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posted Friday, April 22, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 16
A Dyke About Town: Marcia Ball an amazing performer
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A Dyke About Town: Marcia Ball an amazing performer

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Marcia Ball
Mercy's friend Oodles went with her to see Marcia Ball at the Triple Door on April 13, because Cuteness was home with Equality. The performer was tall and thin with a white thatch in her brown hair. Her long fingers danced along the piano.

Oodles asked, 'How does she move her hands that way and still get it so right?' He added, 'You can tell she has years of experience.'

Marcia's voice was powerful. Oodles said sax player Thad Scott was great. Mercy thought Mike Schermer's guitar was soulful.

The band opened with the energetic 'You Won't Have No Fun at All.' 'We Fell Hard for Each Other' maintained the pace. 'I'm Still Your Girl' slowed down nicely. 'That's How It Goes' and 'Look Before You Leap' returned to the upbeat pace. 'My Man Is Stubborn' was slow and bluesy. These songs were from their new album, Roadside Attractions.

Then, Ball said she would take requests. 'Foreclose on the House of Love,' one of her famous songs, followed. 'Dance with Me' is also in that category. 'Everybody's Looking for the Same Thing' was fun. 'Sugar Boogie' is a new original. 'Out Between Here and Kingdom Come' continued well. 'Mama's Cooking' and 'Louella' were also well-known Ball songs. 'It's the Same Old Blues' was nice and slow. 'Party Town' is about New Orleans coming back after Katrina. An audience member shouted, 'We love you, Marcia!' Mercy had to agree.

'If You Don't Believe I'm Leaving' continued the fast pace. Oodles' favorite song was Randy Newman's 'Louisiana 1927.' Mercy thought this song was about Katrina, too, because it referred to President Bush coming down in a railroad train. A little research showed Ball had changed 'Coolidge' from Newman's original to 'Bush.' 'I Want to Play with Your Poodle' comes from the album of the same name. There was a standing ovation.

Kate Kendall
Cuteness passed along this information: Kate Kendall, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, will be speaking at GSBA's Women at the Top event. Student and member registration is $10, non-member registration is $15. For information or to register, go to www.TheGSBA.org.

Pinetop Perkins tribute
Mercy and Cuteness were very sad to hear about the March 21 death of Pinetop Perkins, who died at the age of 97. Mercy and Cuteness had been impressed with his energy and musicianship when they saw him last year. Perkins was an American blues musician, specializing in piano music. He played with some of the most influential blues and rock 'n' roll performers in American history, and received numerous honors during his lifetime, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and induction into the Blues Hall of Fame.

Perkins was scheduled to play at Jazz Alley on April 26 and 27. Instead, there will be a tribute to him, featuring Hubert Sumlin and Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith. Perkins' band members are Frank Krakowski (guitar), Robert Stroger (bass), and Jimmi Mayes (drums). You can get your tickets at www.jazzalley.com.

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