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Stan Ridgway: Songs and Stories

February 2 @ 7:30 pm
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Stan Ridgway

Stan Ridgway returns to the Shannon Center, with Pietra Wexstun (vocals, keyboards), Joe Berardi (drums & percussion) and special guest Petra Haden!

“Ridgway’s post-Wall of Voodoo output has, if anything, cemented his neo-noir rep as one of American music’s greatest storytellers, the wild and wily Steinbeck of sad whiskey railroads and rusted, ramshackle American dreams.” AUSTIN CHRONICLE

“Truly modern, 21st century folk music, Ridgway’s dark, tall tales often take place in the microcosmic miasma of L.A. and its outer desert, where his characters try to wrest meaning from the beautiful catastrophe of their lives.” UNCUT

“Mixing folk, crime jazz, garage rock, electronic music, film scores, big-band covers, dark country-inspired excursions,- no question, Ridgway is a restless creative spirit.” WASHINGTON POST

It’s been a long and influential road for the songwriter/guitarist and original Wall Of Voodoo vocalist. His darkly humorous, and richly cinematic musical tales of the ironies inside the American Dream have been compared to other classic songwriting iconoclasts like Randy Newman, Tom Waits, Johnny Cash and even hard boiled mystery writers like Raymond Chandler and Jim Thompson, as well as twisted film makers like David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino. The San Francisco Chronicle said, “He conjures “Burroughs, Bukowski and Brecht,” while LA Weekly has called him “the Nathaniel West of rock.” Pulling numbers from his own revolutionary past and moving into his own honed, sardonic style of present, Ridgway will be accompanied at the shows by Pietra Wexstun on keyboards, electronics and vocals, Joe Berardi on drums and Petra Haden on violin. Wexstun and Ridgway have lived and worked in tandem for more than 30 years; her keyboard and vocal sounds are perfectly in tune with his not-so-typical stories of proverbial American tragedy and triumph.

A mad scientist of sound and vision, Ridgway possesses a style unparalleled, at least in our known universe. Making his musical pictures for 30 years now, the singer-songwriter and guitarist has emerged as a singular voice in contemporary song. “It’s a hybrid of all the music I’ve loved and admired,” he says. “There are no boundaries on art and no rules to follow in music. A song is really just a strong point of view.” Ridgway works in his own unique form of aural and sonic tradition, chronicling all that lies beneath the safe and sane surface. He craftily sets his dark materials to off-kilter and eerie melodies that echo the uneasy action of a cast of characters on the brink. His tales often take place in the microcosmic miasma of L.A. and its outer desert, where his creations try to wrest meaning from the beautiful catastrophe of their lives.

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February 2
7:30 pm
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General $30