Scott Ligon's All-Star Freakout! presents The Music of Rami Gabriel

Fri, Jul 12 2019, 9:00pm - $15 - Tickets

Doors open at 7 pm.

Scott Ligon's All Star Freakout and Fitzgerald's Nightclub is happy to host the 1st official Rami Gabriel USB Release Party
Rami Gabriel (Oud player with Alfonso Ponticelli) and the wrecking crew at Alex Hall's Reliable Recorders (J.D. McPherson's "Signs and Signifiers", The Flat Five's "It's A World of Love and Hope", Robbie Fulks and Linda Gayle Lewis "Wild, Wild, Wild") have been busy recording Rami's songs at a remarkable clip since 2016. Having recorded 3 full albums worth of material in 3 years, the guys thought they should take a break from recording and put together an evening of music and fun, while releasing the first 24 songs that have been put to tape. A wide ranging collection of songs and styles will be available for purchase this evening on USB drive format. All songs written by Rami Gabriel and performed by veteran Chicago musicians (members of both NRBQ and Chicago's own The Flat Five) Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough and Alex Hall. 
Lebanese-Egyptian guitarist and oud player Rami Gabriel, who grew up in Toronto, has gained attention in Chicago for his invaluable contributions to the adventurous Jazz Manouche combo led by guitarist Alfonso Ponticelli, Swing Gitan, which performs elsewhere at this year’s World Music Festival Chicago. But the highly skilled musician—who is also an author, a psychology scholar teaching at Columbia College and a recent fellow at the prestigious Center for Black Music Research—has a wide range of musical interests, traversing an array of global styles and approaches. He helps lay down reggae and soul grooves alongside Scott Ligon, Alex Hall and Casey McDonough—all of Flat Five fame—in the quartet RACS, while his 2015 album Oud Blues & New Traditions explored a marriage between Arabic music and Chicago blues. He’s followed up his serious training in Arabic music—with studies in Cairo and Istanbul—with his own spin on the tradition.