Alien Music Club is an eclectic blend of alternative music in diverse musical genres ranging from all forms of rock to jazz to funk to anything in between with intelligent lyrics and a playful sense of humor.
So excited to get the band back together to play some Live Jazz for the Lawn Concert Series at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall here in Asheville this coming Thursday July 30th! Here's the info:
The Alien Music Club Jazz Quartet has been entertaining loyal, local audiences as the house band at Barley’s Taproom in downtown Asheville every Thursday night for the better part of a decade. The band features Jonathan Pearlman on guitar, Taylor Pierson on piano, Zack Page on bass and Ben Bjorlie on drums. Specializing in innovative takes on well known jazz standards, the group intuitively creates fresh, new arrangements on the fly. This performance will delight jazz aficionados as well as those less familiar with the genre.
Come enjoy an evening of live music, food and drinks at the Isis patio and lawn. Reservations are highly recommended.
More new tunes to be featured on an upcoming album. This one called “Please Don’t Make Me Cry”. Written with my dear friend Chuck Lichtenberger and originally performed in the group The Archrivals with Tim Haney on drums. This recording features Chuck on piano and Jaron Pearlman on drums and mixing. https://youtu.be/BjgYAUNfT6c
And this one called “Mr. Positive”. A positive song from a dream I had...a message of love and hope. Featuring Carol and Leo Bjorlie on Cello and Upright Bass. https://youtu.be/FH5RbMzsE7I
June 8, 2020
I want to say thank you.
Thanks for the music…jazz, blues, latin, soul, rock…pretty much all of it came from you. I can’t even begin to list all the names but they include Miles, Coltrane, Herbie, Ella, Billie, Hendrix, BB King, Wes Montgomery, Marvin Gaye, Aretha, and on and on and on.
Thanks for the humor…Pryor, Murphy, Chapelle, Chris Rock, Katt Williams, Steve Harvey, Tracy Morgan, the list goes on forever.
And all the sports heroes and role models. The actors and actresses. The doctors and scientists and educators.
Thanks for giving us our culture, our language, our ways of greeting each other, our mannerisms, everything hip and cool.
Just thank you.
June 2, 2020
Yes I’m still here. Yes, I’m still making music! Like so many artists, I’ve used this time in seclusion to compose new material and rediscover material from the past. Much more to come! Here is a new offering called “St. Lucia”. A beautiful place with equally beautiful people.
May 27, 2020
Like so many others, I have been very busy in my studio! This is a very Beatlesque tune which has stood the test of time, written with an old friend (Donald Lehman) in the early 80’s. A very memorable, catchy song from many moons ago with a Latin feel (like “And I Love Her”) with classic Everly Brothers style harmonies. I had fun recording it and look forward to playing it for you, my friends, when we get back to playing live music again.
Greetings to all during these difficult times. We are all anxious to get out and about again, and to hear some live music, but no one knows when this will happen or what the “New Asheville” will be. Here’s a very informative article on this subject:
Also, as you can imagine, local musicians have been hit hard during this crisis, along with business establishments catering to the music industry. Many people have asked where they can contribute to the cause and one good place is the Musician Relief Fund here:
Another way is to contribute to virtual tip jars at the many online performances on Facebook.
We don’t know how or when, but we hope to resume the Jazz Jam at Barley’s at some point in the near future. We also hope to see live music reappear in this new environment we find ourselves in. We know it will happen because we are resilient, and we will bounce back better than ever!
JP Alien Music Club
April 2, 2020
As this crisis unfolds, we are hoping you are safe and secure. All Jazz Jams and gigs have been cancelled due to Covid 19, of course, and we are hopeful that the situation will resolve in a reasonable time frame. In the meantime, help those nearest to you, and keep in mind the suffering of those less fortunate. Here's to a bright future full of music, love and laughter!
March 10, 2020
I am pleased to report that Alien Music Club raised $1,200 for BeLoved Asheville last Friday night at the “Bad Girls and the Aliens of Soul” Dance Party at Isis Music Hall! Every cent of the proceeds are going to this amazing, grass roots organization which continues to do so much good for so many people! My heartfelt thanks goes out to the many people who showed up and partied with us, despite the inclement weather! The same goes out to Isis Music Hall and Scott Woody & family for co-hosting this event and contributing their support. And to my incredible bandmates without whom none of this would be possible! Please consider volunteering or donating to this grassroots, people powered non-profit at www.BeLovedAsheville.com.
February 18, 2020
Alien Music Club is again sponsoring and event to benefit BeLoved Asheville at Isis Music Hall at 8:30 on Friday March 6, 2020! Soul! Funk! Disco! Come strut your stuff! The Bad Girls & Aliens of Soul gonna take you back when bell bottoms & miniskirts reigned fashion supreme! Donna Summer and the Bee Gees were at the top of the charts! Put on your polyester and get on down! It's all for an very worthy cause, so come party with us!
January 19, 2020
I am beyond pleased to report that we raised well over $1,000 for BeLoved Asheville last night at the Alien Music Club Dance Party at Isis Music Hall! Every cent of the proceeds are going to this amazing, grass roots organization that continues to do some much good for so many people! My heartfelt thanks goes out to the many people who showed up and partied with us, despite the inclement weather and the overwhelming entertainment choices Asheville has to offer any given night! The same goes out to Isis Music Hall and Scott Woody & family for hosting this event and contributing their support. And to my incredible bandmates without whom none of this would be possible! Looking forward to doing it again in the near future! THANKS!
January 2, 2020
Very happy to announce that Alien Music Club is sponsoring a fundraiser for BeLovedAsheville.com on January 18th, 2020 at Isis Music Hall! This amazing, grassroots organization is doing beautiful things for our city, and we are pleased to join the effort. The event is a Dance Party with a terrific 7-piece band fronted by fabulous vocalists Peggy Ratusz and Paula Hanke! You can party down knowing that your dollars are helping those less fortunate right here in Asheville! The ticket link follows some information about some of what this great organization does.
