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    Mike Dilon and The Mallet Men with Amandla featuring Claude Coleman Jr. of Ween

    Mike Dilon and The Mallet Men with Amandla featuring Claude Coleman Jr. of Ween

    Fri, February 16, 2018

    Doors: 9:30 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

    $15.00 - $18.00

    This event is 21 and over

    Mike Dillon and The Mallet Men
    Mike Dillon and The Mallet Men
    How many artists have been praised a “punk rock provocateur,” “jazz vibraphone visionary,” and “percussion virtuoso” in the same sentence? There’s only one: Mike Dillon. Whether through his affiliation with artists like Les Claypool, Primus, Rickie Lee Jones, and Ani Difranco, and collaborations such as Nolatet, Garage a Trois, The Dead Kenny G's, Critters Buggin or bands he has led, including Mike Dillon Band, Mike Dillon's New Orleans Punk Rock Percussion Consortium, Billy Goat and Hairy Apes BMX, the Texas-native has set his own standard for 25 years now.

    Over the past decade, Mike Dillon has released a number of acclaimed albums, intertwining a range of influences from Zappa-esque eccentricity to Fishbone punk funk, D.C. Go-Go to Milt Jackson-influenced vibraphone majesty. Never before, however, has he recorded music so personal and committed to a sustained mood as his latest album, Functioning Broke. The recording finds Dillon solo on vibraphone and various percussion, building each track into its own minimalist, but multi-dimensional auditory landscape.

    The current version of the Mike Dillon Band features guitarist Cliff Hines, Bassist Nathan Lambertson and a rotating cast of drummers including Claude Coleman Jr. (Ween), Simon Lott, G. Maxwell, Doug Belote and Paul Thibodeaux. With this line up, Dillon has continued exploring the connection between New Orleans street beats, Ska, funk, Hardcore and jazz. The band will release a new record in February 2017 titled, “Life is not a Football." Produced in New Orleans by Richard Maloney and Dillon with engineers Rick Nelson and Robert Mercurio, this album sounds like a Spotted Cat trad band that grew up playing Dead Kennedys and invited Captain Beefheart over for a dinner cooked by Thelonious Monk. The Mike Dillon Band has supported acts like Galactic, The Revivalists, Clutch, Primus, and Fishbone, while continuing to play music festivals and in cities across the U.S.

    In 2016, the Gambit's Big Easy Awards named Mike Dillon "Performer of the Year" and the Mike Dillon Band "Best Punk/Metal Band" in New Orleans. Living in New Orleans for over 10 years now, when not on the road with Rickie Lee Jones, Nolatet, or the Mike Dillon Band, Mike resides in the Musician's Village.

    Mike's latest release, Life Is Not A Football, released April, 2017 (Royal Potato Family) is "A recording with the Big Easy coursing through its veins and equal parts Frank Zappa and The Butthole Surfers in its DNA. Life Is Not A Football, is a no-holds-barred affair, complete with rallying cries for justice, truth-to-power political and existential rants and plenty of inside jokes.

    JULY 2016
    "The breadth and sheer number of different voices Mike Dillon has at his command is impressive in just about any setting. On his new solo recording, inspired largely by the music of Elliott Smith, it’s downright staggering"

    JULY 2016
    "As idiosyncratic as Mike Dillon's work has been with Critters Buggin' and Garage a Trois, it's well-nigh impossible not to fall under the spell of the music he creates all by himself on Functioning Broke."

    AUGUST 2015
    "Leave it to an unpredictable percussion wizard to pay tribute to a swinging mid-century tiki lounge musician and one of the saddest of the sad and sensitive singer-songwriters at the same time"

    NOVEMBER 2014
    "Dillon is the rare musician who can take tropes from any number of disparate musical worlds-metal and brazillian samba school for example-mash them together and create something truly fresh and new."
    Amandla featuring Claude Coleman Jr of Ween
    Amandla is the music and group of Claude Coleman Jr., familiarly known as the perversely versatile, original drummer for the group Ween. His 25-year discography stretches across an eclectic array of artists and players throughout the NY/NJ area and beyond.

    Amandla is CCJ as singer-songwriter. On record he is performing on all instruments, engineering and producing. Live, he is Amandla’s frontman and guitarist.

    Coleman’s song career began in 1989 with the band Skunk. Signed to TwinTone Records in Minneapolis, MN. Skunk’s second release Laid (1991) featured three Coleman-penned tracks including the slow falsetto burner I Think I Don’t Mind, later re-recorded for debut Amandla release, Falling Alone (2001).

    Falling Alone was a contextual portrait of Coleman’s influences, jumping categories around alt-rock-soul-folk-psychedelic exploration. Gene Ween sings on the Tyrannosaurs Rex cover, Summer Deep.

    The second amandla record The Full Catastrophe (2006) took the span of four years in which Coleman became a near-fatal accident survivor, turning crippling injuries around to perform again. The record and his miraculous recovery story profiled by The New York Times and NPR. On Catastrophe, Coleman continued Amandla’s crossing style boundaries, bringing Costello-esque pop and flirting with jungle music moods. It has been reviewed as “a minor masterpiece”.

    On amandla’s new fantastic third record released on Valentine's Day, Coleman keeps it true to its broad universe of styles. Laughing Hearts is a deeply multi-textural stew, going from pop rock to blues, R&B, funk, and alt-country, with a unique wit of writing craft and modern approach. The sounds conjure up moods of romanticism, psychedelia, positivity and charm with an underlying current of soulfulness. From the summer pop anthem of Summer Deep to the brooding drama of Forever For Always, reviews are calling it... "a masterpiece".

    Currently, the drummer, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, engineer / producer, music teacher, writer, web designer and carpenter has just begun touring and shows for Laughing Hearts to be continued well into the year, bringing the styles and sounds to eager ears worldwide.
    Venue Information:
    Whirled Pies
    199 W. 8th
    Eugene, OR, 97401