Gravity Lounge packs Ã¢â?¬Ë?em in
In a feat that would impress even those venues with many more resources, the Gravity Lounge appears to be booked solid for the next few months. The small upstart club has found an eclectic mix of local, regional, and national artists to stay busy through November, and includes everything from an academically minded klezmer ensemble (10/22) to Old School Freight Train's first local show in ages (10/25).
On Monday nights through October, Gravity will partner with UVA to host a world music series in which performers conduct an educational program for students during the day and then follow up with an evening concert open to the public. Performers include locals like Beleza Brasil (10/8) as well as more exotic visitors: Burkina Electric (10/15), for example, is an ensemble that blends traditional West African music with Western electronica provided by Lukas Ligeti, son of seminal electronic music pioneer GyÃ¯Â¿ÂœÃ¯Â¿Âœrgy Ligeti.
Ligeti isn't the only one with a pedigree – Jen Chapin (10/26) clearly owes a musical debt to her late father, 1970's songwriter and "Cat's in the Cradle" scribe Harry Chapin, even if her jazzy pop is in a league of its own. Interesting professional ties abound as well– Hotel Lights (11/5) is a new project built around former Ben Folds Five drummer Darren Jessee, and Po' Girl (10/19) features Trish Klein of the Be Good Tanyas.
The most unsual of all, however, is the upcoming performance by Uncle Monk (10/9), a duo project in which Tommy Ramone (yes, that Tommy Ramone) plays mandolin, guitar, banjo and dobro in bluegrass, folk, and country tunes.
Variety in the Lounge's lineup is nothing new, but this marks the first time in recent memory that the schedule has been filled for the foreseeable future. "The fall calendar is the result of four years of hard work," says Gravity head honcho Bill Baldwin, "and we're very proud to present such a strong slate of talent."