BeLoved Asheville Village This is a ground-up community funded and built project for people getting pushed out of our community via gentrification, those who face housing discrimination, or people who are currently homeless.
Proud to be Brown A new cultural arts and leadership initiative with LatinX youth that involves cultural history, creating communal art pieces and community projects, and learning from local LatinX community leaders.
Free Farmers Markets for Elders Our Farmers Markets share food with tables spread with table cloths and food in baskets and are often accompanied by live music, food tasting, and nutrition lessons. We host multiple free markets throughout the week in our community!
BeLoved Liberation Station The community center works off of mutual support meaning that we do not have one class of people serving another, but all of us helping and resourcing each other in community. Everyone shares their gifts and everyone cares for each other!
Rise Up Studio is an artists collective where artists who are living in poverty or are experiencing homelessness can create art and music, heal through creativity, and sell their art to support themselves and their families.
Our Street Musicians Guild supplies street musical artists with donated instruments, strings, recording support and free workshops/lessons.
Get your tickets here: https://isisasheville.com/event/bad-girls-the-aliens-of-soul/
December 22, 2019
We're doing it again! "The British Are Coming" tribute to the British Invasion at Isis Music Hall in the Lounge on Saturday January 25th, 2020! Expect a scaled down, acoustic version of some of the best music ever captured on vinyl!
December 22, 2019
Coming up soon! "Bad Girls and The Aliens of Soul" at Isis Music Hall January 18th, 2020! Soul! Funk! Disco! Come strut your stuff! The Bad Girls & Aliens of Soul gonna take you back when bell bottoms & miniskirts reigned fashion supreme! Donna Summer and the Bee Gees were at the top of the charts! Put on your polyester and get on down! Proceed to benefit BelovedAsheville.com!
December 1, 2019
Sold out show at Isis Music Hall last night for our reprise of our Etta James Tribute! Fantastic crowd, wonderful band, great sound, great stage, great food and staff! What more could you ask for?
October 30, 2019
Put on your best 60s-70's costumes cause it's gonna be a Peggy Ratusz & Daddy LongLegs epic dance party on Saturday, Nov 2nd! Only $5 cover will get you a 6 pc band playing nostalgic Motown, Blues, Old School Soul, 60's and 70's Rock, 70's Disco and Swing! Every foot will have a beat to dance to! Isis Music Hall Main Stage 8:30pm! www.isisasheville.com
Bonnie Raitt turns 70 on November 8th so what better time to reprise our very successful show “Love Letter”, that pays tribute to the Queen of Bottleneck Blues! Featuring Peggy Ratusz and Paula Hanke on vocals, Jonathan Pearlman (guitar/vocals), Kelly Jones (guitar/vocals), Aaron Price (piano/vocals), Ben Colvin (saxophone), Rob Geisler (bass) and Ben Bjorlie (drums). Ambrose West at 8pm. Tickets are available NOW! http://www.ambrosewest.com
October 8, 2019
So much happening right now! We have booked two repeat shows of "The British Are Coming" one at Isis Music Hall (a more intimate, scaled down version) in the Lounge on Saturday January 25th, 2020; A full band version at White Horse Black Mountain on April 18th, 2020. Closer in, we're looking at a Peggy Ratusz & Daddy Longlegs Dance Party at Isis on Saturday November 2nd, 2019; a Bonnie Raitt Tribute at Ambrose West on Friday November 8th, 2019; an Etta James Tribute at Isis on Saturday November 30th, 2019; and numerous other shows that I will post on Facebook! Very excited and thankful for all these gigs and shows! At the same time, looking forward to getting back to work on new, original material that has been in the works for quite a while.
September 17, 2019
Our British Invasion Tribute show “The British Are Coming” last Saturday at Isis Music Hall was a huge success! All I can say is thank you thank you thank you! To everyone who helped make this dream a reality, this magnificent band, wonderful venue, amazing friends and appreciative crowd that filled the fabulous Isis Music Hall to capacity! I sincerely hope we get to present “The British Are Coming” again in the future, don’t know where or when. Right now just basking in the glow and feeling so much gratitude! Much love and peace to you all!
July 26, 2019
July 26, 2019
On Saturday September 14th, Alien Music Club Presents "The British Are Coming"! The British Invasion Re-Imagined, with elements of Jazz, Country, Western Swing, Alt Rock and Funk! Great fun with top notch musicians in a fantastic setting, Isis Music Hall in Asheville! Featuring Peggy Ratusz (vocals/percussion), Bruce Lang (guitar/vocals), Jonathan Pearlman (guitar/vocals), Grant Cuthbertson (bass), Micah Thomas (drums/percussion/vocals), Ryan Stigmon (saxophone/pedal steel), and Aileen “Big Al” Pearlman (vocals), this is an event not to be missed! Expect tears of joy and an uplifted spirit! Tickets $10/advance $12/door. Doors 6:00pm, Show 8:30pm Tickets and Information Available at: http://isisasheville.com/events/
July 12, 2019
Friday August 9th at 7pm, "Paul Simon Meets The Beatles at Summer Tracks"! This will likely be the last performance of this consistantly sold out show. Join us in Rogers Park Amphitheater in the Town of Tryon, North CarolinaBring a comfy chair, and cooler if you like. Summer Tracks is a "cooler friendly" event for sensible, of-age patrons, but we do NOT sell alcohol. You can certainly bring your own, but we encourage you to purchase your evening's beer/wine from The Tryon Bottle just down the street.
July 3, 2019
The Bonnie Raitt Tribute show at The Grey Eagle here in Asheville was a huge success! What a wonderful, sold out audience! We look forward to doing it again on November 8th, which is Bonnie's birthday! Big thanks to everyone who came out! Peggy Ratusz killed it, as did Ben Bjorlie, Aaron Price, Rob Giesler and Kelly Jones. There are some video clips on Facebook.
