Pianist Bradley Moore in concert

Bradley Moore

Bradley Moore

AASU’s Dept. of Art, Music & Theater gets their yearly schedule of public events off to a rousing start with this solo guest recital by a highly acclaimed pianist whose current main gig is as assistant conductor, vocal coach and featured pianist with the Metropolitan Opera! To say this fellow’s resumé is impressive would be a supreme understatement.

Moore has accompanied many of the world’s greatest singers, such as Placido Domingo. He recently appeared on the popular NPR show A Prairie Home Companion alongside vocalist Renee Fleming and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. He’s also performed publicly with violinist Joshua Bell (including on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts and the CBS Saturday Morning News), and he’ll soon play Carnegie Hall.

As if that weren’t enough, he’s also worked as an Assistant Conductor for the Los Angeles Opera and the Opéra National de Paris. So, um, yeah, he’s an ivory-tickling baddass.

For this rare local appearance he’ll throw down Mozart’s Sonata in F, KV 533/494 (which is said to be notably “sophisticated”), Hindemith’s “expressive” 1936 Piano Sonata No. 3, and Schumann’s “romantically inspirational” DavidsbÜndlertÄnze, opus 6. $6 tickets at the door or in advance at 344-2801 or finearts.armstrong.edu/tickets.html. Sun., 3 pm, Messiah Lutheran Church (1 Westridge Rd.) - ALL-AGES.

Blacktusk, ASG, Unnamed

Brutal Savannah metal band Blacktusk has been busy writing new songs, and in addition to a new full-length album, they'll soon appear on three different vinyl compilations, as well as play a showcase set at the influential industry festival South by Southwest in Austin. This will be their first hometown show since June, and as such will feature plenty of unheard material.

Both the N.C.-based modern punk and metal act ASG (who’ve been on a few Warped Tours) and the rising local “improv-heavy stoner-rock” trio Unnamed have gigged with them in the past, so this should be a comfortable (if cathartic) night of loud, bombastic riff-rock. Listen & Learn: myspace.com/blacktusk, myspace.com/asgmusic. Fri., 10 pm, The Jinx.

Jepson Live: Jeff & Vida & Friends ***

The internationally-praised acoustic duo of Jeff Burke and Vida Wakeman honed their chops in the Big Easy before relocating to Nashvegas and getting noticed by major press outlets like the New York Times. They instantly jump-started a loyal following here a few years back, and their occasional local gigs are always cause for celebration among fans of roots-country, retro-folk and Appalachian-style bluegrass.

Their infectious energy, spit-shined originals (which rest comfortably alongside time-honored traditionals and standards) and unpretentious attitude towards music-making is about as perfect a combination as you’re likely to find. Anyone who digs sawdust and chrome vocal harmonies, wicked-fast mandolin/guitar rave-ups and evocative, ‘50s-era rock and roll lyricism will appreciate their show.


Check out this wonderful, fan-shot clip of Jeff & Vida explaining a performing one of their most popular songs, "Road to Abilene":


For this special gig in the spacious atrium of this modern art museum, they’ll be joined by two of the area’s top players, violinist Ricardo Ochoa (of the Roger Moss Quintet and the SMF) and standup bassist George Scheck (previously with Johnny Winter, among others). All galleries will be open during the concert. $10 at the door or free to museum members. Listen & Learn: jeffandvida.com, telfair.org. Fri., 5 pm, Jepson Center for Contemporary Art - ALL-AGES.

The John Jorgenson Quintet ***

Arguably the most acclaimed modern-day gypsy-jazz guitarist currently touring internationally, this dazzlingly dextrous and inventive multi-instrumentalist (he also blows a mean clarinet) is as versatile as they come. Previously a member of the over-the-top electric instrumental rock combo The Hellecasters, as well as Elton John's group and Chris Hillman's Desert Rose Band, Jorgenson puts this high-energy, hard-swinging group of lightning-fast improvisers through their paces.


Here's a pro-shot clip of John and the last lineup of his Quintet live in concert a couple of years back:


He’s played the Montreux Jazz Fest and packed out the SMF, but he loves to visit this tiny, 100-seat smoke and alcohol-free listening room on the Westside. Truly a world-class group and a guaranteed blast that has my highest possible recommendation. Listen & Learn: johnjorgenson.com, randywoodguitars.com. $30 in adv. or at the door. Sun., 7 pm, Randy Wood’s Concert Hall (1304 E. Hwy 80, Bloomingdale) - ALL-AGES.

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