The old days! It's funny, but I never really liked piano lessons back then, but my mom insisted that I take them. I'll have to admit, piano was a bit tedious for a kid who really just wanted to play the drums. But when I finally stopped the lessons, no one could keep me away from the instrument! Thanks, Mom!
Nice gathering of folks at Baxter's in Champaign on Thursday - thanks for coming out! Kristen Johns caught us jamming on Jeff Lorber's Toad's Place, and posted it on Champaign Underground Video. We hope you enjoy it, and that you will become a fan of her wonderful page. The trio will be back there on Nov.1, and at Peoria's Rhythm Kitchen on Nov. 30. See you soon!
A nice memory from the 2011 Iowa City Jazz Festival! Kevin Hart & the Vibe Tribe with David Hoffman, along with Adam Wilhelm, Andy Crawford, and Tom Marko! This performance (which has good quality audio), as well as a separate interview, are featured on the website jazzline.com. The site features many unique performances and interviews from artists such as David Sanborn, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Charlie Hunter, etc., as well as a few of us artists from the region. Check it out!
We had a great time in Springfield last Friday. Robbie's and the Springfield Arts Council rock! Wonderful guys to play with, and what a special treat to also have old friend Jason Brewer sitting in on trumpet! (Photo by Deanna Brewer). See you next on July 12 at the Peoria RiverFront CEFCU Stage. The concert starts at 7pm, and is FREE!
Just a reminder that we will be kicking off a jazz concert series at the Bloomington Public Library on Wednesday March 21, 6:30pm. Joining me is George Turner (guitar), Andy Crawford (bass), and Tom Marko (drums). The event is free! https://www.facebook.com/events/340912426401051/?event_time_id=340912436401050
Hello Peoria friends! The Vibe Tribe is bringing a brand new face to town this Sunday (1/21): Justin Dyar on trumpet and flugelhorn! Justin plays in a wide variety of groups in the Champaign-Urbana area, and we are excited to have him join us. Music starts at 6pm at the Trailside Event Center in Peoria Heights. The link is in the comments. Come enjoy the sounds!
Enjoy delicious food, beverages, silent auction, music by Kevin Hart and the Vibe Tribe, and take home a handcrafted cup at the Coffee and Tea, Cups and Dessert: Benefit for Giertz Gallery at Parkland College on Thursday, Nov 30, 4-7p.m. at the Parkland College Gallery Lounge. Tickets available online.
Kevin Hart's "Beer Fest" Band! 🎷🎺🎹🎸🥁 Sometimes the Vibe Tribe is just not possible, so I'm forced to change things up, as I did for the recent 2017 Medici Craft Beer and Jazz Street Fair in Normal. Afterward, I thought it would be fun to bring this configuration elsewhere. So, on Friday August 18, we will play in Peoria at the Rhythm Kitchen Music Cafe from 7-10pm! Mark your calendars, and come join the fun.
Beautiful night, and wonderful turnout for David Hoffman & Friends. If you enjoyed David's original music, then look for his recordings online for download, ordering, or streaming. Try "Groovin,'" which includes Mike Nellas on guitar, Tim Brickner on bass, Doug Stone on sax, and myself on drums. Photo by Ralph Weisheit.
Thanks to all who came out last night to enjoy the music, food, and beautiful evening on the patio of Baxter's last night. We really appreciate such a nice turnout throughout the night! Also thanks to Shelby Sachs for joining us on vocals for a few tunes. You can catch my group next on July 22 at the Medici Craft Beer and Jazz Street Fair.
Getting ready to play some vibes with the Western Illinois University jazz band led by the wonderful Michael S. Stryker The concert will be live streamed for your enjoyment starting at 7:30. Check it out! Here is the link: https://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=5yjkxeolz1c