21 Sep 2010 @ 6:34 AM 

Have you ever wished you could be right in the middle of your favorite band? Now’s the chance to find out how it feels! That’s right, Voodooville by CHELLE! and Friends is now out in surround sound.

So now’s the time to head over to Amazon and order yourself a copy.

The format is DVD, but you can also play it on your computer or stereo. Just make sure you’ve got a surround speaker system to get the best out of it.

And of course, if you don’t have access to a surround system, or simply prefer stereo, you can also pick up the stereo CD version in the same place. Either way, it’s an amazing album and you won’t regret it.

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Last Edit: 21 Sep 2010 @ 06 34 AM

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 31 Aug 2010 @ 10:54 AM 

Breaking news: on Tuesday, August 31 at 8:25pm CHELLE! and Friends will perform in a showcase at the Western Arts Alliance Conference in the Beacon Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach, CA. The address is 200 South Pine Avenue.

The band will perform cuts from their latest release, Voodooville, and old favorites. Be there or miss a great concert!

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Last Edit: 31 Aug 2010 @ 10 54 AM

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 28 Aug 2010 @ 2:43 AM 

Miss me?

I know I haven’t written in a while, but things are happening at Jenpet, and I’m here to give you the lowdown.

The most important thing is that CHELLE! and Friends’ new album, Voodooville is now available for sale on Amazon. If you haven’t heard the album, now would be a great time to treat yourself and get a copy.

Trust me, this is a classic that you won’t want to miss. From classics like Wang Dang Doodle and Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans to the original title cut and the equally original Pearly Gates, the music is a joyful tribute to New Orleans in all its glory.

All in all, this album is Mardi Gras for your CD player.

Oh, and for those of you who have 5-1 surround sound systems, the guys are working on a surround mix as we speak. Stay tuned for the release!

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Last Edit: 28 Aug 2010 @ 02 43 AM

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 02 Apr 2010 @ 12:45 AM 

What are you doing on saturday evening?

Why not come to the island paradise of Alameda, CA for dinner and original rock in a classic vein?

That’s right, Ariel will be playing at the High Street Station from 7 – 9pm on saturday, April 3. That’s this saturday evening.

The Northern California lineup of J.J. Jenkins, George Petersen, Bryan Weiss, and Dan Daly will be playing two hot sets of classic Ariel favorites and teasers from their next album at 1303 High St in Alameda (510 -995 – 8049).

The venue is intimate, the music is great, and High Street Station also serves an all you can eat dinner in addition to their usual quality coffee, tea, and yummy bakery snacks.

So come on out, have a nice meal, get caffeinated, and enjoy some awesome music. We’ll see you there!

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Last Edit: 02 Apr 2010 @ 12 46 AM

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Friends, it’s about time I gave you all an update on what’s happening in the wonderful world of Jenpet.

The big news is that CHELLE! and Friends’ new album, Voodooville, is almost ready to go. The final few tracks are being recorded over the course of the next week or so. After that, J.J. Jenkins will do his editing and mastering magic, and the album will be pressed.

Soooo… save April 18 on your calendars because that’s the date of the Voodooville album release concert at Coda (1710 Mission St., San Francisco, CA) jazz supper club. The cover charge is just $10.00, and the kitchen will be open until 10pm.

Most of all, there will be the amazing sounds of CHELLE! and Friends, along with some special guest players.

Check back soon with this space for more details!

Tags Categories: Albums, CHELLE! and Friends, Gigs, Jenpet Artists, Voodooville Posted By: Twistie
Last Edit: 15 Mar 2010 @ 01 26 AM

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Recording continues on CHELLE! and Friends’ new album, Voodooville, and friends, it is sounding great. Michelle, Rhonda, and Jay have laid down some astonishing vocal tracks at Infinite Studios.

