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Searing Dynamic Violin Star

American Rock & Roll

Scarlet Rivera

Kevin Bowe Opening!

Scarlet’s show was featured in this week’s Star Tribune “Big Gigs”

As she has proven on recent trips to Minnesota, Scarlet Rivera is more than the mysterious violinist who punctuated “Hurricane,” one of Bob Dylan’s most compelling story songs. Not only did she play on Dylan’s “Desire” and “Hard Rain” albums, she has been a key practitioner of the violin in rock, heard on records by Tracy Chapman, David Johansen, Keb Mo and many others. She’ll be backed by an all-star Twin Cities band featuring guitarists Lonnie Knight and Gene Lafond, keyboardist Matt Fink and drummer Stan Kipper. (7 p.m. Sun., Dakota Jazz Club, $15.) Bream

In the Star Tribune, Jon Bream wrote about “Scarlet’s legendary meeting with Bob Dylan on a Greenwich Village street corner. She had massive hair and a fiddle case in her hand. He rolled down the car window and asked if she could play the violin, invited her for a ride and an audition at his loft.”

Scarlet played a prominent role on both Bob Dylan’s Desire album and his Rolling Thunder Revue tour. In this interview she discusses being discovered by Dylan, working with his co-writer at the time, Jacques Levy, recording Desire and her experiences on the road with the Rolling Thunder band.

Appearing with Scarlet are:
Gary Lopac: Bass
Matt Fink: Keyboards
Lonnie Knight: Guitar
Stan Kipper: Drums
Gene Lafond: Guitar
Billy Hallquist: Guitar

About Scarlet Rivera

Though Scarlet is a composer and performer in her own right, she has made vital contributions to Bob Dylan’s Desire and Hard Rain albums, and was featured in Dylan’s World of John Hammond Special for NBC and film Renaldo and Clara, and several cuts on Dylan’s Biograph and The Bootleg Series. Scarlet is also featured on Keb Mo’s The Door, Tracy Chapman’s Crossroads; Stanley Clarke’s Just Family, David Johanson’s Funky but Chic; Paraphenalia by Peacock Palace; Head Like A Rock by Ian McNabb, Sounds of the Rain Forest by Scott Fitzgerald and has toured with German superstar Peter Maffay.

As a solo artist, Scarlet is an innovator on violin – she composes an original style of music, rich in melody and texture. In collaboration with Tommy Eyre on Behind The Crimson Veil, Scarlet realized the fullest expression of their combined musical potential and delivers an exotic blend of music with performances from the searing to the sublime.

Scarlet has toured with Bob Dylan, The Indigo Girls, Tracy Chapman, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, and others. In 1994 she recorded her fifth solo album, Behind The Crimson Veil, a European release on Erdenklang Records. She previously Recorded Journey With An Angel on Polygram International Records, followed by the CD Live in Montreux, as well as two Warner Brother releases. Her group has performed in concert halls and major festivals in the USA, Europe and Japan.

Kevin Bowe

About Kevin Bowe

Kevin Bowe has a long history as a guitarist/writer/producer, landing 3 platinums and songs on 2 Grammy winning albums working with Paul Westerberg, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Etta James and others.

Bowe can also usually be seen playing with his band, The Okemah Prophets. The Okemah Prophets are what happens when he’s singing and playing his own songs….their live shows are a reminder that American rock and roll will always be cool, no indie rock posturing needed here, just soul, songwriting and a crack 3 piece band to play them loud. You can also catch the group backing up great artists like Alison ScottFreedy Johnston and Gary Louris, but this band has a thing all their own. Peter Anderson on drums (Polara, Honeydogs, Ocean Blue)and Steve Price (Rex Daisy, Suburbs) on bass round out the trio.