The weekend of Halloween is heating up fast and starting early. Why wait until Monday? Great shows abound starting tonight and carry on for the duration. Grrrlz Rock will kick off at the Last Stand Coffee Company-part of the Last Friday Artwalk – featuring two local bands and a live broadcast over blogtalk radio. Then Tech N9ne has relocated from the Hult to land at the McDonald (a much cooler venue) and blues abound at Mac’s.
A little bit of a departure for EDN to cover something like Grrrlz Rock, but Iet’s mix it up a little. Grrrlz Rock is opening its 6th year of month long shows and art events featuring women artists and musicians. I accidentally caught a show last year at the Axe and Fiddle and was impressed by the decidedly excellent quality voices of the featured duo “Douglas County Daughters”. Tonight, Grrrlz Rock is opening the month long series with an art show and performances by Bajuana (and friends) and Crooked River. Known in the Indy/Alternative world for stirring lyrics and moody rhythms, Bajuana must be featuring more of their female half of the duo, Matrisha, for this performance. Crooked River is a quartet with half the members ladies with sweet voices accompanied by mandolin and a washtub bass. The venue, Last Stand Coffee Company is intimate and should provide an up close and personal experience. The shows end early, leaving plenty of time to move on.
Tech N9ne is bringing a strong dose of reality mixed with electronic rhythms and a rap that moves the soul. Part of “The Lost Cities Tour” that is touching down in 24 towns across the west, there will no doubt be feature numbers from Welcome To Strangeland, due to be released November 8th. Krizz Kaliko and Kutt Calhoun are renowned rappers. Jay Rock opens making a night to go down in the annals of best party ever.
For an ethnic adventure of a different stripe, try Lozelle Jennings and the Purple Cats over at Mac’s. Back to the roots blues and cajun folk with warm the soul. Jennings has been playing with the greats on accordion and harp for 49 years. His latest CD was done with Stephen Hodges, Johnny Bazz, and George Friend, all well-known west coast players. For authentic roots music, nothing could be better.
What are you waiting for? Get your Friday rolling.
— LA Thompson, EDN
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