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Handsome Family's Alter-Ego To Play Secret Show New Year's Eve at The Press Club

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By Geoffrey Plant [ Mon Dec 30 2013 10:45 PM ]
Looks like fun
Looks like fun

With a name like The Albuquerque Press Club, one might think this is an exclusive venue and only open to vetted members. On occasion this may be true, but this New Year's Eve is among the more interesting exceptions to this misconception. What finer place to witness the nocturnal arrival of 2014 than a rambling historic log mansion atop a hill? A rambling hilltop mansion (with full bar) hosting celebrated psychedelic-Appalachian (alt-country) band The Handsome Family's other persona, The Parlour Trio. That's what.

The Parlour Trio plays authentic versions of early 20th century "parlour music" -the kind of songs that were sold in a format so unlike MP3s it boggles the 21st century mind. We're talking sheet music, folks. Buy the song, play it on your own instrument, with your own voice. Player Brett Sparks guarantees "sentimental ballads, folk melodies, old tyme hymnody, and rollicking cakewalks." -Anyone who has seen The Handsome Family perform knows they can also tell a joke or three, so really we're getting close to a vaudeville revival if anyone can dance or juggle. Singer and banjoist Rennie Sparks and Handsome Family band player Dave Gutierrez round out the trio. Not to be missed.

This is a mansion with many rooms, however. Also on the bill are the lovely singer/songwriter duo Next Three Miles, who offer beautiful harmonies and guitar chops to spare. On top of the pretty tunes, Joe and Erin are not unpleasing to look at, folks.

BaBa. A banjo. A tuba. They're avante garde, but not pretentious or seriously difficult, rather more groovy actually. Tubaman was in The Lone Ranger film. C'mon!

Quality Retreads will slake your thirst for sad traditional as well as boisterous drunk Irish songs and any longing you may have to see The Pogues (which ain't gonna happen.) Can't think of a better group to get drunk with on New Year's Eve.

One last thing. The Albuquerque Press Club resides in a truly unique and antique Albuquerque abode. Recently, there has been a drive to complete some necessary repairs to the joint. Check out The Press Club website and consider pitching in.

Show starts at 8pm on December 31st, 2013.