75 DOLLAR BILL
Let’s get one thing straight, 75 Dollar Bill may well be the best band in the game right now, so we’re ecstatic about making this gig happen.
Since getting together some time in 2012, 75 Dollar Bill have mastered stripping down rock & roll to its elemental parts and rebuilding it in their own image. Percussionist Rick Brown escews the drum kit, instead beating out lurching and insistent rhythms on a deeply resonating plywood box, accentuated with shakers, bells, and fragments of scrap metal. Over this, guitarist Che Chen teases out longform modulating riffs of modal blues on 12-string, or elognated equal-tempered quartertone ostinato on a 6-string refretted on a visit to Mauritania. Often augmented by a rotating cast of horn and string players, along with additional extended wailings from Brown on homemade reed instruments, the band’s hypnotic, minimal grooves exist in a liminal state between African desert blues, free jazz, proto-punk, Southern boogie, and ecstatic Arabic chaabi. Their last two albums, 2015′s «Wooden Bag» and 2016′s «Wood/Metal/Plastic/Pattern/Rhythm/Rock», are some of the most essential records to have been released this decade, and their live UK debut at Cafe Oto last year was every bit as vital as you could hope it to be. If have even the slightest interest in “other” music, catching 75 Dollar Bill is of paramount importance.
Sue Garner has been playing with different groups and solo since the late 70’s. Two solo records To Run More Smoothly and Shadyside, and a duo LP with Rick Brown, Still, were released on Thrill Jockey. Earlier groups Run On and The Shams had multiple releases on Matador. She has worked on various of these and other projects with Doug McCombs, James McNew, JD Foster, Pat Gubler, Cheryl Kingan, Jim Pugliese, Doug Wieselman, Fred Frith, Georgia Hubley, Karen Waltuch, and many other wonderful musicians. Sue has recently been playing in a trio with Ted Reichman and Talice Lee, and has done a couple tours and local gigs with 75 Dollar Bill playing bass and percussion. She also sings and plays in an improvising quartet with Daniel Carter, Che Chen, and Amirtha Kidambi.