Upcoming Show: Chris Smither at CSPS in Cedar Rapids 10-27-09

Next Tuesday night, October 27th, folk and blues singer-songwriter Chris Smither will be making a stop at CSPS in Cedar Rapids during his Fall tour in support of his new album on Signature Sounds Time Stands Still which came out on September 29th.

A collection of stripped-down orignals and a few choice covers by Dylan, Knopfler and Frank Hutchison, Time Stands Still was recorded in an astounding three days and captures the immediacy of his live show.

Chris’s songs have been recorded by artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, and Donna Krall. It was Raitt’s recording of “Love Me Like A Man” for her 1972 album Give It Up that marked the beginning of a long-standing working partnership. Diana Krall covered this same song in 2004 for her album The Girl in the Other Room.

The show will be at 7PM next Tuesday night (October 27th) and tickets are $18 in advance and $22 at the door. Don’t miss this opportunity to see this acclaimed songwriter and performer at the amazing CSPS!

Click Here to listen to “Surprise, Surprise” from Time Stand Still.

Click Here for Chris Smither’s Website

Click Here for the Legion Arts page on the Chris Smither show

Upcoming Show: Garaj Mahal at Parlor City Pub and Eatery in Cedar Rapids 9/20/09

Sherry and I were taking a tour of the New Bohemia area of Cedar Rapids earlier today with Mel Andringa of Legion Arts. Sherry is looking at building options in the 2008 Flood-ravaged area for her gluten free bakery prospective project. We walked by the new restaurant bar Parlor City Pub and Eatery and I saw that Garaj Mahal will be playing there on Sunday, September 20th!

Fareed Haque with the CR Jazz Big Band at Kirkwood 11-22-08
I saw Garaj Mahal guitarist Fareed Haque last November as part of the Kirkwood Community College Performing Arts Schedule. He did a “master series” class at the college in the afternoon and performed with the Kirkwood Jazz ensemble and the C.R. Jazz Big Band that evening.  Fareed is a noted Jazz guitarist in addition to his role in Garaj Mahal and has releases on Blue Note, Haven, and Pangea– which is Sting’s label. The show was great with Fareed providing entertaining stories and commentary in between the songs. In addition to his accomplishments as a musician, Fareed is also a professor of Jazz and Classical Guitar Studies at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb where he lives and owns The House Cafe.

Garaj Mahal released their latest album w00t in 2008.

Certainly, don’t miss an opportunity to see Garaj Mahal in one of Cedar Rapids’ newest restaurants.

The show starts at 6PM Sunday, September 20th and has a $10 cover.

Click Here to visit the Garaj Mahal website

Click Here to visit the Garaj Mahal MySpace Page

Click Here to see upcoming tour dates for Garaj Mahal on JamBase.

Click Here to visit the Facebook Event for the show and RSVP.

Click Here to listen to “Hotel” from w00t.

Click Here to listen to “Jaime’s Jam” from w00t.

Click Here to listen to “Semos” from w00t.