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42 | JANUARY 18, 2018
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1.18 MICHAEL DALLIN
1.22 OPEN BLUES & MORE JAM
1.24 DYLAN ROE
1.25 CLUSTER PLUCK
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Wooten reveals he was born into his family’s band. They needed a bass player, so that’s how he started on the path—at age 2—to becoming one of the instrument’s foremost virtuosos, with more than a half-century of experience. He goes on to posit music as tantamount and paramount to spoken languages. In music, theory is grammar, technique is usage and immersive practice is the key to fluency. Unlike spoken languages, music is universal. It has accents and dialects, but where words sometimes fail us, chords or notes imbued with pure emotion can be a purer and more reliable form of communication. And the learning curve isn’t as steep as some folks—who feel they can’t access this sonic language for lack of innate ability—might think. Babies learn language by listening to fluent speakers, so Wooten reasons that musical neophytes shouldn’t fear playing with more experienced players. There’s more to the talk than that, and it’s well worth watching (see YouTube), much like Wooten himself. His imaginative and mindful approach to music speaks volumes, whether it’s with his hip-hop/funk/R&B famband (The Wootens), a far-out spacegrass group (Béla Fleck & the Flecktones), a threeheaded bass-hero hydra (SMV with Stanley Clarke and Marcus Miller) or his trio with drummer Dennis Chambers (Parliament/ Funkadelic, Steely Dan) and saxophonist Bob Franceschini (Willie Colón, Paul Simon). The music-as-a-language concept gets even deeper on their new platter Tripnotyx (Vix), a trippy-hypnotic prog-jazz joint featuring a cameo by actor/comedian Michael Winslow, the guy who makes the funny noises the in Police Academy films. Alas, he’s not on the tour. (RH) The State Room, 638 S.
State, 8 p.m., sold out (check lyte.com for tickets), 21+, thestateroomslc.com
TUESDAY 1/23 Big Boi, The Cool Kids
Best known as one-half of the extremely dope hip-hop duo Outkast, Big Boi has a hitand-miss history outside of working with Andre 3000. He’s always been perceived as less lyrically nimble than the flamboyantly creative Andre, or a solid anchor for a visionary space cadet. His debut solo record Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty (2010), however, reinforced that he’s got a musical vision all his own and is a master of subtle, syncopated flows. But his follow-up record Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors (2012) was a misfire, despite (or because of?) its extensive list of name-brand guests like Phantogram and Wavves. He’s not quite in top form on last year’s Boomiverse (Epic), but remains refreshingly indifferent to the trends of modern commercial rap. Big Boi is rolling through town on his Daddy Fat Saxxx Tour (subtitled “Sack 2!”) and you can expect classic Outkast hits as well as solo gems. His special guests on the tour are reunited alternative hip-hop/hipster-hop duo The Cool Kids, who broke up after their 2011 LP When Fish Ride Bicycles. They insisted only two years ago that they would reunite when swine flew, but their new album Special Edition Grandmaster Deluxe (Propelr/Cake) dropped last year. (HH) Park City Live, 427 Main, 8 p.m. (doors), $35$60, 21+, parkcitylive.net
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