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Girls Rock Camp Benefit 2016: An Expression of Power

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Girls Rock Camp Benefit: Amped Up for a Good Cause


Who: Teen Angst / Amanda Mayflower and Company / Thee Mistakes / Eshé Bhairavi / Funs / Sarah Mitchell’s Girls Rock Carbondale: A Rocumentary
What: Carbondale Community Arts Girls Rock Camp fundraiser
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When: 2016-03-12
Pictured: Teen Angst.
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The Girls Rock Camp, a Carbondale Community Arts-sponsored initiative to get more young women involved in music, is back to rock another year. A fundraiser for the camp takes place Saturday, March 12 at the Hangar 9.

The benefit opens with the public premiere of Sarah Mitchell’s Girls Rock Carbondale: A Rockumentary, a film that documents the inaugural camp, which took place last summer. Live entertainment will include Teen Angst, a group whose members attended the 2015 Girls Rock Camp. The rest of the lineup consists of Wichita, Kansas-transplant to Carbondale Amanda Mayflower and Company, local feminist post-punks Thee Mistakes, local hip-hop artist Eshé Bhairavi, and the Chicago-based psychedelic indie-pop duo the Funs.

Items in the silent auction include a screen-printing package from MerchOp, ten hours of recording time at Misunderstudio, a glam-rock photo-shoot package from Pop Rocks, locally made art, surprise package deals, and tattoo gift certificates. (Artists who want to donate work to the auction may do so at the Carbondale Community Arts office at 304 Walnut Street during business hours or Saturday, March 12 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hangar 9.)

The benefit will also feature a fifty/fifty raffle, various giveaways, and several live artists working onstage during performances.

The Girls Rock Camp takes place during seven days and is open to young women in grades four to twelve. There, campers learn how to play instruments and form bands with peers. They write original songs and perform them at a local venue on the last day of camp. This year’s camp will take place at Carbondale Community High School, and the showcase is scheduled for the Hangar 9.

“The kids engage in amazing, empowering workshops that focus on feminist values, egalitarianism, critical-thinking skills, women in history, and the arts in writing, performance, and [promotional] media such as screen printing— a workshop generously donated by MerchOp,” Jessica Lynn, executive director of Carbondale Community Arts, said.

Lynn added that organizers look forward to providing another fulfilling experience for the campers this year.

“We’re expecting to have a tighter workshop curriculum, segregate advanced from beginning music instruction, and give the campers more of an opportunity to experiment with performance— theatrical and musical— in front of their peers,” Lynn said. “We also have assembled a team of glam-rock aficionados who will help campers develop their special rocking style prior to the showcase.”

Lynn explained that the camp strives to be an “all-inclusive community organization and [we] welcome gender-nonconforming and trans- volunteers and youth....

“Camp is all about having fun and developing a sense of self as well as learning how to build cooperative relationships with others,” Lynn said. “It’s more than a music camp— it’s an expression of empowerment.”

Lynn said the Girls Rock Camp has a positive impact on everyone involved.

“Any organization that promotes issues like accessibility, community, egalitarianism, feminism, anti-racism, and critical thinking is an important organization to have in Southern Illinois— especially for youth,” Lynn said. “This camp specifically intends to free youths’ voices, highlight ways that women have been artists, writers, performers, activists, and musicians throughout history, but who have faced marginalization in the media, and give youth a wider breadth of role models in whom they can see themselves.”

Feedback from the campers has been inspiring.

“Last season we had an overwhelming positive emotional response throughout and at the end of the camp from parents and kids,” Lynn said. “We have had several parents tell us that camp literally changed their kid’s life by giving them a platform to use their voice. One participant is interested in interning at camp if she can’t be a repeat camper and teaching smaller kids bass basics—according to her mother, this is something she never would have done prior to camp. Volunteers themselves also reported life-changing experiences working with the kids. Just watch the rockumentary— and bring tissue.”

