The street performance of Terry Riley’s “In C” staged by Dave Hinson in Spanish Town went off rather nicely, as this video will attest. It may not have matched the size and impact of the recent all-star performance of the piece at Lincoln Center, but this very much captured the ethos of this music. It was designed for a group of any size to be able to create something wonderful very quickly, and the musicians greeting the sunset with a burble of pulses and interwoven melodies did exactly that. Thanks to all involved, and hopefully more things like this will start taking place.
Legendary singer-songwriter Chuck Brodsky will be performing Wednesday at the Red Dragon, another of this city’s finest homegrown efforts. Chris Maxwell e-mailed to say he has a number of open seats for this show, so if you’ve never made it out to one of the more intimate musical experiences in town, now is a great time to try it out. Shows get started around 8 p.m.
There are still a few balcony seats available for guitar god Leo Kottke’s Thursday night appearance at the Manship Theatre. It is difficult to imagine a musician better suited for the Manship’s intimate stage.
One last thing: In 1949 a very young Ornette Coleman, then playing tenor sax in a touring R&B group, was beaten in the streets of Baton Rouge, his horn smashed by a crowd, all because his music was hard to dance to. If anyone knows the specifics of this story, like where the club was or the date of the incident, please drop me a line in the comments or via the 225 contact page.
Wednesday, May 13
Chuck Brodsky and Hurricane Becca & Her Outer Band at Red Dragon
Thursday, May 14
Leo Kottke at the Manship Theatre
Christabel & the Jons at Chelsea’s
Badfish – A Tribute to Sublime at The Varsity
Ill Whiskey at North Gate Tavern
Friday, May 15
Her Space Holiday and City Light at Spanish Moon
Mabel’s Parlor Band at Chelsea’s
Slackjaw Jane at Click’s
James Napper, Acadien Cajun Band, and Captain Legendary Band at Boudreaux & Thibodeaux’s
Two Tone Malone at Phil Brady’s
Diddley Squat at Teddy’s Juke joint
Saturday, May 16
Brass Bed, White Bitch and Rotary Downs at Spanish Moon
k-flux at Chelsea’s
Highlines at North Gate Tavern
Bullets and Numbers and Within Reason at Click’s
John Lisi & Delta Funk at Boudreaux & Thibodeaux’s
Sweet Potato at Phil Brady’s
Bryan Lee at Teddy’s Juke Joint
Sunday, May 17
Elvin Killerbee at Teddy’s Juke Joint