Between the goings-on at Oysterfest up in Frisco, Jamie Liddell playing the Granada and Jeff the Brotherhood playing The Nightmare, Saturday's concert calendar is already looking like a busy one.
But don't let this show pass you by: At the Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff that night, Marc Ribot will perform as part of theater's new "Storytellers at the Kessler" series.
This won't be just another run-of-the-mill VH1 rip-off. though. Instead, this show is going the complete opposite route: Ribot--known best for his work as a sideman and session musician for the likes of Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, T Bone Burnett and even The Black Keys )among many, many others_--will be performing a live score as the Kessler screens Carhlie Chaplin's 1921 silent film, The Kid, behind him.
This kind of work is nothing new for Ribot. He recently worked on the score for The Kids Are All Right and wrote the score for an upcoming John Malkovech film called Drunk Boat. Coincidentally, our colleagues up at the Village Voice in New York just posted an interview with Ribot about that very subject to their music blog this morning--and they even include a free download of "Delancey Waltz," on of the songs Ribot wrote and recorded for the film. They also asked Ribot about the pressures that come with scoring film.
What are the joys and annoyances of composing for film?
John Lurie, who I think knows something about this, once said, "The thing is that all music works with all film." Which should make it very easy, except that all also music changes all film. So it's a big responsibility, because it changes it in a completely counterintuitive ways.
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So, yes, one can easily assume that Saturday's show at the Kessler should be quite the treat. But that's not all the Kessler's got planned...
In addition to the performance, the theater is also encouraging that patrons embrace the spirit of 1920s style in their dress for the night to help add to the evening's overall aesthetic.
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And, to further entice people out to this show on a crowded Saturday, the Kessler's been kind enough to pass along two pairs of free tickets to this show--as well as two copies of Ribot's new, appropriately named disc, Silent Movies--to two lucky DC9 readers. Want one of the prize packs? Hit us up with an email, starting right now, with the words "Charlie Chaplin" in the subject line, and, assuming you're one of the first two to do so, you'll win. Good luck!
Update: Contest is over. Congrats to our winners!