Music: The Racket Downstairs play Wed., May 17

The Racket Downstairs plays Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, May 17. The show starts at 8 PM and there is a $5 cover.

The band sent along a fanciful description:

In the film adaptation of Jean Claude d’Racquet’s seminal coming-of-age novel “An Unpleasant Noise From Below” the Racket Downstairs present a  Rube Goldberg assembly of original songs about Canadian traffic signals, fresh fruit and the existence of God, soaked in the sweet bubbling fuzz of a 56K modem in a chill 1997 haze of winter, combined with the odd
cover song festooned in the jangling crash of an upturned drawer of mismatched silverware. It is a collapsible top hat with a neatly chewed hole in the side as the only evidence of the rabbit that has hopped away. It is the scrape of a trowel and a low chuckle in the dark cellar where the Amontillado once stood on a shelf above an antique sled called Nosebleed.

The cast includes:

~ Jack Liebler as the plucky young bassist “Captain” Jack Racket, who at the age of eleven discovers that he is not an orphaned magician, but just an ordinary boy.

~ Mark Cascio is the enigmatic Doc Racket who can only communicate by hitting things with sticks, but still finds tattooed love in the colonial wilderness of New Zealand.

~ Sarah Prown plays Sister Hedwig Hatracket who convinces a mandolin, a bouzouki, a saxophone and a melodica to put aside their differences and embark on a heartwarming quest for their ancestral home.

~ Justin Paglino plays “The 88 Fingered Man” rumored to have killed Jack’s father with an accordion. But is he really dead?

~ Steve Shelton brings grey-bearded gravitas as the inimitable guitarist Sir Hugh Jeffen Racket who shows our young hero how to wax cars by teaching him Karate.

~ John Liebler is Johnny Racket, the singing ukulelist who is revealed in the third act to be *spoiler alert!* Jack’s father.

The Racket Downstairs is a work of fiction. Notes, chords, lyrics, harmonies, and time signatures, are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner.

Any similarity to actual musicians, living or dead, or actual music is purely coincidental. No animals were harmed in the making of this music. Except for the ones we ate.

UPCOMING EVENTS (Music events start at 8 PM unless otherwise noted; screenings start at 7 PM unless otherwise noted):

• Thursday, May 11. INDIE ROCK: ZOO FRONT, THE FURORS

• Friday, May 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHAWN TAYLOR & WANDERING ROOTS (CD Release)

• Saturday, May 13. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE & THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE

• • Sunday, May 14, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDERETTE”

• Wednesday, May 17. POP: THE RACKET DOWNSTAIRS

• Friday, May 19. INDIE ROCK: LA TUNDA, LYS GUILLORN (solo)

• Sunday, May 21, 3 PM. LIGHTS! FILMMAKING WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Wednesday, May 24. NEW ORLEANS FUNK: BAND OF DRUTHERS

• Thursday, May 25. DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT PLAYS MUSIC FROM “TWIN PEAKS”

• Friday, May 26. INDIE ROCK: WALLY

• Thursday, June 1. INDIE ROCK: IF JESUS HAD MACHINE GUNS

• Friday, June 2. JAZZ VOCAL: LINDA SATIN WITH JOE CARTER & TIM MORAN

• Sunday, June 4, 3 PM. CAMERA! ACTION! FILMMAKING WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Wednesday, June 7. ALT-COUNTRY: LEFT ON SCARLET STREET, SINGER-SONGWRITER: RON SPEARS

• Thursday, June 8. WORLD MUSIC: ELEGANT PRIMATES

• Friday, June 9. ALT-COUNTRY: PAT STONE, BOX OF BIRDS, THE PROUD FLESH

• Saturday, June 10. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE

• Sunday, June 11. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Thursday, June 15. FOLK/POP SINGER-SONGWRITER: MELODY PLACE

• Friday, June 16, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: MILE TWELVE (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Wednesday, June 21. PROGRESSIVE FOLK: FE FI FO, SINGER-SONGWRITER: KRIZTA MOON

• Thursday, June 22. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND; CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL MUSIC: THE CHRIS CHILDS TRIO

• Friday, June 23. CHAMBER ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Wednesday, June 28. ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC IMPROVISATION: NOAH & DAVID CHEVAN

• Friday, July 21. SOLO GUITAR: GLENN ROTH; SINGER-SONGWRITER: DANA MERRITT

• Wednesday, July 26. MUSIC FROM “THE SIMPSONS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRES OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS with SPECIAL GUESTS

• Friday, July 28. WORLD MUSIC: NEELA

• Wednesday, Aug. 2. JAZZ: BADSLAX

• Friday, Aug. 4, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: HONEY DEWDROPS (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Aug. 11. INDIE ROCK: LYS GUILLORN & HER BAND

• Friday, Sept. 8. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES

• Friday, Sept. 15, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Sept. 22. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Friday, Sept. 29. FLASH FICTION LITERARY READING: PAUL BECKMAN & FRIENDS

• Friday, Oct. 20. BLUEGRASS: MISSY RAINES & THE NEW HIP (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)