The Everyone Orchestra
Falcor and Friends presents interactive, improvisational experience, The Everyone Orchestra in the East Bay for a night of great music, good vibes, and bad sweaters, Sunday, December 17 at Ashkenaz. This edition of the rotating cast of all star musicians includes EO founder/conductor Matt Butler, plus Dan Lebowitz of ALO, Trevor Garrod of Tea Leaf Green, Hot Buttered Rum's Aaron Redner and Eric Yates, Dave Watts and Garrett Sayers of The Motet, the golden pipes of Audio Angel and P-Funk's Kim Manning, and more. magicgravy, a trio featuring the above mentioned Lebowitz, Watts and Sayers, opens the night.

Everyone is encouraged to sport a ridiculously cheesy holiday sweater to help push the good vibes!

What makes Everyone Orchestra's music stand out from other jamband collaborations is the conducting and audience participation. EO founder/conductor Matt Butler facilitates the jams using giant cue cards, hand signals and more, which direct the musicians and audience alike.

The list of Everyone Orchestra alumni reads like a who's who of jamband music and beyond including members of The Grateful Dead, Phish, moe., String Cheese Incident, Derek Trucks Band, Railroad Earth, and Jimmy Herring, Darol Anger, Adrian Belew, Taj Mahal, Maria Muldaur among a growing legion of other performers. Butler's version of breaking down the barriers between musician and audience derives in part from desert art festival Burning Man's 'no spectators, only participants' ethic and is undoubtedly influenced by his old friend and mentor Ken Kesey, the king of the Merry Pranksters.

Supporting Everyone Orchestra's commitment to activism, non-profit Conscious Alliance will be staging a toy and donation drive. Concert attendees are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy or gift (value $10 and under) or make a donation to Conscious Alliance. The first 100 who do so will receive an original, limited edition, poster by Ryan Kerrigan. Please join us as we create some holiday spirit and push the good vibe towards those less fortunate!

Embracing the colorful tradition and presenting a different aspect of the "Everyone" in Everyone Orchestra, local live painters from will join the Orchestra to paint the scene live as it unfolds. These paintings will be available for sale at the end of each show, with a portion of the proceeds donated to Conscious Alliance.

"For one night in the Bay Area we're going to push the boundaries of the conducting and see how far we can take it."
-EO founder/conductor, Matt Butler

WHERE: Ashkenaz - 1317 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley, CA
WHEN: Sunday, December 17th, 2006 9:00pm
TICKETS: Tix available at www.falcorandfriends.com - $15

Cast of PLAYERS for Everyone Orchestra, 12/17:
Matt Butler - Conducting, Percussion, Vocals
Audio Angel – Vocals
Trevor Garrod – Keys, Vocals
Chris Haugen – Lapsteel, Guitar, Vocals
Dan Lebowitz - Guitar, Lapsteel, Bongos, Vocals
Kim Manning – Vocals
Mitch Marcus - Sax
Aaron Redner- Violin, Mandolin, Vocals
Garrett Sayers - Bass
Dave Watts - Drums/Percussion
Erik Yates - Banjo, Flutes, Accordion, Clarinet, Vocals
Joel Barber & Friends - Live Painting
Plus Special Guests!


[Published on: 11/30/06]

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SaveTheRobots Thu 11/30/2006 10:57AM
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simple-alex starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/30/2006 11:12AM
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cool to see trevor from tlg rockin the keys this go around, awesome. wont be able to make the show, but hopefully ill hear it

Jamon Thu 11/30/2006 11:12AM
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Asher Fulero (Surrounded by Ninja's) willl also be playing! :-)

See you there!

NickBoeka Thu 11/30/2006 12:40PM
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Dave and Garrett from the Motet!! hell ya, im there. If you haven't checked out the new Motet disc, Instrumental Descent, check it, it's freakin' butt nasty. EO is a great time. Im excited to see my first EO show on the West coast. If it is at all like the Boulder EO blowout's from days past, it's going to be nothing short of sick!

Karma9 star Thu 11/30/2006 03:40PM
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Should be called "The-All-White-We-Jerk Off-For-An-Hour-Orchestra"

What a joke....I mean really all, lets be real. These guys are a disgrace to the scene starting with the tool who leads ém...

