Thursday, February 22, 2007

Tucson Scene SXSW Showcase Benefit - Friday

TucsonScene Brings the Old Pueblo to Austin: is a non-profit, ad-free local music website and they’re taking six KXCI-featured local acts to Austin, TX, next month for the South By Southwest Music Festival (SXSW). This Friday, February 23, Club Congress hosts a benefit show for the TucsonScene SXSW Showcase to help the artists raise money for gas, food, lodging and transportation. The musicians featured are an eclectic collection of Calexico protégés as well as Tucson’s finest quasi-folk prodigies, including Salvador Duran, Andrew Collberg, Marianne Dissard, Naim Amor, Will Elliott and Vicki Brown. Expect special guests, rare cover songs and a few surprises. The cover is only $4 and limited-edition T-Shirts and CDs with exclusive tracks will be available at the door.

SHOWCASE ARTISTS: French-born NAIM AMOR plays avant-pop songs in the vein of Serge Gainsbourg. His latest album, "Sanguine" (due out this spring in Europe on Universal/Atmosphérique) was produced by Joey Burns of Calexico, for which he played guitar on "Garden Ruin" among other collaborations (album "ABBC" Amor Belhom Duo/Calexico). His previous, "Mistake Love", was produced by John Parish MARIANNE DISSARD performs similar songs, though one would more imagine a sultry Nico singing in a French cafe. She has also worked with Calexico, dueting on the single "Ballad of Cable Hogue" , and her upcoming album is co-written and produced by Calexico's Joey Burns. She has written lyrics for Naïm Amor, Howe Gelb, Françoiz Breut and Amor Belhom Duo.

SALVADOR DURAN is a Mexican-born flamenco guitarist. He can be heard on the title track to the new Iron and Wine/Calexico CD "In the Reins" and has toured with both bands worldwide. A mesmerizing live performer, he comes equipped with his acoustic guitar, wooden stomping box, harmonica and gorgeously resonant voice. The sleeper hit of this past Lollapalooza fest with Calexico!
VICKI BROWN , an NPR Featured New Artist, plays the violin and uses loops to create beautiful sonic landscapes, not unlike Andrew Bird or Final Fantasy. She's performed with DeVotchKa and countless local bands and will already be playing at SXSW with Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter in the No Depression tent . ANDREW COLLBERG was recently voted 'Best New Artist' by the Tucson Weekly. Described as a "pop-phenom" and "prodigy", his music appeals to a broad audience. His band recently opened for the Violent Femmes and got a huge response to their Beatlesque pop numbers. His debut release, despite being recorded in his living room, is probably the most major-label-potential CD Tucson has ever seen. WILL ELLIOTT scored the Weekly's Best Singer-Songwriter award last year after only being on the scene for a few months. His wry lyrics and vocals have brought comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Harry Nillsen and is finishing up his second album, which is being produced by Collberg.


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