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GaRaJ MaHaL – Finally!!! Toronto/Hamilton/Ottawa – do it!


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It’s an early announcement however the word is out and there’s a bit of a buzz so it’s only fair this community is in the loop. Plus now everyone has another show to look forward to, and a killer option for Halloween, for three nights.

Jambands.Ca, Clearwater Concerts Canada, PJC, and NuFunk Concerts


Halloween 2008!

note: Toronto is tentative at the time of this post, venue TBA….people have heard otherwise so I wanted to make it clear. The plan is for Garaj Mahal to kick off the festivities in Toronto for Devils Night…NuFunk styles. The deal is ready to confirm and we just need to lock in a venue. Stay tuned. Hamilton and Ottawa are 100% confirmed.

Friday night in Hamilton! Get ready for what’s sure to be one of the most memorable Halloween parties in Hamilton. Garaj Mahal and Fat Cats! Wow.

The trip though Ontario is highlighted by their Saturday night performance at Mavericks in Ottawa. GM on a Saturday night in Ottawa! and still rocking Halloween. Absolutely can’t wait. Hope to see some/most of you at these shows. Minds will be blown.



Thursday October 30 – Toronto – Lula Lounge - tix $15 adv, available TBA

Friday October 31 with Fat Cats – Hamilton – Pepper Jack’s, tix $20 adv, available through the club and Shady Grove

Saturday November 1 – Ottawa – Mavericks, tix $15 adv, available TBA

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2007 Independent Music Awards Winner

When you hear your first Garaj Mahal note, leading into an innovative fusion of funky jazz with a tasty world music flare, all other thoughts leave your mind as the music takes you on an unforgettable voyage. Fans return to experience the band again and again because they know they will always hear something new and progressive from these four first-class musicians. Featuring guitar and sitar virtuoso Fareed Haque, world-renowned bass master and educator Kai Eckhardt, gospel-inspired funky jazz keyboardist Eric Levy, and consistently in-the-pocket, natural-born drummer Alan Hertz, Garaj Mahal combines a century of musical experience to create a sound that's always new, freshly infused with a wide spectrum of musical expression, and always smoking hot.

Touring extensively since their formation in 2000, Garaj Mahal continues to earn critical acclaim and a growing fanbase thanks to their ability to deliver serious "shut-up-and-listen" grooves while simultaneously bringing the dance floor alive. Their collective musical experience allows them to constantly push the envelope of composition and improvisation. Garaj Mahal's sound – a convergence of jazz-style improvisation, mystical Middle-Eastern atmospheres, and danceable American funk - attracts music lovers from all parts of the spectrum and creates a profoundly unique experience. Each band member dedicates every drop of his education, history, and life-long passion for music to their audience every time they step on stage. The band member's virtuosity is no surprise when you look at even a few of the amazing artists they've performed and/or recorded with over the years, including Dizzy Gillespie, John McLaughlin, Sting, Cassandra Wilson, Dave Holland, Bela Fleck, Chick Corea, Steve Smith, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer, Les Claypool, Trey Anastasio, Umphrey's McGee, MMW, Steve Kimock, and Michael Manring. Garaj Mahal's current release and second studio album, Blueberry Cave, is the result of years spent honing their musical relationship on the road.

The album was a winner in the 2007 Independent Music Awards, whose esteemed panel of judges include Peter Gabriel, Ozzy Osbourne, McCoy Tyner, Paul Oakenfold, Suzanne Vega, Cyndi Lauper, Marc Ribot, Buddy Guy, David Grisman, Bebel Gilberto, Bill Frisell , Rob Wasserman and FatBoy Slim. The album was selected as the Winner of the Album - Jam category from the largest number of entries the program has received to date, according to award organizers Music Resource Group.



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