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John Lurie & more at Town Hall 9/27/2014
Strange and Beautiful
Strange and Beautiful
Strange and Beautiful

"We've got three different bands basically," says Evan Lurie. "One is a recreation of different forms of the Lounge Lizards. Anton Fier is playing drums for some of it. There is a set by John Zorn. Then we go back to the large group again. We're adding Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers for some of it, etc. So there's an awful lot of musicians going to be there. We are playing stuff that goes back to the Lounge Lizards first concert. And then all the way to the last things that John recorded before he was forced to stop playing."

"There are so many people! It's a kind of Who's Who of the New York Downtown jazz scene," he continues. "So many people of them came though the band. We were just rehearsing and Steve Bernstein, the trumpet player, said it's funny playing this music as an adult. We were rehearsing this song, which the Lizards played on their first gig in, I guess, 1979. We're doing stuff that the Lounge Lizards used to do 40 years ago! And you know what? It sounds really good!" - [The Daily Beast]

The month-long NYC "Strange & Beautiful" celebration of John Lurie's music and art was capped off with a big tribute at Town Hall on Saturday (9/27) that focused on Lurie's work with The Lounge Lizards and his acclaimed 1999 album, The Legendary Marvin Pontiac. Onstage were many of the Lounge Lizards past and present, including John Zorn, John Medeski, Evan Lurie, Anton Fier, Billy Martin, Tony Garnier, Michael Blake, Calvin Weston, and Flea. As rumored, Lurie (who's been battling Lyme Disease since 2000) came out to sing, beginning with an intimate duo between John and Evan, with more joining.

More pictures from the night, below...

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Lounge Lizards, vintage
Lounge Lizards

Veteran downtown sax man, Lounge Lizard leader, questionable fisherman and all-around cool cat, John Lurie and his work is being celebrated all September in a multi-arts festival called "Strange & Beautiful." There was a concert near the start of the month that featured the LPR Ensemble performing string arrangements of his music, and tonight (9/25) at Le Poisson Rouge, Antibalas & Hellbent will perform afrobeat versions of Lounge Lizards' music with the help of members of that band, Michael Blake, Steven Bernstein, Marcus Rojas, and Calvin Weston (tickets).

The festival culminates with a big show on Saturday (9/27) at Town Hall featuring the talents of John Zorn, Flea, and a whole bunch of folks who've been in Lounge Lizards over the years, including John Medeski, Evan Lurie, Anton Fier, Billy Martin, Michael Blake, Calvin Weston, and many more. They'll be performing songs by Lounge Lizards and Lurie creation, the fictional African-Jewish musician Marvin Pontiac. Tickets for that are on sale. Might Lurie, who has been battling Lyme Disease, make an appearance himself at this show? We're told there will be surprises. A couple pictures from that show's rehearsals by Monica Dhar are below.

In addition to music, Lurie is also a visual artist and there are two exhibitions of his paintings on display as part of Strange & Beautiful: one titled "The other side of The Great Wall of Fuck" at Le Poisson Rouge's Gallery which runs through November 30; and a second, titled "There Are Things You Don't Know About," at Cavin-Morris Gallery (210 11th Ave.) which runs through October 25.

As far as the man himself, earlier this year he released a compilation of '90s-era out-of-print and live recordings of The John Lurie National Orchestra titled The Invention of Animals . You can stream a track from that, and check out a couple pictures of the rehearsals for the Town Hall show, below...

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Undead

FOUR NIGHTS celebrating the incredible, dynamic, explosively creative jazz, instrumental, and adventurous music being made in New York City.

May 9th: A Marathon of Concerts in Greenwich Village
May 10th: Medeski, Martin & Wood & ?? at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, featuring So Percussion, Steven Bernstein, Vernon Reid & more!!
May 11th: Night Of The Living DIY in Brooklyn, Seattle, Norway & more...
May 12th: Improvised Round Robin Duets at 92Y Tribeca

Lovingly and tirelessly organized by Adam Schatz of Search & Restore, and Brice Rosenbloom of BoomCollective.

The 2012 Undead Music Festival (formerly known as Undead Jazz Fest) starts Wednesday (5/9) with three shows in Greenwich Village, including a Tonic reunion happening at Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday, 5/9. (There's a Tonic Reunion tonight at The Stone tonight, 5/7, too, unreleated to the Undead fest.)

Other Undead performers include Medeski, Martin & Wood at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Thursday (5/10) and a multi-venue "Night of the Living DIY" on Friday (5/11) which includes the previously mentioned Bjorkestra show at the new Shapeshifer Lab (which meanwhile is hosting two nights of Undead-presented shows with Nels Cline, Tim Berne & Jim Black).

Four days passes are still on sale. More detailed info (performers, tickets) is available at the Undead Music website and the full schedule is below.

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Calvin Weston
Calvin Weston

A Benefit for Dominic Weston-Wilkerson

NeekHello to you all, on Wednsday May 13th, we'll be having a fund raiser for my son that was killed by a hit and run driver this past week. Dominic would have turned 19 this past Sunday. It will be held at the Fire (412 W Girard Ave - Philly) starting at 8pm untill 2am. All friends and musicians are welcome to come and play.

Some musicians lending their support will be Jamaladeen Tacuma, Darrol Burges, Doc Gibbs, Tom Spiker, Jeff Monjack, Chuck Treece, Terry Lawson, Kenny Taylor, Tony Catastrophe, DJ Frosty, Tony Cosby, Wadude, J Michael Harrison, Marco Benevento, Reed Mathus, Members of As Human; Dion Paci, Ryatt, Jason Fraticelli, Tim Conley & many more surprise quests will be on hand. This is an open jam session & all musicians are welcome to come play & support.

We will also have a raffle going on with some gracious donations from Ropeadope, The Philadelphia Eagles, Arsnovaworkshop, & more.

I hope to see you all there and god bless you and all your familys.

If you cannot attend & would like to send donations to help pay for my son's funeral expenses donations can be sent via paypal to : dominikaweston@gmail.com

Please donate only if you can.

Thanks from all of my family

Calvin
G. Calvin Weston is also scheduled to appear with Marc Ribot at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on May 16th. Calvin Weston videos below...

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