Marching Forth into the Dream
MarchFourth! at Dirty Bourbon
If you dig ecstatic, Burque concert-goers, then tonight, Wednesday February 24, 2016, is your night. The Dirty Bourbon Dance Hall and Saloon (9800 Montgomery NE) hosts a highly listenable show brought to town by forward-looking and far-ranging musical production entity AMP Concerts.
MarchFourth!, a fascinatingly far out, flavorful and funky re-visioning of the American marching band tradition, headlines the event and San Diego Gypsy rockers Diego's Umbrella provides support—albeit it in their own folkified yet punktastic way.
MarchFourth features the talents of 15 musicians and five dancers and acrobats. As a colorful and sometimes cacophonic ensemble, MarchFourth! put a saucy yet postmodern spin on a mainstay of Americana that critics have called sexy, carnivalesque and celebratory. And like all the band geeks you've ever encountered, the marching unit's chops smolder and smother.
Co-conspirators Diego's Umbrella use Eastern European musical conceits mixed up with SoCal punk aesthetics to create a singular musical experience. 18 bucks gets one into this late-winter cosmic carnival; it's a 21+ dealio that begins at 7:30pm.
Master of Space & Time
While away an evening with rock and roll renaissance man Leon Russell this weekend. Russell will pound out his gloriously melodic, raucous and sometimes plaintive sounds at The Dirty Bourbon Dance Hall & Saloon (9800 Montgomery NE) tomorrow night. Don’t let the fact that this show is way up in the Heights discourage you from coming out to see and hear one of America’s legendary musicians. Russell has performed and recorded with just about everyone who is anyone in the music biz—from Bob Dylan to Elton John. A prolific songwriter and pianist, Oklahoman Russell is noted for his eclectic approach to rock and roll, saying, “I like all kinds of music, and I hate to do the same thing all the time.” Leon’s repertoire is as danceable as it gets, and The Dirty Bourbon has a killer dance floor to boogie the night away. Tickets are 28 clams in advance and $33 on day of show. This 21-plus gig revs up at 7:30pm. Dirty Bourbon • Sun Jan 26 • 7:30pm • $28-$33 • View on Alibi calendar
Infamous, “Albatross” and Americana
There’s been a resurgence of ’90s-famous acts, many of whom continued creating sonic art long after their 15 minutes of fame. Corrosion of Conformity’s fourth album, Deliverance, was in regular rotation in my headbanging collection as a youngster. I didn’t discover Mobb Deep until much later, but I’m a fan of their early work. Read all about where you can witness performances by the aforementioned acts and Danzig, as well as Texan singer-songwriter Hayes Carll in this week’s Music to Your Ears. Scope related A/V below. Sister • Mobb Deep • Hezekiah • DJ Dozer • Fri Apr 19 • 9 pm • $40 • 21+ • sisterthebar.com
Music to Your Ears
Mardi Gras in December
MarchFourth Marching Band
Portland's MarchFourth Marching Band sprang from the tradition of New Orleans' street bands. They don't don elaborately beaded and feathered costumes like the Mardi Gras Indians, but their show promises to be a festive, celebratory and wholly collective experience. Driven by electric bass, guitar and vocals, MarchFourth's catalog takes the listener down bayou way and across the ocean to an Eastern European gypsy camp. The act may stop to rest in a rowdy Brazilian rainforest or a percussive African jungle jam. This is music you can dance to in the streets. The group's rallying cry is “Joy now!” Burque denizens can sample carnival season tonight at The Dirty Bourbon Dance Hall & Saloon. If you're over 21 and hankering for a slab of modern, aural king cake, tickets to this fête are $15. Day-of-show admission jumps up another $3. Dirty Bourbon • Wed Dec 12 • 8 pm • $15 • View on Alibi calendar