“BaD Dog Buffet”
Vance Gilbert with Comedian Jimmy Pargo
By: Kyle Dowling
Calling him one of his “favorite musical acts of all time,” Pardo introduced Gilbert, praising his ability to deliver raw emotion and excitement in both his material and his performances. Once taking to his chair, after some witty banter on the side of the mic, the folk artist found himself instantly welcomed in as part of the gang.
Throughout the episode, the musician delighted the in-house and at-home viewers and listeners with not only his hilarious personality but also several performances of original tunes –– some off the new album and some from earlier records.
From “Old White Men” and “Waiting For Gilligan” to slower, and oh, so emotional tunes like “High Rise” – which also happened to be Pardo’s wedding song, as he mentioned – Gilbert’s appearance on Never Not Funny is enough to make anyone who wasn’t aware of him and his talents a complete fan by the episode’s end.
For those not in-the-know, Pardo is the opening act on TBS’ CONAN and has appeared on Comedy Central’s @midnight, CONAN and also serves as the host of Write Now! on the Nerdist Channel. His Never Not Funny podcast is considered one of the first, if not the first, podcasts ever around. Which often causes many to call him a podcast “pioneer” alongside co-host Matt Belknap.
Gilbert is very much known for performing alongside fellow folk singer Ellis Paul, who also happened to be the link between he and Pardo … until now. There was even some little chatter about an appearance on NBC’s The Voice, but we’ll have to wait and see about that.
With any luck, we’ll be seeing more folk singers appearing on Never Not Funny in the future. At the very least, hopefully more of Gilbert. Listen and watch the full episode here.
“Vance Gilbert is a living legend who has opened for artists as varied as Aretha Franklin, Shawn Colvin and comedian George Carlin. Gilbert’s jazz-inflected folk guitar features sophisticated melodies and meticulous solo arrangements. Lean back into his chops and admire the pairing of melodic inversions with Gilbert’s storyteller’s eye.” — Ethan Fogus
Vance Gilbert is Pandora Ready!
Listen to crowd pleaser BaD Dog Buffet on Pandora; whether you are home relaxing, or out for a run, BaD Dog Buffet is now always at your fingertips!
The hit television show The Voice held auditions yesterday June 10, and our very own Vance Gilbert gave it a shot!
Vance auditioned for the upcoming Voice season, and with his witty personality, melodic ways, and soulful influences we know he is going to do great!
Fingers crossed that we will see those orange snakeskin shoes gracing televisions all over!
Vance Gilbert Live 6/13: Rockwood Music Hall
7PM- Stage 3
Catch Vance rocking out in New York, NY
Rockwood Music Hall
196 Allen St
Tickets range from $15-$20
Phone: 212.477.4155 Or Visit their website www.rockwoodmusichall.com
P.S. June 13th happens to be National Weed your Garden Day! So celebrate this day by watching Vance Gilbert perform the favorite, “Garden in the Winter”
Vance Gilbert to appear at The Loft at UCPAC in Rahway June 7
By: Suburban News
Vance Gilbert, will bring “the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god” to The Loft at Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway on Saturday, June 7, at 8 p.m. Special guests The Levins will open the show. Tickets are just $20 and can be purchased at ucpac.org. The concert is part of the on-going Split Level Concert Series which highlights critically acclaimed singer-songwriters in a uniquely intimate setting.
As a performer, Gilbert continues to refine his unique union of humor, virtuosity, and the unexpected. Whether with classic, original songwriting or ageless interpretations of covers, Gilbert’s presentation is steeped in deep humanism and bravery, stunning artistry and soul, and contagious, unbridled joy.
Gilbert first burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 90s when the buzz spread through the folk clubs of the Northeast about an ex-multicultural arts teacher who was knocking them dead at open mics. Word got out about this Philadelphia-area born and raised performer, and Shawn Colvin invited Gilbert to be a special guest on her 1992 Fat City tour. Gilbert took audiences across North America by storm.
Gilbert’s latest release, “Bad Dog Buffet,” makes album number 11 in his ever growing, glowing catalogue.
Special guests The Levins will open the show. Ira and Julia Levin combine harmony-driven acoustic folk rock with wistful overtones of the 1930s and the intention of putting a smile on your face. Original tunes, guitar, piano and voices provide a full sound with unexpected harmonies and unique arrangements.
Upcoming Split Level Concerts include: Jeanne Jolly – June 21 at The Loft at UCPAC; Pure Prairie League – Aug. 7 for the Mayor’s Summer Concert Series at UCPAC; Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution – Aug. 14 for the Mayor’s Summer Concert Series at UCPAC; Amy Helm – Aug. 28 for the Mayor’s Summer Concert Series at UCPAC.
