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posted Friday, July 9, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 28
A Dyke About Town: Political performers and chamber music
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A Dyke About Town: Political performers and chamber music

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Meshell Ndegeocello
Cuteness turned Mercy on to the Bisexual performer Meshell Ndgeocello, and Mercy is glad she did. Ndegeocello's band (Scott Parr on bass and Chris Bruce on guitar) was tight and rocked out at the Triple Door last week. She has a big, beautiful voice and plays funky bass. Cuteness said, 'She's really hot.'

Meshell talked a lot about the importance of Gil Scott Heron as a mentor to her. She sang some of his songs, most notably 'Whitey's on the Moon,' and 'Home is Where the Hatred Is,' and 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.' She played another of her heroes, Cornel West, reciting a poem about romanticism.

Her rendition of "Free Will" caused yelps of satisfaction from the crowd. She went on to some originals that were also delightful, including "The Hand I Used to Hold," "You Are My Only Saving Grace," and "No One is Faithful."

Cuteness liked the butchness of Ndegeocello's look, but also did some research and found some photos of the singer wearing dresses well, too.

Steve Earle
Mercy and Cuteness enjoyed Steve Earle's warm-up act at Zoo Tunes, Joe Ely. High points of his performance were "Me and Billie the Kid," "Give Me a Ride to Heaven," and "Circle of Love."

Then Earle took the stage with his honest voice, good guitar work and luscious harmonica. He opened nicely with "Come Back Woody Guthrie," "The Devil's Right Hand," and "My Old Friend the Blues."

Steve talked a lot about one of his heroes, the late songwriter Townes Van Zandt. Earle made some of his stories about Townes into talking blues. He sang Van Zandt's most famous song, "Pancho and Lefty." He closed with a song Earle wrote for the series Treme, about New Orleans "This City Will Never Drown."

Cuteness pointed out there were similarities between the Meshell Ndegeocello and Steve Earle concerts. Both focused on mentors who were political workers.

Seattle Chamber Music Festival
Mercy met some friends before the opening of the Seattle Chamber Music Festival. They noticed one change in the move from Lakeside School to Benaroya Hall, as the picnic provided by Wolfgang Puck had better food.

She went inside for the pre-recital and was reminded of something her friend Clarity says about the recitals being the best part of the event, because the artist gets to choose music he resonates with. (Also they are free.) Adam Neiman's explanation about and performance of Rachmaninoff's "Cinque Moreaux de fantasie for Piano Op 3" was great. Mercy was also reminded that the festival musicians like the acoustics at Benaroya better. She had to agree.

After the recital, she went outside to try out the other change, sitting in the Garden of Remembrance rather than the grounds at Lakeside. There were some distractions from the charm of Erin Keefe (violin), Robert De Maine (cello), and Andrew Neiman (piano) playing Debussy's "Trio for Violin and Piano in G Major." Only five other people decided to join her, compared to a much larger number in the old space.

There was traffic noise until an usher suggested sitting alongside the side street. That space only had stone seats. Mercy moved her wire chair there. Three people tried the cold ones, but two wound up leaving by the end of the first piece.

Barber's "Quartet for Strings" was heartbreakingly beautiful, played by James Ehnes (violin), Andrew Wan (violin), Cynthia Phelps (viola), and Edward Arron (cello). The third man on the stone seat left after that.

Two more people moved into the metal chairs in the noisier part of the garden for Augustin Hadelich (violin), Bion Tsang (cello), and Adam Neiman (piano) playing Brahms' "Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano in B Major Op 8." This group played passionately and well-in-synch. They attracted two more bystanders to the fountain seats.

The Chamber Music Festival is going to try out broadcasting four of their concerts in Westlake Park. Mercy is going to check that out, hoping it works better for people to actually get comfortable and stay to listen.

You can get tickets or find out when to hear some wonderful free music at www.seattlechambermusic.org.

Puddletown Squares Classes
Seattle GLBT favorite Puddletown Squares invite you to come learn the ABCs of square dancing at the first of their annual summer "intro" events, starting on Wednesday, July 14. Being led by internationally known local favorite caller Mike DeSisto, this energetic, non-traditional and fun evening will give beginners a chance to get a taste of what modern western square dancing is all about, with help from experienced "angels" from Puddletown Squares. As Washington's only GLBT square dance organization, their members and regular participants come from all around the Puget Sound area, from Everett to Tacoma, and Vashon to Woodinville!

This free-of-charge, public-participation event will take place on July 14 from 7-9 p.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church (NE 80th St. and 1st Ave. NE), north of Green Lake in Seattle (Metro bus route #16).

You may be saying, "Square dancing?" But wait and see; this ain't the square dancing you may think you know from grade school, hillbilly cartoons, or old B&W pioneer movies! This is GAY square dancing, and we bend many of the rules. Puddletown Squares teaches and incorporates gender-neutral square dancing. This means that anyone has the chance to dance either role ("boy" or "girl"), in casual clothing, with a community of supportive Gay, Lesbian, and straight friends in their mid-20s through mid-70s. You're just as likely to be square dancing to the beat of pop music, salsa, ethnic, Sinatra, or Madonna, as you are to C&W or bluegrass music.

Singles or couples are welcome, but bringing a whole group of friends makes it even more fun! Make it a special night out! But remember, for everyone's safety and comfort, these events are always drug- and alcohol-free. It's impossible to do that twirling if you're not solid on your feet.

Check out the Puddletown Squares website at www.puddletownsquares.org for more info.

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