Saturday, October 22, 2011

Under the influence, over the moon

I keep pinching myself. Not only do I get to perform on the regular with one of the best rhythm sections in the country (The Finest Kind), but in preparing for our October 28th show at The Cactus Cafe, I have gotten inspiration from other truly amazing performances as well.

In the past, my shows have been under the influence of live performances by Tom Waits and The Roots, among others.

For this show, it's Bela Fleck and the Flecktones (I love and admire bassist Victor Wooten endlessly and got to see them at the Paramount Theater last week) and Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, for whom I opened at One World Theatre a few days ago. Dr. Stanley's music has soothed souls for over 6 decades. These folks are musical vessels through and through.

Expect some new twists at The Cactus Cafe show, inspired by these great musicians. I hope to pass it on, even half of it, even a drop of it. Potent and alive. Inspiration!

Add that to the fast-rushing river I have found with The Finest Kind during our residency at Club Deville. I sang classic poetry (Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Robert Burns, Kalil Gibran, Sara Teasdale, Shel Silverstein, etc.) over top of the trio's luscious dub improvisations. Within those explorations, we have become something new. I absolutely can't wait to share it with you. Maybe you will find something new there also.

Erin Ivey & The Finest Kind at Cactus Cafe
Friday, October 28
Doors at 8pm, show at 8:30
This is an all-ages show.

You can get tickets at cactuscafe.org. Advanced tix are highly recommended.

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