Given that King Cobra 's closing tomorrow, I'd suggest that you all try to make it out to Billy the Fridge's Million Dollar Fantasy Freak


Tonight's Show Suggestions

Given that King Cobra's closing tomorrow, I'd suggest that you all try to make it out to Billy the Fridge's Million Dollar Fantasy Freak Show at the Cobra tonight; the Nite Owls and Grynch are performing, plus Seattle Semi Pro will make an appearance. There's also going to be a Lusty Lady dance-off...AND a donut-eating invitational. It sounds like a hip hop carnival or something. All this for $8!

At Trinity Nightclub tonight, there's going to be an awesome DJ battle featuring Jake One and DJ Nu-Mark (of Jurassic 5), among others. It's called the Red Bull 45s. And best of all, it's free. Here's Kevin Capp on that:

Part DJ competition and part history lesson, the Red Bull 45's pits four jocks against each other spinning only seven-inch 45 rpm records for a max of four minutes at a time. The goal is for each jock to match the beat of the previous performer so that, in theory, the music never dies; rather, the DJs feed off of, and build on, one another's methods. This is no easy task, especially in an era when many DJs rely on programs such as Serato Scratch Live to do most of the heavy-lifting, like matching beats. Set to do battle are Seattle's Supreme La Rock and Jake One, Las Vegas' John Doe, and Spokane's James Pants, with special guest DJ Nu-Mark of Jurassic 5 on-hand to spin, too.

Earth, Sir Richard Bishop, James Blackshaw at Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m., $12

Ready for your guitar-induced hypnosis? The U.K.-based James Blackshaw uses a 12-string Guild to create acoustic music that billows like sheets in the wind. Inspired by the '60s acoustic revolutionaries from the Takoma label (John Fahey, Robbie Basho), Blackshaw's music sounds like a fluttering of quickly plucked notes, but it's also deceptively minimalist and mesmerizingly pretty. But where a Zen calm can be found in the midst of Blackshaw's dazzling flourishes, Earth evoke Zen calm by playing almost nothing. Guitarist Dylan Carlson is proving himself to be a master of evoking Western desolation via his hollow-bodied electric. Like a gloomier Bill Frisell, Carlson plays solitary notes that seem to lift themselves up like ghosts from his fretboard and dissipate into thin air. Rounding out the bill is former Sun City Girl Sir Richard Bishop, who, since about the turn of this century, has been proving himself a master of acoustic idioms. By spending 30 minutes hunched over his instrument, Bishop can take audiences damn near anywhere he pleases--listening to him is like embarking on a kaleidoscopic globe-trot through his multiple styles, languages, and obsessions. BRIAN J BARR

Jeff Lorber, Christian Scott, Kyle Eastwood at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley Thursday through Sunday, 7:30 p.m. every day, 9:30 p.m. every day except Sunday. $28.50, all ages

True, Jeff Lorber is responsible for introducing the world to the Seattle saxophonist who became known as Kenny G. But before the G-ster went solo and began to suffocate instrumental funk with the feather pillow of smooth jazz, Lorber and his Northwest fusion band were making smart, tight, grooving music that even managed to bring out the best in Kenneth Gorelick. In the thirty years since, Lorber has always remained a cut above his G-like brethren on KWJZ. Smooth jazz, the keyboardist told me recently "is one of the few ways an instrumental artist can get their music heard. There's definitely some Muzak stuff. You toss your lot in with that and hope for some of the benefits." Tonight Lorber teams up with a couple younger musicians who are also playing accessible, pulse-driven non-jazz that's got more intelligence than the usual smooth dreck. Christian Scott is a New Orleans-bred trumpeter with a gorgeous tone and deft ideas; Kyle Eastwood (son of Clint) is a bassist who goes for more of a round sound than the usual thumb-popping style. Playing tunes from all three leaders, this quintet should help you forgive Lorber for what he, inadvertently, has wrought. MARK D. FEFER

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