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Bees Deluxe, Boston’s Legendary Acid Blues Ensemble, Swarm Back to play Madam’s Organ

Bees Deluxe
Madam’s Organ, 2461 18th St NW
Friday December 13, 10:00 pm – 1:30 am

Bees Deluxe is a blues-rooted, jazz-inspired, funk-infused band from Boston. Hellbent on a mission to drag the music of Chicago in the 60’s and the Blue Note catalog kicking and screaming into the 21st century. They’ve won over audiences from Maine to the Mississippi with their arresting and highly danceable originals and their innovative interpretation of less-travelled tunes by artists like Etta James, Joe Zawinul, J.B. Lenoir, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Albert Collins and the three Kings.

The band is a four-piece band led by British guitar monster Conrad Warre and features Carol Band on keyboards, harmonica & vocals, Allyn Dorr bass & vocals, Paul Giovine on drums & percussion. The musicians each bring their unique experience to bear. Band was recruited from jazz bands that were playing the Boston circuit, notably at Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge. Dorr (known as “Aldo”) has played the blues with almost every notable area blues band including a stint in Jamaica as a reggae artist. Giovine was found playing rock and roll in a variety of punk rock clubs in Allston, Cambridge and Jamaica Plain. Warre, born in London, was in a high-school band with Paul Kossoff (of Free), toured with the English Beat and the Joe Jackson Band. He migrated to New York where he became a regular performer at the legendary CBGB’s. In Boston, he assembled Bees Deluxe, to pay homage to the music he fell in love with while touring Europe and playing historic London venues like the Rainbow Theatre and the Moonlight Club. Bees Deluxe recently released their album “mouthful of blues” containing some originals some lesser known rearranged classic songs co-produced by Joe Egan and Warre.

See what the buzz is all about. Check out the new Bees Deluxe album, “Mouthful of Bees,” at www.beesdeluxe.com.

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D.C. Powerhouse Duo Shor and Sitney Are Behind the Rise of DC/DOX Festival

The truth is more important than ever, and in the heart of democracy, the truth-telling of documentary filmmaking and exhibition must therefore continue. So it was that when AFI DOCS, a longtime D.C. institution, decamped for the west coast, Sky Sitney and Jamie Shor got to work on its replacement.

Shor, president of the D.C.-based PR Collaborative, and Sitney, a documentary film professor and director of the Film and Media Studies program at Georgetown University, had been intimately involved for years with AFI DOCS. So applying their expertise and significant network for an entirely new festival was well within their wheelhouse.

“In recognition that there would no longer be this really important platform, it became very obvious and clear we wanted something to fill that void,” Sitney said recently of the inaugural DC/DOX, which took place June 15-18. “So while we are certainly looking for DC/DOX to be considered a home for filmmakers [from] all around the world, we are rooted in D.C. and want to make sure it’s also reflecting the space that we’re in.”

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