Something I am very excited about is having the great guitarist, Marc Ribot, at the festival for two days.
The first show will be a solo show at the Fourth Stage on June 24th and the second will be on main stage the following day with Allen Toussaint - an anticipated show with the New Orleans legend, sharing the stage with Ribot, Don Byron and Christian Scott.
Marc Ribot is one of the most sought after guitarist from Avant Garde to jazz to pop for a reason. His knowledge and fluency of countless styles coupled with an intuitive sense to constantly create something new makes him a perfect candidate for everyone that needs the anchor of basic great musicianship but might also want something new in their music: a fresh angle, perhaps an infusion of something on the guttural, more folky side. This everyone would includes: Alison Krauss, Robert Plant, Diana Krall, Elton John, Elvis Costello, John Zorn, McCoy Tyner, Tom Waits, and the list goes on and on. The latter mentioned however - anyone who is familiar with Tom Waits' ability to build an image through his music, would recognize the significance of Marc Ribot being present on five Tom Waits records.
His solo project is a highly anticipated Improv Series event on my calendar and even if you are not a guitarist, this is something worth checking out.
So here is to a great musician, a great guitarist and a great human being. To end things off, here are a couple of great videos:
Marc Ribot Sunday June 24th, 5pm at The Fourth Stage
Allen Toussaint Monday June 25th, 9pm on Main Stage