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Chandler Travis Philharmonic Tickets, Tour Dates and Concerts
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About Chandler Travis Philharmonic

The Chandler Travis Philharmonic is a 9-piece ensemble from Boston that includes a horn section, string bass, keyboard, mandocello, guitar, drums, accordion, and singing valet. It’s possible they might be the missing link between the Kinks and Sun Ra…

There’s some chance you may be aware of Chandler’s other band, the Incredible Casuals, or of his earlier work with Travis Shook and the Club Wow; either solo or in one or another of these guises, he has appeared with Elvis Costello, Green Day, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, John Cale, Bonnie Raitt, NRBQ (longtime buds Terry Adams and Al Anderson from the ‘Q played on the first Philharmonic album), Charles Mingus, the Beach Boys, Allen Ginsburg, the Replacements, George Carlin (a guest star on two CTP albums, and a traveling companion for decades), Of Montreal, etc., etc.

The Philharmonic was born in the fall of 1996 at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, on the occasion of Chandler doing a guest shot there with a house band led by multi-instrumentalist/singer Dinty Child. When asked if he would like to add any additional instrumentation, Chandler, having always hated when elderly bands ruan out of ideas to this extent, facetiously suggested “oh yeah,let’s get some horns and chick back-up singers.” Strangely, Dinty complied with the horn part, booking (among others) genius trumpeter Keiichi Hashimoto, and the CTP was surprisingly hatched!

Since then,the band -all colorfully garbed 8 pieces of them, plus singing valet Fred Boak -have introduced the concept of alternative dixieland and omnipop to audiences all over Massachusetts and far beyond (San Francisco,Chicago,and especially New Orleans and New York City have proved particularly responsive -the Village Voice declared them “keenly entertaining”, calling Chandler “a true New England eccentric and a master of daft power pop”, and the band “a blend of Ringling Bros. and Ra” that “puts the harm back in Philharmonic”, and the New Yorker has repeatedly concurred.)

The band released its debut album, “Let’s Have a Pancake”, along with 26 other website-only full-length CDs (the improbable and ground-breaking RadioBall series) in 2000 as a means of welcoming in the new century; five more “official” Philharmonic releases followed, all on the Sonic Trout label, the most recent being 2015′s “Bocce & Bourbon: the Comfortable Songs of Chandler Travis & David Greenberger”, which also features work by most of Chandler’s other projects (including the Incredible Casuals, the Chandler Travis Three-O, and the Catbirds.)


​​"...playful original songs that mix mind-bending wordplay with jazz, shimmering rock, and horn-fueled R & B.” -John Donohue, New Yorker

"A keenly entertaining blend of the Ringling Bros. and Ra...[that] puts the harm back in Philharmonic." -Jim Macnie, Village Voice

"'After She Left" recalls Mose Allison working with Burt Bacharach... gentle romantic elegance... 6 stars!" -Steven Rosen, Blurt

“Dixieland romps, twisted Mardi Gras marches, sweaty 60’s rock, smoky torch songs, and occasional novelties that sound somewhere between Randy Newman and They Might Be Giants, all with hilariously offbeat lyrics. The world would be a better place if Travis would only visit more often.” -Sam Hurwitt, San Francisco Express

"... a strange, wonderful, totally distinct ode to musical mastery and nonsense... imagine Andy Partridge of XTC and Beat poet Gregory Corso, wandering between Saturn and New Orleans to sit in with the Sun Ra Arkestra... at once simple, abstract and wondrous to behold." -Ed Bumgardner, Winston Salem Journal

"What Frank Sinatra is to New York City, what Bruce Springsteen is to New Jersey, what Elvis Presley is to Memphis, Chandler Travis is to Cape Cod" -Daniel McDermott, Provincetown Magazine (cover story)

10 Best Concerts of 2011- Chandler Travis Philharmonic at The Linda (November, 2011) "...not just my favorite show of the year, quite possibly my favorite concert of all time, period. A rare night of something spectacular happening on stage from uproarious virtuoso start to sublime and quiet end.“ -Ted Potrikus, WBCR (Great Barrington, MA)
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Genres:
Jazz, Ominpop, Pop, Rock, Ska, Avant-garde Jazz, New Orleans, Band Music
Band Members:
Kami Lyle, Berke McKelvey, Jerome Dupree, Cliff Spencer, John Clark, Chandler Travis, Bob Pilkington, Dinty Child, Fred Boak
Hometown:
Boston, Massachusetts

