CHOCOLATE GENIUS, SLEEPYTIME FABLES, & SECRET TREATS
Under the aegis of Chocolate Genius, Inc., Marc Anthony Thompson created a series of brilliant recordings, treasured by those in the know though sadly underappreciated. Last spring, Hanif Abdurraqib penned a moving tribute and fresh evaluation of 1998’s Black Music.
Big Ears is over the moon to be luring Mr. Thompson back on stage with an all-star band, including Marc Ribot and John Medeski, this coming March.
Deliriously unclassifiable, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum blend art-rock, prog-rock, post-metal, and classical influences while conjuring tales – perhaps fictitious, perhaps not – of mathematicians, dada artists, the Unabomber, James Joyce and many others. After more than a decade’s absence, it seems that they’re reuniting just in time for the apocalypse and are sure to deliver a Big Ears performance like none other.
After 25 years of collaboration and over two decades of touring, Faun Fables (Dawn McCarthy and Nils Frykdahl) are known for exquisite, visceral adventures in song & theater and riveting live performances to eclectic and devoted audiences across the globe.
Under the leadership of Trey Spruance (Mr. Bungle; Faith No More), Secret Chiefs 3 is the moniker of shape-shifting amalgam of adventurous musicians, morphing into at least seven different bands (at last count) and spinning into a whirling dervish of surf rock, death metal, Indian and Persian, electronic, film, and neo-Pythagorean musical and mystical influences. At Big Ears, you should certain expect the unexpected.
All Treats, No Tricks Playlist
Spooky season may be winding down, but we’re still going to be spinning tunes from these artists long after. Treat your ears to a mixture of R&B and jazz experimentation from Chocolate Genius, Inc., the experimental death metal of Secret Chiefs 3, and the classical, industrial, and art-rock themes of Sleepytime Gorilla Musem among others. We promise our playlist is all treats and no tricks.