Live Wire Music Series Presents Latin Grammy Winner Alex Cuba at The Octave Theatre on Mar. 29, 2014

Alex CubaLive Wire Music Series Kingston is wrapping up this year’s season with a concert at The Octave Theatre on Saturday, March 29 featuring the spectacular Cuban-Canadian guitarist and singer Alex Cuba and his new band. Alex sings in both Spanish and English and has won two Juno Awards for World Music Album of the Year in 2006 for Humo De Tabaco, and in 2008 for his second album, Agua Del Pozo. In 2010 he won the Latin Grammy Award for Best New Artist. On his newest album Ruido En El Sistema he continues his exploration of rock, soul, pop and Latin funk, and solidifies his stature as one of North America’s most critically acclaimed musicians.

Alex’s first stage appearance on national TV was age of four, playing claves in a group directed by his father. Alex went on to study guitar, tres, percussion and bass. He was born in Artemisa, Cuba (1 hour west of Havana) and now lives in Smithers, B.C. (14 hours north of Vancouver). Musically, he lives everywhere in between. His trademark sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks and rock chords subtly subvert commonly held notions of what Cuban music is. With his vintage Gibson electric guitar and forgoing conventional stereotypes that typify much of the Latin music landscape, Alex is defining his own “Latin Soul” genre and crafting brilliant songs that cut through linguistic and cultural barriers.

 

Live Wire Music Series presents
Alec Cuba  www.alexcuba.com
Saturday, March 29, 2014  7:30 pm
Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave., Kingston

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door (if available) on sale now at Brian’s Record Option (613 542-2452), Tara Foods and online at www.livewiremusicseries.ca

Press for Alex Cuba

“HE’S LIKE MARVIN GAYE, SINGING SOUL TO A NEW GENERATION…” –  Boston Globe

“BEST PERFORMANCE: ALEX CUBA.” – National Post

“STAYING TRUE TO HIS SPANISH-LANGUAGE FOLK-FUNK-ROCK HYBRID HAS PAID OFF.” – Billboard

“ROARING WITH ROCK GUITAR LICKS, UNDERPINNED BY A LACY AND OBLIQUE BUT STEELY CUBAN RHYTHMIC STRUCTURE, ALEX CUBA’S MUSIC SUPPLIED PROVERBIAL TROPICAL HEAT IN THRILLINGLY UNEXPECTED WAYS.” – Miami Herald

“…A HIGH-QUALITY ALBUM—SHINY, SMART, AND AS SHARP AS CUBA’S RAZORED SIDEBURNS.” – Georgia Straight

“WICKED GUITAR, UNDENIABLY SOULFUL VOCALS. HIS PACKAGE IS SIMPLICITY, AND HE WEARS IT WELL” – popmatters.com 

“…LIKE GETTING A COAT OF SUNSHINE APPLIED TO YOUR EARDRUMS…” – Halifax Chronicle Herald

Live Wire Music Series Presents The Claytones and The Slocan Ramblers on Fri. Jan. 24th

There is a tremendous co-bill coming up soon to kick off the Live Wire Music Series at the Octave Theatre. On Friday, Jan. 24, The Claytones, a great new alt country group from the heart of the OttawaValley, will share the evening with The Slocan Ramblers, a dynamic young Toronto foursome that plays bluegrass and old-time music flawlessly and with an uncommon flair. These two enormously talented groups will give a spectacular show at The Octave!  Remember – you can now buy your tickets online at www.livewiremusicseries.ca.
The Claytones

The Claytones were born a few years ago when Anders Drerup and Kelly Prescott were cast in the acclaimed theatrical production, Grievous Angel -The Legend of Gram Parsons. Anders played the title role and Kelly was Emmy Lou Harris. Their undeniable chemistry led to the formation of The Claytones — together with bass player Adam Puddington, they have been wowing audiences with superb vocal harmonies and impressive instrumental prowess ever since. The National Post named them one of ‘5 Canadian bands to watch for in 2012’. Take a look at this live video to get a taste of what they do:

