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Thursday, December 18,2008

Athens Music Scene

By Athens NEWS Staff
(WARNING: This article was beset upon by elliptical statements and poorly timed grammar geek moments à â" " and humor befitting... well, I do have friends still. I have done my best to extricate the off-putting remarks, but I somehow feel (in a weird, almost inexplicable way) that I am losing ground. Read slowly and see if things make sense the second time. If not à â" " my bad. Also, I am feeling as though I am coming down with a case of the hyper-hyphen. BEWARE!)

(WARNING: This article was beset upon by elliptical statements and poorly timed grammar geek moments — and humor befitting... well, I do have friends still. I have done my best to extricate the off-putting remarks, but I somehow feel (in a weird, almost inexplicable way) that I am losing ground. Read slowly and see if things make sense the second time. If not — my bad. Also, I am feeling as though I am coming down with a case of the hyper-hyphen. BEWARE!)

I love ambiguity. It's a thing that sustains me; it's nice; it's familiar. Ambiguity (and its effect on my spelling) has fueled this article. This is the last stop! Barf bags can be found in the seat-back in front of you.

As I slog my way through this existence, I occasionally stumble across things about myself that I was more or less unaware. Not exactly; kind of opposite, almost, completely wrong sort of; at least subliminally and intentionally misdirected, or somehow as similarly and playfully nonsensical as that one verse in that one Beatles song that everyone likes but most likely won't be able to pull up right now while we are thinking about it (I love being wrong). Well, hold on, it will probably be downhill from here.

It has been interesting to me to spend time with old friends recently and continue deep discussions that were started years ago. It's fun to see what theories have been abandoned and which ones have taken root and sprouted other branches — no, that makes me wince — how's about: which ones have deepened and grown. No, I despise that one, too. You know what I'm saying. The best thing about my friends is that they encompass a fairly wide spectrum. We seem to serve different roles for each other. It fits my notion of the well-balanced community. The micro within macro.

The House in Town Guy is not afraid of being put off, put on or put upon; nor is he afraid of any mustard whose name might sound like it is describing a bodily function... I'll wait... come on; it rhymes with... OK, good. I had a hard time not busting a gut when I was hearing people talk about Peru and lake Titicaca the other day. There are at least two things funny about that, and I am able to maintain the maturity of a fifth grader —  so I'm told. Together, HiTG and I have pretty much figured out the order of the universe, and we are only being patient with you all until you are ready to hear us when we speak. We waste not our breath. We will be heard. Be thee warned, yet unafraid.

Donkey

Thursdays Troy Gregorino is back at the Open Stage. Maybe not next week; there's some holiday or something, I think.

There will be a McVicker Dance Party at the Donkey featuring the ever-popular DJ John McVicker on Friday night. New old, shy and bold. You, me (?) Show up and see.

Southeast Engine, or a portion of them (Leo & Rem) will join Justin Gordon (who is effin' amazing — oh the stories I may tell) and Tim Peacock Saturday night for an evening of swapped songs and general enticements of song liberation. Stories-ish: Justin is an old bluesman trapped in an aw-shucks-boy-next-door who has written some of my favorite songs and has been getting real work opening for the Avett Brothers. To be fair, Rem is one hell of a songwriter, too. I just happen to have a time spent with Justin at this point in my life. That and Justin has been shacking up in another state and will likely be gone soon. Again.

Both of these are early 8 p.m. shows.

Casa Cantina

The Royales rear their holiday heads to funk up a few things on Friday night. I heard Pat got hold of Santa's naughty list!

Saturday night, The Billycats get their jazzy-western-swing, or is it their swingy-western-jazz (and are these hyphenated, or am I obsessing?), or ... anyway, the Billycats are loads of dancing fun and they are on the prowl Saturday night. Go.

Jackie O's

Tonight The Werks help celebrate Rob's (from Papadosio) birthday. They are a very solid band with as many changes as the weather in Ohio. Nice to have them on such short notice. I would expect a variety of mayhem for such an occasion.

Friday night offers music fans a non-dramatic representation of Frank Zappa's music via the excellent vessels of Ugly Radio Rebellion and Ike Willis — who was the voice of Joe's Garage way back when.

Saturday Eric Sommer returns to Athens with his numerous and sometimes visually beguiling guitars. This guy is sweat and soul. It is rare to find someone who is so passionate and has the talent to match. Sometimes these are not meted out in equal measure. My guess is that sometime soon you'll be paying $25 to see him at the Fur Peace Ranch. You got me? Totally-rocking blues guitar.

Union

A couple of my local favorites dish it out Friday night at the Union: Eva Destruction and the Ohio Country Outlaw Band play a solid brand of rock and roll that appeals as much as it satisfies. I like 'em. "Same but different" as my friend Louie used to say, is what comes to mind when I think about the Wooly Lemons in contrast. They are a breed apart from ED & the OCOB, but only in style. These guys rock more towards Black Sabbath. I'm always happy to hear them.

The Five Deadly Venoms will poison you with their music on Saturday night. There is no known cure, and their effects, while usually non-lethal, show themselves in unique and occasionally boisterous ways. Wheels on Fire deign to raise their heads, as do Dayton's Black Wolf Fight, who win the Yoda Name Award for this week.

Millennium Building - Pomeroy

Friday night Biscuit and the Mix bake up some fine blues for a Pomeroy Blues & Jazz Society fundraiser. Biscuit has had unique opportunities with his blues career, not the least of which was his one-night/10-year stint with the fabulous Lonnie Brooks. Biscuit, so named by his grandmother I believe, is bringing a first-rate band to Pomeroy Friday. If you like real Chicago-style blues, travel no further. An excessive hyphen-watch in effect.

The Market on State

The Market on State continues to bring you live music for your shopping delight. At noon Saturday, John Horne will perform followed by Elvis, aka Alex Couladis, from 2-3, and the dependable Steve Zarate will take the music to the six-o'clock hour.

Oak Room

To follow Steve Zarate around town a bit, we will find him in the early evening Saturday at the Oak Room for their Christmas party.

As a friend recently said to a bartender near you in regard to me, "I'll have what he's having — and hurry!"

 

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