Pokey LaFarge at Cavalier Theater
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Pokey LaFarge grew up around St Louis, and at 17 set off to hitch hike cross the country busking on the streets. He and his band are artfully dodgy ambassadors for old-time music, presenting and representing the glories of hot swing, early jazz and ragtime blues who have made riverboat chic cool again. His music evokes the old-timey spirit of a thousand crackling 78 RPM records, and even when you encounter him face to face, he seems to gaze at you out of a dusty archival photo. Maybe the effect wouldn't be so jarring if LaFarge's music felt inauthentic in some unsettling way. But his albums never feel like cheap exercises in nostalgia, in part because LaFarge directs his old-fashioned sensibilities in the service of sharp, infectious new material. It feels strange to listen to his work on a CD, but his songs aren't stiffly posed wax-museum sculptures. Their energy makes them feel new and alive. Pokey has released 8 albums, two of which have been awarded The Independent Music Awards for Best Americana Album, and Jack White produced an EP in 2011, followed by signing Pokey to his label Third Man Records to release a full length album and invited him to open for him on tour as well as back him on a song for his album. His last two albums have been released on Rounder Records, his most recent last year "Manic Revelations".
Doors 7:00/Music 8:00
$20 adv/$25 DOS