Good shows at the Hamner at 4CP, plus fun to be had at the Jefferson and Southern


For those who are itching for some good theater, A Life in the Theatre, a softer Mamet two-man play from 1977, just opened at the Hamner. And last week saw the opening of Samuel Beckett’s absurdist masterpiece Endgame at Four County Players. The production runs through October 1 in the theater’s Cellar black box space—we’re looking forward to seeing it.

The Jefferson announced that Saturday’s show with The Head and the Heart and Thao with the Get Down Stay Down (that’s a lot of words for two bands) is sold out. That means no more tickets, folks. I saw Thao play at Miller’s, of all places, three years ago, and before it is said that she is great it should also be said that she is a Virginian. And now: She is also quite good. The Head and the Heart failed to captured neither my head nor my heart when they opened for Dr. Dog at the Jefferson earlier this year. Dave Matthews likes ’em though, so, hey, more power to ’em! Check out one of Thao’s many good tunes below.

Thao’s "Beat"

Ah, triumphant returns. Welcome back home Wes Swing, about whom I have spilled so much ink that it is more convenient to link to old articles than it would be to write about him more. He has been on the road for a while in support of his record, Through a Fogged Glass, but plays the Garage on Saturday night with a band called the City Dwelling Nature Seekers. Sounds like a good one!

Tonight the Southern hosts Yarn and Dangermuffin, the form being a New York-based Americana group said to owe "as much to Gram Parsons and Earl Scruggs as to Jerry Garcia and Exile On Main Street-era Rolling Stones." Can’t argue with that!

 And it goes like this.