Aztec Two-Step will be performing at OCC Coffeehouse, Original Congregational Church in the center of Wrentham, at 7:30 pm, Saturday, April 25. Originating from a chance meeting at a Boston folk club open mic night in 1971, Aztec Two-Step burst on the scene in ’72 with their self-titled debut album on Elektra Records. This first album and their three subsequent albums for RCA Records made the duo staples of progressive FM and college radio, helping to usher the folk-rock music of the 1960s into the 1970s and beyond. Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman went on to spend a lifetime of making music together, performing worldwide and garnering critical acclaim from major U.S. newspapers and music magazines, with appearances on countless radio and TV shows including The King Biscuit Flour Hour and David Letterman. After 47 years, Neal made the decision to retire, and with his support and enthusiasm, Rex carries Aztec Two-Step forward with some exciting changes.
In this new era of Aztec Two-Step, as the duo’s lead singer and songwriter, Rex continues on with their captivating songs (including some of Neal’s originals), expanding the band’s musical legacy with his new ensemble. With 2 and 3-part harmonies, multi-instrumental arrangements, and Dodie’s electrifying guitar work, they recapture the sound of the duo’s original studio recordings. Aztec Two-Step 2.0 performs ATS fan favorites and forgotten gems, and Rex’s stage patter still as engaging, funny and poignant as ever.
Dodie Pettit, playing acoustic & electric guitars, and keyboards, and performing vocals, is an
accomplished songwriter and recording artist. She first met Rex when she was a session player and singer on ATS’s 1980 “Times of Our Lives” album. Dodie and Rex were recently married and are the heart and soul of the new Aztec Two Step “2.0” ensemble. A member of the famed The Untouchable, and then The Enchanted Forest, both All-Girl Bands of the mid-1960s, Dodie is also a former Principal Dancer for the American Repertory Dance Company and had a distinguished 15-year career on Broadway as an original cast member of The Phantom of the Opera, as well as appearing in Tony Award winning musicals CATS and Titanic.
Steven “Muddy” Roues on upright bass, blues harmonica, and vocals, is a record producer, songwriter, recording artist and touring musician. Roues has had a rich and fulfilling 40-year career. He continues to perform his original music regularly with The Roues Brothers, Finn & The Sharks and The UpSouth Twisters.
Peter Hohmeister on drums, percussion, and vocals, is the band’s diamond in the rough. Over the years Peter has performed as a member of several Connecticut orchestral and theater programs including the Hartford Symphony. He is currently the principal percussionist with the Norwalk Symphony.
Tickets for the concert are $30, available at the church office, 508-384-3110, or at www.musicatocc.org. The event will be in the Fellowship Hall at the rear of the church. Parking is available behind the church and in the lot across the street. For more information and to be added to the mailing list, visit the website or contact Ken Graves, 508-384-8084, firstname.lastname@example.org.