The Crooked Jades

The Echo Presents

The Crooked Jades

The Dustbowl Revival, Triple Chicken Foot, Tom Rodwell

Fri, September 7, 2012

8:30 pm


Los Angeles, CA

$11.00 - $13.00

This event is 18 and over

The Crooked Jades
The Crooked Jades
The Crooked Jades are on a mission to reinvent old-world music for a modern age, pushing boundaries and blurring categories with their fiery, soulful performances. Innovative, unpredictable and passionate, they bring their driving dance tunes and haunting ballads to rock clubs, festivals, traditional folk venues and concert halls across America and Europe.

Known for their rare and obscure repertoire, beautiful original compositions, inspired arrangements and eclectic, often vintage instrumentation, The Crooked Jades began with band leader/founder Jeff Kazor's vision to revive the dark and hypnotic sounds of pre-radio music. With this old-time foundation, the band has created the unique Crooked Jades sound by exploring the roots of Americana and interweaving the diverse musical influences of Europe and Africa. Filtering these old-world sounds with universal and ancient themes through a post-9/11 lens, they seek to make sense of the future.

A collective of West and East Coast pickers with equal parts attitude and respect, always led by Kazor, the band performs with a thrilling energy that has audiences on their feet dancing and critics comparing them to everyone from The New Lost City Ramblers and The Pogues to Gillian Welch, Nick Cave and Tom Waits.

The current lineup of the Crooked Jades is a core trio of co-founders Jeff Kazor (vocals/guitar/ukulele) and Lisa Berman (vocals/slide guitar/banjo/harmonium), with Erik Pearson (vocals/banjos/ukulele/harmonium/slide guitar) often joined by Charlie Rose (bass), and Rose Sinclair (banjo/banjo uke/minstrel banjo/slide guitar).

Adjunct members of the collective include Leah Abramson (vocals/uke/guitar/harmonium), Megan Adie (bass), Jennie Benford (vocals/mandolin/guitar) Elise Engelberg (fiddle), Genessa Kealoha (bass), Tom Lucas (banjos), Stephanie Prausnitz (fiddle), Josh Rabie (fiddle/mandolin), Adam Tanner (fiddle/mandolin) and Sophie Vitells (fiddle/vocals).

Started by Kazor in San Francisco from a kitchen jam in 1994, The Crooked Jades have 6 critically-acclaimed CDs, including “World’s on Fire” (on the sound track for Sean Penn’s 2007 film “Into the Wild”), two CDs co-produced by alt-country’s Richard Buckner, and “Seven Sisters” the soundtrack to an award-winning PBS documentary. Their brand new release “Shining Darkness” features the current lineup playing 19 original songs and instrumentals on harmonium, bao (Vietnamese one-string box zither) and mbira in symphony with string-band standards fiddle, banjo, guitar ukulele and arco bass.
The Dustbowl Revival
The Dustbowl Revival
The Dustbowl Revival is a Venice, CA-based roots/jazz collective that merges old school bluegrass, swamp-gospel, jug-band, jump blues and the hot swing of the 1930’s to form a spicy roots cocktail.

Known for their raucous dance-inducing live sets, the Dustbowl Revival plays what some call hillbilly jazz—the original front porch rock n’ roll. Think Dylan and The Band in Newport meets Louis Armstrong in New Orleans meets Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes on the beaches of LA.

It’s young people playing high-energy, vintage music and it’s all written and composed by howlin’ and stompin’ frontman Z. Lupetin who first envisioned putting together a kind of roots supergroup when he moved from Chicago (his father is a blues harp virtuoso who sometimes sits in), to Michigan and then to sunny Los Angeles three years ago.

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Growing from a small string band diligently playing local Southern California clubs (over a hundred shows in the last two years), DBR is now a collective of over ten musicians with instrumentation that often includes tuba, trombone, clarinet, cornet, trumpet, mandolin, banjo, drums, guitars, double bass, harmonica and plenty of washboard and kazoo for good luck. The band’s spontaneous, participatory set-lists assure that every show is a little bit different.

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With an enthusiastic and growing following, The Dustbowl Revival released “You Can’t Go Back To The Garden of Eden” in 2010 to rave reviews. Merging their vintage style with a hip, lose-your-troubles-and-start-moving vibe that rings especially true for these times, the record perfectly represents the band’s upbeat message.

2011? A new record "Holy Ghost Station" has been released (recorded on sparkling analog) with producer Raymond Richards of Rockets Red Glare (Local Natives, Ferraby Lionheart, Parson Red Heads) at the helm.
Triple Chicken Foot
Triple Chicken Foot
Triple Chicken Foot is a Los Angeles based Old Time stringband. Having played together for more than five years, The Foot has honed their chops and focused in on playing Old Time music rooted in tradition. Spending time with veteran players around Los Angeles and the country, they have soaked up knowledge and techniques handed down through the years. The Foot finds their voice through their repertoire of tunes and songs, be it gospel songs, archaic banjo tunes, or crooked fiddle tunes. Most recently they have become a powerful new dance band on the Square Dance & Contra scene by teaming up with caller Cory Marie Podielski, who has been learning square dance calling from Susan Michaels, as well as joining forces with fiddler, Joe Wack and banjo player, Steve Lewis as the Brownbaggers. They have also recently finished recording their second full length CD titled Tar Rivers.
Tom Rodwell
Tom Rodwell
Formerly known as Storehouse, Rodwell has toured his eccentric take on ancient blues all around the traps in England, Europe and our own fair land for some years, but this is his album debut.

Unlike the song he once recorded on wax cylinder, this is aimed at a wider audience, but his vision remains undiluted: Rodwell tunes into the disregard of musical convention of early country-blues players and prison gospel hollerers, building on the inherent dissonance, the wilful examination of the guitar vernacular shorn of all the bluster and noxious rock moves so many white players have encumbered the genre with.

But despite its minimalist austerity and lo-res recording, Rodwell is a pragmatist, and the music swings.

This is no dry exercise in ethnomusicology but a subtle reinvention of the most daring and entertaining aspects of music styles long thought atrophied, and with just voice and guitar (and odd smatters of percussion), he wills it alive.
Venue Information:
1822 W. Sunset Blvd
The Echoplex is located below The Echo, enter through the alley at 1154 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90026