Thursday – McGuffey, Hotel Lights, Narwhal

April 23rd, 2009 · 3 Comments · By

So I know you have finals right now, but there’s tons of much more entertaining stuff going on, so drag yourself away from Clemens for a minute. And if you can — dear god! — make it all the way downtown, here’s what:

Starting off, tonight at McGuffey Arts Center, This Little Bird Theater presents some sort of improv dance/music piece. The last one I went to was real cool, so while I’m not much of a dance fan, I can safely endorse this. Starts at 8PM (9 central).

Next (at the risk of repeating myself from a previous post), there’s a really cool and eclectic show at the Tea House, headlined by a band called Hotel Lights. Hotel Lights is the project of Darren Jessee, the drummer and a strong songwriting member of Ben Folds Five. Hotel Lights are definitely evocative of at least the vibe of BFF, and fans of that band are likely to quickly find something to latch onto here. Some of the songs that ended up on Hotel Lights’ debut album were originally BFF songs that the band was actually performing live before they disbanded. Hotel Lights are backed up tonight by a slew of local acts, including Wes Swing, The Chickweeds, and Stratton Salidas’ Emergency Music Theater. Should be rad. Things kick off at 8:30.

Darren Jessee of Hotel Lights

Lastly, Bride of the Narwhal, Horsefang, and The Black Shade will get, presumably, very loud at Outback Lodge tonight. Bride of the Narwhal were excellent when they played at the Tea House last month, despite struggling to keep the levels low after a visit from our local law enforcement. So there probably won’t be any noise complaints at Outback, which is best suited to this type of function, and it should be a fun show.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 James // Apr 23, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    I don’t have finals, got-dang it!
    I have a whole WTJU marathon!!!

  • 2 Michael B // Apr 24, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    You spelled “Clemons” wrong, you big dummy!

    <3 Girl Michael

  • 3 James // Apr 24, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Our “townie” status is embarrassingly apparent.