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Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog | Rumput | Maria Chavez

Advance tickets $15 available at Steady Sounds, Door tickets $20

Black Iris is excited to be welcoming back the legendary Marc Ribot, this time with his band Ceramic Dog, in lieu of their upcoming record release. Look out for band's much awaited third album and first in five years to be released on April 27, 2018 in US (Northern Spy), Europe (Yellowbird), Japan (P-Vine). Rumput (Richmond) will be opening the night and DJ Maria Chavez will be spinning an afterparty! 

“I got a right to say FUCK YOU!!!” is how the new album from veteran guitarist Marc Ribot’s trio Ceramic Dog starts off, with Ribot howling in anger at corruption, tyranny, life in general, and nothing in particular. Ribot certainly isn’t the only one piling-on, but if you’ve got a serious case of outrage fatigue, Ceramic Dog’s explosive cocktail of balls-to-the-wall abandon, chameleonic disregard for style constraints, political commentary, and absurdist humor is just the shot in the ass you might need. In fact, Ceramic Dog’s new album -- titled YRU Still Here?— directed in equal parts at themselves, the commander in chief, and the listening public -- arrives just in time to remind us that now is a moment when anger is not only necessary, and unavoidable, but also good for house plants .

Rumput (www.rumputband.com) plays keroncong (“kron-tjong”), the string-band music of Indonesia that evolved from the Portuguese’ introduction of Western string instruments to the archipelago beginning in the early sixteenth century. By the mid twentieth century the genre had absorbed influences from a wide range of genres: Indonesian folk traditions, European art song, jazz, Hawaiian music, Bossa nova, Japanese popular music, Central Javanese gamelan, and other forms. In Indonesia, keroncong is typically performed in cafes, on streets, and in homes, but only occasionally on the proscenium stage. It is an informal social music, culturally analogous to old-time bands in the states. You learn it not by taking lessons, but by hanging out. Rumput—which means “grass”—was founded in 2015 by members of Richmond’s Gamelan Raga Kusuma, established in 2007 by Andy McGraw and I Gusti Putu Sudarta.  www.ragakusuma.org.  

Born in Lima, Peru, Maria Chavez is known as an abstract turntablist, sound artist and DJ. Accidents, coincidence and failures are themes that unite her sound sculptures, installations and other works with her solo turntable performance practice. You can catch her abstract turntablism set at the University of Richmond on March 28th, 6pm (before the Marc Ribot show)

Earlier Event: March 27
DJ Accidents (Maria Chavez) Dance Party
Later Event: March 31
Heart of the Ghost w/ CGI Jesus