In our very brief time here on this cosmic plane, we’ve been privileged to share the stage with some very talented folks – two of whom are involved in some pretty slick happenings this week. Perhaps you heard of this little ruckus at the State Theatre last December when The Fogcutters backed up some of the best and brightest of the Maine musical scene for one night. If you didn’t, then all is not lost – recordings exist and there’s still a chance to get your edumacation in.
Yesterday, The Fogcutters dropped their debut album on the world – Big Band Syndrome Volume 1. Featuring our very own James Hebert and masterminded by Brian Graham (of Sly-Chi) and John Maclaine (who’s been gracious enough to jam with us a couple times), the disc is already getting rave reviews. In fact, we got namedropped in this one right here – damn near made Anthony blush.
Support local music and get your copy now by dropping by the record store (or whatever you wish to call it these days) or get a digital download. And while you’re at it, stop on by The Big Easy this coming Saturday night for their CD release party and cheer James on. You know he loves the attention…
The summer is young and it’s already been very very good to the Boomshack. We got James back from Europe, although his liver is still attempting to clear customs after being accused of smuggling several liters* of various spirits. To celebrate, we’re bringing him back to the Old Port with us and declaring June 22nd an extra special Funky Friday.
Which means you need to gather all your favorite funkonauts and come party with us at Gingko Blue this Friday night. The beat drops at 9:00 pm and goes until they shut the power off on us. No cover, no excuses.
While we’ve got a moment, thanks to everyone who made it out to Mr. Goodbar this past Thursday night – we had a blast and are looking forward to dropping some more funky soul on the Beach in August!
* That’s right – liters. We’re gettin’ all metric up in this joint!
Rain got ya down? Cheer up Funkonauts! Funky Friday is heading your way as the Boomshack hits the road to Naples, Maine this week and another good time at Bray’s Brew Pub. Never been to Bray’s? For shame! Located right on Route 302, it’s a cozy pub in an old Victorian bursting at the seams with good eats and craft beers on tap. Oh yeah, and lots and lots of music to boot.
Now that James has returned from his leisurely tour of Europe, Asia, and the sub-continent, he’s ready to get funky like a bowlegged monkey. Sam returns to the mothership after siding it up with Tom Gallant at Asylum last weekend. The band is back together people… and ready to play.
We drop the beat at 9:30 pm and keep rolling until half past midnight. Never a cover and always a good time – come check us out!
In case y’all haven’t noticed, we’ve got some pretty dang talented folks hanging around in this here humble little funk band. Why, just last week James was entertaining us with his famous flaming poodle juggling trick* and we have it on good authority that John can do Serbian sign language with his feet.
Which is why it’s no surprise that our drummer, Anthony Marino, is getting lots of attention lately for his painting. The clip above is from a Portland community TV station that recently featured Anthony, and we even got a bit of a shout out as well. Give it a look and then go check out Anthony’s art at www.anthonysmarino.com.
* Seriously, you think we’d actually light the poodles on fire? C’mon… James only juggles non-fiery poodles.
You like music? Good. Do you like local music? Even better. So…um…what are you doing this Friday night?
Not to come off too 8th grader, but if you’re down with supporting the local Portland music scene, then Friday night is your kinda night. The Fogcutters Big Band is playing the State Theatre… and they’re bringing friends. Who you may ask? How’s about Dave Gutter, Spose, Darien Brahms, Jacob Augustine, Lyle Divinsky, Dominic Lavoie, Sly Chi, Zach Jones, and The Mallett Brothers. Check it out – The Fogcutters Present Big Band Syndrome.
Hey, sounds like there won’t be much else going on in town that night, so perhaps it’s a good idea to go where the action is, no? Tickets are only $10 in advance and $15 for those procrastinators who like to buy the day of the show. All ages, doors open at 6:00 pm.
Support your local musicians and give an extra loud shout for James Hebert while you’re at it.