THE BAND

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From the main stage of Raleigh, NC's prestigious Artsplosure in May 2012 to back to back annual performances in Dizzy Gillespie's hometown of Cheraw at the SC Jazz Festival, the five member amalgam known as Sidecar Social Club has quickly developed a loyal and tenacious fan base. Regular monthly gigs at Raleigh's Humble Pie, C-Grace, and the NC Museum of Art for the past two years has given the band a chance to subtly hone their interpretations of tunes from the Great American Songbook. The repertoire is peppered with a growing number of originals and re-imagined contemporary fare by artists such as Cake, Danny Elfman, and Queens of the Stoneage. SSC's shows are commonly standing-room-only affairs, and while the band frequently plays two to three nights back to back, the set list draws from an ever-expanding catalog of speak-easy jazz, vintage R&B, real country, and modern pop that keeps fans guessing and dancers hopping.

Front-woman chanteuse Lisa Veronica Wood fearlessly engages the crowd from start to finish with her singular sense of style. Hailing from Buffalo, NY, Wood's professional career began in Key West, Fl, where she sang with small groups (and occasionally a cappella). Before landing in Raleigh she plied her craft with bands in Toronto, Ontario, Cleveland, and LA. In late 2011 she approached keyboardist J. Clarence Crew, Jr. with the idea of starting a jazz group. While maintaining a busy schedule composing for film and TV, Crew made time, along with bassist/recordist Aaron Bittikofer, to began jamming and the trio quickly found a common interest in songs and themes from the prohibition-era. Crew had spent the previous twenty-odd years performing salsa, funk, and avant-garde in concerts and at jazz festivals with a number of organizations, while Bittikofer toured with the highly-regarded alternative band "Hipbone." The addition of saxophonist F.O. Finch, III and drummer Edward Theolandos Butler completed the lineup. Finch, brimming with funk, jazz, and big band credentials, contributes an intoxicating dose of New Orleans and blues-inspired playing to the mix. Butler's eclectic musical odyssey of thirty-plus years includes adventures in free-jazz, world music, theater, and Americana. He masterfully lays down a fat groove layered with an evolving palette of percussive textures that keeps feet tapping and booties shaking. The chemistry among the quintet is palpable; they have a great time together on stage and treat each performance as if it were their first and last!

 

SHOWS

Fri
DEC 19
PRIVATE EVENT
(CAM)
Wed
DEC 31
First Night Raleigh - NYE Show
Fri
JAN 9
C GRACE 9:00pm-1:00am VENUE DETAILS
Wed
JAN 14
HUMBLE PIE 8:30-11:00pm VENUE DETAILS
Wed
JAN 28
HUMBLE PIE 8:30-11:00pm VENUE DETAILS
Fri
Jan 30
NCMA 5:30-8:00pm VENUE DETAILS
Wed
FEB 11
HUMBLE PIE 8:30-11:00pm VENUE DETAILS
Fri
FEB 13
C GRACE 9:00pm-1:00am VENUE DETAILS
Wed
FEB 25
HUMBLE PIE 8:30-11:00pm VENUE DETAILS
Fri
FEB 27
BEYU CAFE 8:00-11:00pm VENUE DETAILS
Wed
MAR 11
HUMBLE PIE 8:30-11:00pm VENUE DETAILS
Wed
MAR 25
HUMBLE PIE 8:30-11:00pm VENUE DETAILS
Sat
APR 4, 2015
PRIVATE EVENT
Fri
APR 17, 2015
PRIVATE EVENT

 

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