Also, here are some recent videos from our Paul Simon/Beatles tribute show that we will again present at The Tryon Fine Arts Summer Tracks Series on August 9th, 2019:
Coming up on Sunday June 30th, we reprise our sold out show from 3 years ago: Love Letter: Bonnie Raitt Blues at The Grey Eagle. It will be a partially seated show, with plenty of room to dance! TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE AT THE GREY EAGLE WEBSITE! FOLLOW THIS LINK: https://www.thegreyeagle.com/event/1860883-love-letter-bonnie-raitt-asheville/
May 2, 2019
April 3, 2019
Great News! Another Encore Performance of "Paul Simon Meets The Beatles" is scheduled for one of Asheville's finest venues Isis Music Hall! Sunday, April 21st at 7:30pm! Tickets at https://public.ticketbiscuit.com/IsisAsheville/Ticketing/371224
Scaling down obscure and beloved Beatles tunes, and bridging the acoustic sensibilities of Simon with the rock aesthetic of the Beatles, Paul Simon Meets The Beatles will soothe, move and groove you! Guitarist and virtuoso, Jonathan Pearlman’s (aka, JP) influences are far-reaching, absorbing Lennon/McCartney, Hendrix, Clapton, and Motown. Guitarist and virtuoso, Jonathan Pearlman’s (aka, JP) influences are far-reaching, absorbing Lennon/McCartney, Hendrix, Clapton, and Motown. Jazz-fusion bands of the early 70’s were also influential, like Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report and Frank Zappa. He also hosts the weekly Alien Music Club Jazz Jam at Barley’s Taproom in Asheville every Thursday night. “It’s a great opportunity to meet and share musical ideas with some of the best players while at the same time mentoring young musicians!” Hendersonville, NC based guitarist Eric Congdon has a low-key virtuosity. His style radiates both skill and charm. Peggy Ratusz is a well-established presence in the Asheville music scene. Chosen as Best Blues Artist by Mountain Xpress for ten years running, she’s a willing servant to Jazz, Blues and Old School Soul. Where would most any notable act in the area be without Drummer/percussionist Micah Thomas plays with panache and with the heart of an old soul. An affable and charming young man, his professionalism and skill are what make him an “in-demand” and “go-to” player. Plus, for this performance, we are adding electric violinist Paul McIntire. Paul McIntire is a seasoned professional Violinist with decades of varied experience. He creates a unique blend of artistic expression, technical prowess and audience appeal. His extensive repertoire encompasses a diverse collection of musical styles.
February 27, 2019
Sold out show (again!) for Alien Music Club's "Paul Simon Meets The Beatles" show at The Artisan of Flat Rock last Saturday! This will be the last performance of this particular show, at least for the time being, but another is in the works! BIG thanks to everyone involved...band members, audience and the management of this outstanding venue! And especially to Ken Voltz for this photo!!!
February 11, 2019
Saturday February 23rd at 7:30pm, Alien Music Club presents “Paul Simon Meets The Beatles” at the Artisan of Flat Rock. Paul Simon and The Beatles provide the soundtrack for many peoples’ lives! No matter where else I may go, musically speaking, I seem to always return to my roots with Simon/Lennon/McCartney for inspiration. That’s why I’m stoked to bring this heartfelt, rocking show to the new Artisan of Flat Rock! This is an mostly-acoustic show features Peggy Ratusz (vocals; percussion), Eric Congdon (guitar; vocals), Grant Cuthbertson (bass), Micah Thomas (percussion) and myself (guitar; vocals). Many of these tunes ring true now more than ever! Expect an exciting, thoughtful and uplifting performance! https://www.facebook.com/events/502811560249594/
February 10, 2019
December 23, 2018
Lots of exciting developments on tap in 2019! The Alien Music Club Jazz Jam at Barley's begins new, earlier Winter hours in January (8-11pm), and continues to draw nice crowds and new talent. "Elvis, The Early Years" takes the stage at Ambrose West on Tuesday, January 8th at 8pm! We reprise our "Paul Simon Meets The Beatles" show on Saturday, February 23rd at 7:30pm in Flat Rock, NC at a wonderful, new venue called The Artisan of Flat Rock. Also, Another "top secret" tribute show is in the works! And, two album projects are progressing! Happy New Year to all, and thank you for your interest in all things Alien! JP
November 2, 2018
I am at a loss for words but I’ll try anyway! Packed house full of happy people singing along to our favorite Paul Simon and Beatles tunes at the BLOCK off Biltmore last night! My Heart is full of gratitude and we will be making a generous donation to one of our favorite charities, the Eliada Home for Children! Special thanks to Campbell MacQueen and crew for making us feel so welcome & at home. Michael our engineer was fantastic and it just happened to be his 50th Birthday! My Alien Music Club bandmates outdid themselves: Peggy Ratusz, Eric Congdon, Micah Thomas & Grant Cuthbertson ! And all our wonderful friends who came out to show their love...just overwhelming! Thanks to all, and let’s do it again soon!
September 13, 2018
We are happy to announce an encore presentation of last May's Paul Simon/Beatles Tribute! It will be Friday November 2nd, 2018 at THE BLOCK off biltmore in Asheville, NC! The concept of scaling down obscure and beloved Beatles tunes hatched during a conversation Peggy Ratusz shared with Jonathan Pearlman several years ago. They figured, with all the tribute and specialty shows taking place around the country, no one had truly done much with Beatles tunes, other than copy them verbatim. Pearlman has been brainstorming arrangements and Ratusz tests them out during their many acoustic shows together. Encouraged by the applause they receive each time they do their versions of classics like Oh Darlin, Two Of Us, Back in the USSR, I’ll Follow the Sun, they decided it was time to put the finishing touches on these songs and present them in a special show. Because the two of them grew up listening to, learning and playing Paul Simon tunes, they determined it to be a no brainer, to throw some of his greatest hits into this special night, bridging the acoustic sensibilities of Simon with the rock and roll aesthetic of the Beatles. Their buddies Eric Congdon on guitar and vocals and Grant Cuthbertson on upright bass along with Micha Thomas on kit and percussion, will add the missing links to the arrangements and play key roles in bringing their concepts/arrangements to fruition! For ONE NIGHT ONLY: “Bridge”, Paul Simon meets the Beatles will soothe, move and groove you!
