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Re: “Best Creative Music and Cocktails

Eric Leppo here - I'm the bartender mentioned in the article and thought I'd take the opportunity to explain why the experimental music series started. There is also a previous article in the East Bay Express written by Nate Seltenrich that is a bit more accurate about how the music series started at the ivy room. There is a link to that article at the end of this comment.
As an experimental musician myself, I saw the opportunity to bring in bands to play on Monday evenings b.c. on those nights the Ivy was basically empty besides myself and a random drunk wandering down San Pablo who just wanted to use the bathroom. I saw this emptiness as the opportunity to build a scene and to give some musicians that were pushing the limits a chance to be heard.
Some of the first bands I booked were Colin Jones, Aram Shelton, Andrew Conklin, Dogs Playing Poker, Lucio Menegon, Free Jazz Gospel Supreme 80, Wyatt Gurp and his whole crew, Quinn... and tons more great artists.
To keep bringing the crowds back, I asked the bands who got the most people to come out to do monthlies - Lucio was amazing at promoting and called his monthly the Hootenany - he and his crew made fantastic flyers for each month's event.
Wyatt Gurp and Harbour, Aram Shelton, and Andrew Conklin also all eventualy would orcestrate their own monthly line ups.
These groups are still going strong so do your ears and mind a favor and check em out. Shout out to Ken the current bar manager at the Ivy who's helped keep the music going at Ivy after my move to Los Angeles.
PREVIOUS East Bay Express link about this series:
http://www.eastbayexpress.com/eastbay/surf…

Posted by EricLeppo on 02/10/2011 at 8:21 PM

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