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Alice Di Micele brings folky style to Ashland

The first thing you'll notice about Alice Di Micele is her voice. With a five-octave range that is intense, sensual, rich and soulful, Di Micele has been known to turn a noisy bar silent within a few notes. Her warm presence and humor disarm and create a rare intimacy between audience and performer.

Whether singing a jazzy-folk number, belting a sassy blues, or rocking out on one of her trademark rhythmic earthy grooves, Alice is a vocalist that moves people. A kick-ass guitarist as well, whether playing solo or with a band her acoustic guitar conjures percussive poly-rhythms, bass lines, and melodies that perfectly frame her vocals. Alice and her band come to The Mobius on Friday, March 16 at 8 p.m.

With ten solo recordings to her credit, her songwriting has covered a lot of ground. Her early albums are filled with folky anthems to the earth and as her music has grown so has her ability to express universal themes touching on politics and environmental concerns, human relationships and emotions all in a very musical way. Di Micele cannot be pegged into one category or style as she is truly unique.

The 2007 release "by ebb by flow" is her first studio recording in nine years. After a five-year sabbatical spent whitewater kayaking and raft guiding in the Oregon Wilderness, Alice returns with an album steeped in her love for life in the natural world.

Alice has shared the stage with folks like Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, Janis Ian, David Grisman, Steve Winwood, Michael Franti, and many more. A true Independent musician, she has gained critical acclaim from press, public and community radio, a dedicated fan-base, and her contemporaries all the without the help of a record contract, agency, or management.

Band members include bassist Rob Kohler, whods down the bottom, funks up the groove, and plays monster solos; Drummer Brian West is the heartbeat of the trio. With this strong foundation under her soulful five-octave voice and groove-oriented acoustic guitar, Alice Di Micele's songs take flight. The sparks fly between the players and this rock-solid band liquefies on stage like bubbling molten lava.

"Alice Di Micele's powerful songs and delivery are fully realized by a top-rate band that drives them home and even deeper into our conciousness and culture. Individually the band's members are outstanding. Together with groove-oriented songs and messages, the band is dynamite."

-- Mike Meyer, Lovelight Productions and KRVM radio, Eugene"

Advance tickets are $10, available at Music Coop, or $12 at the door. The Mobius is located at 281 Fourth St. For more information, call 488-8894, or visit .