Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The End of the Dial Tone Radical Experimental Collaborative Music Band Band (Growler's Pub, 2831 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. $5, 21+.)
John Lichtenstein can't stop. He's addicted to the shindig known as "The End of the Dial Tone" for short. If you haven't heard, once or twice a month Lichtenstein calls up a dozen or more of local musicians and artists, gathers them together in a venue with their instruments, microphones, easels and inks, and whips them into a frenzy of live noise and art. There are no rehearsals, no prior discussions --- just a jam of the freest form, its dynamics ranging from groovy to deafening to sublime.
A great proponent of spectacle, Lichtenstein's promotional work alludes to the appearance of a flaming piano at this installment of the Dial Tone. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately, if you're the pub proprietors), to date the right candidate for immolation has not been procured. Never fear, however; Lichtenstein always has a backup plan. Usually a top-secret one.
The line-up of definite appearances is laden with drums and bass this time around, including Mike Murphy (Cats in the Basement), Mark Etherington (set and setting), Damon Owens (Tosspot) and Lichtenstein himself, of course. Local artists Van Jazmin, April Doner, Darcy Little and Eric de Barros will be on hand to visually document the evening.