Maynard James Keenan (above) brings the rock theatrics \ of Puscifer’s “Money $hot” Tour to Red Bank in a Count Basie debut tonight — while Hall of Famer Dion DiMucci (below) returns for a Thursday night streetcorner serenade.
The never-ending rock show rolls on at the Count Basie Theatre, as the nights ahead see several generations of chart-toppers and Grammy winners deliver decades-spanning retrospectives, conceptual stage shows and, at least in one case, a smidgen of “bone breaking fun” to the Red Bank stage.
The circus commences tonight, when rock-solid radio station WRAT-FM presents the multimedia band Puscifer in a Red Bank debut that offers up an edgier entertainment experience than the Basie baseline.
In the midst of a “Round 2” road trip behind the most recent release Money $hot — an album that went straight to the apex of the Billboard alternative/indie music charts upon arrival — the liquid lineup (which at one time featured Resident Evil actress Milla Jovovich) and affiliated branded apparel line anchored by Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan delivers equal doses of male/female energy, the pulsing throb of video-boosted songs like “Mama Sed” and “Grand Canyon,” and the Vegas-approved, choreographed chaos of professional wrestling’s squared circle.
The Boss called Dion DiMucci “the real link between Frank Sinatra and rock and roll” — and while his idea of “multimedia” translates to a restless energy that’s seen him experiment with and explore numerous musical styles over a 60-year career, his awesome classics like “The Wanderer” are rooted in a swaggering power that’s as hypercurrent as the day they were first waxed.
Having dabbled in everything from old-neighborhood doo-wop (“A Teenager in Love”) and socially conscious folk-pop (“Abraham, Martin and John”) to no-nonsense gospel and a newly displayed authority with city-gritty blues, Bronx-bred legend Dion continues to garner Grammy nominations and awestruck friends (Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Bryan Adams) here in the still-new millennium.
Touring behind a brand new album (New York Is My Home) and its Simon-duet title track — and disdaining the pure-nostalgia approach of his few surviving contemporaries — the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer takes it to the Basie stage Thursday night, with tickets to the 8 p.m. show ($40 – $99) available right here.
When she exploded onto the national pop radar around six years ago, Esperanza Spalding seemed made to order for Grammy’s attentions: a dynamic young singer-songwriter ans multi-instrumentalist with a flair for the jazzier side of pop and a breathtaking musical love affair with the stand-up bass.
Her 2011 Grammy win as Best New Artist (controversially beating out even Justin Bieber and Drake) obscured the fact that Spalding was a classically trained chamber-music prodigy and seasoned jazz band leader who sang in several languages and even served as one of the youngest-ever teachers in the history of the Berklee School of Music.
In her just-released album Emily’s D+Evolution (co-produced by veteran Bowie/T.Rex collaborator Tony Visconti), the 31-year-old Oregon native takes a highly personal musical journey through the persona of her alter-ego, “Emily” — and the live touring show that comes to the Basie on Saturday employs elements of poetry, movement and theatrical performance in a presentation of the new songs that “unfolds as live musical vignettes.”
Take it here for tickets ($23 – $72) to the 8 p.m. concert include a digital download of the new album that will be emailed to buyers shortly after Saturday’s show.