Folkie plays to the Passim’s crowd
By Spencer Buell
Posted May. 16, 2014 @ 7:24 pm
Highway-bound and far from home, Arlington folk hero Vance Gilbert said he was looking forward to heading back to A-town this week. Before he heads off solo to Atlantic City in his van, Gilbert is in town for a spot on the Steve Katsos Show, filmed at Arlington’s public access headquarters ACMi, and back-to-back shows at Club Passim in Harvard Square. Somewhere between here and a gig in Baltimore to promote his new album, Gilbert cracked jokes and told stories through speakerphone – hamming it up even for an audience of one.
“I would love to tell you what a magical dream come true it is, but, really, I’m driving south in a minivan,” he said. “It’s a lot of driving interspersed with moments of music and then some airplane flights. You know, I could be selling encyclopedias or working for Geek Squad or teaching biology or doing any of the other magnificently regal and righteous ways of making a living, but I actually play music for a living. I’m the luckiest guy in the world.”
Gilbert has built a following on his amalgam of humor and seriousness, following sad and soulful tunes with funny ones and spicing up live performances with one-liners and observations. He said that’s what the best storytellers have always done, and he tries to fit his act into that tradition. There is his popular “Unfamiliar Moon,” a soaring ode to lost love, and “26 Reasons,” a heartbreaking tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting. But there are also his goofy numbers, like “Sweet Potato Dove,” an up-beat jazzy tune made up entirely of nonsense lyrics. And he is prone to bust out impersonations, like his spot-on Ella Fitzgerald, or take on the Cee Lo Green-inspired persona Bee Lo Blue, just for fun. He said he wanted to bring that spirit to his new album “BaD Dog Buffet,” a record he financed with a crowdfunding campaign – he called it his “VanceFunder.”
“Content-wise, it’s kind of all over the place, which my albums tend to be,” he said. “I really wanted to shoot for a real-feeling album. I think with each successive album, I work to capture that which people say is only captured by hearing Vance Gilbert live.” Right now, he’s considering releasing an album of jazz standards, or maybe all sad songs – he hasn’t decided yet. An Arlington resident for the last 14 years, living here with his dog and his partner Deborah and maintaining a soft spot for Town Day, Gilbert said he has been a supporter of the town’s expanding arts community. Hearing the news that Town Meeting passed a bylaw change to encourage outdoor performance, he said he was all for the idea. “I think Arlington Center, it’s buzzing and it’s cosmopolitan and it’s multicultural – why not have something like that?” he said, challenging local musicians to organize more public performance. “Right on the steps of Town Hall or something, weekly or biweekly, where people could just go down there and see that. That would be a fabulous thing. Get a couple carts where you could get chicken on a stick or tofu in a bucket.”
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BaD Dog Buffet Approved for Pandora
This is more great news for Vance Gilbert, according to Pandora, “We are excited to let you know that your submission for BaD Dog Buffet has been approved. We’ll reach out to you again when it has been added to the Music Genome Project and begins playing on Pandora.” In the mean time, search Vance Gilbert on Pandora Radio and listen to some of his other albums hits!
In the Spotlight: Vance Gilbert
By Jacob deNobel Carrol County Times Staff Writer
”In the Spotlight” highlights the performances of artists and entertainment coming soon to Carroll County venues.
Artist: Vance Gilbert is a Boston-based folk singer/songwriter who is known for his mellow acoustic style, poetic lyrics and ability to blend with many genres.
Gilbert began his career as a jazz singer, but soon switched to the folk scene, performing at open mics around the Northeast in the early ’90s. He soon joined Grammy Award winner Shawn Colvin, performing for audiences around the country on her Fat City tour. In 1994, he released his first album, Edgewise. Since then he has released 10 more albums, including 2014’s BaD Dog Buffet. Throughout his career, Gilbert has received rave reviews from publications including the Boston Globe and New York’s Town & Village.
Though primarily a folk artist, Gilbert cites ’70s pop, R&B and Motown as major influences.
Uptown Concerts, a nonprofit affiliated with Folk Alliance International, is presenting this concert at Baldwin’s Station.
In the past, Gilbert has performed with Arlo Guthrie, Anita Baker and Aretha Franklin. From 2006 to 2007, Gilbert toured with comedian George Carlin.
