Friday, September 28, 2007

Benefit show for Northwood at the Fritz

Hey, I just wanted to let you all know that this Sunday there will be a Northwood benefit show at the Chester Fritz. Jarrod Schell and SFI will be playing at 2:00, and other, larger acts include: Noel Haggard, Billy Cate, Kassi Whatley, The Woods Family, Willie Williams and his Conway Twitty tribute show, the Barry Brown rock band, Donna Carol, and Justin Cruz.

The whole thing kicks off at noon - admission is $10 and you can make an additional free will donation if you choose.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Upcoming Shows: September 26th thru October 2nd

Wednesday, September 26th


  • J. Bobby Hamilton @ The Diamond Lounge - 9:00 PM. free. 21+
  • Oktoberfest! Cathy Erickson Polka Band @ Blue Moose - 9:00 PM. free. 21+ in the Back 40 bar.

Thursday, September 27th

  • Jazz Jam Session @ Urban Stampede - 8:00 PM. free. all ages - bring your axes!
  • Hybrid Soul (CD Release Party) @ The Loading Dock - 8:00 PM. free
  • Waterhole Left @ Suite 49 - 8:00 PM
  • Icebreaker @ Suite 49 - 9:00 PM
  • Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos @ Buck's - 9:00 PM. $6 advance / $9 at door. 21+
  • J. Bobby Hamilton @ The Diamond Lounge - 9:00 PM. free. 21+
  • Seven Dollar Shift @ Crosstown Lounge - 10:00 PM. free. 21+

Friday, September 28th

  • John Behling Trio @ ND Museum of Art - 7:30 PM. free. all ages
  • J. Bobby Hamilton @ The Diamond Lounge - 9:00 PM. free. 21+
  • Still Fighting It feat. Jarrod Schell @ Sanders 1907 - 10:00 PM. free. all ages
  • ADDED: UND steel drum band, Tom Brousseau @ University Park - 7:30 PM. $5. open to alumni, family, and friends

Saturday, September 29th

  • The Midnights @ Town Square (Farmer's Market) - 11:00 AM. free. all ages
  • Gear Daddies @ Chester Fritz Auditorium - 7:30 PM. $25/20. all ages
  • Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra "Down a River of Time" feat. Oboist Andrea Gullickson - @ Empire Theater - 7:30 PM. unknown ticket prices
  • Prudence Johnson @ Mayville State Univ. - 7:30 PM $12.50/$5. all ages
  • Flood Stage Concert feat. Johnny Holm Band @ Town Square - 8:30 PM. $10
  • J. Bobby Hamilton @ The Diamond Lounge - 9:00 PM. free. 21+
  • Jarrod Schell (solo) @ Sanders 1907 - 10:00 PM. free. all ages
  • Heavy J and the Fantastics @ Crosstown Lounge - 10:00 PM. free. 21+
  • The Midnights @ The Hub - 12:00 midnight (apropos time, but technically Sunday morning). 21+

Sunday, September 30th

  • ADDED: Northwood Tornado Benefit for Hope feat. Noel Haggard, Billy Cate, Kassi Whatley, The Woods Family, Willie Williams and his Conway Twitty tribute show, the Barry Brown rock band, Donna Carol and Justin Cruz, and Still Fighting It @ Chester Fritz Auditorium - 12:00 PM. $10. all ages
  • Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra "Down a River of Time" feat. Oboist Andrea Gullickson - @ Empire Theater - 2:00 PM. unknown ticket prices

Tuesday, October 2nd

  • Pluckstruck @ Tabula - 8:00 PM. free. all ages

Who says there's nothing going on in Grand Forks?!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

UPDATED Upcoming Shows: September 19-25

Wednesday, September 19th
  • Jarrod Schell (solo) @ Tavern United (CanadInn) - 6:00 PM
  • Peat Moss @ Blue Moose - 9:00 PM, all ages/21+ in bar, free
  • Driver Mooth @ Crosstown - 9:00 PM, 21+, free
  • Fat Maw Rooney @ Crosstown - 10:00 PM, 21+, free

