In what is shaping up to be a remarkable night of collaboration, the Honeydogs' Adam Levy and Heiruspecs' deVon Gray have teamed up with event coordinator Lily Troia and the Southern Theater to launch a unique new series called "The Southern Songbook." Much as the name suggests, the goal of the series is to mine the vintage and oft-overlooked classics of the Great American Songbook and present them amid chatter with local musicians of every stripe. "Instead of creating some kind of corny tribute show, we wanted to get artists talking about their own creative processes, what they know about the masters who wrote this stuff, why the tradition disappeared largely, but also how the Great American Songbook resonates in their own work," Levy writes. The first installment of the series (which will repeat every few months at the Southern) will focus on interpretations of American jazz standards and will feature performances by Mayda (pictured), Ill Chemistry, Omaur Bliss, Toki Wright, Janey Winterbauer, Ashleigh Still, and Bethany Larson. Heiruspecs will hold it down all night as the house band, and DJ Jake Rudh will co-host along with Levy.
Sun., Nov. 14, 7 p.m., 2010