also tonight: psych-noise from Kohoutek, UK folker Michael Chapman, plus Dylan & Andrew at Dust!

April 27th, 2011 · 15 Comments · By

I know that many of you are excited about tonight’s Man Man show — and with good reason! (you still have a chance to win tickets to that by the way; see details below) — but there’s another really promising gig going on this evening, and I want to make sure it doesn’t get overlooked.

Michael Chapman, the prolific elder statesman of the UK Folk scene, is playing at DUST tonight; needless to say it’s gonna be one of those once-in-a-decade opportunities to catch an act like that in a Charlottesville warehouse…

He’s sharing the bill with Kohoutek, the improvisational pysch-noise band from DC; by my count I’ve seen Kohoutek play about 4 times over the past six years; two of those times where were good, and the other two times they were astonishingly great. You may remember some of their gigs opening for MV&EE, Bardo Pond, Horsefang, Julie Mittens, Little Howlin’ Wolf, or Sushou No Fune; (their drummer / ringleader Scott Verrastro also played with Khan Jamaal at Magnolia back in January, which was pretty awesome). They haven’t played with their full line-up in town in a while, so I’m excited to see them back here again.

I’ve also just received word that Dylan Mulshine (of Rhythm Bandit / Krull / Teen Dreams / Domino Effect / Articulate Chewbacca / Cat Sex) and Andrew Cedermark (of Andrew Cedermark, DBB Plays Cups, ex-Titus Andronicus) will be “jamming” together at the show tonight, with some other unspecified other musicians; so that’s definitely a thing worth seeing on it’s own, and a cool addition to tonight’s line-up.

See Magnolia’s new website for contact details if you’re trying to figure out where DUST is; I’m gonna head over there around 9pm or 10ish unless I hear that the show is happening earlier or later, and I’m gonna bring a few bucks for the touring act; I recommend you do likewise! Should be a great show.

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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 John // Apr 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Saw Michael Chapman a while back in NYC. Don’t miss this folks!

  • 2 baconfat // Apr 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    “in a Charlottesville warehouse” pretty much sums up why i won’t be at this show. it actually seems disrespectful to put him in such a hostile environment.

  • 3 James // Apr 27, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    well, it’s certainly informal, but I wouldn’t call the Dust crowd “hostile” ! if he were on the bill with a bunch of hardcore bands, maybe, but that’s not the case.

  • 4 baconfat // Apr 27, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    wasn’t talking about the crowd. the venue itself is hostile (or inhospitable, if you will).

  • 5 James // Apr 27, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    DUST is my favorite venue in Charlottesville.

  • 6 Steve Snider // Apr 28, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Haha, last I played at Dust, I had a person assigned to help me with my gear and setup, after I played my stuff was stored in a safe backroom, I was asked repeatedly if I needed anything, and I was offered fresh popcorn. Also, there were group hugs. It was actually more hospitality than I’ve had at some other venues in town. Hope the show was great last night, bummed I had to miss it!

  • 7 baconfat // Apr 28, 2011 at 9:43 am

    i’m not referring to the people at dust, i’m talking about the room itself. it is by far the least comfortable place to see a show in town. no seats, no sort of climate control, horrible sound… are there even bathrooms there? i’ve been too afraid to find out.

  • 8 Carianne // Apr 28, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Wow — that was some special group lounging during Michael Chapman last night. That was some special last night!

  • 9 John // Apr 28, 2011 at 10:34 am

    This is John, guitarist from Kohoutek.
    Michael (as well as Kohoutek) had a great time at the venue. Not a huge crowd, but a great space, plenty of room on and off stage, lovely folks running the place, and a good sound.
    Other than better weather and a few more attendees (which I think was kept down because of the rain and the Man Man show), we couldn’t have asked for much else.

    I’d gladly play there again in a heartbeat.

    And yes, there is a clean, comfortable bathroom….

  • 10 Jenny // Apr 28, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Dust is about as uncomfortable as the Tea Baz, which is also too small and loud. But at the EOD the goat herder is better than Utz chips and popcorn combined—sorry Steev Spider and baconfudge, everyboy loses!!

  • 11 James // Apr 28, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    “Small and Loud” is how I prefer my shows, actually — back when the Tea Bazaar would allow stuff like this, it was not only my favorite venue in Charlottesville, but probably my favorite venue that I’ve ever been to.

