Alibi V.17 No.29 • July 17-23, 2008 
Allen Toussaint

Music to Your Ears

Poster Child

Riffing on this week's New Mexico Jazz Festival kick-off (see "Spotlight"), Santa Fe's Vintage Poster Gallery (901 Canyon, 505-577-7419) is mounting the largest exhibition of vintage Polish jazz concert posters in North America. The collection starts in the underground ’50s (jazz was condemned under Stalinist communism) and winds up through the European festivals of the ’90s; just about all of the posters are surreally eye-popping. The exhibition runs through Aug. 15 and opens with a reception this Saturday, July 19, from 2 to 5 p.m. Bert Dalton will perform, courtesy of Friends of Santa Fe Jazz. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. You can preview posters from the exhibition at mrposter.com; or add your own concert art to the Alibi Flyer on the Web database at alibi.com/FOTW.

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Allen Toussaint
Lee Crum

Spotlight

Allen Toussaint: In a Grooving Way

New Orleans legend crowns the first week of the 2008 New Mexico Jazz Festival

When asked who wrote vocalist Irma Thomas’ 1963 hit “Ruler of My Heart,” later covered by Otis Redding and The Rolling Stones as “Pain in My Heart,” Thomas’ bassist answered, “You can’t turn a corner in New Orleans without bumping into Allen Toussaint.”

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Spotlight

New Mexico Jazz Festival Schedule, Week One

The third annual New Mexico Jazz Festival runs from July 17 through July 28.


Thursday, July 17


Tetragon
Outpost Performance Space, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 18


Pharoah Sanders Quintet
The Lensic, 7:30 p.m.

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Zoltán Székely

CD Release

Who is Zoltán Székely?

The self-proclaimed mad Hungarian opens up ... a little

You may have seen him walking down Central, head down, guitar on his back, handlebar mustache and long, blackened fingernails. He's not much of a talker, though he's liable to take off his shirt on stage, revealing a thick mat of curly black chest hair. Swirling around in the local Mythos of Zoltán is the fact that he was banned from the Golden West for getting naked. "I've been known to showcase my hairy body parts and such at other shows," he says.

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Flyer on the Wall

Post Script

The Cell Theatre (700 First Street NW) opens up Sunday, July 20, for an all-ages wall-banger with Hit By A Bus, The Material, Zagadka and Amicus. Doors open at 7 p.m. $7 gets you in. (LM)

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Sonic Reducer

Unit 7 Drain LoveCraft · Fast Heart Mart Cheap & Sunny · The Dirty Hearts Pigs

Albuquerque’s new wave, post-punk fivesome Unit 7 Drain keeps catching lightning in a bottle. The band can do a catchy tune and give it a hint of dark bravado like no one else in the Duke City, but where LoveCraft is most pleasantly surprising is in its instrumental space-outs. The synths creep across the floor like organic ooze; drummer Chris Newman goes savage, beating his kit to a pulp; and the guitars fuss and fight like a hungry child. Harry Redus-Brown has been heavily praised for his marvelous voice, and rightly so, but just as important to the band’s aesthetic are the dual-lead vocals of Redus-Brown and Ella Vader, which give Unit 7 a hearthy warmth. (SM)

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EVENT HORIZON ()

Searching for Something

¡Mayday! • Demrick • DJ Stigmata • Septicemia Records • rap, hip-hop

I’m not sure that the concept of “genre” is really relevant anymore in the realm of music. The days of “pure” music are long gone, and while this might leave some “old-heads” grumbling over message boards about the loss of “real rap” or “real jazz,” I think that for the most part this is a good thing. The possibilities are more abundant than ever before as artists dip their fingers in any number of genres and traditions. ¡MAYDAY! is one group embracing this diversity in their quest for success, with dual emcees Wrekonize and Bernz backed by a full band as they delve into the worlds of rap, rock, reggae, pop and more. With the industry experience of Tech N9ne and his Strange Music label behind them, the Miami-based group boasts a live show that is fast, fun and furious. As part of their promotion for upcoming album Search Party, the group will be bringing that energy on Wednesday, Aug. 23, to Launchpad, the perfect venue to witness their smooth, quickfire wordplay shine alongside an impressive and eclectic array of instrumentals and some silkily-sung hooks. Tickets for this 13+ show run a meager $13, making this a show that the youngest and oldest of us alike can attend and enjoy. 
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