But they try their best and kudos to the brain behind it. I mean it is pretty sweet to tour all over the country, GET PAID, and completely butcher every style of music there is...

Our scene needs a wake up call...and there's no time like the present


julievanam Thu 11/30/2006 04:50PM
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Au contraire, dude! You obviously haven't seen EO before or read the whole lineup (they're not all white, man). While our scene is mostly white guys EO ALWAYS has women as part of the lineup, and lots of musical and ethnic diversity - almost 200 different players this year!

As for the getting paid part - these kynd folks do mostly benefits having raised over 100 grand for non profits, food for homeless, even this one is a toy drive.

EO is one of the coolest things about our scene. Looking forward to it!

moejoerisin Thu 11/30/2006 08:15PM
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i am never one to talk badly about or to disparage anyone from seeing music, but i must say this: the everyone orchestra was probably the lamest musical performance i've ever seen. in my life. that is all.

Karma9 Fri 12/1/2006 05:43AM
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I always commend any one who gives and works with and for the less fortunate and I am certainly not suggesting that they are not a bunch of good people...I'm just stating that the times I have seen them...It was very one-sided racially and musically....a joke. But again, if they can use their popularity to help people....then God bless them for real!!!

I think the lack of racial diversity on the stage and in the crowd needs to be addressed. There are some obvious reasons and some not-so-obvious. What is at the core of my argument is Jam Band music draws from, largely, American roots music. By that I mean: Blues, Soul, Funk, Jazz...etc. All forms started and popularized and eventually stolen from African American people...And as beautiful as it is to see music all performed and interpreted by all across racial and ethnic lines, I'm sure I am not the only one a little disturbed by our racially one-sided scene.

Don't you agree that if we truly discuss this and find a way to truly integrate; our scene will truly be on top of the world?

Road To Shambala Fri 12/1/2006 06:06AM
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Road To Shambala

Karma9, Put down the messenger bud and back away from the bong. I think you've smoked yourself silly.

garbaz Fri 12/1/2006 07:45AM
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This shit is sesitive so please take what I am saying with a grain of salt, and it is all opinion.

I don't think this should turn into a racial thread but I do hear the stuff k9 is saying all the time, from black musicians, and it is about the scene in general.

Black performers in this scene and most other successful genres usually play to a huge white audience, and sometimes that can fuck with your head.

I seen EO only once, and it was 10,000 Lakes in Minnesota. I gave (I won't use names) a black performer a little nudge to the ribs "get up there and join them, man"

Well I guess I totally admit I didn't notice there were 10 white guys and a white rapper on stage until he mentioned it, then I looked out in the crowd and noticed there were about 1000 white kids and 1 black girl.

I didn't say it aloud, but defended EO, and teh choices they made that day and thought it musta been a coincidence.

Let's not slag EO ...

they are jammig for a good charity for christs sake, and anyone that has been in a "jam" session know there are peaks and valleys and the magic ain't gonna happen everytime.

Hey K9 ... "white guys jerking off" is harsh ... but yeah I thought about the shit u r bitching about and I too, wish we could get more black people involved in the jam scene. Welcome it with open arms, but don't feel like it is going to happen, especially in plcaes I work in and experience every summer like Minnesota, Kansas and West Virginia.

Like I said, the arguement you are making is well documented across many genres. (see Eminem)

gmoo starstarstar Fri 12/1/2006 08:27AM
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God bless atheism K9, if you are so above this racism why aren't you out being an activist. I think you are preaching to the choir if you are trying to sell the idea that minorities are underrepresented. I agree with some of your views, but how do expect to change anyone's mind with your 'white jerk off' posts? This is THE REASON why individuals in this country are so afraid to take a stand in what's right. Maybe if we (you) stop judging people that actually do positive things like raise money for non-profits, then we can set a good example of critical thinking. So I ask you, are YOU comfortable changing your values if you engage in discussion, or are you just like the most of the country, which is too stubborn to ever say they are wrong. So take back what you said about EO, or you are just like what you preach against.

