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posted Friday, July 15, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 28
A Dyke About Town: A week of remarkable performances
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A Dyke About Town: A week of remarkable performances

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Curtis Salgado
Mercy and Cuteness enjoyed Curtis Salgado's concert at Jazz Alley on July 5. His voice was powerful and his harmonica was phenomenal. Funky music was the theme. He called his band of Franck Goldwasser (guitar), Dave Fleschner (keys), Tracy Arrington (bass), and Brian Foxworth (drums), 'Tasty.' Mercy agreed. Fleschner did a luscious solo of 'Georgia.'

Cuteness liked the line in 'Clean Getaway' about flying his freak flag. Fun new songs were 'I Don't Need Nobody But You,' 'Getting to Know You,' and 'I'm Strung Out on You.' Satisfying old originals were 'Twenty Years of B.B. King,' 'I've Got My Suspicions,' and 'He Played His Harmonica.' Nice covers were 'Red Wine,' 'Low Down Blues,' 'Chicago Blues,' and 'A Woman or the Blues.' There was a standing ovation. Mercy and Cuteness joined it, even though they are disabled and don't give those out easily.

Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys
Mercy's friend Reality came with her to see Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys at the Triple Door in July, because Cuteness was home with Equality. He pointed out that the dance floor filled up as soon as the band started playing. Mercy agreed that the Louisiana band definitely has a local following. They are promoting their new CD, Grand Isle. Riley acknowledged his predecessors for continuing to speak French, even when it was discouraged.

Steve's voice was strong and his accordion fantastic. His new fiddle player, Kevin Wimmer, showed that he has been around Cajun music a long time. Mercy liked watching the energy between the two. Reality said, 'It's amazing how those two play off each other.'

High points were 'The Sorrow Waltz,' 'All Saints Day,' 'Let's Talk About Drinking, Not About Marriage,' 'Tim McGee Medley,' 'It's Hard to Love Someone When They Don't Love You,' and 'We're Going to the Chatterbox.'

Reality said, 'That was absolutely wonderful.' Mercy agreed.

Mose Allison
Mercy's friend Jousts joined her for Mose Allison on July 7 at Jazz Alley, because Cuteness was with Equality again. Jousts liked Allison's clever lyrics. Mose's voice was distinctive, gruff, and deep. His piano was knowing. The other members of his trio - Phil Sparks (bass) and Milo Peterson (drums) - were tight. Allison mentioned he has been performing for 60 years. Mercy has a theory that people who survive that long in show business must have resisted the temptations of addictions and ego. Mose's manner was clean and humble.

The standouts among his bluesy originals were 'Gettin' There,' 'Ever Since I Stole the Blues,' 'Certified Senior Citizen,' and 'Your Mind is on Vacation.' Satisfying covers were 'You Call it Joggin',' 'I'm A Stranger in My Own Home Town,' and 'Seventh Son.'

Mose also earned a standing ovation.

Seattle Chamber Music Festival
Andres Diaz' cello recital was wonderful. His performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's 'Suite for Cello in C Major' was sweet. Xi Wang's 'Rhapsody for Cello' was strong. Diaz was joined by Andrew Wan on violin and Orion Weiss on piano for an in-synch 'Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano in E-flat Major Op. 70, No. 2,' by Beethoven. A passionate rendition of Josef Suk's 'Quartet for Piano and Strings in A Minor, Op. 1' was presented by James Ehnes on violin, Richard O'Neill on viola, Godfried Hoogeveen on cello, and Inon Barnatan on piano. Augustin Hadelich on violin, Cynthia Phelps on viola, Bion Tsang on cello, and Anna Polonsky on piano gave a well-tempered performance of Dvorak's 'Quartet for Piano and Strings in D Major, Op. 23.'

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