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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 "wind-keyboard". The last show I attended with 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.

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

    May 24, 2013

  • Heather

    So it looks like this is billed as a one-act event, no? Are they likely to start around 10? I know when we went to see Dub Apocalypse, they started later than anticipated, after Mr. Rourke, but they were billed as separate acts. I'm just wondering because I may end up taking the train, in which case I might have to leave after one set.

    May 23, 2013

    • Kenny H.

      Hi Heather, I just checked the event, and some things have changed. They have an opening act, Otis Grove, and I no longer see Mr. Rourke on the bill. Otis Grove goes on at 10pm, and Club D'Elf goes on at 11pm. They are supposed to go until 1:30am, but I'm sure that includes a 2nd set and a break in between

      May 23, 2013

    • Heather

      Hmm, I think that may be too late for me. Thanks for the update, Kenny! I'm a maybe, but I'll update my RSVP tomorrow if that's okay.

      May 23, 2013

  • Heather

    I'm a maybe (I forgot it was Memorial Day weekend). I'll update later in the week.

    May 21, 2013

  • Jacques Pardo / Atlas S.

    Hey Kenny! Cool I love these guys. The guy that play the melodica is Alain Mallet, a French pianist/producer(Paul Simon..) Very nice and talented!

    1 · May 16, 2013

    • Kenny H.

      ahhh, so it's called a melodica. Usually he comes in for a cameo near the end of the show, and kills it!

      May 17, 2013

    • Jacques Pardo / Atlas S.

      I see.. so that must be someone else. Alain play the keys but grab his melodica ones in while!

      May 17, 2013

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