Gary Lucas in the New Yorker

Mark your calendars: March 3rd, 2009:  Gary Lucas will rock the Rock-It Science Festival:

From Goings on About Town, in the New Yorker:

NIGHT LIFE

HIGHLINE BALLROOM
431 W. 16th St. (212-414-5994)—March 3: The Rock-It Science Festival. A slew of A-list musicians, including the crooner Rufus Wainwright, the Patti Smith guitarist Lenny Kaye, the heavy-metal monster Dee Snider (of Twisted Sister), the Paisley Underground soldier Steve Wynn (from the Dream Syndicate), and the guitarist Gary Lucas (a veteran of Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band), join a number of leading scientists, including Joseph LeDoux, a neuroscientist, Daniel J. Levitin, a cognitive psychologist and the author of “This Is Your Brain on Music,” and the evolutionary geneticist Pardis Sabeti, all of whom also like to rock out. This show is sponsored by the Sensation to Emotion Network, an organization devoted to raising awareness about sensory-processing disorders.

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Dean Bowman & Gary Lucas CHASE THE DEVIL

A new video available for your spiritual delight (one of 3 newly posted to you tube): “Children of Zion.”  Dean Bowman and Gary Lucas are CHASE THE DEVIL —

“CHASE THE DEVIL was born last summer out of a mutual love of spiritual music drawing from classical Jewish songs, gospel, and blues. Both the jazz vocalist, Dean Bowman, and his guitarist counterpart, Gary Lucas, have been steeping themselves in deep-roots music since their earliest musical strivings. Bowman and Lucas are world class musicians, and have played on hundreds of albums. The men reinvigorate the music of such transcendental artists such as Rev. Gary Davis, William Blake, and Blind Willie Johnson. ” — The Villager (NYC), Feb. 18-24, 2009,  vol. 78, no. 37

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GARY LUCAS NYC DOUBLE HEADER WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 25TH

GARY LUCAS NYC DOUBLE HEADER WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 25TH

@ 7pm CHASE THE DEVIL (Gary Lucas and vocalist Dean Bowman) perform a concert of spiritual roots music, including blues gospel by Rev. Gary Davis, Blind Willie Johnson, and the Staple Singers; Jewish liturgical music; and more Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street NYC part of the Eldridge Street Coffee House series http://www.eldridgestreet.org/calendar-newyork-events.html listen to new tracks from Chase the Devil recorded by Steve Addabo http://www.myspace.com/wechasethedevil

and…

@ 10:30pm GARY LUCAS & GODS AND MONSTERS play live in the main space of Public Assembly 70 North Sixth Street, Williamsburg NY with Ernie Brooks (Modern Lovers) bass, Billy Ficca (Television) drums, Jason Candler (Hungry March Band) alto and tenor sax, and Joe Hendel (The Latest Show on Earth) keyboards and trombone http://garylucas.com/www/gods/ listen to new Gods and Monsters studio tracks produced by Jerry Harrison http://www.myspace.com/theoriginalgodsandmonsters and http://www.myspace.com/garylucas

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Fusing Jewish Music

A few weeks ago we mentioned that Gary has been doing a lot of “cross-cultural melding lately,” but hey — he’s always doing that! And in one of his best interviews yet, on Leadel, he talks about “Fusing Jewish Music.” We love Gary’s genius for bridging cultures, and for his ability to work with difference to create beautiful and challenging  music.

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Report from Valladollid

Borja Sanchez Mayoral  reports on Gary’s Golem performance and film screening in Spain, with some great photographs, too, by Hector Marquez. HERE. It’s in Spanish, but you can always run it through the Babelfish translator, if you don’t speaka da lingo.

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Gods and Monsters, Flower Travellin,’ and Theremins

Oh you lucky people over there on the East Coast. You can see GODS AND MONSTERS as part of the Third Annual Halleluwah Festival of Enthused Arts,  featuring the U.S. debut of Japan’s legendary Flower Travellin’ Band! This is going to be killer.

SUNDAY NOV. 23rd 

KNITTING FACTORY MAINSPACE

74 LEONARD ST., NYC 9:

Gods and Monsters with Roswell Rudd.

Flower Travellin’ Band.

and on Dec. 3rd, Gods and Monsters

at the Cake Shop, 153 Ludlow St., NYC, 10pm

w/special guest Mike Edison on THEREMIN. 

 

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gary lucas faves

A Gary Lucas playlist of favorites on Rhapsody’s Playlist Central, via Nate Cavalieri. Go HERE for Gary’s comments on his picks.

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the good work

Gary has been doing a lot of cross-cultural melding lately, and one fruitful combination has been his work of a spiritual nature with jazz/blues vocalist Dean Bowman in their Chase The Devil Project. Check out their MySpace website HERE, for a healing earful. Here is what they have to say about their project:

CHASE THE DEVIL (Dean Bowman and Gary Lucas) formed in the summer of 2008 over a mutual love of spiritual roots music. Both jazz/blues vocalist DEAN BOWMAN and guitarist extraordinaire GARY LUCAS are steeped in deep roots music both sacred and secular since their earliest musical strivings. World-class musicians, between them they have played on hundreds of albums both as leaders and as sidemen, and have toured the globe in their search for musical excellence and truth. They recognize that the common denominator in both country blues, sanctified Christian gospel music, Jewish liturgical music, Islami quawwali music, and their own original songs, is the passionate element of human struggle, which informs all their work. That–and a desire to elevate the proceedings around them–to lift the bandstand. CHASE THE DEVIL explodes into ecstasy by reinvigorating the music and poetry of such transcendental artists such as Rev. Gary Davis, William Blake, Blind Willie Johnson, the Sabri Brothers, Joseph Spence, the Staple Singers, Nusrat Fatah Ali Khan, Shlomo Carlebach, and many others. They also are busy writing their own new original spirituals. The duo have performed several times in NYC to overflow crowds who were always on their feet dancing by the end of their show. They look forward to bringing their intense and emotional music to the multitudes world-wide. Their aim is to lift and inspire…to transmit joy and to teach, not preach. This is where the soul of Man never dies. for more info: http://www.deanbowman.com http://www.garylucas.com

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Valladolid

We are always blown away by the awesome magic of both Gary’s music, and the film, Der Golem. Here’s a clip from Gary Lucas’ performance in Valladolid Spain this year: “Estreño der Gollem.”

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if you know what’s good for you

…and of course you DO, so you’ll subscribe to the OutFromUnderLive Channel on You Tube, and get your latest video on Gary and Gods and Monsters. So step right up, go there right now!

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