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ARTS

MONDAY,
JuLY 31, 2000

Bumpus goes worldwide for Digital Club Festiva

By Amber Maheson
1hey came top-) at the Blind i(,d
but their concert wjas sorldw ide. It was-
n't your average HBO special, hosvrser.
Chicago-based funk band Bumpus
came in conjunction with the digital
club festival, and performed for a carn-
era as well as a crowd. Their show,
along with those of over 200 eclectic
ac mae nna cr- i v sem-liv vr

teal party.
The digital club netsvork (ssdi-
talclubnetss'orh.Com) beestt its festival
six years ago, and the time appears to
i, te beet slell spent. The sit' islf has
a svelcoming feel; the bands and renues
speak for themselves in an environment
that is simple and easy to navigate. The
2000 festival, which ran from July 22nd
to the 25th, offered live shows almost
around the clock, along with recast
shows and a library of concerts avail-
able for viewing at any time. The
shows, bands, and clubs were profiled
on a calendar within the site, and also
through their own icon at the site's
home page. By including everything
- from the history of a club hosting the
festival, to the food requests of a partic-
ipating band, the festival's producers
explored a new way of interacting with
music fans.
Bumpus began the night playing to a
small crowd on Saturday, July 22nd. An
hour later, their music had the dance
floor of the Blind Pig packed. As the
single female in a group of six, Rachael
Yamagata's presence on stage was hyp-
notic.The contrast between her sultry
soice and the quick rhymes of fellow
singers Brent Puls and James Johnston
created an atmosphere ripe with creativ-
itv. The music went in unexpected
directions, while always maintaining a
distinctively funky sound. Bumpus is

Bumpus in action. For more info about the band, check out www.bumpusweb.com.

capable of sinking low, into saxophones
and heavy bass lines, and then coming
back up in a deliberate frenzy of sound.
Part of that flexibility lies in their
capacity for moving in and out of the
spotlight. Puls played alto sax as well
as the flute, and in between found time
to rap. Johnston handled much of the
singing as well as playing guitar and
piano. Rob Polacheck displayed a
strong performance, both on guitar and
on tenor sax alongside Puls. Combined
with a solid beat by drummer David
Presser and the talents of bassist Travis
Chandler, Bumpus was a united force in
an effort to get people on their feet.
Songs like Bump Crew highlighted
an upb'at sound that was a constant

throughout the set. In their new song
Stethoscope, Chandler and Polacheck
showed the guitar handiwork of pros.
Each song seemed to play host to a dif-
ferent members talents. The end result
was a sexy, complex 'yet smooth mix-
ture of soul, hip-hop and funk.
Bumpus is definitely worth checking
out. Their passion for the music they
produce is clearly evident, and their
energy is infectious. Bumpus will be
back in the area August 18 at The Fifth
Avenue Ballroom in Royal Oak. Their
self-titled first albtum is in stores, and a
second should be available later this
fall.
The festival celebrated unity between
all genres of artists, creating an atmos-

phere intriguing for hesitant fans as
well as hard-core concertgoers. But
s 'Iile fiast-timners to the digital music
scene ma has' enjoyed the multitude
of concerts available at the click of a
mouse, and regulars were probably
impressed with the sound quality and
background information, one thing
was lacking. Upon clicking to a con-
eert in progress, the video quality
turned out to be blurred and slow at
best. The sound was stellar, but 0
images left some things up to the
imagination. The clothes the band
members were wearing, for instance.
And what their faces looked like.
Despite these inconveniences, the
digital club network deserves a second
look. It's trying something few people
have ever tried before, and doing it bet-
ter than most of them. While the festi-
val is over, the site still has tons of co
certs ready and waiting for brave view-
ers.
A few computer plug-ins are required
to experience the full effects of the
show, but the den has accounted for that
too, with links to RealPlayer
(www.real.com/player) and Flash 4
(sde.shockwave.con'shockwave). After
that, the only thing between you and the
music you love is a computer screen.
Which, of course, is better than being
separated from it by the guy in the r
ahead of you with the big head.
agic Bag

The fine and funky Rachel Yamagata.

Jazz guitarist to bring innovative style to M

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l.iny Arts Wrter Stanley Jordan, the two have always
been slightly out of balance: While
Mtlost jazz aficionados will tell you many claimed that his innoative
that geat soloists effuse vit tuosity stylI of two-hand "tapping ae tie
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guitar a melodic capability Ott par
with most keyboard instruments,
Jordan's critics have always won-
dered whether- his chops really coml-
d)nsated for the cmoti- power -
that combination o fIesse, feelins
nd « eniuts Il 1iT rotrttmtanc s
sometimes l lcked.
Still, if h is ove- I hIasis oi tt.-te
Ique 5 a5 Im it that I s tI-cll I '_
caretr has N oinittcosIstmtoat oft'
many would argu thatJordan has -
Ii tar is itl .l itcttzt of
uitarists ' eforel ioc t exprit
erntedt Iith lt o-lssn ht tp o
'ordan t s the first A is to
'xplore the technique as a lode ofd
mulsical expression rIather than an
E d die FallH aIC1n-ish gaimmick
While studying mIlusic at }'.inceton
iln the calyv eighlties, ,Jordan?:' d111'fl-
op)ed thle te11Chique 10theP0in11
whlere he could acc lmpany his own1
solos, pflaying mutile c-melodies
simultaneously.
Jordan's first m o albums --
S9 85 's Ma, is TOLuch" and 96s
.Standards VIlume ""---- ShowNed Oft
hIs skills as all interpreter ofpo nd
"azz classics. w 'ith .Jordan cu ering
everythin _ from Thhelonlious M101k to
Si mlon arfd Gal funTkl. A10t Ng ith
\ ' ltcan N1rsaba..Jordan was hai-led

as one of 1jazzs ysutng saviors. and
while other guitarists rushed to emu-
late Jordan's style, his live erfor-
mtsances attracted lare crovds bent
on catching a glittpse of Jordan's
tchnMique in action.
Jordan's carcer faltered when he
be'tn to run out of materialtt aI prtb-
which was particularly acute on
1 s 1)>,s Flyli tg Ho.e.I On that
jpzz and c sadad or a series of
funk-lit riginals which play like
bild memori s ssith synthesizers and
overlUbs 1er11whseltinst it hatever
oood idcias Jor~din had.
LCcrnucia" : and "Stolen
Moments.- ere both soetthit of' a
return to 1,0-l 1.the latter lanagine
to iCOrplrat. covers of C St)i51rway to
ll eattn.," "Lady in Mys Life and
John Coltranes "Impressions with-
in the salt set.
After recording "Stolecn
MOmttents." 1oreda,1 took a break from
perfrinit" and recording, ilh-
ri ng into semi-retirement :and
keepin' himself busy It devIslop-in
MUsIc education software and
sinaing the praises of "music thera-
py.- DisCumtintts Jordan's 1994 pro-
ject cBolero.' wsoc title track is a
genre-bending remake of R ave's
otrCtcstral work. the iatats scolin-

his nua ac .m.. ar, :.
ued util early this year, whei
Jordan began perfortilng algaits an
started work on a record wvhich i.
dae o1t next year on Arista records.

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