Thursday, September 20th

  • Northwood Tornado relief concert feat. Little Bobby and the Storm, The Woodticks and Prairie Rose @ Empire Theater - 7:30 PM, all ages, $5
  • Jazz Jam Session @ Urban Stampede - 8:00 PM, all ages, free. Bring your axes!
  • ADDED: Jazz on Tap @ L'Bistro (CanadInn)
  • ADDED: King's Head @ Tavern United (CanadInn)
  • The Domino Affect @ Mike's Pizza - 9:00 PM, free
  • Carl Clinton and the Great Divide @ Crosstown - 9:00 PM, 21+, free
  • WBPN @ Crosstown - 10:00 PM, 21+, free

Friday, September 21st

  • Friday Night Cabaret feat. Job Christenson @ Fire Hall Theatre 7:30 PM, all ages, $10
  • Barn Dance and Concert feat. North Country Fiddle and Dance @ Grand Forks Senior Center - 7:30 PM, $5 donation
  • J Bobby Hamilton @ Charley Brown's - 9:00 PM, 21+, free
  • Identity 5 @ Longhaul Saloon - 9:00 PM, 21+

Saturday, September 22nd

  • J Bobby Hamilton @ Charley Brown's - 9:00 PM, 21+, free
  • Identity 5 @ Longhaul Saloon - 9:00 PM, 21+
  • Blind Joe @ Suite 49 - 9:00 PM, all ages, free
  • Angela Thompson, Montana Kris, Chris Erickson, Hasty Ladies, Wheat Missile, June Panic & the Learning Curve @ The Hub - 9:00 PM, 21+, $3

Tuesday, September 25th

  • The Light Friday @ Tabula - 7:00 PM, all ages, free

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Upcoming Shows: September 12 - 18

Wednesday, September 12th
  • Blue Man Group @ Alerus Center - 7:30 PM. tickets through Ticketmaster
  • Jazz on Tap @ Blue Moose - 9:00 PM. free, 21+ in bar

Thursday, September 13th

  • Jazz Jam Session @ Urban Stampede - 8:00. free. all ages. Bring your axes!
  • Open Mic night @ Mike's Pizza - 9:00. free
  • Driver Mooth @ Crosstown - 9:00. 21+
  • Gypsy Foot @ Crosstown - 10:00. $5. 21+

Friday, September 14th

  • Wisegise @ Longhaul Saloon - 9:00 PM. Free. 21+
  • Ernie Andrews with the Fargo Jazz Arts Big Band @ Fargo Theatre - 8:00 PM. Tickets - 218.359.4529 **

Saturday, September 15th

  • Potato Bowl Parade downtown GF & EGF - 9:30 PM, not necessarily a musical event, but the New Horizons band will be playing, and they're really neat - especially if you know their story.
  • Penumbra @ Town Square - 11:00 AM. free. all ages
  • Wisegise @ Longhaul Saloon - 9:00 PM. free. 21+

Tuesday, September 18th

  • Ridma - The Rythms of Sri Lanka featuring the Thalgahagoda Dance Troupe @ Chester Fritz Auditorium - 7:00 PM. free

** Normally I don't post out-of-town shows, but look to see jazz stuff on here from time to time as it's my "thing."

Project time

It's project time again: I've been asked to put together a funk band for a New Year's Eve celebration.

If you're not familiar - I used to have a band called Groove Union and back in the day (yeah, I'm getting old enough to say that - get off my lawn!) we had a blast playing stuff from Tower of Power, Earth Wind & Fire, Al Green, Stevie Wonder, and just about any cool horn band you could think of.

Often, John Behling and I will head over to Rhombus Guys after the Thursday Night Jazz Jam (at the Urban, every Thursday, 8:00, bring your axes). So Thursday two weeks ago we were picking at some nachos and I started pining to do the funk band thing again. I think I was talking about the PTSF concert last month and how it kind of inspired me to do that again. I guess I just miss that type of music, it's kind of my center - I like to move to it. That back-beat gets down in your soul and the horns come and blow it away up top, so it makes you move. Shake your booty. It's also quite satisfying if you pull it off well - it's sometimes complex to play, but more to the point, it's hard work to play it right, to make all those little pieces fit together. That's usually my job - no offense, but getting North Dakotans to funk properly can be a challenge and I like a challenge. Plus, funk music just sounds so good.

