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Club d'Elf w/ Duke Levine & Otis Grove!

I've gotten some requests to host a meetup at Lizard Lounge (which does happen to be my favorite venue!), so let's checkout Club d'Elf which is an interesting band with a unique sound.

Mike Rivard's improvisational groove collective returns to the warm embrace of the Lizard Lounge with their usual stellar cast of musicians.

The music of Club d'Elf flies through North African trance, glitchy turntablism, freeform improvisation, and rock psychedelia, but it's playfully altered states of musical consciousness that truly guide the band. Witness founder Mike Rivard's first night in Morocco, the country that had fired his musical imagination for more than a decade: In a strikingly vivid dream, he felt himself swimming upwards in the air as fantastic landscapes, mountains, and tiled buildings stretched out beneath him. The bands rotating group of players, drawn from a pool that includes keyboardist John Medeski, DJ Logic, David Bowie's guitarists or any number of Moroccan musical icons, swims in the same dreamlike atmosphere, both live and on record.


The highlight for me is when they bring out the guy who plays a melodica ("wind-keyboard"). The last show I attended had Mr. Rourke on the turntables served to be a nice combo of live and recorded music, and turned out to be a great one. The latest update to the event no longer has Mr. Rourke on the bill, but an opening act called Otis Grove.

The group is quite avant garde, so I would suggest giving them a listen on Youtube to see how you like them. Also check out their myspace page to check out some of their songs:

You can also check out some of their music on their Facebook page:


Let's meet at 9pm in the lounge downstairs, and we can grab some food/drink before the show.

I would suggest getting tickets ahead of time, as this group does have quite a following, and their shows usually sell out in this venue

9:00pm doors / 10:00pm show

10 pm: Otis Grove (feat The Dux)
11 pm: Club d'Elf w/ Duke Levine (guitar), Sam Gilman (keyboards), Mike Rivard (bass & sintir), Dean Johnston (drums) & more!

Advance Tix ($11.34) can be purchased here:

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  • Kenny H.

    Great show! We were blown away right off the bat with the opening act, Otis Grove. Hard to believe they had been around 10 yrs, and this was the first time I heard them. Better late than never, though as it was a nice funk/rock/blues mix. They were so good, I ended up buying 3 CDs :) Then Club d'Elf was nice as well, displaying their musical dexterity. Every time I see them, it's something different, but I am liking their shows more and more, the more I get to see them.

    May 27, 2013

  • Kenny H.

    Listening to the opening act waiting for the doors to open, they sound good!

    May 24, 2013

  • Kenny H.

    I'm seeing messages that advance tix are sold out, but they are making some available at the door. Doors open at 9pm, so perfect start time for the meetup, best chance to score a door ticket!

    May 24, 2013

  • Kenny H.

    As you enter 1667 Mass Ave., Lizard Lounge Entrance is on your left, Cambridge Common Restaurant is on your right. CCR tends to be crowded, but Lizard Lounge is relatively empty ~9pm

    May 24, 2013

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