potluck
March 31st at 7:30pm
We're excited to host the Jeremy Kittel Band at the Pump House! Join us Friday March 31st at 7:30 for this virtuosic award winning american fiddler, violinist, and composer with his quintet at the Pump House!
Doors Open at 7:00. Parking in lot and across the street of the Peacedale Mill. (No parking on neighboring streets)
Great Room tickets $20 online, $25 at door
Bar room $15
There’s a vicious divide between the worlds of classical violin and traditional fiddling. It’s a rift as deep as the PC vs Mac debate, as polarizing as red state vs blue state, and no amount of charming cameos from Yo Yo Ma has been able to heal this wound. That’s why it’s so rare and remarkable to find a young fiddler like Jeremy Kittel who is able to move effortlessly between the classical and folk worlds. Whereas the classical violinist has the impeccable tone and the ability to play into the higher reaches of the violin, the folk fiddler has the rhythmic sense, the drive, the swing, the groove, that’s usually missing from classical music. Of course, any musician that can unite these two worlds would be near unstoppable, and that’s exactly what we find in Kittel’s music. He blazes through a Bach violin partita as easily as a Scottish reel, bringing the same intense focus and precision to both, but also a wily kind of rhythm to the Bach partita that probably would have been wholly appropriate for Bach’s time. Kittel also has a larger sense of composition and creation that comes from his work in classical and jazz violin worlds. Many young fiddlers today compose their own tunes, but Kittel arranges them into something larger, integrating the fiery musicianship of his band into the pieces. And what a band! The Jeremy Kittel Band features groundbreaking hammered dulcimer player Simon Chrisman, Canadian wunderkind guitarist Quinn Bachand, mandolin prodigy Joshua Pinkham, and transcendent cellist Nathaniel Smith. Kittel’s working on a new album in 2017 with this ensemble, and advance videos from the studio show a band operating at the top of their form, each member listening intuitively, and the whole ensemble turning on a dime at Kittel’s direction. The music Kittel is making now has all the precision and virtuosity of the best classical players, but the wonderfully devilish, explosive drive of the best stringbands."
-Devon Leger, Hearth Music
"The Jeremy Kittel Band is phenomenal. Every player is virtuosic. That is not what is remarkable about the band however. What is remarkable is all of that virtuosity is put to work in the service of beautiful, intricate, compelling arrangements making music the master, not the other way around. This is rare and wonderful. This is music using the pinnacle as the starting point. The theme of Wintergrass 2017 was Bach to Bluegrass. There were spectacular bands from both ends of the continuum. The Jeremy Kittel Band transcended that continuum, however, presenting music that both J.S. Bach and Bill Monroe would understand and appreciate. They’d probably both buy a cd and sign the mailing list, too.”
- Wintergrass Music Festival
"I was entertained, mesmerized, and moved by the sound that leapt off of the stage… from a delicate jig to a celtic reel to a Bach Partita to a contemporary original acoustic composition… arrangements that were flawless, artful, and compelling... I would go out of my way to hear this outfit again!”
Mark Schatz (Nickel Creek, Bela Fleck, Claire Lynch, John Hartford)
“...We were totally mesmerized by their set. Definitely one of my favorite acts we've been able to see on the road. We were blown away… we would jump at the opportunity to share the stage with them again.” - Dave Senft, Darlingside
"Their individual and ensemble virtuosity, originality, and overall energy absolutely knocked out festival audiences… Music spanned the traditional to stunning originals…"
"A conspicuously original blend of genres… As fleet fingers fly, aromas of far-flung musical traditions appear and vanish like musical will-o’-the-wisps… [the] Trio’s performances represent virtuosic improvisation at its very highest level…” -Berkshire Edge
groove factory workshop
Dan Moretti Quartet
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Thursday March 16 at 7:00 pm
Join Peppino D'Agostino in a Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop open to all levels sponsored by Wakefield Music. Admission for participants is $25 and $10 for auditors. This special event will be held at the new location for Shady Lea Guitars and Pump House Music Works. For more information call 401-783-5390 or visit www.wakefieldmusic.com