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Concert @ artdc gallery
« on: August 12, 2009, 07:40:54 PM »
We're pleased to announce that Jonathan Morris is planning a concert at the gallery!  Great news.
Come see the glass show and hear some amazing music!

Who: artdc Gallery, A Light Sleeper, The Low End String Quartet
What: Concert @ the artdc gallery
When: 7:00pm August 22nd 2009.
Where: artdc Gallery
The Lustine Center
Arts District Hyattsville
5710 Baltimore Avenue
Hyattsville, MD 20781


You've suffered through the dog days. Trade up to one bitchin' night.

Where's the fun? Hyattsville, Maryland. You heard that right. The coolness is cruising out to PG County. Arts District in action.

We've put together a lineup of live music that is gonna be one of those shows people talk about years later: "Remember that show that time, at that gallery we'd never been to? It was like in the middle of the summer and they played outside and it was some crazy stuff we'd never heard of and it was like the most amazing thing? Remember that? That was an awesome night. How come that doesn't happen more often?" That's what people will say. Years from now.

The main attraction is a really great band you've never heard of, from Chicago and recently signed to Another New Calligraphy. They are called "A Light Sleeper" and their music is wonderfully fragile and elegant. I don't know how they manage to weave it together, but somehow it works even though they steadily defy expectations and logic and physics. My rambling on won't do it justice. Click through to their website or myspace or something and have a listen. You'll want to catch the live show. Really. It's their first time out to the east coast so we can get a listen before they take off and we'll never be able to hear them in such an intimate setting again.

Also on the bill is The Low End String Quartet, celebrating the release of our new cd, Blunt Objects. Hyattsville based composer and guitarist Jonathan Matis (that's me) put this group together because string quartet music that rocks is awesome. That's what we're shooting for, and I think we're gonna hit the target. (Sorry about the third-person / first-person problems in this paragraph) If you think string quartets belong in the background at a wedding, then maybe sit this one out, but if you're open to something a little heavier I think we might be the stuff. Oh yeah, and if you noticed that bit about "guitarist" and string quartet and thought, "hey, there's no guitar in string quartet," well, you're right. But this one is a little different. There's a bass too. And the bass player is free jazz heavyweight from Baltimore, Vattel Cherry. During our last show, at Comet a few months ago, he totally lit the place up (metaphorically).


Honestly, it pains me to write this puffed up flim flam since what we're really talking about doesn't fit into words. I do believe it will be a magical evening. More so if you share it with us. Weather permitting, we're gonna play outside in front of the gallery.

The details:
Saturday, August 22
http://artdc.com/art-space/

Doors at 7:00. Music starts promptly at 7:30.
Pay what you like.

More info:
A Light Sleeper:
http://www.alightsleeper.com/

The Low End String Quartet:
http://lesq.alkem.org

Discuss the glass show listed above here:
http://artdc.org/forum/index.php?topic=12401.0
 
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Re: Concert @ artdc gallery
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2009, 09:10:38 PM »
Show artdc some love and come to this concert.  Make this one strong, and we'll do more!  Let's show the world Prince George's some creativity!

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Re: Concert @ artdc gallery
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2009, 03:02:08 PM »
This happens this Saturday!  See you there!

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Re: Concert @ artdc gallery
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2009, 11:28:25 AM »
Sounds great Jesse.  I listened to some of Light Sleeper's tunes on their website and like them quite a lot.  I plan to be there.  A real nice sounding event.

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Re: Concert @ artdc gallery
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2009, 09:32:18 PM »
Excellent!  Please tell others!  I look forward to seeing you there!

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Re: Concert @ artdc gallery
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2009, 09:17:03 AM »
Great news.  We have a listing in the Express!
http://www.expressnightout.com/content/2009/08/a-light-sleeper-jazz.php

Pick up a copy for us and scan it!

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Re: Concert @ artdc gallery
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2009, 12:49:39 PM »
I love positive press.  I can't tell you how exciting this is.

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Re: Concert @ artdc gallery
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2009, 10:34:53 PM »
Tonight's event was a stunning success.  Tons of great visitors to the gallery who stayed for the concert.  1/3rd or so from the Express article, 1/3rd or so from the community, and the rest seemed to be friends or artists who heard through email details.  2 Bands played.  The Low End String Quartet, and A Light Sleeper, they were both phenomenal, and the audience was quite generous with the band's tip jar!  I thank you all.  I hope to make this a regular thing.   Great energy for the future.  You all give me high hopes for the possibilities. 

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Re: Concert @ artdc gallery
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2009, 05:14:18 AM »
glad to hear that the evening was such a success. will you be posting ant pix of the gala event?
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Re: Concert @ artdc gallery
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2009, 10:31:12 AM »
Here are some pics Jennifer.

A Light Sleeper played first, followed by The Low End String Quartet.

a Light Sleeper will be playing again tonight in DC at Solly's Tavern.

8/23/2009 8:00 PM at Solly’s Tavern
1942 11th St, NW (11th and U St), DC, Washington DC 2000

Both groups were great and got lots of applause.

We had some wine, soda and snacks in the gallery too.

The Glass Show is darn fun to look at also.

I think this is a link to photo set on Flickr.  But I am Flicker challenged so it might not work.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/23384280@N05/sets/72157622118765176/detail/
A Light Sleeper

A Light Sleeper

A Light Sleeper

The Low End String Quartet

The Low End String Quartet

The Low End String Quartet

The Low End String Quartet

The Low End String Quartet

The Low End String Quartet



Edit: Fixed Links
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Re: Concert @ artdc gallery
« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2009, 09:48:58 PM »
The music was really wonderful! I was glad that we got the turnout that we did, especially because it was a rainy night and the concert had to take place indoors.

Thanks for posting the photos, Paul. I noticed that you were doing charcoal sketches of the bands during their performances. I didn't get to see the finished products. Any chance you'd like to share those with us?  :smt064  :biggrin:

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Re: Concert @ artdc gallery
« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2009, 10:37:50 PM »
I'm glad you liked the show.  I'm so pleased with the positive reaction to this show.  It makes me want to plan more.

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Re: Concert @ artdc gallery
« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2009, 09:08:50 AM »
nice to see the photos. looks like it was a great event.

fyi:i went on your flickr link but there were no pix of the show, just the same pix as posted here of the music
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Re: Concert @ artdc gallery
« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2009, 09:51:27 AM »
Find images of the opening here:
http://artdc.org/forum/index.php?topic=12337.msg69859#msg69859

Find a selection of images of art in the show here:
http://artdc.com/2009/08/10/common-element-preview/

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Re: Concert @ artdc gallery
« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2009, 11:44:54 AM »
OK, Here are some sketches from the concert Amy.  I was kind of tired so I didn't do very many.  I was trying out conte for a change, and did part of one in ink.  I didn't realize at first that people were not sitting down in front of me/the bar to avoid blocking my view.  There was a trio of nice people who were patiently waiting while I slowly, slowly sketched these. 

If anyone gets a chance to hear these groups I'd definitely reccommend them.  It really was a nice event even with the rain.  I think they are both coosidered alt music, which is cool.  There music was kind of dreamy in places and very strong in others.  Nice stuff.

Sketch


Sketch


Sketch



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Re: Concert @ artdc gallery
« Reply #15 on: August 24, 2009, 07:48:26 PM »
Nice work, Paul! Thanks for sharing.