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Jun. 26th, 2003

11:28 pm - Brodsky Show

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Adam Brodsky with Darrin Drda
Saturday, June 28th @ 8pm
$6-$15 sliding scale at the door ($10 suggested)
http://www.adambrodsky.com
http://www.darrindrda.org

The Channing-Murray (above the Red Herring)
1209 W. Oregon St., Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 344-8820

The final June IMC folk music series show! (But don't worry there'll be more shows in upcoming months. Stay tuned for those.)

I can think of no better person to cap off this great June series than Adam Brodsky. Adam has played more IMC folk shows than any other touring performer. He's been playing IMC folk shows since shortly after the IMC opened. We're his favorite venue in Illinois and his fans come from all over the state to see him in Urbana.

Adam Brodsky plays anti-folk. Anti-folk is more like Woody Guthrie's folk than anything called "folk" that you'll hear. This is stripped down, raw, gritty folk. This is smart intelligent folk. This is dirty folk. Adam says things you've probably thought about but were too embarrased to say. Adam gets in your face and tells it like it is, with a smile, with a snarl, with a sarcastic twist.

Adam's shows are incredibly interactive. By the time you leave you'll know the choruses and punchy in-jokes to several songs. You'll have laughed. You'll probably have been briefly offended. And then you'll have laughed some more.

Adam Brodsky is community.

Imagine putting Woody Guthrie, Dennis Miller, Sam Kinison, Charles Bukowski, and Ani DiFranco in a car together for a month. Adam Brodsky is like that.

Adam sings about the erosion of our civil rights, the dirtiness of hippies, how bad his love life is, and how good it is in his dreams. He sings about love lost and roads traveled. He plays that mean and nasty harmonica/guitar combo that's made every great folkie famous. And we keep coming back for it, for reasons none of us understand.

Adam Brodsky is a fucking genius and a real asshole. And underneath it all he's the nicest guy I've ever met. He's got great friends all over the country. A couple of us even drove out to Philly to see his CD release show last winter. He inspires that kind of craziness.

Adam Brodsky, we're not scared of you. We're coming to your fucking folk show and we're going to clap!

Opening for Adam will be local award-winning songwriter Darrin Drda, long time host of IMC's Cabaret. Darrin writes plain spoken songs about everyday transcendence, love, drugs, numbers, road trips. The good things in life.

Come to four IMC sponsored folk shows and get your fifth one free.

IMC Shows at the Channing-Murray are all ages, non-smoking, and non-alcoholic.

This show co-sponsored by WEFT 90.1 FM.
http://www.weftfm.org

Take our survey and get a free sampler CD for the folk music series.
http://folk.chambana.net

Admission will be on a sliding scale and, space permitting, no one is
turned away for inability to pay.

Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Adam Brodsky - Uncivil Rights

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From:aletheis
Date:June 27th, 2003 01:22 am (UTC)
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ARGH! i want to come to this, but i'm in *England*

:P
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From:zarfmouse
Date:June 27th, 2003 08:01 am (UTC)
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He's going to play a house concert at my place in August as part of the 50 in 50 tour. You could come to that!
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From:marezcharz
Date:June 27th, 2003 03:16 am (UTC)

YOIKS!!!

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"Imagine putting Woody Guthrie, Dennis Miller, Sam Kinison, Charles Bukowski, and Ani DiFranco in a car together for a month. Adam Brodsky is like that. " F-N Yoiks!

I've never listened to Brodsky. The description makes it sound like there should be a dash of Hunter S. Thompson thrown in for the crowning spice.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:June 27th, 2003 08:03 am (UTC)

Re: YOIKS!!!

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Ha! Well Hunter's more in tune with the opener Darrin, I think.

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From:goytoy
Date:June 27th, 2003 08:17 am (UTC)

Re: YOIKS!!!

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Put them all in a van and then don't let them shower for a week.

Seriously, Adam is great. I have seen him at shows w/ hundreds of excited fans (in Philly, from whence he hails) and at a show where it was just me, Neil and a woman sitting at the bar (the first time we saw him in Albany, where he enchanted us and alienated the woman at the bar by dedicating Ballad of a Skank Ho to her.) He rocked the house every time.

Like those lonely guys who used to IM me claimed, he can give it to you any way you want it. He can give it to you smart, and he can give it to you stupid. I vote for the smart, but sometimes the stupid can be pretty darn funny anyway.

And apparently he can make a mean pecan pie.
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From:corvus
Date:June 27th, 2003 04:00 pm (UTC)

yay philly!

