Pokey LaFarge Record Release Party
OK, shhhh! Nobody tell Bloomington, Ill., native Pokey LaFarge that it isn’t currently 1934. The pomade-utilizing, suspender-sporting crooner may look like he just stepped out of one of Bonnie and Clyde’s wanted posters, but he was in fact born Andrew Heissler in 1983. His apparent temporal delusion is reinforced even further by his music, which melds prewar Dixieland and continental jazz with Western swing and folk — LaFarge’s old-time warble and pick-and-strum string-band approach have the stamp of greats like Jimmie Rodgers, Django Reinhardt and Daft Punk all over them. (Kidding.) It’s no wonder that Jack White, a fellow booster of all things early 20th century, got behind Pokey — White’s Third Man Records label is releasing LaFarge’s eponymous LP on June 4. Pokey LaFarge, produced by Old Crow Medicine Show’s Ketch Secor, is full of warm string-band arrangements, tight vocal harmonies and — you guessed it — lyrics about bowlegged women, the mighty Mississippi and sidewalks so hot you can fry an egg on ’em. Longtime gigging Nashvillian and fellow roots-booster Paul Burch will open tonight’s show.
Sat, Jun 1 | 7:00 PM
Third Man Records