With a new 15-song CD in the can and set for release within the next two months, Shit City Dreamgirls return to live-performance mode with a Saturday, January 14, gig at The Mix (2423 N. St. Mary’s). The always sprawling ensemble — which includes Phillip Luna, Ken Robinson, Steve Garcia, Cosmo, Bob Jimenez, and Sal Guajardo — will also use the occasion to break in new bassist Jayson Stark.
On that same night, just around the corner from The Mix, consummate jazz bassist Joël Dilley will celebrate the release of his new CD, The Window, with two shows at Carmen’s de la Calle Café (720 E. Mistletoe). Dilley’s quintet will perform at 8 and 10 p.m., with a $5 cover. Call 737-8272 for more info.
Jazz chanteuse Troi Bechet is one of many New Orleans residents who became Texans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, having recently relocated to Houston. An actress as well as a singer, she is known for her ability to recreate the spirit of jazz’s classic female vocalists, and since 2002 she has toured behind the show “Lady Day at the Emerson Bar and Grill,” a theatrical evocation of one of Billie Holiday’s final gigs. The Carver Cultural Center brings Bechet’s “Lady Day” to Sunset Saloon for shows on Friday, January 13, and Saturday, January 14, at 8 p.m. Cover is $20.
As part of the city’s observance of the 2006 King Holiday, St. Philip’s College hosts the MLK Hip-Hop Summit, a free gathering that will feature musical performances (including a promised surprise artist), displays of graffiti art, and a panel discussion that includes Bakari Kitwana, co-founder of the National Hip-Hop Political Convention, Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, author of The Political Action Handbook: A How to Guide for the Hip-Hop Generation, entertainment lawyer Angel Borrego, and BET’s Jeff Johnson. The summit will be held at the college’s Watson Fine Arts Center (1801 MLK Drive) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 364-8299 for more info. •
Compiled by Gilbert Garcia