Sep 212018

The Marcus King Band, led by 22-year-old guitar phenom Marcus King, have shared a new song, “Goodbye Carolina,” off their forthcoming album, Carolina Confessions. The band’s third full-length effort, Carolina Confessions will be released October 5 via Fantasy Records. You can pre-order it here.

The band will celebrate the new album’s release on October 5 and 6 with the second iteration of their own in North Carolina music festival and benefit, The Marcus King Band Family Reunion. Curated by King himself, the weekend brings the Revivalists, Nikki Lane, Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket), Chuck Leavell (Allman Brothers, Rolling Stones), and many more to Black Mountain’s Pisgah Brewing Company.

More info on the festival is available here, and see below for all upcoming Marcus King Band tour dates.

Marcus King Band Tour Dates:
9.21 @ Zydeco in Birmingham, AL**
9.22 @ Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in Bristol, TN
9.23 @ Bogart’s in Cincinnati, OH**
9.25 @ The Vogue in Indianapolis, IN**
9.26 @ Thalia Hall in Chicago, IL**
9.27 @ Amsterdam Bar and Hall in Saint Paul, MN**
9.28 @ Gabe’s in Iowa City, IA**
9.29 @ Kilbourn City Live in Wisconsin Dells, WI**
9.30 @ Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI**
10.5 @ The Marcus King Band Family Reunion in Black Mountain, NC
10.6 @ The Marcus King Band Family Reunion in Black Mountain, NC
10.10 @ La Cigale in Paris, France
10.11 @ MCNA in Coulanges-les-nevers, France
10.12 @ Arcadium in Annecy, France
10.13 @ Avignon Blues Festival in Avignon, France
10.15 @ Santeria Social Club in Milano, Italy
10.16 @ Kaufleuten Festsaal in Zurich, Switzerland
10.17 @ Rockfabrik in Ludwigsburg, Germany
10.18 @ Batschkapp in Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
10.19 @ Festsaal Kreuzberg in Berlin, Germany
10.21 @ Knust in Hamburg, Germany
10.22 @ Paradiso Noord in Nieuw-amsterdam, Netherlands
10.23 @ Doornroosje in Nijmegen, NL
10.25 @ The Fleece in Bristol, United Kingdom
10.26 @ Islington Assembly Hall in London, United Kingdom
10.27 @ Night & Day Café in Manchester, United Kingdom
10.28 @ Stereo in Glasgow, United Kingdom
11.7 @ Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, TN*
11.8 @ Songbirds South in Chattanooga, TN*
11.10 @ Volcano Room at Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville, TN*
11.12 @ Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, VA*
11.13 @ The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ*
11.15 @ Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA*
11.16 @ Irving Plaza in New York, NY*
11.17 @ Pearl Street in Northampton, MA*
11.18 @ The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA*
11.19 @ The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA*
11.21 @ Aura in Portland, ME*
11.23 @ Higher Ground Ballroom in South Burlington, VT*
11.24 @ Cohoes Music Hall in Cohoes, NY*
11.25 @ Iron Works in Buffalo, NY*
11.26 @ Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, ON*
11.27 @ The Club at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA*
11.29 @ The Loft in Lansing, MI*
11.30 @ Elevation in Grand Rapids, MI*
12.1 @ St. Andrews Hall in Detroit, MI*
12.2 @ Bluebird Nightclub in Bloomington, IN*
12.4 @ Mercury Ballroom in Louisville, KY*
12.6 @ 9:30 Club in Washington D.C.*
12.11 @ Southbound Music Hall in Augusta, GA
12.12 @ Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA
12.13 @ Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA
12.14 @ Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA
12.15 @ Hargray Capitol Theatre in Macon, GA
1.20 @ Island Exodus 10 in Runaway Bay, Jamaica**w/ Bishop Gunn
*w/ Ida Mae

The Marcus King Band Debut New Song, "Goodbye Carolina"
Source: Guitar Player

Sep 212018

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 — Sarasota, FL, September 18, 2018 – In the aftermath of releasing their second full-length album Home in June, Ari and the Alibis recently geared up for their first international performances in Canada last month. The band played shows in Ottawa and Hamilton, Ontario, accompanied by an assortment of Sennheiser evolution mics — helping to deliver the best possible audio quality. A quintet consisting of vocalist Ari McManus, guitarist Nic Kraster, trombonist James Dabone, bassist Omar Rodriguez, and drummer Damon Owens, Ari and the Alibis are known for their blues-tinged, smoky ballads as well as their clever, catchy up-tempo tunes.

Bringing it on “Home”

The band financed its latest album, Home, partly through Go Fund Me and used Sennheiser microphones throughout the recording process. “Every note you hear on that album was recorded with Sennheiser’s evolution series microphones, and some older, classic Sennheiser mics,” says Kraster. “We were at a point last year when Ari and I were frustrated because we had been talking about doing the album for so long, and for one reason or another kept putting it off. But once we had the right tools in place, it just sparked a fire within us. We put all that excitement and energy into making the album and were really pleased with the results.”

Having already supplied themselves with a small arsenal of Sennheiser backline and vocal mics, Ari and the Alibis checked with Sennheiser on how to best “fill in the gaps” with the remaining pieces they needed to make the recording and mixing process go as smoothly as possible. Both Kraster’s stage and studio setup include a Sennheiser evolution Series e 906 super-cardioid microphone on his Tech 21 Trademark 60 guitar amp, which has been a key asset in capturing the band’s dynamic and stylistic shifts. His guitar work on Home ranges from light textural flourishes to epic, soaring solos, with the e 906 capturing every sonic nuance with pinpoint clarity.

“Some of Sennheiser’s mics are just so ‘industry standard’ at this point,” observes Kraster. “We used the MD 421 for the trombone and snares, the e 904s on the toms, e 902 on the kick drum, the e 914 condensers for the overheads, e 935 mics for background vocals, and all the lead vocals on the album were recorded with a Neumann TLM 102.”

Stylistically, the band spans an enormous variety of genres, from blues to lounge and gypsy jazz to classic rock. Their music also harkens specific time periods from various cultures across the globe. McManus occasionally sings tunes in Spanish, French and even a baroque-era Gaelic accent, making the songs wildly unique and accessible, with a hint of cultural authenticity. After years of grinding out shows in their local Sarasota music scene, the group was soon able to expand their reach outward to cities like Austin, New Orleans, and New York before setting their eyes on Canada and beyond.

Taking it to the stage

The band routinely experiences standing ovations in bars — while even moving some audience members to tears during performances. Ari and the Alibis are inspired by the positive, often very emotional feedback they get from their fans. “No matter where we’re playing, it kind of becomes a theater,” Kraster explains. “The audience is often very quiet, very engaged.”

Much of this positive feedback is a direct result of their talent as performers, but the band is discriminating when it comes to microphone selection. Currently, McManus uses a Sennheiser 2000 Series handheld transmitter with an e 935 capsule when performing live. She adds, “I am extremely confident in the way that Sennheiser captures my entire vocal range.”

Please visit for more information on the band, their upcoming tour schedule, and to listen to their new record.

Source: Guitar Player