The holidays are right around the corner. Let’s see what the music world has in store in the coming weeks.
Tunes That Taste Good is a benefit for the East End Cooperative Ministry’s food pantry on Nov. 27. Joy Ike, who Driftwood reviewed a little while back, has put this event together two year in a row. This year it will be held at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Tickets are $10 or $8 with 2 or more non-perishable items. The lineup includes local Pittsburghers Mark Williams, The Peace Project, Ryan Tennis, Tim Ruff, and Chris Cendana. Go here for details or visit www.joyike.com/tttg for a sneak peak.
Chad Stokes and Friends are hitting the road on December 1st to support Calling All Crows, a nonprofit that “mobilizes musicians and their fans to empower women around the world through service.” They’ve had two successful successive years doing the same thing in Boston, so they should build up plenty of support on the way to the Calling All Crows’ 3rd Annual Benefit Weekend on December 10 when they get back to Boston. The tour also includes The White Buffalo, who’s got some pretty good tunes up on his website.
Driftwood’s a little late to the party in announcing this, but The Decemberists announced their winter tour. And Baltimore indie duo Wye Oak will be playing with them for the first half of the tour! The tour begins with stops at the Beacon Theater in New York, a two-night stand at the House of Blues in Boston, and the Olympia De Montreal. They’ll also be hitting Chicago and their hometown (Portland) before heading overseas, where London and Scotland will get a hefty helping of the folk rockers.
This isn’t music related, but we do cover musicians who wear kilts. Wednesday the 22nd is National Opt Out Day. It’s a chance to say “No” to invasive scanning at airports (and instead submit to invasive pat downs) without everyone else in line with you getting mad, because they’re all going to hold up the line, too. But Goldblog at the Atlantic has added a novel twist: wear kilts. This will make it a little easier for them to find your . . . uh . . . “resistance.”
WXPN’s Free At Noon at the World Cafe will host Amos Lee on Dec. 3. The Philly signer and guitarist, who first garnered national attention after his opening tour with Norah Jones several years ago and has since toured with Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, and Merle Haggard, is in the midst of a tour to support his new album, Mission Bell.
The International Body Music Festival will bring their show to Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, CA. Heck, let’s let them tell you about it:
Led by Artistic Director Keith Terry, the concert is a sizzling smorgasbord of contemporary and traditional Body Music featuring all California artists—an irresistible hand-clapping, foot-stomping, chest-whomping extravaganza! The day of workshops will include culture-specific styles, teacher trainings for both music and classroom teachers, a free family workshop, and more. In addition, Crosspulse will donate in-school IBMF assembly programs to two Oakland Public Elementary Schools on Friday, December 3rd.