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Band News (more headlines) 10-27-2003

Upcoming Gary Lucas Shows

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Gary Lucas, recently cited as one of DownBeat's "66 Hot 6Stringers" (alongside John McLaughlin, Richard Thompson, Pat Metheny and others), just got back from a successful solo tour of Europe.

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Highlights included a near sold-out 2 hour show in London at The Spitz, where he premiered new work, and was joined by members of Alabama 3 for an acoustic rendition of their theme from The Sopranos, "Woke Up This Morning". Gary's concert was picked, with photos, in both "Time Out London" and "The Metro", and received a 4 star review from The Guardian's John L. Walters. While in London, Gary also recorded a session for BBC Radio 3's "World Routes" Show featuring his arrangements of 30's Chinese pop from his acclaimed album "The Edge of Heaven", to be broadcast October 18th. And he went into the studio with Alabama 3 to work on their new album. Gary's new compilation of older work "Operators are Standing By" just received 4 star UK reviews in both Mojo and Jazzwise.

Other tour highlights included an outdoor festival in Bordeaux...two nights in Paris at the Sunset Jazz Club, where his concertwas a critic's pick in "Liberation", and where he jammed with the French accordion whiz Arna Methivier...and a well-received appearance at the Venice Biennale, where Gary fielded questions from the Italian national press the day before performing his live score (co-written with Walter Horn) to accompany the silent film "The Golem"."

Two new charity CDs are out now featuring Gary's work: "Light of Day", a double collection of Bruce Springsteen tributes including contributions from Elvis Costello, Garland Jeffreys, Graham Parker and others, with proceeds going to Bruce's favorite charity the Parkinson's Disease Foundation. The album features Gary with his band Gods and Monsters (Jonathan Kane and Ernie Brooks) performing "Ain't Got You" from the "Tunnel of Love" album. The Boss liked their rendition so much that they have been invited to play on Nov. 1st at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park New Jersey at the 4th annual Light of Day charity concert.

The other charity CD featuring Gary Lucas is "Guitar Harvest", a double CD benefiting the Lucy Moses School's Guitar Outreach program at the Kaufman Center, and was produced by WNYC's John Schaefer and the New York Guitar Festival's David Spelman. Guest artists include Pierre Bensusan, Andy Summers, and Ralph Towner, and Gary is featured with a tribute to his former bandmate/collaborator, the late Jeff Buckley with an acoustic instrumental composition "Dream of the Wild Horses"-- Gary originally gave the music to Jeff Buckley as the instrumental foundation for a new song for his follow-up album to "Grace", but the singer died tragically before completing it.

Upcoming Gary Lucas appearances included a lecture/performance at Columbia University entitled "Tales of a Wandering Musician", similar to his recent classroom appearances at the University of Hawaii and at New York University, and an appearance with The Magic Band at the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival in Long Beach Ca., alongside the Queen Mary, on Nov. 8th. The new Magic Band album "Back to the Front" is receiving excellent reviews worldwide.

Lastly, Gary will present a concert at the Czech Embassy in Washington DC on Nov. 17th of his solo guitar arrangements of Czech music old and new--including works by Dvorak, Smetena, Janacek, and the Plastic People--in honor of the 14th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. Gary is of Bohemian ancestry on his father's side and performs frequently in the Czech Republic.

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