Moroccan dosed Psychedelic Dub Jazz Collective – Doors at 9pm.
$15 adv & at the door
Special Seating: $50 reserves one of seven tables surrounding the performance area for you and 1 guest (free but must be 21+)
Mike Rivard’s Moroccan dosed psychedelic groove collective, Club d’Elf returns to the warm embrace of the Lizard Lounge with their usual stellar cast of musicians-tonight featuring Roger Miller (Alloy Orchestra, Mission of Burma keyboards), Tom Hall (sax), Pete Aleksi (guitar), Mister Rourke (turntables), Mike Rivard (bass & sintir), and Dean Johnston (drums).
Formed in 1998 by Rivard with the encouragement of Morphines Mark Sandman (who guested with the group until his death in 99), the music draws from a startlingly wide spectrum of styles, including jazz, hip hop, electronica, avant garde, prog-rock and dub. Under the tutelage of member Brahim Fribgane (who hails from Casablanca) the band absorbed Moroccan trance influences and frequently adds this element to the mix. Audiences of all persuasions are drawn to Fribgane’s mesmerizing oud stylings and Rivard’s commanding playing of the Moroccan sintir, a 3 string bass lute used by the Gnawa people of Morocco, a mystical brotherhood of trance-healers. Derived from such ancient sources as these, trance forms the central core of the Club dElf aesthetic, unifying all of the various genres the band has absorbed.