Marcus Rezak: One-Man Wrecking Crew
Marcus Rezak, the superb guitarist and member of groups and supergroups such as Katharsis, Shred is Dead, FrankenZaps Monster, Digital Tape Machine, and Stratosphere All-Stars will present his solo project Gateway to the Galaxy at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn this Saturday, February 22.
The project has its genesis in the 2018 album of the same name that Rezak put together with a fine roster of players including Kris Myers and Joel Cummins (Umphrey’s McGee), Arthur Barrow (Frank Zappa), and saxophonist Bill Evans. Rezak explains: “The entire album is an expression of my current feelings about life and all points that have lead up until now.”
The Knitting Factory band is equally deep in talent, with drummer Mike Greenfield (Lotus), bass player Nate Edgar (The Nth Power), and Scott Hannay (Mister F). Westchester indie progressive rock band Nerd Salad will open the show.
Following the Knitting Factory show, Rezak and Ike Willis, former vocalist and guitarist with Frank Zappa, will play a run of shows (mostly) as Umphrey’s McGee pre- or after-parties, performing as The Brothers of Invention. The band includes drummer Matt Kellen (formerly of Mungion), Dave Nolden (Brothers Rage), and keyboardist Scott Hannay (Mr. F).
Rezak’s Shred is Dead has a show this Friday, February 21, the day before the Gateway to the Galaxy show. Then the band picks up with five dates in April in the Northeast featuring moe.’s Vinnie Amico.
Marcus Rezak is a Renaissance man. Let him enlighten you!
SHRED IS DEAD
02/21 Sixty-Sixth Congress | Brooklyn NY
GATEWAY TO THE GALAXY
02/22 The Knitting Factory | Brooklyn NY w/ Nerd Salad
THE BROTHERS OF INVENTION
02/26 Silver Moon Brewing | Bend OR (UM pre-party)
02/27 Session Music Hall | (UM after-party)
02/28 World Famous Kenton Club | Portland OR (UM after-party)
02/29 Funhouse | Seattle WA (UM after-party)
03/05 Martyrs’ | Chicago IL
03/11 Cervantes Other Side | Denver CO
03/13The Mint LA | Los Angeles CA(UM after-party)
03/2710 Mile Ride: A Deadhead Ski Trip | 10 Mile Music Hall | Frisco CO
SHRED IS DEAD
04/07 Nectar’s | Burlington VT
04/08 Maggie’s OntheRiver | Watertown NY
04/09 Buffalo Iron Works | Buffalo NY
04/10 Bank of NH Stage | Concord NH
04/11 Soundcheck Studios | Pembroke MA
06/18-21 Ohio Dreamfest | Ansonia OH