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Keller Williams and His Compadres
December 15, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
One event on December 16, 2017 at 8:00pm
“Keller & His Compadres” are returning to Keystone for a two-night run at Warren Station on Friday, December 15th and Saturday, December 16h for the 6th year straight! Join us for two very different Keller Williams shows.
Friday will be a Bluegrass focused set and will feature Leftover Salmon’s Andy Thorn on banjo and Greg Garrison on bass along with Elephant Revival’s Bridget Law & Bonnie Paine.
Saturday night will strike a different tune, as Keller and his compadres including, Keith Moseley (String Cheese), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident, EOTO) & Tyler Grant of Grant Farm will play an electric set that is sure to move the crowd.
Since he first appeared on the scene in the early ’90s, Williams has defined the term independent artist. And his recordings tell only half the story. Keller built his reputation initially on his engaging live performances, no two of which are ever alike. For most of his career he has performed solo. His stage shows are rooted around Keller singing his compositions and choice cover songs, while accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. With the use of today’s technology, Keller creates samples on the fly in front of the audience, a technique called live phrase sampling or looping, With nothing pre-recorded, the end result often leans toward a hybrid of alternative folk and groovy electronica. A genre Keller jokingly calls “acoustic dance music” or ADM.
That approach, Williams explains, was derived from “hours of playing solo with just a guitar and a microphone, and then wanting to go down different avenues musically. I couldn’t afford humans and didn’t want to step into the cheesy world of automated sequencers where you hit a button and the whole band starts to play, then you’ve got to solo along or sing on top of it. I wanted something more organic yet with a dance groove that I could create myself.”
Williams’ solo live shows—and his ability to improvise to his determinedly quirky tunes despite the absence of an actual band—quickly became the stuff of legend, and his audience grew exponentially when word spread about this exciting, unpredictable performer. Once he began releasing recordings, starting with 1994’s FREEK, Williams was embraced by an even wider community of music fans, particularly the jam band crowd. While his live gigs have largely been solo affairs, Williams has nearly always used his albums as a forum for collaborations with fellow musicians. An alliance with The String Cheese Incident on 1999’s BREATHE marked Williams’ first release on the band’s label SCI Fidelity Records, an imprint he still partners with today for recordings. DREAM, Keller’s 2007 release, found him in the company of such iconic musicians as the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, banjo master Béla Fleck, bass great Victor Wooten, American musician/poet Michael Franti and many others.