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Mago, Southern Flavor

When: Thu., April 14 2011

One might expect Billy Martin and John Medeski’s duo, Mago, to sound like two-thirds of Medeski, Martin, and Wood. Instead, however, the pair just plays even more intricately. Imagine trying to fill a room full of randomly blinking lights with a huge sound, and you get an idea of the way-out-there acid jazz going on when the magical B-3 master locks in with his drummer of 22 years — if you’re seizure prone, stay away. In reality, much of the tandem’s 2007 self-titled release is virtually indistinguishable from MMW, a happy fact for committed fans worried that Chris Wood’s success with the Wood Brothers might leave a void in the freak-jazz world that even the Bad Plus couldn’t fill. But nowadays, with Billy Martin touring with his side project Wicked Knee, even Mago isn’t frequently on the road. In fact, this is a one-off show that Pour House owner and manager Alex Harris made happen when a friend mentioned that Billy Martin would be coming to town. Grapevine talk led to the booking of a special one-time show by two of the most influential and noisiest progressive musicians on the national scene.

Stratton Lawrence

Price: $22, $20 (adv.)

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