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Drum Mafia #11

The Columbia Drum Mafia was started by Brian Geiger and friends eleven months ago. The Drum Mafia is a monthly meeting for all drummers and spectators to come together to have fun playing and learning new ideas from each other. These Drum Jams have become instructional-clinic type sessions. The mafia has had some of the best clinics and getting bigger and better each month.

The Clinics scheduled for this month are:

  • 7:00 Todd Ellis- Todd will discuss Entertainment law 101, importance of Partnership agreements and other musician contracts.
  • 7:45 Jim "Soni" Sonefeld, is coming in to talk about drummers crossing over from drummer to front man. His new album is out now.
  • 8:45 Jacobi Gunter, Zildjian's Drummer-Love winner is discussing "making a tedious task fun with the metronome"
Following these two clinics is an open jam 9:00 p.m. until midnight. Anyone is welcome to participate. Kits will be supplied for all to play. We'll play with a click track and with original backing tracks recorded by Paul Hale. Please bring your own sticks and headphones.

Wednesday, July 23 2014
7pm to midnight
$8 (tickets available in advance RIGHT HERE)

Brian Geiger Music presents


Touring from San Francisco, Marla Fibish and Bruce Victor are Noctambule , French for 'night-owl.' Their unique presentation encompasses poetry about the night, set to their original music, Irish traditional music and original tunes. Their music is rendered with lush beauty, sensitivity and humor on an unusual array of strings - various guitars in varied tunings, mandola, mandolin, tenor guitar, and their blended voices.

In performance, Bruce and Marla take all comers on a fun and varied musical ramble, blending their diverse backgrounds in sometimes surprising ways. You'll hear lilting and sometimes driving Irish tunes, whiffs of Motown, beautiful airs, poignant and funny songs, and be invited to join them on their musical explorations into the night. More at

Marla and Bruce take the name Noctambule from a Robert Service poem about a nocturnal ramble through the back alleys of Paris, which they have set to music and included on their CD Travel in the Shadows. The album's theme is the 'night journey' - the opportunity to see and experience things differently once the usual sources of light have been extinguished. All the songs are original settings of poetry from a variety of poets-- Tennyson, Neruda, Roethke, St. Vincent Millay, and several from Robert Service. There are two original instrumental pieces as well -- a reel and a waltz -- as well as one traditional Irish song.

'The irregular phrases, unpredictable meters and strangely beautiful harmonies...overlapping voices, guitars, and mandolins conjure a nocturnal world in which the words of some of our finest poets take shape and snap together magically like recently discovered pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Travel in the Shadows is folk music at its best--hand made, without a template.' - Alex DeGrassi

Friday, July 25 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$12 advance RIGHT HERE / $15 at the door

An Evening with Grind, An Alice in Chains Tribute

"South Carolina's Grind: An Alice in Chains Tribute isn't just going through the motions. Their reverence for the departed Layne Staley and Mike Starr runs deeper than Starr's penetrative bass grooves. Frontman Gary Allen's intense performances, which have been seen at House of Blues locations, Las Vegas, and the Sunset Strip, are intentionally haunting to those who caught Staley and Starr in their prime. Exhuming the spirit of '90s grunge down to every howled note and plaid facial whisker, the tribute band loads their spot-on sets with greatest hits such as "Rooster," "Them Bones," and "Man in a Box," alongside b-sides for hardcore fans."
- St. Andrews Hall, Detroit.

Saturday, July 26 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)
$10 at the door or RIGHT HERE


Karl 2000 ~~~ Satan and Boys ~~~ Occupants

Karl 2000: "When you have three American musicians -- two from Greenville, SC -- interpreting Russian folk music, you might expect it to get a little wild and full of pastiche. This new band and their new, self-titled debut album, play up the Soviet-ness of their act... from the name to the red CD jacket to the pseudo-Cyrillic spelling of the song title names. The music itself is sometimes playful with the whole Russian theme, but filtered through the boundless energy of outside jazz, it becomes clear that, ultimately, the band does mean business."

Satan and Boys is solo guitarist Zach Pruitt.

Occupants is a newborn free improv noise/jazz combo consisting of Gabe Madden (trumpet, guitar), Michael Crawford (drums), and Tom Law (analog synth, sound manipulations).

Sunday, July 27 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

a bigSphinx Productions production

Hiroya Tsukamoto

Hiroya Tsukamoto is a one of a kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five-string banjo when he was thirteen, and to ok up the guitar shortly after. In 1994, Hiroya entered The Osaka University and while at college in Japan, Hiroya was introduced to a musical and social movement in South America called Nueva Cancion headed by musical legends such as Vi ctor Jara and Violeta Parra.

In 2000, Hiroya received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the United States. He is also the recipient of the Professional Music Achievement Award. Hiroya completed a debut album entiti led "The Other Side of the World" with his band INTEROCEANICO and released in 2004. His composition entitled "El Otro Lado del Mundo" was nominated as the finalist of The USA Songwriting Competition 2004 and "Samba de Siempre" in 2005, a lso "Seventh Night" is the finalist of International Acoustic Music Award in 2006. Hiroya released his second album entitled "Confluencia" in 2006 and the third album"Where the River Shines" in 2008.

Hiroya has been leading concerts w ith his group including several appearances at Blue Note in New York and he performed with Esperanza Spalding, Marta Gomez, Kendrick Scott(The Crusadors), Pete Kennedy(The Kennedys) and Dave Maxwell(Muddy Waters Band).

Hiroya's recent album is "Heartland" which was released in August 2012 from 333discs. In October 2012, Hiroya did four days live performances on Japan Public TV(NHK) program "El Mundo".

Wednesday, July 30 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

a bigSphinx Productions production

"That Show", hosted by Caleb(justCaleb)

"That Show" will be my last full set in the city, for the moment. Dope lineup, be there or be that shape that nobody likes.

Live performances by:

  • Caleb(justCaleb)
  • BC Villanova
  • H3RO
  • Plans /There Will Be Crumbs
  • Cole Connor
  • Chuma Tha Mayor
  • Cassy Renee
  • Lyrical Lo
  • Ganja Goons W/ StarSeed Krigga
  • Kevin Flum
DJ: Matty Matt
Host: Caleb(justCaleb)

Friday, August 1 2014
6:30 to midnight
$5 21+ / $8 18+

Daryl Hance Trio ~~~ Albatross

"Seated onstage all those years in Mofro, one might have missed what a six-string monster Daryl Hance is, but there's no mistaking how he's right in line with contemporaries like The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and North Mississippi Allstars/Black Crowes man Luther Dickinson on his welcome solo debut, Hallowed Ground (released January 25 on Pine Tar Recordings). The album reveals what a goddamn sexy player Hance truly is, as well as showing off his ear-catching songwriting and singing skills -- there's something of John Fogerty to the whole package actually. It's Southern rock with a psychedelic lover man's twist, and anyone who likes it humid and right in the pocket is likely to plotz over Hallowed Ground."
- Hey Shredder, Dirty Impound

Albatross is a high energy, rock and roll band who plays blues rock, classic rock, country rock, and rock 'n' soul, specifically late '60s/early '70s style clas sic rock including British blues rock and Woodstock era music. They love to jam and improvise and to perform their takes on awesome old songs they like, as well as the raw, powerful, vintage sounding original material they come up with.< p>

Thursday, August 14 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)