A week on the scene
Never stop remembering bill
The Ron Wilkins 4-Tet’s October 13 tribute to the music of Billy Strayhorn was a celebratory gathering, with a capacity crowd at Luna exulting in sizzling workouts such as “Satin Doll” and “Chelsea Bridge” (featuring Wilkins in a not-to-be-believed scat throwdown). Adding immeasurably to the festivities was Strayhorn’s nephew Larry, who celebrated his 66th birthday at the gig and spoke from the stage about his uncle’s underrated legacy.
The Wilkins 4-Tet can next be seen and heard on Sunday, October 23 at the Witte Museum, as part of the museum’s Fall Jazz Concert Series. The performance runs from 4-7 p.m.
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Friday, October 22.
Que sarode, sarode
Local Indian-music aficionado Rick Henderson has organized the First Annual Community Music Festival, a wildly eclectic offering intended to showcase the diversity of San Antonio music. Ranging from Celtic to boogie-woogie to classical to Indian (Henderson on the sarode), the event features Jazz City, Allan & McKenzie, Nonjohn, Sally’s Garden, the Merrie Court Singers, Janet O’Connor, and William James Ross, among others. It will be held at the First Unitarian Universalist Church (7150 IH-10 West) and is scheduled for Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission is $5.
As Atmosphere, Sean Daley and Anthony Davis (aka Slug and Ant) have produced quality Minneapolis hip-hop since the release of their 1997 EP Overcast! Atmosphere is currently touring behind You Can’t Imagine How Much Fun We’re Having, its strongest album to date and a distinct departure from the duo’s brainy, strategically personal early output. This latest work features Ant’s solid production and Slug’s old-school cadences, which fuse to create a sincere nod to the old-school while pushing the boundaries of alt-rap.
Perhaps the most gangsta emo-rapper of them all, Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killa has built a stellar career out of complex wordplay fueled by stark emotional content. Ghostface has even referred to elements of his sing-song delivery as a “crying style” which accents some of his deeper rhymes.
Ghostface Killa will be at Austin’s Emo’s on Saturday, October 22, along with Swollen Members and Starving Martyrs. On Tuesday, October 25, the Pour Me Another Tour, featuring Atmosphere, Blueprint/P.O.S., and DJ Rare Groove also arrives at Emo’s. Call (512) 477-EMOS for more info.