Now, the problem, and it's a good problem to have, is that I'm busy with SFI right now and that doesn't look to change. In fact, I don't want it to change - we're playing just about every week and besides the fact that the audiences have been great and we've had a really fun time playing - it's been quite lucrative (touch wood). The whole package, if you will. So I really don't have time to start another band. Besides, I like those guys - SFI is by far the most productive, professional, and musical band I've ever been in, and they're great friends and bandmates, so I don't want to do a project without them. Funk is not really our style, especially unrequited.

So the funk idea seemed destined to remain in crayon on that tablecloth for eternity... or at least until they threw it away after we left.

The world has a mysterious way of working, though: John and I headed over to the Crosstown to check out Mischief (who sounded great, by the way - it was cool to see Eric Rudnick from Seven Dollar Shift filling in on guitar and nailing it!) and I ran into Kim Holmes from Sanders. Kim is a really great guy, of whom I've had the fortune to have been hired by to play off and on for seven years now. Anyway, Kim asked me about New Year's Eve - as he'd mentioned earlier this year he'd like me to put something together. No problem, right?

SFI played at Sanders the following Friday night and it was there that Kim officially asked me to put together a funk band for New Year's Eve - featuring the guys from SFI. Whoa! Now this was interesting - Kim wants SFI, basically, with horns! Can do - rather, I brought it up to the band and after fumbling the initial communication of all this, quite badly, I might add, they agreed to do the gig. Sweet. These guys are going to go out on a limb, as opposed to our normal stuff, that is, to do this and I know they'll nail it. They're versatile and professional, so no sweat (besides, we have 3 months to iron it out).

I've hired a killer horn section and for the last week I've been arranging horn charts (which is why my blog has been fairly quiet). This won't be your normal SFI gig - we're going to be doing a lot of songs we don't normally do and we might never do again (this being a one-off gig). Regardless - count on it being a fun party. I am so pumped.

Viva la funk!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Upcoming Shows - September 5 - 11

Last week was pretty good! UND is back in session and the clubs were hoppin' - let's see if we can keep that up.

Please email me your show dates - I know we're missing a few each week. Don't pass up this opportunity for free publicity!

Wednesday, September 5th
  • Driver Mooth @ Joe Black's - 10:00 PM. Free. 21+
  • (Someone) @ the Moose?

Thursday, September 6th (wow!)

  • Jazz Jam Session @ Urban Stampede - 8:00 PM. Free. All ages - bring your axes!
  • Hybrid Soul @ The Loading Dock - 8:00 PM. Free
  • Carl Clinton & The Great Divide @ O'Really's - 10:00 PM. Free. 21+
  • Bucket of Blues @ The Crosstown - 10:00 PM. Free. 21+
  • Grampa's Amp @ Bonzer's - 10:00 PM. 21+

Friday, September 7th

  • Still Fighting It @ Suite 49 - 9:00 PM. Free. All ages
  • The Domino Affect @ Rhombus Guys - 9:30 PM. Free
  • Jazz on Tap @ Sanders (late night menu) - 9:30 PM. Free. All ages.

Saturday, September 8th

  • (Someone) - Farmer's Market @ Town Square - 11:00 AM. Free. All ages
  • Jazz on Tap @ Sanders (late night menu) - 9:30 PM. Free. All ages

Monday, September 10th

  • The King's Court @ Tabula - 7:00 PM. Free. All ages

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Awesome...

Thanks to all who came out to the show at Sander's last night! SFI raised $256 in donations that will all go to the Red Cross for Northwood's Tornado Recovery. I am so impressed with your generosity and very thankful that we were able to help out in some way. Thanks also to Kim Holmes and the Sanders crew for letting us do that on such short notice - you guys are the best.

Thanks again,

Matt, Jarrod, Steve, and the other Matt

SFI