After the album release last year and some performances in Europe, Arthur’s Landing  opened to new creative avenues,  resulting in a branching out of some group members into new  groups.

The new Arthur’s Landing “coup de balai” headed by Steven Hall (lead vocals, guitar) includes a super-funk rhythm section with Mustafa Ahmed on percussion, Lionel Rice on drums and Carlos Hernandez on bass, and myself on piano, synth, vocals and projection art.

 The other group called “Bear 54” consists of Joyce Bowden, vocals and guitar, Bill Ruyle, drums, Ernie Brooks, bass and vocals, Peter Zummo on trombone and Jerry Harrison on keys (formerly with Talking Heads and Modern Lovers as was Ernie).

Both groups will perform tomorrow night at Le  Poisson Rouge for a special Arthur Russell Tribute and Benefit Concert (for Queens Artists’ Resource Collective and Gay Men Health Crisis),  this event marking a 20-year anniversary.

Arthur’s Landing will be joined by guest performers Jonathan Hirschman, guitar, Alex Waterman, cello, Zach Layton, guitar and James Duncan, trumpet, also featuring Bill Ruyle (who plays with both bands) on hammered dulcimer.

I am all for it… it’s a positive way to solve creative differences and continue the mission of making the music of Arthur Russell stay alive.

The band schedule for Wednesday, April 4 at Le Poisson Rouge is as follows:

First Nature – 8:00pm
The Forms – 8:30pm
The Kennys – 9:00pm
Bear 54 – 9:30pm
Arthur’s Landing – 10:30pm

Le Poisson Rouge
158  Bleecker Street betw. Thompson and Sullivan
Admission $10
To purchase tickets online go to: www.lepoissonrouge.com

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