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radical. adam brodsky is a superb human being.
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From:kateorama
Date:June 28th, 2003 01:27 am (UTC)

hmmm

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Well, you're obviously taken with the guy (AB), and I've never seen him perform... and the website he has now is not the one I saw the last time I was checking him out (b/c he was playing in Urbana). So what I am about to say is, um, lamely supported and possibly completely ignorant blah blah blah. I just remember that I went to the old website, got irritated about something, and decided not to go to the show. It's not that I don't like music that offends some people -- I like Eminem, I like the RHCP song "I want to party on your pussy" played at very high volumes, whatever. There was just something about sexist bullshit (perhaps gratuitous sexualized images of women that had nothing to do with the man or his music???) masquerading as being "in your face" or "questioning PC dogma" or something...

And as for Darrin Drda, well, he's smart and cute and a nice enough fellow on one level... and I do like his lyrics. Nicely done website too, but it takes too long to load on dialup. But I have, uh, reservations about him too.

Alas. It's not just me being "reverse sexist," I swear! It's funny, though, that the show is two guys that I am unlikely to go out of my way to see in performance. Ever. HOWEVER, I will make an effort to take a listen to a CD or two once I'm back -- the whole online music thing never really changes my mind about anybody.

Let me know when you get Ben Harper and Michael Franti :)
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From:zarfmouse
Date:June 28th, 2003 08:58 am (UTC)

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You've got Adam all wrong, I swear. There's this whole grapevine buzz among a lot of people in this town that Adam is some kind of mysogynist because of someone who walked in on a handful of lyrics and then stormed out and started spreading the word. It's pretty annoying. At his last show 4 people drove in from out of town and three of them were women and the fourth guy had been brought by them to see Adam for the first time. When I saw him in Philly I was amazed at the fact that probably 60% of his crowd and 60% of the musicians honoring him on stage were women. Women (and men) who pay attention to this guy love him.

It's saying something that of the 9 Adam Brodsky fans on Live Journal, 7 of them are women. Brodsky is apparently friends with Erin McKeown and they have long email conversations abuot pornography. Brodsky is really good friends with Chris Chandler and Teddy Goldstein who both spoke high praises about him when they played here. He's even been booked with our local favs The Prince Myshkins. Everytime I run across a traveling musician who knows Adam they without prompting talk about how great he is. I introduced him to Pamela Means and they got along GREAT and he offered her crash space next time she's playing in Philly and they traded info.

I could go on and on about little anecdotes about women and men who after they meet and hang out with Adam are competely comfortable with him and love his work. But I feel kinda silly defending his creds with his list of friends.

I'm taking the other part of your comment to email.
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From:kateorama
Date:June 28th, 2003 01:20 pm (UTC)

more

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Like I said, I don't actually have enough direct info to form a solid opinion. For what it's worth, I was utterly unaware of the grapevine stuff around town, I kinda like being out of that kind of loop anyway. This was just based on one perusal of the webpage, now a distant memory. So I'll keep an open mind and listen to his stuff, or meet him or whatever.

(for the sake of debate but not really important; a rambling set of responses:)

(1) As for women or men liking him and being comfortable with him, without knowing those people personally, I wouldn't know what meaning to draw from it.
(1a) Similarly, I don't vote for women just cuz they have ovaries, I don't vote against men just cuz they are uterine-challenged...

(2) I mean, I listen to Miles Davis and David Crosby and Ray Charles, wife beaters all, and I like their music... I consider myself a feminist, but if someone else used me as their feminist-PC-yardstick, they could get offended, disappointed, whatever. And vice versa.

(3) I get along with lots of sexist and racist people, and probably some "actual" misogynists. In fact, I pride myself on getting along with people whose views differ quite a bit from mine, and on being able to talk reasonably with them about "the issues." But there's a difference between getting along with someone and wanting to support how he markets himself. Given that the old website is gone, and there doesn't seem to be any of (whatever it was) on the new site, maybe that's my answer right there.

Just musing. Important point: I am seldom rigid or dogmatic about my politics [I think rigid and dogmatic thinking is probably the Achilles heel of many activist movements; I find it personally limiting as well.] So my saying "I wonder about this guy" != my refusing to ever explore the possibility that he's cool, or to at least listen to his music.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:June 28th, 2003 01:29 pm (UTC)

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Oh I understand completely. I just have a knee jerk need to defend this guy because I do know him and you do know me but I don't know how to defend him other than to say "hey check out his stuff".

I knew pointing out female fans was a weak argument...but it's there and it's interesting to me. And I tried to give specific names and links in case you recognized any of them.

But yah, I'll just hook you up with a mix CD or something when you get to town and you can try to come to the August show if you're interested.

And he's a special kind of taste. Maybe you'll hate him. I wouldn't be surprised if it went either way.
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