A Special Evening with Aztec Two-Step 2.0 featuring Rex Fowler & Friends at The Loft - 7/20Saturday, July 20 2019 6:30pm Doors / 7:30pm Start
- Bar Stool
at The Loft at City Winery
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 and partner Neal Shulman went on to spend a lifetime of making music together.
In this new era of Aztec Two-Step following Neal’s retiring, Rex continues on with their catalog (including some of Neal’s originals), expanding the band’s musical legacy with his new ensemble. With 2- and 3-part harmonies and multi-instrumental arrangements, they recapture the essence of the duo's original studio recordings with a new and exciting, yet familiar, sound.
What people are saying:
“I am a super fan of the new arrangements. Prisoner was always haunting, but this has a sound that transcends, elevates this to a new height…”
“…gotta see this 2.0 Aztec!...Soooo good!”
“Dodie is a Guitar Wizard!”
Rex’s new band members:
Dodie Pettit - Acoustic & Electric Guitars, 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 married in 2018 and are the heart and soul of the new Aztec Two Step "2.0" ensemble. Going farther back, as part of the first generation of female rock bands of the 1960s, Dodie was a member of the famed The Untouchable and then followed as a member of The Enchanted Forest. Dodie is 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
Rex and Dodie met Peter recently at a cabaret in Westport, CT when he was sitting in with an exquisite local jazz quartet. Being both an accomplished musician and teacher, they knew immediately that Peter's nuanced and versatile percussive style would be a perfect fit for ATS's diverse musical canon.
Chris Coogan - Keyboards, Vocals
Chris, a renowned jazz pianist, will be sitting with the band for this very special show. Coogan’s credits as a jazz musician include performing with Bette Midler, Donna Summer, Larry Coryell, Ronnie Spector, and Phoebe Snow, and his song Cranberry Isle took the top jazz prize in the 1997 John Lennon Songwriting Competition.