A folk icon of the first order, Ramblin' Jack Elliott may be the last of the Brooklyn cowboys, and he's certainly the most enduring one. Fascinated with cowboy culture, teenage Elliot Adnopoz famously ran away from his Brooklyn home to join the rodeo. Soon retrieved by his parents, he had already acquired a taste for an itinerant lifestyle and the traditional songs that go along with it. Elliott met Woody Guthrie at a picking session, and the pair became frequent traveling companions through the '50s. Elliott became a key interpreter of Guthrie's songs and strongly influenced generations of folk singers and musicians, most notably Bob Dylan. Now in his late 70s, Elliott remains an indelible character and storyteller and a superb renderer of diverse material. He won a Grammy for last year's A Stranger Here (Anti-), a collection of knockout versions of country blues Elliott tackled at the suggestion of producer extraordinaire Joe Henry. This performance, Elliott's first locally in some years, will begin with a tribute to Elliott in the form of stories and poems from the Rolling Patches Revue, consisting of a slew of local musicians, including Slim Dunlap, Dan Israel, Terry Walsh, Jim Walsh, James Loney, Gene Lafond, and many more. Sounds similar to last month's Al Kooper tribute, and promises to be just as memorable.
Sat., June 19, 7 p.m., 2010