The Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club, Bergen County’s premier presenter of folk music will feature Aztec Two-Step 2.0 in concert, Saturday, Feb. 1, 8 p.m. at the Fair Lawn Community Center, 10-10 20th Street, Fair Lawn. NJ. Tickets are $28 each in advance from www.hurdygurdyfolk.org or $31 at the door (cash or check only.)
Aztec Two-Step 2.0—Rex Fowler and Dodie Pettit–is the offspring of the folk-rock duo, Aztec Two Step, formed by Rex and Neil Schulman nearly five decades ago. Until Neal’s retirement in 2018, the duo impressed audiences with intelligent songwriting, musical virtuosity and soaring harmonies. Rex and his wife, Dodie, continue this tradition, aided by band members Steven “Muddy” Roues, Peter Hohmeister, Joe Meo and Chris Cogan.
Raised in Connecticut and Maine, Rex Fowler grew up to be a prolific songwriter, vocalist and instrumentalist. He met Neil Schulman at an “open mic night” at the Stone Phoenix, a Boston Folk Club, in 1971. From that chance meeting, Aztec Two-Step was born, taking its name from a poem by the beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. In the ensuing decades, the duo left an indelible mark on the folk-rock genre, earning numerous awards and accolades.
Dodie Pettit is a singer, songwriter, actress and dancer. Born in Princeton, NJ, she pursued two careers: one as a ballet dancer, the other as a songwriter and guitarist. A former principal dancer for the American Repertory Dance Company, she had a 15-year career on Broadway. She was an original cast member of The Phantom of the Opera and also appeared in CATS, and Titanic. She met Rex when she was a session performer and singer on Aztec Two-Step’s 1980 “Times of Our Lives” album. Dodie and Rex were married in August 2018. She provides vocals, plays acoustic and electric guitar as well as keyboard with the band.
Steven “Muddy” Roues joined Aztec Two-Step 2.0 after long-time bassist Fred Holman retired in 2018. His bluesy baritone vocals and harmonica riffs combined with his accomplished bass playing brings a rich and distinctive sound to the ensemble, He has had a fulfilling 40-year career in music as a record producer, songwriter, recording artist and touring musician. He continues to perform his original music with the Roues Brothers, Finn &The Sharks and The UpSouth Twisters.
An accomplished musician and teacher, Peter Hohmeister is the principal percussionist with the Norwalk (CT) Symphony Orchestra. He has been a member of several Connecticut orchestral and theater programs including the Hartford Symphony. His nuanced and versatile drumming is a perfect fit for Aztec Two-Step 2.0’s diverse musical canon.
Joe Meo provides vocals, plays tenor and soprano sax, flute, and clarinet with the band. He began playing music at the age of 8, when a clarinet fell from a car and landed in his backyard. From that serendipitous event, he went on to play in school musical groups and with a student-led community band. Along the way, he learned saxophone, flute and guitar. He has played in orchestras for Broadway shows as well as in rock, funk and jazz bands. A session player, he has written and played horn arrangements and been a sideman for numerous distinguished artists, among them Johnny Mathis, The Temptations, the Pointer Sisters and the Four Tops.
A jazz pianist and composer, Chris Coogan plays keyboard and provides vocal backup. He has performed with Bette Midler, Donna Summer, Larry Coryell, Ronnie Spector and Phoebe Snow. His song, “Cranberry Isle,” won the top instrumental jazz prize at the 1997 John Lennon Songwriting Competition.
The Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club has been bringing the best in folk music to the Northeastern New Jersey area since 1981. This season marks its 12th anniversary of presenting concerts, co-sponsored by the Borough of Fair Lawn, at the Fair Lawn Community Center. The Center provides theater-style seating, professional stage lighting and a state-of-the-art sound system. Future concerts include Jim Kweskin on Mar. 7 and Julie Gold and David Massengill on Apr 4.
Additional information may be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling (201) 384-1325 or visiting www.hurdygurdyfolk.org.
- Aztec Two-Step 2.0 in Concert at The Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club - 02/01/2020 - 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm