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DISCONNECT 6 & A HALF:
In other news... The Ratcheteens (Myself, Nick Mazzarella and Anton Hatwich) are disappointed to announce that The Skylark will be shutting down the creative music series, The Ratchet Series, after 6 and a half years of dedicated eggshell-walkin'. In short, a few noise complaints did the trick. Though it was never the ideal place to present challenging music, it was home to many musicians who fit in-between scenes, and home to many fans of weird music. The Ratchet Series had a special place in the Chicago music continuum, and we served a community with very few creative music opportunities with pride, for free, and without hesitation (we only cancelled 2 mondays in 6 years.)
Rich Corpolongo taught us that the 'classic tune repertoire' can be approached with the same kind of freedom as a free improvisation set. Eli Namay taught us that you don't have to be in your late 30's 40's or 50's to have a thoughtful, mature, personal approach/concept. Bill MacKay showed us consistency in quality of performance is achievable - night after night. Cameron Pfiffner taught all of us about magic, (real fucking magic!) in music - both when he played and when he listened. Avreeayl Ra taught us about playing music like every night is your last. I could list for hours examples of the heavy scene we ratcheteens were fortunate to take part.
Please come out and support the last few performances we have coming up:
3/17 Ted Sirota Trio
3/24 Nick Broste Quartet
3/31 Rich Halley Trio
ON AN UP NOTE:
Also, be aware that the Ratchet Series will still continue our HOUSE CONCERT SERIES. Our next one will feature one of my favorite, uncategorizable musicians: TONY MALABY performing solo on Saturday, April 5th. (He'll be in Chicago April 1st-6th performing and recording with Jason Roebke and myself, too)