Listings are in the opposite order of appearance: headliner is listed at the top, next is the support band(s), and the last band listed is the opener.
Saturday April 28 2018
8:30PM doors -- music at 9:00PM
••• 21 AND OVER
$10 in advance / $12 at the door
Consider The Source
instrumental jazz world progressive rock
world progressive rock avant garde
Rock, Jazz, Punk, Psychedelic Rock, Folk, Improv
Consider The Source
Gabriel Marin- Guitars
John Ferrara- Bass
Jeff Mann - Drums and Percussion
-from New York, NY
-NYC trio Consider the Source defy easy description. If intergalactic beings of pure energy, after initiation
into an order of whirling dervishes, built some kind of pan-dimensional booty-shaking engine, powered by
psychedelics and abstract math, it’d probably just sound like a CTS tribute band. Drawing from
progressive rock, fusion and jazz, with alien sounds soaked in Indian and Middle Eastern styles, CTS
blends disparate parts into a striking, utterly original whole. Dubbed “Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion”, the
band’s music strikes a rare balance between cerebral and emotional, intellectual and primal. A relentless
touring schedule has won the band a fervent following from California to Israel, with fans ranging from
jam-band hippies and jazz cats to corpse-painted headbangers and prog geeks.
Formed in 2004, Consider the Source features Gabriel Marin on fretless double-neck guitar, bassist John
Ferrara, and drummer/percussionist Jeff Mann. Called “the guiding light for his generation of six-
stringers”, Marin channels the mystical fury of McLaughlin and Coltrane into wailing melodies,
kaleidoscopic soundscapes and boneshaking riffs. With a background in classical musics both Eurpoean
and Indian, and an instinct for avant-jazz and destructive metal, Marin’s hypnotic fusion of styles is ever
unpredictable. Ferrara’s propulsive, percussive attack, equally suited to simple grooves and impossible
chords, can ground the music or launch it into space. His madcap gumbo of slap bass, Indian rhythms,
earthy minimalism and complex tapping constantly pushes into strange new worlds, whilst still dropping
thick booty-clap beats. Underneath them lies Mann’s rolling thunder; dense rhythmic architecture built
from pure swagger and bounce. Half double-bass prog-metal, half crackle-pop Buddy Rich swing, with
African and Balkan swirls, Mann’s muscular, freewheeling polyrhythms are the engine fuel for Consider’s
multiversal mischief. Even when not improvising, Consider’s music is always a conversation, a roiling
stew of dynamic interplay. Each member of Consider the Source alternately leads and follows, spars and
assists; in any single song, alliances are made and broken, bargains struck and divorces finalized.
Touring from coast to coast, as well as Europe and the Middle East, has not only earned the band
thousands of fans, but has allowed them to perform with a wide variety of well-known artists, including
Victor Wooten, Wayne Krantz, King Crimson Projekt, Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Wyclef Jean, Andy
Statman, Matt Darriau (Paradox Trio), Oteil Burbridge, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Dumpstaphunk, TAUK,
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Kung Fu, The Disco Biscuits, Keller Williams, George Porter, Jr., Jeff Sipe,
Panzerballet (Germany), Eatliz (Israel), Freak Kitchen (Sweden), Morglbl (France), and many others.
They have performed at numerous festivals and events, including Burning Man, Electric Forest, Peach
Fest, Gathering of the Vibes, the NYC Fretless Guitar Festival, Catskill Chill, Sun Seekers Ball (Canada),
Aura Music & Arts Festival (Florida), Head For The Hills Festival & SXSW (Texas), Rootwire (Ohio), and the NYC Gypsy Festival.
Jason Schimmel (guitar, bouzouki),
Ryan Parrish (saxophone),
Trevor Parrish (trumpet),
Max Whipple (accordion),
Rusty Kennedy (bass),
Mike Lockwood (drums)
-from Los Angeles, CA
-Traversing surf-rock sounds, avant-rock, rhythmic complexities, jazz improvisations, and folk melodies, Atomic Ape is a musical amalgam of the utmost rarity. Composer and multi-instrumentalist Jason Schimmel—having honed his craft in Estradasphere, Secret Chiefs 3, Orange Tulip Conspiracy, and others—leads this ever-shifting ensemble with energy, melody, layers, and dynamics as only he can.
Like a soundtrack to an imaginary spy thriller, Atomic Ape offers a journey to a wild world where prog rock meets exotica, metal, Eastern European motifs, and avant-garde sensibilities. Heavily orchestrated, odd-metered, and highly animated, this melodic mutation splices dexterous musicianship with expert songcraft.
- vocals, guitars
- keyboard, vocals, melodica
-from San Francisco, CA
-“A Part of Your Soul,” the fourth full-length album by Varona, has been in the making for almost a decade, and the songs that make it up have their origins further back yet and have gone through many transformations. For all their tendency towards experimentation, Varona take a very meticulous approach to songwriting, arrangement and production. The result is a work of precise weirdness. W.H. Auden once suggested that poetry be defined as a clear expression of mixed feelings. By that standard, “A Part of Your Soul” is nothing if not potently poetic, filled to the brim with emotional ambiguity and contradiction. The band’s stylistic influences are no less mixed than the feelings their songs evoke. Barely-contained anxious spasms of screamy post-punk; frenetic, cheerfully-destructive experimentation of Downtown jazz; literary melancholy of late-20th century Russian-rock songwriting, are not so much ingredients here as deep-set roots, and the result is less a cocktail than an exquisitely strange hybrid mutant not quite like anything else springing from San Francisco’s fertile musical soil.