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Check It Out!: August 22, 2013

Stevie Ray Vaughan and

Double Trouble —

Texas Flood [Legacy Edition]


A shot across the bow of a popular music scene dominated by synth-pop and the emerging sounds of hip-hop, Stevie Ray Vaughan’s 1983 debut resurrected the notion of the axe-slinging guitar hero. Recorded in two days, Texas Flood was a solid mix of originals and crisp covers. Fresh off being David Bowie’s go-to axe-master on the Thin White Duke’s own smash ’83 outing Let’s Dance, Vaughan and his trio came roaring out of the gates with the self-penned “Love Struck Baby,” a quick shuffle with riffs echoing hints of Chuck Berry and T-Bone Walker. The remaining nine songs found the Texas native paying homage to Buddy Guy (a snappy reading of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”) and Howlin’ Wolf (a rough and rowdy “Tell Me”) when he wasn’t showing off some fleet-fingered riffing on the Isley Brothers’ “Testify” or pouring some emotional playing and singing into the title cut originally performed by fellow Lone Star State bluesman Larry Davis.

Elsewhere, SRV’s originals were just as compelling be it the fast and fluid Lightnin’ Hopkins-inspired workout “Rude Mood” or the languid “Dirty Pool,” with its mix of fat tones, sustained notes and wounded vocal phrasing. It all gets wrapped up in the gentle finale “Lenny,” a jazzy instrumental written as an homage to his wife. The bonus disc on this reissue is a recording of an October 1983 live show at Philadelphia’s Ripley’s Music Hall. Along with a number of songs derived from his recently-released debut album, Vaughan made his obvious affectations for Jimi Hendrix known via spot-on readings of “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” and the “Little Wing/Third Stone From the Sun” medley. It all added up to the proverbial kick in the ass rock and roll needed at that point and time.

August 24


Cheap Trick @ NYCB Theatre @ Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., 8 p.m. $62.50, $49.50.


For nearly four decades, Cheap Trick has been engaged in non-stop touring and creating music that’s influenced a wide range of artists from Guns ‘N Roses and Nirvana to Smashing Pumkins, Weezer and Husker Du. For whatever reason, unquestionable induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has continued to elude the Illinois quartet despite them achieving eligibility in 2002.

Of course the big news in Cheap Trick land is the fact that founding member/drummer Bun E. Carlos and former manager David Frey are suing the remaining members for money owed. Despite all this, the band has continued to be a rock-solid live act that generates more vigor and panache than groups half its age.

August 24 & 25


3rd Annual SUMAQ Peruvian Food Festival@ the Marriott Hotel, 101 James Doolittle Blvd.

11 a.m.-6 p.m. $10. 516-223-5678

While the average layman’s knowledge of Peru may come from The Emperor’s New Groove, the country’s cuisine is far more complex than the plot of the way-funny 2000 animated classic. Seasoned and newbie foodies alike will get to try this gentle blend of ancient Incan cooking practices and immigrant traditions from Spain, Africa, China and Japan at this locally held annual food festival.

SUMAQ means “delicious” in the indigenous language of Quechua and given the array of top Peruvian chefs who’ll be giving cooking demonstrations, there’s more than enough opportunity to see if reality matches the ambitious moniker this event bears. A mixture of ethnic & contemporary Peruvian foods including seafood, grilled meats and desserts (Chancho al Palo, Chancho al Cilindro, Tamales, Carapulcra, Pachamanca, Ceviches, Tiraditos, Anticuchos, Picarones, Alfajores, Chicha Morada and much more) will be available to try. There will also be live Peruvian musical performances, a Quinoa market and an array of artisans will also be featured.

Best of all, proceeds will go towards the building of the Huañambra Town House. Huañambra is located in the Province of Celendín, of the Cajamarca Region in Perú. Celendín is one of the poorest communities of Perú, with a population of 20,000 inhabitants and an annual income of $1,540 per capital. This tourism project will benefit the community of Huañambra by generating more jobs and improving the living conditions of its residents.

August 25


Rufus Wainwright @ Stephen Talkhouse, 61 Main St. 7 p.m. $100, $85.


No one can ever accuse Rufus Wainwright of lacking ambition. In recent years, he’s gone from reprising Judy Garland’s landmark 1961 concert via Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall to most recently composing and staging the French-sung Prima Donna, Wainwright’s first attempt at composing an opera. His recently-released record, last year’s Out of the Game was produced by Mark Ronson and finds Wainwright delving into  glam-rock influences David Bowie, Queen and Elton John with help from Sean Lennon, Wklco and sister Martha.

August 27


Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo @ The Paramount, 370 New York Ave. 8 p.m.

$89.50, $79.50, $69.50, $59.50, $45, $39.50.


Was there ever a more underappreciated talent to come out of Long Island? Yeah, Pat Benatar sold scads of albums and was a regular presence on MTV in the early to mid-‘80s, but did she ever get the kind of critical props for someone who blazed a trail for women in rock? Nowadays more about playing live than recording, Benatar and husband/creative partner Neil Giraldo are swinging through for one of their annual hometown gigs.

August 29


Southside Johnny & The Poor Fools @ Stephen Talkhouse, 61 Main St.

8 p.m. $85, $70. 631-267-3117

As much a fixture of the Jersey bar-band scene as longtime buddy Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny is one of those artists who always seems to be locally playing one place or another throughout the calendar year. This of course makes Southside Johnny and his Asbury Jukes one of the music industry’s tightest live acts highlighted by the fact that this crew has a deep and extensive canon to pull from. With rumors of both plugged-in and acoustic albums in the works, expect a few surprises.