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Band: Mike Dillon & Punkadelic feat. Brian Hass, MonkTunnel
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m.
Venue: Alabama Music Box, 12 S. Conception St., alabamamusicbox.com
Tickets: $15, available through the venue’s website
Percussionist Mike Dillon (Ani Difranco, Rickie Lee Jones, Les Claypool) will be making another stop in the Azalea City for a hump day performance filled with avant-garde jazz and jams. The last time locals witnessed his unique prowess on the vibes and beyond, Dillon was a featured guest at the “John Coltrane Christmas Party” show. This time, he will be invading Alabama Music Box with his Punkadelic project along with keyboardist Brian Haas.
Much like Dillon, Haas is not afraid to plunge into new sonic realms in the live setting with impressive results. One of Haas’s favorite musical weapons is the melodica, which he uses to conjure exotic tones onstage. Fans of both jazz and jam who have not experienced Dillon or Haas should not hesitate to attend this show.
MonkTunnel will be providing local support for Punkadelic. This instrumental jazz trio features Yeah, Probably’s Quentin Ayers (bass) and Joseph Pizzolato (keyboard) along with Kyles Carter (drummer).
Last year, the band established its place in the local scene with a well-received opening set for Funk You. Judging from the group’s sound, MonkTunnel should be the perfect complement to Punkadelic. Those unfamiliar with the band will be embraced by infectious jazz grooves from the same dimension as bands such as Soulive and The New Mastersounds. MonkTunnel is definitely a welcome addition to the new-school jazz scene in Mobile.
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