Los Angeles – wake up and smell the funk this weekend and as L.A. is about to get a heavy dosage of the nasty. I CAN NOT BELIEVE IT!
Skerik and Mike Dillon, of Garage A Trois (my favorite band) and Critters Buggin will be at the Knitting Factory on Thursday performing is Illuminasti along with James Singleton of the Astral Project. I can promise it will be funky avant garde jazz. Brace yourself.
Than Friday, Skerik and Mike D will be taking the stage with Les Claypool at the Wiltern for a paired down version of the Frog Brigade. I am very interested to see how this trio plays out on stage without some of the stage antics and theatrics of the Frog Brigade. I imagine it can only be better…but some of the scenesters may hate.
For the uninitiated, Skerik is one of the best saxophonists currently recording. Skerik is a shortened version of Scary Erik. I believe that is his real name, although I may be mistaken. Nonetheless Skerik hails from the Seattle area and has a storied history in the music scene. His current recording outfits include playing sax in Skerik’s Syncopated Septet, as well as Garage A Trois, Les Claypool’s Frog Brigade, Critter’s Buggin’, Robert Walter’s Super Heavy Organ and several other groupings of musicians. Mike D, in addition to the above mentioned bands, records with Mike Dillon’s Go-Go Jungle, Hairy Apes BMX and the Polyphonic Spree.
To top it all off, Dirty Dozen Brass Band is playing the Mint on Tuesday the 8th. That is the end of the funk dosage…at least for now.