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posted Friday, January 20, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 03
A Dyke About Town: Meshell Ndegeocello fantastic at Triple Door
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A Dyke About Town: Meshell Ndegeocello fantastic at Triple Door

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Meshell Ndegeocello
Cuteness had a conflict the day Mercy went to see Meshell Ndegeocello, so Mercy's friend Jewel joined her on January 10 at the Triple Door. The sold-out crowd was enthusiastic about the evening of mostly original blues. Meshell's bass playing was outstanding and her voice rich and butch. Chris Bruce's guitar was hot. Keyboards by Keefus Ciancia were delicious. The woman sitting next to Mercy said Deantoni Parks' drums kicked ass. Ndegeocello was celebrating a new CD, Weather.

Jewel said, 'They bring you into a mood. Meshell puts a lot of herself and her generation into her lyrics.' She pointed out the audience was young and nicely diverse.

'Feeling for the Wall' started out upbeat and featured bass. 'Dirty World,' a song by Leonard Cohen, stayed there. 'Chelsea Hotel' was slow and romantic and also had a bass solo.

The guitar and piano solos in 'Satisfy' picked up the pace. 'Bitter Mile' was slow and soulful. 'Blood on the Curb' went back to the upbeat and featured Bruce and Ciancia.

'Grace' was slow and sweet. 'Pink Moon' was fast again and had solos by Keefus and Chris.

Someone called out, 'We love you!'

Ndegeocello said, 'We are grateful.'

'Chance' was also upbeat and featured guitar and piano. 'Crazy and Wild' stayed there. 'Weather' was slow and lush and had a solo by Ciancia.

'Rapid Fire' fit its name. 'Oysters' was slow and slinky.

The encore, 'Lola,' was fast and had solos by everyone. The crowd insisted on a second encore. 'Dead End' was a nice slow closer.

War
Mercy is looking forward to seeing War at Jazz Alley. Members include Lonnie Jordan (singer/keyboardist), David Urquidi (saxophone/vocals), Marcos Reyes (percussion), Stuart Ziff (lead guitar), Sal Rodriguez (drums/vocals), Pancho Tomaselli (bass guitar, vocals), and Stanley Behrens (harmonica/vocals). They will be performing January 26-29.

War has been playing funk since 1969. They were one of the first bands to have a multi-ethnic lineup. They are known for the songs 'Cisco Kid,' 'Low Rider,' 'Spill the Wine,' and 'Why Can't We Be Friends.'

You can get your tickets at jazzalley.com.

Suzanne Westenhoefer
Mercy and Cuteness are looking forward to seeing Suzanne Westenhoefer at the Triple Door on January 27 because she makes them laugh. Westenhoefer has been a stand-up comic since the early '90s. She was the first out Lesbian to be on TV on Sally Jesse Raphael.

You can get your tickets at www.thetripledoor.net.

The Big Gig: A Ballyhoo of Melody Makers and Shakers
Mercy is also excited about returning to the show The Big Gig, a combination of singing and tap dancing by African-American performers, at the Triple Door on January 28. Singers include Josephine Howell, Ernest Pumphrey, Isabella De Graf, Aria Prame, Carrie Wicks, Oghale Agbro, and Billy Brandt. The dancers include Jessie Sawyers, Jana Kincl, and The Thing. Backing the singers and dancers will be the Stuff Band, featuring Hans Brehmer (piano), Jon Hamar (bass), Brad Boal (drums), and Brian Kent (sax). Jeff Brennan will be the master of ceremonies.

Lisa Koch's Birthday Bash at Triple Door
Mercy and Cuteness love going to Lisa Koch's birthday bash each year because it is an entertaining combination of laugh-out-loud comedy and song. It will be held January 29. Roxanna Ward and Jenny McNulty, two Lesbian comics who rank with Lisa in their deft use of humor, will be there. Other guests will be Eric Lane Barnes, Jen Todd, Mel Watson, Peggy Platt, Kate Wolf, David Koch, and more of Lisa's talented pals.

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