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Wren Kitz, Colby Nathan and Big Blood at Amy E. Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn Center For Performing Arts and The Le Duo at Deli 126 August 10, 2018   Leave a comment

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Wren Kitz pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Friday night at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, which is part of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, and at Deli/126. I had a relaxing day off then took the lovely stroll downtown in the early evening. I got in and settled and chatted with Charlie Messing for a bit. Around quarter after 6, Wren Kitz and his band began to ooze sound out of their minds and into our ears. They began with a cool drone lead by Lauren Costello‘s effects laden cello. As they flowed further in Wren began to play gorgeous riffs on the 12 string guitar. They floated that way for a bit then the drummer stepped up the band into a rocking pace. It coalesced into a cool pop song for a while then eased off. They chatted with the audience for a moment then dove back in with a song that I think he said was called Sky Of Words. They rocked it for a bit then slid into a drone that got heavier and heavier and blasted a huge psychedelic wave at us. I reveled in it. Eventually it eased back into another cool pop song that ended the show. They were stunning.

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Colby Nathan pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Colby Nathan began fast tapping a couple of bells and got a drone sound going and recorded it in a loop. He added some other fun sounds, including a slinky being extended and reset, then mixed in some bass and drums and began to sing sometimes you have to give more than you take. Between songs, he told stories and thoroughly engaged the audience evoking gut laughs now and then. He kept a fun mix of loops going for a song about not knowing what to believe then picked up an acoustic guitar for a campfire song about how sometimes you must walk behind. He brought up the members of Big Blood for a song about ghosts that featured some sweet harmony backing vocals. He closed the set with a song debut that featured many fun sounds and a costume change. It was about how sleeping in peace is the greatest luxury. His show was charming and pure fun.

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Colby Nathan with Big Blood pic by Tim Lewis

Up next, the former duo of Big Blood were joined by their daughter, who’s name I missed. Colleen Kinsella played drums, guitar and harmonium while Caleb Mulkerin played stand up bass and effects. Both mom and daughter had great voices, but when they sang together it was pure joy. They began with a song that asked are we gonna keep pushing our children towards drugs and ended with the understanding that a dream that we dream together is reality. For the second song they moved from a folky Americana vibe to some hip hop with the daughter doing a nice rap. Throughout the show she exhibited poise and comfort on the stage. Her singing was lovely and she played drums and trombone as needed. Colleen’s voice was delightful and sometimes approached a scream. Caleb kept the whole thing glued together. They played a rocker about blood then one about social media and being insecure kids. They played a song about how you are sleeping and don’t know what to believe. They rocked out a song about darkness then Colby joined them for the next one on electric guitar. They closed with a cover that everyone knew except me, thought it didn’t matter, since I was just happy to hear them play.

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Big Blood pic by Tim Lewis

I headed out pretty quickly and cut through the park and headed into Deli 126. I got into the music room and sat and listened as JB began to play drums. He started slow and it seemed like it might be a soundcheck, but he kept building it and used every trick to evoke every sound possible from the instrument. Slowly and steadily the rest of the le duo filled the stage and joined in. The quintet featured xylophone/effects, guitar, sax and Matthew Kloss sitting in on bass. They played a long trippy jazz jam for a while then began to rock. They worked that out for a while and eased back. The music was challenging and engulfing. I was transfixed as they moved to a bit of a psychedelic phase then slipped into a nice jam. They wrapped up the 30 minute piece and said they would take a break. At that point my head was full and I knew I had a long day coming, so I reluctantly headed out.

What a great night.

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The Le Duo pic by Tim Lewis

 

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Ivamae at Robot Dog Studio and Chris Brokaw & Anachronist at Amy E. Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn Center For Performing Arts, and Ben Clark at Radio Bean on July 13, 2018   Leave a comment

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Ivamae pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music Friday at Robot Dog Studio and the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, which is part of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.

We’ve always done the live from Robot Dog sessions in the evening but the timing worked out for an afternoon show. We gathered around 2pm and Ryan Cohen dialed in the sound. Ivamae played four songs that were so enchanting it was a struggle to hold on to enough concentration to be ready to ask her questions as each song found it’s conclusion. Phoebe Zorn helped Ryan with the video and I can’t wait to see and hear the results.

I grabbed a bite to eat then headed home. I did a quick turnaround then quickly walked downtown. The show at the gallery said 6pm and I sailed in about 6:05. The band was not on so I took a breath and ran into Phil Yates. We chatted as a DJ spun songs from The Gun Club, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Blue Button, Alex Chilton, and lots of others.

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Anachronist pic by Tim Lewis

 

A little after 7, Anachronist took the stage. They opened with a couple of new songs that featured their jangly rock that takes fun twists and hits many sweet notes. One was about doing it all. The third song had a tag line of don’t come back again and featured some blistering Brian Clark guitar work. Chris Brokaw joined them for a song about true love that was gorgeous. At that point Anachronist left the stage and Chris sang a song about wanting still to decide. His songs were mellow and strong and slow and enchanting. The next one had that sweet flow to it, until the end when he unleashed some lovely guitar noise. He had nothing but time on the next one then followed with an instrumental cover that I should have been able to spot, but did not, and enjoyed it nonetheless. He played a song from an upcoming album that may be called Trademarks and I think the song was about the end of night. He played another cool instrumental then a song about a joke where no one laughs and the night having no eyes. He played another nice instrumental then one about blasting through black holes. He closed the set with a short and super fun song about Benny Forjones (?) that made everyone smile.