Durkin Fri 12/1/2006 11:58AM
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- "Should be called "The-All-White-We-Jerk Off-For-An-Hour-Orchestra""
- That is really harsh dude. They are all just musicians having fun and doing what they do. Sounds to me like your just being a hater.

-"What a joke....I mean really all, lets be real. These guys are a disgrace to the scene starting with the tool who leads em..."
- Disgrace...so your calling Steve Kimock, Jeff Coffin, Jamie Masefield, Jon Fishman, Jason Hann, Al Schnier, Reid Genauer, Billy Nershi, Karl Denson, Marc Brownstein, John Medeski, and DJ Logic all a disgrace? That is a bit far fetched. I have been listening to all those people for years and they are nice friendly people who do a great deal for different charities and organizations that help people and the environment. And who are you calling a tool? Matt Butler? I can think of a few names to call you but I think I will stick with just hater.

- "But they try their best and kudos to the brain behind it. I mean it is pretty sweet to tour all over the country, GET PAID, and completely butcher every style of music there is..."

- The thing is that they have performed about 20 something times this year. That doesn’t make for a big tour and they do it mostly at festivals and charity events...that doesn't sound like the typical Stones tour or something to me so I doubt any of the members are making a killing off this. It isn't like they are ripping people off. The performances in my opinion don't transfer well to tape but if you are in the crowd, the amount of fun and energy coming from them is awesome. It is a blast and as far as butchering styles...they are a improv group so it will never be the same and the members are all top of the game for there styles.

- "Our scene needs a wake up call...and there's no time like the present"

- I think your right with this and I think you need to start by not being such a hater. Let’s focus on what the artists who started the scene were all about and "love each other".

hellyeah Fri 12/1/2006 12:39PM
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karma, this scene is not an exclusive country club. people go to these things by choice and it just so happens that different races sometimes share different musical tastes. should we force more black people to come to the shows and festivals and for that matter bus kids from suburbia to rap shows. think about things for more than a second before posting.

assafjaffe starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/1/2006 06:26PM
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I agree hellyeah. I think maybe some people dont get what EO is about. I've seen Matt play in many projects but this is unique in that he seems like he's conducting different pick-up supergroups through improvisation and crowd engaging interactive stuff I've never seen before. I think EO is different and would rather comment on their music or a show than use them as a stage to get political. I'll be at this show and and I hope the haters all stay home. Everyone check out the awesome poster my buddy Ryan did for this show at falcorandfriends.com.

calicheezer Sat 12/2/2006 07:47PM
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KJ KArma its funny that I go to Karl Densons Tiny U and there is all whites there . Even your own People dont Know shit about funk anymore. Just get 2 turn tables and a Microphone you Fucking Pussy. And sample someone elses song that has been played millions of times and put your own words to it Fucking sellout. You are weak as shit !

calicheezer Sat 12/2/2006 07:51PM
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Shit, come to think of it, thats why I like the Jam Scene it is all White !!!

gazzy starstarstarstarstar Sat 12/2/2006 11:29PM
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Dave Watt is super cool, and even a cooler drummer. Stay cool bro. From up here in Minne.

hellyeah Sat 12/2/2006 11:58PM
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dont be as ignorant as karma,calicheezer. theres only room for so much stupidity in one forum.

HOPEFULPHAN starstarstarstarstar Mon 12/4/2006 01:54PM
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karma with talk like that u are definately not in "our scene". who cares if they are all white? are u racist? its music, who gives a shit what color the people playing it are? if they are such a disgrace to the scene why do so many talented people play with them. i would be willing to bet that u have never even seen the eo before.

festijam12 starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/5/2006 03:12PM
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karma...u are hilarious, last time i checked Karl D, Rebirth Brass Band, J5, The Roots, Toots, and some guy named blackalicious are all part of the scene...and all acts i thoroughly enjoy, but not cuz they are african-american, but because their music kicks ass...just like EO...i have only seen these guys at 10klf, but I never had so much fun throwing a frisbone in my life with them in the background...calicheezr...dont fall prey and post ignorant shit too...its not worth it...see yall at Langerado


festijam12 Tue 12/5/2006 03:14PM
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oh yeah...did 10klf kick super ass this year, or was that just me? Railroad & Nershi was unreal!