Ice or no ice, tonight brings two excellent concerts to our fair burg. I think you’ll be able to do both; I know I’m going to try to.
First up: Jazz-and-beyond guitar explorer Bill Frisell brings his “Guitar in the Space Age” show — exploring the instrumental guitar music of the mid-20th century — to the Tower Theatre. I interviewed Frisell last week, and even he wasn’t sure what exactly the brand-new program would be like. But he knew where it’s rooted.
“I’ve been thinking about doing this for so long. It’s been percolating in my mind,” Frisell said, citing a past performance … of Jimmy Bryant and Speedy West’s fast-paced country-jazz as the seed for the “Space Age” show. “I’ve just been thinking a lot about the music that I grew up with. I was born in 1951, pretty much the same time as the Telecaster.”
He continues: “The first guitar music that got me fired up was surf music, and then that led to the British Invasion and all that stuff,” he said. “I was so into the whole idea of surfing, which was so absurd being (from Denver). And there was this great band from there, The Astronauts, who were a surf band. They were from the mountains, they weren’t surfers at all. But this instrumental guitar music was all over the place.”
Here’s a clip of Frisell and his band performing Saturday night in San Francisco.
Frisell’s show is at 7 p.m., and last I heard, there were still tickets left at $30 each. Check the Tower site for more info.
Then, over at Volcanic Theatre Pub, it’s time for some stoner metal and psychedelic doom wizardry with Portland’s Blackwitch Pudding, who not only play heavy, heavy music, they also dress it up with smoke and lights and actual (awesome) wizard robes. They have a fine album called “Taste the Pudding” out now, and you can stream it … oh hey, right here!
Last week, I also interviewed drummer Wizard Wizard — who grew up in Bend — and you can read that story here. Local heavies The Kronk Men and The Beerslayers will open for Blackwitch Pudding, and the show will get started around 9 p.m. A $5 bill should get you in.