Such is the air of mystery and danger surrounding the leader of
All of which is nearly enough to make you forget that the music he and his band make is actually very good on its own merits, the mind-bending is-this-guy-on-the-level stage antics and public persona aside. I've seen him play a few times now, and every time I'm struck not by the weirdness of his space cowboy shtick but by just how good a show he and his space posse put on.
This should not be read as condemnation of his aesthetic or some plea for Amaker and company to start playing it straight. I love their whole thing, and the style is an integral part of the substance. It's just that I figured I should point out that they actually work as a band, too, not just as a living piece of conceptual art.
They kick off this summer's concert series at the Gilbert Cellars Cave at
Subsequent shows in the series are bluegrass band Chatham County Line on
For more on Amaker and his band, visit www.brentamaker.com.
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