Good morning, pals. I hope you all had a semi-splendid week. I am chugging coffee and listening to The Ramones and it is not even 9 a.m., so I’d say the week is off to a rock ’n’ roll start.
Peacebomb The Duo are opening for Altin Gün at The Anchor (744-746 Broadway) this Friday, July 26. 9:30 sharp is kickoff time. The show is presented by BSP. They are a reminder of the great scene we have always had here which has reflected the colorful musical variety of local interests. These are renaissance men who have schooled themselves in a wide array of musical culture, as we all should. When I grew up it was cool to learn about funk and try to play it, to care about jazz, to not be dismissive of learning things from other cultures. It actually makes you cooler.
Looking for something a little different and more challenging than another bar crawl on the weekends? Uptown Swing is a monthly night of hot jazz and swing dance in Kingston, typically at The Beverly (technically Midtown at 224 Foxhall) and presented in coordination with BSP Kingston.
Regional taste-shapers and wave-makers SubFamily Records have released your perfect soundtrack for local music that pairs well with late spring and early summer.
John Goodsall and jazz fusion giants Brand X will be making a special appearance this month at our own BSP Kingston this Friday, May 10.
Dave Brenner is a sound architect and mind-pirate who performs in the noise project Gridfailure, which sounds like a haunted insane asylum under construction — a parade of jackhammers and banshee screams mixed with moments of uneasy calm. He’s bringing his chameleon-like sound project to Tubby’s on Broadway with local hardcore band Parkbench Messiah and Philly black metallurgists Zud in tow this Thursday, May 2 for a special night.
Coming up on the rock ’n’ roll front, one of my very favorite modern metal bands make their much-anticipated return to Kingston.
Avi Salloway, the bandleader for Billy Wylder, stops by this week. The eclectic and brilliant band will be performing at BSP Kingston this Friday, March 29 as part of its Strike the Match record release tour. The 7:30 p.m. show also features W. M’Bollo and Daturo Road.
I hadn’t had the pleasure of interviewing acclaimed songwriter and inspiring musicians’ advocate Amanda Palmer in about 11 years, since back when I worked for the now-shuttered AMP magazine. Nowadays she is a regional resident, a mom, a best-selling author and the force behind one of the most debated TED talks ever.
Metal at The Chance, and Kingston’s Kilt Fest kicks off.