September 13, 2018
July 13, 2018
This will be a rocking reprise of a show we did a couple of years ago! Can't wait!
May 16, 2018
Friday night was AMAZING! (Alien Music Club’s Paul Simon/Beatles tribute show at Ambrose West!) The room was full, and everyone had a great time, especially the band! Feeling very thankful and grateful. And so much love, applause and even standing ovations! I’m kind of sad and relieved at the same time after so many months of preparation and rehearsals, but hopefully we will do it again. Gracious thanks to everyone, especially my band mates, Peggy Ratusz, Eric Congdon, Grant Cuthbertson and Micah Thomas! You Guys Rock! And to Ambrose West where everyone made us feel so welcome, especially our Sound Tech (Bernard)! He made it sound SO good! (Thanks to Kate Kinney Barber for the photo! Video to come from Frank Zipperer!)
March 16, 2018
Friday May 11th, Alien Music Club presents “Simon & Garfunkel Bridge The Beatles” at the new Ambrose West. Paul Simon and The Beatles provide the soundtrack for many peoples’ lives, mine included! No matter where else I may go, musically speaking, I seem to always return to my roots with Simon/Lennon/McCartney for inspiration. That’s why I’m stoked to bring this heartfelt, rocking show to the gorgeous, new Ambrose West listening room in West Asheville (thanks to Sam Katz)! This is an all-acoustic show featuring Peggy Ratusz (vocals; percussion), Eric Congdon (guitar; vocals), Grant Cuthbertson (bass), Micah Thomas (percussion) and myself (guitar; vocals). Some of these tunes ring true now more than ever! Expect an exciting, thoughtful and uplifting performance! https://www.ambrosewest.com/peggy?mc_cid=27c56e01e4&mc_eid=a9a5dd3f4e
February 16, 2018
January 11, 2018
Announcing our Encore Performance of Alien Music Club featuring Best in Blues Vocalist Peggy Ratusz: “Out of the Blue(s)” at Isis Music Hall Sunday January 14th at 7:30pm! ThisREPEATperformance isBACK BY POPULAR DEMANDand features inspired interpretations of tunes by diverse artists such as Gregg Allman, Chuck Berry, Joan Osborne, The Eurythmics, and many more, crossing over in styles from Jazz to Blues to Soul and beyond. Peggy Ratusz, Best in Blues vocalist will be featured as well as saxophonist, Frank Southecorvo and Alex Taub on keys! If you didn't catch the show back in November at Altamont Theatre, here's your chance again, cause this is guaranteed to be one you don’t want to miss!
I’m pleased to announce the first Alien Music Club show (other than the weekly Jazz Jam) in 12 years at the Altamont Theatre November 18th, 2017! It will feature Peggy Ratusz, chosen as Best Blues Artist by Mountain Xpress for ten years running! More information to follow.
August 31, 2017
Dosta (Remastered) is now available on CD Baby and Bandcamp along with Bonus Tracks! Check it out on the Music Page! Thanks for listening!
May 19, 2017
The Alien Music Club Jazz Jam family! Seven years and still going strong!
May 13, 2017
Great picture by Frank Zipperer of us at The Salvage Station is Asheville! Looking forward to playing there again next Saturday May 20th!
May 13, 2017
January 15, 2017
Every once in a while, as a musician, you get unsolicited praise from unexpected places. A teacher from London asked permission to use an Alien Music Club song in a school project by 9 and 10 year olds in a science film they made! “We are a small school in south-west London, and have used your amazing song ‘Crash Landing’ in a science film we have made. We were wondering if we could have your permission to use it in the film and then submit to a school competition…Lots of lovely 9 and 10 years olds would be thrilled at this opportunity and we really hope you could help us out. A new generation awaits to discover your music!” Of course, I was more than happy to grant permission! https://youtu.be/L1dMu4p268A
December 29, 2016
The AMC Jazz Jam January Lineup Poster!! Brad Pope does it again!!
December 19, 2016
What better time than the Holidays, and just days before Christmas, to come together as one – audience and entertainers - to lift up our voices in song? Best of WNC 2016 in 3 categories, Peggy Ratusz brings together some of the finest instrumentalists and vocalists in the area for this annual concert tradition! ‘Everybody is a Star’ is a fitting moniker to umbrella 2 sets of gospel, inspirational, uplifting affirmation songs made famous by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Al Green, The Beatles, Mary Gauthier, Nina Simone, The Staple Singers, Patty Griffin, Sting, Maria Muldaur, Curtis Mayfield, Joan Osborne and more! Sharing the stage is this stunning line up of Asheville Stars: Rhoda Weaver, Ryan Barber, Aaron Price, Paula Hanke, Jonathn Pearlman, Mare Carmody, Ben Bjorlie, Ashley Heath, Grant Cuthbertson, Peggy Swain and Linda Mitchell. And of course your hostess for the evening, Blues Chanteuse, Peggy Ratusz! Everybody is a star; One big circle goin’ round and round!
December 19, 2016
June 30, 2016
Great Photo by stephen houseworth photography from our Etta James Tribute at Isis Music Hall back in April 2016! Peggy Ratusz and Paula Hanke on vocals; Jim Arrendell on drums/vocals; Alex Taub on piano; Grant Cuthbertson on bass; Jonathan Pearlman on guitar and Frank Southecorvo on saxophone. It was a sold out show! We're doing it again on November 18th, 2016 at The White Horse in Black Mountain! http://www.whitehorseblackmountain.com/
Blast from the past! I forgot about this one. Kudos to the great Robin Tolleson on drums!
January 15, 2016
R.I.P. David Bowie. You will be missed. It's all been said. I can only add my voice. His life was his art and his art was inspiration personified. He died with dignity, humor and creativity.
