Folk-Lords Helado Negro Saturn Friday Ante

January 7th, 2016 · 2 Comments · By

Friday, January 8th @Anteroom: Folk-Lords / Helado Negro / The Voice of Saturn  8:00, $10

Last August I wrote about an upcoming Folk-Lords show, predicting goodness. And indeed goodness came, in abundance, like a gentle storm from heaven, and everyone was gladdened, and washed clean, and all was well. Waynesboro-bred jazz hero Jason Ajemian and his crew of adventurous fellow-travelers brought all kinds of dense, chunky, swirling sonic satisfactions as well as good spirits and a generously anti-zombie point of view. It was one of the best shows I saw last year, and far better than most of the ones I did not see as well.

I have not yet made it to a Helado Negro performance, though he too is no stranger to Charlottesville. Google records indicate he played at the Tea Bazaar back in 2009 ( sharing the bill with… Jason Ajemian) as well as a few times since. He generally seems to sing to his own electronic tracks, to great effect and giving much pleasure to the people (or gente), but I have received a tweet from Baltimore which suggests that Folk-Lords are backing him on this tour, which should a stirring and flavorful delight.

There is no way this show is not worth your time and your Hamilton, so any further further comment or exhortation would be superfluous.



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  • 1 james // Jan 8, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    yeah the Folk-Lords-backing-Helado-Negro line-up, which I did indeed see in Baltimore on Tuesday, was incredible; somehow, they combined to form, like, an early-70’s soul band. like a Tropicalia Al Green, maybe. definitely not to miss.

    that video up top — their cover of “Zombie” by the Cranberries, recorded to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide — is eerie and hypnotic and indelible, by the way; I’ve watched it dozens of times over the past month, often on repeat. kind of can’t stop thinking about it

  • 2 davis // Jan 13, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Yeah man, this show ruled! The collaboration was really great. Tropicalia Al Green not far off at all, nice stuff to dive into to ward off the January blues.