Aboard The Provincetown II operated by Bay State Cruise Company
Leaves World Trade Center Pier – 200 Seaport Blvd Boston, MA
Boarding at 2pm Cruise 3pm – 6pm
Tix at http://aegcruise.brownpapertickets.com/or www.AdamEzra.com
Advance tickets $25
Join Adam Ezra Group for their annual Boston Haabah Cruise May 21 aboard the Provincetown II operated by Bay State Cruise Company. This year’s cruise is the Fan Produced Album Release show for “Hurricane Wind,” one of AEG’s most ambitious undertakings to date. Not only fan-funded, but also a fan-produced venture, the project did everything including physically bringing some of the greater AEG community into the recording studio, letting fans cherry-pick a track list for the album, weigh in on album artwork, and settle on a title for the record. It’s on track for release on May 21.
The unique collaboration makes all the sense in the world for a musical collective like AEG. After all, as Ezra sees it, the fans are really part of the band, active members of their community who’ve always exercised a critical role in AEG’s ability to carry out its mission. That crowd-friendly approach to musicianship, centered about respecting and celebrating their listeners above all else, Ezra insists, is what has allowed the group to explode out of their Boston-area origins to emerge as one of the most uniquely powerful, relentlessly entertaining live-music experiences in the country.
This grassroots movement recently caught the eye John Oates of Hall & Oates fame, who has now written many songs with Ezra, three of which are featured on the upcoming album. Oates himself joined Ezra in the studio to record these tracks, one of which they performed together live as an acoustic duet.
Posting 23 studio demos online, Ezra established an innovative framework through which fans helped whittle that number down to just 11 polished final cuts, steered artwork creation, and assisted in naming the project itself. The now-cemented title speaks to an elemental, overpowering force of nature – every member of AEG believes community has the power to become a hurricane wind and can shape the world. After receiving input from all members of the AEG community, it became official: they’d be calling it “Hurricane Wind.
When the record arrives on May 21, the AEG community will have 2 weeks to share this music for free with as many people as they can. AEG wants the world to hear the music and become a part of the community.
Even amid the band’s ballooning success, Ezra says it’s been not just easy, but natural for AEG to stay true to its humble roots and family values. Perhaps no song sums this up more than one of the songs fans selected to anchor the new album. Called “I Believe,” it’s a gorgeously layered, nakedly emotional ode to the long path they’ve already traveled as a community – and to the wide-open road ahead they have yet to travel.