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When: Sun., Dec. 28 2014

It’s the tenth year for local poet-musician Larry O. Dean’s shindig celebrating the anniversary of the birth of Alex Chilton. And again a slew of local bands will gather to belt out interpretations of songs written or cowritten by the cofounder of cherished Memphis power-pop outfit Big Star and blue-eyed-soul act the Box Tops. The idea began as a lark when Dean realized all of his musician friends not only worshipped Chilton but could cover any number of his tunes at the drop of a hat. It became a true tradition after the idiosyncratic songwriter passed away in 2010. Expect favorites such as “September Gurls” and “When My Baby’s Beside Me” as well as esoteric offerings from Chilton’s spasmodic solo career—songs that range from the charming “I Wish I Could Meet Elvis” to the befuddling “Lost My Job.” There are two exceptions to the parameters: the Replacements song “Alex Chilton” and the Box Tops hit “Cry Like A Baby” are fair game (the latter momentarily propelled Chilton to the ranks of teen idol in 1968). The night’s good fun and a way to remember perhaps the most underrated songwriting talent of our time. As Paul Westerberg famously puts it: “I never travel far / Without a little Big Star.” Performers include the Injured Parties, Certain Stars, Ego & the Soul, Roxy Swain, and the Van Goghs, among many others. —Erin Osmon

Price: $10

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