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PETERBOROUGH, OTTAWA GET YOUR DANCIN SOULED OUT ASSES TO FERTILE GROUND.


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People please, DO NOT miss these shows. An Extra-ordinary soul/jazz band from Baltimore, MD is making a rare tour thru Southern Ontario.

FERTILE GROUND

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www.blackoutstudios.com (official band site)

www.pepperjackcafe.com

www.fgliveintoronto.com

Friday, Jan. 27

@ The El Mocambo Upstairs

464 Spadina Ave.

with Brownman & GRUVASYLUM feat. mc enlight and Marcus Ali

(gruvasylum.brownman.com)

and Dalia / CHRY 105.5 'Best Kept Secret'

Doors ?10 PM

$25 , $15 students w/valid ID

Saturday, January, 28th

Hamilton, PEPPER JACK CAFE

with special Guests:

KELLYLEE EVANS (2nd place, Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocalist Award)

BIRDSEYEING IT (members of Flatt St... Back-up vocalist for Esthero)

JON SIKICH (Soul,Jazz records, lots)

Hamilton, PEPPER JACK CAFE

$18 Advance

www.pepperjackcafe.com

Fertile Ground Live in Peterborough

Monday, January 30

@ The Legendary Red Dog

9 PM - $20

with DUB TRINITY feat. Brownman

www.dubtrinity.com

www.brownman.com

& DJ Chocolate / CKLN 88.1 'Harmonic Convergence' / www.scratchfree.ca

Fertile Ground Live in Ottawa

Wednesday, February 1

@ Babylon Nightclub

www.babylonclub.ca

9 PM - $20

with MR. SOMETHING SOMETHING feat. Brownman

www.mrsomethingsomething.com

& DJ Chocolate / CKLN 88.1 'Harmonic Convergence' / www.scratchfree.ca

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Fertile Ground Live in Ottawa

Wednesday, February 1

@ Babylon Nightclub

www.babylonclub.ca

9 PM - $20

with MR. SOMETHING SOMETHING feat. Brownman

www.mrsomethingsomething.com

& DJ Chocolate / CKLN 88.1 'Harmonic Convergence' / www.scratchfree.ca

OK, now this is a gig to look forward to. I'm not (yet) familiar with Fertile Ground, but to have Nick Ali play with Mr. Something Something? A stellar horn player on stage with a steller band with its own stellar horn section? I think this, alone, will be worth the price of admission.

Aloha,

Brad

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  • 2 weeks later...

I was given a Fertile Ground compilation CD by one of Mr. Something Something's people at their show on Saturday (which was given to her by FG's people, expressly as promo for the Ottawa FG show), and I'm liking it a lot. It sounds like pretty smooth soul (relaxed tempos, swelling horns, deep-sounding vocals), but they back it all up with lyrics that are much more spiritual (and metaphorical) than typical soul music.

Jaydawg, any word on whether they're cool with being recorded?

Aloha,

Brad

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I think on the surface they seem like a smooth soul band, however, it is known that they can, and will, rock the dance floor as easy as they can be calm, cool and spiritual. You're hear plenty of Jazz, afrobeat, reggae, funk.....

FG has in their rider, NO taping. However, they are very cool people and that may just be a stern warning. I don't think it would hurt to bring gear and ask them.

I hope some people on here are catching the vibe of greatness that is going to come and go right under their noses. That may sound arrogant but YES, I feel they are that good.

Some samples:

http://mp3.washingtonpost.com/get_song?song_id=1469

http://mp3.washingtonpost.com/get_song?song_id=3919

http://mp3.washingtonpost.com/get_song?song_id=1470

http://mp3.washingtonpost.com/get_song?song_id=3918

MP3's from FG's first album Field Songs.

http://web.mit.edu/groove/www/homecoming/samples/ghetto.mp3

http://web.mit.edu/groove/www/homecoming/samples/sentimental.mp3

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FG has in their rider, NO taping. However, they are very cool people and that may just be a stern warning. I don't think it would hurt to bring gear and ask them.

I'll have my gear with me anyway, as I want to tape Mr. Something Something, so if they allow it (Jaydawg said he'd check with them), great, if not, that's cool, and I won't record them.

Aloha,

Brad

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yeah, I'm going to be going back and forth... :)

I haven't yet spoken with James Collins (leader of FG) about recording the show.. I will let you know BradM once I hear.

Here's the poster for the Toronto show:

fg_toronto_flyer.jpg

if there are any people who want to ride up with me to catch FG in Peterborough on Monday please let me know! - jay.cleary@gmail.com

j

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