Poor Man's Whiskey: Darkside Shows This Week


PMW by Josh Miller
Northern California gem Poor Man's Whiskey embark on a handful of special dates this week in Seattle, Portland and Bend, OR, where they will showcase their inspired interpretation of the classic Dark Side of the Moon album, given hickory smoke and twisted twang in their Dark Side of the Moonshine.

Released earlier this year in studio form, along with an entirely winning disc of original material, Moonshine is a brave, entertaining experiment that works both to twang up the beloved '70s epic and to highlight the broad reaches of a group once considered a pure string band. In the liner notes, JamBase Associate Editor Dennis Cook says, "Their thoughtful mingling of flavors and focused craftsmanship allows them to spin Pink Floyd's disenchanted bong hit masterpiece atop their fingers Harlem Globetrotter style…Instilling the shadows with honey harmonies, fusion-y fiddle, and innumerable other cool touches, they show respect and boldness in their interpretation, giving us new corridors to explore where once we were certain we knew the terrain by heart."

Further dipping into pop culture tradition, PMW will perform the piece with a Wizard of Oz accent (do yourselves a favor and check out these lunatics in costume here). The Seattle and Portland shows will be full productions including lasers! For a further taste of what these shows may hold check out JamBase's 2008 show review.

Poor Man's Whiskey follows these dates with several sets at Las Tortugas IV – Dance of the Dead, taking place October 29-November 1 in Yosemite, CA.

Darkside Pacific Northwest Dates

Thur – 10/22 – Columbia City Theater – Seattle, WA
Fri – 10/23 – Mt. Tabor Theatre – Portland, OR
Sat – 10/24 – Domino Room – Bend, OR


[Published on: 10/19/09]

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