A Chandler Travis is a rare musical genius, residing primarily on the Cape Cod peninsula, comprised of wonderfully wackadoo concepts and lyrics. The Chandler Travis Phillharmonic served as the opening band for the late great comic George Carlin, and his Three O will return to the Stoltz Listening Room this Saturday, November 8th, at 8:00pm. After peering into Chandler's mind, you can reserve your tickets HERE.
Well, we really like the Avalon. We're, like, totally enamored, which is why we keep coming down there, even though it's a not-particularly-practical 9 hours or so away from our homes on the Cape of Cod as the crow flies. If you walk, it's even longer. So, location-wise, for me, this place sucks. BUT! Fact is, we love the rooms, and we love the folks, especially Suzy ‘n Tim, who took us under their wings years ago (and sometimes there's quite a few of us, so they've clearly got large-size wings; plus they're both just kinda lovable).
The Chandler Travis Philharmonic played there first, some years back, in the big room, which was just glorious -there's no type of venue I prefer to old movie theaters, they're just the best, and the Avalon is not only one of the loveliest, but one of the most idiosyncratic. Plus, it sounds great -we were in hog heaven in that regard. The Philharmonic can be challenging to the casual listener, but we were delighted to discover a tiny legion of serious music zealots / weirdos who -lo and behold! -seemed to actually Get It!
In recent years we've returned a few times to the Stoltz Listening room with a couple of my smaller line-ups: dignified chamber pot specialists the Chandler Travis Three-O, and guitar hog hooligans the Catbirds, in every instance enjoying ourselves mightily, and we're headed back there with the Three-O this Saturday with a satchel of new tunes that we're looking forward to brutalizing in public.
Actually, in case you don't know the Three-O, may I virtually introduce our string bassist John Clark; our keyboardist / clarinetist / saxophonist Berke McKelvey; and Fred Boak, who does practically nothing. Actually they all sing, and Fred is also an accomplished ballerina (I use the term loosely), and an absolutely indispensable valet (when he's not playing scrabble.)
The Three-O's latest album, “This Is What Bears look Like Underwater”, came out in early 2013, but actually, I'll bet our next album will be even later. This probably all sounds ridiculous, but the music is quite serious at times. Please forgive this intrusion -I didn't know you were busy.