Last night was a classic case of bad news/good news. The bad news was that Wye Oak had to cancel their show with Lower Dens at The Earl in Atlanta. The good news was that Lower Dens were still playing: with Deerhunter filling the headliner spot. The surprises didn’t end there either.
Scribbled in chalk on the board outside the venue was an opening act called â€œLonnie Holley featuring Ghetto Cross.â€ That turned out to be famed African American visual artist and educator Lonnie Holley accompanied by Bradford Cox (Deerhunter, Atlas Sound) and Cole Alexander (Black Lips). The trio’s set was a wonderful improv jam session consisting of three 15-20 minute-long songs. Cox moved between his guitar & pedals to the drums, Alexander pounded away on his bass, and Holley delivered steady stream-of-consciousness lyrics as he played the keyboard. It was Holley’s passionate, emotional delivery that made it work â€“ no one could take their eyes off of him.
Check out a couple clips from the show after the jump…