Tonight in non-music events, Davy Rothbart and the FOUND Magazine folks will be gracing the Crocodile to read their latest finds aloud to us, as well as excerpts from the new book, which features celebrity contributions from folks like Chuck D. and Devendra Banhart. So this is tangentially related to music, see? It starts at 8 p.m. and will cost $5.
Patricia De Gorostarzu Mark Pickerel
The Round 49 happens tonight as well at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center; this month, Mark Pickerel, Star Anna and Kwab Copeland are performing, along with poet Jaime Gusman and artists Gary Evans and Jesse Brown. That starts at 8 p.m. (but get there early) and costs $6-10. As always, it's all ages.
Afterward, Mark Pickerel will then be hitting up the Sunset Tavern for a countrified benefit show along with Kasey Anderson, Dexter Street Stompers, Anna Coogan, Mike and Anna-Lisa Notter, Casey Ruff, Zach Harjo and Jeff Fielder. That begins at 9 p.m. and costs $10.
And then there's B-Real, from this week's Short List:B-Real, Bizzy Bone, Bruce ILLest, Jay Barz, DIV, Sadistik at Studio Seven, 8 p.m., $25, all ages
Cypress Hill stands as one of the most important hip-hop groups of the '90s. Powered by lyricist B-Real's pinched-nasal delivery and DJ Muggs' dark, hyperactive production, the L.A.-based foursome fired-up the culture with paeans to bong hits and black comedy riffs about being pushed to kill a man. That they were the country's premiere Latin group only added to their importance--and mystique. Then, in February, nearly 20 years after Cypress Hill emerged on the scene, B-Real released his long-awaited solo debut, Smoke N Mirrors. Featuring guest spots by other West Coast rappers from the same era, including Snoop Dogg and Kurput, the disc finds B-Real cruising down familiar palm tree-lined lanes, from spitting odes to herb to warning of the perils of street life. Conspicuously missing from the disc are his Cypress Hill cohorts, especially DJ Muggs' beats--hard-driving hallucinations that gelled perfectly with B-Rea l's twisted clown falsetto. Guess we'll just have to wait for the upcoming reunion album, set for release sometime this year. KEVIN CAPP