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posted Friday, January 28, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 04
Dyke About Town: Performers both young and mature
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Dyke About Town: Performers both young and mature

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Jeff Huston
Mercy and Cuteness very much liked performance artist Jeff Huston's show at Project: Space Available on January 22, which was the culmination of his two-month residency there. Mercy liked the clowning aspects, such as turning a towel into a cape. Cuteness liked the fact that Huston has creative drive. He is a visual artist, musician, performance artist, and filmmaker. The high points for her were him sleeping in a suitcase and taking a bath, eating, and drinking coffee in the kitchen sink.

Loudon Wainwright III
Mercy and Cuteness loved Loudon Wainwright III's performance at the Triple Door on January 23. Shelby Earl opened with her nice big voice. The songs: 'The Seer,' 'Ask Me to Stay' and 'Sing Low and Stay High' stood out.

Wainwright had a warm voice and right-on guitar work. His lyrics made Mercy and Cuteness laugh. He said he skipped the sound check to watch the Jets lose.

'No Tomorrow' was a strong opening. 'Ain't Dead Yet,' continued nicely. 'There'll Be Lots of Drinking in Heaven' was imaginative. A new song, 'My Meds,' listing every medication the singer is on was Cuteness's favorite.

'One Man Guy' was fun. Mercy liked this line from 'Fear Itself': 'I knew a guy who had to rob a filling station' because his student loans were so high. 'I Got the Klugman Blues' was a humorous song about The New York Times columnist. Someone called out 'Bravo!' after the song about Wainwright's grandfather, 'The First Loudon.' Mercy had to agree.

'You Can't Get a Drink in Harlan County' was funny. 'Rowena My Darling' was a waltz, which changed the pace. 'I Used to Have a Red Guitar,' about smashing a guitar, was amusing. 'Singing in C to You' was a touching song about Loudon's divorce.

Someone in the audience requested 'Daughter,' and Mercy could see why that person liked the song. 'Love Hurts' was a folkie interpretation of the Everly Brothers tune. 'Unhappy Anniversary' presented another take on the breakup.

'Mother Liked Her White Wine' told another family story. Mercy liked these lines from 'I Keep Seeing That Cross,' about a texting accident: 'For God's sake slow down / Don't drink and drive / and turn off that damned device.'

Wainwright said some phrases he simply hears and knows they are a song title. 'Cash For Clunkers' was one. 'I Wonder What's Happened to Suzy' was a revenge song about a baggage handler who did damage to the songwriter's guitar.

The Big Gig
Cuteness suggested Mercy cover The Big Gig at the Triple Door, because it includes tap dance, and they are both fans of tap. The show has outgrown the Columbia City Theater. The cast is Josephine Howell, Venus D'Bop (Kim Rushing, Carrie Wicks, Aria Prame), Michelle Searle, Andy Shaw, Billy Brandt, Jessie Sawyers, Jeff Brennan, Nathon Brannen, and The Thing and Stuff Band (Hans Brehmer on piano, Larry Holloway on bass, Brad Boal on drums).

You can get your tickets at thetripledoor.com.

Bettye LaVette
Mercy and Cuteness are looking forward to seeing Bettye LaVette. She will be at Jazz Alley on February 3 to 6. Her band includes Alan Hill (keyboards and music director), Brett Lucas (guitar), Charles Bartels (bass), and Darryl Pierce (drums). Jon Cleary will open.

LaVette is a wonderful African-American soul singer-songwriter who recorded her first record at 16, but achieved only intermittent fame until 2005 with her album I've Got My Own Hell to Raise. Her eclectic musical style combines elements of soul, blues, rock and roll, funk, gospel, and country and western music which has prevented her from being easily marketed. Mercy and Cuteness very much enjoyed her most recent performance, featuring Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook.

You can get your tickets at jazzalley.com.

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