LAJC Picks: Marc Ribot @ UCLA CAP, Irvin Mayfield @ VPAC, Marcel Camargo @ Blue Whale

Some interesting shows this weekend that deserve a look:


Marc Ribot
Friday, November 21 8pm
UCLA Center for the Art of Performance (CAP)

Rolling Stone points out that “Guitarist Marc Ribot helped Tom Waits refine a new, weird Americana on 1985’s ‘Rain Dogs’ and since then he’s become the go-to guitar guy for all kinds of roots-music adventurers: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello, John Mellencamp.” The shapeshifting avant-garde guitarist-composer and downtown NYC icon will grace the Royce Hall stage in two different settings that highlight a mere fraction of his seemingly limitless creative output. He is a fearless and endlessly diverse bandleader, go-to studio player, and all-around musical polymath.

Having performed on the scores for Everything Is Illuminated, The Departed and The Killing Zone, Ribot shines in the cinematic form. An opening solo set based on his 2010 album Silent Movies will feature original solo compositions, including several unreleased movie tracks and scores created for films that exist only in the performer’s imagination.

In the program’s second half, Ribot rocks the house with one of New York City’s ultimate party bands, Los Cubanos Postizos (a.k.a “The Prosthetic Cubans”). The group’s feverishly cooking shows are built around arrangements of Cuban bandleader Arsenio Rodríguez—innovator of the son montuno. Re-formed by popular demand with original members Roberto Rodriguez (drums), Anthony Coleman (keys), Brad Jones (bass) and EJ Rodriquez (percussion). (Excerpt from UCLA CAP)


Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
Saturday, November 22 8pm
Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC)

In New Orleans, trumpet is king. Buddy Bolden, King Oliver and Louis Armstrong triumphantly announced the arrival of jazz to the world, and their legacy has continued on through modern-day brass-men Wynton Marsalis, Terrence Blanchard and Nicholas Payton, themselves all native sons of New Orleans. Enter Irving Mayfield, who with his music galvanized a devastated community in the aftermath of Katrina. He and his orchestra have done as much as anyone to bring healing and joy back to this proud city. Mayfield plays trumpet, not football, but he is certainly a New Orleans saint if there ever was one. (Gary Fukushima, LA Weekly)


Marcel Camargo and the Brazil You Never Heard
Saturday November 22 9pm

Even if you’ve never heard of Marcel Camargo, you’ve probably already heard Marcel Camargo, in the form of his guitar playing behind names you should also have heard of — Michael Buble, Sergio Mendes, Flying Lotus, Macy Gray, and others. Camargo’s current solo project is called The Brazil You Never Heard and features artful, Brazilian-influenced arrangements of pop and jazz, from Jobim to Stevie Wonder. This particular show features strings and the seductive voice of Jessica Jeza Vautor, as Camargo explores French songs á la Brazil. As he pulls this music out of obscurity, Camargo might need to rename it The Brazil You Want To Hear More Of.  (Gary Fukushima, LA Weekly)

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