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Aztec Two-Step 2.0 feat. Rex Fowler, Dodie Pettit & friends

October 8 @ 8:00 PM

7 pm doors – 8 pm show

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10/08/22 Aztec Two-Step 2.0 feat. Rex Fowler, Dodie Pettit & friends at OLS
Saturday, October 8, 2022
$ 30.00

Fifty years since their debut album release, Aztec Two-Step is thrilled and honored to be inducted into the New England Music Hall of Fame, honoring their “musical dedication to the New England scene and community, and their inspiration, contribution and commitment to the creative excellence of music in New England.”

The story of Rex Fowler and his band Aztec Two-Step is intertwined with the history of folk/rock music in America. Originating from a chance meeting at an “open mic night” in Boston in 1971, then taking their name from a poem by beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Rex and his former music partner Neal Shulman went on to record four albums on Elektra & RCA Records, helping to usher the music of the 60’s into the 1970s and beyond. The duo performed worldwide, was critically acclaimed in major U.S. newspapers, reviewed in Rolling Stone Magazine and appeared on numerous radio and TV shows including The King Biscuit Flower Hour, World Cafe Live and David Letterman. With a career built on progressive FM and college radio, and non-stop touring over five decades, the duo appeared in concert with such notable artists as The Band, Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Donovan, Judy Collins, Jackson Browne, Seals and Crofts, Carly Simon, Heart, The Beach Boys and many more.  

Now that Neal has retired, and performing primarily as a 5-piece band that includes guitars, keyboards, double bass, drums/percussion and a multi-horn player, Rex continues to expand his musical legacy alongside his wife Dodie Pettit. Rex and Dodie first met during an Aztec Two-Step recording session in 1979, then miraculously re-connected and married in 2018. Together they are now the heart and soul of Aztec Two-Step 2.0. This new incarnation of ATS continues the legacy, impressing audiences with dazzling musicianship, intelligent songwriting, and soaring two- and three-part harmonies They have recaptured the multi-layered dimension of Rex & Neal’s original studio recordings, at the same time putting a fresh spin on the songs. Still performing favorite ATS classics and old forgotten gems, the stage patter is still as engaging, fun, and poignant as ever! 

“The old songs done in this new lineup brought new life to the music. This truly is a band that people need to experience!!” – Ron Olesko, WFDU-FM/ Folk Music Notebook/ Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club, NJ  

Rex’s new Aztec Two-Step 2.0 band: 

Dodie Pettit – Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals. Accomplished songwriter and recording artist, Dodie Pettit first met Rex Fowler when she was a session player and singer on ATS’s 1980 “Times of Our Lives” album. A member of the famed The Untouchable and The Enchanted Forest All-Girl Bands of the mid-1960s, Dodie was a former Principal Dancer for the American Repertory Dance Company which led to a distinguished 15-year career on Broadway as an original cast member of The Phantom of the Opera, as well as appearing in Tony Awarding winning musicals CATS and Titanic. Dodie and Rex were married in August 2018 and she is now the heart and soul of the new Aztec Two Step “2.0” ensemble.

Steven “Muddy” Roues – Upright Bass, Blues Harmonica, Vocals. Muddy is a cherished member of our band, joining us after Neal and our longtime bassist Fred Holman retired in 2018. As his photo depicts, Mud plays standup bass, and along with his bluesy baritone vocals and harmonica riffs, gives us a rich and distinctive sound. I discovered Mud when he and his brother Billy were recommended by a friend to be in my Rockabilly Kings quartet that celebrates Elvis Presley’s early genius work. Record producer, songwriter, recording artist and touring musician, Roues has had a rich and fulfilling 40-year career in music. He continues to perform his original music regularly with The Roues Brothers, Finn & The Sharks and The UpSouth Twisters. Muddy has performed live or recorded with luminaries, B.B. King, Bo Diddley, Howling Wolf, James Cotton, Sam and Dave, The Chambers Brothers, Wilson Pickett, John Hiatt, Joe Ely, David Bromberg and Jon Pousette-Dart. Muddy was an honored band member in the critically acclaimed documentary film, “The Other Side of Nashville” featuring Carl Perkins. 

Peter Hohmeister – Drums, Percussion, Vocals. Peter is our band’s diamond in the ruff whom we recently met at a cozy cabaret in Westport, CT when he was sitting in with an exquisite jazz quartet led by multi-instrumentalist Joe Mao. Over the years Peter has performed as a member of several Connecticut orchestral and theater programs including the Hartford Symphony. He is currently the principal percussionist with the Norwalk Symphony. A revered and accomplished musician and teacher, we knew immediately that Peter’s nuanced and versatile drumming style would be a perfect fit for ATS 2.0’s diverse musical canon. 

Joe Meo – Tenor & Soprano Sax, Flute, Clarinet & Vocals. Joe began playing music at the age of 8. His first instrument, a clarinet, fell from a car and landed in his front yard. He played in musical groups in school but his main experience came from plying in a student led community big band, learning saxophone, flute and guitar along the way. He has since played in pit orchestras for Broadway shows, as well as in rock, funk and jazz bands, and as a session player on many studio dates. He has also written and played horn arrangements and been a sideman for distinguished artists like the late Johnny Winter, Julie Budd, Johnny Mathis, Billy Vera, the Temptations, the Four Tops and the Pointer Sisters. Joe is the newest member of ATS 2.0, adding virtuoso solos and supporting lines that compliment and support Dodie’s and Mud’s compelling lead work, and he has been known to step out and sing lead on a song or two as well. 

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