Sunday, June 19 – Myth and Theft: American Music via John Fahey featuring Chris Belt
A rolling, roiling, complexly resolving brew of finger-picked Delta blues, church hymns, military waltzes and murder balladry: “true American original” is a label applied all too often, but in the case of John Fahey’s music, it’s truly deserved. Fahey, a grad of American University who also studied at Berkeley and UCLA, self-released his first album, labeled it “Blind Joe Death” and, the story goes, sneaked it into thrift stores so blues scholars would think they’d stumbled across an unknown treasure – a classic self-created myth a la Mark Twain. Like Twain’s stories, Fahey’s music can present itself as folksy, but there’s an educated underpinning to those traditional tunes. And speaking of higher education, this Sunday local composer and classical guitarist Chris Belt presents a lecture/recital on Fahey at Urban Rethink. It will be “like a graduate school seminar plus drinking and music,” says Belt; “a great night to hang out and delve deeply into the work of an important composer” with video, audio and live performance. If we’re lucky – and when are we not? – Belt will treat us to the story of the day the Great Koonaklaster, no fan of artsy pretension, punched out Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni. – Jessica Bryce Young (6-9 p.m. at Urban Rethink, 625 E. Central Blvd.; $5; 407-704-6895; urbanrethink.com)
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