Thursday, November 29, 2007


A couple of extra special shows coming up. Towards the beginning of the month, there are 2 Masada shows for $20 each at Abrams Art Center, General Admission. At the end of the month, it looks like a spectacular after-Mule George Porter Jr birthday extravaganza. Brings back some great memories of Warren playing with PBS the first time I saw them and when Deep Fried played an after-ABB show and most of Mule that wasn’t already in the band sat in.

At first, I had a hard time believing it was George’s 60th, not because he looks it, but because I remember being at my first Neville Brothers show at Chicago HOB and it was Art’s 60th birthday. I just looked it up, and sure enough, George is turning 60 on 12/26 and Art is turning 70 on 12/17. They may be a little older, a little fatter, with a little less hair on their heads, but they’re still funky. Art usually says something like that. I tried to find the exact quote, and I know I’ve heard that on a tape before. I found this link to that WSJ article a couple of years ago. It he varies the quote.

I also want to give a plug for tonight, in spite of all the happenings going on, but it’s early. Ariel & Shya Kane are doing a book signing and free talk at East West Books at 5th Ave and 13th St. It’s early. I can’t make it because I have plans to go to Delta Grill and then Henry Butler/Donald Harrison/Davell Crawford, a big NOLA night. I also already attend most of their events, so even though it would have been nice if it worked out, I do already know what’s up with them. It’s just learning how to be in a nice, practical way and it appeals to a wide, diverse range of people.
Book Signing at East West Books in NYC
Date: Thursday, November 29, 2007Time: 7pmEast West Booksin the upstairs Café78 Fifth Avenue at 14th StreetNew York City2 blocks from Union Square station> Come meet Ariel & Shya at East West Books, New York's largest body/mind/spirit bookstore. The Kanes will be signing their new book Being Here, Modern Day Tales of Enlightenment. Don't miss this special event!
John Zorn's Celebration Of Light at Abrons Arts Center
Friday, December 07 at 8:00PM
Saturday, December 08 at 8:00PM
Experience two special and joyous holiday celebrations featuring the most popular band in John Zorn's ever-widening Masada Family. Bar Kokhba is a fabulous sextet for strings and percussion that takes the Jewish tradition into the twenty first century with beautiful, flamboyant music touching on exotica, surf, jazz, klezmer and more. Featuring the virtuosic Masada String Trio of Mark Feldman, Erik Friedlander and Greg Cohen joined by guitar wizard Marc Ribot, the gifted Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista and jazz great Joey Baron on drums, this is delightful and extraordinary music for the whole family. Friday evening's performance includes classic compositions from the best selling CD The Circle Maker (Masada Book One). Saturday evening features the world premiere of new compositions from Zorn's Book of Angels (Masada Book Two).
We are pleased to announce the Official Gov't Mule Aftershow Party Celebrating George Porter Jr's 60th Birthday. Performing will be Porter, Batiste, Stoltz & Friends. The show will take place on Saturday December 29th at the Blender Theatre at the Gramercy after the Gov't Mule show at the Beacon Theatre. Doors will open at midnight Saturday (technically Sunday morning) and the show will start at 1AM. Tickets will be available via Ticketmaster this Friday at Noon.

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