December 8, 2015
Sunday December 13th on the ISIS Main Stage in Asheville, it’s "Peggy Ratusz presents Jingle Belles and Beaus, a Holiday & Christmas Celebration!" — 8pm Blues Chanteuse Ratusz puts together a cavalcade of Asheville’s best singers and instrumentalists for an exceptionally exciting show filled with traditional popular Christmas & seasonal songs. The Belles and Beaus Peggy’s brought together is a stellar line up indeed: Paula Hanke, Caitlin Krisko (lead singer of the Broadcast), Jesse Barry, Sidney Barnes, Krista Tortora, Evalina Everidge, Darlyn Cain, Aileen Pearlman, Charlotte Sommers and Briana Hollifield. Aaron Price on piano/keys, Jonathan Pearlman on guitars, Michael Hynes on bass and Justin Watt on drums!
November 25, 2015
Excited to announce that an independent film company in Brazil has expressed an interest in using one of my tunes in an upcoming production! Julio Benck, director for Fradê Produções will be using the track "Ways To Die" from the album "Dosta" (see music page), in the film "Compreensão". Big thanks, Julio, and can't wait to see the film!
August 14, 2015
AMC Jazz Jam off the hook last night! Smokin' Sonny Rollins set followed by an "army" of badass sax players including a rare appearance by Ruby Mayfield, an unexpected performance on tubular bells(?) by Jason DeCristofaro, and those anonymous "tips" in the tip jar! Check out the Alien Music Club Facebook page (see 'Links') to see what I'm talking about!
June 19, 2015
Very excited to be performing a Bonnie Raitt Tribute this summer and fall, playing guitar with the very talented vocalist Peggy Ratusz, accompanied by a kick-ass group of musicians! We will be at the Tryon Fine Arts Center on July 3rd (http://www.tryonarts.org/)and in the fall at ISIS Restaurant and Music Hall in Asheville. The band includes veteran musicians like Mike Barnes on guitar, Aaron Price on keys, Ben Bjorlie on drums and Michael Hynes on bass, among others!
April 6, 2015
This Wednesday April 8th, I’m very excited to be featured at Jazz Night at the Phoenix in Brevard along with the fantastic house band: Jason DeCristofaro on Vibes, Cameron Austin on Bass, and Bill Berg on Drums. We’ll be doing some of my original material along with some tasty jazz standards! — 8 - 11 PM, no cover.
Sunday, April 12th is a very special event at Tressa’s from 6 to 9pm —“Hitsville, Hipsters to Hippies, Sounds of the 60’s” an ultra-cool and groovy fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis. The house band will be Alex Taub (Keys), Jim Arrendell (Drums/Vocals), JP (Guitar/Vocals) and Jake Wolf (Bass). Peggy Ratusz and Anne Marie Garic put this event together and Peggy reached out to many great vocalists and assigned iconic tunes to match their vibe! Tax deductible cover/donation for the event is $15.00 adults; $10.00 teens and college students; $5.00 for kids 12 and under. Don't let the suggested donation deter you. NO ONE will be turned away at the door. Give what you can. It will be a "FUN"raiser for MS after all!
March 3, 2015
AMC Jazz Jam at Barley's in Asheville keeps going strong, and I'm proud to say is a vital part of the music scene! The band killed last night, burning through a set of tunes by the great Lee Morgan! Meanwhile, new tunes always in the works, and frequent gigs with wonderfully talented musicians. All this and a vibrant, beautiful city! What more could a person ask for?
February 24, 2015
The Alien Music Club Jazz Jam is still going strong, in spite of the winter weather! The quality of musicianship and variety of players is astounding! I'm quite honored to be part of it all. The studio work continues, albeit at a slower pace...waiting for the next wave of inspiration. Last Sunday night's performance "I Got A Right To Sing The Blues" at The ISIS in Asheville featuring vocalists Peggy Ratusz and Harry Schulz was a huge success! Upcoming gigs include Southern App Brewing in Hendersonville this Saturday 2/28 with Peggy Ratusz, The Purple Onion in Saluda, NC with Joseph Hasty on 3/21.
December 1, 2014
August 17, 2014
It has been a very busy summer with the AMC Jazz Jam, gigs with the Archrivals, with Stephaniesid and Crybaby...plus several guest appearances with local jazz artists! Really fortunate to have so many talented and gracious friends to perform with! Laying down trax for the new Stephaniesid album, and continuing my own writing and recording. Taking a breather from live performances this fall as Crybaby and The Archrivals go on hiatus. Just added a new CD Baby music player. Enjoy!
June 15, 2014
Two, groovy Archrivals shows coming up this weekend! Saturday 6/21 at The Phoenix Lounge in Brevard, NC 9pm, and ISIS Sunday Jazz Showcase in West Asheville 6/22 @ 8pm!
May 8, 2014
So proud to have been a part of this wonderful band/event!
April 4, 2014
SO glad Spring is finally here! Working on new tunes as always, plus some cover tunes. One is a collaboration with my son, Jaron Pearlman. The Alien Music Club Jazz Jam every Thursday night at Barley's Taproom in Asheville continues to thrive and grow! Who would have thought we'd still be doing this almost three years straight? I'm so fortunate to be able to share the stage night after night with world class players and singers!
March 1, 2014
Looking forward to opening for Jonathan Scales Fourchestra at Gottrocks in Greenville, SC tonight with my band The Archrivals! Planning to sit in on song or two with Jonathan and his amazing band!
January 6, 2014
Here is a link to my son Jaron Pearlman's new CD "Musings". It is amazing! http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/thenoonefaction2
January 2, 2014
What an incredible way to bring in 2014 playing with my dear friends in Stephaniesid at ISIS in Asheville! Special thanks to FRANK ZIPPERER for this perfect picture!
January 2, 2014
December 28, 2013
Happy New Year from Alien Music Club! If you are near the Asheville area, please join us at THE ISIS Restaurant & Music Hall where I am pleased to be performing with two of my favorite bands "Crybaby" and "Stephaniesid"! Details here: http://isisasheville.com/calendar/full-calendar/
November 23, 2013
Free AMC downloads on Bandcamp! Individual tracks or entire albums. Enjoy...Cheers!
