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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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