They're Looking at Joni from All Sides Now

by Mary Huhn
New York Post
March 18, 2003

TAKE a big yellow taxi to the Upper West Side Saturday for "Wall to Wall Joni Mitchell," a marathon celebrating the '60s songwriter/songbird.

This 33rd annual "Wall to Wall" event, which has paid tribute to Kurt Weill, Miles Davis and others, runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway; [212] 864-1414, ext. 403). Over 100 performers are slated to appear, including Laurie Anderson, Joan Osborne and the Mingus Big Band. It's free, but entry is first-come, first-served.

THURSDAY: Luna is a band for all seasons. And frontman-about-town Dean Wareham is the perfect crooner to lead the hazy transition from winter to spring. Performing tunes such as "Black Champagne" from its latest - the magnificent "Romantica" album - and old faves like "Bonnie and Clyde," the illustrious New York-based indie act plays the Knitting Factory (74 Leonard St.; [212] 219-3055) Thursday and Friday.

TV Smith, the frontman for '70s Brit punk band the Adverts - which had singles "Gary Gilmore's Eyes" and "One Chord Wonders" - shares the bill with gypsy punk orchestra World/Inferno Friendship Society on Thursday at Maxwell's (1039 Washington Ave., Hoboken, N.J.; [201] 653-1703]) and Saturday at Tribeca (16 Warren St.; [212] 766-1070). Smith's also at Manitoba's (99 Ave. B; [212] 982-2511) Monday, with Bonfire Madigan and Jayne County.

FRIDAY: Whether they know it or not, today's post post-punk bands are influenced by Television, the truly legendary '70s proto-punk band with groundbreaking guitarists Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd.

The New York group was wildly successful in Britain, but didn't hit charts here. It broke up in 1977, briefly reunited in 1991 and is back again, offering a trip to "Marquee Moon," at Irving Plaza (17 Irving Pl.; [212] 777-6800) Friday and Saturday.

SATURDAY: Tucson's Calexico blends elements of jazz, surf music, country, melodic pop, spaghetti Western soundtrack and mariachi into its eclectic sound. Formed in 1996 by Joey Burns (on vocals, guitar and moogerfooger) and John Convertino, this music collective's newest album, "Feast of Wire," features a number of guest musicians on a huge variety of instruments (synths, accordion, pedal steel, trumpets). The six-piece collective will perform at the Bowery Ballroom (6 Delancey St.; [212] 533-2111). Nina Nastasia opens.

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