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Pluck out a spot at Banjo-palooza 2009.
Jan. 30 — Banjo-palooza
Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main St.
You have been hibernating like winter is never going to end.
I have news for you, Mr. Powder — spring is creeping closer and you have not been out to see some live music since your office’s karaoke Christmas party.
And we all know how that turned out.
Do yourself a favor. Take my advice and drag your sad sack of bones and those of your friends to Banjo-palooza 2009. Highlighting what promises to be a hoe-down hootenanny, Danny Barnes (www.dannybarnes.com, www.folktronics.com) takes the stage with Rockin’ Acoustic Circus (rockinacousticcircus.com) and Klondike 5 String Band (www.myspace.com/kl5).
This bluegrass banjo bonanza also will serve as an unintentional infomercial to the wicked artistry of Tulsa’s own Bishline Banjos (324 E. 10th St., www.bishlinebanjos.com). Every one of the banjos you see at this show will have been made just down the road.
Rob Bishline started playing the banjo more than 30 years ago. And the very nature of the banjo is one of complete adaptability. Everything can be either raised or lowered or adjusted in some way to change the instrument’s sound. Once the banjo got its teeth into Bishline, he returned the favor.
“While the rest of my friends were chasing girls, I was taking apart and rebuilding banjos,” he says.
This article will avoid the psycho-analysis of that statement to those more versed in such things. But imagine if all the effort you spent chasing (or fleeing in terror from) the opposite sex went toward the banjo?
Originally planned for the more intimate setting of the Soundpony next door, this show has been getting so much early attention and word-of-mouth that the organizers moved it into the Cain’s.
Danny Barnes started the preeminent The Bad Livers (think Split Lip Rayfield but five years earlier) and has recorded or played with such musical luminaries as: Bill Frisell, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett, Dave Mathews, Chuck Leavell, Sam Bush, Tim O’Brian, Yonder Mountain String Band and Robbie Fulks, just to name nine.
Lest you think it will be a relaxing holiday for Mr. Barnes, Bishline plans to join forces with him to rehearse and then record a promotional CD for Bishline Banjos on Friday.
Then Barnes will take the stage at the Cain’s that night for Folktronics, where he runs his banjo through a series of effects and modulators. And if you still have a face left after all of that, on Saturday there will be a banjo workshop at 1 p.m. at Bishline. Space is limited. Please e-mail a reservation to email@example.com or call 551-6415.
And now for something completely different.
Jan. 31 — BOOMBOX!
The Marquee, 222 N. Main St.
Chris R., promoter extraordinaire, has decided it’s time to hang up the gold-plated laminate and focus on something much more important: His daughter has been ill and in hospitals for weeks now and the bills are rising. Chris R. has turned this adversity into one last big event. This will be the U.A.T. (Us Against Them) party to remember.
There will be: DJ P (Las Vegas); Videology (a veejay who mixes music videos); Ed Crunk (OKC underground pioneer); DJ Kron (old school); DJ Moody and his Revolution; free CDs; a raffle for art and skateboard decks designed by Tony Carrera and David Hek, aka Eratik; body art models; laser shows; and possibly a hazmat team to pick up the cranial explosions taking place from the entertainment overload.
This promises to be a wicked-cool event for a wicked-good cause. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/sceneok.