A band called Creedence Clearwater Revisited plays Route 66 Casino tomorrow night. Their repertoire includes a heap of tunes by seminal Americana band Creedence Clearwater Revival, but don’t get the two confused. There will be nary a mention of anyone named Fogerty at this upcoming concert, though I'm sure the latter folks are partially responsible for writing the tuneage being explored on this and subsequent tours. Don’t get confused; it’s a familiar story in rocanrol: Founding members leave a once-mighty band. Sometimes, those remaining still wanna rock out for silver and other treasure. They want to use a name that listeners will be familiar with, buy tickets for and, when called upon, remember favorite songs by …
But courtroom hijinks usually ensue. In this case, Stu Cook and Doug Clifford, the rhythm section of Southern rock giant CCR, eventually won the right to use part of the name of a band fronted by John Fogerty and his brother Tom. The whole CCR debacle has been one of the most acrimonious adventures in the history of electrified guitar music, but the current lineup continues to rely on John’s output and Tom’s memory for the meaty parts of its performances. In other words, they’re a great cover band. Creedence Clearwater Revisited plays Legends Theater (14500 Central SW) tomorrow starting at 8pm. Tickets for this all-ages gig range from $25 and $40. Legends Theater @ Route 66 Casino • Fri Jun 13 • 8pm • $25-$40 • View on Alibi calendar
Head on over to Burt’s Tiki Lounge (313 Gold SW) tomorrow night at 9pm for a wide-ranging gig showcasing a number of touring bands from Cali along with local stalwarts. Headliner Modern Pantheist, a psychedelic outfit, hails from LA. The trio features singer/songwriter Chris Anderson, drummer Dave Ferrara and multi-instrumentalist Chris Sandler. Their sound has been described as mind-bending and trippy, but you should also expect some pop sensibility and sentimental narrative thrown into the mix.
On the other hand, Cuddle Formation is a bit more esoteric with a spacious sound that has its basis in electronic vocals and choral experimentation. Contrariwise, Emily Reo composes and performs music that takes a more traditional approach to instrumentation and vocalization, although her recent Auto-Tuned version of Fleetwood Mac classic “Dreams” is notable for its syncopated percussion track and ennui-generating, plaintive vocal style. With local dream-makers Ballets and Holy Glories starting things off, this show promises to make the generally dreamy summer nights in these parts specifically space-oriented. There is no cover for this concert, except the vault of stars above. Burt's Tiki Lounge • Wed Jun 11 • 9pm • FREE • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar
Tomorrow night, the monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery will culminate four days of ritual practice at UNM’s Center for the Arts with a performance at Popejoy Hall (203 Cornell NE). That upcoming event is a reminder to me, and an opportunity for you, dear reader. It’s been nearly 20 years since I trekked through the Kingdom of Mustang, on my way to the Thorung-La Pass. Though I never quite made it—distracted by altitude sickness and a lodge in Muktinath that featured electric lights, flush toilets and Bon Jovi posters—I had many opportunities to engage the local culture.
I found the ritual music and dance of the Tibetan Buddhists in the area to be more than just fascinating. It was a deluxe experience, at once otherworldly and deeply human, and by turns frightening, calming and transcendent. In the intervening years, the traditional arts of Tibetan Buddhism have gained much recognition in America, mostly due to the continuously joyful touring of certain monastic representatives, tasked with both preserving and maintaining a culture that has richly elaborate and intensely transformative qualities. The coming week’s activities begin with the construction of a sand mandala on Wednesday and end with a once-in-a-lifetime tour-de-force that includes nine sonic pieces designed to engender peace and healing tomorrow evening. Observation and participation in the mandala ritual is free and open to the public, but the performance begins at 8pm, and tickets cost between $20 and $44. Popejoy Hall, UNM Center for the Arts • Sat May 31 • 8pm • $20-$44 • View on Alibi calendar
We here at the Alibi were hip to Al Hurricane and his son, Al Hurricane Jr., long before it was hip to be into traditional Hispanic music. In fact some of us remember watching the Godfather of New Mexican Music perform live in the KOB-TV studios when the “Val De La O Show” was a popular Saturday diversion in Burque. Now’s your chance to get a load of some of the most original, heartfelt and truly jamming outfits in these parts.
Hurricane and his namesake successor/right-hand man take the stage at Caravan East (7605 Central NE) tomorrow at 5pm for an early start to what promises to be a late night of intensely homegrown musical encounters. Hurricane’s brand of music mixes rocanrol with ranchera and cumbia with country for a sound that says "dance” in an idiom that is at once familiar and unique to our state. Tickets are 10 bucks. Caravan East • Sat May 24 • 5pm • $10 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar
Guitar virtuoso Oumar Konaté puts on two concerts in Burque this week. Tomorrow, May 15, Konaté performs a high-noon gig at Ernie Pyle Library (900 Girard SE) and an evening show at The Cooperage (7220 Lomas NE), a swanky steakhouse at the edge of the Northeast Heights. Konaté is from Goa, Mali, and he represents a new generation of phenomenal instrumentalists and performers rising up out of Africa with a sound that renders world music a postmodern force driven by passion and intensity matched with awesome chops and classically educated sophistication, too.
Addoh, the guitarist’s first international release, explores the tenuous political situation in his homeland, and his searing guitar lends evocative, narrative weight to the struggle for peace and justice this man has witnessed. Besides gigging as a totally awesome solo performer, Konaté has worked with legendary African artists Roberto Magic and Siddi Toure as well as serving a stint as guitarist and arranger for the prestigious orchestra of Mali’s National Institute of Arts. His first US solo tour in 2012 featured a performance at Lincoln Center. Duke City is honored to have the likes of Konaté perform anywhere in town. The all-ages library concert is free, but tickets for the 21-plus concert at The Cooperage are 17 clams in advance and $22 on day of show. Tickets are available via AMP Concerts and Hold My Ticket. Doors swing wide at 6pm, and the concert begins at 7:30pm. The Cooperage • Thu May 15 • 7:30pm • $17-$22 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
Chatter presents a concert titled “The Cello” on Sunday, May 11, at The Kosmos (1715 Fifth Street NW). Featuring work by Haydn and Britten, this concert aims to demonstrate the crucial fluency of the instrument between distant ends of the classical and modern canons. With tonal qualities similar to the human voice, the cello’s primacy as an orchestral, chamber and solo instrument has never been in dispute. Even the likes of Cobain and Lennon were privy to the mysterious gravitas this instrument is capable of producing. Composers of more esoteric genres have long regarded the cello as a sublime interpreter of human emotion; as director of narrative, the selections on offer in this latest cello-themed offering demonstrate that empathetic capacity with charm and urgency.
Haydn's “Divertimento for Horn, Violin and Cello” is ebullient but contemplative, recalling an Arcadian adventure full of natural wonder. Contrariwise, Britten’s “Opus 72,” his first “Suite for Unaccompanied Cello,” demonstrates all the complexity, ennui and anxiety of the age and culture that gave it life. James Holland is featured cellist on the Britten piece, while horn player Nate Ukens and Burqueño violinist/maestro David Felberg sit in on the Haydn trio. The music starts promptly at 10:30am. Tickets are $15. There's a $6 discount if you’re under 30, and children get in for a fiver. UNM music prof David Bashwiner will read before the curtain rises on this stringed extravaganza. The Kosmos • Sun May 11 • 10:30am • $5-$15 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar