CROSS-POLLINATION CLXXXVII - TUES APR 15TH - 7:30-10 PM
ISRAEL GRIPKA
SEAN ROWE

Israel Nash Gripka successfully plies alternative country with the insurgency of latent rock ‘n’ roll. Getting his ‘legs’ in the open prairies of Missouri, Israel has moved to the clogged byways of New York City, without missing a ‘step’. Since his big move this summer, Israel has put together a fitting back up band featuring local troubadours Chris Berneli on drums, Tony Tino on Bass, and Stephen Antonakos on lap and slide guitars. Israel's tunes combine passionate solo hymns of sorrow and distress coupled with full band swoops harkening back to the way music once sounded on the now vintage jukeboxes of the honkytonks and dive bars of yesteryear. Mixed with harmonica fills, cellos, and spoon fed harmonies, the music is an orchestrated piece that breathes on its own. In and out. Live, Israel engages the audience with an intensity like none other, marked by his raucous movements that make you curious as to if the stage might actually collapse. But if it did, the music would play on in stride. Either way, you would never forget it.

"When Rowe gets in front of a microphone, he is transformed into a wizened and grizzled old black griot. He summons up a voice from deep within that begs comparisons to such genre-bending innovators as funk-jazz master Gil Scott-Heron or the late beach bum turned philosopher Ted Hawkins." [Don Wilcock - The Troy Record]

"It seems almost impossible that a performer so slight and Caucasian could produce sounds so bottomless and soulful." [The Skidmore News-Skidmore College]

"Rowe has the uncanny ability in live performance to mimic a 3-piece band."[Metroland Magazine]

“[Rowe has] the grainy, coarse, pulverized and yet full and lumbering voice of a blues singer or an understudy of Tom Waits mixing with the slick, agile, lyrical folk rocking command of a soft-spoken young urban singer/songwriter.” [CD Baby- www.cdbaby.com]

LISTEN TO ISRAEL GRIPKA LISTEN TO SEAN ROWE
CROSS-POLLINATION CLXXXVII ::: Tuesday, APR 15TH
7:30 - Doors Open
8:00 - ISRAEL GRIPKA | myspace.com/israelgripka
8:45 - SEAN ROWE | myspace.com/seanrowe
9:30 - Cross-Pollination set ft ISRAEL GRIPKA & SEAN ROWE!!
10:00 - Guitar Hero