 

The Slocan Ramblers

The Slocan Ramblers started turning heads in early 2009 while playing casual gigs in the Toronto ‘roots music’ scene. Their weekly local pub gigs became a staple of the city’s thriving acoustic music activity. The Ramblers quickly earned a reputation across Canada for energetic live performances, impressive musicianship and uncanny ability to convert anyone in their path into a fan. The Slocan Ramblers have moved far beyond their pub origins.  Career highlights include standing ovations at the legendary Mariposa Folk Festival, opening for Steve Martin on the main stage at Toronto Jazz Fest, and a popular West Coast tour last summer.  The intensity and drive forged in their early bar-room gigs continue to set them apart — they are outstanding!  Check out the Ramblers live in the two songs in this video:


Live Wire Music Series presents
The Claytones and The Slocan Ramblers
Friday, Jan. 24, 7:30 pm
Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave, Kingston (Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd. & the 401)

$20 in advance and $25 at the door — available now at Brian’s Record Option, Tara Foods or online at www.livewiremusicseries.ca

 The Claytones give what so many other groups only promise.  Exquisite, classic, country-soaked harmonies.  Originals that stand proudly beside the classic songs they cover with conviction.  A stage presence that marks them as serious professionals — The Claytones deliver!

James Keelaghan,  Artistic Director, Georgian Bay Folk Society

The Slocan Ramblers put on one of the most vibrant shows of acoustic music I’ve seen in some time. It’s rare for Canadians (especially young Canadians) to play this music with such authority, passion and yet ability for experimentation. Chops galore…and a handsome bunch of fellas.

Tom Power, Host of CBC’s Deep Roots, and Radio 2 Morning

 

Live Wire Music Series Presents Jayme Stone’s Room of Wonders and Ruth Moody Trio on Fri. Apr. 12th

Live Wire Music Series shows for April and May 2013Live Wire Music Series Kingston presents: 

A Juno Award Winners Extravaganza!

Jayme Stone’s Room of Wonders with very special guest The Ruth Moody Trio

FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2013 AT THE OCTAVE THEATRE, 711 DALTON AVE., IN KINGSTON, 7:30 P.M.

Two-time Juno-winning banjoist Jayme Stone thrives on unexpected inspiration: Japanese poetry, Brazilian literature, instruments he found while traveling in remote Malian villages. His Juno Award winning albums, most notably Africa to Appalachia, both defy and honour the banjo’s long role in the world’s music, turning historical connections into compelling music. Jayme’s ROOM OF WONDERS 4 piece group is a polyrhythmic journey to Mali with stops at other mysterious and wondrous parts of the world.

Ruth Moody is a Juno Award winning songwriter from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Although best known for her work with The Wailin’ Jennys — Ruth was a founding member and is still an integral part of the popular trio — she is an artist of exceptional depth and grace in her own right. Critics have lauded her ethereal vocals, impressive multi-instrumentalism, and her masterful songwriting. Written with a maturity and wisdom that belies her age, her songs are timeless, universal, and exceptionally well-crafted, all sung with an intimacy and honesty that is unmistakably hers. Ruth has performed in sold-out venues around the world, made numerous critically acclaimed albums, and appeared more than a dozen times on the U.S. radio show A Prairie Home Companion.

Tickets: $20 in advance and $25 at the door, available at Brian’s Record Option (613 542-2452) and Tara Foods.

www.ruthmoody.com
www.jaymestone.com

Live Wire Music Series is a totally volunteer not for profit group that brings exciting and diverse musical acts to Kingston, Ontario from across Canada and around the world. We also bring many of these musicians into local schools for concerts and music workshops. We present 6 public concerts (at The Octave Theatre and Chalmers United Church) and 20–25 school concerts per year throughout Frontenac County. We hope you will add this exciting concert to your entertainment listings.

