The Gulu-Gulu Cafe Open Mic Shindig!
Every Wednesday @ 8PM!
Word Origin & History:
“dance, party, lively gathering,” 1871, probably from shindy “a spree, merrymaking” (1821), perhaps from shinty, name of a Scottish game akin to hockey (1771), earlier shinny (see shinny (n.)).
Sign up for merrymaking at 7:30. Spree begins at 8:00.
Sat, March 8, 8PM
“Just two albums into his recording career and Mike Stockbridge is solidifying his reputation as one of the East Coast’s most promising jazz guitarists. Stockbridge’s second effort, Ama, jolts the imagination with his inventive and compelling playing. Stockbridge released his self-titled debut in 2009; two years later, Ama finds Stockbridge gaining confidence and focus, creating a work of bold experimentation and stunning precision.” – allaboutjazz.com
Sun, March 9, 8PM
Singer/composer working in Boston and New York, originally from Alabama. Denouement EP available now; debut full length LP Farewell Motel coming spring 2014!
Thurs, March 13, 8PM
Raised in blue-collar Peoria, Ill., Don Hammontree – who attended the same elementary and high schools singer Dan Fogelberg had graduated from nearly two decades earlier – started playing keyboards at 13 and guitar at 14. Eventually ending up in Chicago, Hammontree played and wrote songs in a number of bands – The Stalins, Sharp Round Edges, The Bonnie Situation and Flatiron – before co-founding Six Feet Over in 1997 with singer Kim Koppel and drummer Mike Helenthal. The band released two albums – “Another Day Like Today” in 1997 and “This” in 1999 before disbanding in 2000.
Currently a solo artist residing in Massachusetts, Hammontree has gigged all along the East Coast and the American heartland, and has also performed in Poland and Ukraine. He has released three solo CDs, “Mount Hope Days” in 2003; “The Mumbai EP” in 2005, “Brutalist School” in 2010.
Hammontree is also the author of “Baptized in Formaldehyde,” which he describes as a “day-in-the-life, coming-of-age, sex-drugs-and-rock-n-roll” novel.
Fri, March 14, 8PM
Scott Buchanan aka DJ Radio Scotvoid, a recipient of the Salem Evening News’ North Shore Top 100 had a successful 3 year residency at The Gulu Gulu Cafe playing host to many nights of experimental electronic music. Since then Scott has been releasing new original music on French skweee label Tiburoni Records, made a guest appearance on Portland Oregon’s Ausland Schläge imprint as a guest dj and recently just finished promoting his debut 7″ record. After a slew of appearances in Boston and opening up for German techno pioneers Mouse On Mars. Scott is back in town to spin a 4hr dj set of of his favorite funky beats.
Groan Uppets AKA Groan Up Puppets
Sat, March 15, 8PM
DoneUndone: an adult puppet show by Bruce Orr
Bruce Orr, founder and director of Beverly’s Mudeye Puppet Company, is better known for his work with children, teaching puppet-making classes and performing original family-friendly shows through Mudeye. DoneUndone is a departure from his kid-oriented work, illuminating the artist’s experience with insomnia, anxiety and demons. As with Mudeye, all puppets are made out of reused materials. Expect a variety of strange creatures cavorting in a nightmarish landscape utilizing a variety of puppetry techniques.
Local musicians, The Found Objects, will provide music for this wordless 45 minute show.
The Found Objects
Sat, March 15, 9PM
“The Found Objects” is the current manifestation of a strange energy that rose to the surface of the earth in the year 1328, due to an incident of mysterious origin, surrounding the disappearance of a local native child. Resonating a Psychomagickal jazz, this sonic force deconstructs the fabric of time and space, while putting the “ART” back in “PARTY”!
