Wednesday, June 22, 2016

S/S Marie Robertson Featured at JCSM After Hours (6/23/2016)

I am conspicuously lax about doing posts about events that I'm involved promoting and even performing. Feel free to analyze this in the comments, and my apologies to anyone else involved who thinks my efforts here would have possibly gotten more ears and eyeballs pointed toward our projects.


Marie Robertson
Marie Robertson does lots of things. One is that she writes songs. Another is that she sings those songs and other songs while playing the piano. She'll be performing for the newly dubbed JCSM After Hours this Thursday (6/23/2016). Here's an event page on the museum's website. Learn more about Marie at this post on the museum's blog.

The museum's weekly 5-8pm offering has been, for the last couple years, featuring mainly jazz, and mainly the music of Cullars Improvisational Rotation, a trio I'm in that serves as kind of an extension to the ambient, folk-inspired jazz concept of guitarist Dan Mackowski (more at We, or kind of an alternate version of the group without two of its three members, will open for Marie on Thursday. Guitarist Taylor Pierce and bassist Ben Young will join me.

Lately, we've been mixing up the kinds of music presented at After Hours. Last week we hosted a live-music milonga (tango night) with Tango Orchestra Club Atlanta and the Auburn Argentine Tango Group. In the upcoming weeks, we'll have other jazz groups, a kind of classical music jam session we'll call a musicale, Indian music, Iranian music maybe, and who knows what else. As the museum's site says...
"Hear original songs, jazz, classical, cultural, and sometimes adventurous music fill the pristine spaces at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University."
The museum's Facebook page is a good place to keep up with what's happening Thursday nights. We're trying to make it a place to hang out after work, have a drink or two and a bite to eat, watch the sunset, and hear good music.

Auburn: A Muscle Shoals Review with the Amy Black Band - Sundilla, 7/14/2016

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On July 14, the Sundilla music series will return to its original venue with a special concert co-sponsored by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities, and featuring A Muscle Shoals Revue with the Amy Black Band. The show takes place at Pebble Hill, 101 S. Debardeleben St. in Auburn. Showtime is 7:30, and admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Pebble Hill, Spicer's Music, Blooming Colors, and online at

Amy Black and her talented band present a high energy show with a mix of soul, blues, country and rock-n-roll. Amy's third solo release, The Muscle Shoals Sessions (June 2015) was recorded at historic FAME studios in her family's homeland of Muscle Shoals, AL and features Spooner Oldham, an original Muscle Shoals Swamper. The result was, "a blend of sultry desire, ardent passion...a sound that's both tough and tender" (Relix). "To showcase her true potential as a bluesy, R&B heavy hitter, Amy Black had to go home. Black's soulful chops shine" (Elmore).

In July 1993, an outdoor concert was held on the lawn at Pebble Hill; that was the first concert in what was to become The Sundilla Concert Series. In the 23 years since, Sundilla has become one of the premier concert series in the southeast; about 13 times per year performers from across the country, and the world, take the Sundilla stage at the Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and bring the best of the world's music to Auburn.

Sundilla president Bailey Jones says that putting this concert together "was one of those things where everything came together at the same time. We were approached by the folks at Pebble Hill about doing a Sundilla concert there. I started to look at their available dates, and one of them filled a hole in Amy Black's schedule. Amy and I had been trying to schedule a Sundilla show for years, and not only did this date work out perfectly, but Amy is currently touring with a full band for her Muscle Shoals Revue. The band has too many members to fit on the stage at our usual venue, so this is a great opportunity to get Amy and her band to Auburn, and to highlight the great new listening space that has been created at Pebble Hill."

"It should be a great time for everybody," Jones said. "Amy will perform those Muscle Shoals classics that everybody knows, by folks like Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, The Rolling Stones, Etta James, Lou Rawls, Mavis Staples, Bobby Gentry, Bob Dylan and many others, as well as some originals that capture the spirit and soul of Muscle Shoals."

Though chairs and some tables will be available, Jones encourages everyone to bring a folding chair "just in case. And coolers will be allowed, but glass will not; plastic and aluminum only, please. Like all Sundilla concerts, we'll have some free food and coffee, but anyone who wants to bring their own food, or their favorite beverage, can do so."

In the case of inclement weather, the show will moved inside.