The Aristocrats' entire 10/26/12 show from Frankfurt Germany. Guthrie Govan - guitar, Bryan Beller - bass, Marco Minnemann - drums.
10/9 – Uppsala, Sweden – Uppsala Guitar Festival
10/13 – Assemini – Cagliari (Sardinia), Italy – Golf Club Ercole Cellino
10/14 – Cassibile – Siracusa (Sicily), Italy – Anfiteatro Hotel Fontane Bianche
10/15 – Jesolo (VE), Italy – Scuola di Musica JAM c/o aula magna istituto “I. Calvino”
10/17 – Prato, Italy – Keller Platz
10/19 – Caserta, Italy – Black Cat Club
10/20 – Rome, Italy – Guitar Art Nights Festival (venue TBA)
10/21 – Molvena (VI), Italy – Revolution Studios
10/23 – Nice, France – Forum Nice Nord
10/24 – Legnano (MI), Italy – Land Of Live
10/26 – Frankfurt, Germany – Frankfurt Jazz Festival (Sendesaal des hessischen Rundfunks)
10/27 – Zagreb, Croatia – Zagreb Guitar Show (VIP Club)
10/28 – Zoetermeer, Netherlands – De Boerderij
10/29 – Verviers, Belgium – Spirit Of 66
10/31 – Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg – Kulturfabrik
11/3 – Unna, Germany – Kuhlschiff
11/5 – Hamburg, Germany – Logo
11/7 – Berlin, Germany – Crystal Club
11/9 & 11/10 – Athens, Greece – Athina Live
The band has also scheduled the following So Cal dates for early 2013:
1/26/13 – Alva's - San Pedro, CA
1/27/13 – Alva's - San Pedro, CA
1/29/13 – Brick by Brick - San Diego, CA
1/31/13 – SLO Brewing Company - San Luis Obispo, CA
2/1/13 – Biscuits & Blues - San Francisco, CA
Nice series of videos of The Aristocrats, live at The Robin 2 on 3/8/12. Guthrie Govan - guitar, Bryan Beller - bass, Marco Minnemann - drums.
The Aristocrats (Guthrie Govan - guitar, Bryan Beller - bass, Marco Minnemann - drums) have announced the following US tour dates for 2012. The Alva's shows in June will be filmed for a live DVD (!). See The Aristocrats' tour page for more ticketing info.
Fri. 5/18 Nashville, TN - The Rutledge
Sat. 5/19 Louisville, KY - ZaZoo's
Mon. 5/21 Indianapolis, IN - Birdy's
Tues. 5/22 Cleveland, OH - The Tavern (Beachland Ballroom)
Wed. 5/23 Columbus, OH - Rumba Café
Thurs. 5/24 Charleston, WV - The Sound Factory
Fri. 5/25 Charlotte, NC - The Double Door Inn
Sat. 6/2 San Pedro, CA - Alva's Showroom (DVD Shoot)
Sun. 6/3 San Pedro, CA - Alva's Showroom (DVD Shoot)
I've been listening to a TON of great new music lately. Here's what I've had in heavy rotation...
Landau's first all-instrumental album since his 1990 debut Tales From The Bulge absolutely RULES. Great writing and production, killer playing, amazing tones. Line-up includes Gary Novak, Andy Hess, Jimmy Haslip, Larry Goldings, Vinnie Colaiuta, and others.
Way-cool jazz fusion project with Chris Poland on guitar, Frank Catalano on sax, Sean O'Bryan Smith on bass, and Jim Gifford on drums. Awesome grooves and playing. Poland is a great fit.
Wackerman's latest features Allan Holdsworh on guitar, Jimmy Johnson on bass, and Jim Cox on keys - the same band Wackerman utilized for his 1991 solo debut Forty Reasons. Lots of group improv on this one. Holdsworth is amazing as usual.
Excellent modern fusion album; a more-than-worthy follow-up to 2010's Volume 1. Amazing guest list includes Allan Holdsworth, John McLaughlin, Wayne Krantz, Alex Machacek, Jimmy Herring, Mike Stern, Robin Trower, Ray Russell and Jan Hammer.
