Bang on a Can at the Jefferson, Budos Band at the Southern, and much more on WTJU

February 19th, 2011 · 2 Comments · By

Well, The WTJU Rock Marathon continues; I meant to write a lot more about it this week (or about anything, for that matter) but some horrible sort of illness combined with my ambitious radio-show schedule meant that I’ve spent about 95% of the past week either in bed or on the air… anyhow, I’m currently enjoying the Psychedelic Brian Wilson show as we speak, and greatly looking forward to the Garage Sale double-header from 2-5 this afternoon, followed by the return of two WTJU DJs from years past, Spot and That Girl, who will be returning to the airwaves co-hosting a show tonight from 5 to 7 (I met them both during that whole debacle at the station last summer, and they’re both rad ladies who have been super-supportive of the station recently; I’m definitely excited to hear their on-air antics). Then local / international Taiwanese garage / surf-pop superstars Dzian! will be playing LIVE on air in the studio at 7:00, and sticking around to share some of their expansive music collections afterwards. Then there’s a Prog Rock show, a contemporary indie-fuzz/garage show, a Spanish-Language Punk show, a Post-Rock late-night show… tons of great stuff going on (the full schedule is available here).

There’s also a pretty exciting concert at the Jefferson tonight; the semi-legendary New York-based modern music ensemble known as Bang on a Can will be performing… for free!

They’ve been brought here by the UVa Arts Board, who describes the group thusly: “Bang On A Can All-Stars is an original, intense, and genre-defying amplified ensemble founded in 1992 by composers Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe and Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang. Their mission was to create an ensemble that can cross boundaries of style and technology, and they recruited a new breed of musicians who alternate contemporary classical performances with playing Balinese gamelan, or gigging with Sting, Paul Simon and Bob Dylan. London’s Guardian newspaper describes BOACAS’ work as radical music that ‘demands to be heard’, while the New York Times praises its combination of ‘the power and punch of a rock band with the precision and clarity of a chamber ensemble.’ BOACAS has initiated ground-breaking collaborations with giants of minimalism Philip Glass and Steve Reich, the godfather of ambient Brian Eno, jazz legend Cecil Taylor, renaissance man DJ Spooky, and rockers including Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, and Wilco’s Glenn Kotche. Their Charlottesville program will feature music by the U.Va. Music Arts Board composer-in-residence Michael Gordon, BOACAS performer Evan Ziporyn, Brian Eno, star jazz composer Don Byron, and BOACAS co-founder Julia Wolfe”

So that should be really fun. Collaborations with Sting aside, they really are quite a reputable band; they’ve done a famously well-liked performance of Terry Riley’s “In C,” and I’m told they’ll be performing Eno’s “Music for Airports” tonight. Hearing that piece performed live for free seems like a pretty rare opportunity in Cville, so I encourage you to check it out. That’s at 7:00pm tonight.

Afterwards if you’re in the mood for something a little funkier, you can head over to The Southern to check out the Budos Band; they’re a Dap-Tone Records band, which is a name you might be familiar with because of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings; the Budos Band are more towards the heavy-instrumental-funk end of the spectrum, with a dash of Afrobeat to go along with it. Doors are at 8pm so I imagine it’ll be starting a little later on; the opening act is records spun by Colin and Robin of the Grits & Gravy Soul & Funk Revue, and the cover charge is $15 at the door.

So altogether, this sounds like a pretty packed night of music! Ordinarily I’d be all over all of that business, but as I’m still recovering my health, we’ll see how far I make it tonight… those of you not suffering some sort of flu (or recovering) should definitely check it out!

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Hunter // Feb 19, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Music for Airports? Hell yes. Thanks for posting, would not have known otherwise

  • 2 Matt // Feb 22, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    That was free?!! Dang.