Aztec Two-Step 2.0 featuring Rex Fowler, Dodie Pettit & Friends

Friday November 22, 2019
8:00pm
$35 public | $30 members

Originating from a chance meeting at a Boston folk club open mic night in 1971, Aztec Two-Step burst on the scene in '72 with their self-titled debut album on Elektra Records. This first album and their three subsequent albums for RCA Records made the duo staples of progressive FM and college radio, helping to usher the folk-rock music of the 1960s into the 1970s and beyond. Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman went on to spend a lifetime of making music together, performing worldwide and garnering critical acclaim from major U.S. newspapers and music magazines, with appearances on countless radio and TV shows including The King Biscuit Flour Hour and David Letterman. After 47 years, Neal made the decision to retire, and with his support and enthusiasm, Rex carries Aztec Two-Step forward with some exciting changes.

In this new era of Aztec Two-Step, as the duo’s lead singer and songwriter, Rex continues on with their captivating songs (including some of Neal's originals), expanding the band's musical legacy with his new ensemble. With 2 and 3-part harmonies, multi-instrumental arrangements, and Dodie’s electrifying guitar work, they recapture the sound of the duo's original studio recordings. Aztec Two-Step 2.0 performs ATS fan favorites and forgotten gems, and Rex's stage patter still as engaging, funny and poignant as ever

Dodie Pettit: Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals
Accomplished songwriter and recording artist, Dodie Pettit first met Rex Fowler when she was a session player and singer on ATS's 1980 "Times of Our Lives" album. Dodie and Rex were recently married and are the heart and soul of the new Aztec Two Step "2.0" ensemble. A member of the famed The Untouchable, and then The Enchanted Forest, both All-Girl Bands of the mid-1960s, Dodie is also a former Principal Dancer for the American Repertory Dance Company and had a distinguished 15-year career on Broadway as an original cast member of The Phantom of the Opera, as well as appearing in Tony Award winning musicals CATS and Titanic

Steven Muddy Roues - Upright Bass, Blues Harmonica, Vocals
Record producer, songwriter, recording artist and touring musician, Roues has had a rich and fulfilling 40-year career. He continues to perform his original music regularly with The Roues Brothers, Finn & The Sharks and The UpSouth Twisters. Muddy has performed live or recorded with luminaries, B.B. King, Bo Diddley, Howling Wolf, James Cotton, Sam and Dave, The Chambers Brothers, Wilson Pickett, John Hiatt, Joe Ely and David Bromberg. Muddy was an honored band member in the critically acclaimed documentary film, "The Other Side of Nashville" featuring Carl Perkins.

Peter Hohmeister - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Peter is our band’s diamond in the rough whom we recently met at a cozy cabaret in Westport, CT when he was sitting in with an exquisite jazz quartet led by multi-instrumentalist Joe Mao. Over the years Peter has performed as a member of several Connecticut orchestral and theater programs including the Hartford Symphony. He is currently the principal percussionist with the Norwalk Symphony. Being both a revered and accomplished musician and teacher, we knew immediately that Peter's nuanced and versatile drumming style would be a perfect fit for ATS's diverse musical canon.

 

Opening Artist: Buskin & Batteau 

David Buskin & Robin Batteau, with their outstanding percussionist Marshal Rosenberg, have been performing their “irresistible amalgam of melodic, sensual pop, folkie grit and killer wit” (The Washington Post) to critical hosannas and standing o’s for more than thirty years. Their songs have been recorded by many great artists, including Judy Collins, Ladysmith Black Mombazo, The Oak Ridge Boys, Peter, Paul & Mary, Johnny Mathis, Tom Rush, Bette Midler, Astrud Gilberto, Anne Murray, Dixie Carter and Roberta Flack. Their Clio Award-winning jingles have been recorded by “everybody famous with a mouth.”

Yet, with their mix of talent, showmanship, Everly-crisp vocal harmonies and what Stephen Holden of The New York Times calls their “by turns acerbic, funny and plaintive” music and commentary, Buskin & Batteau are consummate entertainers in their own right. “Their harmonies and wonderful presence onstage are as captivating as ever,” says Ron Olesko, host of “Traditions” on WFDU-FM. Rich Warren of Chicago’s WFMT has expressed similar sentiments: “They are something special. I think they levitated the audience. Terrific musicianship, memorable songs and just great-all-around entertainers.”

They have also consistently volunteered their talents and served on boards of numerous non-profits like Why Hunger, Ocean Alliance, The Hole In The Wall Camp and Stand for the Troops.