The Association for Visual Arts and the Shaking Ray Levi Society will host Davey Williams with guests Evan Lipson and Bob Stagner on Friday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door, $8 for ages 25 and under.
The concert is at AVA, 30 Frazier Ave.
Review for Davey Williams:
Davey Williams is one of the most unique musical figures to have ever come from the state of Alabama. Considered one of the “three founding fathers of American free improvisational guitar” (along with Henry Kaiser and Eugene Chadbourne), he is the only person to ever successfully - and honestly - bridge the gap between the disparate worlds of Robert Johnson and Sun Ra.
As a 19-year-old protégé of the late Delta and Chicago blues master Johnny Shines (a protégé of Robert Johnson and Howlin’ Wolf), Davey mastered the slide steel stylings of his teacher and expounded on the form by taking the blues in directions few knew it could go or dare try. Dubbing his style “convulsive blues,” he has quietly blown minds around the world through his unique deployment of old-school form and new school technique.
At this appearance, Williams will perform on electric guitar and read from his humorous and enlightening book Solo Gig: Essential Curiosities in Musical Free Improvisation. Williams will then be joined by bassist Evan Lipson (Wrest, Normal Love) and percussionist Bob Stagner (The Shaking Ray Levis) for a trio set.