This week: Day of the Dead demands lively music — Quetzal

  • By Sharon Wootton Special to The Herald
  • Wednesday, October 22, 2008 2:32pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

Take your pick of music from around the world, some distinct, others a blend of rhythms.

Quetzal: The Chicano group (pronounced kets-all) celebrates the Hispanic Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with a concert that tells of the soul and struggle at the heart of the Mexican-American legacy. Led by the dynamic vocals of Martha Gonzalez, Quetzal pushes Chicano music boundaries with a mix of Mexican and Afro-Cuban rhythms, jazz, R&B and rock.

The Lewd: One of the top 1970s Seattle punk bands returns to the Seattle area after eight years for three shows, one of them in Mountlake Terrace. The band will perform with the Hated Noise and vocalist Chris Howell of the punk band Neighborhood Watch. The Lewd was best known for its underground ’70s single “Kill Yourself.”

Real Folk &Friends: The local group and friends are performing an “Ending Poverty Together” benefit concert. Christine Traxel, Rick Bowen, Jeff Nicely and Jeff Mud are joining the trio for an evening of music around a common purpose.

“We write music with a message,” said Real Folk singer-songwriter Kim Longmore. The concert benefits RESULTS, a nonprofit grass-roots group committed to creating the political will to end hunger.

Chic Gamine: The stylish Canadian vocal quintet is fairly new as a group but experienced individually; three were founding members of the award-winning world music ensemble Madrigaia.

The group’s debut CD had all original songs drawn on their fondness for roots music and rhythms of R&B and doo-wop as well as African, Middle-Eastern, South American and native French-Canadian folk.

A solo percussionist is all this group needs because they use their voices as instruments.

Umphrey McGee: The progressive rock-jam band, influenced by Yes, Frank Zappa, Genesis and Iron Maiden, has stayed inventive in a changing music industry, using open taping policies and music sharing to spread the word. Umphrey McGee offers more music in its downloadable formats than any other indie label, and essentially gives away the equivalent of 40,000 CDs each month through a podcast program. It works; shows sell out.

Tab Benoit: Grammy nominee and again the Blues Foundation’s Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year is touring with his Cajun-gritty spring album, “Night Train to Nashville,” where Benoit shines in all his fretwork, growl-to-wail voice, rhythm and vocal riffing.

Loni Rose: The Seattle songwriter has had her pop-country songs in movies (“American Pie,” “The 10th Kingdom”) and television (“America’s Next Top Model,” “Providence”). Her free concert will be with members of the band Everclear. Her latest recording is “The Shine Sessions.”

Bob Marley’s Original Wailers: The band includes some of Marley’s legendary musicians and reggae sidemen from 1974-81 that backed Marley’s explosive roots-rock reggae.

Out and about: If you value your hearing, bring ear plugs for the loud but atmospheric electropop band Passion Pit (Monday, Neumo’s) … Collie Buddz’s voicings include the single “Come Around,” which became the top reggae song in Canada, and “Blind to You,” which reached No. 3 on the BBC 1Xtra charts in the UK (Tuesday and Wednesday, Nectar Lounge, Seattle) …

“Long Live Rock” is a tribute to an era with five sets and unforgettable songs (Saturday, Lincoln Theater, Mount Vernon) … Fujiya &Miyagi’s danceable beats live between rock ‘n’ roll and electronics, all influenced by krautrock (German experimental bands of the 1970s) (Monday, Chop Suey) …

Folksinger Maria Dunn brings characters from the past and present to original music that reflects her Celtic roots (Saturday, Phinney Neighborhood Center, Seattle) … Singer-songwriter Martin Sexton performs with guest Ryan Montbleau (Saturday, Town Hall) …

The third incarnation of Little Feat features blues, country, R&B and rock (Thursday, Moore) … Citizen Cope (keyboardist-guitarist Clarence Greenwood) started out as a DJ for a hip-hop act but now blends genres including folk, blues and hip hop (Monday, Benaroya) …

Indie rockers Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band will play with guest Jenny Lewis (Sunday, Showbox Market) … English singer-songwriter Alison Moyet will deliver her pop songs (Wednesday, Moore).

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