American River College
Tuesday, November 18, 12:15pm – 1:15pm
Location: Raef 160
Facilitator: Michael Spurgeon
Of Great and Mortal Men: 43 Songs for 43 U.S. Presidencies
Hosted by ARC English Professor Michael Spurgeon, Christian Kiefer and J. Matthew Gerken will discuss their new triple CD project: Of Great and Mortal Men: 43 Songs for 43 U.S. Presidencies, an indie rock romp through American history. They’ll also perform a few of songs from this project live with help from drummer (and Presidential trivia maniac) Chip Conrad. Nick Miller, in a feature article on the group in the September 4, 2008, Sacramento News and Review writes the project is “dynamic, both stylistically and thematically, exploring ambient, prog and funk while portending a darker view of U.S. history.”
This activity meets ARC goals 1, 4 and state PD guideline B.
What’s this? There’s actually a tour date? Indeed, and what a tour date:
For one night only in the wee town of Sacramento, CA, Christian Kiefer, Jefferson Pitcher (all the way from NY via Ontario) and J. Matthew Gerken for an evening of songs from Of Great and Mortal Men: 43 Songs for 43 U.S. Presidencies. & we’ll have copies of the thing for sale. FINALLY.
September 13, 2008 + 9:00pm + $3 (but bring $33 so you can buy the thing too)
Fox & Goose Pub + 1001 R Street + Sacramento, CA 95811
Christian Kiefer + Jefferson Pitcher + J. Matthew Gerken
Christian’s on first (on account of Chip, my drummer, having a double booking), then Jefferson (who you may never see again in Sacramento as he’s moved to Flesherton, Ontario, where he will likely live forever), and then Matthew with his crack team of sonic beasts Nice Monster. Oh! Hell yes! Get there at 9pm as we’re starting right on schedule. We’re not playing ALL the Presidents, but damn near. Starting with Washington and moving on from there.
To quote Tyler (the song, not the man): Oh! Hell yes!
Looks like we’ll be doing only two live shows for Of Great and Mortal Men: 43 Songs for 43 U.S. Presidencies: one in San Francisco and the other in Los Angeles. That’s all folks! So keep watching this space for news of those shows as they firm up. Tentatively I can tell you we’re looking at September 11 at the venerable Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. How’s that for a fortuitous date to celebrate America. Hmmm….