Furtado, Burhoe headline concert
The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities will serve up desserts, coffee and an evening of jamming folk-groove music when Tony Furtado performs with Ty Burhoe at a coffeehouse concert Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Carbondale Community School, 1505 Dolores Way.
Opening performance is Matt Johnson and Boneyard.
True to form, this CCAH coffeehouse promises Tony Furtado fans an intimate concert, with close cafe and general admission seating and a rare duo performance, as Furtado shares the stage with percussion virtuoso Ty Burhoe.
Furtado blends an awesome combination of musical styles into a unique sound. With elements from traditional American and Irish folk music, funk, blues, jazz and beyond, his music is rich in culture and deep in groove.
Barely out of his 20s, he is accepted as one of the major innovators on the acoustic scene today. Already a world-class banjo player, Furtado has devoted himself to mastering slide guitar and pushing his touring band into new frontiers. Furtado’s live sets are steeped in roots-rock, blues, Celtic, funk and world beat grooves.
A native of California, Furtado began playing banjo at age 11. By 19, he won the first of his two National Bluegrass Banjo Championships (the other in 1991) and began recording and touring with many of the current masters of the genre (Laurie Lewis, Tony Trischka, Jerry Douglas, Alison Krauss, Tim O’Brien, etc.). He has played numerous venues, from the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco and the Fox Theater in Boulder to the House of Blues in New Orleans and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Strawberry Music Festival in Yosemite, Calif., to name a few.
Burhoe is a percussionist, recording artist and producer in San Francisco. His passion for the classical music of North India inspires him to weave music of different traditions together. Burhoe is known for his unusual and creative collaborations, along with his explorations in finding new musical settings for the tabla drums.
He studied wind and string instruments when he was young and revived his interest in music in 1990, when he became a disciple of the great drumming virtuoso Ustad Zakir Hussain of India. Within two years Burhoe was working as a full-time percussionist, focusing mainly on tabla and frame drums.
The list of musicians he has worked with spans the globe: in jazz – pianist Art Lande, bass virtuoso Kai Eckhardt, jazz harmonica player Howard Levy and horn player Paul McCandless; in folk, country, and bluegrass – Bela Fleck, Peter Rowan, Charles Satrel, Sally Van Meter and Daral Anger; in progressive music – Kitaro, Tibetan flutist Nawang Khechog, flamenco guitarist Miguel Espinoza Curandero, composer/pianist Bill Douglas, David Hykes, Peter Kater, Carlos Nakai, vocalist Tina Malia; and with classical Indian musicians.
Local musicians Matt Johnson (guitar, vocals and primary songwriter); Marc Bruell (bass); and Frank Martin (lead guitar, percussion) make up the alternative folk band, Boneyard.
Carbondale resident and fine artist Matt Johnson plays guitar and vocals and is the primary songwriter for Boneyard. Carbondalian Marc Bruell performs on bass, and well-known Carbondale musician Frank Martin plays lead guitar and percussion.
The band’s focus is on its lyrics, said Johnson, who describes their music as “folk with stubble.” Boneyard played at a number of venues throughout the valley and recently branched out and played to a receptive audience in Salida.
The musical interests of Bruell and Johnson brought them together nearly two years ago. Martin joined the duo in September.
“Anyone who’s seen me before should come out, because they’ll be surprised at what my music has become,” Johnson says, noting that the music is tighter. “Now with the three of us, there’s a musical aspect that wasn’t there before. There’s a musicality that has gelled.”
Tony Furtado with Ty Burhoe (opening is the local band, Matt Johnson and Boneyard)
7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16 (doors open at 6:45 p.m. for coffee and sweets)
Carbondale Community School, 1505 Dolores Way
Cafe seating: CCAH members $12, nonmembers $16, students $7
General admission: Members $10, nonmembers $14, students $5
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