I'm running a little short on time today and, to be honest, a little low on energy after last night's terrific Celtics-Lakers game — do they really need to start these damn things at 9 o'clock at night? Really? Even as a night owl — both by trade and natural biorhythms — I find the late start times borderline offensive. And if you're wondering if I skipped out on doing Jazz Fest stuff to watch basketball, the answer is yes. Yes I did — however, I did turn the sound off and listened to Ornette Coleman's Sound Grammar for the first half. Heady free jazz adds a whole new element to hoops, man. Try it sometime.
Anyway, back to the point — there really is one, I swear — I'm short on time today. So rather than dig too deeply into the weekend's festivities, I thought I'd just point you folks in the direction of some pretty nifty stuff happening 'round here in the next few days.
Up Your Alley with Bill Mullins @ Red Square
Shameless self-promotion since this is a 7D event. Still, Bill is a certifiable guitar god. And a super nice dude to boot!
Bryan McNamara & Souls Calling @ Radio Bean
I caught Bryan at last Thursday's jazz sessions with Anthony Santor. The man simply wails on the saxomaphone. Sax-uh-muh-phone!
The Magic Hat Block Party, Street Bizarre, Local Band-A-Thon or whatever the hell else they're calling it now.
I know. I've been pimping this thing for months. But c'mon! It's gonna rule.
Ornette Coleman @ The Flynn
See previous point about free jazz and basketball. The only downside is that I think NBA finals tix are actually cheaper than this show. That's a bummer. But it should be pretty spectacular if you can afford it — or if you interviewed him and get to go for free . . . ahem.
Activists/Dictators @ Radio Bean
I'm not allowed to write about these guys anymore, so don't tell them I told you. Still, you should go.
PBR Punk Nite @ . . . RJ's? Yup. RJ's.
Pibbers, punkers and . . . what's a good "p" word for "meat market?"
Wye Oak, Pontiak, Forrest Mulerath @ The Monkey House
I just got word that Mulerath was added to the bill. This delights me to no end as his last CD was one of the coolest local discs I've heard in a while. The guy doesn't really play out very often — not, I'm told, by choice — so this oughta be a good one. Thanks Tick Tick!
The Lee Boys @ Waterfront Park
I don't know what "Sacred Steel" is — does it have something to do with The Highlander? But I like the sound of it. Plus, it's going to be like 90 degrees and humid and the Waterfront tent has beer. Sweet, sweet beer.
Thanks, that's my time. Be sure to tip your waitress.
And have a great weekend.