Music to Your Ears
Yikes!--Their MySpace motto is "You don't need to have a good time to drink!" Apparently, you don't need a liquor license either, or .... do you? SID and New Mexico Department of Public Safety agents, along with the New Mexico State Police, have determined that Harlow's on the Hill has been up to no good. The Nob Hill bar and music venue cleared one year of operation in July, only to get busted last week for not having a liquor license. (But you have to wonder: Does it really take a year to figure something like that out?) Needless to say, the club is closed until further notice. Touring bands like Knoxville's Christabel & the Jons are now freaked and scrambling to find another place to play this weekend. But it's nothing a stiff drink won't cure.
Saturday's All Booked Up—Tommy Gearhart is a giant, both in his 6-and-a-half-foot frame and his breezy, old-school vocal poise and innate gift for jazz phrasing. You might know him from his nearly three-year gig at Martini Grille, or his new standing Thursday at the Q-Bar. Tommy calls his lounge act Notes from Underground. It's an apt title for a guy that takes such a studious page from America's seething-beneath-the-surface canon of big band jazz.
Here's your chance to see him live at the very classic (and smoke-free) Lobo Theater. On Saturday, Sept. 23, Tommy Gearhart is releasing an album of new arrangements on old standards that are anything but, called Autumn Serenade. Tommy G. will be joined by his backing band, plus special guest talents Andre Wright on drums and Jazz Mater Award-winner Donald Walden on tenor sax. (Walden, among many other impressive feats, formed the Detroit Jazz Orchestra in 1982, which he still artistically directs.) Tickets are $20, but there's a sweet $40 VIP package that includes special concert seating, admission to a preconcert cocktail party at Zinc Wine Bar and Bistro and a $5 discount towards the new album. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets. Show starts at 8 p.m.
Down the street at the Albuquerque Press Club, Ten Cats Laughing will have their paws full releasing their new album. The band is comprised of husband and wife songwriting, singing and string-picking team Elisabeth and Guy Dicharry, and award-winning sound engineer John Wall (of Wall of Sound Studios, www.wallofsoundstudio.com) on bass.
Their self-titled CD is loaded with original and traditional Appalachian, cajun and bluegrass folk music. Each track is bright and warm as a polished copper penny, all textured with a menagerie of strings. The mastery of their instruments is informed as much by Stravinsky as the Reverend Robert Wilkins. As Guy says, it's all about the “music, music, music with a few breaks here and there for food, water, beer and personal needs.”
Show starts at 7 p.m. All proceeds from the album sales will benefit The Crossroads, a nonprofit support service for women.