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Grex in LA and Long Beach (6/12-6/14) + Vinny Golia, Liebig/Berardi, e

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Hey, all-

I haven't made a post like this a minute, but I thought that this particular run of dates might be interesting to Organissimo-ites of the Southern CA persuasion-

My art rock/psych trio Grex (http://www.grexsounds.com) has been in the midst of a very heavy regimen of recording, rehearsal, and giging, and whatever you wish to call the music that we've arrived at, I can say with some certainty that I've never been prouder of anything I've worked on in my life. It's the post-Hendrix/Dudu Pukwana/Deerhoof thing we've been trying to get to for ages.

We're bringing this new round of songs to LA for a few choice dates--the 1st (on June 12) with a new configuration of the Vinny Golia Ensemble. If you don't know Vinny, he's the daddy of the Nine Winds label and one of the true living legends of the LA Jazz scene (having worked with the likes of Bobby Bradford, John Carter, Alex Cline, Horace Tapscott, etc.).

On June 13, we're joined by a few LA experimental pop mainstays (Helene Renaut, My Hawaii) and a special duo of Steuart Liebig and Joe Berardi. Steuart has been bassist for Les McCann and Julius Hemphill (on the beautiful and atypical Georgia Blue), and Joe Berardi is an LA session heavyhitter (with the great band Non Credo and, surprisingly, Megan Mullally's group--he can actually be seen on a few episodes of Parks and Recreation).

June 14 is our sole Long Beach date and features one of the great local psych/prog ensembles (Karl?)--it's an opportunity to stretch out at a venue that that is shockingly (1) clean and (2) very hospitable to adventurous music.

The dates:

Grex w/Vinny Golia Ensemble
June 12, 8-10pm (7:30pm doors)

@ Ham & Eggs Tavern
433 W 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014
$5 Cover

Grex w/My Hawaii, Helene Renaut, Joe Berardi/Steuart Liebig
June 13, 8pm Doors/8:30pm Music

@ Human Resources
410 Cottage Home, Los Angeles, CA 90012
$7 Cover

Grex w/Karl?
June 14, 6pm-9pm
(Grex on 1st)
@ 4th Street Vine
2142 E 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90814
Free/Donations Accepted

Of course, we'd love to see some O folks. There's great music happening everywhere--naturally, we're just hoping (and trying) to add to it.


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Oooo I might try to catch that Ham & Eggs show. Love some Vinny. Just hate commuting into Los Angeles on Friday's. Might try and swing through on Sunday since its a couple blocks from me. Depends on what plans I have that I haven't been informed of.

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The last I'll post on this, but the band is in LA and primed to play tonight (6/12) with Mr. Golia at Ham & Eggs Tavern. Doors at 7:30pm, show at 8pm. For obvious (communal) reasons, there has been this momentous, uncanny energy in the music over the course of the past couple of days, and I'm looking forward to engaging with it.

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