The Sleder’s motto, “Good will is good business” is credited to Polly Sleder (nee Kluzak, 1888 – 1967). Polly was the daughter-in-law of Vencil M. Sleder (1850-1904), the Bohemian immigrant who founded Sleder’s in 1882. When Polly was running the tavern and sold a case of beer, she’d throw in a double shot and a beer for free. In the 1930s during prohibition, Polly and Louis […]
Sleder’s Family Tavern is pleased to announce the next performance in our ‘On the Porch’ concert series featuring the talented Jen Sygit Trio on Sunday December 2nd, 2018 at 4 p.m. Joining Jen in are Sam Corbin, and Geoff Ian Lewis of Lincoln County Process. The concert will feature banjo, acoustic guitar, light electric guitar, harmonica, cajon, and harmony vocals. Singer-Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jen Sygit has three solo […]
Sleder’s Family Tavern is delighted to announce the next performance in the “On the Porch” concert series featuring Scottish blues guitarist and songwriter, Dave Arcari. It will be a night of the blues, Monday October 22nd, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. The “On the Porch” Concert Series is a monthly showcase featuring performers singing their original work in a concert in a club atmosphere. It is a commitment to allow artists to perform their music in a concert setting, and the series focuses on performers who write/sing/perform their own material. The show is sponsored by Connemara Concerts and WNMC 90.7 FM.
“Dave plays like he got his skin turned inside out, and pretty soon my skin was inside out too listening, and it was all good. That boy bleeds for you – He a real down deep player and a soul man.”
Scottish guitarist and songwriter Dave Arcari’s alt. blues sounds owe as much to trash country, punk, and rockabilly as they do pre-war Delta blues and have been showcased via nine internationally-acclaimed solo CD releases.
Arcari’s latest album, Live at Memorial Hall, was released on September 1, 2017 on double, 180g colored vinyl, CD, and download/streaming formats and is the definitive collection of his material to date. His 2016 Hellbound Train EP entered the iTunes charts at number seven, filling a gap in releases since his previous (fifth) album, Whisky in my Blood, released on Finnish record label Blue North in March 2013. As well as showcasing Arcari’s trademark National steel guitars, the release features performances on banjo, regular guitar, and and cigar box, which help capture the full breadth of Arcari’s song-writing and performance.
Arcari tours throughout the UK, continental Europe, and Scandinavia as well as building a profile in the USA. His 2016 USA tour built on the foundations laid over successful US tours in 2013, 2014, and 2015 including official showcases at SxSW in Austin, Texas. Arcari’s festival appearances include Glastonbury (UK), Red Rooster (UK), BluesAlive (Czech Republic and Poland shows), Moulin Blues (Netherlands), The Great British R&B Festival, and Peer Festival (Belgium). He has also played industry showcases at the North by North East (NxNE) music festival in Toronto, Canada, and he was a finalist the UK Indy Music Awards reaching the top four in his category (best male solo artist).
With a busy live schedule in the UK plus regular shows in USA, Finland, Estonia, France, Germany, Belgium, Poland, and Ireland, Arcari is one of the hardest gigging live artists on the circuit. A series of shows with folks including Steve Earle, Alabama 3, Seasick Steve, Toby Keith, and Jon Spencer along with his relentless UK and European tour schedule have established Arcari as a formidable international solo performer who is fast building a media reputation as a “hell-raising National guitar madman.”
A former debt collector, Arcari cut his musical teeth busking on the streets of Glasgow before forming his first band Summerfield Blues, which won the Alexis Korner Memorial Trophy and accolade of Scottish Blues Band of the Year at Edinburgh International Blues Festival in 1993. He went on to form pioneering alt.blues trio Radiotones, releasing three studio albums between1998 and 2003 before embarking on a solo career.
In between times, Arcari also played guitar with Union Avenue, an oddball collective playing least expected covers (think The Clash, Pink Floyd, Undertones, Bob Marley) in a late 50’s/Sun Records-era Cash style. The band landed record of the week on Mark Radcliffe’s Radio 1 show with their version of Motorhead’s Ace of Spades.
Sleder’s is delighted to be hosting this Blue(s) Monday concert by Dave Arcari. Plan to also enjoy a good Sleder’s meal during the show!
Sleder’s Tavern, 717 Randolph St., Traverse City, MI 49684
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By phone with credit card ($1 surcharge): Call Sleder’s at 231-947-9213
$20 in advance
$25 at the door
Monday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. ET
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