Joel Harrison Presents



Alternative Guitar Summit 2020 – 10 year Anniversary – The 1970 Project w/ The Messthetics, Scott Metzger, Vernon Reid, Joel Harrison and many more. Alternative Guitar Summit 2020 – 10 year Anniversary – The 1970 Project w/ The Messthetics, Scott Metzger, Vernon Reid, Joel Harrison and many more.

Wed May 6th, 2020


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Minimum Age: 18+

Doors Open: 7:00PM

Show Time: 8:00PM

Event Ticket: $30

Day of Show: $35

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1970 may have been one of the most formative years in guitar music ever. Just a few of the big records of the year were: Band of Gypsies, Bitches Brew, American Beauty, All Things Must Pass, and Sonny Sharrock’s Monkie-Pockie Boo. We’ll play some of this music (and more) like you’ve never heard it before with The Messthetics, Scott Metzger, Vernon Reid, Joel Harrison. Other performers include Keith Fluitt and Nicki Richards (voice), Josh Dion (dr), Dave Dreiwitz (bs). Stay tuned for added guests.

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Vernon Reid (of Living Colour)

As the lead guitarist of Living Colour and a co-founder of the Black Rock Coalition, Vernon Reid has done a great deal to undermine stereotypical expectations of what music black artists ought to play; his rampant eclecticism encompasses everything from hard rock and punk to funk, R&B and avant-garde jazz, and his anarchic, lightning-fast solos have become something of a hallmark as well. Born in London, Reid and his family emigrated to Brooklyn while he was a child; he began playing guitar at age 15, initially studying jazz and progressing quickly. In 1980, he joined drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson’s Decoding Society, a cutting-edge jazz group with whom he appeared on six albums; over the course of the decade, Reid went on to work with a wide variety of experimental musicians — DefunktBill FrisellJohn ZornArto Lindsay, and Public Enemy, among others.

Joel Harrison

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Guitarist, composer, arranger, lyricist, vocalist and songwriter Joel Harrison has created a new blueprint for jazz.” (New Orleans Times Picayune.) A Guggenheim Fellow (2010), and Chamber Music America, Meet the Composer, New Music USA, Jerome Foundation, NYSCA and Flagler Cary Trust commissioned composer, Harrison is a two-time winner of the Jazz Composer’s Alliance Composition Competition, and has appeared on the “Rising Star” Downbeat Magazine poll for many years.


His 20 releases as a leader showcase his prowess as a shapeshifting composer, including works for orchestra, string quartet, solo cello, and percussion, including the PASIC award-winning marimba solo Fear of Silence. Notable releases include Free Country featuring Norah Jones and David Binney, Infinite Possibility (for jazz orchestra), String Choir– Music of Paul Motian, and Search feat. Donny McCaslin. His buoyant, heartfelt, ever-surprising body of work seamlessly connects multiple American traditions. He was succinctly described by the New York Times, as “Protean…brilliant.”

Harrison is the founder and director of the Alternative Guitar Summit, a yearly festival devoted to new and unusual guitar music. Pat Metheny has called the Summit, “one of the most interesting and distinguished forums for guitar on the planet.”

The Messthetics

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The Messthetics is an instrumental trio formed by former Fugazi members bassist Joe Lally and drummer Brendan Canty with guitarist Anthony Pirog. Their intense music has been described as “jazz punk jam.” Pirog is one of the era’s leading guitarists combining jazz, punk, metal, skronk, country, and surf into an unholy whole.

Scott Metzger

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Scott has performed, recorded, and toured with acts including: John Mayer, Trixie Whitley, John Scofield, LaLa Brooks (of The Crystals), Phil Lesh (of The Grateful Dead), Warren Haynes, Shooter Jennings, Oteil Burbridge, Nels Cline, Marco Benevento, Anders Osborne, Amy Helm, and grammy winner Mike Farris among many others. He has performed extensively all over the United States, Europe, Japan, and Australia and has performed and recorded with projects of all genres, and is a first call player in many artists, producers, & engineers phone books. Appearances include The Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), The Newport Folk Festival, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, as well as famous and historic venues worldwide; Carnegie Hall, Ancient Belgique (Brussels, Belgium), Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Blue Note New York, The Ryman Auditorium, Red Rocks Amphitheater, The Fox Theatre Oakland, and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Currently, Scott is a full time member of the critically acclaimed, increasingly popular Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Bustle in Your Hedgerow, gypsy jazz influenced The Showdown Kids, and fronts the project WOLF! (Royal Potato Family Records), an instrumental guitar trio whose music has been featured on the hit television series Z-Nation.


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