Pokey LaFarge

June 15
7 p.m.
Americana, Rock, Singer-Songwriter

“Riot in the Streets” kicks off St. Louis-based Pokey LaFarge’s Manic Revelations with a horn-driven dissection of the incendiary circumstances of suburban Ferguson’s police shooting and subsequent uprising by frustrated residents. The new album’s other revolutionary revelation is the decades-forward shift of LaFarge’s sound from early jazz, old-time country, and blues to ’50s and ’60s pop and soul — particularly the latter, with horn charts swiped from the Asbury Jukes. His reedy voice still drifts among decades, but here it flirts with the Everlys, tempers his soul with a twangy touch, and zeroes in on doo-wop on “Better Man Than Me.” And LaFarge continues to write witty narratives about bad behavior and twisted romance, with additional jabs at chaotic political times in “Silent Movie” (“The truth is a lie”) and the blues-noir escape “Going to the Country.” But just as LaFarge’s soul is laced with sneaky hints of vintage Americana, his ambivalence about the changing world is encapsulated in the line “I will, I will, I will never change”—three wills to one never. Versatile Americana singer/songwriter/fiddler Lillie Mae opens.


Thursday, June 15, 2017 | 7:00pm | $15.00 advance| $18.00door | 18+ | First Avenue | Mainroom

Presented by: 89.3 The Current and City Pages

Pokey LaFarge: Pokey LaFarge tries to make sense of trouble he's seen and trouble he's been in. This is the Great Why of his unending passion for songwriting. Each chord, each riff shades the stories he sets up in his lyrics, always in search of the purest truth within the 10 forlorn, haunting melodies on Manic Revelations. A musician, a storyteller, a narrator of the messy, unkempt American experience…Pokey LaFarge sits, he watches, he writes. Everything that’s worth happening happens in his songs. From the broad social narrative of "Riot In The Streets” to the internal tension of "Must Be A Reason” and "Bad Dreams” to the profound alienation of "Silent Movie,” these Manic Revelations are questions, they are answers, they are an epoch for Pokey LaFarge. 

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