Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Susan Cowsill Band To Headline New Orleans Grand Opening Celebration

NEW ORLEANS: The Grand Opening Celebration for the brand new Euclid Records store in New Orleans will take place all day Labor Day weekend Sept. 4 & 5. The barbecue from the Pearl Kitchen will be delicious, and the music will be spectacular. In addition, the performances by the Susan Cowsill Band, who will be featuring a guest appearance by Brian Henneman of the Bottle Rockets, will be recorded for release on a 7” single next year. Euclid Records is located at 3401 Chartres Street in the Bywater Region.

Susan Cowsill, the youngest of the classic pop band the Cowsills, has adopted New Orleans as her hometown since 1993, and her song “Crescent City Snow” took on anthemic properties for the survivors of Katrina in 2004. Her latest album, “Lighthouse,” is a tour de force of songwriting craftsmanship, with lyrics devoted to the pain of loss and separation she felt after the storm not only took her belongings and home, but the life of her brother Barry. Cowsill’s band will be joined by Bottle Rockets lead singer and guitarist Brian Henneman, who sat in with her to rave reviews at a pair of St. Louis concerts last month.

The complete line-up of the two-day Grand Opening is:

Saturday 9/4
1 Tom McDermott
2 Blind Texas Marlin
3 Happy Talk Band
4 Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns
5 Susan Cowsill Band featuring Brian Henneman
6 Guitar Lightnin’ Lee

Sunday 9/5
1 Susan Cowsill Band featuring Brian Henneman
2 Kindest Lines
3 Felix
4 R. Scully & the Rough Seven
5 Mountain of Wizard
6 MC Trachiotomy

Euclid Records has recorded a number of live performances at the St. Louis store and released the best cuts from each on a series of limited edition 7” singles. $1 for each one pressed will be donated to the New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund (NOMRF) to benefit musicians displaced or suffering loss of equipment in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Each record is accompanied by a beautiful silk screen cover created by some of the best artists working in the country today. The series so far can be viewed at www.euclidsessions.com. Needless to say, Euclid Records is excited at the prospect of recording the finest musicians who call New Orleans home, or who spend extra time visiting the city.

Euclid Records New Orleans is open Monday through Saturday, 11 am to 7 pm, and Sunday 12-6. The phone number is 504-947-7348.

Paul H. Alpert to Appear at Euclid Records St. Louis

Paul H. Alpert, the local performer who is described as a singer/songwriter on one side, and a blues/jazz guy on the other, will be appearing Friday night, Aug. 27, at 7 pm. Alpert, who will appear with his band “3,” will be the second in the monthly series of local artists performing in Euclid Records on the last Friday of the month as part of the Webster Groves Finale Friday events. Euclid Records is located at 601 E. Lockwood in Webster Groves.

Paul H. Alpert was born in Baltimore, Maryland, but raised in St. Louis. In 1974, at age 12, he picked up his first guitar, and has spent the rest of his life mastering a wide variety of styles, from blues approaches to fingerpicking, always with a strong sense of melody. Think Stephen Stills or Jorma Kaukonen to get your first impression. Alpert plays in ten different tunings. In addition to guitar, Alpert plays bass, piano, and banjo. The songs he writes are sometimes sarcastic, often humorous, and full of heart.

Alpert’s debut album, “Curb Appeal,” is all instrumental, and his next album, “Indented,” will feature his vocals. He will be playing songs from both albums in this performance. For more information on Alpert, check out his Myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/paulhalpert.

Finale Friday has been kicking around the Webster Groves merchants for a while now, but Euclid Records is committed to it in a bigger way with this new series of local performances. On the last Friday of each month, Euclid Records will feature a local musician or band performing on the store’s lovely stage.