Tonight is a really fantastic line-up at Bon. I’m psyched to be able to write-up a show with solid artists off the regular circuit of venues.
Juan Wauters is the non-local act on the bill but most likely to pull people to the show. He fronts the garage rock band The Beets (not the one with Doug Funny) from New York, but his solo stuff is a bit more toned-down. I’ve just listened to his Sanity EP, and not the newly released North American Poetry (on Captured Tracks). It’s a early-sixties jangly pop, rough around the edges but still excitable.
Adam Smith, brilliant musician behind the likes of Great Dads, Invisible Hand, now Y’ALL, does his fair share to keep the vitality of music throbbing in Charlottesville. Most interesting is Dylan Mulshine will be sitting in on Adam’s set, which should be great. Did I mention this will be great?
I haven’t seen GULL perform in a while and I don’t want to make the mistake of recommending an act that was fantastic a few years ago, only to show up and find the performer may have become jaded and less engaging (see: Stephen Steinbrink). So, take all this with a grain of salt, but GULL gives a really power-heavy set, performing as a hardcore one-man-band. Like Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins, but more chimney sweep and less dancing penguins. Seeing is believing, so I’ll embed something of his below:
Adam & Dylan at 8pm, Gull at 9, Juan Wauters at 10. Bon is the coffeeshop located on the first floor of the Pink Warehouse, to the left of South Street Brewery. Not sure what the cover is, but I’m thinking under ten dollars…Don’t quote this though. edit: $7 cover confirmed, thanks amanda!
Over at UVA, a seminar–taught by robot musician Troy Rogers (someone who makes music from robots, not a robot who makes music)–is hosting a talk at the Architecture School by Bill Fontana, a world-renowned musician and composer who studied under John Cage at the New School and has since gone on to make a large body of new music work based around environmental sounds and recordings. Most recently, Fontana won a fellowship to make a piece based on the particle physics work conducted at CERN in Switzerland. I assume he’ll be speaking about this and his larger philosophy. The picture above is Fontana recreating his favorite scene from The Conversation. Jk, it’s him at CERN recording protons! The talk is free and open to the public. It takes place at Campbell Hall (directions here) and starts at 6pm.