Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Music of the Folk at Gumbo Ya Ya's (Downtown Lexington: 3/4)

Music of the folk at Gumbo Ya Ya’s
North of Center

If there’s anything the past several years have reminded us of, it’s that when things get screwy, it’s the folk who always get fucked: Ninth-warders in New Orleans, holler residents in Appalachia, prison inmates, gypsies across Europe, refugees in Haiti, Iraq, Afghanistan and other locales of natural and human destruction, and the list goes on.

This Thursday night (March 4) at Gumbo Ya Ya’s some damn fine musicians will be coming together to play and share some of the wonderful music that has arisen through these all-too-common fucked-folk experiences: songs of love, anger, resistance and humor played through a variety of intersecting instruments, dialects and experiences.

Right now, on tap to play songs new and old are Karly Higgins of the Clack Mountain String Band (mountain folk), Chris Sullivan and Warren Byrom of the Swells and Big Maracas (New Orleans, Cuban and Brazilian folk), and Wes Houp (desparate country blues folk). If you feel you can contribute your unique voice, please join the fray.

Things will be loose, as good music often is.

Show is free. Doors open at 8:00 PM. Music should start sometime around 9:00. If you’re hungry, $5 will get you a refillable bowl of Ya Ya’s goodies (with at least one veggie option). If you’re thirsty, there will be $2 Abitas.

The downtown Gumbo Ya Ya’s is located on Main Street in the same building as the old A1A (and 2nd Dame location).

For those interested in getting the whole folk treatment, head on down to Bluegrass Community and Technical College at 5:00 to watch The U.S. vs. John Lennon, a documentary about the working class politics of the former Beatle. Wes Houp will talk and play a couple songs after the movie. Viewing is located in BCTC’s Oswald Auditorium, located directly in front of UK’s Commonwealth Stadium. Film starts at 5:15.

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