I can’t share the tracks, of course. There’s a lot more recording to be done before anyone gets to hear them. But I can give you a glimpse into how it all looked.

chelle03 The fabulous Michelle Jacques, leader of the band ready for action.

jay01 Handsome and hilarious Jay Lamont kept everyone in stitches between takes with his spot on Barrack Obama impression, but took his singing seriously.

rhonda-cayanneRhonda Crane sings like an angel and is always kind to animals, including studio dog, Cayenne.

Later this week, the work will move back to Alameda Digital Recording. More details as they become available.

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Last Edit: 10 Nov 2009 @ 05 49 AM

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 23 Oct 2009 @ 1:59 AM 

Yesterday was a great day for music lovers. Why? Because CHELLE! and Friends laid down the first tracks for their upcoming second album Voodooville.

Due to a variety of circumstances, producer J.J. Jenkins moved the session from the usual homey atmosphere of Alameda Digital Recording to another great island studio, Infinite Studios. Owner Michael Denten and his incredible crew (chief engineer Deegan Mack Adams and three talented and enthusiastic interns who saw to the every need of the band members) made the best possible use of the best equipment in the business to create a series of bass and drum tracks that are great by themselves. Seriously, I could sit down and listen to these tracks and have a good time. When was the last time you said that about the rhythm tracks of any album?

Arranger and bassist Sam Bevan and drummer Adam Goodhue were seriously in the groove as they laid down tracks for nine songs in one day! If you’ve ever been around a recording session, you know what an accomplishment that is.

The good news? A solid base for an album sure to please and move music lovers all over the world.

The bad news? The rest of the album hasn’t yet been recorded.

More good news? If things continue to go this smoothly, the album will go together quickly and joyfully and become available by early spring.

In the meantime here’s a shot of Adam in action, courtesy of Michelle’s marauding blackberry:

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Stay tuned for more details and more great music!

Tags Categories: Albums, CHELLE! and Friends, Jenpet Artists, Voodooville Posted By: Twistie
Last Edit: 23 Oct 2009 @ 01 59 AM

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bookfaire2You may not know this, but in addition to being talented musicians, singers, impresarios,  and composers, JJ Jenkins and George Petersen of Ariel fame are also published authors.

Their deathless tome is a collection of songs entitled Crazy Camp Songs. It’s full of delightfully deranged comic songs of everyday modern life that you’ve never heard, but already know how to sing. How? Through the wonder of the patented Tune Swapping Method.

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Last Edit: 02 Sep 2009 @ 09 05 PM

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 29 Aug 2009 @ 7:15 AM 

If you’re looking for something to do this sunday afternoon, why not drop by The Jazz School (2807 Addison St. Berkeley 510 845-5373) and check out CHELLE! and Friends as they give a lecture with demonstrations about the Creole musical tradition in New Orleans? They’ll cover everything from Swamp Pop to Mardi Gras and relate the music to the people and the culture of an ethnically diverse world.

But hurry up and get your tickets! The site is intimate and the band is hot. Oh, and $15.00 is not much to pay for this much fun.

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Last Edit: 29 Aug 2009 @ 07 15 AM

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 22 Aug 2009 @ 9:36 PM 

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Thursday night was the fortieth anniversary of The GAP and the launch of their new 1969 line of jeans, and Ariel was there to join in the celebration.

Actually, seven hundred bands played in seven hundred GAP stores for the biggest ever one-day musical event in American history. Ariel had the honor of playing the flagship store in Corte Madera, and I have to tell you they rocked the house!

ariel-gap-gj From old favorites like International World and California Girl to new tunes like Paying the Price and Mercury’s in Retrograde, the guys got both staff and customers alike dancing in the aisles. At the same time, they showed everyone how great those 1969 jeans look, because the band was wearing them.

If you were there, you know how good the show was. If you weren’t, well, the footage is being edited as I write. In the meantime, I’ll let GAP Corte Madera manager Josette’s smile speak for everyone:

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Tags Categories: Ariel, Gigs, Jenpet Artists, The GAP, Venues Posted By: Twistie
Last Edit: 22 Aug 2009 @ 09 36 PM

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