Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sundilla Acoustic Concert Series presents Darryl Purpose in Concert 5/2/2014 (Press Release)

I'm posting this straight from the performer's news release. Sundilla will have an earlier concert this Friday (3/28) by Gretchen Peters. I posted about it here. This series is one of our community's treasures. I think it's still largely unknown around here. Any ideas why?

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"Darryl Purpose ends a seven year silence with a stunning ten-song comeback" -A.W., Maverick Magazine

Friday, May 2nd at 7:30pm / 450 Thatch Ave., Auburn, AL 36830 (Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship)

Tickets $12. Limited number of $10 Advance tickets available at Spicer's Music and Mama Mocha's Coffee
Sundilla: 334-741-7169 / www.sundillamusic.com

www.darrylpurpose.com

Listen to Tracks from the new CD "Next Time Around" 

When Darryl Purpose was 16 years old, his mother put a book called Beat the Dealer in his Christmas stocking leading to a celebrated career as a professional card player.

After years of playing in casino’s across the country, Darryl switched gears, took time to walk across the country for peace and, in 1996, he began to tour nationally as a solo singer-songwriter. Eight years, six CD’s and a thousand-plus shows later, in 2005, he inexplicably set down his guitar, taking a much needed sabbatical in the rocky mountains.

Now, after years away from the music scene, Darryl Purpose is back! With a new energy and a new flair for connecting with audiences. In 2012, Darryl recorded his first CD of original material in 10 years - “Next Time Around”, produced by Billy Crockett for the Blue Rock Artists label. Called “a masterpiece” and “Purpose’s best effort yet” by Dj’s [sic].

Live performance is his strength as he connects his audience to his songs with a storyteller’s heart. And, oh, by the way, in 2009, Darryl was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame, one of only 17 members.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sax Quartets, Jazz at the Musuem (Expires 4/3/2014)

Below is from an e-mail update I sent out tonight. To get on my e-mail list and avoid missing an update in case I forget to post it here, click this link and fill out the form.

Saxophone Quartets Performing for Lunch Music 3/20


Thursday (3/20) three sax quartets from the AU sax studio will perform a free concert at noon for A Little Lunch Music. There's an interesting (*I* think) post about that on the museum's blog at this link: Auburn Students Bring Saxophone Quartet Music to A Little Lunch Music. For those interested in saxophones, ragtime, Gershwin, 20th-century music and a little percussion, you should come out. For others, consider that last sentence to be your "Abandon hope, all ye who enter here" sign. The café will be open from 11-2.

Next Thursday, 3/27, Duo Amico will perform. Read their impressive bios on the schedule page for A Little Lunch Music.

Fine Tuning Weekly Jazz at Museum


As I mentioned last week, the weekly jazz continues at the museum. This (3/20) being the third Thursday, jazz will be in the lobby from 6-7, with the Third Thursday Poetry Series (JCSM Welcomes Poetry Series) meeting from 7-8. And integrating new programming into an established system can cause some blips. One of which is that both jazz and café will be unavailable after hours on March 27 due to a long-standing private reservation of the space.

So the upcoming after-hours jazz at the museum is...
  • Dan Mackowski (guitar) and Sam Altonji (bass) on 3/20. Some press reports included me, but I have an conflicting gig that day.
  • Closed on 3/27
  • Dan, Jason DeBlanc (bass) and myself starting April 3, and that should be the personnel throughout April

 

 That's All I Have


There's more going on, but I can't get to it right now. My Event Sources page will help you find it.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Gretchen Peters Plays Sundilla Series 3/28/2014

"Hello Cruel World" by Gretchen Peters from recent CD release of same name. Video is from Gretchen Peters' YouTube channel. Click here for more about the CD on her website.
Below is a partial post by Bailey Jones who runs the Sundilla Acoustic Concert Series. Click the link at the bottom for the full article on Sundilla's website.

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The insert-your-favorite-adjective-for-“GREAT” Gretchen Peters will make her Sundilla debut on Friday, March 28, in what is sure to be an evening of music that will never be forgotten. Showtime at the [Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship] is 7:30; admission at the door will be $15, but a limited number of $12 advance tickets will be available at Spicer’s Music, Mama Mocha’s Coffee, and online at www.sundillamusic.com.
We’ll have free coffee, tea, water and food, though as always attendees are welcome to bring whatever food or beverage they prefer.

Gretchen Peters
The Associated Press says “This is not jukebox music – the stuff that exists to fill in the pauses in conversation. This IS the conversation.” Since arriving in Nashville in the late-80s, Gretchen Peters has become one of the most successful, and revered, songwriters in music...
[click here for full article]

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Classical Soprano, Guitar, Jazz and Blues in Coming Days (expires 3/13/2014)

Below is an update of an e-mail I sent out Monday. If you want to get those e-mails, you can sign up using the form at right or by clicking here.

AHS Grad, now Professional Soprano Kathleen Buccleugh Performs Thursday


Kathleen Farrar Bucccleugh
Not too long ago, Kathleen Buccleugh (ancient Scottish spelling of "Buckley") was a student at Auburn High. Thursday, the prodigal singer returns with a couple of music degrees and a lot of opera, recital, sacred, and new-music experience under her belt. AU piano faculty Laurelie Gheesling will join her for A Little Lunch Music at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, and AU student and special guest Hunter Hayes will share a Mozart piano sonata. Here's a post I did for the museum's blog: A Little Lunch Music: Can Journalism for Truckers Inform Opera Singing.

Classical Guitarist Francois Fowler Plays Goodwin


Classical guitarist and composer Francois Fowler will perform Thursday night (3/6) at 7:30 PM. His bio boasts performances throughout North America, national and international awards, and faculty credit at Youngstown State University in Ohio. Here's a link to my post with video of him playing one of his own compositions.

AU Spring Break Lunch Music Added - Marc Karam Returns 3/13


We will do a concert during AU's Spring Break for A Little Lunch Music, and the Museum Café will be open. Performing on that date (3/13) will be vocalist and pianist Marc Karam. The weather forced a change in his February concert from 2/13 to 2/14, and we heard about several who, having not heard of the date change, came to a closed museum! So we're bringing him back. Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art website is here.

Classical Guitar, Jazz, Blues in the Coming Days


Weekly jazz continues at the museum from 4:45 to 6:00 PM. I'll be there March 6 with guitarist Dan Mackowski and bassist Jason DeBlanc. Previous blog post about this new endeavor here. At 5:00, the film Aquí y Allá (Here and There) begins in the museum's auditorium, so you'll have to choose. See the trailer and read the synopsis at the museum's film page. I think the scheduling overlaps will improve as time goes on.

Atlanta blues singer Francine Reed will perform for the Columbus Jazz Society's quarterly concert on March 11 at 7:00 PM EST. A good way to get a taste of her amazing voice through the years is through YouTube search results. She toured with Lyle Lovett back in the day, and has a long list of great jazz artists she has performed with. The CJS website has all the info.