Songs About Something: Old, New, Borrowed and Blue Tunes in the Round Host Paige Clem, Joe Craven

Ivy Room Presents

Songs About Something: Old, New, Borrowed and Blue Tunes in the Round Host Paige Clem, Joe Craven

Garrin Benfield, Alexander Nelson

Thu · June 1, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

This event is 21 and over

Paige Clem
Paige Clem
Americana singer-songwriter, Paige Clem’s arrestingly direct lyrics and velvety, unaffected vocals exude that most elusive of musical qualities — Soul. With a natural gift for connecting with an audience, her roots-infused music is melodic and warm, yet packs a punch with tales of loss and love. In addition to her original music, Paige frequently lends supporting vocals to various Bay Area acts and showcases and sings with the popular Grateful Dead tribute, The Eleven, Bob Dylan/Neil Young tribute, Shakey Zimmerman, the retro/soul tribute, Paige & The Rage. She has shared the stage with members of Dead and Co., Further, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, ALO, Fruition, Anders Osborne, RatDog, Tea Leaf Green, New Monsoon, Moon Alice, Tracorum, Front Country, Midnight North, and Dead Winter Carpenters, and has performed with Melissa Ethridge, moe., Joe Craven, Steve Poltz, Eric McFadden, Scott Pemberton, The Brother's Comatose, Shook Twins, and many more. She has served multiple stints as songwriter-in-residence at The Bazaar Café, hosts the monthly series "Songs About Something" at The Ivy Room in Albany, and has appeared at High Sierra Music Festival, DelFest, Hangtown Halloween Ball, Cuko Rakko Music Festival, and ULUV Music Day. She will be featured in the upcoming documentary, The Creative High, and is currently recording her debut solo album slated to be released in the fall of 2016.
Joe Craven
Joe Craven
Award winning creativity educator, former museum curator, visual artist, actor/storyteller, event emcee and fashion insultant, Joe has made music with many folks – notably violinist Stephane Grappelli and Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia – to multi-whirled string guy David Lindley, harmonica wizard Howard Levy and seven years recording and touring with banjo fusionist Alison Brown. David Grisman declared “Everything Joe touches turns to music”, with whom Joe worked with for 17 years.
Always looking for the next expression and object to make music with, Joe is a musical madman with anything that has strings attached including violin, mandolin, tin can, bedpan, cookie tin, mouth bow, CBG, berimbau, balalaika, boot ‘n lace and double-necked whatever. Joe has created music and sound effects for commercials, soundtracks, computer games and contributions to several Grammy-nominated projects. An educator for over 30 years, he has presented at well over 200 schools, universities, civic and community groups. Joe is the Executive Director of RiverTunes and Vocáli Voice Camp in California and a coast to coast Emcee of a variety of music festivals, notably Delfest and the 40th / 41st Telluride Bluegrass.

“The man recognizes no boundaries. He just won’t accept that no one is supposed to be that good at everything.” ~ Jambands.com / www.joecraven.com
Garrin Benfield
Garrin Benfield
Garrin Benfield's sound has been described as Freestyle Acoustic Rock. His music is a blend of moody, guitar driven rock and polyrhythmic groove all run through the filter of a very serious Singer/Songwriter. His talent shines through as a solo artist when he flat-picks his way through complicated and lightning-fast arrangements and also while he uses a Loop Station to create mesmerizing soundscapes upon which he lays blistering rock, blues and jazz licks, darkened by his extensive use of effect pedals. As a bandleader, Garrin can command the attention of seasoned players and improvise with the dexterity and ingenuity of players many years his senior. Improvisation is at the center of a Garrin Benfield concert experience. Whether at a solo show or at a full band event, Garrin twists and turns the tunes each night in an ever-evolving attempt to keep searching for new musical challenges.

