Art for Progress Presents



“Once in a Lifetime” ft. Billy Martin, Marc Ribot, Nels Cline & Special Guests “Once in a Lifetime” ft. Billy Martin, Marc Ribot, Nels Cline & Special Guests

with Bad Faces & Big Sweater

Tue April 10th, 2018


Main Space

Minimum Age: 18+

Doors Open: 7:00PM

Show Time: 7:45PM

Event Ticket: $15

Day of Show: $20

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Art for Progress (AFP) is thrilled and honored to present a night of musical improvisation featuring a one time super group, created for this special evening to benefit AFP music and art education programs- The bill will feature Billy Martin, Nels Cline (Wilco), Marc Ribot and special guests, Brooklyn power trio Bad Faces, and AFP’s sensational student band, Big Sweater.

The Art for Progress Band – Billy Martin, Marc Ribot, Nels Cline and Special Guests
Best known as the drummer for the avant-groove band Medeski, Martin, and
Wood, Billy Martin called up some friends to join him for a one off
charity event titled “Once in a Lifetime.”  When guitarist Marc Ribot,
who’s released over 20 albums under his own name and has played on
countless records (Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, John Mellencamp, Elton
John) and Nels Cline, best known as Wilco’s lead guitarist and one of
Rolling Stone’s “100 greatest guitarists” accepted, The Art for Progress
Band was formed.

Special thanks to LPR, Billy Martin and all of the artists for their support.

Net proceeds will provide much needed funds for AFP’s arts education program.

Art for Progress (AFP) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit arts organization committed to providing arts education programs in NYC’s underserved public schools and most impoverished communities. Through its programs, AFP provides under-served youth with dynamic artistic programming that promotes reflection and self-expression. By connecting youth with working artists, their communities and each other, we hope to transform the way they see themselves and the world around them.

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The Art for Progress Band (Billy Martin, Marc Ribot, Nels Cline)

Billy Martin official site

Billy Martin is a percussionist, composer, artist, filmmaker and instructor. Billy is best known as the drummer for the avant-groove band Medeski Martin and Wood. He owns and runs his own record label Amulet Records and is President and CEO of The Creative Music Foundation.

Marc Ribot official site | Marc Ribot on Twitter | Marc Ribot on Facebook

Marc Ribot, who the New York Times describes as “a deceptively articulate artist who uses inarticulateness as an expressive device,” has released over 20 albums under his own name over a 30-year career, exploring everything from the pioneering jazz of Albert Ayler to the Cuban son of Arsenio Rodríguez. His solo release, Silent Movies (Pi Recording 2010) has been described as a “down-in-mouth-near master piece” by the Village Voice and has landed on several Best of 2010 lists including the LA Times and critical praise across the board, and 2014 saw the monumental release: Marc Ribot Trio Live at the Village Vanguard (Pi Recordings), documenting Marc’s first headline and the return of Henry Grimes at the historical venue in 2012 and included on Best of 2014 lists such as Downbeat Magazine and NPR’s 50 Favorites. 2018 sees the release of two politically charged albums: YRU Still Here? (Northern Spy), the long awaited third album from Ribot’s post-rock/noise trio Ceramic Dog, and Songs of Resistance (featuring guest vocalists Tom Waits, Steve Earle, Meshell Ndegeocello and more) voicing anger and outrage during these turbulent times.

Rolling Stone points out that “Guitarist Marc Ribot helped Tom Waits refine a new, weird Americana on 1985’s Rain Dogs, and since then he’s become the go-to guitar guy for all kinds of roots-music adventurers: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello, John Mellencamp.” Additional recording credits include Neko Case, Diana Krall, Elton John/Leon Russell’s The Union, Solomon Burke, John Lurie’s Lounge Lizards, Marianne Faithful, Joe Henry, Allen Toussaint, Medeski Martin & Wood, Caetono Veloso, Susana Baca, Allen Ginsburg, Madeline Peyroux, Nora Jones, Jolie Holland, Akiko Yano, The Black Keys, and many others. Marc works regularly with Grammy® award winning producer T Bone Burnett and NY composer John Zorn. He has also composed and performed on numerous film scores such as “Walk The Line” (Mangold), “The Kids Are All Right,” and “The Departed” (Scorcese).

“…he can sit down with just his guitar and simultaneously confound you with technique, beauty, and surprise.” – John Garratt and Will Layman, PopMatters Picks: The Best Music of 2010 for the album “Silent Movies”

Nels Cline official site | Nels Cline on Facebook | Nels Cline on Twitter

Guitar explorer Nels Cline is best known these days as the lead guitarist in the band Wilco. His recording and performing career — spanning jazz, rock, punk and experimental — is well into its fourth decade, with over 200 recordings, including at least 30 for which he is leader.  Cline has received many accolades including Rolling Stone anointing him as both one of 20 “new guitar gods” and one of the top 100 guitarists of all time.

Beyond Wilco, Cline performs in a duo project with guitarist Julian Lage in addition to a quartet, The Nels Cline 4 (featuring Lage plus bassist Scott Colley and drummer Tom Rainey), collaborates with his partner Yuka Honda as the duo Cup, performs as Stretch Woven with percussionist Scott Amendola, leads The Nels Cline Singers (featuring Amendola plus bassist Trevor Dunn and percussionist Cyro Baptista) and plays with Stained Radiance (an improvisational live project with performance painter Norton Wisdom). Cline also periodically presents concerts of his concept album Lovers, which involves a 17-person ensemble and collaborates dozens of composers/improvisers.

Bad Faces

Bad Faces official site | Bad Faces on Facebook | Bad Faces on Soundcloud | Bad Faces on Twitter | Bad Faces on Instagram

Bad Faces are a Brooklyn power trio as deeply rooted in American traditional music as they are reaching for new stratospheric heights in their improvisational explorations. Led by Singer/Guitarist Barry Komitor, Manager and teacher of AFP’s music ed programs and fixture on New Yorks bluegrass and rock scenes, Bad Faces rhythm section is powered by Brian Stollery, one of the best known figures in NY jam music on bass, and NY’s most exciting young jazz drummer, Ethan Kogan.

Big Sweater

Big Sweater on Facebook | Big Sweater on Soundcloud

Big Sweater is a unique blend of fresh youthful energy and classic music. They bring a hypnotic, enchanting element to blues and rock and roll to maintain a balance between the sullen walks of life and the euphoria of embarking on new ones. Elijah McCoy and Franklin Santiago share lead vocal and guitar duties, with Gabriel Calderin on drums, Greg Morello on Bass and Barry Komitor on piano and keys.

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