Squeeze the Day for 10/24

Arlo Guthrie and Aviccii, plus This Day in Music with Billy Wyman and James Brown

Oct 24, 2011 at 11:07 am
click to enlarge Aviccii (Photo: www.avicii.com)
Aviccii (Photo: www.avicii.com)

Music Tonight: Swedish producer/DJ Avicii comes to Covington for a show at the Madison Theater. Avicii (born Tim Bergling and also known as Tim Berg) took the modern-age promo route, earning widespread praise on dance music blogs with his crafty House sound. He broke through initially with the track "Bromance"; a version with vocals called "Seek Bromance" became a huge international dance smash, particularly across Europe. DJ Tony Desaro opens tonight's 9 p.m. show. Tickets are $40 at the door. Below check out "Seek Bromance" and the more recent "Fade into Darkness." —-

What to expect? This review of Friday's performance in NYC says his show was surprisingly packed to the gills. "His set list and mixing Friday night at Pacha was flawless," the reviewer wrote. "He absolutely tore the scene up. Although, I would like to see him learn a couple more effects and techniques, but Friday night his track selection made up for it."

• Son of American music icon Woody Guthrie and a classic Folk artist in his own right, singer/songwriter Arlo Guthrie was in the news recently when he joined Pete Seeger at the site of the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City. Tonight, he performs at Procter & Gamble (irony?) Hall at the Aronoff Center with his Boys' Night Out band, featuring his son Abe and grandson Krishna. The tour is advertised as a "back to roots" affair, promising Arlo hits, as well as "deep album cuts." Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets range from $30-$55.

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Momentous Happenings in Music History for October 24
On this day in 1962, James Brown and The Famous Flames performed a concert at Harlem's Apollo Theater. The concert was recorded and released on Cincinnati-based King Records the following May to huge success. Brown reportedly had to fight King to have Live at the Apollo issued; King wasn't sure a live album would work at that phase of Brown's career. Of course, the Godfather of Soul's instincts (he reportedly paid to have the concert recorded himself) were spot-on — not only is Live at the Apollo easily the greatest live record ever, it's also considered one of the finest albums in popular music history (Rolling Stone put it at No. 24 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time). Next year will undoubtedly see a lot of 50th anniversary celebrations in honor of the historic release, but for now, give a listen to a bit of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business working hard:

Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers sharing an Oct. 24 birthday include: Blues harmonica genius Sonny Terry (1911); ill-fated Rock & Roll singer The Big Bopper (born J.P. Richardson; 1930); Santo Farina, half of the early guitar duo Santo & Johnny (known for the classic instrumental "Sleepwalk"; 1937); R&B singer Monica Denise Brown, better known as simply Monica (1980); and Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman (1936).

Wyman (real name: William George Perks) is 75 today, but age ain't nothing but a number for Bill, as he proved in 1989, when he married 18-year-old Mandy Smith, who had been his girlfriend since she was 13. (it was sort of the late ’80s/early ’90s version of this trainwreck.) In what could have been a legendary Jerry Springer show, Smith's mother got engaged to Wyman's son in 1993, just before Bill and Mindy's divorce became final. Wyman married the more age-appropriate Suzanne Accosta that year as well, and they remain together to this day, with three children.

Wyman joined the Stones at the end of 1962, replacing Dick Taylor, who would go on to form The Pretty Things in 1963. Wyman left the Stones in 1992 and was replaced by Darryl Jones, a veteran musician who has played with everyone from Miles Davis (one of his first gigs), Herbie Hancock and John Scofield to Sting, Madonna and Peter Gabriel.

Along with John Entwistle of The Who, Wyman — who continues to perform with his Blue/R&B/Rock & Roll combo, The Rhythm Kings — created the "emotionless, stoic, anchoring bassist" archetype in Rock & Roll. Here's a TV performance of one of his earlier solo tracks, "I Wanna Get Me A Gun," during which he can't even be bothered to stand up, so the show added a quartet of scantily clad back-up dancers.