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Cafe Bourbon St Launches The Summit

Columbus Ohio’s Cafe Bourbon Street is taking over the bar next to it and launching a seperate venue, The Summit. They’re starting things off with a bang:

FRIDAY SEPT 5
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BOURBON STREET

TREE OF FERN 9:15
MIKE REP & THE QUOTAS 10 PM
UNHOLY TWO 11:15
SWORDHEAVEN 11:45
DEAD SEA 12:15

THE SUMMIT

YOU’RE SO BOSSY 9:30
THE LINDSAY 10:15
SLIDE MACHINE 11PM
NECROPOLIS 11:45
HUGS & KISSES 12:30
DON CABALLERO 1AM

SATURDAY SEPT 6
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BOURBON STREET

TIME & TEMPERATURE 9
MARY ANN’S 9:45
LARA YAZVAK 10:40
NIGHT OF PLEASURE 11:15
PSYCHEDELIC HORSESHIT 12MIDNIGHT
GOOD COMPANY 12:45

THE SUMMIT

BLACK SWANS 9:15
BYGONES 10
EL JESUS DE MAGICO 10:45
GRAFTON 11:30
CHEATER SLICKS 12:15
TIMES NEW VIKING 1AM

we will be selling tickets starting friday the 22nd at cafe bourbon street, 2216 summit. there will be a limited number of tickets (130) which will be good for both sides. the remaining tickets will be good for the summit ONLY. please contact the bar for details, 614-268-9377.

Noel Sayre Columbus Memorial

There will be a gathering at the Surly Girl Saloon on Thursday for friends of Noel who weren’t able to make it to West Virginia for his funeral. Details:

Noel Sayre Memorial
Thursday August 7th, 8:00pm
Surly Girl Saloon, Back Room/Parlor

I was wondering if you could do me a little favor and get the word out about our get together for Noel this Thursday. We are asking people who have known Noel over the years to come on out and share a night with us. We’ll have some pictures and perhaps some music. We’ll be in the back room at Surly Girl.

We are also attempting to compile a CD of some of Noel’s various contributions to the Columbus music scene over the years. We hope to have those available Thursday for people to enjoy.

Donewaiting.com Presents Alina Simone + Jerry DeCicca (Black Swans) Wednesday

MP3: Half My Kingdom by Alina Simone

One of my favorite parts of SXSW this year was seeing Alina Simone. I’m super excited to be hosting her show here in Columbus tomorrow at the Surly Girl Saloon. Music starts promptly at 9PM and the show is free.

Joining the show will be dear friend Jerry DeCicca, known to most as the man behind The Black Swans. This is going to be a great night of music and I hope you can be there.

Alina was recently on NPR. And in The Other Paper.

Details on Noel Sayre Memorial Service and Donation Info

From Jerry DeCicca of The Black Swans:

Hello friends,

First, I owe many of you nice notes in response to yours, but please know I’m thinking of you and appreciate what you’ve shared. I’m super touched by all of your good words.

Below is information on how to attend Noel’s memorial service and how to make a donation to ease some of the financial burden associated with his accident.

The service takes place this Saturday July 12th at the first Presbyterian Church in Huntington, WV. There will be visitations between 12-2pm, followed by a service.

First Presbyterian of Huntington
1015 5th Avenue
Huntington, WV 25701
(304) 523-6476 Fax: (304) 523-6478
http://www.firstpreshuntington.org

The Columbus Music Co-Op has set up a non-profit account for us to deposit funds in order to help cover Noel’s funeral expenses. All remaining money, and money earned in the future, will be used to set up a music scholarship at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio in Noel’s name.

Checks can be made to “Noel Sayre Memorial Fund” and sent to:

noel sayre memorial fund
c/o columbus music co-op
2895 neil avenue #390a
columbus, ohio 43202

Or paypal: columbusmusiccoop@yahoo.com

RIP Noel Sayre: Message from Jerry DeCicca of The Black Swans

This e-mail was sent from Jerry of The Black Swans about Noel:

Dear Friends and all,

I have some very sad news to share.

Noel Sayre, my friend and bandmate for 13 years, died early in the
morning of July 3rd due to a swimming accident in Portsmouth, Ohio on
Tuesday July 1st.

He entered the hospital in a coma and never came out of it, his heart
eventually slowing down. In the I.C.U., we listened to Rachmaninoff
and Clive Palmer, two of Noel’s favorites. He spent his time in the
hospital with his close friends and girlfriend, Kristy, who played a
big part in his happiness during the last year.

Noel and I began playing music together on New Years Eve of 1995,
opening a show for the Yips and the Bassholes at Bernies Bagels in
Columbus, Ohio. We split $100 for that gig, and so began a partnership
that quickly became a strong and lasting friendship that the Black
Swans based themselves upon.

