Experimental Musicians To Go Mad This Weekend

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White Rock Lake after midnight will be the ideal environment to contract a virus this weekend.

Aaron Gonzalez, bassist for grindcore duo Akkolyte and his father's free-jazz combo Yells At Eels, will direct Midnight Madness tomorrow night.

The project is an ensemble of experimental musicians that include Jon Teague (Great Tyrant), Jason Barnett (Vorvadoss), Michael Chamy (Zanzibar Snails), Mike Maxwell (SUBKommander, SDS, Aphonic Curtains) and Kim Corbett and Kenny Withrow (the Tidbits).

This year's piece, "Age of Disinformation," will be "an improvisation on the current state of psychological and spiritual breakdown as it relates to viral ecosystems of economies of information," according to a press release from the Bath House Cultural Center.

The performance is part of Bath House Music Fest '08, a two-day music event formerly called White Rock Rhythms Music Fest, held at the Center's black box theater on the eastern shores of White Rock Lake.

Midnight Madness follows performances from the Greg Waits Quartet and the Inner City All Stars. Things settle down a bit Saturday night, with world music from Dallas' Jamal Mohamed and Brahmah featuring Mohamed on Middle Eastern percussion, Poovalur Sriji on Asian percussion, Fred Hamilton on guitar and Ed Smith on vibes.

Music begins on both nights at 8 p.m., following a 7 p.m. audience reception. --Jesse Hughey

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