Girls Rock Carbondale is currently hosting an instrument drive where people can donate money through GoFundMe or give or loan equipment to the camp. Lynn said Carbondale Community Arts wants to raise between $5,000 and $8,000 this year to buy all of its own equipment.

Carbondale Community Arts is also accepting donations to provide campers with lunch.

Lynn said the community has been instrumental in the camp’s continued success, and the future of Girls Rock is contingent on its volunteers, especially instrument instructors.

“[We] have a lot of excellent organizer volunteers, but providing the music instruction in a community with few, or exceptionally busy, working women musicians has been challenging,” Lynn said. “We are anticipating networking with other camps somewhat regionally and are or will be in communication with girls-rock organizers in Chicago, Indianapolis, Southern Girls Rock [in Tennessee], and Saint Louis to do volunteer exchange, or bring volunteers to Carbondale for the week of camp to help staff our session. I fully expect to extend couches [and] pull out sofas, hammocks, and floor space at my place for out-of-town musicians and organizers who want to come help at our camp.”

Tuition for camp is based on a sliding scale, and no one is turned away for lack of ability to pay, although space is limited.

To volunteer, register for the camp, or more information, log on to <http://www.GirlsRockCarbondale.com>.

who: Teen Angst / Amanda Mayflower and Company / Thee Mistakes / Eshé Bhairavi / Funs / Sarah Mitchell’s Girls Rock Carbondale: A Rocumentary

what: Carbondale Community Arts Girls Rock Camp fundraiser

where: Hangar

 

when: Saturday, March 12

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Keller Williams: Getting Loopy

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Keller Williams’s One-man Jam Band: After a Multiyear Absence, the Legendary Loopmaster Returns to Carbondale


Who: Keller Williams
What: one-man jam band
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When: 2104-11-14
The one and only Keller Williams will perform a solo show Friday, November 14 at the Copper Dragon.
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The one and only Keller Williams will perform a solo show Friday, November 14 at the Copper Dragon.

Williams is a familiar name to anyone aware of the jam-band or festival scene. Williams is a crowd pleaser, the show-goers’ performer. His music is creative, funky, skillful, and thoughtful. His live performances foster transformative dance parties.

Williams was a solo artist, at least live, for the majority of his early

career, when he became known for masterfully using the loop pedal, a tool with which musicians can record phrases live and play on top of them.

As he explains in his bio, “What I do is step on a button and sing or play something. Then I step on the same button in time and it repeats what I just played or sang. Once that initial loop is created, I can layer on a bass line or a drum line and then have this layer that I just created in front of an audience that I could sing over and solo over. Nothing is prerecorded. Everything is created onstage in front of the audience.”

Williams is undoubtedly a master of this tool. It is incredible to watch his loop wizardry.

Williams began his music career in Fredericksburg, Virginia as a noted Grateful Dead fan, a seriously dedicated show-goer. Since his early beginnings gigging and recording in the nineties, Williams’s career in music has come a long, long way. He has released twenty albums since his debut release, Freek, in 1994. Most of his albums feature top-of-the line guest musicians like Bob Weir, Del McCoury, the String Cheese Incident, and Béla Fleck.

Later this November, Williams will sit in with Phil Lesh, the original bass player of the Grateful Dead, living the dream of any Deadhead musician. Later this year, Williams will also sit in with the Motet and Leftover Salmon, the latter gig on New Year’s at the Vic in Chicago.

Williams also has his own side projects, including the Keller Williams Incident, in which he plays with members of the String Cheese Incident, and Keller and the Keels. He also plays in Grunge Grass, which covers 1990s Seattle grunge all wang-tang bluegrassy.

Another one of his projects, Grateful Grass, consists of Williams, Michael Kang and Keith Moseley of the String Cheese Incident, Jeff Austin of Yonder Mountain String Band, and Keith Moseley, Gibb Droll, and Jeff Sipe. Grateful Grass interprets the music of the Grateful Dead as a bluegrass string band.

