A look at what's happening in the local music scene.
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
Dec. 2 — Cletus Got Shot
Soundpony, 409 N. Main St.
Cletus Delroy Spuckler is the redneck character on “The Simpsons.” Cletus Got Shot is a “bluegrass” trio from Fayetteville, Ark. “Bluegrass” is in quotes as this band pushes the sonic envelope of that genre as much as Chuck Yeager pushed the sound barrier; think Split Lip Rayfield. The band’s influences include punk, gospel, folk, swing, rockabilly, jazz, rock ’n’ roll and country. Add Adam Cox’s “twangy” guitar, Nathan Miller’s mandolin and Mark Landry’s homemade gas tank bass and you’ve got a killer bluegrass band playing to the crowded, frenetic and welcoming arms of the Soundpony crowd.
Dec. 10 — Patty Larkin
All Soul Acoustic Coffeehouse, 2952 S. Peoria Ave.
Touring in support of her album “25,” Patty Larkin comes to Tulsa’s best place to see an acoustic set. Called a “triple threat” by Billboard, this guitarist, vocalist and songwriter is celebrating a quarter-century of making music. She has the chops of Lucinda Williams, the blues of Bonnie Raitt and something that reminds me of Shawn Colvin (who appears on “25,” along with Rosanne Cash, Susanne Vega and Lucy Kaplansky, among many others).
The Boston Globe says, “She has evolved into one of the finest self-accompanists anywhere in popular music,” while The New York Times calls her a “virtuoso guitar player and mood-shaper.” It should be yet another incredible night of music at the Coffeehouse.
Dec. 11 — Mount Righteous
Soundpony, 409 N. Main St.
Last year I blogged that if you missed this show, you would be sorry.
Mount Righteous is made up of some North Texas band kids raised on a steady dose of Arcade Fire and Polyphonic Spree. Their instruments are so loud, and there are so many band members, they don’t even need amplifiers. They also seem to have been sent on the road with orders to, “Let the crowd take over when you are done” (see: previous shows). The last show was so great that we put all 11 of them, give or take, up for the night. And they even cleaned the house after sleeping all over it.
You cannot beat a great night of music, with no cover charge and getting to take the band home with you.
You just can’t.
Dec. 31 — Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main St.
Normally, any time a band promises to play a night of cover songs — from Beyoncé, Madonna and Lady Gaga, no less — I would start looking for an exit sign.
But this is not “normally.”
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey is the cover band and the concert is on New Year’s Eve.
Anything heard through the kaleidoscope of sound that is JFJO will come out the other end like an entirely different creature (see: “Ludwig,” the band’s performance last summer with a 50-piece symphony at OK Mozart, a thorough jazzing up of Ludwig van Beethoven).
If they can do that to a classical icon, what do they have in store for “Madge” and “meat dress”?