10 September 2010

Shawn Persinger/Jack Dupon at Orion Studios tomorrow night (Baltimore)

This show should make a nice appetizer for those heading to DC the following week to enjoy the Sonic Circuits Festival, major portions of which will be held at the French Embassy. So it's entirely appropriate (and completely coincidental) that we are featuring a French avant/progressive band in the form of Jack Dupon.

8:00 pm Saturday, September 11th
The Baltimore Progressive Rock Showcases at Orion Studios
2903 Whittington Ave., Baltimore, MD 21230


The music of Jack Dupon is yet another "impossible to describe" experience. They are a French experimental-avant-progressive rock band whose music is sometimes flavored with an absurd sense of humor. And don't look to find anyone named Jack Dupon - there is no such person. Instead Jack Dupon is a collection of four young, fairly unhinged individuals; phlegmatic adventurers of the imaginary - improvisers and storytellers, polite and rude. Full of oppositions and contradictions, they will taunt you with their outrrrageous music! Influences include Zappa, Primus, Caravan, Morphine, and King Crimson. Listening to their music I hear a bit of old-school progressive in songs like "L'Homme a la Jambe qui", some silliness in "Cousine", and checking out some of the videos of live performances I get a sense of some almost punky prog. I'm wondering if they were able to bring those crazy costumes along with them?




Likewise don't look to find anyone named Prester John - it's a performance moniker adopted by our old friend Shawn Persinger, formerly the guitarist for Boud Deun. In the past decade or so Shawn has circled the globe a couple of times, traveling to and performing in seldom visited regions of distant lands, acquiring a wealth of life experience and enriching his musical palette. His newest album, Desire for a Straight Line, is an all-instrumental album including the usual (for Shawn) varied yet cohesive mix of smart and whimsical tunes, 16 in all. Both on the record and in concert Shawn is joined by David Miller on mandolin. Expect a mix of new and old Prester John tunes, a Boud Deun song or two, as well as perhaps a classic proggy cover!


All-ages show - BYOB - SMALL folding chairs welcome.

Cover: $15

Driving Directions:
Take I-95 to exit 50A - Caton Ave., South. If you are coming from the south BEWARE - there is no merge lane at the end of the exit ramp to get onto Caton Ave., so BE CAREFUL!! Take Caton Ave to the third traffic signal and turn left onto Washington Blvd. Take Washington Blvd. about 1/4 mile to the large "U-Haul" sign on your right. Turn just before the sign onto Inverness Ave. Take Inverness to its end and turn left onto Whittington Ave. Take Whittington to its end and turn right, into our lot. Enter through door "B" in the building on your right as you enter the lot.

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