Kenosha KidKenosha Kid+Shane Parish & Sean Dail Duo+Ghost Trees

~three cities, three adventurous acts performing rotating sets in the round~

Thursday Feb 27, Goodyear Arts, Charlotte NC
Friday Feb 28, Fleetwood’s, Asheville, NC
Saturday Feb 29, Hendershot’s, Athens, GA

The southeastern US isn’t exactly known for progressive jazz movements, and perhaps in this isolation exotic flowers can grow. The improvised music scene is a small world and thru the past decade these artists have hosted one another in various forms and shapes. It makes sense that Athens GA’s Kenosha Kid, Asheville NC’s Shane Parish and Charlottes NC’s Ghost Trees would associate. For this one weekend, these three acts will be venturing out together and offering a bouquet of fresh sounds to each band’s respective hometown.

Based in the humid indie-rock haven of Athens, Georgia, Kenosha Kid has supplied the world with their own unique blend of modern-jazz-meets-college-radio for over a decade. In 2004, bandleader Dan Nettles emerged with a flame of inspiration, a worldwide host of collaborators and a focused sense of purpose: Build a scene, write for people you know, and listen to your creative heart regardless of music idiom. Nettles has been doing just that for over a decade, on his own terms and in multiple locations.

Starting with the release of Projector [2005], Kenosha Kid has provided a steady string of content: a DVD/CD package featuring an all-new score for Buster Keaton’s silent film Steamboat Bill, Jr [2008], the vinyl release of Fahrenheit [2009], the creation of an extensive Bandcamp archive which houses over 40 live shows, the powerhouse twin sonic pillars Inside Voices [2015] and Outside Choices [2017], and most recently in February 2019 Missing Pieces, which features a striking two-guitar incarnation augmented by three-piece string section.

Now in early 2020, Kenosha Kid morphs back into a trio incarnation and features Nettles alongside relaxed veterans of varied musical scenes, Seth Hendershot on the drums and Luca Lombardi on acoustic bass.

“A mash-up between contemporary jazz, alt-rock and jam-band ethos, Kenosha Kid cast a wicked spell… Nettles… is an understated yet arresting guitarist and an accomplished composer with an ear for a good hook…” – All About Jazz

“…free from labels and genre…the Athens, Georgia quartet is out with their strongest release yet… [a] heady journey of rock, prog, jazz and funk” –JamBase

Guitarist Shane Parish and drummer Sean Dail played together in the progressive rock band Ahleuchatistas from 2002-2008, appearing on four albums together, on John Zorn’s Tzadik Records and on Cuneiform Records. After Dail’s departure, Ahleuchatistas carried on and Parish ventured into a wide world of improvised music and folkloric interpretations, while Dail explored motorik trance states and surf guitar rambles. After a 12 year hiatus, they return together again as The Shane Parish & Sean Dail Duo, with their Beefheartian sensibilities intact and their uncanny psychic musical connection even more profoundly synched up then when they were wee lads in their 20’s banging out idiosyncratic math rock around the world.

“Like Chick Corea meets King Crimson!” –guy at first show of the Shane Parish & Sean Dail Duo

Ghost Trees are Seth Nanaa (drums) and Brent Bagwell (tenor saxophone). Nanaa (ex-Indian Summer) and Bagwell met in NYC in 2000. Along with bassist Jordon Schranz, they formed The Eastern Seaboard. That trio toured the US relentlessly, releasing two records with legendary Italian label Black Saint and a fistful of vinyl and CDs from Tigerasylum Records.

After playing together for over a decade, they began investigating the duo format in earnest and released their debut 10″ picture disc on the Future Recordings label in 2012. September of 2014 saw the release of their LP, The New Gravity. In June of 2016, the duo – expanded to a big band as part of a month-long residency at Goodyear Arts – released a double 7″ called Goodyear. Their most recent effort, an LP entitled The Fascination, was released in October of 2017.

“Gritty yet sensitive improv know-how…” – Time Out New York

“…furious cacophony and subtle melodicism, each permutation feeding off its counterpart.” – Creative Loafing