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HOWE GELB has traveled many a long and dusty mile to get to his place of prominence as an elder statesman of freewheeling Americana and "Erosion Rock"; A brand of music changing with the elements on a daily basis as nature intended, like giant sand, believing that continuous evolution should be a palpable element in music, as when when songs were first handed over again and again, before the frozen capture of a recording studio.
Howe co-founded the post-punk band Giant Sand in 1983 and in the 30 years since, has released an estimated 40 albums or so as Giant Sand, The Band of... Blacky Ranchette, OP8, Howe Gelb solo releases and other collaborations. He's not sure of the exact amount. He is currently touring in support of his latest release The Coincidentalist .
Locals, International Zombies Of Love, will open the night.
For more info, including set times, please visit the Collective Concerts website.
Advance tickets are available at Rotate This & Soundscapes, and online at Ticketfly.
Elvis Monday is Toronto's longest running indie showcase. Now in its 30th year, at least 3000 bands have played Elvis Monday including Cowboy Junkies, Blind Melon, Treble Charger, Lights, Sum 41, Three Days Grace, Billy Talent, Austra, Peaches, Diana, JackSoul, Ron Sexsmith, Doldrums, Moon King, and BECK!
Acting as a launching pad for many Toronto bands, Elvis Monday continues to champion emerging talent and play an important part of Toronto's music scene.
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Yuka is a hard-hitting, dynamic funk band taking direction from a wide variety of influences both classic (James Brown, The Meters) and modern (Soulive, Jamiroquai). The five-piece band plays hypnotic dance grooves underneath slick, lyrical horn lines and whips crowds into a musical frenzy.
Join them in the Drake Lounge and get your groove on!
Winner Live Act of The Year Vancouver Island Music Awards 2013
Winner WCMA's Electronic/Dance Album of the Year 2013
If a line exists between classical and electronic, between ancient and new age, synthetic and organic, Kytami has sliced them all using only a violin bow... but what more does she need?
Apparently nothing at all, as Kytami has already been dubbed a 'music revolutionary' by Whats Up Magazine USA, a 'violinextremist' here at home, and has been summoned to bring her violin thunder to audiences as far reaching as Taiwan, Dubai and Berlin.
Through an alchemy of classical, fiddle styles fused with the heavy bass elements of Dubstep and Hip Hop, Kytami has managed to soar above not only the constraints of musical genre and labeling, but has forged a path so bold and unique that it's taken her alongside groups from Swollen Members to acoustic punk rockers Blackie and The Triumphs and today she is regularly dubbed Canada's most diverse and engaging fiddle player.
After co-founding the critically acclaimed global-fusion sound-storm Delhi 2 Dublin in 2006 and subsequently co-songwriting them toward international musical success until 2010, Kytami surged forward with her own solo career, bringing the essence of her music to audiences in its purest possible form. The 2012 release of her eponymous full-length solo album made this a reality by combining the far flung elements of Classical Music, Dubstep, and the world that only Kytami knows.
While the release of this new CD caused critics to again go about the business of trying to label that thing that Kytami does, others see the folly in trying. "She does the impossible." Says festival director Ty Cooke, "She could make you crowd-surf to Pachelbel. People call her a 'rock-violin pioneer;' people call her 'the live show of a lifetime'... I guess they'll keep trying to name the force that is Kytami but she'll never let them. People should just call her 'brilliant,' and they can leave it at that."
With all this enigma, what can you expect at a Kytami show? Well lets start by straightening that out actually, the girl doesn't play shows, she detonates dance floors. Whether in front of Delhi 2 Dublin or The PhonoGraff, Kytami is internationally renowned for one thing: she rocks the fiddle like a woman possessed... and the audience dances to match.
From Germany to Hong Kong and Joshua Tree Festival to Shambhala, one thing is affirmed at Kytami concerts time and again: If you dare witness this violin diva take the stage, be prepared to wear through not only the soles of your dancing shoes, but perhaps the version of reality you brought to the door.
THE UNSEEN STRANGERS have ambitiously cultivated a musical identity shaped by good old-fashioned bluegrass, the limitless barrage of contemporary musical influences, and a relentlessly curious sense of humour. The Strangers draw from the beeps and buzzes of the modern world to create an imaginative, energetic brand of acoustic music that is unmistakably their own. The band has toured Eastern Canada three times, performing showcases at NXNE and OCFF to name a few, and is a favorite at festivals featuring genres spanning Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Rock, and Electronic.
Don't miss The Unseen Strangers as they host Memphis Tuesdays in the Drake Lounge.
Dedicated to creating a new groove-based music, THE DIGS embody the unique perspective of diversity that could only come from Canada's multicultural melting pot, Toronto. To dig is to extract from the ground by breaking up earth, and The Digs are a band reaching down into the roots of American pop music and pulling up a vibrant sound that is an organically constructed embarrassment of riches.
Ultimately, The Digs consist of close friendships built upon the love of music, and the love for one another, and it is this dedication which gives them a consistently renewed energy with each jam-packed gig, each infectious groove, each funky beat. Catch The Digs while you can!
Toronto native Daniel Benjamin and collaborator/co-conspirator Maddy Wilde have been making music together for most of their lives; as MOON KING, the two singers weave dreamlike harmonies over buzz-saw guitars and electronic percussion, their live performances capturing a raw-nerve intensity that verges on ecstatic.
Moon King return to the Drake Underground after an enormous tour supporting their latest EP, Obsession II, with guests to be announced.
Advance tickets available at Rotate This & Soundscapes, and online at Ticketweb.
Zoë Keating is a one-woman orchestra. She uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record layer upon layer of cello, creating intricate, haunting and compelling music. Zoë is known for both her use of technology - which she uses to sample her cello onstage - and for her DIY approach, selling at last count 60,000 copies of her self-released albums without the help of a record label.
A cellist since the age of eight, Zoë obtained a liberal arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College and spent her 20's working at a software startup while moonlighting as a cellist in rock bands. She eventually combined the cello and the computer, developing her signature style of live-layered music while improvising for late night crowds at her Francisco warehouse. In 2003 Zoë quit her tech job to focus on making layered cello music.
Advance tickets are available online now.
This past November, the Philippines was hit with Typhoon Haiyan that devastated whole towns and cities killing thousands and ultimately affecting millions. 100% of all proceeds from this event will be donated amongst four reputable charitable organizations: Global Medic (Focusing on water purification in affected regions), UNICEF (Life-saving essentials and emergency supplies to children affected by the typhoon), Doctors Without Borders (Frontline medical services to survivors), and Canadian Red Cross (Assisting in all aspects of relief efforts after Typhoon Haiyan.)
Performers will be:
THE PLAITWRIGHTS w/ THE CHARLESTON RELAY
An up and coming Toronto mainstay, The Plaitwrights and their live band, The Charleston Relay have lit up stages across the city and have garnered a unique following that represents their musical style of hip hop, R&B, soul, and jazz.
A solo New York City based artist with over 20,000 youtube subscribers specializing in a R&B, Soul, Pop, and Alternative sound.
THE MUSO PROJECT
A Toronto-based collaboration of artists combining their passion for blues, jazz, soul, R&B, and funk music.