September 10, 2013
So much going on these days! The weekly AMC Jazz Jam at Barley's continues to grow in popularity. I am looking forward to numerous bookings with The Archrivals and with Crybaby! If you are in the Asheville area and would like information on these and other musical events, email me at email@example.com and I will add you to my weekly email blast! Cheers, JP
July 3, 2013
BIG thanks to all who came out for our Wes Montgomery Tribute last week at the Jazz Jam, to the Archrivals show at Jack of Hearts, and to the Crybaby show at ISIS! What a wonderful, memorable week. We love you!
June 14, 2013
Man, LOTS of guitarists, bassists and keyboardists at The Jazz Jam at last night...probably because of John Mclaughlin and his band down the street at The Orange Peel! Big, energetic crowd filled with mostly stunned musicians. After the Chick Corea set, stage was packed all night and the music off the hook! Highlights include Stephanie Morgan, Andy Page, Chris Morgan and an amazing drummer/keyboard couple from DC, as well as this funky as hell badass bassist who's name I didn't get. Perhaps we should get McLaughlin to play here more often?
May 14, 2013
This Thursday, May 16th, marks the 2-year Anniversary of the AMC Jazz Jam at Barley's! It's hard to believe that it was May 2011 when we first got the okay to bring our jazz jam to Barley's! We're very happy to say it is alive & well, thanks to all of you! Come help us celebrate with music by Wayne Shorter! Barley's Taproom, downtown Asheville, Thursdays from 9-midnight!
April 12, 2013
Nice review of the latest AMC album "Dosta"! Thanks to Bold Life Magazine and Brent Fleury!
April 12, 2013
April 8, 2013
A lot has been happening in Alien Music Club Land of late. We are performing songs from the new album in two bands I am proud to be part of, THE ARCHRIVALS and CRYBABY. In fact, The Archrivals will be headlining at Charlotte's Visulite Theatre on April 19th and featuring tunes by AMC! Meanwhile, the weekly AMC Jazz Jam at Barley's Taproom in Asheville, continues to grow! The sheer number and virtuosity of musicians is astounding. It takes place every Thursday at 9pm if you happen to visit our fair city. If you would like more information about when and where, this and that, please feel free to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and ask to be added to the "Asheville Jazz & Blues" update newsletter, which is emailed out once a week. Thanks for your interest in Alien Music Club, and all things alien and music!
February 5, 2013
February 5, 2013
February 4, 2013
January 5, 2013
The new Alien Music Club CD "DOSTA" is here! Influenced by Roger Waters, Tom Waits, Donald Fagen, Ian Hunter, Dizzy Gillespie, Django Reinhardt, The Beatles, and so many others. No love songs, no politics. Introspective and wryly humorous. A bit of a manifesto...a document for anyone who cares.
This one is very special because my son, Jaron Pearlman, acted as producer and played/sang on several tunes. Will Mitchell added tracks and acted as co-producer and mastering engineer. Their prowess made this project come alive! Both of these young men are tremendous artists in their own right, so check them out on the "Links" page!
December 7, 2012
Great clip from last year's Archrivals show at The One Stop in Asheville!
December 7, 2012
October 28, 2012
Thanks to Frank Zipperer for this awesome pic from Stephaniesid Bele Chere performance 2012!
August 2, 2012
In the final stages of production on the new release! Expect the unexpected as AMC continues to morph and evolve. I am so excited to have my son Jaron Pearlman as co-producer on this project! He's currently drummer for the Indigo Girls among his many projects and has been touring the country, playing some of the world's finest venues to sell-out crowds! In addition, he's an excellent audio engineer with a degree from the Art Institute of Atlanta. This is AMC's first project produced entirely on the ProTools platform, so the sound quality is superb! The material, as I mentioned, is...well, different! All vocal tunes, no instrumentals. Stay tuned!
June 15, 2012
June 15, 2012
June 15, 2012
Excellent pics by Frank Zipperer of the AMC Jazz Jam at Barley's in Asheville!
May 31, 2012
Here is a link to a recent article written about me in Rapid River Magazine by Eddie LeShure!
April 11, 2012
Tomorrow night is my singing debut at Barley's here in Asheville! It's COLE PORTER night & these tunes must be sung! It's gonna be fun! Here's the setlist: Night and Day -
I Love You -
What Is This Thing Called Love -
Iíve Got You Under My Skin -
Just One of Those Things -
All of You -
I Love Paris
March 21, 2012
March 21, 2012
March 21, 2012
March 19, 2012
Tomorrow Night, March 20th, Alien Music Club will perform original jazz compositions at the Asheville Original Music Series at The Altamont Theatre. JP on guitar, Chuck Lichtenberger on piano, Zack Page on bass, Justin Watt & Tim Haney on drums! We start around 8pm. The first set features my original compositions, and the 2nd set is an open jam! For more info:
March 18, 2012
Last night I had the opportunity to play with a living legend...Ike Stubblefield! What a thrill! He's the real deal...cut his teeth with Motown artists like Four Tops, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder. Backed up Al Green, Ike & Tina Turner, Curtis Mayfield, B.B. King, The Pointer Sisters and George Benson. He's still going strong kicking off 2012 with a new CD, featuring 5, new 2012 Grammy winners performing on it, and he himself performing on 29 Cd's last year CeeLo, Jimmy Herring and most recent Ruthie Foster"s "Let It Burn" to name a few...
February 21, 2012
Great article from Blue Ridge Now written by Robin Tolleson about me and the AMC Jazz Jam:
Robin Tolleson Overtones
Published: Friday, February 17, 2012 at 4:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 4:52 p.m.
I kind of got into jazz backwards," admits guitarist Jonathan Pearlman ("JP") of Alien Music Club. "I grew up listening to Clapton, Hendrix, Allman, blues-oriented stuff. Steely Dan had some of the best jazz guitarists ever. Jeff Beck has always been a huge influence. I listened to Stevie Wonder, and got into Brian Setzer.
