Wednesday, September 17, 2008

WED 9/17: Bluegrass 'n Babes, Folkiness, "Arsonist's Guide to New England"

Three Day Threshold
I don't have anything new to add today, but I wanted to give more props to Three Day Threshold. If you can't go tonight, they have a couple shows this weekend.

I was invited to watch Anna Deveare Smith's play "Let Me Down Easy" at the ART last night, and it was an amazing performance by Smith and deeply moving presentation about living, dying, and grace. It's difficult not to examine your feelings afterwards.

The cheap tix are $39 unless there are tickets available on the day of the show: up to 50 tix are sold for $15 at the box office beginning at noon. Students with ID's can also pick of "day of" tickets for $15.


WED 9/17

Three Day Threshold, Shadow Box Blues Band, Boston Babydolls
at Bill's Bar, 5.5 Lansdowne Street, Boston (Kenmore Sq)
FREE / 21+

Let's say Three Day Threshold is a group of really awesome, hard-drinkin', good-time guys who rock out some kickass alt-coutry/Americana. If you don't have fun at a TDT show, then you should check your pulse -- it's you one way or the other. They did a week of USO shows in Honduras recently. I asked Kier (singer/guitarist) some questions about the trip, and here is a very condensed version -- that should be a Bostonist post soon:

We just flew to Honduras this trip... to one of the biggest US military bases outside what we have going on in the Middle East... the soldiers refer to as "The Sand Pit"... We did a bunch of shows, all for the troops including some on-the-air radio broadcasts to soldiers in the field... but the coolest one was when we got to play in a hangar in front of a huge, 60 foot American flag. ...usually played a three hour set for the night shows, then we stayed up 'til dawn partying with off duty members of the troops.
The Boston Babydolls have danced onstage with Three Day Threshold, but they might do a few routines on their own as well. ShadowBox Blues Band should be good to get the party started.

"Presented by The Weekly Dig & Dewars" means that there's no cover -- and most Dewars events have at least some time where a handful of scotch drinks are 'complimentary'. (At the last Dewars-sponsored event I attended, the scotch flowed like wine...) Do I have to spell out my beliefs? F-R-E-E D-R-I-N-K-S.

WED 9/17

Chris Wilhelm & Samuel Kirk
at All Asia Cafe, 334 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$5-ish (maybe less)

It's an early gig, so you do't have to be out all night. If you can't make it at at 6pm, I bet they won't start on time anyway... While I''ve been effusive about other folk/roots pperformers this week, I do really like Chris too. He knows how to speak from his gut and stll make it catchy. He and formidable UK songster Sameul Kirk have been playing some shows together, so this is could be a special Wednesday that might not happen again in the ner future.

WED 9/17

Brock Clarke, "The Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England": Reading
at Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline (Coolidge Corner)

I want to read this book. I loook at this book and admire Clarke for such a brillliant title. It has to clever and hilarious. Adam Davies also reads from his new novel, "Mine All Mine".

WED 9/17

Lau Nau and others
at The Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St, Boston (South End)

Maybe I've been swept up in this current wave of "Scandinavian Invasion" music, but I have to tell you about Lau Nau, a freaky folkster from Finland. Be prepared to expand your idea of tonality. You might resist at first, but it''s starts to feel like Asian meditiation music. I found it very relaxing -- I doubt that I could dance to it. I love the art gallery venue. Others are supposed to play, but I don't know who...

WED 9/17

Coffin Lids (11:30pm), Muck & the Mires (10:30pm), Watts (9:30pm), Duncan Wilder Johnson (8:30pm)
at Abbey Lounge, 3 Beacon St, Somerville (Inman Sq)

Garage-rock and "heavy metal spoken word" from Duncan Wilder Johnson.

The Abbey needs your help to stay open. "Benefit shows" take place through Saturday 9/20. The cover is $12, but the drinks should still be cheap... It's one of my favorite clubs, and it'll be a shame if it closes.

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