Friday, April 27th
828 S. Peters
Saturday, April 28th
Jazz & Heritage Festival
Salvador Duran -Solo Pasion
$16 US & Canada
Available for a limited time in the Calexico store!
Born in Sonora, Mexico, musician and artist Salvador Duran has performed and toured with Calexico and was featured on ‘In The Reins’ EP with Iron & Wine.
Solo Pasion is Salvador’s first album and contains 14 tracks including some of his favorite classic Mexican and Latin American songs.
If you come from the land down-under –
don’t miss Calexico!
In all of the preparations for leaving for NY this week we were asked yesterday if we could play Late Night with Conan O’Brien on February 6th prior to our Lincoln Center show on February 8th. We are all fans of the show and looking forward to hanging out a few extra days in NY. Thanks Conan! Paul Niehaus has performed on the show twice before with Lambchop and Vic Chesnutt recalling his meeting Larry King and Tim Robbins. Checking the NBC schedule it looks like we’ll be sharing the green room with Dr. Phil and the other mystery guest. I am thinking of writing out some horns parts for the Max Weinberg 7 and invite them to play with us. For sure Brooklyn’s virtuosic multi instrumental Rob Burger will be joining us on organ and we will try our best to coerce Conan to unwield his Fender Sratocaster. This is the first time we will be playing the show, Jim Pitt the talent and booking agent for the show has asked a few times in the past but our touring schedule has always prevented the opportunity. With a more open schedule this year we are all honored to be asked and to take part in one of our favorite late night TV shows.
As the week rapidly approaches anticipation builds for the upcoming show at the Lincoln Center February 8th as part of the American Songbook series.
We are honored to be asked to take part in this tradition with fellow musicians like Sufjan Stevens, Stephen Merritt and Neko Case. What songs to perform and which covers to pull out are some of the questions floating
in our mind space and musical realm. The Allen Room looks like a beautiful space with good conjure complete with a massive glass backdrop unveiling the slow simmer glow of Manhattan’s skyline. I keep going back to earlier songs of ours like “Crooked Road and The Briar” and “Bloodflow” ones that have rarely been performed before as well as some cover songs by artists who have helped shape the eclectic side of the American Songbook such as David Hidalgo, Bob Dylan, Stephen Foster, Lalo Guerrero and Michael Hurley. We have two shows for two completely different sets of songs and tons of guests so the possibilities are endless which will no doubtedly be a lot of fun.
Joining us will be Johnny Contreras from Tucson’s Mariachi Luz de Luna playing vihuela, cuatro and vocals, Brooklyn’s own Rob Burger on piano and
accordion, and some of the members of indie-gypsy NY based band, Beirut (Jon Natchez-baritone and tenor sax, Kelly Pratt -trumpet and euphonium, Jason Poranski-ukuele and guitar, and Kristin Serrebee-violin.)
There are so many more friends and musicians we would love to invite to sit in with us this night, who knows maybe there will be more surprise guests, or maybe we should return to the NY area for a residency, something we’ve wanted to do for years.
Lincoln Centerâ€™s acclaimed series American Songbook returns for its ninth season celebrating the diversity and breadth of American popular song. For 18 nights of cabaret, folk, pop, country, rock, and bluegrass, the series will explore the best of the golden age of musical standards and todayâ€™s most dynamic contemporary songwriting. The 2006â€“2007 season will bring to The Allen Room stage some of todayâ€™s most gifted interpreters of song including Calexico! This season continues the tradition of presenting some of todayâ€™s most innovative singer-songwriters, from a variety of genres, who are expanding the American songbook in their own unique ways.
Thursday, February 8 (2 shows – 7:30pm & 9:30pm):
CALEXICO draws on influences as diverse as country, 50â€™s jazz, blues, rock, and even gypsy music, and Portuguese Fado, but you can also hear echoes of the indigenous music found around their home base in the American southwest. All of this lends an ecclectism to their driving indie-rock recordings, and it will surely be on display for their American Songbook double-bill debut.
In the intimate setting of The Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, located on the 5th floor of the Time Warner Center at Broadway and 60th St.
TICKETS for the general public can be purchased via CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office, or at the Frederick P. Rose Hall Box Office beginning January 3, 2007.