Grateful Grass is an especially notable entity in the Williams web. An epic slew of musicians sits in with the group, including Billy Nershi, Jeff Austin, Keith Moseley, Allie Kral, Reed Mathis, Vince Herman, and Sam Grisman. They have just released their third album, DOS, which features alt-string versions of Dead tracks “Jack Straw,” “High Time,” “Sampson and Delilah,” and “Althea.” The album was recorded live at the Fillmore in San Francisco on December 7, 2013. Proceeds from the album benefit the Rex Foundation, a charitable organization formed by the Grateful Dead in 1983.

Be sure to browse the depths of audio and video of Williams and his projects and groups at <http://KellerWilliamsMusic.net>. Those who are overwhelmed by Williams’s massive, diverse catalogue can head to a section of his website called Whenever I Feel Like It Freek, which randomly plays tracks by Williams, from new music to archival material.

Tickets to the Copper Dragon show are $18 in advance at Pinch Penny Pub and <http://www.etix.com>.

who: Keller Williams

what: one-man jam band

where: Copper Dragon Brewing Company

when: Friday, November 14

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Spread: Music-scene Alumni Return to Record a Live Album

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Spread: Making a Nice Jam


Who: Spread
What: jam band live recording
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When: 2014-05-02 - 2014-05-03
A band that once called Southern Illinois home not only wants to come back. They also want to captur
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A band that once called Southern Illinois home not only wants to come back. They also want to capture the event for posterity.

Psychedelic jam band Spread headlines their first-ever two-night run at the Hangar 9 Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3, and to commemorate the occasion, the group plans to record the shows for a live CD.

Nightlife recently chatted up bassist Colin Finn and drummer Patrick Reynolds before a practice to discuss coming home, recording live, and rocking out.

Spread started in the former beer garden of Booby’s on the Strip in 2008. The collective— Finn, Reynolds, guitarist Dave Petrizzo, and keyboard player Joe Kentros— has created self-described energy-filled musical experiences ever since by combining composed material with improvisation.

“We met through mutual friends and just started playing together,” Reynolds said.

As many college bands of the past have done, they hung around the ‘Dale for as long as their time at Southern Illinois University would allow, and once graduation and the time to branch out came, one by one, the musicians left.

“I was the last one to graduate, I think,” Finn said, “and I graduated in 2010.”

Graduation may have temporarily separated the musicians but Spread eventually regrouped in Chicago.

“We didn’t know if we were going to stay together,” Finn said, “but we decided we really liked working together.”

This summer marks several milestones for Spread, including the band’s appearance at the Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, Illinois, on Memorial Day weekend. The show marks the fifth straight year the band has played the festival, and each time they take the stage, it means something.

“It really means something to us,” Finn said, “because we first got the chance to play at Summer Camp was when we won the [battle of the bands] contest at the Hangar. They call it Summer Camp on the Road, and we won by audience vote. We wouldn’t have gotten these opportunities if we hadn’t won all those years ago.”

The idea to record a live performance in Carbondale had been stewing for awhile, and once an opportunity became available to play two consecutive nights at the Hangar, Spread jumped at the chance to make the two-night stand extra special.

“This is what we’ve been working toward all along,” Finn said.

“We always get a great reception with the crowd down there,” Reynolds said of the band’s Carbondale gigs. “You really feed off their energy.”

It is that kind of interaction that Spread is hoping will translate to the new recording, because on stage the magic of Spread’s improvisation and their musicianship blend nicely together. In a previous interview with Nightlife, they described a time on stage where they started out playing a cover of the Doors’ “L.A. Woman,” and after a few minutes of tangents, the band ended up coming together to play the Yardbirds’ classic tune “Heart Full of Soul.”

Finn said he is looking forward to coming back to the band’s old stomping ground.

“The past few years we have had so many shows at different places,” he said, “but there is always a standout crowd when we come [back to Carbondale].”

Reynolds added: “It’s the opportunity to get another loyal fan. We are excited to come down for the show.”