Live Wire Music Series Presents Kelli Trottier Trio and Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything on Fri. Feb. 1st

Kelli Trottier Jaron Freeman-FoxLive Wire Music Series Kingston is excited to announce its outstanding 2013 series, starring many of Canada’s finest musicians. It begins on Friday, February 1st at The Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave., with a co-bill featuring Kingston’s own Kelli Trottier Trio together with Jaron Freeman-Fox and the Opposite of Everything. This will be a high-energy show with two completely different violin virtuosi, each with a superb backing band and an eclectic range of material.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door available at Brian’s Record Option (613-542-2452) and at Tara Foods (613-546-4439).

Our email address and website are livewiremusicseries@gmail.com & http://livewiremusicseries.ca

Originally from the B.C. interior, Jaron Freeman-Fox is now based in Toronto, where he has assembled an ensemble of some of that city’s finest players. Contorting the violin into new traditions, violinist/composer Jaron Freeman-Fox dances down the fine line between the beautiful and the ridiculous, while redefining what the violin can do.

The hyper-kinetic Jaron Freeman-Fox is the Jimi Hendrix of the violin. With the chops of a classical virtuoso and the soul of a wild-eyed punk, he plays world music in the truest sense of the word, leaping from gypsy to klezmer to celtic to country without skipping a beat.” ~ The Ottawa International Jazz Festival 

“As soon as The Opposite of Everything hits the stage, the groove is irresistible and young and old dance in front of the stage – setting the tone with a creative cover of “People are Strange.” Throughout the set, Freeman-Fox bounces and sings while playing his five-string electric violin.

John Freeman plays wicked clarinet solos and Johnny Spence makes the accordion look sexy. Controlled frenzy on stage spills onto the dance floor during the set, especially when the band plays “The Rabid Rabbi.” The band leaves the stage and it’s too soon –obvious that the audience wants more. Haven’t heard of the Freeman-Fox & the Opposite of Everything? See them live and they could possibly be your new favourite band.”  ~ The Walleye

www.theoppositeofeverything.com

Born and raised in the hotbed of musical tradition and innovation that is Ontario’s Ottawa Valley, Kelli Trottier discovered her passion for entertaining, learned her craft, and developed her distinctive style while still right at home. Now, Kelli’s talent carries her to stages across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Far North, making fans and friends at every venue along the way. Kelli’s musical odyssey of dance, fiddle and song began early in life as she studied and mastered the unique and fluid style of step-dance that evolved with the loggers and woodsmen of the historic Ottawa River watershed, and learned fiddle from the senior masters of Celtic and Scottish traditional music. Developing her art from these deep and lasting roots, while allowing the influences of contemporary music to help shape her performing and recording career, has earned Kelli a dedicated and growing following and glowing accolades from promoters, organizers and fans. She has performed for Canadian soldiers in the Middle East and for the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic. She has brought twenty thousand NHL Ottawa Senators Fans to their feet many times as the featured mid-game entertainer.

“I wanted you to know how much we enjoyed your concert tonight. It was a wonderful evening and your natural style with the audience made it extra special.  As we listened to you, many of us had the feeling we were witnessing a great Canadian talent about to skyrocket, and we were there to see the launching!

www.kellitrottier.com

The 2013 Live Wire Music Winter/Spring Series

Live Wire Music Series Presents Rose Cousins & Jonathan Byrd on Sat. Oct. 20th

On Saturday, October 20th, Live Wire Music Series presents a tremendous double bill concert featuring the multi award-winning Halifax singer Rose Cousins (who was just nominated for 3 Canadian Folk Music Awards!) together with North Carolina’s songwriting genius Jonathan Byrd.  Both these artists are audience favourites who are riding a wave of critical acclaim for their most recent CDs.  Rose’s famously gorgeous vocals have gained her legions of admirers across North America while Jonathan Byrd’s profound and moving tales of everyday life in small town America have critics comparing him to John Prine and Townes Van Zandt.  This will be another very special evening at The Octave Theatre in Kingston.

