COMEDY NIGHT (June 22) – Only 30 tickets remain!
JOHN GORKA – Only 20 tickets remain!
HOWARD JONES – Only 11 tickets remain!
ENGLISH BEAT – SOLD OUT
TAB BENOIT – Only 7 tickets remain!
PAULA POUNDSTONE – Only 40 tickets remain!
SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY – Only 8 tickets remain!
THE BODEANS – SOLD OUT
June 22 TUPELO NIGHT OF COMEDY
Featuring Paul Keenan, Chris Pennie, and Sean Sullivan, this is going to be an awesome comedy night. Lots of fun and cheap. Gotta love it.
June 23 LUCY KAPLANSKY
She started out singing in Chicago bars. Then, barely out of high school, Lucy Kaplansky took off for New York City. There she found a fertile community of songwriters and performers – Suzanne Vega, John Gorka, Bill Morrissey, Cliff Eberhardt, and others – where she fit right in. With a beautiful flair for harmony, Lucy was everyone’s favorite singing partner, but most often she found herself singing as a duo with Shawn Colvin. People envisioned big things for them; in fact, The New York Times said it was “easy to predict stardom for her.”
Rediscovering her musical roots, Lucy returns to the more acoustic sound of the music she first fell in love with – folk and classic country. She re-invents Bryan Ferry’s “More than This” as a pedal-steel soaked ballad, rocks out on Ian Tyson’s “Someday Soon” and June Carter Cash’s “Ring of Fire,” performs a winning country duet with Buddy Miller on Julie Miller’s “Somewhere Trouble Don’t Go,” and romps joyously through Loudon Wainwright’s “Swimming Song.” From the New York skyline to the hills beyond, Lucy’s latest album is pure Americana, wonderfully raw and rich with heartache and hope.
October 14 TINARIWEN
The band was formed around 1979 in refugee camps in Libya but returned to Mali after a cease-fire in the 1990s. Tinariwen are often associated with just one image: that of Touareg rebels leading the charge, machine gun in hand and electric guitar slung over the shoulder. The founding members abandoned their weapons long ago and have engineered a minor aesthetic revolution by setting the electric guitar – the instrument which became their mascot and made them famous – to one side and giving pride of place to acoustic sounds, recorded right in the heart of the desert, which is the landscape of their existence, the cradle of their culture and the source of their inspiration.
Tinariwen’s music and sensibility have always been close to the American Blues and on ‘Tassili’ they re-enact the emotions of an individual who finds himself face to face with loneliness and doubt, gripped by torment, the prisoner of inextricable circumstances (‘Djeredjere’). But that individual also manages to find hope in the strength of his community (‘Imidiwan Wan Sahara’) or in the simple pleasure afforded by insignificant daily moments, as on the song ‘Takest Tamidarest’, sung by Abdallah, which drops us right in the middle of the desert, with its slow-baked pace that lends itself to pure contemplation of man’s surrounding and to profound inner meditation. For that reason, ‘Tassili’ isn’t just an extraordinary musical moment, in which Tinariwen repossess their own art to the extent that they feel completely relaxed about inviting others into their world, it’s also a shared human experience of rare quality.