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Jump in the Lakewood
If you were one of the 550 or so people at the excellent Kris McKay/Sara Hickman concert at the Lakewood Theater a few weeks back, you no doubt welcomed this rejuvenated jewel back onto the list of local music venues: The new paint job, classy deco design, and great sightlines made for a superlative concert experience.
"I learned a lot," says show producer Mike Snider, familiar to most through the Texas music acts he books into the Sons of Hermann. "It's a completely different show than the Sons; there are a lot of additional expenses, so you have to be careful and move slowly."
Snider has vague plans for the Lakewood to host what he calls his "Texas Songwriter's Series," of which the McKay-Hickman show was the first. That's perfect for the landmark Lakewood, as its theater seating probably wouldn't be appropriate for a rock or dance-happy billing. A planned second show in the series had to be scrapped when keystone Lucinda Williams backed out of a tentative lineup Snider had assembled.
"You gotta have the draw," Snider explains while overseeing the lunch crowd at Daddy Jack's Wood Grill in Deep Ellum. "Otherwise you'll take a bath, which is why I'm not going to try to do this on any regular basis right now; when we get something together, we'll run with it."
Brilliant area drum group D'Drum will be at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary Sunday, April 20--consider this a not-to-miss show, as the group performs infrequently...Local fixture and force of nature Groovey Joe Poovey--known to some as Jumping Joe Poovey back in his Big D Jamboree Days--has just released Final Vinyl, a white vinyl EP on Living Records chock-a-block with Poovey's unique rockabilly stylings and backed by the Rockin' Honky Tonk Fools. A party to celebrate release of same will be held Saturday, April 19, at the Bar of Soap; Poovey will be backed by the RHTF, and Homer Henderson will open...Lithium X-mas' Bad Karma--originally released as Aneurysm in 1987 and available only as a cassette--is now available on CD from Lost Records; Lost has also just put out a vinyl-only LP by psych-rockers Bag, titled Journey to the Center of the Monkey Skull...
Punk drum corps Primitivecho--note the new spelling, all y'all who still think Tomorrowpeople is two words--is in the studio mastering its upcoming double album Ears or Wounds, the Choice is Ears, with Turner Scott Van Blarcum stopping by to provide some vocal tracks...Joe Christ is back in town for two area showings of his shocking films about the extremes of body modification. Unincorporated in Oak Cliff will host the showing on Sunday, April 20, and the film moves up to Denton's M.T.S. on Monday...
Let's everybody give a big birthday shout-out to the AK-47, 50 years young this year and over 70 million served! Send your best to Matt_Weitz@dallasobserver.com.