"The more you listen, the more you realize that it all came from jazz and blues originally. That's the reservoir, and the deeper you get into it, the more hooked you are. (John) Scofield is one of my heroes because he straddles those worlds. He'll jump from traditional jazz into blues in a heartbeat."
Alien Music Club hosts a jazz jam session every Thursday at Barley's in Asheville. Keyboardist and co-emcee is Chuck Lichtenberger, with whom Pearlman also performs in the rock-jazz group The Archrivals. "Chuck's really the one that mentored me about jazz," he says, "and got this jam going too."
There's no one set lineup in Alien Music Club, but you'll often find Ben Bjorlie on drums, Zack Page on upright bass, Jason Rodriguez on sax and Justin Ray on trumpet. "The idea of a ‘club' fits it, actually. It's a great opportunity to meet people, rub elbows and talk about jazz and music in general. It's a shmooze," JP says.
"We have subs," he explains.
"Anybody who comes out on a regular basis and is interested and knows the tunes could sub when Chuck and I have a gig out of town. There's a great pool of talent here."
Aspiring young players have been joining the jam too. "A lot of 12- to 16-year-olds have been coming out and getting their first chance to play with more experienced guys," he says. "They're sharing their newfound love of jazz with us. We've also had a lot of vocalists come out. You never know what's going to happen."
Each week they highlight the music of a different jazz superstar during the first set. Pearlman posts the tunelist online in advance so that participants can "learn the head and get comfortable soloing over the changes."
"We do seven tunes by a specific composer — Wayne Shorter, Miles or Coltrane, Horace Silver, Ellington, Dizzy, Monk or Herbie (Hancock). All that fun, great stuff. It's timeless," JP says. "Some nights are a little harder than others, like Mingus. It's educational for me."
Most of the material is taken from the popular jazz songbook called The Real Book. "We're trying to put easier tunes first in the set so that kids can get up and play, and then go home and get ready for school the next day. Tunes like ‘Footprints,' ‘Night In Tunisia,' standards," he says.
"My goal is to be able to play the head on ‘Donna Lee,' to solo over ‘Giant Steps.' You can spend your life trying to conquer that hill," the guitarist says, smiling. "I love watching other people just play circles around me. That keeps me from getting smug. There's always somebody better."
There is no sign-up sheet at the jam. Lichtenberger patrols the floor to see who might perform during the more open-ended second set. "Chuck's good at pairing people together," he says. "He finds out who's there and who wants to play, and then puts together little bands. Each lineup plays a couple songs, and there are no rules except that you know how to play the song you call."
Occasionally, as at any jam, the train slides off the track. "You pick it back up," Pearlman says. "I've learned from this experience that you don't apologize, you don't admit defeat, you don't say anything about it, you just keep on going. You plough through it because maybe the next tune or the one after will be a real gem."
February 21, 2012
The AMC Jazz Jam features tunes by the great Sonny Rollins this Thursday 9pm at Barley's!
tenor madness -
st. thomas -
strode road -
pent up house (latin) -
"Rollins is recognized by many for the length and quality of his career, one not easily matched in the world of music. His melodic sensibilities, playing style and solos have influenced several generations of musicians."
February 20, 2012
February 15, 2012
February 14, 2012
Alien Music Club has been asked to appear as part of the Asheville Original Music Series at the Altamont Theatre on March 20th. We will be performing my jazz compositions, many of which have never been played in public in a beautiful, acoustically-perfect, black box theatre setting! The show starts around 8pm. For more info: http://www.avlmusic.org/
February 14, 2012
Also, my band The Archrivals will be performing live on the air at WNCW this Friday Feb. 17th @ 3pm! Tune us in if you can (you can stream from the website!) and come see us at Barley's in Spindale the same evening!!
February 14, 2012
The first Asheville Improvisational Music Festival is coming to The Magnetic Field Thursday Feb. 16th thru Saturday Feb. 18th!
Here is a link to event pages: https://www.facebook.com/avlimprov?sk=events
Performers include Like Mind Trio, Spork, Jonathan Scales, Shane Perlowin, The Page Brothers, and many more! The Archrivals will be performing on Saturday.
This great event will shine a light on the Asheville music scene in new and exciting ways!
February 14, 2012
The AMC Jazz Jam at Barley's, 9pm this Thursday Feb. 16th features compositions by DIZZY GILLISPIE!
tour de force -
a night in tunisia -
woody n you -
con alma -
groovin high -
salt peanuts -
FREE as always!
February 7, 2012
The AMC Jazz Jam at Barley's, 9pm this Thursday Feb. 9th features compositions by Horace Silver!
song for my father -
nica's dream -
sister sadie -
senor blues -
opus de funk -
mexican hip dance -
Hope to see you there!
January 31, 2012
The AMC Jazz Jam at Barley's, 9pm this Thursday Feb. 2nd features compositions by Wayne Shorter!
adam's apple -
black nile -
fee fi fo fum -
witch hunt -
yes and no -
FREE & FUN, as always!
January 2, 2012
The AMC Jazz Jam features Thelonius Monk this Thursday at Barley's 9pm!
These are some of the more challenging Monk tunes!:
bemsha swing -
off minor -
green chimneys -
brilliant corners -
ruby my dear -
criss cross -
December 23, 2011
I'm very excited about the new material we are working on for the next CD! It's definitely a departure from anything that's gone before! At the same time, it's drawing FROM everything that has gone before. No release date as yet, but I will keep you informed, right here! Happy New Year to all!
December 18, 2011
The AMC Jazz Jam really rocked last week! This Thursday, December 22nd, we will be covering tunes by Thelonius Monk:
i mean u -
blue monk -
in walked bud -
round midnite -
rhythm a ning -
well u needn't -
straight no chaser -
No Cover, All Ages Welcome, 9:00-12 midnight!
