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Drum Mafia #12

Wednesday, August 20 2014
7pm to midnight

Ultrafaux ~~~ The Ruby Brunettes

Baltimore band Ultrafaux performs original music composed by guitarist Michael Joseph Harris in the style of Jazz Manouche or Gypsy Jazz. The band is an acoustic powerhouse of two guitars and upright bass. Sami Arefin and Harris trade dazzling leads and harmoniz e together on rich gypsy-inspired melodies. The dynamic Eddie Hrybyk on upright bass holds down the steady swinging pulse and brings his passion for improvisation to the group.

Columbia, South Carolina's The Ruby Brunettes are a four piece band whose sound is largely defined by the intertwining of the male and female voices of Chris Compton (guitar) and Catherine Allgrim (trombone) and the three and four part harmonies created by the rhythm section of Chris Paget (bass) and Ken Mixon (percussion). The group released their debut album in early 2013, before the addition of a rhythm section, and received tremendous reviews with Jasper magazine saying "this self-titled sticks out in a major way among music released in Columbia this year."

Thursday, August 21 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$8 online RIGHT HERE or at the door

Dreiberg ~~~ Apnea Effect ~~~ Miles To Go

Strap in friends, 'cause it's time to rock some faces once again at Conundrum Music Hall! Join us as we take the stage with our pals (and fellow local s) The Apnea Effect and Miles To Go as we welcome back the college crowd with a night of awesome tunes and even better times! #SeeYouOutThere

Friday, August 22 2014
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)

Benefit for Aaron ft. The Fishing Journal, Casio Mio, MyBrother MySister

Saturday, August 23 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

High and Lonesome
Jason Ajemian ~~~ Conad Freiberg

Performing solo pieces plus duo improvised songs about the audience to give them a first-hand unrepeatable experience.

Jason Ajemian: Acoustic bassist Jason Ajemian is one of the members of the underground music scene in Chicago, playing a variety of creative improvised, noise, and experimental musics based in rock and jazz. He is a graduate of the William Patterson College in New Jersey, where he studied with bassist Rufus Reid and percussionist Kevin Norton. Arriving in Chicago in the fall of 2000, Ajemian embraced the then burgeoning progressive music community. Ajemian also vocalizes and utilizes electronics. His dizzying number of credits include work with Rob Mazurek, the Exploding Star Orchestra, Dragons 1976, Lay All Over It, Born Heller, Matt Bauder, Ken Vandermark's Crisis Ensemble, Who Cares How Long You Sink, Triage, Mandarin Movie, the Chicago Underground Trio, and countless others.

Conad Freiberg: American, born 1978. Raised in Quincy, Illinois on the Mississippi river in Mark Twain territory. Currently Conrad lives and works in America, and tours the back-roads from the Misty Mountaintop to the Dismal Swamp singing songs with his ukulele, and the Pod of Absence, occasionally fixing people's homes with his toolkit.

Sunday, August 24 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

Moonday Tranformation Ritual

Monday, August 25 2014
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

STEREOFLY presents Rachel Kate, Adam Cullen, and Calamity Cubes

Rachel Kate ~~~ Adam Cullen ~~~ Calamity Cubes

The one-and-only Rachel Kate returns to Columbia after her move to Nashville to soothe our souls with her captivating tunes. Joining her will be The Calamity Cubes! and Hope Clayton Cullum + 1 TBA

Tuesday, August 26 2014
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)

Pharaohs in Space, The Juniors, and Dr. Roundhouse

August 29th come out to Conundrum for some folksy three part harmonies in a rock sandwich. Admission is $5 but I can pretty much guarantee a good time with a 90% chance of tomfoolery and the possibility of shenanigans.

Friday, August 29 2014
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)

FAIS-ONe presents the Culture Shock Tour

Join us as Labor Day weekend as Qwintis Sential, Zadok, and Dyzne By God bless the stage in the first stop of the Culture Shock Tour. $10 at the door, doors open at 8pm. The event is open to the general public and ALL ages are welcome. Help us start the tour off right. If you already have plans, then change them. If you don't have plans- we just made them for you. You know we are gonna TURN UP so you need to come TURN UP with us. See you in the building!

Saturday, August 30 2014
Doors at 8pm

Wooden Wand ~~~ Stefanie Bannister

Wooden Wand: Says Swans frontman and head of Young God Records Michael Gira, James Jackson Toth's "got that picaresque quality that Dylan had in his heyday, wherein the shambolic narrator undergoes various travails and epiphanies -- harrowing, bleak and darkly comical -- in the course of a narrative, then leaves you mystified, both smiling and sad."

Wooden Wand, a.k.a. singer-songwriter James Jackson Toth, has released a vast amount material under such collectives as Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice, Wooden Wand & the Sky High Band, and Wooden Wand & the Briarwood Virgins. Toth's style has drawn on a variety of both conventional and experimental folk, country and rock influences, including psych folk, acid folk, free folk, and indie. The heavily Neil Young and Crazy Horse-influenced "Briarwood", released in November 2011, is perhaps Toth's most lyrically accessible record to date.

"Briarwood" finds the New York native mining the remarkably fertile music scene in Birmingham, Alabama, including two members of the now-defunct Verbena -- Les Nuby, also the producer of "Briarwood", and Duquette Johnston -- members of Plate Six, Through the Sparks, and Delicate Cutters. Recent Wooden Wand tours have featured a stripped-down version of the full band, including Janet Simpson-Templin, who has also recorded with Jeffrey Lewis.

Stefanie Bannister recorded "I Admit I am Glad" with Harper Marchman-Jones in Charleston during the summer and fall of 2013. Her Bandcamp says that the album includes "almost every song I've ever written". Bannister's voice is silky smooth paired with a baritone ukulele that she completely owns playing several different ways throughout. Lyrically the album is cathartic staying close to home and relatable like an open book to her youth and coming of age experiences. Stylistically the songs sway from track to track with a different vibe, each song accented by changes of pace like a front porch conversation. Sometimes fast and excited and the next laid back and reminiscent.
- SC Scene

Sunday, August 31 2014
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)