Deep fusion with a strong Indian influence. Ed drops some amazing Shawn Lane-like runs as well. Personnel includes Ric Fierabracci and Marco Minnemann among others.
This one's been out a while but I've been digging into it more lately. Super high-quality electric jazz album with great writing and playing. Features the always-tasty Mike Miller on guitar. Steve Lukather also guests on one track.
One of the greatest fusion bands ever is back with their first new album in 12 years. Features a good balance of group improv and composition. Scott Henderson's current, more blues-oriented approach gives the band a different flavor than it had in the old days.
This won't be released until mid-April but I had the honor of writing the press release for it so I've been digging the tracks for awhile. Krantz, once again, strikes out in a new direction here with fresh take on composition and production. Line-up includes Vinnie Colaiuta, Tal Wilkenfeld, Keith Carlock, Pino Palladino, David Binney, John Patitucci, Anton Fig and many others.
March 05, 2012 in Alex Machacek, Allan Holdsworth, Chad Wackerman, Chris Poland, Current Listening, Ed DeGenaro, Gary Husband, Gary Novak, Gary Willis, Jimmy Haslip, Jimmy Herring, Jimmy Johnson, John McLaughlin, Keith Carlock, Marco Minnemann, Michael Landau, Mike Miller, Mike Stern, New Releases, Ric Fierabracci, Robin Trower, Scott Henderson, Scott Kinsey, Steve Lukather, Steve Weingart, Tal Wilkenfeld, Vinnie Colaiuta, Wayne Krantz | Permalink | Comments (0)
Advance copies of Ed DeGenaro's latest album Holiday In Madras (Unfretted Records) are now available through his website. The impressive lineup includes Ric Fierabracci, Marco Minnemann, and many others. See below for full personnel and tracklisting.
Ed DeGenaro - all guitars
Ujjayinee Roy - voice
Steve Zerlin, Ric Fierabracci, Trip Wamsley, Chuck Rainey - bass
Benny Greb, Lyndo Rochelle, Marco Minnemann, Atma Anur - drums
Dr. S. Karthick - ghatam, kanjira, morsing, konnakol
Satish, Natalie James - trumpet,
James Carson, Anton Pukshansky - keys
2. Bible Camp
3. G Spot Blues
4. '57 Progosaurus
5. The Brother
7. U Know What I'm Sayin'
8. Refried Funkay Ass Chicken Tikka
9. Holiday In Madras
10. Have Geetar Will Travel
11. Kolonkini Radha
12. Echo Maschine
01/21/12 San Pedro, CA USA Alva's Showroom
01/22/12 San Pedro, CA USA Alvas Showroom
01/24/12 Hollywood, CA Musician's Institute (for students and faculty only)
01/27/12 San Francisco, CA Biscuits & Blues
01/28/12 Seattle, WA The Rendezvous
01/29/12 Seattle, WA The Rendezvous
02/25/12 San Jose, Costa Rica Pepper
03/02/12 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick
03/04/12 Hollywood, CA The Roxy (WesFest 7)
03/07/12 London, UK The Peel
03/08/12 Bilston UK The Robin 2
03/09/12 Manchester UK Night and Day
03/10/12 Newcastle UK The Cluny
03/11/12 Edinburgh UK The Voodoo Rooms
03/13/12 Zoetermeer NL Boerderij
03/17/12 Madrid, Spain Sam Ramdall
03/19/12 Barcelona, Spain Sala Bikini
03/20/12 Bilbao, Spain Sala BBK
03/22/12 Istanbul, Turkey Old City / Indigo Pub
03/23/12 Tel-Aviv, Israel Reading 3
While pondering my favorite music releases of 2011, I was struck by two things; the abundance of originality and depth in the "my cup of tea" genre, and Geez Louise were there a lot of live albums this year. There were also some great DVDs, which is why I'm referring to this as a favorite "releases" list instead of an "album" list as I have in the past. So here they are - my favorite releases of 2011 in no particular order:
Amazing live CD and DVD releases chronicling the 2010 New Universe Music Festival. Includes great performances by John McLaughlin, Wayne Krantz, Alex Machacek, Jimmy Herring, and others. I was honored to help contribute to the DVD by conducting the backstage interviews which appear on disc 2.
