Monday, July 23, 2012

Zion80 @ The Stone 7/2/12

This is every Monday all summer long.  Lucky, lucky us!  I couldn't get to the rehearsal, but I did make it for the front row for the amazing performance.  Usually, I draft my posts in my blackberry while it's still fresh.  I ended up having a surprise surgery on 7/4, which I am recovering nicely from.  This was my last show at the time of this writing, but I expect to get back to live music very soon.  I didn't get a chance to draft the post for this show, so I'm going off of memory.

Jessica Lurie mainly played baritone and I think a little bit of alto.  There was another sax as well.  I think there was a trumpet as well.  There were 2 other guitar players besides John Madof.  John did a lot of conducting, but he also played on a couple and was amazing.  Brian Marsella was on keys and Shanir Blumenkranz was on electric bass.  There were 4 amazing drummer/percussionists.  I think it was 2 drumkits, a congas guy, and a percussionist. 

The website lists more band members, so I'm sure it's often different.  I'm also sure it's always phenomenal.  I'm looking forward to getting to more of these whenever we don't have Monday Night Alive.

Check out the video on their site:

7:30—Open Rehearsal
The latest large group project from Jon Madof (Rashanim, CircuitBreaker) features music by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach set to arrangements inspired by Nigerian Afrobeat master Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

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