On Saturday March 27, the Knitting Factory West in Hollywood California will celebrate a huge record release party with an unprecedented all-club event that will feature acts on all three stages. With tiered ticket prices, patrons can see as many or as few acts as their pocketbooks will allow. Here's the final breakdown of how it will all work out:

If you just wanna see New Monsoon and Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey in the Front Stage and AlterKnit Lounge, it'll be $15. If you just wanna see Leftover Salmon and Willy Porter on the Main Stage, it'll be $25. But if you wanna go whole-hog and be able to roam freely throughout the club, it'll run you $30 advance, $35 day of show. The ALL CLUB access tickets are limited, so you'll want to jump on that train tout suite.

If you're not familiar with Leftover Salmon (or any of the other bands on the bill), do crawl out from under your rock and get yourself educated.

Leftover Salmon
After two years on the road, the new Leftover Salmon line-up is on record. The self-titled Leftover Salmon (to be released on March 23) is the band's first studio album where co-founders Drew Emmitt and Vince Herman show off how the beloved Colorado band has evolved since the arrival of banjoist Noam Pikelny, keyboardist Bill McKay, bassist Greg Garrison, and drummer Jose Martinez.

The album, produced by longtime Little Feat keyboardist Billy Payne, also illustrates how Leftover Salmon have progressed. "I've been saying that this is our first record for grown-ups," Herman laughs. "It definitely reflects how the band's sound has matured. There's less shtick. We still have a lot of fun, and there's still a lot of joy."

Willy Porter is a seasoned solo performer who honed his songs and his chops traveling across America and Europe playing to captive audiences everywhere. He has previously opened up for Paul Simon, Sting, Jeff Beck, and Tori Amos. Last year alone, he performed over 150 shows, selling bushels of records every night. Porter is currently teaching Guild-sponsored guitar clinics across the country, and a Willy Porter model acoustic guitar is now in production with Guild Guitars.

New Monsoon was conceived in 1997 when former Penn State friends Bo Carper and Jeff Miller became re-acquainted in California and began collaborating on guitar music. With Carper's rootsy acoustic fingerstyle as a foil for Miller's jazz inspired melodies, the pair sowed the seeds of the New Monsoon sound. Friend and tabla maestro Rajiv Parikh began to sit in at rehearsals and shows and it was soon apparent that he would play an important role in the band's developing sonic signature. When Floridian conguero Brian Carey arrived in San Francisco in late 2000 to continue his music career, he was looking for "a Latin band, with horns" with which to wield his masterful chops. But the prospect of three drummers was so enticing that Carey immediately became a member and a joyful noise ensued.

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
From Tulsa, Oklahoma, Brian Haas (Fender Rhodes, melodica, and acoustic piano), Jason Smart (drums), and Reed Mathis (bass) pull influences from nearly every genre of music, diverse as John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix, to Thelonious Monk and KRS-ONE. Together since 1994 and performing over 200 live appearances per year, JFJO is constantly expanding their horizons by collaborating with the likes of Les Claypool, Charlie Hunter, Karl Denson, DJ Logic, John Scofield, Critters Buggin', The Slip, and the list goes on and on... JFJO have integrated their improvisational music deeply into the jazz and festival scenes, breaking new ground each year by performing at The Gathering of the Vibes, Berkshire Mountain Music Festival, New Orleans Jazz Festival, High Sierra, and South by Southwest.

For tickets, you can either win them here on, or visit Knitting Factory West and/or You can also purchase tickets directly from the KF box office (no service charge!) The Knitting Factory Hollywood is located at 7021 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90028. 323 463 0204 x122.

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[Published on: 3/23/04]

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