Live Wire Music Series presents:

Rose Cousins and Jonathan Byrd
Sat. Oct. 20th – 7pm
Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave. Kingston
Tickets: $20 in advance and $25 at the door on sale now at Brian’s Record Option (613 542-2452) and Tara Foods.

ROSE COUSINS
www.rosecousins.com

It’s no wonder Cousins is the object of audience affection… – The Boston Globe

A voice like Carly Simon and a vibe like the Dixie Chicks. – Oprah Magazine June 1 2012

Beautiful songs capped off with a beautiful voice… – Jian Ghomeshi, CBC Radio

AWARDS
Winner 2011 East Coast Music Awards Female Artist & Songwriter of the Year
Winner 2011 Music PEI – Rooted to the Island Award
Winner 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award Contemporary Singer of the Year
Nominee 2010 NS Music Awards Entertainer, Songwriter, Female Artist & Folk Artist of the Year
Winner 2008 East Coast Music Awards Female Recording of the Year
Winner 2007 Mountain Stage Newsong Contest
Winner 2007 NS Music Awards Best Folk Recording & Galaxie Rising Star
Winner 2007 PEI Music Awards Best Folk Recording & Female Vocalist
Nominee 2007 Canadian Folk Music Award Best Solo Artist

JONATHAN BYRD
www.jonathanbyrd.com

Jonathan Byrd has crafted a potent canvas as searing as Neil Young’s stripped down masterpieces but with a touch of the laid back Eagles and the timbre one hears in the more haunting runs of a Chris Darrow or Ry Cooder. ~ Mark S. Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

Byrd continues to inspire awe… Rock and roll hasn’t spoken with such integration and grounded perspective for many years indeed. ~ Randy Auxier, WDBX Carbondale, IL

Having recently made WFMT Midnight Special host Rich Warren’s “50 Most Significant Songwriters of the Past 50 Years”, a list which includes giants like Bob Dylan, John Prine, and Joni Mitchell, Jonathan approaches his work on Cackalack with the most ordinary of materials: Chicken wire.  Concrete.  Roofing tacks.  He takes us to real, everyday places. The Outer Banks, where wild ponies still run.  Rockwell, where Byrd sings a song to his father’s ashes.  And 95 South, a great river of humanity that brings us rolling back south from a hard tour.

Rankin Productions Presents Music Legend Ramblin’ Jack Elliott in Kingston on Fri. Sept. 23!

A MESSAGE FROM AL RANKIN

Hi friends, neighbours and music lovers,

Holy smokes!

This is truly a great one folks…

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, the music legend who has had a huge influence on the lives and careers of countless musicians around the world (Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits among many others) is coming to Kingston! He’s been around a long time but he’s still putting out great music (as evidenced by his 2009 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album).

This is an opportunity to spend an evening with a true music legend. Jack is not only a uniquely gifted singer and songwriter, he’s also a famously engaging raconteur and he certainly has a wealth of stories to tell.

This is a small venue and it should sell out pretty quickly. The tickets don’t go on sale to the public until late next week but as a subscriber to Al’s mailing list you have first crack at them at a special advanced price of just 25 bucks!  Just email Al at alrankin@xplornet.ca and he will save you tickets. Pick them up at Brian’s Record Option anytime before Sat. Sept. 10.  Here are the details and some bio on 2 time Grammy Award winner Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.

RAMBLIN’ JACK ELLIOTT
Friday, September 23 – 8 pm

Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave.
Tickets: $25 in advance, available at Brian’s Record Option, 381 Princess St. Reserve by emailing Al if you’re on his mailing list and then pick them up at Brian’s by Sept.10.

Ramblin’ Jack Bio (from his official website)

“Nobody I know—and I mean nobody—has covered more ground and made more friends and sung more songs than the fellow you’re about to meet right now.  He’s got a song and a friend for every mile behind him.  Say hello to my good buddy, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.”

Johnny Cash, The Johnny Cash Television Show, 1969

One of the last true links to the great folk traditions of this country, with over 40 albums under his belt, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is considered one of the U.S.A.’s  legendary foundations of folk music.

