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posted Friday, September 30, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 39
A Dyke About Town: Dr. John at Jazz Alley - Seattle Women's Chorus
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A Dyke About Town: Dr. John at Jazz Alley - Seattle Women's Chorus

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Dr. John
Mercy's friend Jewel joined her at Jazz Alley for Dr. John's concert on September 22. The audience was enthusiastic and gave Dr. John and his band a standing ovation. Mercy agreed they earned it for the evening of New Orleans blues. Jewel said, 'He plays a party on that piano. He has a great backup band.'

John Fohl's guitar was masterful. The bass played by David Barard was hot. Dr. John's take on 'It Don't Mean a Thing' was a strong opener. 'My Baby Had a Change of Heart' followed nicely. About 'Love For Sale,' Dr. John said, 'That's not the way Cole Porter composed it. It is how we decomposed it.'

His most famous song, 'Right Place, Wrong Time,' was next. Other high points were 'How Come My Dog Don't Bark When You Come Around,' 'Indian Maiden,' and 'Black Widow.' 'I Shall Not Be Moved' closed upbeat.

Seattle Women's Chorus (SWC)
Mercy and Cuteness previewed SWC's upcoming concert, True Country, by watching a rehearsal. The first half is going to be a recreation of the Grand Ole Opry. The second half will re-enact the Timberline, the much-missed Lesbian and Gay C&W bar.

Mercy's friend Melody pointed out the song 'Wide Open Spaces' resonates well with feminist feeling: 'I want wide open spaces/Room to make my big mistakes.'

'The Tragic Country Medley' included satirical rewritings of songs, including 'Stand By Your Woman.' Melody said, 'What country show would be complete without Loretta Lynn?'

Chely Wright, Lesbian country singer-songwriter, wrote 'Heavenly Days' about coming out. Melody highlighted the lyrics: 'It's your place in life/It's your right to shine.'

The k.d. lang song 'Big-Boned Gal,' complete with line dancers, was Mercy's favorite. Artistic director Dennis Coleman asked, 'Can you do a little more twangy stuff?' 'Wide Open Spaces' and Taylor Swift's 'You Belong to Me' were Cuteness' favorites. She particularly liked cranking up the latter and singing it along with her daughter, Equality.

Cuteness said, 'It is fun to see the chorus having fun. They clearly resonate with Dennis and Rhonda Juliano. It is good to see Dennis being relaxed and more himself than the formal person he is in concert. He sang a gospel song and it was very moving. It was a treat to hear him sing. He has a beautiful voice.

'Chely Wright had a tough row to hoe, coming out and getting married to her partner. She had to create an alternative career since Nashville wouldn't embrace her. Must have been hard for k.d. lang, too, but it would have been hard for her not to be read.'

The performances will be October 1 and 2. You can get your tickets at www.flyinghouse.org/swc/2011-12/truecountry.asp

Family Stone
Mercy is looking forward to seeing the Family Stone at Jazz Alley. The performance will include founding members of Sly and the Family Stone, Cynthia Robinson (trumpet), Jerry Martini (sax), and Greg Errico (drums). Newer additions to the band are Alex Davis and Trina Johnson Finn (vocals), Nate Wingfield (guitar), and Blaise Sison (bass). They will perform October 6 through 9.

Sly and the Family Stone were a rock, funk, and soul band. Active from 1966 to 1983, the band was pivotal in the development of soul, funk, and psychedelic music. Headed by singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist Sly Stone, and containing several of his family members and friends, the band was the first major American rock band to have an integrated multi-gender lineup. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

You can get your tickets at jazzalley.com.

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