Everybody’s favorite annual holiday tradition continues with the 2018 edition of Merely Chadmas featuring Eugene Chadbourne and company in four different sets from The Lost Eddie Chatterbox Trio, The Country Chadbournes, The 13 Society, and The Insect & Western Party. Music starts at 7pm.
On Friday February 3, I’ll be playing in a special trio with Molly & Eugene Chadbourne opening for the great Lonnie Holley at King’s (14. W. Martin St. Raleigh). Doors at 8:30, show starts at 9pm. $10/12
Eugene Chadbourne Presents the International Wonder of Weird Songbook every Monday in January at Neptune’s Parlour. Featuring a rotating army of weirdos including the Chadbourne Family Singers (Molly, Lizzie, and Jenny Chadbourne), Carrie Shull, Laurent Estoppey, James Gilmore. Dave Doyle. Joe Westerlund, myself, and other assorted oddities.
Doors at 8pm. Music at 8:30pm. $8 at the door.
The good Dr. Chadbourne returns with a band of kranks & kooks to finish what we started last summer. Every Monday in February New Directions in Appalachian Music returns to Neptunes Parlour. In change from last summer, the show starts at 9pm and there will be one 90 minute set. According to the Doc “this is to try to make sense of the audience attendance patterns we experienced in the past and of course eliminates the hassle of fetching musicians from the bar at breaktime.“
You can check out videos from last summer’s residency here. Click on the photo above or here to read IndyWeek’s article on the Doc from last summer.
From the Doctor:
Saturday, December 27th
Mack and Mack’s
Downtown Greensboro, North Carolina
Eugene, Molly and Lizzie Chadbourne star in the first annual MERELY CHADMAS, which we guarantee has absolutely nothing do with Christmas but plenty to do with Doc Chad’s ever evolving musical relationship with his daughters.
The evening will be an overview of their past hits i.e. The Early Years but will also include highlights of Eugene and Molly’s recent appearances together onstage in Amsterdam, Utrecht and Guern and a selection of surprising cover
versions selected by Lizzie.
The evening will also celebrate the publication of Dreamory, Eugene’s autobiographical collection of dreams and diaries, finally available after decades of preparation. Copies of the book will be available for sale.
David Doyle, Mandolin, French Horn and insanity
Jimmy Gilmore, Electric Guitar
David Menestres, Acoustic Bass
special guest! Sam Gingher, piano
Hot on the heals of July’s residency in Raleigh, Dr. Eugene Chadbourne’s New Directions in Appalachian Music hits Friday August 22 at 8pm at Mack and Mack in Greensboro. Expect EC originals as well as standards by Cyndi Lauper, John Prine, Duke Ellington, Melvina Reynolds, Ray Davies, Thelonious Monk, Willie Nelson, and many others. Or perhaps we’ll play none of that. Who knows?
You can check out some videos from July below
Video from Monday night’s New Directions in Appalachian Music performance has been posted by IndyWeek. They also wrote a great article about Eugene Chadbourne complete with quotes from your favorite jerk.
Following the the success of last summer’s Insect & Western Residency, Dr. Eugene Chadbourne has reassembled a band to reconstruct the past and alter your perceptions of what Appalachian Music can be. Featuring a slew of original Chadbourne compositions plus key compositions from the past (including music from Duke Ellington, Cyndi Lauper, Rick James, Joe Walsh, Captain Beefheart, and many more) this is music that will kick down your doors of perception and permanently alter your mind. Or at the very least you can have a beer and enjoy some weirdness.
The band includes a rotating cast of pranksters including:
Ken Ray Wilemon
and other kooks
The party start at 8pm every Monday in July at Neptune’s Parlour in downtown Raleigh. $5.
Eugene Chadbourne’s foremost reputation is that of a wild-eyed experimentalist, a zany pied piper who plays electrified yard utensils and modifies guitars to pursue the outer limits of expression. But Chadbourne, who has lived in Greensboro for the last three decades, has lone worked from a core of tradition, rupturing the songs and forms he loves only in an endless quest to find new meanings and values for old music. Last year, for instance, he collaborated with a Brooklyn band on Merles Just Want to Have Fun, a vivid reimagining of Merle Haggard favorites. During this month-long residency of Mondays, Chadbourne will resurrect his New Directions in Appalachian Music project with a wide net or area improvisers. The songbook collects standards new and old, obvious and esoteric (Rick James, meet Duke Ellington; The Beatles, meet Joe Walsh) and attempts to rupture and then rebuild them one by one. Chadbourne is a bona fide American original, a pioneer of extreme crossover plundering and pillaging. This is a rare chance to watch a legend move at will. 8 p.m., $5 (suggested donation), kingsbarcade.com. — Grayson Haver Currin