e-Percussionist E. 'Doc' Smith leads Drummstick 2 Performance

E. Doctor Smith's original invention, the Drummstick, has a vertical design that enhances his ability to digitally tap, slap, flam, and roll. This new CD showcases the versatility of his instrument and presents truly inspired left-the-box-way-behind music that smacks you up one side of your head while caressing you down the other. Next Wednesday night, May 23rd, Doc brings his invention as well as his D.C. based ensemble to the Madrone Lounge, at Fell and Divisadero Streets.

For the Drummstick's 10th anniversary, Doc reassembled many of the musicians from the Drummstick's debut release in 2000, as well as some great new ones. Rejoining Doc for Drummstick 2 are bassist and co-producer Celia DuBose; Jack Wright with his array of electric guitars and loops; Neil Mezebish on acoustic and MIDI saxes; trumpeter and Feat of Clay co-founder the "Mad Swede," aka Eric Dahlman; and his long-time collaborator and K2 co-founder Seth "Elgie" Elgart on assorted iBooks, vintage synthesizers, keyboards and samples. Also joining Doc is bassist Mike Shea, who recorded with Doc's latest ensemble, Robert Anbian and UFQ: The Unidentified Flying Quartet, featuring poet Robert Anbian, saxophonist Charles Unger, and pianist Sam Peoples.

E. Doctor Smith began his musical journey as a teenager playing percussion in the District of Columbia Youth Orchestra and in Maryland’s Montgomery County Youth Orchestra. Inspired by the Miles Davis fusion bands of the mid-70s, he continued his studies with Paul Sears, drummer of the Muffins. His first group, Oranus Rey, featured guitarist Paul Bollenback, bassist Ed Howard, and saxophonist Tim Chambers.

In 1980 Doc moved to New York where he met fellow Music Building tenants Madonna and her co-writer, Stephen Bray. With Bray, Doc performed in the Breakfast Club and The Same. The Same was produced by Brian Eno and featured keyboardist Carter Burwell, guitarist Chip Johannsen, singer Cloda Simmons, bassist Stanley Adler, and the motto "Semper Mutants."

Following Bray and Madonna to Los Angeles, Doc assisted on many of Madonna's biggest albums as well as other of Bray's projects including Nick Kamen, Gladys Knight, The Breakfast Club, Brian Ferry, and Steel Pulse. In L.A. Doc’s sound engineering skills were honed in sessions working alongside Michael Verdick and Tony Shepperd. Back on the East Coast, Doc performed with the New England groups K2, Flash to Bangtime, and Feat of Clay using a Simmons kit he called the “Beast." Inspired by that of British drummer Bill Bruford, Doc’s 12-piece kit was the first embodiment of his love of digital drums.

In 1995, as a member of the trio Between The Lines, Doc designed and built the Drummstick, a percussion controller consisting rather humbly of a 2x6 piece of wood with 16 finger-pads. Borne of a desire to walk on stage, plug in and play like a guitarist, while accessing his beloved and virtually infinite world of digital sounds, Doc’s Drummstick developed a life of its own.

In 2000 Doc debuted his first CD of original music, The Drummstick, with his band of the same name, which featured core members Jack Wright on guitar, Neil Mezebish on horns, and Celia DuBose on bass. That year he also performed using the Drummstick with guitar legends including Bon Lozago of Gong, Tom Principato, Bill Kirchen, Paul Bollenback, as well as bansurist John Wubbenhorst, tabla master Sandip Burman, and the famed Howard Levy.

Now living in and loving San Francisco, Doc performed at the Edgetone New Music Summit of 2006 with horn player Eric Dahlman. He is thrilled at the 2007 release of a new Drummstick 2 CD, a long-distance collaboration with the original Drummstick band and other musical friends (and the re-release of his first Drummstick CD) on Edgetone Records.

The Drummstick 2 CD Release Party
Madrone Lounge
500 Divisadero St.
San Francisco
9pm $5 Cover
also with DJ True Justice & Triple Avenue

The Druid Sisters Tea Party

Deep in the redwood forests of Northern California comes the new band, DRUID SISTERS TEA PARTY, an all girl groove band that you cannot sit still for. Mixing Celtic jigs with fat funky jungle grooves, adding beautiful lead female trance type vocals that move from drifty and dreamy to kick butt, acoustic and electric guitar adds spice and rock, deep earthy cello holds the bottom down...from Ireland to the Middle East it's a fun and up dance treat.

If you are anywhere near the bay area please join them next Saturday night for an evening of beauty, trance, fun and dance. The DRUID SISTERS are releasing their new LIVE CD, “GYPSY LOVE CARAVAN” Sat. May 19th at the Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley.

Opening the concert at 9 pm is Didjeridu Master Stephen Kent, with a special performance, then joining good friends Eda Maxym and the Imagination Club. A full set of Eda’s glorious smoky vocals and the Club’s cool fusion of Trance-Rock-World-Jazz including Stephen adding the Tribal.

Then The DRUID SISTERS will jump up on stage with two sets of Dancing Music. DRUIDS is Gypsy-Girl-Groove gone wild, Celtic-Tribal-World-Dance, Afro-Celt meets PeleJuJu. Claudia Paige plays jungle-tribal hypnotic drum grooves, from big band to one lone native on a hill, but bring your dancing moccasins, ‘cause you never can sit still. Kathy Buys gets your jig on with Celtic fiddle jigs and reels. Traditional Irish? Yeah right, with a twist! Marcie Brown adding Swirling gypsy style cello, Kate Aragon adds the big fat bottomed bass driving the sisters on home, and Cyoakha Grace O’Manion adds her delightful World-Trance vocals & strange Pagan lyrics. Krystov from Land of the Blind becomes an honorary SISTER for the night and brings Deep Earth Didjeridu out of the closet!

STARRY PLOUGH, 3101 Shattuck Ave
SAT. MAY 19TH, 9:00 PM
Berkeley, CA

Rent Romus is a musician, producer, and the mastermind behind Edgetone Records, an artist-run new music label and its umbrella organization the Ultra Independent Recording Coalition, an artist-owned and operated distribution portal for new music. Romus also curates the San Francisco-based Luggage Store Gallery New Music Series, the SIMM Series, and Outsound Presents…, an artist collective for live performance.