Win Tickets ($30): Billy Martin (Medeski, Martin & Wood) & Wil Blades @ The Goodfoot | Organ Groove

We are giving away a pair of tickets to see Billy Martin & Wil Blades Duo on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at The Goodfoot. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, May 25.

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Billy Martin @ The GoodfootBilly Martin & Wil Blades Duo
Saturday, May 26 & Sunday, May 27, 2012
9 p.m. | $15 | 21+

The Goodfoot
2845 SE Stark Street Portland, OR 97214
(503) 239-9292
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Billy Martin and Wil Blades wanna make you Shimmy. On their
debut recording (available May 22 from The Royal Potato Family/Amulet Records), the organ/drums duo waste no time getting right down to it. They go old school in the tradition of those essential organ-groove sides by the likes of Charles Earland, Brother Jack McDuff and Groove Holmes to name but a few.

Martin, the drummer for the legendary Medeski, Martin & Wood, and Blades, a much buzzed about young organist from the San Francisco live music scene, first came together for a low-key, one-off late night set during the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2011. The music that evening was so completely deep down in the pocket that the pair knew instantly there would be more shows together in their future.

A West Coast tour was arranged for later in the year, which played to packed houses from Washington to California. In the middle of the run, Martin and Blades ducked into a Berkeley recording studio to capture what would become Shimmy. The electricity between the drummer and organist runs high voltage through tunes like “Brother Bru,” “Toe Thumb” and “Les & Eddie.” Speaking of Les and Eddie, Billy and Wil turn out a blazing rendition of Eddie Harris’ “Means Greens,” as well as updating the traditional spiritual “Down By The Riverside.”

But before anyone thinks Martin has set aside his proclivity for rhythmic exploration in favor of straight-ahead groove, he demonstrates that the time space continuum is still fair game on tracks like the slinky “Deep In A Fried Pickle,” the jagged “Pick Pocket” and the swirling “Give.” Simultaneously, Blades takes the
opportunity to coax some of the album’s darkest and most psychedelic sounds out of his B3 and clavinet. The kinetic chemistry between Martin/Blades assures that while Shimmy reaches back to embrace the retro, the duo can’t help but push the tradition ever forward.

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26 Responses to Win Tickets ($30): Billy Martin (Medeski, Martin & Wood) & Wil Blades @ The Goodfoot | Organ Groove

  1. Christopher Anglin May 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    sounds like fun. count me in!

  2. Liza M May 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    oh please let me win so i can go. these two together are great and so is mmw! i’d love to get these tickets so i can go, but if not everyone have a great time because this is an amazing thing to see. good luck yall!

  3. TJ May 22, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    ‘Got a chance to see MM&W in the Chicago land area a long time ago (when I lived in that area). ‘Would be fantastic to win tickets to see them again in the city I now call home =- ]

  4. carolyn condon May 22, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    I have no plans besides work this weekend. I need tickets to great shows to give me something to look forward to!

  5. Justin S May 22, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

    Would love to win tickets to see Billy and Wil. I have never been to Portland yet, and would love to spend my first time there seeing amazing music. I just moved to Olympia, WA 3 weeks ago after spending the past 2 years in South Korea. I need my live music fix. It has been 2 years too long. Best of luck everyone!

  6. Aimee M May 23, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    Sounds like fun !

  7. Travis Sandoval May 24, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    My body, mind and spirit are craving live music. Unfortunately the pocket book is indicating otherwise. Just moved here from Madison,WI and would love to check this amazing duo out on Sunday night!

  8. kristen May 24, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    i’ve from nc and have had the pleasure of seeing the whole band together on many occasions,but i would love to see Martin combo with others! that combined with the fact it is a holiday weekend and monday=a sleep in day, this sounds like a perfect way to shake it out on a sunday evening!

  9. Kent May 24, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    Lately I’ve been listening to lots of MMW’s Pandora station and would really love to hear Billy’s side project.

  10. DFunk May 24, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    count me in!

  11. free May 24, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    basement music sound better.

  12. Shackman May 24, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

    Good lord… I’ve been trying to bite Billy’s moves by ear for some years now, yet I’ve never seen him play. If I can get the full picture, then I can be good enough to be successful enough as a drummer so that I can actually PAY to get in next time!

  13. Adam Cerutti May 24, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    Love these guys, need some old school cacaphonous organ and funky jams. Tickets please!

  14. donald May 24, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    I need to groove. Please pick me!!

  15. Liz May 24, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    Billy is a badass. That is all.

  16. felix May 24, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

    I would love to go to this!! I saw medeski martin and wood a couple years ago, was sooo excited, but then ate too many shrooms and don’t even remember their first set. :( now I can’t really afford to drop $30 for a show

  17. Mike dalton May 24, 2012 at 10:44 pm #

    I’m broke.. give me something to do on Sunday, please!

  18. panda May 25, 2012 at 1:27 am #

    this i would really enjoy

  19. philip May 25, 2012 at 6:38 am #

    Ah Yeh, its gonna get funky at the goodfoot on this night

  20. Jeremiah May 25, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    PDX Pipeline!

    Wow, I dont know anything about Martin from Medeski, Martin and Wood, but love drums and hear is is one of the best performers. It would be a huge treat to get selected, and I would be happy to submit a sincere review afterwards.



  21. Harry May 25, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    Sounds like a good time…

  22. joanna May 25, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    I saw Medeski, Martin, and Wood at the 1996 High Sierra Music Festival. That was so long ago. But what a musical memory. Help my ears make a new one.

  23. Dan May 25, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    A friend was just mentioning these guys. He described them as jazzy organ going off the deep end. Count me in. Plus Free entry = more beers. thanks for the chance

  24. Anton Selivonchick May 25, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

    DAmn! heard these guys on kmhd and thought damn! I have to see these jammers! Little did I realize it was Martin from MMW!!! Funk as funky fussion gets!!!

  25. Tina E May 25, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    That Billy be jammin’ on that hammond B 3 like a DEITY!!! If I was so blessed to scored tickets for that show I’d take my husband and he’d feel as if he were in hammond B 3 heaven!!!

  26. Cory Shird May 25, 2012 at 8:02 pm #


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