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Lumber Night IV Recommended Member Picks Soundboard

When: Wed., July 11, 9:30 p.m. 2012

"Low End Theories," the cover story in the latest issue of the Wire, celebrates bass sound in all its manifestations, from the prehistoric resonance of hollowed-out tree trunks to the outrageously pitched-down syrup binges of DJ Screw. But the Hideout beat the magazine to the punch with Lumber Night, its own celebration of bass: first in 2007 and then once a year since 2010, a quartet has convened there to celebrate the double bass. Big, boxy, and unabashedly pre-Edisonian, it's nonetheless a marvelously flexible instrument, and though the four musicians playing tonight are all rooted in jazz, each brings other elements to the party. Harrison Bankhead provides classical delicacy and shades of rootsy blues; Kent Kessler, pure-sound abstraction; Nate McBride, rock energy and pinpoint precision; and Joshua Abrams, a connection to the trance element that underlies genres as diverse as Moroccan ceremonial music and hip-hop. —Bill Meyer

Price: $7

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