He left the stage and Anachronist returned. The first two songs kept my heart in a happy place as Phil Carr’s powerhouse drumming and Mike Donofrio‘s melodic bass locked the songs in. They sang about what it’s going to take to get it together again then dropped a heavenly version of Like Beads on us. The next song was new and almost political and was dedicated to the nurses who were on strike and holding a rally across the street in City Hall park. They closed with a pair of songs where the first one was short and exciting, much like singer Angela Paladino, that the other was longer. It was about a gambler from out of state, and let Brian loose for a killer guitar solo at the end. It had been ages since I had seen them and I loved every note.

I chatted with Sean Toohey for a bit then took the lovely walk home.

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Anachronist with Chris Brokaw

I got a bit of a thirst on the way home and ducked into Radio Bean and a gentleman named Ben Clark was on stage. His voice was strong and melodic and his guitar playing was nice. He sang Wichita Lineman and Goodbye Yellow Brook Road as I settled in to listen. He played the last song of the old world, the title song for his album Hallucinate, and closed with something called No Idea. It was well worth the stop.

I then took the lovely walk home and collapsed on the couch in a happy place. I’m so lucky to have so much great music around me all the time.

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Ben Clark pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Clever Girls at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn Center For The Performing Arts August 11, 2017   Leave a comment

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Clever Girls pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Fridays ago at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery which is part of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. They have an Exhibitionist series on Friday’s at 5 where they bring in bands and have them play free shows. I’m usually working at the time but was on a different schedule that week and was happy to be able to go. The day started as my 8th consecutive work day and I woke with a sore throat and runny nose. I was able to get out early and thought it might be good to just rest but I knew the show was only an hour and threw caution to the wind.

I took the lovely walk downtown and arrived at 5 and chatted with the band and with Charlie Messing. After a bit Clever Girls began to play. They opened with the lovely and powerful Catch And Release. They shouted 1 2 3 4 and rocked our Loose Tooth. 45 has mixed references to that number in the lyrics and mixes from a slow burn into a towering rock song. We Tried and Crazy were wonderful and powerful. A new song called Get Out was really good as were the next two new songs that I’m just getting to know. They rocked hard on a new song that does not have a title yet then Diane Jean let her powerhouse voice soar on Hannah. They took the final song through many builds and eases before locking into a groove and ripping out the ending.

I said a quick hello to Luke Adam and James Lockridge then took the quick walk home and curled into a ball on the couch. I felt lousy for a few days but had many lovely songs in my heart.

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Clever Girls pic by Tim Lewis

Banana Schlitz at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery part of the Flynn Theater July 14, 2017   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music Friday evening at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery. The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts is doing a series of shows there on Fridays and call it the Exhibitionist series. The shows are free and there is a cash bar, and they’ve got lots of cool bands lined up.

The whole week had been crazy. I worked my regular shift on Friday, Saturday, Sunday then switched to a 7:30 to 4 (or later) M-F shift to cover a coworkers vacation. I was able to go in a little late on Thursday so I could put my WBKM radio show together in the morning but circumstances changed and I had to do it on Wednesday. I went out and saw Music on Wednesday and Thursday and was able to finish all the work I needed to cover by 9:30 am on Friday. I slept for much of the afternoon and woke up in a haze. I put on the black and headed downtown for the 5pm show.

I walked in, got a beer, said hi to Charlie Messing and Eric Olsen and soon it was time for Banana Schlitz to play. I wasn’t sure the configuration of the band and it turned out to just be Jason Cooley singing and playing guitar over backing tracks. Each song had a video to accompany it. Some seemed to add meaning and some to add mystery. He began with a vocal exercize where he played a video and audio of the theme song for Game of Thrones and sang the words game of thrones to the tune. I was smiling ear to ear from the beginning. The next song was an instrumental while the video showed a series of classic rock albums with smile logos plastered over them. The next song was a little sticky sweet while live metal concert videos played on the screen. I think the next song was Jesus Chemist from the Sports & Milk album. All Bad News followed and had a video of some local Fox channel intercut with videos of James Bellizia playing guitar. I’m sure you can guess what video he used when he played the Breakfast Club theme. Nerve was a typical Cooley punk song. Again Over Again was a poignant song about getting older and losing friends. The next song was about a basketball hoop and had an appropriate video. Silver Dollars had a blue sky video with a jet stream running through it. …and Symphonies had a streetlight video and a catchy chorus. He closed with a video of him beating out the beat on his belly that faded into scenes of grocery stores and military marches. The incessant beat was great as he sang Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk.

I did not stay long then took the long dazed happy walk home.

 

 

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