When: Sat., Jan. 28, 8 p.m. 2012
Legendary rockabilly singer Robert Gordon, known as "R.G." to friends and fans, has kept the flame he lit in his childhood burning, despite the coming and going of countless trends in rock 'n' roll. Of course, lots of great players have done that—what sets Gordon apart, aside from his charisma, is the capacity of his dark, wry aesthetic to absorb new developments, which he's demonstrated in everything from his 70s New York punk band Tuff Darts to his collaborations with greats like Link Wray. Low-key but fierce, he's less a revivalist than a reincarnation. Guitarist Chris Spedding has worked with Gordon on and off for decades, and he's a master collaborator—he was here a few months ago backing Bryan Ferry, and he's been heard with Roxy Music, Roy Harper, John Cale, the Sex Pistols, and many others (even the Wombles). He's a savvy and challenging player who's always kept to his own path, never once completely overshadowed by the dramatic personalities out front; this past summer he released a lovely and surprising solo album called Pearls (Repertoire). His collaborations with Gordon are no exception: their 2007 Elvis tribute It's Now or Never (Rykodisc) has the power to show jaded generations just what the big deal was, and neither could have done it alone. —Monica Kendrick The Honeybees and the Reckless Ones open.
Price: $20, $17 in advance.