Rex Fowler brings Aztec Two-Step 2.0 with Dodie Pettit and friends to the Spire Center, 25 ½ Court St in downtown Plymouth, MA, on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. Originating from a chance meeting at a Boston folk club open mic night in 1971, Aztec Two-Step (Rex Fowler & Neal Shulman) 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 Neal went on to spend a lifetime of making music together. However, after 47 years of recording and non-stop touring, Neal Shulman has retired.
In this new era of Aztec Two-Step, original founding member, lead singer and songwriter Rex continues on with their captivating songs (including some of Neal’s originals), expanding the band’s musical legacy with his new ensemble. With 2 and 3-part harmonies, multi-instrumental arrangements, and Dodie’s electrifying guitar work, they recapture the sound of the duo’s original studio recordings. Aztec Two-Step 2.0 will perform ATS fan favorites and forgotten gems, with Rex’s stage patter still as engaging, funny and poignant as ever.
Joining Rex & Friends are Buskin & Batteau. David Buskin & Robin Batteau, with their outstanding percussionist Marshal Rosenberg, have been performing their “irresistible amalgam of melodic, sensual pop, folkie grit and killer wit” (The Washington Post) to critical hosannas and standing o’s for more than thirty years. Their songs have been recorded by many great artists, including Judy Collins, Ladysmith Black Mombazo, The Oak Ridge Boys, Peter, Paul & Mary, Johnny Mathis, Tom Rush, Bette Midler, Astrud Gilberto, Anne Murray, Dixie Carter and Roberta Flack. Their Clio Award-winning jingles have been recorded by “everybody famous with a mouth.”
Yet, with their mix of talent, showmanship, Everly-crisp vocal harmonies and what Stephen Holden of The New York Times calls their “by turns acerbic, funny and plaintive” music and commentary, Buskin & Batteau are consummate entertainers in their own right. “Their harmonies and wonderful presence onstage are as captivating as ever,” says Ron Olesko, host of “Traditions” on WFDU-FM. Rich Warren of Chicago’s WFMT has expressed similar sentiments: “They are something special. I think they levitated the audience. Terrific musicianship, memorable songs and just great-all-around entertainers.”
Tickets are $30; advance purchase is recommended; seating is limited to capacity. The Spire is handicap accessible, public parking is available streetside, and in public lots near the venue.