Sunday, August 31, 2008

OUTPOST186 Concert & Event Schedule, September 2008

BADAL ROY Saturday 27 September 8pm

OUTPOST: 186 ½ Hampshire St., Inman Sq. Cambridge - All Ages

NEWS: 19 August - Outpost just got a fabulous Yamaha U3 full-size upright piano! Come check it out!

OUTPOST DIRECTIONS: Near cr. Prospect, opposite Hess gas, behind 7-11. Big ‘186’ on R side. Follow walk at Left to gallery, REAR.

All shows 8pm doors unless otherwise noted.
Admission by donation at door.
No reservations, come early!
All shows all ages.
No smoking, alcohol please.

Gallery hours are 1-4pm Tuesday through Sunday during exhibitions or by appointment.
CONTACT: robchalfen@hotmail.com617.876.0860

Outpost featured in Cambridge Chronicle, 19 June 2008:

John Voigt featured in Cambridge Chronicle, 14 July 2008

Nice write up on Outpost in the Glob, Sunday 27 Jan. 2008 Outpost is the 2nd item:

on Richard Sandler's Films:
On our "Small Arts Group Die Off", 13 January:
Big Red & Shiny:§ion=article&article=DONT_DRINK_THE_1485440
BILL MARX/The Arts Fuse: Boston Foundation to Small Theatres - Drop Dead Please!

Shot X Shot
Friday, 12 September @ OUTPOST - 8pm $10 or b/o
subconsciouscafe presents
from Philadelphia
Dan Scofield - alto sax / Bryan Rogers - tenor / Dan Capecchi - drums / Matt Engle - bass
opening: "The ECTOPLASMIC TRIO" (Cambridge)
John Voigt - bass / Todd Brunel - bass clarinet / Robert Rivera - cello

Shot × Shot is an improvisational acoustic quartet performing original compositions steeped in jazz tradition, but with experimental sensibilities. Formed in 2003, while the members were students at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, has quickly established itself as one of the most groundbreaking bands in one of jazz’s most important cities. On its self-titled debut, the group showcases its compositional dynamism and transcendental vibrancy creating a unique balanced sound that is often missing in improvisational jazz.

Fellow Philadelphian, jazz critic and author Francis Davis hears the band’s vitality. “Something fresh and exciting is unfolding in jazz, and these talented young Philadelphians are doing their part to speed it along,” writes Davis. “It’s been ages since I’ve heard a debut recording this adventurous and assured.”

Usually in jazz, youth is seen as a liability, but for Shot × Shot the opposite is true. Having been exposed to and performed all sorts of eclectic music, Shot × Shot infuse their music with diverse modern influences and a daring spirit, creating an experimental mix of sounds and structures.

With Dan Scofield (alto) and Bryan Rogers (tenor) on dueling saxophone ballasted by Dan Capecchi (drums) and Matt Engle (bass), the band’s multi-dimensional, layered sound relies on each musician’s unique contribution. Both Scofield and Engle are key members of Sonic Liberation Front, the African percussion-infused jazz group, whose 2004 High Two album Ashé A Go-Go, was widely praised by the Village Voice, Jazz Times, The Wire, among others. Scofield is also a member of the noise-improv band Wolf Vs. and performs, alongside Rogers, in Bobby Zankel’s large ensemble. Capecchi, a recent transplant from Minnesota, is a former member of indie rock band Triangle and the folk ensemble Jackaroo, now also plays in the Jeff Baumeister Quartet.

Shot × Shot is reminiscent of Human Feel, the band that launched the careers of Chris Speed, Jim Black, Andrew d’Angelo, and Kurt Rosenwinkel when they were music students in Boston. Similarly, Shot × Shot unites unique voices who are poised to be important musicians individually and collectively.

"The Ectoplasmic Trio" is the result of the felicitous collision of
longtime collaborators Todd Brunel and Robert Rivera (Andalusian
Dream) with Boston bass legend John Voigt at a recent Outpost event
backing improvising bard Sebastian Lockwood. This is their first
public appearance as a trio.

Todd Brunel:
Robert Rivera:
John Voigt:

Saturday, Sept. 13 and Sunday, Sept. 14 @ OUTPOST - 8pm, $15.

with Ian Maxwell MacKinnon and Eric Zinman


CAMBRIDGE, MA: Riding out the final year of their historic administrations, President Bush and Vice-President Cheney will unveil a new musical project in Cambridge Sept. 13-14 at Outpost 186.