In addition to hundreds of solo and full band shows around the country, Garrin has shared the stage with numerous headlining acts, and was asked to open for Dan Bern, Boz Scaggs, Kaki King, Rickie Lee Jones, and Page McConnell of Phish among many others. Bonnie Raitt's backing band (who added their sounds to Garrin's second album, "Nowhere is Brighter") round out the list of great artists that Garrin has had the pleasure of collaborating with during his career.

Garrin was named “One of the Artists You Must See Live” by jambase.com, the internet's premier source of information for live and improvisational music, and his CD Where Joy Kills Sorrow was awarded the "Best Release of 2004" in the Male Singer/Songwriter Category by the Indie Acoustic Project. Garrin's CD “Nowhere is Brighter” was named a 'Top 10 CD of 2002' by Acoustic Guitar and Performing Songwriter Magazines. As well, music from that disc was selected for inclusion on numerous compilation recordings including one for Not In Our Name that included Ani DiFranco, Michael Franti and others.

About Benfield's Live Show:

Benfield's shows center on his quirky pop melodies but are stretched by Garrin into improvisational explorations into new territory each night. Familiar songs are often twisted and contorted into gorgeous new creations that leave audiences breathless. At once organic and eclectic, Garrin's shows are an experience as much as they are a musical concert! Utilizing electronic effects and a loop station, audiences find themselves grooving to atmospheric rhythms and settling back into Benfield's soothing vocal style. When the whole band is cooking, Benfield seamlessly blends his compositional skills with his improvisational ones, making old songs seem new. His thought-provoking lyrics and orchestral arrangements are constantly refurbished but are never over-shadowed by the endless noodling characterized by many in the neighboring jam-Band genre.
Alexander Nelson
Alexander Nelson
At 28, Alex Nelson has earned an enviable position on the West Coast performance track. Nelson is a performer’s performer, an artist whose assembly of talent, originality and focus has garnered him a coveted residency at Phil Lesh’s “Terrapin Crossroads,” the prominent musicians’ destination in Northern California.
Nelson started his band, Walking Spanish in 2007 while he was a 17 year-old high school senior. Their first album, “Not Yet Now” was self-financed and recorded at home. By 2011, their second album, “Wishbones,” was financed exclusively by their rapidly-growing fan base. Three years later, they produced “Phoenix Down” with earnings alone.
From garage-band to winner of three Sammie Awards, Walking Spanish rapidly became “one of Sacramento’s most talked about bands,” notes Elizabeth Marxen of Sacramento Magazine.
Nelson has shared the stage with Phil Lesh, Jackie Greene, Midnight North, Nicki Bluhm and Jason Crosby, among many others. He has been featured both solo and with his band, Walking Spanish, at venues that include The Capitol Theater, San Francisco Carnival Festival, Hilo Palace Theater, Crest Theater Sacramento, The Front Porch Music Fest and The Fillmore Auditorium. Young talent burns bright. That said, the music scene, often a fickle mistress, cannot help but grant a deferential nod to Nelson’s poetry, proficiency and sheer joy. He is one of their own.
“Searing, high-energy indie rock fronted by virtuosic Alex Nelson…It’s all about the songs on this this record.”
Lindol French of The Sacramento Press
Submerge Magazine’s Jenn Walker writes “…. A versatile blend of well-structured songs, combining country, rock ‘n’ roll and pop…with subtly haunting poetic verse.”
“…Nelson’s almost-British Isles romantic sensibility aligns with Americana instrumentation. Mix in his keening, Western United States savored articulation, and the band’s ability to give dramatic surge, this music raises the bar in Sacramento.” Beatnik Studios & Swell Productions
Accolades vie for quotation. But the straightforward and simple best sums up a vast array of industry praise:
“Some musicians are so good it makes me mad. Case in point: Alex Nelson.”
Autumn Sky, Midtown Monthly Magazine
Venue Information:
Ivy Room
860 San Pablo Ave
Albany, CA, 94706
http://www.ivyroom.com/