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Chandler Travis Three-O

May 19, 2011 04:19PM ● By Anonymous
But the Avalon thinks that you should be, and this time around (he's played multiple shows with his nine-piece philharmonic in the main theater) welcomes Travis and his "Three-O" to the Stoltz Listening Room, this Saturday evening at 8pm. The $20 show should be chock full of off-beat humor and solid musicianship straight from the artist’s native Cape Cod.

"He’s a true New England eccentric, a master of daft power pop, and live, he plays in his pajamas." -Rob Tannenbaum, Village Voice

The Three-O, like most things in life, started by mistake, as a result of Chandler having a hard time finding rooms large enough to house his nine-piece Chandler Travis Philharmonic. A couple of small, friendly bars opened on Cape Cod that asked him about doing something with just another person or two, which wasn’t at all the direction he’d been going in.

These offers coincided happily with the arrivals in the Philharmonic of string bassist John Clark and jack of all trades (but especially saxophonist, keyboardist, and clarinetist) Berke McKelvey. Chandler had dabbled in smaller formats before, but in Clark and McKelvey he suddenly had two extremely talented and enthusiastic players who shared his passion for detailing, arranging, and rehearsing. Both played beautifully on his recent solo album, 2009's well received After She Left, which turned out to be sort of a petri dish version of the live group to come, and the Three-O was born.

It gradually became evident that the Three-O could play just about anything the full version of the band could play (once they put in the time to adjust the arrangements) and immediately became evident that audiences responded to the tighter focus in a delightful way; clearly picking up on the songwriting, which has always been at the heart of the matter in all of Chandler’s bands.


Saturday, May 21 - 8pm.  $20
Stoltz Listening Room at the Avalon Theatre Box Office: 410.822.7299