If you’ve ever read this blog, chances are you’re familiar with Man Man, so I won’t waste anyone’s time trying to describe the high energy, gypsy-pirate-punk-cabaret spectacle that is a Man Man show. Just know that it’s thoroughly entertaining, and while I haven’t heard the new album, the handful of new songs I heard previewed at South by Southwest this year were some of the most complex and fleshed out songs I’ve heard from the group.
Outside the Spotlight presents
Tatsuya Nakatani & the Nakatani Gong Orchestra
at Collexion (111 1/2 Loudon Ave.)
Saturday, May 21
$5 suggested donation/all ages
Japanese-born avant garde percussionst Tatsuya Nakatani regularly collaborates with local musicians at his tour stops; however, the Nakatani Gong Orchestra (N.G.O.) is a relatively new project, in which he conducts an orchestra of five musicians (most of whom he has never met prior to that day) as they play gongs from his personal collection (many of which are 40 inches large), using stands, mallets and bows that are hand-made by Nakatani himself.
The show, presented by long-running avant garde, jazz and improv series Outside the Spotlight (aka Sir Ross Compton), will feature a solo performance by Nakatani followed by a group performance featuring members of local groups Everyone Lives, Everyone Wins, Merkaba, and Angelmaker. Nakatani has made a handful of appearances in Lexington over the past few years, and his performances are reportedly quite raw, visceral and unforgettable.
The sprightly little folkster, Samantha Crain, is returning to Lexington after a bit of a (two-year) hiatus from our beloved town. Check out some of her acoustic, unplugged stylings in the video below. I believe that she will be accompanied by a band at the show tonight. Earnestly honest local singer-songwriter, Reva Williams, will open, as well as Small Houses (who seem to be internet-invisible).
Samantha Crain w/Reva Williams and Small Houses at Al’s Bar 8pm | $5
I am continually impressed by the bands and artists that Louisville’s Z-Bar keeps bringing in. This week they have a special two-night treat lined up with Jonathan Richman playing both Wednesday and Thursday night. Zanzabar hosted the former Modern Lovers’ front-man for a deuce last February as well so I assume that it went well enough that they would have him back again, and he would oblige. I’ll be there on Thursday, and you could say that I’m a little giddy about it.
Jonathan Richman w/Tommy Larkin at Zanzabar May 11th & 12th 8pm doors | 9pm show $12 | 21+
Vandaveer is making a triumphant return to Lexington this weekend with his show at Natasha’s. His new record is a fantastic display of song craftsmanship and fantastic vocals. Here’s the best part: he’s even better live. If you want to go for free, here’s your chance.
To enter to win, leave a comment with your name and email address. I’ll pick and email a winner on Friday.
UPDATE: Mark says he’ll throw in a copy of his new CD as well. So much to win!
You should plan on going to this show, win or lose. Here’s all the info you’ll need.
On YANP, I often say that I’m a “big fan” of things. However, rarely do I mean it more than I do when I say it about local artists Cricket Press. So that’s a large part about why I’m so excited for today’s contest.
I’m giving away two copies of Maggie Green’s The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook. It’s about as local as can be, given that the book is not only a cookbook but is also a guide for what fruits and produce will be available in Kentucky farmers markets in any given season. Frankly I kind of wish I could keep one of these for myself, but maybe I’ll just have to pony up the cash!
To enter to win the Kentucky Fresh Cookbook, leave a comment with your name, email address and last dish you cooked and loved (provide a link if you’d suggest I give it a shot!
I’ll pick two winners next Friday and will contact them for their mailing address. Best of luck to you all!