“BUSH-CHENEY: LOUNGE FORCE” will be hosted by local operatives Ian Maxwell MacKinnon and Eric Zinman. The show, featuring President Bush on guitar and Mr. Cheney on keyboards, is a response to those who would criticize our leaders as “lame ducks.” The act includes Bush-Cheney compositions such as "Let Me Be Misunderstood" and "The Sunny Side of the Dark Side of the Street." John McCain gets a special tribute from fellow fighter pilot Bush (with Cheney as co-pilot) in a momentous rewrite of "Heaven in your Eyes" from the movie "Top Gun."

“The President and Vice-President have just been recharging their batteries, and the power that comes from a little R&R is what ‘Lounge Force’ is all about,” MacKinnon says. Come witness the birth of a new musical career for the leaders of the free world, due to leave office on Jan. 21. Bush and Cheney have been represented by MacKinnon and Zinman in three previous plays: “A Bush-Cheney Christmas,” “The Apotheosis of George W. Bush,” and “The Bush-Cheney ‘Top Gun’ Focus Group.”

Critics have raved: “The show was hilarious”(BOSTON HERALD). “Pick of the Week”-DNC, 2004 (BOSTON PHOENIX). “Provocative, unsettling humor”(BOSTON GLOBE). MacKinnon (Bush) won a national theater manifesto contest judged by Tony Kushner and others with an entry called “Elect Better Actors.” Zinman (Cheney) is an acclaimed jazz pianist. Their archives as Bush and Cheney are at

Friday, 19 September @ Outpost, 8pm $5/10
VORTEX series for new & improvised music presents:
"The Vortex Other Dimension Ensemble"
Emile Tobenfeld - video art
John Mulrooney - spoken Word
Todd Brunel - bass clarinet, electronics

with special guest:
Ara Sarkissian - piano
"Pianist and composer Ara Sarkissian keeps himself busy with various musical projects. His interests include eastern music, tuning systems, and exploring multi-stylistic aspects of music. He leads the ethno-jazz ensemble MUSANER, as well as the improvisatory PALIMPSEST ENSEMBLE".

Saturday, 20 September @ Outpost, 2-8pm Admission: your face
art opening / cookout / piano jam
outpost186 presents
Come help Outpost 186 celebrate the arrival of our snazzy new piano, a Yamaha U3 full-size upright, with an all-day blow-out cook-out jam-out! The creme of the local piano aristocracy will be wrestling each other off the bench for a chance to try out the beast...other instrumentalists are invited to get off your ax & jam! we should have a kit on site. WE ALSO HAVE A SPIFFY NEW PA SYSTEM! Ain’t we fancy? A grill will be in operation on the patio to slake your non-musical hungers. Bring grillables, swillables, ice.

Pianorama is offered in conjunction with our first GROUP ART SHOW, featuring artists:
MITCH AHERN - fresh from a featured exhibit at the Decordova Museum in Lincoln, Mass., displaying his ANGRY DISHTOWELS, block prints on cotton fabric.
KRISTIN GOODFRIEND - paintings, photography
JESS LAWRENCE - paintings, works on paper

Production: Todd Brunel -

Sunday, 21 September @ Outpost, 8pm $5/10
Geezeworld presents
Adam simon - violin, bass, vocals / Ben Simon - vocals, guitar, piano / Isaiah Davidson-Weiss - Guitar, bass, vocals

Influences : The Raincoats, Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, The Beatles, The Talking Heads, DE-VO, Mission Of Burma, The Real Kids, Marc Thor, The Who, The Beach Boys, Nirvana, Joy Division, Kraftwerk, Television, The Make-Up, The Velvet Underground, and YOU!

Saturday, 27 September @ OUTPOST - 8pm $15 or b/o
Dave Bryant presents:
70’s miles davis tabla star BADAL ROY with
Badal Roy - tablas & percussion (Miles,Ornette,Pharoah,Ono)
Dave Bryant - piano (Ornette Coleman)
Mike Rivard - bass (Club D’elf)

Roy began playing the tabla at age 10 or 11, studying with his uncle. After coming to New York, he began performing with Steve Gorn at a Manhattan restaurant called Raga, eventually attracting the attention of Miles Davis. Davis invited Roy to join his group, and he recorded on Davis's albums On the Corner (1972), Big Fun (1969-72; released 1974), and Get Up with It (1970-74). Roy subsequently performed and recorded with many leading jazz musicians, including Davis, Dave Liebman, Pharoah Sanders, John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Herbie Mann, Pat Metheny, Lester Bowie, Airto Moreira, Charlie Haden, Purna Das Baul, Yoko Ono, and Ornette Coleman (playing in Coleman's electric band Prime Time). In the 1990s Roy began performing with the Brazilian guitar duo Duofel. He has also collaborated with Ken Wessel and Stomu Takeishi in a fusion trio named Alankar. They currently have one album entitled Daybreak.