club d’elf dec nooze

greetings and salutations,

we hope that you are warm and snug wherever you are, and not shivering as we are here at d’elf hq. winter is all up in our grille here with some pretty bitter cold, but that’s ok. because you know why? we’re still coasting on the vibes of a pretty sweet weekend which saw club d’elf take “best jazz act” honors at the Boston Music Awards, and yours truly getting to play sintir along with 50 bass players at a concert honoring christopher guest at berklee. the tune? why, Big Bottom, natch. in a sense my life was leading up to that moment, having of course spent countless hours watching this is spinal tap, and absorbing lines from the movie and entering them in my own personal lexicon like just about every other musician on the planet. standing in front of the stage and looking back at sir christopher as the line “each velvety cheek day” was sung…you know what i mean? it was pretty special. and then the next evening getting a text from mister rourke (who representedd’elf at the BMAs) that we had won the BMA…not a bad weekend. thanks to all of you who voted for us. regardless of our feelings about such things it is an honor, and we appreciate your support. to celebrate we thought we’d have a little throw down at the lizard lounge tomorrow evening.  if you are in the 617, please join us, won’t you?


Thurs Dec 6, 2007

The Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138.9:30 pm – 1:30 am (2 sets). 21+. $10. 617-547-0759/1228. Duke Levine (guitar), Paul Schulteis (keyboards), Tom Hall (tenor sax), Mister Rourke (turntables), Mike Rivard (bass & sintir) & Dean Johnston (drums).

Thurs Dec 27, 2007

The Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138.9:30 pm – 1:30 am (2 sets). 21+. $10. 617-547-0759/1228. Reeves Gabrels (guitar), Mister Rourke (turntables), Mike Rivard (bass & sintir), Dean Johnston (drums) & more.

Friday Dec 28, 2007

The Stone Church, 5 Granite St., Newmarket, NH 03857.603-659-6321. $10. 18+. 2 sets starting at 10 pm.w/ Reeves Gabrels (guitar), Dave Tronzo (slide guitar), Mister Rourke (turntables), Mike Rivard (bass & sintir) & Dean Johnston (drums).

Thurs Jan 10, 2007

The Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138.9:00 pm – 1:30 am. 21+. $10. 617-547-0759/1228. Double Bill: Club d’Elf & Guvna (CD Release Party). Mister Rourke & DJ Axel Foley open.

Fri Jan 25, 2007

The Stone Church, 5 Granite St., Newmarket, NH 03857.603-659-6321. $10. 18+. 2 sets starting at 10 pm.


Friday, December 7, 2007


The Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138.9:30 pm. 21+. $10. 617-547-0759/1228.’T MISS OUT! Lamine will be traveling to Senegal, so you won’t be able to hear the band again until well into 2008!

Fri Dec 7, 2007

Billy Martin & G. Calvin Weston : Percussion Duets:Cambridge YMCA Theater, Cambridge, MA

tour schedule:

Dec.2 Club Helsinki, Great Barrington, Mass.

Dec.3 Maxwells, Hoboken, NJ

Dec.4 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA

Dec.6 The Stone Church, Newmarket, NH

Dec.7 Cambridge YMCA Theater, Cambridge, MA

Dec.8 Riverspace, Nyack, NY

Dec.21 Issue Project Room (special guest: author, Paul Auster) Brooklyn, NY


Tues Dec 11, 2007


Duke Levine Group (w/ Mike Rivard, Kevin Barry & Per Hanson)

Atwoods Tavern, 877 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA. 617-864-2792.9 pm – 12 am. $5 (tix available online @


Tues Dec 18, 2007Public House feat. Geoff Scott, Timo Shanko, Mike Rivard & Brian Sayers.

Matt Murphy’s Pub, 14 Harvard St, Brookline Village, MA. 617-232-0188.11 pm – 2 am. 21+. Free!



Keyboard Magazine/Review of Perhapsody (Kufala Recordings)

The musical collective known as Club d’Elf came together when bassist/composer Mike Rivard started a biweekly musical night at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA. On “Perhapsody,” Rivard brings together a stellar cast of musicians including keyboardist John Medeski for some improvisational magic. Medeski cuts loose on an overdriven Wurly on “Life of the Mind” and B-3 on the percolating “Berber Song” amongst other keyboard highlights, giving this stellar collective a high-powered dose of funky keyboards. Drummer Erik Kerr keeps things solid underneath and a host of horns, guitars and turntables add flavor from across the musical spectrum. There are elements of jazz, trance, Moroccan grooves and soul/funk that make Club d’Elf a cool hybridization of styles. Whether you’re a casual fan or a music head, Club D’Elf is a cool journey to send your mind and booty on! This Club is open for business. – ROBBIE GENNET

Beyond Race Magazine/ 11.18.07 Perhapsody – Live 10.12.06 (Kufala)

Club d’Elf is not exactly your average band. First off, there’s only one permanent member of the ever-changing club: bassist and bandleader Mike Rivard. Second, d’Elf dropped their first studio album, last year’s Now I Understand, after eight years in existence; previously, they had released seven two-disc live albums. And now, less than a year since the release of Understand, we have Perhapsody, another two-disc live album, this time documenting their CD release party for Now I Understand. In the case of almost any other band, Perhapsody would be redundant. But this is another reason that d’Elf is not your average band. Perhapsody is a must-have, a killer album that is as different as can be from their excellent studio record. Plus, you’ll flip when you find out who’s chillin’ in the clubhouse this time around: keyboardist John Medeski and slide guitar monster Dave Tronzo joined Rivard that night for two sets of explosive music. Under thebassist’s careful supervision, they were free to roam the countryside of whatever distant land sounds they pleased, like a cross between James Brown and Medeski, Martin and Wood, with not-so-subtle dashes of dub, hip-hop and world music thrown in. Highlights include “Berber Song,” Rivard’s “The Tingler” and Steven Bernstein’s anthemic “Caveman.” An album worth checking out for its eclectic variety and unpredictability. – Brad Farberman


*Peter Barrett*

the artist whose work adorns the covers of our Kufala cds is part of a show in miami beach this weekend, for anyone in that area (and we wish we were because as mentioned previously it is butt-ass cold in boston right now, yo).

Dec 5 – 9, 2007 : Aqua Art ’07Eyewash (Brooklyn, NY) exhibiting at Aqua Hotel, Rm 120, 1530 Collins Ave, Miami Beach,

*Brahim Fribgane*

we were deeply saddened to hear of the recent death of brahim’s father, Mohammed Fribgane. everyone in the club d’elf family & community send love and prayers to him and his family at this time of great loss. salam, my friend.



~ by delfblog on December 5, 2007.

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