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PLATTSBURGH, NY – Local musical group Adrian Aardvark will be celebrating the release of their sixteenth full length album with a live performance and more at the ROTA Gallery, located at 50 Margaret, on Friday, November 30th at 7:00 pm. There will be a $3 to $10 pay-what-you-can sliding scale admission price, a system that the ROTA Gallery regularly utilizes. The record release party will feature the group playing their new album, HIDDEN MAGIC REVIVAL in its entirety. Attendees will have a chance to talk with the group during a special Q&A session, and enjoy locally sourced refreshments provided by Riff Raff Catering.
Adrian Aardvark is fronted by local singer songwriter Christopher Jay Rigsbee, who has been performing and recording under the moniker with a rotating cast of collaborators since 2004. The newest effort from the group, HIDDEN MAGIC REVIVAL, features contributions from over thirteen area musicians, including members of local groups like Eat Sleep Funk, Long Cat, Doomf**k, Marco Polio and more. Recording for the album began in early 2012 and took place entirely in the downtown Plattsburgh residence of Matthew Hall, who engineered and produced the album with Rigsbee. The songs presented are an eclectic mix of folk, rock, pop, jazz and more, with Rigsbee leading a diverse and lively band that utilizes horns, strings, keys and percussion to relay their message.
Rigsbee made local headlines in late 2010 after he and a companion suffered a gang assault in downtown Plattsburgh. The attack resulted in Rigsbee receiving several bruises and abrasions, a busted lip, and the loss of three teeth. Two years of psychological distress, oral surgery and legal endeavors followed the assault. These events inspired some of the themes and songs on HIDDEN MAGIC REVIVAL. The creation of this album and the support of the local music community helped Rigsbee to heal emotionally and break free from the reclusion that resulted from the trauma of the assault.
The album will be available on CD and cassette through local record labels Hidden Magic and Two For Flinching, respectively. Hidden Magic is operated by Rigsbee himself, and Two For Flinching is a local music collective that focuses on using recycled materials to create unique and “green” products.
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