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Friday, July 17, 2009
Gluten-Free Talent in NYC!!! 7/22/09

I am really lucky to have a bunch of very talented people in my NYC Celiac Disease Meetup group. Our first showcase of one of our own talented Celiacs will be at Arlene’s Grocery on July 22 when rock band Devi, featuring NYC Celiac Disease group member Deb, performs live! Arlene’s Grocery will have gluten-free drink specials throughout the show and you can purchase CDs from Deb for only $8 (regularly priced $10). Come out and support a fellow Celiac at a fun and new kind of meetup event for our group!

Date: July 22
Time: 8 PM
Location: Arlene's Grocery, 95 Stanton street (b/w Ludlow and Oorchard)
Cover : $8, 21+
RSVP today!

More about Devi:
DEVI (pronounced "Davey")is a rock power trio from Hoboken NJ, led by a woman Lucid Culture calls "one of the great guitar players of our time." This is "an utterly bad-ass power trio," says Midwest Record, with "a sense of humor, swagger, blistering guitar chops, looks, and the smarts to fuse niche with mass market." Italy's Audiovideofoto magazine adds "something tells us we are witnessing the birth of a rock star."

DEVI got its start when Debra saw John Hummel playing drums in a tiny Hoboken NJ bar. John is an in-demand drummer who has made albums with Amfibian (Phish lyricist Tom Marshall's band), Black Market Radio and C.C. Coletti. When early Devi bassist Dan Grennes was hired to perform in Toxic Avenger: The Musical, John and Deb brought in bassist Keith Mannino, who had played with John in Black Market Radio, the popular heavy rock band led by Peter Cornell (Chris Cornell's brother).

DEVI's debut album, Get Free, bursts out of the gate with the powerpop gem "Another Day" and closes with a hypnotic jam cover of "The Needle and the Damage Done." Live, the band "jams with joy and abandon. If adrenaline, crescendos, and heart-wrenchingly beautiful playing are something you would enjoy, get your ass down there." (Lucid Culture)

DEVI roped some talented friends into the Get Free sessions, including keyboardist Rob Clores (Black Crowes, Blues Traveler), jazz clarinetist Perry Robinson, sarod player & singer Wynne Paris (Krishna Das), Michael W. Dean (Bomb), Wiser Time vocalist Carmen Sclafani and producer Anthony Krizan. Redeye USA is distributing Get Free digitally; the CD is available on CD Baby and Amazon. Deb endorses DR Strings and Daisy Rock Guitars.

"Get Free is about the longing for love and the longing for God, and the crazy things we pursue-from sex to drugs to relationships-to try to appease those longings," says Debra, a long-time yoga practitioner. "All our efforts to escape from being human help us evolve," she adds, laughing, "whether we like it or not!"

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Anonymous Debra said...

thanks Erin, i really appreciate what you're doing to bring us celiacs together!!

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