Fantastic writing and playing. Shows a stronger prog influence than Garsed’s earlier work. Bassist Ric Fierabracci make a big impact here as well.
Taylor’s remarkable debut seamlessly blends modern jazz and electronica influences in one of the year’s most original and engaging releases. The all-star line up includes Ric Fierabracci, Steve Tavaglione, Dave Weckl, and other heavyweights.
Noy’s latest showcases his quirky originality and tones in a context that’s more bluesy than his previous work. Love the writing on this one.
Killer heavy fusion album with Guthrie Govan on guitar, Bryan Beller on bass, and Marco Minnemann on drums. A great platform for Govan’s overall talents.
Awesome prog-fusion disc that may be Sherinian’s best solo release yet. Has a throwback 70s Jeff Beck vibe at times. Guests include Steve Lukather, Tony MacAlpine, and Joe Bonamassa.
Great writing and lines from one of the west coast’s coolest fusion guitarists. Includes two burning live tracks. Features Jimmy Johnson, Jeff Babko, and Dennis Hamm among others.
Killer live disc featuring a single set recorded at the Baked Potato, plus two additional tracks from other performances. Includes great contributions from Mike Keneally.
Other favorites from 2011:
Gerald Gradwohl Group - ABQ Live and Raw
Jeff Richman & Chatterbox - The Line Up [Interview]
Bryan Baker, Bob van Luijt & Sebastiaan Cornelissen - 011 Amsterdam
John Escreet - The Age We Live In
Johnny Hiland - All Fired Up
CAB - Live on Sunset
Gannin Arnold - Five World Class Drummers DVD
Rudder - Live at Rockwell Music Hall NYC DVD (Not one note of guitar on this, but the band and DVD are super cool.)
December 18, 2011 in Abstract Logix, Alex Machacek, Allen Hinds, Brett Garsed, Bryan Baker, Bryan Beller, CAB, Chris Taylor, Derek Sherinian, Gannin Arnold, Gerald Gradwohl, Guthrie Govan, Jeff Richman, Jimmy Herring, Jimmy Johnson, Joe Bonamassa, John McLaughlin, Johnny Hiland, Marco Minnemann, Mike Keneally, New Universe Music Festival, Oz Noy, Ric Fierabracci, Sebastiaan Cornelissen, Steve Lukather, The Aristocrats, Tony MacAlpine, Wayne Krantz | Permalink | Comments (0)
BOSTON (November 22, 2011) – Rock/fusion supergroup The Aristocrats, comprised of guitarist Guthrie Govan (Asia/GPS, Dizzee Rascal, The Young Punx), bassist Bryan Beller (Steve Vai, Dethklok, Mike Keneally), and Marco Minnemann (Adrian Belew, Steven Wilson, UKZ, Necrophagist) will headline an all-star lineup for WesFest 7: A Concert to Benefit the Wes Wehmiller Endowed Scholarship at Berklee College Of Music at The Roxy in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 4, 2012. The event is sponsored by Gallien-Krueger Amplification, Mike Lull Custom Basses, D’Addario Strings, and DW Drums.
“The Aristocrats are an especially appropriate headliner for WesFest 7,” said Peter Gordon, director of the Berklee Center in Los Angeles. “not just because they recently played The Berklee Performance Center in Boston and connected with the student body there, but because Bryan Beller – a longstanding part of the WesFest organization and close friend of Wes – is a member of the band. Plus, Guthrie and Marco are unbelievable players, and many of tomorrow’s great musicians are studying their playing styles right now.”
