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NUMBER NINE…NUMBER NINE…NUMBER NINE
The Beatles: Rock Band isn’t the only awesome thing happening on 9-9-09. The Trinumeral Music and Arts Festival (www.trinumeral.com) kicks off this Thursday in Deerfields, and it just might be the festival I’ve been most looking forward to. It’s predominantly electronicand DJ-oriented lineup might be a little off-putting to some, but the music will without a doubt be just right for anyone looking to get down in the waning summer days. The top dog this year will be banjo savant B’la Fleck (www.belafleck.com), who is touring with a trio composed of acclaimed classical bassist Edgar Meyer and the world-renowned percussion master Zakir Hussein, but then come the filthy, face-melting beats. DJ/producer trio the Glitch Mob (www. theglitchmob.com) take over the Friday late-night, while arguably the hottest new electronic musician of the last year, Pretty Lights (www. prettylightsmusic.com), is set to play a late set Saturday night. Sun Ra has been dead for 16 years, but his other-worldly jazz collective the Arkestra (www.elrarecords.com) sails on with a Friday night set, led by the mystifying saxophonist Marshall Allen. The Arkestra is more or less Kingpin intact from the days of its originator, with several members holding tenure from the ’50s and ’60s. Had enough? That isn’t even the tip of the iceberg. There’s Brit-funk quartet the New Mastersounds (www. newmastersounds.com), the combined electronic side-project of the Disco Biscuits and Umphrey’s McGee known as Conspirator (www. myspace.com/conspiratorofficial) and M80 Dubstation, the dubstep experiment by the Disco Biscuits’ own Jon Gutwillig. I’m particularly looking forward to sets by rapper Gift of Gab (Blackalicious) and one of my all-time favorite DJs, RJD2 (www.myspace.com/rjd2). Whew. There’s plenty more to do than just listen to music. Aside from Deerfields being a gorgeous locale, there will be yoga, dancing and mer-ka-ba clinics, as well as the Trinumeralympics, where that dog in the trench coat wheezes every time Captain Caveman crashes into a wall. Or not. The festival runs from Sept. 9-13 and tickets are $140, but David Myers of Greensboro won’t be paying a dime, because he won our ticket giveaway last week. Congrats, David.
I BELIEVE IN THE CHURCH OF THE BLUES
Just like Crash Davis once explained to Nuke LaLoosh that the strikeout is a fascist way to retire a batter, so is a good blues solo to the listener. Sure, there’s a rhythm section backing it, but no one pays attention when the guitar really gets cooking. Just like Bull Durham enlightened so many to minor league baseball and Annie Savoy’s curious religious practices, so too will the Bull Durham Blues Festival (www.bulldurhamblues.org) to hammer-ons and pull-offs this Sept. 11 and 12. The festival is now in its 16 th year and has booked a pretty incredible lineup for this year’s two-day event. This year’s headliner is young upstart Trombone Shorty (www.tromboneshorty.com), one of the most charismatic stage presences I’ve ever seen live. Considering his roots in hip hop, he’s a pretty progressive selection for a blues fest to take on, though I may simply be habituated to other, less broadminded events. Also on the bill is guitar wizard Elvin Bishop (www. elvinbishopmusic.com) and the incredible sacred steel group the Lee Boys. Tickets for the weekend are $45 in advance and $55 day of.