EASTPORT, Maine — The Eastport Arts Center welcomes back the John Funkhouser Quartet (original progressive jazz) and Lowman (original indie rock) at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the center, 36 Washington St.
Last year these two bands, both featuring the same lineup of musicians, played in our upstairs theater for an enthusiastic and highly impressed audience.
This year we are kicking it up a notch and bringing the party downstairs! Funkhouser’s quartet, who self-identify as “Musicians without Borders”, starts off the night by incorporating all kinds of music into its modern jazz sound: Indian classical, heavy metal, deep blues, avant-garde, Western classical, and funky grooves.
Then, Lowman takes the stage with, as Christopher Dennis DiGuardia from Boston Band Crush called it, “a superbly entertaining and dynamically textured experience.” Dancing encouraged. Admission is $10, free for 18 and under.
The John Funkhouser Trio/Quartet has headlined the Jazz In June festival in Oklahoma City and played at major music festivals nationwide, including the Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Mellon Jazz Festival in Pittsburgh, PA, and Jazz In The Sangres in Westcliffe, CO. While concentrating mostly on the Northeast, Funkhouser’s trio has mounted two national tours, performing in nineteen cities including New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Kansas City and Denver. The band has played in such New York clubs as the Knitting Factory, Small’s, and Cornelia St. Cafe.
Lowman was created over the mutual desire to make music that incorporated the sophistication and improvisation of jazz with the intelligent songwriting and raw energy of rock. They pull influences from artists such as Elvis Costello, Arcade Fire, Morphine, Ben Folds, and Spoon. Over the past few years, Lowman has been building a reputations as one of the most powerful live acts in the Boston Area, performing at the Jamaica Plain Music Festival, the Granite State Music Festival, and being featured in the Boston Globe, Boston Band Crush, Allston Music, and on WAAF, WMBR, WESU, UNRegular Radio, among others.