Bill Frisell, Buddy Miller and Marc Ribot all are well-known to fans of the electric guitar, but just what will happen when they share a stage is anyone's guess. You can be pretty sure, though, that it won't be a night of finger-blistering one-upmanship, since the three are consummate sidemen as well as master soloists. Even on their own recordings, it's hard to find instrumental grandstanding--the relevant reaction is usually less "how did he do that?" than "how did he think of that?"
But these are not musicians you would casually plunk onto the same bill, which is just what makes Wednesday's concert so intriguing. The three are convening for a Nashville recording project, and their Belcourt show will give a first taste of the new collaboration.
Ribot's probably my favorite musketeer here (nothing against the other two), but the real question is: Will it be greater than the sum of its parts? Here are, uh, some of its parts: