Madi Diaz, Gabby Young & Other Animals, Keegan DeWitt
The grand revelation in this Entry threesome may be Gabby Young (pictured), a charismatic, flamboyantly garbed English singer-songwriter with flaming-red hair, a classically trained voice, and clever songs that take on the world with a whimsical sense of bemused horror. Her band, Other Animals, comes on like some raucous cabaret act that escaped from a surreal Eastern European circus, conjuring a heady mix of Hot Club jazz, swinging London via the Balkans horns, eccentric folk, and theatrical pop, plus hints of vaudeville, New Orleans, blues, Cab Calloway, and enough unexpected twists to defy any roadmap. It's all delightfully captured on We're All in This Together, their first album with any distribution deal. Only two Animals will be along here (guitarist Paul Whalley and drummer Adam Lucas), with other Other horns recruited locally. Pennsylvania native, Nashville-based Madi Diaz and her musical partner, guitarist Kyle Ryan, play folk-underpinned pop tending toward Buckingham-Nicks-era Fleetwood Mac. Keegan DeWitt also falls in with the indie-pop-folk crowd, but with some rock and country elements. He's also scored such indie films as Dance Party USA and Quiet City. (Photo by Leonora Saunders)
Thu., Sept. 1, 8 p.m., 2011
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