tribute to mark sandman & more

greetings and salutations,

today marks the 8th anniversary of the death of my good friend and former band mate, Mark Sandman, and to honor his memory some friends are getting together to play his music this evening. see below for details. mark taught me a great deal in the 12 years or so that i knew him, and his influence becomes more pronounced as time goes on. older than me by 10 years or so, i looked up to him like a big brother, and was always amazed at the full scope of his artistry.

besides inventing several instruments (including the 2 string slide bass and the tritar) and developing a singular musical vision that incorporated these new sounds, he also possessed a poets affinity for language and a sophisticated visual art aesthetic which he applied to the world that was Morphine. he was also one of the funniest guys i have ever met. i miss him terribly, and was honored to be a part of Orchestra Morphine, the band that mark’s band mates in morphine – dana colley, jerome deupree andbilly conway – put together to play mark’s music on a tour that took us across america in 2000, and to festivals in italy and brazil. dana shot some footage at the ouro preto jazz festival in brazil and put together this little film: for some vintage morphine check this:

another fallen bass player friend, scott palmer from john brown’s body, will be remembered as well. if you’re in the boston area come on down and help us celebrate the legacy of a couple of great musicians.



Tues July 3, 2007

Tribute To Mark Sandman w/ Mike Rivard & Friends (Dana Colley, Mike Keenan, Mister Rourke, Tommy Benedetti w/ special guests Monique Ortiz, Christian McNeill, Jerome Deupree, Tom Halter & more). Matt Murphy’s Pub, 14 Harvard St, Brookline Village, MA. 617-232-0188.11 pm. 21+. Free!

On the 8th anniversary of the passing of Mark Sandman, friends (incl. former Morphine band mates) & admirers will gather to pay tribute to the legacy of this amazing musician. Bassist Scott Palmer will also be remembered, with music from Guvnor, the band he co-lead with drummer Tommy Benedetti, being played as well.

Thursday July 5, 2007

The Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138.617-547-0759/1228. 21+. $10. NOTE: NEW early start (no soul low). 9:30 pm. DON’T BE LATE!!! w/Roger Miller (keys), Matt Glover (elec mandolin), Jerry Leake (tablas & perc), Vicente Lebron (congas & perc), Mike Rivard (bass & sintir), & Dean Johnston (drums).

Friday July 13, 2007

The Stone Church, 5 Granite St., Newmarket, NH 03857.603-659-6321. $10. 18+. Haale ( opens at 9 pm, and then 2 sets of d’elf beginning at 10:30. w/ Randy Roos (guitar), Tom Hall (tenor sax), Mister Rourke (turntables), Matt Kilmer (ac & elec perc), Mike Rivard (bass & sintir) & Brian Sayers (drums).

Tues July 17, 2007

Crash Mansion, 199 Bowery St (between Spring St & Rivington), New York, NY 10002. 212-982-0740.One set at 11 pm. $10. 21+. w/ Brahim Fribgane (oud, perc & voice), Mat Maneri (elec viola), Oren Bloedow (guitar), Mike Rivard (bass & sintir) & Erik Kerr (drums).

Thursday July 19, 2007

The Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138.9:30 pm. 617-547-0759/1228. 21+. $10. Brahim Fribgane (oud, perc & voice), Tom Hall (tenor sax), Gavin Castleton (keyboards & beatbox), Mike Rivard & Erik Kerr.

Thursday August 16, 2007

The Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138.9:30 pm. 617-547-0759/1228. 21+. $10. August 17, 2007The Stone Church, 5 Granite St., Newmarket, NH 03857.603-659-6321. $10. 18+. 2 sets starting at 10 pm.


Oct 26, 2007

Festival du Monde Arabe de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, H2S 2K1,




Mondays July 9, 16 & 30, August 13 & 27

Duke Levine Group (w/ Mike Rivard, Kevin Barry & Per Hanson), Atwoods Tavern, 877 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA. 617-864-2792.9 pm – 12 am. Free!


PERHAPSODY……is the title of our new live cd on Kufala, which dropped just recently, like some kind of crazy hyper-object from the deepest realms of dreamtime. we’ll be offering it off of our site shortlips, but for now you can order it directly from kufala here: the BOSTON GLOBE recently ran this review of it: speaking of press, Now I Understand got some love from none other than the village voice:

* Village Voice Jazz Consumer Guide column*

Club D’Elf/Now I Understand (Accurate)

As the name implies, this is less a group than a meeting place, with a website listing more than 100 conspirators beyond a core-bassist Mike Rivard, drummer Erik Kerr, and oudist Brahim Fribgane-that favors fast grooves and world fusion. Special guests abound, with keyb whiz John Medeski, avant-violist Mat Maneri, and turntablist DJ Logic the best-known. My faves are the kids on the reggae track “Just Kiddin'” and the rapper who sounds like Dr. Dooom.  A MINUS (,hull,77050,22.html)


have a nice independence day, and we’ll see you in dreamland.



~ by delfblog on July 3, 2007.

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