Tonight, we'd like to turn your attention to The Basement and Chubby and the Dots. The band features Jordan and Eric Lehning up front, Eli Beard and Joey Andrews in the rhythm section, and a host of other front and side-men who've contributed to Music City's indie scene in the past decade. That's all well and good — they're great pop players who can turn their hand to just about anything. But the music is what it's all about: an entire night saluting one of the founding fathers of soul, Mr. Sam Cooke. I could go on all day about how Cooke (and Ray Charles, and others) changed the face of pop music, forever and for the better, by shepherding the raucous joy of gospel into mainstream. It's the art of balancing garage-punk energy and professional polish.
Instead, I'll leave you with this: I have over a hundred hours of Phish bootlegs, but Sam Cooke's One Night Stand: Live at The Harlem Square Club, recorded 50 years ago this past January, is by far my favorite live album. Recorded in a small club with a predominantly black audience, and burning in a way only hinted at on At the Copa, it's a prime example of what soul should be. Tons of great groups are aiming for the standard set by this record, but we'll take any excuse to bask in the glory of that sound.
The show kicks off at 9 p.m., and cover is $5.