Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Don't Miss The Soul Train THIS Friday

Yes, Washington has always had a connection to New Orleans- the train with that most wonderful romantic name Southern Crescent being just one of them. And-even better-there's always been the music to help us transcend politics so if you crave a break from all that head on over to Iota in Arlington this Friday for DC's newly formed power group King Soul the first local appearance of Thousand $ Car. Here's the skinny from band members Nick Ruggieri and Jake Flack.

First the "truth and soul" from Nick:
KING SOUL put together as an extension of Tom Clifford's days down in Austin, TX, where the first King Soul Band was born. The vibe and feel of that music and those times led Tom to pursue the same musical material with a DC line-up, upon his return from the south. He got in touch with his old band mate from the Thangs, Jake Flack, who had worked with Tom in Austin and was also eager to put a southern soul band together. They gave a call to Nick Ruggieri, DC area drummer and part time musical pimp, who went about filling in the musical chairs to come up with an 8 piece unit. Nick brought in the wonderful Tam Sullivan on Soul Organ and Jon Combs on Bass. The Phat Horns fill up the sound with DC's finest: Chris Watling on Bari Sax, Matt Rippetoe on Tenor Sax & Mr. Dynamic himself, Joe Hererra, on Trumpet. This band enjoys nothing more than putting out a down and dirty dance groove that will turn any night into an all out dance party.

Opening the Show is Thousand $ Car from New Orleans. You might know Jake Flack from The Rhodes Tavern Troubadours. They are a great rocking band that always tears up the stage and will be a super compliment to the King Soul Review. This one is not to be missed, people! It will be a great night of music from musicians who love nothing better than to see people smiling and swaying and letting themselves go where the music takes them.

And the rest of the story from Mister Jake:
Thousand $ Car first pulled out of a garage in Uptown New Orleans in the mid 1990s. Four longtime friends with shared musical pasts joined forces to become one of New Orleans's favorite local bands. Their sound was based on the bedrock of Louisiana music, their songs had more hooks than a fishing boat in Bayou Teche, and their shows were all about having fun and celebrating life in New Orleans. Over a six year period they played close to 400 shows and shared the stage with dozens of great bands including The Iguanas, Alex Chilton, Wilco, The Radiators, The Bluerunners, The Continental Drifters, Cowboy Mouth, NRBQ. Their shows were like a party where most everyone knew each other.

Tom Stern and Jake Flack (guitars) lived together in Austin in the late 1980s. They both wound up in New Orleans and called old pals John Maloney (drums) and Rob Savoy (bass) to start the band. John and Rob are from Lafayette and were in the Bluerunners, a pioneering band that combined Zydeco, punk, Cajun Music, and roots rock into a new sound that got them signed to Island Records. After a year Rob left to join Cowboy Mouth and Steve Watson moved over from Austin to fill the bass chair. (Steve and Jake grew up together in DC and formed the Neptunes while still in high school. )
Thousand $ Car is thrilled to be making its first ever DC appearance opening for King Soul at Iota. It's going to be a night of old friends having a ball making music that makes you smile. It's going to be a hell of a party!

Amen, brothers.

Show starts at 9

(And if all this isn't enough formal local sax player Derek Houston will be joining the fray in The Car.)

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