Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Building: Dixon Hall
Location: uptown campus
Guitarist/singer-songwriter Alex McMurray has been called "the most talented songwriter in New Orleans," "one of the best young songwriters in the country," and "the mad hatter of New Orleans guitar." His work has been described as "drawing on the affected weirdness of Screamin' Jay Hawkins and Tom Waits." And he's been compared to artists as diverse as Elvis Costello, Lyle Lovett, George Gershwin, The Ramones, and David Lee Roth. Born in Red Bank, New Jersey, McMurray moved to New Orleans in 1987 to attend Tulane, and was already a fixture on the local music scene by the time he graduated with a degree in philosophy and English. He then formed Royal Fingerbowl, a successful rock-blues combo which disbanded in 2001, and has since become a founding member of two of New Orleans' most distinctive bands, the Tin Men and 007. In addition to performing with those bands and releasing his own solo projects, he is the co-founder of Chaz Fest, an annual spring music festival that he started in his Bywater backyard in 2006. The festival now boasts two stages and attracts over 1,000 attendees.
For this special Dean’s Colloquium, McMurray will sit down with fellow Tulane alum Gwen Thompkins, NPR veteran and host of WWNO's Music Inside Out, to talk about his life and career and play some of the songs from his impressive catalog.
Free and open to the public, with a reception to follow. Click here for driving directions.
This event is part of the John J. Witmeyer III Dean's Colloquium series, which invites distinguished alumni back to campus to discuss their careers and professions. Sponsored by the Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Cocurricular Programs.
Photo © Eliot Kamenitz, Times-Picayune
Sponsored by: Newcomb-Tulane College, Cocurricular Programs
Attendance: Open to the public
Open to: Alumni, Faculty, Graduate students, Parents, Prospective undergrads, Staff, Undergraduates, Visitors
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