On Thursday, February 27th, What Is JAM? will host its inaugural event at Tribeca in New York City.

What Is JAM? Presents... "A Night of Music with The Marco Benevento (Hammond Organ) & Joe Russo (Drums) Duo with Special Guest Brad Barr," guitarist of The Slip.

This intimate occasion begins with The Slip’s Brad Barr in his first ever solo performance. Following his opening set, Barr will join the jaw-dropping dynamic Organ/Drum Duo of Marco Benevento & Joe Russo, which electrifies audiences all over New York and beyond. Russo’s pounding rhythms and Benevento’s whirling organ, along with Brad Barr’s jazzy licks, will put Tribeca in a frenzy.

As with every performance by the Organ/Drum Duo, many Special Guests can be expected. Members of Soulive, Galactic, the Trey Anastasio Band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, The Slip, Project Logic, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Robert Walter’s 20th Congress, the Living Daylights, and the Jazz Farmers have joined the Duo on stage.

This special gig on February 27th falls on the day off between the Worcester and Nassau PHISH shows. Who knows who will show up? This is the place to be in New York City so get your tickets in advance because the show will likely sell out.

This is an all ages show and tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $10 in advance and $13 day of show and can be purchased at JamBaseTickets.com, Tribeca.MusicToday.com, or by calling (800)594-TIXX.

Tribeca, located at 16 Warren Street, one block South of Chambers Street, between Church and Broadway, is easily accessed by Subway (A, C, J, M, N, R, 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 Trains). Call (212)766-1070 for more information.

What follows is an excerpt from an interview with Brad Barr conducted by Eric Ward from www.glidemagazine.com.

So your first-ever solo appearance is scheduled for later this month, and a lot of people are getting really excited about the possibilities. What can we expect?

Photo by Jon Bahr
Right now what I've been thinking is I'll get up there, I'll have my boomerangs, I'll be able to do some looping, but I also want to just do some solo guitar stuff. I've been working this month with some different tuning. I really enjoying having a really low register on the guitar. Tuning everything down. It kind of opens up the possibilities of the guitar as a solo instrument because it fills up a lot of the bass area. And I have some songs that have been on the backburner.

That doesn't fit into The Slip?

Yeah, exactly...but you know, The Slip is more and more becoming something that can encompass the songs that I didn't think that we would be able to play, because they were too folk, or singer/songwriter. But I'd like to do a mixture of that. Acoustic songs, textural, spontaneous creations and some deep guitar. I've really been enjoying some Moroccan music lately. So maybe some of that too. I really hope to give people a full experience in that sense, and then also just raw, acoustic guitar. Just cover a lot of ground that I just like doing by myself.

For more of this interview see www.glidemagazine.com

[Published on: 2/21/03]

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