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posted Friday, July 15, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 28
Dyke About Town: Tim Robbins earns standing ovation
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Dyke About Town: Tim Robbins earns standing ovation

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Tim Robbins and
the Rogues Gallery Band


Cuteness turned Mercy on to Tim Robbins. Mercy didn't realize the actor was also an acclaimed singer/songwriter. His July 18 concert at the Triple Door started with warm-up act Jamie Drake. Drake had a nice voice and sang original ballads. High points were 'Don't Get Crushed,' 'Plumb Line,' and 'Find My Way.'

Robbins continued the theme of folk originals with his strong voice and hot band. 'You're My Truth, You're My Dare' started out upbeat, and 'In Your Eyes' was a fast waltz. 'No Surprise' slowed things down, as did the Tom Waits song, 'When All the World Is Green.' The latter was one of Cuteness' favorites.

Tim had the audience sing along to the spiritual, 'Oh, Mary Don't You Weep.' He followed with one of his parents' - who were singers and musicians - favorite songs, 'Will You Go, Lassie, Go.'

'On Any Day You Want Me' was another pleasing original. 'Rise Up With Love' was another one of Cuteness' favorites. In response to a request, Robbins sang 'Dead Man Walking.'

'Time to Kill' was a rock and roll song about a man who served in Iraq. 'Crush on You' dealt with a Gay man killed for expressing his attraction to another man. Those were both favorites of Mercy's. Cuteness agreed on 'Crush on You.'

Jamie Drake came out and sang with Robbins a song they wrote together, 'Such an Old Story.'

Satisfying covers of Pete Seeger's 'When I'm Far Away' and the Beatles' 'Here Comes the Sun' followed. Tim did a sexy rendition of the Billie Holiday song, 'What a Little Moonlight Can Do,' which was a high point for both Mercy and Cuteness.

Robbins had a standing ovation and did an original encore, 'Let Us Be Together Tonight,' as well as the Irish song, 'Let Me Go.'

Cuteness loved the great harmonies and range of songs they performed, from Tom Waits to Billie Holiday to the Irish ballad to Pete Seeger. She said the evening was really lovely.

Storm vs. Sparks
Mercy liked seeing one of her favorite groups, the Rainbow City Band, play at halftime at the Seattle Storm vs. L.A. Sparks game July 9. Lauren Jackson was out because of hip surgery. L.A. led until four minutes into the third quarter. Then the Storm took over, maintaining their lead and increasing it to 99-80.

Cuteness made these points: 'Candace Parker of the L.A. Sparks did not play in Saturday's game due to a knee injury - she tore her meniscus a few games back and it looks like she's going to be out for quite some time. As for Lauren Jackson, the hope is that she will be back in time for playoffs. The Storm was looking a bit shaky in the first quarter of the game. Clearly not having LJ is a significant issue for the team. But they really rallied and pulled off a huge win. It is reassuring for all of us Storm fans - as well as the players - to know they can win so decisively without Lauren Jackson. Of course, I miss seeing LJ play, though! Swin Cash had a fabulous game, as did Tanisha Wright. Cash finished with a whopping 26 points! Wow. Wright finished with 21 points. I was happy to see Katie Smith hit some three-pointers, too. They fired up their game plan in the third quarter and it paid off big time.'

Mercy moved from the press section to the disabled seats at the very back of the arena, because the league didn't OK her game-specific credentials. Cuteness said, 'There don't seem to be many options - you get stuck in the back row, which is a tad tacky. What if you want better seats - are there other options? I'm sure there are, but they probably cost a lot of money. There's just something a tad unsavory about sticking the disabled in the back row.'

Poncho Sanchez
Mercy and Cuteness are really looking forward to seeing Poncho Sanchez at Jazz Alley from July 28 to 31. Band members include George Ortiz (timbales), Tony Banda (bass), Ron Blake (trumpet), Robert Hardt (alto and tenor saxophone), Francisco Torres (trombone), Joseph De Leon (bongo and percussion), and David Torres (piano). Sanchez is a Mexican-American conguero (conga player), Latin jazz band leader, and salsa singer. In 2000, Sanchez and his ensemble won the Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album for their work on the album Latin Soul. Sanchez has performed with artists Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamria, Hugh Masekela, Clare Fischer, and Tower of Power, among others.

You can get your tickets at jazzalley.com.

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