By Aaron Davis (for JHWeekly.com)
Charlie Parr is from a different era; a time-traveled finger-picker of the old-time. I always thought that he was much older than he really is (43 years-old). He’s a humble, prolific, realistic, intense roots performer that Twin City, Minn., musicians look up to. Many of his 10 albums are out of print, some are available on vinyl, and he travels alone—with guitar, banjo, and “one foot in the grave.” A contemporary protagonist of what’s left of the folk tradition in the form of traveling acts, Parr is very much what you see is what you get. And for that reason, Dornan’s is the perfect room. What’s Good Here Productions presents Charlie Parr, 8 p.m., Wednesday, at Dornan’s in Moose. Tickets are $15, available at Valley Bookstore and Dornan’s. 733-2415.
Funky life force
“Damn, this band is so funky!” exclaimed a music fanatic friend during Orgone’s last show in town. Soul-jazz-funk in the vain of The Meters, Booker T. & the MGs, Grant Green and Funkadelic squeezed into one, Orgone (pronounced with a long second “o”) is heavy on pulsing groove. Cee Lo Green enlisted them for his multiple Grammy-winning track, “Fool For Love,” as well as major label records for Alicia Keys (Teenage Love Affair), Estelle (Pretty Please), Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and others. The eight-piece features a part-time female vocalist, Niki Crawford, interspersed with heavy, percussion and horn-driven instrumentals. Orgone performs 10 p.m., Wednesday, at The Pink Garter Theatre. Tickets are $10 advance and $12 day-of-show at PinkGarterTheatre.com.
Turntables in the Tetons
At the intersection of urban and world music, New York City DJ/producer/re-mixer Nickodemus has used funk, folk, jazz, hip-hop, house and dub to push a message of peace, awareness and love for the dance. His remixes and collaborations have been heard on hundreds of compilations as well as TV shows like Sex in the City and Dancing With the Stars, while his remix resume includes Billy Holiday, Nina Simone and Thievery Corporation, among others. Nickodemus, DRM, Eric Burba, Cut La Whut, and Jefe will start the pulse at 9:30 p.m., Friday, at the Pink Garter Theatre. Tickets are $12 advance or $15 day-of-show, available at Pinky G’s or PinkGarterTheatre.com.