On Thursday December 7th New Monsoon will be celebrating at Terrapin Crossroads, Grate Room, with the ‘Winter Harvest’ concert. This is a special evening as the band will also be celebrating a decade with bassist Marshall Harrell. Marshall joined the full-time touring band in late 2007 and was thrust into the national touring circuit. Bringing a deep groove, a wealth of influences, and a calm Tallahassee Fla. demeanor, Marshall quickly became the perfect fit for the band. After this incredible decade, having played hundreds of shows, and releasing several recordings including ‘New Monsoon Live’ and ‘Diamonds and Clay’, we now will be wishing Marshall all the best in his next endeavor. He will be pursuing medical school at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada. Marshall will continue to be the ‘first call’ bassist in the band and we will look forward to future shows.
Part of the Hogs For The Cause event, New Monsoon and Afrolicious co-headline in the Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room. Object Heavy plays the free Red Room after-party. Tickets: $15 in advance or $18 on the day of the concert.
SUNDAY JUNE 11th • 4:30 PM • DOWNTOWN FAIRFAX
New Monsoon headlines the 40th annual Fairfax Festival, Marin’s premier community celebration. The Fairfax Festival embodies the values that are dear to all Marinites: community, family, social responsibility, sustainability and, of course, a great party.
New Monsoon goes on at 4:30pm. Arrive early! Mark Karan’s set starts at 3:00pm.
Come hear great local music at three stages, shop for crafts and flea market treasures, enjoy fresh, wholesome food, beer, organic wine tasting, entertain the kids in the expanded children’s area, and ponder social and environmental issues at the Ecofest. As always, there will be US PureWater stands so you can refill your water containers.
The Festival is put on by a volunteers group of your friends and neighbors who take special pride in being a 100% volunteer group (no outside promoter needed). So come enjoy this hometown event, and be sure to support local musicians, craftspeople, artists, flea marketers, breweries, and food purveyors
New Monsoon will be hosting a special Rhythm Reunion at Terrapin Crossroads Grate Room in San Rafael, California on Saturday December 10th at 8pm.
New Monsoon is proud to be putting on this special event that will feature their original percussion duo of Brian Carey and Rajiv Parikh. Brian and Raj will be reuniting with New Monsoon at TXR for an evening of music that spans NM’s vast history and influences. The band toured nationally for years with this configuration playing festivals all over the country and the success of those years helped put them and their infectious music on the map.
“They have a collective power that comes off as a real unified force on stage. It’s not just a band, you know? It’s something transcendental.”
– Michael Shrieve (original drummer, Santana)
This will certainly be a rare and special event not to miss!
New Monsoon Rhythm Reunion
Saturday, December 10th, 2016
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
Tickets $20, 16+
By Charlie Swanson
At the heart of longtime North Bay jam band New Monsoon is the instrumental and songwriting collaboration between founding members Bo Carper (acoustic guitar and banjo), Jeff Miller (electric guitar) and Phil Ferlino (keys).
Yet, the sound that set New Monsoon apart when they debuted nearly 20 years ago was their robust and worldly four-man rhythm section. This week, New Monsoon—a quintet since 2008—welcomes original rhythm players Brian Carey and Rajiv Parikh for a special “Rhythm Reunion” show on Saturday, December 10, at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael.
New Monsoon’s origins date back to 1997, when Jeff Miller moved from Boston to Marin County, where Bo Carper, an old buddy from his college days at Penn State, was living in Bolinas. “I just fell in love with the whole thing,” Miller says.
The first incarnation of New Monsoon was Miller and Carper playing Fairfax cafes as a duo with their mutual friend Parikh on the tabla, an Indian percussion instrument.
“It was really unique,” Miller says. “Not too many electric rock and roll projects have a tabla. That was inspiring. And it was the impetus of a lot of the music we wrote in that world-influenced style.”
Also largely influenced by Bay Area legend Santana, New Monsoon’s up-tempo jams and global rhythms were further bolstered when Brian Carey, who plays congas and timbales, joined the group soon after, offering his own Afro-Cuban influence and style. “That was the engine as we call it. The percussion set the table for our sound,” Miller says.
By 2003, New Monsoon was a full seven-piece touring band that regularly traveled coast-to-coast with jam bands like The String Cheese Incident and Umphrey’s McGee, and played festivals like Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits. Retooling into a tighter, more vocally-fronted five-piece in 2008, it today features Miller, Carper and Ferlino with bassist Marshall Harrell and drummer Michael Pinkham.
“We’ve got a lot of different musical facets of the group we can tap into now,” Miller says, referring to the upcoming night of old jams and deep tracks. “For fans that know our music, they’ll hear some surprises on our set list for sure.”
New Monsoon Rhythm Reunion, Saturday, Dec. 10, Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael; 8pm; $20; 415/524-2773.