When: 8 p.m. Thursday, May 8
Where: Baldwin’s Station, 7618 Main Street, Sykesville
Our Pal Vance is at it again! Vance Gilbert’s new album BaD Dog Buffet has listeners raving at his unorthodox ways. Check out this great piece about Vance and his music from Passim.org
“Can something be wry, aching, hysterical, evocative, provocative, fun, beautifully sung, and consummately played all at once? Can it?”
Which brings us full circle to BaD Dog Buffet, the latest in a growing, glowing oeuvre and an evocative catalog created by a cornerstone acoustic artist.”
Vance Gilbert’s BaD Dog Buffet
Can something be wry, aching, hysterical, evocative, provocative, fun, beautifully sung, and consummately played all at once? Can it?
That’d be Vance Gilbert and Vance’s transcendent new album BaD Dog Buffet.
With the generous assistance from a varied list of super-respected guests—including Celtic harpist/singer Aine Minogue, bluegrass boys Darol Anger and Joe Walsh Jr., jazz sax player Grace Kelly, country rock hero Roy Sludge, and guitar mainstay Kevin Barry—this talented man’s musical truth plays out shamelessly on BaD Dog Buffet.
Fully funded by his fans, the record has so far received raves reviews based solely on the material folks knew would be on it! Those who know and love Vance have already enjoyed the wry, life-loving capitulation of “God Bless Everyone,” the seething rocker “Nothing from You,” and the tongue-in-cheek, happy break-up song, “Out the Way We Came In. “First Ring” is a Vance classic, a banjo love story rooted in folk whimsy, while “Kiss the Bad Boys” sounds like what would happen if Bootsy Collins and Bruce Springsteen were trapped in an elevator and ended up writing a song together. “Unfamiliar Moon,” which some may know as Vance’s signature song—a tune that landed him in the second round of auditions of TV’s “America’s Got Talent”—is revisited here in a pared down version with Anger on fiddle.
Other songs deserve your attention, too, but don’t take our word for it. You’ll have to hear the record for yourself.
Like all great artists, Vance truly happens live. In fact he developed his reputation with his jaw-dropping, diverse, funny, devastating, and gorgeous live performances. Arlo Guthrie, Anita Baker, the late George Carlin have all requested Vance to be added to their bills.
When he initially burst onto the Northeast singer-songwriter scene in the early 90’s, buzz spread quickly. Who was this multicultural arts teacher knocking them dead at open mikes? And why was he so funny? One of Vance’s first big gigs, opening Shawn Colvin’s 1992 Fat City tour, flung the door wide open for the artist and he strode gracefully through it, taking much of America by storm and by surprise. “With the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god, it was enough to earn him that rarity: an encore for an opener,” wrote the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in its review of a show from the Colvin tour.
Vance followed with three acclaimed albums for the Rounder/Philo label—Edgewise (1994), Fugitives (1995), and Shaking Off Gravity (1998)—all of which found significant niches on NAC (New Adult Contemporary) and non-commercial A3 radio. These releases were followed by Somerville Live (2000), which was lionized by the Boston Globe as the disc “young songwriters should study the way law students cram for bar exams.” One Thru Fourteen (2002) followed that with a stylistically varied approach that New York’s Town and Village called “lively, eclectic, electrifying and transcending.”
Gilbert followed with a duo album with his friend Ellis Paul, entitled Side Of The Road (2003). Boston magazine lauded the recording as “haunting, artful, and lovely” and it was nominated for a Boston Music Award. Then came Unfamiliar Moon (2005), referred to by the Globe as “the songwriter’s most compelling work; literate, heartfelt, rippling … emotionally resonant.” The Globe placed the album on its Top 10 list that year.
In 2006, Angels, Castles, Covers (2006) displayed his vocal virtuosity, with some unexpected choices from the late 20th century songbook, including the sounds of Motown, the R&B of Al Green, and classic Joni Mitchell …
Vance then launched into a year and a half as support for George Carlin, leading up to the creation and recording of Up On Rockfield (2008), a landmark album noted for being written in the styles of some of his favorite songwriters. Vintage Guitar was one of many media outlets that raved about the album, calling it a must-hear. “Vance’s fervor for composing is as powerful as a Colorado thunderstorm.”
Old White Men, his tenth release, received similar accolades. The Boston Event Guide called it “brilliant, poignant lyricism” while Minor 7th said he sounded in “complete command, provocative … I’m compelled to listen to it over and over,” mused the reviewer. “Vance, you sing like an angel! Is there anything you don’t do well?”
Which brings us full circle to BaD Dog Buffet, the latest in a growing, glowing oeuvre and an evocative catalog created by a cornerstone acoustic artist.