1/7 | Celebrate Shackelford’s Last Jam & Kate’s BDay tonight @ the Mason Lounge

9pm – 12am No Cover | Five Points Jazz Collective Live at the Mason Lounge

416 S Park St, Madison, WI 53715

After 7 years of keeping the time in-line at the Mason Lounge every Tuesday night with the Five Points Jazz Collective, our drummer Eric Shackelford is stepping down. Come join us tonight to celebrate his seven years in service of the groove! Also, we’ll be celebrating the birthday of our fearless bartendress, Kate!

Eric the Shack-man pictured here staring a hole through your soul. The camera lens was injured in the taking of this photograph and was later re-tired. (photo by Matthew Norman)

It’s been so much fun playing bass in the Five Points Jazz Collective with Eric at the helm of the pocket. Famous for his “buh-da-dun dun dun, _ duh-nunt!” endings and exciting solos, Eric has been the bedrock of the the Five Points sound for 7 years! In that time, Eric and I have developed what I would describe as an effortless groove. It’s easy and it just goes… You don’t have to think about it or calculate, you simply play. And for me, that’s when it’s really fun. If I ever throw a funky surprise at Eric, he’s ready to catch it and throw it right back at me. And when it’s time for a drum-and-bass-trade during solos, I know things are gonna get interesting because of his careful listening and conversational style. In fact, some of my favorite memories during my time with “the Tuesday Night Squad” have been those drum’n bass trades!

Drawing of Eric Drumford’n Sons on New Year’s Eve 2020 by master John Ribble, Crawdaddy of Five Points violinist Rin Q Ribble!

A versatile drummer, Eric also plays heavy in the blues trio Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo. It’s actually not common nowadays to play with a Jazz drummer who can bust out a solid blues style. Well, Eric’s got a whole bag of blues baby. I’ve always enjoyed hearing the blues side of jazz come out in The Shack’s playing. Sometimes just for a chorus during a solo, always in good taste.

One of my favorite memories playing with Eric and the Five Points Jazz Collective happened this past Fall 2019, when we collaborated with Music con Brio at the Barrymore Theater (pictures below). It was a crashing together of worlds for me, because I also teach cello at Music con Brio! Eric did such a fantastic job playing fun drum beats to fit the children’s songs and the kids had a great time. The cello group’s favorite moment was performing the surf-rock edition of “Drunken Sailor”!

Eric has the unique gift of an experienced drummer who know’s how to play-the-room. It’s a rare thing indeed for a drum set player to keep the volume at a low, manageable level yet also hold up the energy and create an exciting group sound. The Shack-man has always found the sweet spot at the Mason Lounge and never overplays the room. Quite a feat! This is but one of the many reasons why Eric will be leaving some big shoes to fill for the next drummer of the Five Points!

We tip our hats to you Eric and raise a glass… or two or three. We’ll miss you and your drumming at the Mason Lounge each week. It’s been a blast and we cherish the friendship & music we’ve created with you over the last 7 years!

We wish you the best!
from solid-blue-Brian, the Five Points Jazz Collective & The Mason Lounge


1/23 – CONTROL & Stray Passage @ Mickey’s | 1/24 – Rolling Stones Tribute @ High Noon

Fri, 1/23  |  10pm, Free @ Mickey’s Tavern

CONTROL

Brennan Connors & Stray Passage

A personal treat: one of my favorite Madison bands, CONTROL, set at one of my favorite Madison venues, Mickey’s Tavern.  It is here that we convene this Friday night, Jan the 23rd, to melt-face.  Two power trios, one of the rock &/or roll variety & one of the free-jazz persuasion.  Come on down, bang your head, rock with us.


Sat, 1/24  |  8pm, $10 @ High Noon Saloon

EXILE ON WILLY STREET 

A Rolling Stones Tribute

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~ via High Noon Saloon:   “”EXILE ON WILLY STREET” brings together some of Madison’s finest to celebrate The Rolling Stones classic “Exile on Main Street” double album.

featuring…
Ben Wolf
Anna Vogelzang (As herself)
Evan Murdoch and Aaron Jossart (Imperfect Strangers)
Whitney Mann and Kyle Jacobson (Whitney Mann Band)
Dietrich Gosser (The one and only) w/ BC Grimm & Luke Bassuener
Meghan Rose (Little Red Wolf, I Saw The Creature, etc)
Post Social (Real Rock, Y’all)
Greg Dierks , Troy Ostrowski, Ted Weigl, Mark Goad (Pine Barrens)
Eric Levy (F!ck Knights from Twin Cities)
Corey Hart (Corey Hart!)
Nick Brown (Mr. Slowboat, Brown Derby)
Andy Moore (Mr. Showboat, Winn Dixie)
Maggie Moore (songstress extraordinaire)
Nate Treddinick (Something to Do, 1000 Other Bands)
Annelies Howell (German Art Students)
Brian Knapp (Ghost Town Council)
Chris Eby (Kentucky’s Finest)
Matt Earley (Winn Dixie, The Delicate Delegate)
Siv Earley (Post Social)
Jim Earley (Fanged Robot from Lexington, KY)

The Low Czars will open the show.

Tickets on sale now! ► http://bit.ly/ExileOnWillySt


12/23 | Album Release – “The Gil Suite EP” by Bashiri Asad

BASHIRI ASAD PRESENTS:

THE GIL SUITE: A TOAST TO GIL SCOTT-HERON & BRIAN JACKSON

~ from Bashiri:  As an artist it is our responsibility to provide the soundtrack (visual or audio) to the life and times that we’re living in.  As a singer, I feel it’s my obligation to pay tribute to those that have paved the way for me and my contemporaries.  This project is a tribute to an icon, one that inspired me and provided so much to a generation of emcees, singers and poets.  Executive Produced and arranged by dr. Bass + vicelikemiami (@dbvlm), and including a host of great musicians, this is my offering to our life and times.  Ladies and Gentlemen: The Gil Suite


Notes on “Vildgolia (Deaf, Dumb, & Blind)” – produced by BRAIN GRIMMER

When I received the drum, vocal, and sax stems from Dace & Matt, I excitedly went to work on finishing this arrangement & tweaking the mix.  I had been listening to Gil Scott-Heron vinyl all month in preparation for this project.  Just then, Ferguson happened.  Now, a few months on, cold injustice has once again been served, and served, ||: … and served :|| …  The passion & message in this music is inseparable from solidarity towards an end to the continued oppression of people of color.  Bashiri, while paying tribute to a great social & racial justice poet, is reminding us all how true Gil’s words ring in the present day.  We are not yet living in a “post-racial” America, and whiteys: don’t be fooled in to thinking so by your favorite talking-head or politician.

Stand together in peace.  Black lives matter.  Much love and respect.


post script – Thanks to Bashiri, Dace & Matt for inviting me to participate on this project!  Thanks to Rob Dixon (sax) and Justin Brewer (drums) for playing on the track!  If y’all are sleepin’ on dr. Bass + vicelikemiami – WAKE UP!  This production-squad is killin’ it.  I was happy to contribute some guzheng parts for their April, 2014 release EP1.  Bashiri’s vocals are heavily featured on this ep – check dbvlm out, get on that train!