…no vestige of a beginning, and no conquest to an end…
Ervin Dhimo Trio
Sun, March 16, 8PM
“The Albanian-born electric bassist and his trio specialize in fierce, soulful, funky workouts on jazz, pop, and original tunes…” -Kevin Lowenthal, The Boston Globe
Pitch Black Ribbons
Thurs, March 20, 8PM
Clint and Cody are brothers. They’ve been playing music together since before they knew what whiskey was. But now that they know, the only fair description of their music is that it’s like, well, whiskey Golden, smoky, dark and sublime, gentle and subtle, but it’ll knock you on your ass if you let it, break your heart if you’re not wary, cull your tears and keep them, steal your breath, remind you of your heartaches, harvest your sorrows, and distill them all into the finest elixir that soothes your soul. Where whiskey and music are concerned, you want to find the best distillers, you want the deepest draughts, you want the best and oldest friends to share. Music gets better with age, the best stands the test of time, and so from the oldest barrels pours the sweetest liquors.
Jim Hobbs and the Fully Celebrated Orchestra
Fri, March 21, 8PM
Boston-based altoist Jim Hobbs and his Fully Celebrated Orchestra combine vast musical prowess and playful, irreverent intelligence. No one today is playing the alto better than Hobbs—the vast range of tones he summons from the small horn is altogether remarkable—and Orchestra members cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum, bassist Timo Shanko, and drummer Django Carranza display a comparable mastery of their respective axes.
Black Dog Brother
Sat, March 22, 8PM
It’s New, It’s Fresh, It’s Brilliant
The East Coast Debut of BlackDogBrother
He’s been compared to Gypsy Music, Trucker Music, Old Kraftsman Music
Equally at home in Swamps, Deserts, and Parisian Cafes
A Beautiful Mess
Doors-y, Clash-y, Stones-y, Johnny Cash-y
Klezmer, Cowboy, Bertolt Brecht, and the Grinch
Sings like a Sax and Plays Guitar like a Drummer
He once killed a man with a toothpick
Bobby Spellman Jazz Quartet
Sun, March 23, 8PM
Bobby Spellman, trumpet
Tyler Burchfield, tenor saxophone
Peter Wagner, guitar
Keith Mosley, bass
Patrick Gaulin, drums
90 Mile Portage
Fri, March 28, 8PM
Pony Fish is: Priscilla (the voice), Capt. J.E. (the six string), Swede (the fat string), & Chef Brian (the keys)
Sat, March 29, 8PM
Being on the same page, Arguing about set lists, clothes to wear, etc.
Artists We Also Like:
We play some Chick Corea stuff
Julie Dukas Trio
Sun, March 30, 8PM
Julie’s pure melodic tone transcends any musical style. From jazz to classical to rock & roll, she has a distinctive sound that adds dimension to any musical ensemble. This band will be playing groovy jazz that makes you want to move.
Mosey Greams AKA Guy Zaccardi
Thurs, April 3, 8PM
Melodic storytelling extracted from the complex crop circles of dePersonalization and everyday life. Mosey Greams’ choice of weapon is finger picking. Amen.
Fri, April 4, 8PM
Indie / Rock / Folk
It’s Dan’s Birthday Show!
After attending the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Blakeslee ventured northward to Boston. He toiled with his acoustic in the smoke-laden subways before slowly rolling his influences (Leonard Cohen, Red House Painters, The Smiths, Jeff Buckley, Vic Chestnut, Radiohead, Tom Waits and Johnny Cash) into his own eclectic blend of music with chameleon-like appeal.
Sat, April 5, 8PM
Ambient/ Electronic/ Jazz
Underwater Airport is an improvising and recording multimedia ensemble combining music and projected visuals for the purpose of creating spontaneous portals into alternate space-time dimensions. Underwater Airport extends its antennae into the aether, pulling in transmissions from the Great Beyond. Drawing inspiration from such diverse sources as shamanic trance music, 1960′s free jazz and psychedelia, ambient electronica, and world beat, the band’s members have practiced individual and collective improvisation in diverse settings far longer than they can remember.