For more information, check out Spread’s Facebook page.

who: Spread

what: jam band live recording

where: Hangar 9

when: Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3

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Ben Heller - vocals, guitar - Ryan Harper - guitar, vocals - Guido Calrissian- bass - Roger Fleige - keys, vocals - Wade Chambliss - drums
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Vinny Segretario’s Wingtips: One Man, Many Sounds, One Unforgettable Experience

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Who: Wingtips CD release party
What: Love at the Glove art festival w/ Heat Tape / Flowers of Evil / Vaudeville Vagabond Twilight Twitterpaters and Flying Balls Society
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When: 2014-02-14
One-man musical maestro Vinny Segretario and his mechanical musical orchestra Wingtips will debut an
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One-man musical maestro Vinny Segretario and his mechanical musical orchestra Wingtips will debut an evening of new music from his new self-produced album Friday, February 14 at 7 p.m. at the Glove Factory Surplus Gallery. The concert is a part of the eighteenth annual Love at the Glove art and music festival sponsored by the SIU League of Art and Design. The evening will feature original artwork from artists across the region, catered food, and music by Wingtips, the Heat Tape, the Flowers of Evil, and Vaudeville Vagabond Twilight Twitterpaters and Flying Balls Society.

It’s been more than a year since Southern Illinois heard new music from Marion native and self-taught singer/songwriter Segretario. Now he’s back with new musical motivation and a brand-new, full-length project. Titled Recovery Mode, the album gives the Chicago art student an opportunity to indulge in a different kind of artistic expression. Unlike Segretario’s previous material, also self-written and produced but with a heavy focus on guitar, keyboards dominate Recovery Mode. Segretario tells Nightlife that he is thrilled with the record’s myriad musical sounds and experiments, which were captured digitally at his homes in Marion and Chicago.

“This album has a lot of material that I’ve been working on for the past two years or so,” Segretario says. “It’s a lot of things that I had and decided to re-amp and make something new. It also has a lot of new stuff that I’ve written. I’ve started writing again since I moved to Chicago for school. But it also has some old stuff as well.”

Although Segretario, who began playing and teaching himself keyboards in 2005 at age eight, has released electronic singles in the past, Recovery Mode is his first full-length release. Segretario hopes that the wide variety of styles and sounds on the album will reach a broad spectrum of listeners.

Recovery Mode has a lot of almost entirely electronic music,” Segretario says. “A lot of it is dance, and a lot of it is new wave. But it’s a really fun album. We’re excited about it.”

Segretario says the best part of putting together Recovery Mode has been the organic process by which the album came to be and the influences that inspired the songs on the project.

“I think my favorite part about it has been the fact that I’d been listening to a lot of new music and being influenced by a lot of entirely new music, just like I was back in 2012. I’m getting all of these new ways of approaching the project. That’s what makes the sound different. These songs sound totally different than the songs on the last releases because of completely different styles. I appreciated all the changes and shifts. Also, I was able to collaborate on the artwork for the album. My friend Kelly Ahrens did the artwork. She’s a pretty well-known artist at SIU and in the area. I’m a big fan of hers, and she’s a fan of my music.... She did this awesome cover art. Just being able to collaborate with someone that I’m a fan of is very cool, and something I’ve really appreciated.”

Segretario says that playing all of the parts live is challenging but creatively satisfying, and he is excited to perform in the company of the scores of other artists showcased that evening.

“It’s just perfect timing,” he says. “Love at the Glove is this huge arts event that SIU puts on, and I’m putting out a brand-new album at the same time. Here is my art. It’s something of mine. Even though I’m a musical guest, in my mind, this is my artwork being displayed right along with all of the other artists. It’s entirely electronic, but I sing live. I play all of the instruments. I write all of the music myself, I master it myself, and I perform all of it myself, so this is really me.”

Segretario invites fans of new and experimental forms of art and music— especially those looking for an fun and interesting diversion from the normal Valentine’s Day date fare— to take a detour to the old Glove Factory on Friday night.

