Last exit to Strangeville
Bizarre. Dance. Finland. We knew we were in for an evening of surprises and twisted revelry at the Prom Night/Mattoid/Jeff
show at Exit/In last Thursday, but it still managed to exceed our already lofty expectations. The two-piece Jeff took the stage first, oscillating between wild rock mayhem and samples of ’80s dance tunes. Next, the caped crusader known as The Mattoid took over, bringing a hefty dose of quirky, drunk Finnish rock ’n’ roll. The band have evolved into an eight-piece rock circus, complete with a member whose sole purpose was to play with windup toys onstage. Prom Night went on last and, despite some keyboard mishaps, threw the dance rock right in our faces with their odd but thoroughly entertaining brand of scream-ridden techno-punk. Ever so thoughtful about the hydration of their fans, they proceeded to sling full bottles of water over the crowd of mostly high-schoolers. For a grand finale, they got half the crowd up onstage for a huge dance party. It was one of the strangest shows we’ve seen in quite a while, and that’s a good thing.
Now living in California, vocalist Rebecca Stout
will reunite for one show on Jan. 6 with Oscar Rice
, her bandmate in the popular 1980s Nashville folk-rock group The Shakers
. They’ll play songs from their new Hendersonville Song Company
collaboration at Spin, 918 Main St. The Lost Octobers
(featuring members of the Secret Commonwealth) and Uncle Don Clark
Benefits for Kenny
If you go to the Exit/In much, you surely know door-guy/bouncer/diplomat Kenny Highers
, who’s taken tickets, broken up fights and patiently handled obnoxious customers for many years. Kenny severely broke his leg during a diabetic seizure recently and has undergone multiple surgeries. He’s looking at two years of rehab, not to mention piles of medical bills, and to help ease the burden, Exit/In hosts four nights of benefit shows, Jan. 3-6. Bands include Bang Bang Bang, Trent Summar & the New Row Mob, Stack Magic, Slack, The Katies, Hopsing Project, Corleone
and more. Check www.exitin.com
for details. There is no cover charge—just donate as
much as you can. Donations can also be made to the Special Funds
Account for Kenny Higher at any area Regions Bank.