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The Illustrious Ancestors | Interstellar Country & Eastern in Topanga Cyn
July 3 @ 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
ILLUSTRIOUS ANCESTORS return. An Interstellar Country & Eastern music experience- fresh from the psychedelic fingertips and hearts of a crew of soul searching string/mind benders.
~ Sat, July 3rd, 2021 9PM
We do not serve food. We have limited beverages to share and BYOB (no hard alcohol).
LIMITED GTD SEATING: $25
standing, pillow seat, outside connected corazon gardens.: $15
The Illustrious Ancestors features multi-instrumentalist/urban griot John Kruth (TriBeCastan, Hal Willner) on voice, 🔥ELECTRIC MANDOLIN🔥FLUTE
💥ELECTRIC SITAR, harmonica, and💥BULBAL TARANG (Indian keyed zither), with Willie Aron (The Balancing Act, Syd Straw, Thee Holy Brothers) on💥 KEYBOARD, 💥GUITAR and VOICE, and Joel Martin ( Pearl) on ⚡PEDAL STEEL GUITAR⚡, BASSIST Dave Soyars and DRUMMER Perry Ostrin. Blending their own funky brand of Americana roots with interstellar “Country and Eastern” jams (that blend pedal steel guitar and sitar!) the Illustrious Ancestors freely skip from songs to Kruth’s spell-binding and often hilarious stories to funky, prodigious instrumental improvisation.
THE ILLUSTRIOUS ANCESTORS
“The Illustrious Ancestors bring back the sense of surprise, mystery and adventure that is missing from so much music today. Good luck trying to corner them into a category—every time you think you’ve got them nailed, they throw another curve and you’re back where you started from. Add to that the band’s superior musicianship and open-armed embrace of so many different facets of the musical universe, and you know that the Illustrious Ancestors are truly onto something.”
– Jeff Tamarkin, contributor to Mojo, JazzTimes, Relix, & more.
“What they do is undefinable, kissed by fearlessness, charm and mystery. Add to that heartfelt love for musical expression and serious artistry, along with Kruth’s comic verbal flair. The Illustrious Ancestors, all gifted players mix up great real-time gumbos of Americana-flavored exotica, burning brightly on electric mandolin, electric sitar, harmonica, flute, bulbul tarang (an Indian zither) with Willie Aron on keys and Joel Martin’s spectral pedal steel. Kruth has coined the music “Country & Eastern” so that should give you a fair approximation of their music. But better than trusting me, go to one of their shows – or maybe all of their shows – Be prepared to feel giddy. ”
– Paul Zollo – Senior Editor – American Songwriter, Author of Conversations with Tom Petty and Songwriters on Songwriting
“The authentically strange is at a premium these days. Those portals of shamanic transcendence on a planet so plastered with flash and filigree are still there for the adventurous… ya just gotta poke around, and if you’re lucky, you will find yourself in the same room with the Illustrious Ancestors. What kind of music is this? With its groove and ooze and tonic and spirit, the Illustrious Ancestors’ music shimmers and segues to and fro: psychedelic blues, jazz (funky and free), banshee bluegrass, poetry kooky and sublime, Mississippi Metal, folk fantabulous and fearsome, sublime “Space” worthy of the Dead’s late ‘60s best, if Pigpen were still alive and morphed into a surrealist poet, rhythms global and local… blink your ears and you’ll miss a reference or knowing gesture. There’s real drama here, the kind that gets you gazing into that eternal/internal mirror and ponder what’s going to happen next. There’s wise, sly humor and genuine romance here too. The kind that will put a smile on your puss and keep it there till it hurts as your heart reminds what a great thing it is to be alive.” – Oliver Trager – Author of The American Book of the Dead: The Definitive Grateful Dead Encyclopedia; Keys to the Rain: The Definitive Bob Dylan Encyclopedia and Dig Infinity! The Life & Art of Lord Buckley
“What happens when the Garage rock of ? Mark and the Mysterians goes on a Country bender and then hitches a ride with a refugee Beat Jazz band on the lam? You wind up with The Illustrious Ancestors’ shadowy echoes of the Doors and the Dead tripping in the backseat.” – Kevin Orton Soundblab
“John Kruth is the high-octane raconteur of the Underground, – Legendary Beat composer/musician/author David Amram
As Chief Black Fox (Sitting Bull’s Great, Great, Grandson) said after the Illustrious Ancestors second show: “I hear a lot of music, see a lot of bands, most of them have no soul. But this band, The Illustrious Ancestors has a very big soul.”
“I feel like I’m having a psycho-active experience and I didn’t even eat any ‘shrooms!” – Young Fan
Guest Ancestors at past shows have included Camper Van Beethoven’s Victor Krummenacher on guitar and voice, and Jonathan Segel, violin, guitar and voice, as well as Victoria Williams on vocals and Chinese harp – So you’ll never know who is going to show up to jam!