The scholarship fund honors Wes Wehmiller (1971-2005), a Berklee graduate (’92) and highly accomplished bassist, athlete and photographer who died of thyroid cancer in January 2005. Established by his family and friends, the Wes Wehmiller Endowed Scholarship is awarded annually to a continuing student at Berklee who best exemplifies the excellence and grace Wehmiller showed as a bassist and as a human being. The WesFest concert series is the centerpiece of an annual fundraising drive for the scholarship fund, and that fund is projected this year to top $100,000 in total monies raised since its inception in 2006.
Formed unexpectedly after a wildly enthusiastic response to a single performance at The Anaheim Bass Bash during the Winter NAMM show in January 2011, WesFest 7′s headliner The Aristocrats were cleverly dubbed instrumental rock/fusion’s “rowdy new democracy” by Guitar Player Magazine in a recent cover story on guitarist Guthrie Govan. Their self-titled debut album – featuring three compositions from each band member – contains a uniquely explosive band chemistry, translating each individual’s well-known virtuosity into an aggressive, melodic, and sometimes even cheeky group dynamic in which anything goes. The resulting record became a melting pot of their respective influences, ranging from ’70s fusion (Return To Forever) to prog (King Crimson, UK) to instrumental rock (Vai, Satriani) to groove metal (Rage Against The Machine) to just plain absurdity (Frank Zappa). The Aristocrats garnered rave reviews worldwide (“…deserves to be in your record collection between [Jeff Beck’s] Blow by Blow, [Mahavishu Orchestra’s] Birds of Fire, and [Steve Vai’s] Passion & Warfare” – Guitar Extreme [FR]), and became one of the hottest and most lauded fusion releases of 2011. The internationally-minded Aristocrats are hitting Los Angeles just before launching a tour of the U.K., Western Europe, and the Middle East in March of 2012. Find out more at www.the-aristocrats-band.com.
The event will feature four additional acts: The Casualties Of Jazz, a jazz organ trio that exclusively plays Black Sabbath material, featuring keyboardist Matt Rohde (Jane’s Addiction, Christina Aguilera, Roger Daltrey, Kelly Clarkson), bassist Chris Golden (Carly Simon, Mick Fleetwood, Engelbert Humperdinck), and drummer Jimmy Paxson (Alanis Morrissette, Rod Stewart, Steve Vai, Ronnie Montrose); the WesFest All-Stars, featuring the music of previous WesFest performers Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Joe Satriani), Joe Brooks, Jackie Daum, and Colin Keenan; and Danny Mo and the Exciters, featuring Wehmiller’s Berklee bass professor and close friend Danny Morris, as well as 2011 Wehmiller Scholarship award winner Hayley Jane Batt and legendary drummer John “JR” Robinson.
From 1997 through 2001, Wehmiller toured worldwide with the multi-platinum pop band Duran Duran, and appeared on many TV shows with them as well, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Today Show, VH-1’s Storytellers, and Hard Rock Live. He performed with Missing Persons and several other L.A. based bands, and his work appears on numerous recordings produced in the L.A. area and in Vancouver. He gained endorsement deals with SWR bass amplification systems and La Bella Strings.
WesFest 7 advance tickets are available through March 2 for $35 per pair of tickets or $20 per single ticket.
All tickets are $30 each at the door. Ticket orders and donations will be accepted via check or credit card.
Complete ordering instructions and procedures can be found online at: http://www.weswehmiller.net/wesfest/wesfest7.
For any questions about ordering tickets or donating to the fundraising drive, please contact Peter Gordon at 818.380.3041 or email@example.com. For additional biographical information on Wes Wehmiller, and more information on the WesFest concert series, as well as new details about WesFest 7 as they become available, please visit the official Wes Wehmiller Tribute Website at www.weswehmiller.net.
Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music was through the study and practice of contemporary music. For over 60 years, the college has evolved constantly to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. With over a dozen performance and nonperformance majors, a diverse and talented student body representing over 70 countries, and a music industry “who’s who” of alumni, Berklee is the world’s premier learning lab for the music of today – and tomorrow.