Posted in music | tour dates on May 12, 2009

Gary Lucas

Guitarist Gary Lucas is well-known for his collaborations, which include a five-year stint with Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band (playing on Doc at the Radar Station and Ice Cream for Crow), co-writing songs on Jeff Buckley's Grace and many, many more.

Lucas is currently in the midst a three-day run of NYC shows (May 10th-12th). He performed his original guitar score to film Paint What You Remember at the Jewish Museum on the 10th. On the 11th, he performed the music of Tom Waits at the release party of book Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits at the Center. And his last gig is tonight, May 12th, at the Gershwin Hotel where Gary is playing the music of John Lennon at the Give Peace a Song Cabaret.

The guitarist's next big appearance is the 20th anniversary show for his psych-rock group Gods and Monsters which takes place on Thursday, June 11th at the Gramercy Theatre "with Ernie Brooks (Modern Lovers) bass, Billy Ficca (Television) drums, Jason Candler (Hungry March Band) alto sax, and Joe Hendel (The Latest Show on Earth) keyboards and trombone, with special guests including Alan Vega, Lenny Kaye, Peter Stampfel, Jon Spencer, and Dean Bowman". Tickets are on sale.

Lucas' YouTube channel is massively stocked with well-shot live footage of the guitarist in a number of musical settings. Clips of Lucas with Gods with Monsters at the Bowery Poetry Club in June 2008 are posted, along with all dates, below....

GODS AND MONSTERS: PART 1 @ BOWERY POETRY CLUB NYC 6/20/08

GODS AND MONSTERS: PART 2 @ BOWERY POETRY CLUB NYC 6/20/08

Gary Lucas - 2009 Tour Dates

Tuesday, May 12th
8:00pm

Gershwin Hotel, 7 East 27th St., New York City - Gary plays the music of John Lennon solo at the Give Peace a Song Cabaret, celebrating the 40th anniversary of John and Yoko's Montreal Bed-in, a fund-raiser for legendary music writer Paul Williams (founder of "Crawdaddy"), curated by Neke Carson and Michael Weiner

Friday, May 29th
8:00pm

BAM Cafe, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY - Chase the Devil (Gary Lucas and vocalist Dean Bowman) perform modern and traditional spirituals

-- JUNE 2009 --

Saturday, Jun. 6th
1:00am-3:00am German time

Deutschlandfunk (German national public radio) - 2 hour broadcast on Nachtradio-Soundcheck programme devoted to the music of Gary Lucas, including interviews, rare live recordings, and upcoming releases--with your host, Karl Lippegaus, listen live at www.dradio.de (click on Deutschlandfunk)

Thursday, Jun. 11th
9:00pm

Blender Theater at Gramercy, 127 East 23rd St, NYC - Gary Lucas & Gods and Monsters 20th Anniversary Show, with Ernie Brooks (Modern Lovers) bass, Billy Ficca (Television) drums, Jason Candler (Hungry March Band) alto sax, and Joe Hendel (The Latest Show on Earth) keyboards and trombone, with special guests including Alan Vega, Lenny Kaye, Peter Stampfel, Jon Spencer, and Dean Bowman

Tuesday, Jun. 23rd & Wednesday, Jun. 24th
8:00pm

Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam - Gary Lucas performs at the Holland Festival his original score live in collaboration with Dutch-Iranian composer Reza Namavar and ensemble for Abel Gance's silent anti-war masterpiece "J'Accuse" (1920), newly restored print courtesy of the Netherlands Film Museum, see the flyer here

Friday, Jun. 26th
10:00pm

Malaga Film Festival, Centro Cultural Provincial, C/ Ollerías, 34, Malaga, Spain - Gary Lucas plays "The Golem"

-- AUGUST 2009 --

Thursday, Aug. 27th, Friday, Aug. 28th, and Saturday, Aug. 29th

Rochefort Festival, Poitou-Charentes, France - Gary Lucas plays solo acoustic

-- SEPTEMBER 2009 --

Friday, Sep. 25th
9:00pm

Paradiso, Weteringschans 6, 1017, Amsterdam, Holland - Gary Lucas concert of solo acoustic blues

