Club d’Elf Never Ceases to Impress

I’ve seen Club d’Elf perform a half dozen times at this point; each show is different and equally amazing.

Club d'Elf

Club d’Elf

The lineup changes each week, with the only constant I’ve observed being Mike Rivard who plays bass and sintir.

Mike Rivard

Mike Rivard

Club d’Elf has a regular bi-weekly gig at Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, a venue I have grown to love. It is small – capacity of 85 people – and has a great beer list, great sound, and a great vibe.

Last Friday, the members included Mike, Dean Johnston on drums, Vicente Lebron on percussion, Mister Rourke on turntables, Yauré Muniz on trumpet, and David Tronzo on slide guitar.

David Tronzo

David Tronzo

This lineup is one I particularly enjoy. Tronzo is one of the finest, if not the finest, slide guitarists around and I always love watching him play.

Yaure Muniz

Yauré Muniz

At one point during the first number, David’s guitar and Yauré’s trumpet ‘talked’ to each other and that was a thrill to witness. Their eye contact was intense as was the ‘conversation.’ I can’t wait to listen to it again when the recording of the show is available on (as of this writing, it is not).


David, during the ‘conversation’

Everyone contributes to the performance in their own way; even though their backgrounds might be different, they mesh extremely well.

Vicente, Dean and Yaure

Vicente, Dean and Yauré

Sometimes I enjoy closing my eyes and allowing the music to wash over me. Other times, such as on Friday, I want to watch. I particularly marvel at their accessories; David uses all kinds of tubular objects as slides, including plastic bottles, while Mike will put alligator clips on some of his bass strings.



Mike and Mister Rourke

Mike and Mister Rourke

Unfortunately I was only able to stay for the first set, during which they played a length number written, I believe, by David and a short number to end the set.

This is a collective that is well worth seeing, especially if you can stay up late on a Friday night (they don’t start playing until around 10 p.m.)! Their sets are magical and always different.



Mike and Mister

Mike and Mister Rourke



About suze72

I've loved the arts all my life... I go to a lot of concerts, take lots of photos and want to share them. Every once in a while I do something other than a concert, too. The Boston area is full of opportunities to indulge my passion - I'd like to help make it yours too!

Posted on March 18, 2014, in concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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