Joey Burns writes:
After having enjoyed the holiday vacation we all returned to Tucson for a memorial concert and benefit on January 6, 2007 for the family of mariachi musician, Ariel Cramer. I just wanted to say a special thank you to everyone that helped out in making it a truly special evening. The Cramer family were all very taken back by the number of people that came out to support the relatives and children of Ariel. Thanks to the Rialto Theatre staff and crew, Steven Eye of Solar Culture, Billions Booking and all of the musicians who donated their time and energy to making such a beautiful night of music and sentiment. This was truly a great way to start the year.
Soon we will climb back into our suitcases for a tour of Japan with our friends Sam and Sarah Beam from the group, Iron and Wine. They will be opening as a duo on the whole tour and gradually will be flanked by members of Calexico performing songs from the EP “In The Reins”. As on tours before in North America and Europe, I am sure there will be a lot of improvising together and coming up with interesting new original and cover songs. Last year Paul Niehaus and myself recorded with Sam at his home studio to contribute to the new Iron and Wine album due to come out later this year.
Touring Japan is always an exciting time. Everything is organized well, the shows are early, crowds are attentive, and after every night there is always a big dinner held where we meet a lot of the local artists and personalities. Last time we played Japan we met cartoonist, Ashura Benimaru, one of the creators of Pokemon who showed us his studio full of books, toys and tons of vintage guitars. We also stopped by the Flat 4 Volkswagen shop and showroom. What an amazing collection of old vintage bugs. beetles and parts. They’re celebrating their 30th year anniversary. Check it out.
The last few times we’ve been to Japan we’ve managed to schedule a day off in Kyoto to visit the countries’ most famous temples and shrines. So this time around I made sure to ask that we return again to Kyoto since for me those experiences there, in what was the
spiritual center, always make a huge impact upon returning home. It was in these minimalist styled gardens and temples where the presence of absence made me feel a connection to living in the Sonoran Desert back home in Arizona. That and reading works by writer Haruki Murakami have been a constant source of
A very special tribute and benefit concert will be held in Tucson on Saturday, January 6th at The Rialto Theatre to honor the memory of mariachi musician Ariel Cramer who passed away unexpectedly in May 2006 leaving behind one child and one newborn he never got to see.
Joey Burns writes:
Ariel Cramer came with us to Europe for the first concerts we ever played with Mariachi Luz de Luna in 2000 for the City Slang Records’ 10th Anniversary in London and Berlin. Ariel was also in the music video for the song ‘Crystal Frontier’ and recently played with us at Disney Hall in Los Angeles, together with Luz de Luna and Lila Downs.
Ariel or “El Cramer” as he was nicknamed, was an instantly likeable person. He always came to rehearsals and performances with a huge heart and personality that lit up the room. He played both the guitar and vihuela exceptionally well in several mariachi groups as well as a heavy metal group. Ariel was always cracking jokes and making us all laugh, his presence is thoroughly missed.
Johnny Contreras of Luz de Luna introduced Ariel to Calexico and when we spoke about doing something to both honor the memory of our friend and raise some money for Ariel’s family – we thought there is no better way than through music.
Volker Zander writes:
Let’s remember El Cramer. He seemed to be shy and quiet. His appearance expressed GemÃ¼tlichkeit. Cramer would greet me with a peaceful “Wassup”, but then give me a ton of a handshake. Because he had super powers. I once saw him flying â€“ ‘Ariel’ was his name â€“ over a mile high pile of luggage inside of an overpacked tourbus filled up with about 40 Calexicans, Luz de Lunas, Lambchoppers, their bags and cases. “I might be big, but I can mooove”, he said after the stunt and showed us his biceps. The whole bus cheered. That was
The last time I played with him was the Tucson show around Xmas 2005. We made the deal that I had to serve him beer on stage to fight the limelights heat â€“ secretly of course, not for the eyes of the festive audience. We handeld it like Stan and Ollie, as the theater must have witnessed. That particular night he showed his speed-metallist skills on the vihuela. He was a fast ball. The biggest guy with the smallest guitar, the biggest smile and the fastest pace.
Ariel had plans for the future. He talked about teaching kids his music and lessons in life.
I miss Ariel. My thoughts are with you, dear family and friends.
Here is another picture, made minutes before he appeared on stage of the Disney Music Hall in Los Angeles. Not everybody plays this venue. He did.
Tickets are now available for Saturday’s concert which will feature Luca, Calexico, Mariachi Luz de Luna and Mariachi Aztlan de Pueblo High School. All proceeds from the concert will benefit the family of Ariel Cramer
Get them while they last… several new Calexico posters have been added to the store.
All posters are shipped in a sturdy mailing tube.