-- OCTOBER 2009 --

Saturday, Oct. 10th
noon to 1:30pm

New York University, New York City - "Arthur Russell--Recording and Legacy", Gary Lucas takes part in a symposium devoted to the music of his friend the late great Arthur Russell, hosted by Russell biographer Tim Lawrence, co-sponsored by the University of East London, with Ned Sublette, Peter Gordon, Peter Zummo, Bill Ruyle, and Joyce Bowden

-- NOVEMBER 2009 --

Wednesday, Nov. 25th and Thursday, Nov. 26th
8:00pm

Pula, Croatia (venue tba) - Chase the Devil (Gary Lucas and Dean Bowman) perform live

Friday, Nov. 27th
9:00pm

Florence, Italy (venue tba) - Chase the Devil (Gary Lucas and Dean Bowman) perform live

Saturday, Nov. 28th
9:00pm

Frankfurt/Oder (venue tba) - Chase the Devil (Gary Lucas and Dean Bowman) perform live

-- DECEMBER 2009 --

Tuesday, Dec. 1st
9:00pm

Graz, Austria (venue tba) - Chase the Devil (Gary Lucas and Dean Bowman) perform live

Wednesday, Dec. 2nd
9:00pm

Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic (venue tba) - Chase the Devil (Gary Lucas and Dean Bowman) perform live

Friday, Dec. 11th
8:00pm

GC de Muze, Meise (Brussels) Belgium - Gary Lucas performs at a Tribute to his friend the late great Kevin Coyne, with special guests Jon Langford, Vic Chesnutt, Brendan Croker, Robert and Eugene Coyne, and others

Sunday, Dec. 13th
8:00pm

t'uilekot in Herzele (Zottegem), Belgium - Gary Lucas performs at a Tribute to his friend the late great Kevin Coyne with special guests Jon Langford, Vic Chesnutt, Brendan Croker, Robert and Eugene Coyne, and others

Monday, Dec. 14th
8:00pm

Fagot, Ongelmunster, Belgium - Gary Lucas performs at a Tribute to his friend the late great Kevin Coyne with special guests Jon Langford, Vic Chesnutt, Brendan Croker, Robert and Eugene Coyne, and others

Friday, Dec. 18th
8:00pm

Centrale, Ghent, Belgium - Gary Lucas performs at a Tribute to his friend the late great Kevin Coyne with special guests Jon Langford, Vic Chesnutt, Brendan Croker, Robert and Eugene Coyne, and others

Saturday, Dec. 19th
8:00pm

Theaterhall, Brugges, Belgium - Gary Lucas performs at a Tribute to his friend the late great Kevin Coyne with special guests Jon Langford, Vic Chesnutt, Brendan Croker, Robert and Eugene Coyne, and others

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Comments (2)

Gods and Mehsters

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2009 9:34 AM

At 81 years old Maestro Cecil Taylor doesn't stop to created ! He was at the Knitting Factory Wiliamsbourg to check out Gary Lucas playing; he liked the way "God and Monsters" grooved and has the idea to invite Gary Lucas to perform together in a new project including his music, poetry and rock stuff!. Awesome!!!
Astonishingly, Gary Lucas has refused to do that project provoking a fiery rhetoric on the maestro’s end. WHO refuses to play with Cecil Taylor?!.
It seems Gary Lucas is just recovering from an accident on which he had broken his elbow….?
Certain is : in 75 years of Cecil Taylor’s career no guitar player has been invited to perform rock music while Taylor plays his piano and do his poetry. Nonetheless Taylor settled the project with the band mates of Gary Lucas and Lucas’ special guest Mike Edison. The project will be launched at Knitting Factory with new compositions from Cecil Taylor and poetry by Cecil Taylor and Amiri Baraka!. Cecil Taylor still an amazing inventor and jazz master. Amiri Baraka and Taylor do not share stages since 40 years ago.
Do not miss this meeting … which of course will be without Gary Lucas….

Posted by ImprovNews | February 7, 2010 3:25 PM

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