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OG Garage A Trois: Charlie Hunter, Skerik & Stanton Moore w/ special guest DJ Harry Duncan

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Aug 26 Fri
OG Garage A Trois: Charlie Hunter, Skerik & Stanton Moore w/ special guest DJ Harry Duncan11:00 PM
JaM Cellars Ballroom at Margrit Mondavi Theatre

JaM Cellars Ballroom is located UPSTAIRS in the historic Napa Valley Opera House in Downtown Napa.

Each person does require a ticket for entry. Ages 18+
Doors are 10 PM / Show 11 PM
HOUSE POLICIES*

  • Proof of FULL VACCINATION for all plus your matching photo ID, is required for entry.
  • We will accept one of the following for venue entry: CDC Vaccination Card (or photo)  or a CA Digital Vaccine Card.
  • All ticket prices per person.
  • General Admission Standing.
  • We recommend arriving early for best viewing point

* Policies are subject to change

No Refunds. No professional cameras or outside food and drink.

 GENERAL ADMISSION.

Due to the historic nature of the Ballroom, there are no bathrooms located upstairs. Facilities are located downstairs through the Blue Note Club and are accessible via stairs or the elevator.

Ear Plugs are available for free at the Box Office.

If you have a specific concern or accessibility request for an upcoming event, please contact our Box Office in advance so we may best accommodate your needs.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at the JaM Cellars Ballroom!

1030 Main Street, Napa CA 94559

Box Office: 707.880.2300 (Wed-Sat, 2:30-9:00 pm, Sun 1 hr before doors)

Garage a Trois

Garage A Trois return in the form from which they were born 22 years earlier with a new studio album, ‘Calm Down Cologne.’ Comprised by guitarist Charlie Hunter, saxophonist Skerik and drummer Stanton Moore, OG GAT released its debut album ‘Mysteryfunk’ to wide acclaim in 1999. The band evolved over the pursuant years in various configurations before eventually going on hiatus following its 2015 album, ‘Always Be Happy, But Stay Evil.’ In 2019, however, the original three piece line-up reunited for a handful of shows. This would also result in an afternoon spent recording at Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard’s Studio Litho in Seattle, right across the street from where the band was playing a sold out, three night run at Nectar Lounge. Ace engineer Randall Dunn was invited to document the proceedings and captured the resulting album in one magical session. Dunn would take the tracks back to AVAST! Recording Co. for mixing. With all but a few edits on beginnings and ends of performances, Calm Down Cologne presents the music as it was played in the studio that day.

A high-stepping mind/body elixir, ‘Calm Down Cologne’ finds Garage A Trois in full improvisational flight, composing live, in the moment, on the studio floor. Charlie Hunter on the Hybrid Big6 and Stanton Moore on the drums and cymbals are locked in a mountainous groove throughout. Simultaneously, Skerik conjures the melodic lines with one hand on the saxophone and the other on a clutch of analog keys: Modal 001 synth, Rhodes 54 and Mellotron, among them. The jaunty title track is the only pre-composed piece on the collection, while Seattle singer Christa Wells adds the LP’s sole overdub—a Stereolab-esque inspired vocal matching the sax/keys line on aptly-titled “The Epic.”

Set opener “No Zone” finds OG GAT channeling Stuff with Eddie Harris sitting in. The outcome is electrifying. The album’s centerpiece, the massive “In-A-Pro-Pro,” stretches ten-plus minutes as it checks a number of vital boxes for which Garage A Trois are celebrated: stone cold funk, outer-space breakbeats, ‘70s ‘On The Corner’ guitar grease. Ever the masters of shapeshifting, OG GAT seamlessly reconfigure course on “Numinous,” a dubbed-out descent that winds down the record.

As for the rather curious album title, the story goes that legendary underground Seattle artist Rick Klu gave Skerik the idea when he was describing a bouncer having to use some ‘calm down cologne’ on an unruly patron. More metaphorically speaking, a whiff of Garage A Trois’ new magic potion elicits a “free your mind and your ass will follow” response—truly a much needed balm in these anxiety-ridden times.

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