Ayler documentary, two awesome local shows

February 19th, 2009 · 2 Comments · By

Three awesome things tonight — and it’s definitely possible to catch at least two of them.

First off, we’re showing a documentary about Ayler Ayler at The Bridge — it’s from 2005, it’s called “My Name is Albert Ayler” and it’s barely been shown in the US. For those who don’t know: Ayler was an amazing free-jazz saxophonist from the 60’s, a contemporary of Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane, who expanded the boundaries of Jazz, eventually taking a sharp left turn and crossing over into soul music towards the end of his career. His body was found in the East River in 1970 under mysterious circumstances. If you’d like to learn more (and you should), come see the documentary, and also check out a copy of Ayler’s Live in Greenwich Village, an incredible record which has been on regular rotation around these parts in recent weeks.  The documentary is screening at 7pm at The Bridge; admission is $5.

After that: Invisible Hand and Drunk Tigers are playing at The Box. Invisible Hand just keeps getting better and better every time I’ve seen them in the past few months; they have completely won me over and never fail to kick ass. Quoth Alonzo Subverbo: “If Adam Smith choked on a ham sandwich and died, the effect on the Charlottesville music scene would be profound and, on balance, really bad.” Plus Drunk Tigers are worthwhile, and it’s only their second show(!) Under circumstances like these, The Box is capable of being an incredibly fun place to see a show; I think this one’s gonna be pretty awesome.  I think it probably starts around 10-ish? and there’s no cover!

Or, alternately, there’s this show at BelRio: Sarah White (of the Pearls & Acorn Sisters — a supurbly awesome songwriter, and one of Charlottesville’s national treasures), along with Ned Oldham (of the Anomoanon, Palace Brothers, etc — a recently returned Charlottesville expatriot), and Justin Jones and the Driving Rain (about whom I know absolutely nothing, other than the fact that they seem to have got a pretty good reception when they played at Fry’s Spring last December.) BelRio is the place that used to be Saxx Blues & Jazz Lounge; music there is still a pretty new thing, so it remains untested in my mind, but any excuse to see Sarah White play is worthwhile. That one starts at 9pm — not sure if there’s a cover or not.

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  • 1 sarah // Feb 19, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    the belrio show is $5

    there is also something going on at is: lost in the trees is a 10 piece orchestral band from chapel hill. they are playing with blake hunter from trees on fire and red satellites, about whom i know absolutely nothing. that starts at 8 and is $6-8.

  • 2 sarah // Feb 19, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    but of course you should come to the box and give me your $