    Last night’s Dust show was indeed quite lovely, if woefully underattended. Andrew started things off with a short set, and I was quite surprised to see the members of Double Complete Rainbow / Articulate Chewbacca as his backing band; they started two sings with Andrew singing, but soon veered into freeform garage rock improv. It was definitely unrehearsed and messy, but it made for a solid “first-show” vibe and fit nicely with Andrew’s sound.

    Michael Chapman was a wonderful revelation — I knew his name, but had never heard his music. As it turns out, his music is fucking great! he managed the loose but wonderfully expressive fingerpicking style of “Blind Joe Death”-era John Fahey, and played repetitive and hypnotic tunes that weren’t afraid to get weird or wander all over the place. He sung on about half his songs, in a wonderfully morose, Leonard Cohen-ish deadpan. the audience (of 8 or so) lay on the floor in front of him and totally spaced out, giving him their full attention; it was neither hostile nor did it feel inhospitable.

    Kohoutek were really solid too, and it was nice to see them playing with Nathan Bowles, former Jack Rose collaborator and member of Spiral Joy Band / Black Twig Pickers. Nathan had a preposterous “unraveled” cymbal that drooped like a slinky from it’s 8-foot-high stand, and he played banjo and salad bowls; at one point the mic started feeding back and he even managed to turn that into a nice little solo by tilting it away from and towards the cymbals and the amp. the other Kohoutek follows did their normal schtick, which I always enjoy; masterful kick-ass jazz-drumming, dependable krautrock basslines that found a different groove every few minutes, and groovy guitar work that was sometimes the worst part of the set and sometimes the best. as Scott said afterwards: “we always manage to play our best shows for about 5 people.”

    Anyhow it was a fine evening altogether, and it’s a shame that the ever-present Man Man show, the brutal series of thunderstorms, and the inexplicable hatred for Dust kept so many people away. I had a really excellent evening there and wished more folks could have shared it.

  • 12 baconfat // Apr 29, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    for christ’s sake james, i’m talking about the actual physical ROOM that dust is in being inhospitable, not the people that are there. not sure how many different ways i can say that before it sinks in.

    it’s not “inexplicable” hatred. i feel like i’ve made my case. i have attended at least two dozen shows at dust and each time has been an exercise in attempting to enjoy the show in spite of the venue. from a personal standpoint, it’s just not that much fun to be in the audience, despite the wonderful bands and performances i’ve seen there. i haven’t brought this up either, but the ever-present sense of dread i feel about some sort of police intervention happening every time i see a show there also contributes to the bad vibes for me. i don’t get that feeling at any other venues in town, and perhaps it’s unwarranted, but it’s there. must be the fact that underage drinkers like to hang out in public when shows are happening.

    i’m glad that kohoutek and other musicians feel differently about the venue, though i hope that if they return to town it’ll be to a different spot. i was merely expressing my opinion, something i thought was encouraged on this board. and besides, i really doubt the rantings of a codger like myself really carry that much weight with the show-going community in c-ville.

  • 13 James // Apr 29, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    hey, didn’t mean to sound like I was jumping down your throat… just felt compelled to defend my favorite spots. you’re certainly entitled to your opinion — as is “Jenny” (or whatever C-Ville employee was using that name, though her “everybody loses” comment was pretty obnoxious.) I just found it necessary to offer a counter-argument.

    as for the Cops, my understanding about the legality of Dust is that since it’s zoned “industrial,” it’s in a kind of legal no-man’s-land; in the past, the authorities seemed to be willing to look the other way so long as there’s no noise complaints; I’ve been at shows there in years past where the police and/or the fire marshal have arrived, but mostly they’ve just told everyone to turn it down and not drink in the parking lot. that said, I think everyone involved believes it’s best to sort of “play it safe” with all things Dust. physical discomfort or otherwise, it would be a shame to lose that place.

  • 14 Matt // Apr 29, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    I believe the correct ‘Jenny’ quote was “everyBOY loses,” James. Anyway, somebody write up what’s going on tonight, por favor.

  • 15 James // Apr 29, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    yeah, I’m workin’ on tonight’s write-up… couldn’t actually find out what was going on tonight until about 5mins before I had to be at work!