This is the most popular feature (within the very relative confines of that word as it relates to this). A look at things I want to shine some light on - not everything I'm going to do, and not quite (as the old version was) everything I'd do if money and time were no object.
are my top 5 suggestions for the week in question - named for my great
pal Fred Pfening and named long before it was born, by A., who suggested
"Rick's going to have a blog called 'Hey, Fred! Here's what's coming to
town...' - whatever media strike my fancy. It could be all theater one
week, it could be all films or all readings or all gallery shows, but
most weeks will include some if not mostly music - I hope to spark some
conversations and get people excited about what I'm excited for. If you
read this, let me know what would make this more useful to you. As well,
if you get any value out of this, please send me links/invite me on
Facebook/send up a carrier pigeon to let me know about your events.
February 21: Mark Lomax and Edwin Bayard, BlackLivesMatter Album Release; Kafe Kerouac, 2250 N High St. Anyone who thinks jazz is disconnected from current events or concerned with virtuosity at the expense of live can, first, go fuck themselves. Second, they should get their ears and soul thoroughly scoured at the release party for a majestic, righteously furious album by the duo of percussionist Mark Lomax and tenor sax player Edwin Bayard. The first time I ever saw Lomax lead a band was his old group Blacklist playing behind Amiri Baraka at the King Arts Center, the most recent time was his trio (also featuring Bayard) bringing some needed acidity and sharpness to the Jazz and Rib Fest downtown, and he's never less than jaw-dropping. This new record, BlackLivesMatter, reckons with the newest flowering of a long line of disgrace and dehumanization and horror and not only looks it in the face but comes out swinging. It's a blood-and-fist-pumping ecstatic masterpiece that should be talked about in the same breath as Mingus and Roach and Coltrane, but it's no history lesson. Poet Scott Woods put together this show (and wrote the brilliant liner notes for the record) and I believe will lead a Q&A with Lomax and Bayard after. The record can be downloaded for free at Lomax's website: http://www.marklomaxii.com/blacklivesmatter. Show starts at 5:00pm. $10 cover.
Brown Paper Tickets.