Who: The Nels Cline Singers
When: 7 and 9 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge, 930 Lincoln St., Denver
Cost: SOLD OUT
Wilco’s taking time off and gearing up for a new album, so guitarist Nels Cline has been touring with his side-project The Nels Cline Singers.
On Wednesday night, the experimental jazz project plays two sold out sets at Dazzle’s Restaurant and Lounge in Denver.
“Wilco is off the road right now, but we’re going to be doing a little recording in July,” Cline said. “We’re making a new record and we’re in the process of bandying ideas about.
“We’ll really do a lot in October. We take a long process to record, so we’ll be working on arrangements and making demos.”
Wilco toured steadily behind its 2009 self-titled record, but the band’s ready to start a new project. To round out the summer, the group plays Jazz Aspen on Sept. 3 and heads to Europe for the rest of the month.
The band’s also organizing its own music fest. The event’s dubbed the Solid Music Festival and it takes place Aug. 13 in North Adams, Mass.
The fest will feature Wilco, the band’s side-projects and its favorite musical groups.
Yes, the Nels Cline Singers will be appearing at the Solid Music Festival.
“I’ve had the Nels Cline Singers for nine years now,” Cline said. “We’re definitely out there to create seismic guitar events, and we add a lot of electronic music to the sonic palette. This is free jazz and sound exploration.”
The Nels Cline Singers are touring behind their latest CD, Initiate. The record shows off studio and live sounds, and features the guitarist’s vast range of avant-garde musical stylings.
“This record has the usual mayhem, but it’s different than my past records,” Cline explained. “We wanted to have a lot of free jazz elements and improvisation, so we could make the record sound warmer and groovier.
“We also brought in some different musical flavors. There’s some Brazilian influences and ballads — and not so many chord changes. We’re also adding keyboards to our live shows.”
The Nels Cline Singers are ready to give the patrons of Dazzle a modern music jolt.
“We’ve just been playing concert halls in Buenos Aries, San Paulo and Santiago,” Clines said. “We’ve been playing mostly smaller clubs in the United States, but we will be playing the High Sierra Festival this summer. We’ll see how that goes.
“Dazzle is an upscale jazz club. It’s not the type of club I usually play aesthetically, but they asked us to perform. I’ll play anywhere people want to hear my music.”