A number of you have expressed at least a degree of curiousity about the music I listen to and the shows I attend — and at least one you *coughjendaahem* of threatened to hate me forever if Mrs. Crappy and I didn’t stop seeing Phish shows without her. (I’m pretty sure she was kidding, but still…)
For you, Jenda, and everyone else: an invitation.
Keller Williams is touring this fall in support of his new record, Odd; he’ll stop at Mr. Small’s in Millvale on Sunday, Oct. 25. I’ll be attending, maybe even with Mrs. Crappy, and I hope you can join us as well.
A couple reasons why this would be a good show for the uninitiated to check out: The music is accessible to all and Keller generally includes a wide range of covers (last time I saw him there were songs by Prince, the Bee Gees, Cameo, Ani DiFranco, the Dead and others).
And even if you’re not digging the tunes, just watching Keller play should be entertainment enough. He generally plays alone, with the exception of backing vocals by Lou Gosain, his sound guy who sits in the back of the room. But the stage is littered with instruments — a bass and an electric guitar sit in stands on either side, and there’s a line of acoustics behind the mic. You’ll also see all kinds of percussion toys, a theremin, a drum machine, a synthesizer and a bunch of other stuff.
Although he doesn’t have any company on stage, Keller builds a band for nearly every song, recording digital loops that give him something to play over as the song progresses. The music aside, it’s a fascinating thing to watch. Here, take a look:
The tix are $22 and you can get them here. As I said before — I’m going. I hope I see you there.