february, 2017

03feb7:30 PM3rd-Soule MondeElks Lodge 7:30 PM 100 Eagle Street, North Adams, MA 01247


Event Details

$12 Advance, $15 @ the Door
Soule Monde is a deep funk avant outfit that features Russ Lawton and Ray Paczkowski. The duo
draws notably from their decade plus of touring and recording with Phish front man's Trey
Anastasio Band, and while the pair has been compared to The Benevento/Russo Duo or a
twoman Medeski, Martin + Wood, Soule Monde stake out their own turf. Paczkowski’s bass
lines provide a solid basis for Lawton’s energetic rhythms. There is a narrative quality to their
tunes Lawton provides reactive, always in the pocket drums and Paczkowski unearths moves
previously only foreshadowed in his work as a sideman, demonstrating a thorough
understanding of players like Jimmy McGriff, Art Neville, and Herbie Hancock. Grammy-
nominated Lawton’s beats and fills push melodies along a tightrope. There’s nothing thrown
together haphazard or indulgent about this band. They are dressed down impresarios, seeming
at times to be of one mind, pushing the limits of the traditional "jazz duo" or "jam band" to
include tones of deep improvisational funk and alternative jazz. Ray and Russ have been touring
and recording with TAB since 1998 and 2001 respectively, and their collaborations include
releases with Carlos Santana, Live at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, and appearances on late night
shows from Saturday Night Live, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon, and Conan O'Brien.
Russ Lewton is credited with cowriting the Grammy-nominated song "First Tube" which
appeared on Phish's 2000 album Farmhouse, and Ray Paczkowski toured and recorded with
Dave Matthews & Friends. Soule Monde members have shared the stage with Trey Anastasio,
Dave Matthews, Victor Wooten, Mike Gordon, Rolling Stones, Carlos Santana, Zzebra,
Viperhouse, & Strangefolk.


(Friday) 7:30 PM


Elks Lodge 487

100 Eagle Street, North Adams, MA 01247