Long before every kid in America wanted to play guitar — before Elvis, Dylan, the Beatles or Led Zeppelin — Ramblin’ Jack had picked it up and was passing it along. From Johnny Cash to Tom Waits, Beck to Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder to Bruce Springsteen, the Grateful Dead to The Rolling Stones, they all pay homage to Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.

In the tradition of roving troubadours Jack has carried the seeds and pollens of story and song for decades from one place to another, from one generation to the next. They are timeless songs that outlast whatever current musical fashion strikes today’s fancy.

“His tone of voice is sharp, focused and piercing.   All that and he plays the guitar effortlessly in a fluid flat-picking perfected style.  He was a brilliant entertainer….  Most folk musicians waited for you to come to them.  Jack went out and grabbed you…..  Jack was King of the Folksingers.”

Bob Dylan, Chronicles: Volume One

There are no degrees of separation between Jack and the real thing. He is the guy who ran away from his Brooklyn home at fourteen to join the rodeo and learned his guitar from a cowboy.  In 1950, he met Woody Guthrie, moved in with the Guthrie family and traveled with Woody to California and Florida, from the redwood forests to the Gulf Stream waters. Jack became so enthralled with the life and composer of This Land Is Your Land, The Dust Bowl Ballads, and a wealth of children’s songs that he completely absorbed the inflections and mannerisms, leading Guthrie to remark, “Jack sounds more like me than I do.”

In 1954, along with folksinging pals Frank Robinson and Guy Carawan, Jack journeyed south through Appalachia, Nashville and to New Orleans to hear authentic American country music.  He later made this the basis for his talking song, 912 Greens.

In 1955 Jack married and traveled to Europe, bringing his genuine American folk, cowboy and blues repertoire and his guitar virtuosity, inspiring a new generation of budding British rockers, from Mick Jagger to Eric Clapton.

When he returned to America in 1961, he met another young folksinger, Bob Dylan at Woody Guthrie’s bedside, and mentored Bob.  Jack has continued as an inspiration for every roots-inspired performer since.

Along the way he learned the blues first-hand from Leadbelly, Mississippi John Hurt, the Reverend Gary Davis, Big Bill Broonzy, Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry, Jesse Fuller and Champion Jack Dupree.

He has recorded forty albums; wrote one of the first trucking songs, Cup of Coffee, recorded by Johnny Cash; championed the works of new singer-songwriters, from Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson to Tim Hardin; became a founding member of Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue; and continued the life of the traveling troubadour influencing Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, Tom Russell, The Grateful Dead and countless others.

In 1995, Ramblin’ Jack received his first of four Grammy nominations and the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album, for South Coast (Red House Records).

In 1998, President Bill Clinton awarded Jack the National Medal of the Arts, proclaiming, “In giving new life to our most valuable musical traditions, Ramblin’ Jack has himself become an American treasure.”

In 2000, Jack’s daughter, filmmaker, Aiyana Elliott produced and directed The Ballad of Ramblin’ Jack, her take on Jack’s life and their fragile relationship, winning a Special Jury Prize from the Sundance Film Festival.

Through it all—though agents, managers, wives and recording companies have tried—Jack resisted being molded into a commercial commodity.  He played his shows without a written set list or including any songs that did not ring with his gut feeling of what mattered to him.

Ramblin’ Jack’s life of travels, performances and recordings is a testament to the America of lore, a giant land of struggle, hard luck and sometimes even of good fortune.  Ramblin’ Jack takes us to places that spur us on to the romance and passion of life in the tunes and voices of real people.

At eighty years of age, Ramblin’ Jack is still on the road, still seeking those people, places, songs and stories that are hand-crafted, wreaking of wood and canvas, cowhide and forged metal.  You’ll find him in the sleek lines of a long haul semi-truck, in the rigging of an old sailing ship, in the smell of a fine leather saddle.

Better yet, find him at The Octave Theatre in Kingston on Friday Sept.23!