Tonight, Tonight: The Gay Blades at Rubber Gloves, Jennifer Perryman at The Library Bar and The Oak Ridge Boys at The Eisemann Center
On this somewhat slow Monday night, you can go check out a decent touring show, particpate in a holiday-themed event or take in a weekly performance you might otherwise skip on a busier night. We'll get into specifics after the jump...
The Gay Blades at Rubber Gloves
The New York duo known as The Gay Blades certainly rises above the stupidity of the movie (1981's Zorro, The Gay Blade) that inspired its name. Although when one member uses the alias Puppy Mills, some inanity can still be expected. So a song like dance-rock track "Mick Jagger," from the band's recently released, sophomore effort Savages, can be seen as either a stroke of genius or just a couple of guys fucking around. I prefer to choose the former as most every track on Savages is an outright winner. Same goes for The Gay Blades' debut effort, Ghosts. Sure, this is snotty indie rock played by two guys whose dark humor could sometimes be confused with immaturity. But, when it clicks, this is music with both style and power.
Jennifer Perryman at The Library Bar
Local jazz singer Jennifer Perryman performs every Monday night at The Library Bar, which is located just up the road from DC9 HQ, inside the plush confines of the Melrose Hotel. This is the perfect spot to take in Perryman's talents, as her sultry voice certainly lends itself to such a classy venue. Perryman sings jazz of the decidedly pop-friendly variety, coming across as a sort of indie, countrified Sade. She writes a lot of her material, too, and has released a couple of classy, full-length efforts, including her somewhat recent Losing My Grip.
The Oak Ridge Boys at The Eisemann Center
Around this time of the year, it's pretty standard to see quite a few holiday-themed musical events coming to the area. Legendary country/gospel/pop quartet The Oak Ridge Boys make such an appearance both tonight and tomorrow evening at The Eisemann Center in Plano. Back in the late '70s and early '80s, The Oak Ridge Boys were all over country radio. Songs like "Elvira" and "Bobbie Sue" started a string of No. 1 hits that continued into the '90s. Something about the group's sweet harmonies and hayseed upbringing seemed to resonate with folks across the musical spectrum. Yeah, it's cheesy -- but it's cheese of a truly American variety.