Benefit for Musack

 
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The Echo Presents
Benefit for Musack

with
Camper Van Beethoven
Cracker
Elvis Prestello
Dave Anthony
Sean Conroy

Musack
Musack is a 501c3 charity (musack.org) it started on Nantucket Island the summer is fantastic there but the winter is long and very isolated with nothing open. The school and winter population is very working class, mostly service industry families and often now hailing from places as far flung as Bulgaria, Ecuador, and Jamaica – their kids find themselves in a strange place with few means. Soo Musack’s mission is to arm them all (especially the at-risk and under-privileged) with guitars and lessons.

We also sponsor off island cultural exchanges to fight off the claustrophobia and have established a scholarship fund to send kids to college. Now in it’s 5th year, Musack has expanded to Los Angeles and set up shop in an underserved El Salvadorean neighborhood – setting up a guitar lab and beginning to arm the kids with guitars as a way to tell their stories and hopefully stay out of gangs and trouble. Working on Musack labs in Compton and watts as well.

Camper Van Beethoven

“We didn’t want to jump right back in and make that ‘Bad Reunion Record’ that most bands make when they try to reform. We were more concerned with getting used to each other and figuring out that we could still make music together, before we made a big deal out of announcing that we were back.”

So says David Lowery of the extended gestation period that preceded New Roman Times, Camper Van Beethoven’s first album of new material since reuniting after a decade-long hiatus.

In the second half of the 1980s, Camper Van Beethoven-David Lowery (vocals, guitar), Victor Krummenacher (bass, vocals), Greg Lisher (guitar), Jonathan Segel (violin, guitar, keyboards) and Chris Pedersen (drums), plus late addition David Immerglück (guitar and various stringed instruments)—was one of its era’s most original and influential indie rock bands.

The quintet effortlessly combined an iconoclastic, irony-laced lyrical stance with a free-spirited eclecticism that encompassed a dizzying array of stylistic influences, from punk to folk to psychedelia to all manner of world music. Camper’s visionary embrace of disparate genres established them as innovators, while their songs’ combination of barbed satire and poignant humanism stymied those who’d attempt to pigeonhole them as a mere novelty.

Cracker
Cracker, the group that veritably introduced brash irreverence and irony into alt-rock, are back and in top form on their 429 Records debut, Sunrise In The Land Of Milk And Honey. This rich new trove of sharp-witted songs showcases a bristling, late 70’s – early 80’s power pop punk aesthetic which hits as hard as it did at the band’s formation 17 years ago. Eight albums (one platinum and three gold) and a barrel full of anthemic hit songs later, Cracker endures, using their ability to weave decades of influences into an album that is seamlessly riveting.

In Sunrise, long-time partners David Lowery and Johnny Hickman, 12-year Cracker drummer Frank Funaro and bassist Sal Maida (since 2006), train a watchful eye on the current socio-musical landscape as they weave an eerie yet strangely soothing story of escapism, apocalypse and renewal. Friends John Doe, Patterson Hood and Adam Duritz (whose mega-band Counting Crows was once produced by Lowery) make spirited guest appearances. The recording was helmed by Athens, GA-based producer/engineer David Barbe, a longtime friend of Lowery who has manned consoles for the likes of Son Volt and the alt-Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers.

Elvis Prestello
Elvis Prestello is not an Elvis imitator, he’s an Elvis intimator – sounds like Presley, dresses like Presley, only sings Costello. Backed by his amazing band The Tractionaires, your musical mind will be badly blown.

Sean Conroy
Sean Conroy has studied improvisation with every member of the Upright Citizens Brigade as well as Armando Diaz and Kevin Mullaney. He has performed stand-up comedy on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and Late Friday on NBC. His one-man show, Taught, was selected for the 2001 HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. He has written for the Comedy Central show Shorties Watching Shorties as well as Comedy Central’s Crossballs.

He has appeared in the feature films Happy Hour, Martin and Orloff, The Untitled Onion Sketch Movie and Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story. He improvised with Chicago City Limits in national tours and as a mainstage player in their Off-Broadway show. Sean is also a founding member of the longform improv group, The Swarm. As of March 2008 performs every Saturday and Sunday in Asssscat.

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