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About Chandler Travis Philharmonic

The Chandler Travis Philharmonic is a 9-piece ensemble from Boston that includes a horn section, string bass, keyboard, mandocello, guitar, drums, accordion, and singing valet. It’s possible they might be the missing link between the Kinks and Sun Ra…

There’s some chance you may be aware of Chandler’s other band, the Incredible Casuals, or of his earlier work with Travis Shook and the Club Wow; either solo or in one or another of these guises, he has appeared with Elvis Costello, Green Day, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, John Cale, Bonnie Raitt, NRBQ (longtime buds Terry Adams and Al Anderson from the ‘Q played on the first Philharmonic album), Charles Mingus, the Beach Boys, Allen Ginsburg, the Replacements, George Carlin (a guest star on two CTP albums, and a traveling companion for decades), Of Montreal, etc., etc.

The Philharmonic was born in the fall of 1996 at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, on the occasion of Chandler doing a guest shot there with a house band led by multi-instrumentalist/singer Dinty Child. When asked if he would like to add any additional instrumentation, Chandler, having always hated when elderly bands ruan out of ideas to this extent, facetiously suggested “oh yeah,let’s get some horns and chick back-up singers.” Strangely, Dinty complied with the horn part, booking (among others) genius trumpeter Keiichi Hashimoto, and the CTP was surprisingly hatched!

Since then,the band -all colorfully garbed 8 pieces of them, plus singing valet Fred Boak -have introduced the concept of alternative dixieland and omnipop to audiences all over Massachusetts and far beyond (San Francisco,Chicago,and especially New Orleans and New York City have proved particularly responsive -the Village Voice declared them “keenly entertaining”, calling Chandler “a true New England eccentric and a master of daft power pop”, and the band “a blend of Ringling Bros. and Ra” that “puts the harm back in Philharmonic”, and the New Yorker has repeatedly concurred.)

The band released its debut album, “Let’s Have a Pancake”, along with 26 other website-only full-length CDs (the improbable and ground-breaking RadioBall series) in 2000 as a means of welcoming in the new century; five more “official” Philharmonic releases followed, all on the Sonic Trout label, the most recent being 2015′s “Bocce & Bourbon: the Comfortable Songs of Chandler Travis & David Greenberger”, which also features work by most of Chandler’s other projects (including the Incredible Casuals, the Chandler Travis Three-O, and the Catbirds.)


​​"...playful original songs that mix mind-bending wordplay with jazz, shimmering rock, and horn-fueled R & B.” -John Donohue, New Yorker

"A keenly entertaining blend of the Ringling Bros. and Ra...[that] puts the harm back in Philharmonic." -Jim Macnie, Village Voice

"'After She Left" recalls Mose Allison working with Burt Bacharach... gentle romantic elegance... 6 stars!" -Steven Rosen, Blurt

“Dixieland romps, twisted Mardi Gras marches, sweaty 60’s rock, smoky torch songs, and occasional novelties that sound somewhere between Randy Newman and They Might Be Giants, all with hilariously offbeat lyrics. The world would be a better place if Travis would only visit more often.” -Sam Hurwitt, San Francisco Express

"... a strange, wonderful, totally distinct ode to musical mastery and nonsense... imagine Andy Partridge of XTC and Beat poet Gregory Corso, wandering between Saturn and New Orleans to sit in with the Sun Ra Arkestra... at once simple, abstract and wondrous to behold." -Ed Bumgardner, Winston Salem Journal

"What Frank Sinatra is to New York City, what Bruce Springsteen is to New Jersey, what Elvis Presley is to Memphis, Chandler Travis is to Cape Cod" -Daniel McDermott, Provincetown Magazine (cover story)

10 Best Concerts of 2011- Chandler Travis Philharmonic at The Linda (November, 2011) "...not just my favorite show of the year, quite possibly my favorite concert of all time, period. A rare night of something spectacular happening on stage from uproarious virtuoso start to sublime and quiet end.“ -Ted Potrikus, WBCR (Great Barrington, MA)
Show More
Genres:
Jazz, Ominpop, Pop, Rock, Ska, Avant-garde Jazz, New Orleans, Band Music
Band Members:
Kami Lyle, Berke McKelvey, Jerome Dupree, Cliff Spencer, John Clark, Chandler Travis, Bob Pilkington, Dinty Child, Fred Boak
Hometown:
Boston, Massachusetts

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