“If you’re looking for something to do on Friday night, I would tell ordinary Southern Illinoisans, ‘It’s the new thing. You can come out and see this awesome display of maximal instrumentation, and hear a new post-Apocalyptic sound, with pumping beats and high energy dance grooves. Come out and dance until your feet fall off!’”

For more about Segretario and Recovery Mode, visit <http://www.wingtips.bandcamp.com>.

who: Wingtips CD release party

what: Love at the Glove art festival w/ Heat Tape / Flowers of Evil / Vaudeville Vagabond Twilight Twitterpaters and Flying Balls Society

where: Glove Factory Surplus Gallery

when: Friday, February 14

 

Allison Floyd and the Craig Roberts Band: Regaling Outliers with a New CD

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Who: Allison Floyd / Fiddle Rick Johnson / Brandywine River
What: original rock, ska CD release party
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When: 2014-01-23
For locals Allison Floyd and the Craig Roberts Band, embracing the New Year means releasing a new CD
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For locals Allison Floyd and the Craig Roberts Band, embracing the New Year means releasing a new CD, Outliers Regale, copies of which they will give away at their CD release party Thursday, January 23 at Tres Hombres. Also performing that night are Fiddle Rick Johnson and Brandywine River.

The release party for Outliers Regale commemorates the new musical frontier toward which Allison Floyd and the Craig Roberts Band are heading.

Roberts said when he was coming up with the material for Outliers Regale, he wanted melodic consistency on the album.

“I was trying to write as much reggae/rocksteady-type material that I could give our new material a specific style, since most past efforts had a less specific genre,” Roberts said.

Allison Floyd and the Craig Roberts Band are no strangers to change. Originally formed in 2005 with Roberts on vocals and bass and Mike Stein on keyboards, Allison Floyd began with setlists of acoustic Alice in Chains and electric Pink Floyd covers.

Roberts told Nightlife that the idea for the new album has been a work-in-progress for about a year. Big changes for the band have been on the radar for awhile. While the band had gone by the Craig Roberts Band moniker for acoustic shows and winery outings, Roberts changed the band name to Allison Floyd and the Craig Roberts Band to better cohesively reflect the collaborative nature of the musicians involved. Roberts said when the Craig Roberts Band’s other guitarist, Ryan Murphy (also of the Blarney Stoners), moved to Nashville, the band was not able to play as many Pink Floyd covers as they had in the past.

“Consequently, I decided to converge the Allison Floyd name with Craig Roberts Band and find another style,” Roberts said. “Pink Floyd’s last unreleased album is called The Big Spliff, so it was a nice coincidence that we chose reggae. I have performed in reggae bands before. It is something I wanted to try out and do.”

Band members include Brandon Karras on bass and vocals on the songs “On and On Part  Two” and “Tighten Up” and Victor Schneider on drums and backup vocals.

The album’s original songs discuss how people communicate with each other. Case in point is Karras’s top choice, “Blank Phone.” Roberts explains that “Blank Phone” is a parody of “Black Chrome,” in which his brother referred to newspapers being outdated sources of information. In the Allison Floyd and Craig Roberts Band song, telephones are discarded technologies now replaced and transformed into texting machines.

Roberts said his favorite song on the new album is “Escape,” which combines electronic elements with live instrumentation to portray an otherworldly experience.

In addition to originals, the disc features a couple of covers, including “One Cup of Coffee,” which was one of Bob Marley’s first published songs. Roberts said he was introduced to the song through a recording by Marley’s son Damian.

As an extra treat, Allison Floyd and the Craig Roberts Band will call up an old keyboardist to play a handful of songs at the release party.

“We are really excited about what is coming up, and we can’t wait for people to hear us,” Roberts said.

Find out more about Allison Floyd and the Craig Roberts Band by searching for the band on Facebook.

who: Allison Floyd / Fiddle Rick Johnson / Brandywine River

what: original rock, ska CD release party

where: Tres Hombres

when: Thursday, January 23

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