December 13, 2011
The AMC Jazz Jam Thursday night 12/15 @ Barley's will feature tunes by Herbie Hancock!
maiden voyage -
one finger snap -
dolphin dance -
eye of the hurricane -
oliloquai valley -
watermelon man (headhunters)----
The jam goes from 9 to midnight! This one's gonna rock, so come join us!
November 29, 2011
Here are the artists whose music we are featuring this month at the AMC Jazz Jam: Dec. 1st-John Coltrane; Dec. 8th-Chick Corea; Dec. 15th-Herbie Hancock; Dec. 22nd-Thelonius Monk; Dec. 29th-HOLIDAY(no jam)
November 25, 2011
AMC Jazz Jam at Barley's 9pm this Thursday featuring Coltrane's Favorites:
body and soul --
my favorite things --
night has 1000 eyes --
but not for me --
dear old stockholm --
afro blue --
Hope to see you there!
November 22, 2011
No Jazz Jam this week due to Thanksgiving! We'll be back next Thursday though, 9pm at Barley's Taproom in Asheville!
November 14, 2011
It's John Coltrane Night at the AMC Jazz Jam next Thursday @ 9pm! Special Guest piano master: Pavel Wlosok! Setlist:
syeeda's song flute
November 6, 2011
Thursday 9pm at Barley's, the AMC Jazz jam features tunes made famous by icon Miles Davis:
someday my prince will come --
you don't know what love is --
if i were a bell --
freedom jazz dance
October 30, 2011
It's Miles Davis Night #1 at the AMC Jazz Jam at Barley's 9pm Thursday! Come join us on these tunes or any others you care to play:
So what --
Tune up --
7 steps to heaven --
All ages welcome and No Cover!
October 23, 2011
The AMC Jazz Jam this Thursday 9pm at Barley's will feature tunes by Joe Henderson:
black narcissus --
home stretch --
inner urge --
October 17, 2011
This week's AMC Jazz Jam, Thursday 9pm at Barley's features tunes by the incomparable Cole Porter:
Night and Day (Latin A section) (Key of C) --
I Love You (Fast) (Key of F) --
What Is This Thing Called Love (New Orleans Style) (Key of C) --
I've Got You Under My Skin (Latin-Bb) --
Just One of Those Things (C) --
All of You (Eb) --
I Love Paris (Latin A section-Swing B section) (Key of C) --
Come on out & enjoy this beautiful Fall weather with some seriously hot jazz!
October 2, 2011
The AMC Jazz Jam Thursday at Barley's features Charlie Parker! Setlist:
little suede shoes,
As usual, we start at 9pm. No Cover, all ages!
September 26, 2011
We're going to start posting the AMC Jazz Jam setlist here each week for those who want to get a head start on learning the tunes. This Thursday is Bill Evans night. Here's the setlist:
Stella By Starlight,
Alice in Wonderland,
Green Dolphin Street,
July 15, 2011
The new greatest hits CD, "Flashback" is now available at CD Baby! You can link to it from the music page on this website. It's 12 of carefully chosen tunes spanning a period of about 10 years and many musical styles/genres! A great overview of what we do.
July 15, 2011
The Alien Music Club Jazz Jam is going like gangbusters at Barley's Taproom here in Asheville, every Thursday night at 9pm. It's becoming a gathering place for the best musicians and jazz fans, just as we'd hoped! Friend us on our Facebook page to get details each week as we spotlight a different jazz composer...Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver and many more!
June 20, 2011
Outstanding show at Mo' Daddy's last Friday! The first ever Alien Music Club live performance was a great success! Thanks to The Archrivals for opening/closing the show, and everybody who came out to celebrate with us!
May 25, 2011
The first EVER Alien Music Club LIVE SHOW will be happening on June 17th at Mo' Daddy's in Asheville and will coincide with a "Best of" CD release. The new CD is called "Flashback" and will be available here and on CD Baby. We're really looking forward to this event! If you live in this area or plan to visit, we'd love to see you there!
April 30, 2011
The AMC Jazz Jam is going on NOW, every Thursday at 9pm at Barley's Taproom in Asheville, 42 Biltmore Avenue! The quality and number of musicians joining us has been stellar! It seems to get better each week. If you live in the Asheville area or plan to visit, and if you're a jazz fan, come join us at Barley's. If you want to know who the featured artist is this week, go to our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/jpearlman3#!/pages/Alien-Music-Club/159691987395778
March 5, 2011
The Alien Music Club weekly jazz jam begins this month at Barley's Taproom here in Asheville, NC! Each Thursday night, we will feature a different composer for the first set, like Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, Horace Silver, and many others. Musicians are welcome to sit in with the band! During the second set, you can choose the tunes you want to perform with us! We hope this event will become a fixture in the ever-expanding Asheville Musical Universe!!
October 22, 2010
We've been extremely busy recording and playing live with Stephaniesid, The Archrivals, Crybaby, and Peggy Ratusz Daddy Longlegs band. The new material is sounding fantastic...sort of John Scofield meets Donald Fagan. I'm attempting to get all my gig information updated on Facebook where you can friend me to keep up with what's happening. Cheers, JP!
October 20, 2010
Stephaniesid, a band I am very proud to be part of, was just voted Asheville's Favorite Rock Band in the Mountain Express Poll! For more information, go to http://www.stephaniesid.com/
May 25, 2010
Played a wonderful gig with Stephanies ID at Downtown After 5 last Friday! HUGE crowd, thousands of adoring fans! The band played very well. It was quite an experience. Video clips can be found at http://vimeo.com/11958979 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5YmT8J55FI
April 4, 2010
Very excited about new tunes taking shape! Hopefully, a new CD will be forthcoming in the not too distant future! If you live in the Asheville, NC area, you can catch some of my gigs by going to www.myspace.com/alienmusicclub.
April and May are turning out to be busy months. Cheers! JP
March 8, 2010
Great weekend playing with Stephanie's ID on Saturday and Peggy Ratusz on Sunday. Lots of money raised for Haiti! What a pleasure to be in the company of so many fine musicians. Link up with me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jpearlman3