We were always more Heckle & Jeckle and Penn & Teller than Simon &
Garfunkel, as we shared an idea about music as art, posing as
entertainment, that we explored over hundreds of gigs and several
recordings. Musically, I always stood in Noel’s shadow and Noel always
felt he was my shadow. We spoke in code, a short-hand, that sometimes
alienated others and sometimes amused them. We were kindred spirits in
many way and couldn’t be more different in others. He was quiet and
articulate, rowdy and beyond shy, hyper intelligent and incredibly
dense. I think I knew him better than anyone and it is safe to say
there was a lot I never saw. It is shocking to think he will no longer
be a part of my physical life. We both imagined that we’d be standing
on stage together when we were 80, an appropriate age for our favorite
tempo.

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Update: RIP Noel Sayre (The Black Swans, Pretty Mighty Mighty

July 8 Update: Details on funeral services and donations.

8:32PM Update: Jerry from The Black Swans has sent this message.

4:14PM Update: Dispatch obituary here.

1:51PM Update: Aaron Beck from Columbus Dispatch just e-mailed me and said that Noel died 1:08AM today.

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From Cringe.com:

I just got a call from a long time friend of Noel Sayre’s. The violinist for The Black Swans and Pretty Mighty Mighty was rescued from nearly drowning in Portsmouth, Ohio Tuesday evening, but remains in very critical condition. A few more details can be found here.

Send some good thoughts to Noel, his family and his friends.

Well wishes also in the message board

Noa Babayof

MP3: At Your Death by Noa Babayof

For some reason, Israeli musician Noa Babayof reminds me of The Black Swans. I think it has a lot to do with her delivery – deep, precise, and heavy enough to knock you over while retaining a simple beauty.

The other reason she reminds me of The Black Swans is the music is something you really need to pay attention to. At first listen, you might be a little confused. Am I listening to classical music? Folk? Israeli Pop Opera? But after you settle down with it, everything is pleasantly revealed.

Download the MP3 linked above and click here to see dates of her upcoming tour.

The Black Swans on Tour Again

Columbus Ohio’s The Black Swans are once again about to head out on tour. Here are the dates.

2/28– Columbus at Rumba w/ Baby Dee
2/29- Chicago at the Hideout w/ Odawas
3/1– Indianapolis at Big Car Gallery
3/3- Houston at the Mink
3/4- Austin at Emo’s w/ Salim Nourallah
3/5– Dallas at Club Da Da w/ Salim Nourallah
3/7–Albuquerque at Aomtic Cantina w/ Trilobite
3/8–Phoenix at Trunk Space
3/9– Pioneer Town at Pappy and Harriet’s
3/10–Los Angeles at Bordello
3/11- San Francisco at 12 Galaxies w/ Oxbow (acoustic)
3/12– Eugene at Sam Bonds
3/14– Portland, OR at Laurelthirst
3/15– Seattle at Sunset Tavern (early show 7pm)
3/16– Bellingham at Temple Bar
3/17– Missoula at Badlander w/Pillar Saints (Black Swans do all Irish dance songs)
3/18– Salt Lake City at Nobrow Coffee
3/19– Denver at Old Curtis St. Bar
3/20 –Lincoln, NE at Box Awesome
3/21– Des Moines, IA at Vaudeville Mews

Previously: Pitchfork loved their new album. So did we.

The Black Swans on Daytrotter

That illustration by Brendan Kiefer is amazing. I’d pay for a large size version, seriously.

Anyway, listen to The Black Swans on Daytrotter here.

Previously: Donewaiting.com Reviews New Black Swans Album

Album Review: The Black Swans, “Change!”

MP3: Shake

The Black Swans’ Jerry DeCicca is never hesitant to divulge his inspirations – Leonard Cohen, Townes Van Zandt, Bert Jansch – hell the guy’s writing a book on Dylan. But as far as songwriters go he’s much more concerned with carving his own slice into the American experience, much more concerned with creating his own classic American enigma like Blood on the Tracks through tireless dedication to craft and execution, rather than learning how to do so through stoned replays of his favorite records. His seclusion from modernity and wholly original voice are what sets him apart. It might just take decades to decode such a puzzle.

With Change! DeCicca no longer walks in darkness, it’s not exactly a blinding beacon of light but it could be the first rays of sun peering in between the curtains of an apartment that contained a long night of wallowing. Change! is achingly beautiful in every way, wounded but resilient. There is still longing and desperation (and still some sex on the brain – see “Slide on Down”), but hope slowly boils in the fold.
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