Music Tonight: Brooklyn's Izzy and the Catastrophics swing back through Cincy after a successful appearance last month during the MidPoint Music Festival. Here's how our Brian Baker described the band in our MPMF preview issue: "If Izzy & the Catastrophics were just a marginal band, they’d get bumped up a notch simply by virtue of the fact that they had the good sense to hire unmatched trombone blower and (former member of local Ska/Reggae band The Pinstripes) Chapman Sowash. Oh, but Izzy & the Catastrophics are so much more than marginal; if they’d been the dance band on the Titanic, they’d have blown that iceberg into bar cubes for drinks on the lido deck. Izzy is the perfect frenetic frontman, like Weird Al Yankovich without the flimsy jokes, and the Catastrophics swing so perfectly that Cab Calloway’s heavenly grin is brighter than Sirius on a clear night." The band performs at Over-the-Rhine's MOTR Pub at 10 p.m. The show is free. Below, dig a clip for the band's track "If You Knew."—-
• Respected Blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan comes to Newport tonight for a show at the Southgate House with his Tilt-a-Whirl Band and fellow Texan, soulful crooner Lou Ann Barton. Like Izzy and Co. (above), this is a triumphant return for Vaughan, who played a packed show last year at the same venue in support of his Blues, Ballads and Favorites album. This time around, Vaughan and his crew are touring the sequel album, More Blues, Ballads and Favorites. Vaughan and Barton go way back — dig this clip of both performing with Double Trouble (the legendary rhythm section with Vaughan's late brother, Stevie Ray) from Austin City Limits. Tonight's show — with openers The Geil Family Band starting at 8 p.m. — is a seated affair and smoking is not permuted. Tickets are $25 at the door.
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Momentous Happenings in Music History for October. 5
On this day in 1965, Ohio native Henry Mancini received a Gold record for his soundtrack album for Blake Edwards' film, The Pink Panther. The composer wrote songs and jazzy scores for several films and TV shows (including "Moon River" and the Peter Gunn theme song), though his theme from The Pink Panther (reused throughout the run of the popular kids' cartoon of the same name) is probably the most enduring. Mancini received a posthumous lifetime achievement from the Grammy's in 1995 (he died the year before from pancreatic cancer at the age of 70).
The following Pink Panther cartoon riffs on Mancini's riff; stick around until the end for a live-action cameo by the composer, who applauds the Panther's work conducting an orchestra through variations on his legendary theme.
Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers sharing an Oct. 5 birthday include: Classic rocker Steve Miller (1943); lead singer for British Rock band The Sweet, Brian Connolly (1945); AC/DC singer Brian Johnson (1947); Boomtown Rats singer and Live Aid founder Bob Geldof (1954); Alt Hip Hop rapper with cult legends The Pharcyde, SLIMKID3 (born Trevant Jermaine Hardson, 1970); and Motorhead guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke (1950).
Clarke, also a member of the band Fastway, comprised the "classic Motorhead lineup" with drummer Phil Taylor and — duh — the esteemed Mr. Lemmy Kilmister. Clarke left the band in 1982, reportedly over the recording of a Plasmatics collaboration, but rejoined briefly as a special guest during Motorhead's 25th anniversary concert in England in 2000 (the set was released in 2003 as Live at Brixton Academy). Here he is doing "The Chase is Better Than the Catch" with his old bandmates.