Criminally underrated folk group Spirits of the Red City will return to the close-quarters cabaret theater in the Bryant-Lake Bowl for another intimate performance tonight. It's been almost exactly a year since the band last played in town, and it seems appropriate that they schedule their hometown shows during the coldest and quietest times of the year; Spirits of the Red City's reverent folk music is best enjoyed while sitting in stillness and reflection, giving singer Will Garrison's words the space to flourish over the delicate strains of guitar, horns, strings, and harmonies provided by his eight-piece backing band. Though the band can work themselves up to a mighty crescendo, it's their softest moments that are the most riveting, so quiet you can practically hear them sighing in unison behind Garrison's mesmerizing lines of poetry. If you plan on going, be sure to purchase your tickets in advance—the small 150-seat theater is sure to sell out. With the Silent Bell. All ages.
Sat., Jan. 2, 9:30 p.m., 2010