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From the main stage of Raleigh, NC's prestigious Artsplosure in May 2012 to back-to-back annual wide-open performances in Dizzy Gillespie's hometown of Cheraw, at the SC Jazz Festival, the five member amalgam known as Sidecar Social Club, has quickly developed a loyal and tenacious fan base. Their easy rapport and shared love of music becomes a contagious, heartfelt celebration on stage. The past three years of steady performance has keenly focused the band's artful interpretations of songs from the Great American Songbook and sparked a growing number of infectious originals and re-imagined modern fare by artists such as Cake, Danny Elfman, and Queens of the Stoneage. SSC's shows are often standing-room-only affairs; and while the band frequently plays two to three nights back-to-back, their set list keeps fans guessing and dancers hopping by drawing from an ever-expanding catalog of speak-easy jazz, vintage R&B, real country, and modern pop.

In late 2011 front-woman-chanteuse, Lisa Veronica Wood, approached keyboardist J. Clarence Crew, Jr. with the idea of starting a jazz group. While maintaining a busy schedule composing for film and TV, Crew made time, along with bassist/recordist Aaron Bittikofer, to begin shaping the band's sound. The trio quickly found a common interest in stories and themes from the prohibition-era and the broken, battered and unrequited women of song. Crew had spent the previous twenty-odd years performing salsa, funk, and avant-garde in concerts and at jazz festivals with a number of organizations, while Bittikofer toured with the highly-regarded alternative band "Hipbone." Hailing from Buffalo, NY, Ms.Wood's professional career began in Key West, Fl, where she sang with small groups and nightclub combos. Wood fearlessly engages her audience, drawing them in from the start. Before landing in Raleigh she plied her craft with various bands in Toronto, Ontario, Cleveland, and LA. The addition of saxophonist F.O. Finch, III and drummer Edward Theolandos Butler completed the lineup. Finch, brimming with funk, jazz, and big band credentials, contributes an uplifting dose of New Orleans and blues-inspired playing to the mix. Butler's eclectic musical odyssey of thirty-plus years includes adventures in free-jazz, world music, theater, and Americana. He masterfully lays down a fat groove, layered with an evolving palette of percussive textures that keeps feet tapping and dancing as the only option.

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SHOWS

Wednesday
MAR 9
HUMBLE PIE (public) 8:30-11 PM DETAILS
Friday
MAR 11
NCMA - Art in the Evening (public) 5:30-8 PM DETAILS
Friday
MAR 18
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art (public) TBD DETAILS
Wednesday
MAR 23
HUMBLE PIE (public) 8:30-11 PM DETAILS
Saturday
APR 9
CAM RALEIGH / Boys & Girls Club Benefit TBD DETAILS
Wednesday
APR 13
HUMBLE PIE (public) 8:30-11 PM DETAILS
Wednesday
APR 27
HUMBLE PIE (public) 8:30-11 PM DETAILS
Thursday
APR 28
KIDS NOTES BENEFIT, Raleigh, NC TBD TBD
Saturday
MAY 7
PRIVATE PARTY - Cary Academy
Wednesday
MAY 11
HUMBLE PIE (public) 8:30-11 PM DETAILS
Friday
MAY 13
PRIVATE PARTY - NCSU Vet School
Saturday
MAY 14
Bee Ball, Raleigh, NC DETAILS
Friday
MAY 20
NCMA - Art in the Evening (public) 5:30-8 PM DETAILS
Wednesday
MAY 25
HUMBLE PIE (public) 8:30-11 PM DETAILS
Wednesday
JUNE 8
HUMBLE PIE (public) 8:30-11 PM DETAILS
Wednesday
JUNE 22
HUMBLE PIE (public) 8:30-11 PM DETAILS

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