Jazz, folk, poetry in Velvet Lounge

Jan 11, 2013

Rockland — The Velvet Lounge series will host local musicians of diverse genres plus a poet Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18 and 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Rock City Café, 316 Main St. As usual, there is no cover charge; however, tipping the performers is highly encouraged. For more information on this and other events happening at the coffeebar/cafe, call 594-4123.

Jazz fusion and poetry

On Friday, Jan. 18, Rock City Cafe's Velvet Lounge will presents Algorithm, a new electro-acoustic duo featuring Mike Whitehead on trumpet and flugelhorn and Tom Luther on keyboards. The basic form of the group is supplemented by substantial use of electronic instruments, both live and sequenced. Both musicians are experienced jazz performers, and use their improvising skills in the context of modern electronica and ambient music.

The music itself is an amalgam of improvised material and electronic soundscapes crafted by both performers. For this show, Algorithm will be accompanied by former Belfast Poet Laureate Jacob Fricke, who will be performing spoken word to the ambient music.

Local folkster on tap

On Saturday, Jan. 19, Rock City Cafe's Velvet Lounge will welcome back Bob Stuart, who has made his home on the Midcoast for the last 25 years. He was brought to the area while touring and was immediately enamored of its beauty and musical community. He performed for many years in Camden's Thirsty Whale Tavern and venues up and down the coast; and recorded and album, “Rainbow’s End.” His songs have been recorded by many artists. His own voice is a rich baritone voice, well suited to his selection of traditional songs and original material. Stuart accompanies himself on guitar and banjo, as well as singing a cappella.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Bob Stuart
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