Jimi Hendrix was an absolute supernova. He was born in 1942, lifeless by 1970 and blessed and cursed with an insurmountable stage of fame and artistry that he achieved throughout one flaming 4 yr interval that commenced with the recording and launch of 1967’s Are You Skilled. Hendrix was a harbinger of all issues psychedelic, a participant who pushed the boundaries of what each black and white music may and needs to be. Not solely was he the most effective rock-jazz guitarists and most experimental soloists, however a handy guide a rough dresser boot.
The whole thing of that existence and each different aspect of the person and the parable is all a part of Hendrix in the Fire, a one-night occasion curated by Drugbunny Production’s John Cecil Value and starring native luminaries such because the Useless Milkman’s Rodney Anonymous, underground steel marauders Stinking Lizaveta, Thorazine‘s industrial goth-queen Jo-Ann Rogan, Shawn Kilroy, Brown Sugar’s Jay Medley, Col. Mike Tyler, Melvin BlaqMel, West Philadelphia Orchestra‘s David Fiskin, GhettoSongBird, Rachel Radick, Dena and The Mellowton3s and extra
“This tribute is one performed with love, motion and repair,” says Value, a guitarist recognized for his work in Baptist Preachers. “With Hendrix, you thread one lengthy needle by means of the attention of types starting from funk, jazz and rock noise, jam and the avant-garde.”
That is why Value can embrace jazz saxophonist David Fishkin’s eight-piece Deep Sea Fantasy tackling Hendrix classics resembling “Burning of the Midnight Lamp” and “Purple Haze;” whereas rapper Melvin BlaqMel does hip hop variations of songs related to a few of Hendrix’s time as a session man, taking part in guitar for the Isley Brothers; punk Nameless caterwauls his approach by means of “Manic Despair” and “Little Wing” all on the identical invoice.
“Jimi is the supply of a lot, it is laborious pin down what it means me as a result of the context is so large,” says Shawn Kilroy, one in all Philly’s most eclectic digital artists, who will play with a bunch he calls Chess Queen and focus on a number of hypnotic Hendrix tunes with a couple of twists. “From a guitarist’s standpoint, all of what we find out about electrical guitar has been touched by his over-driven, melodic spirit. From the attitude of band chief, he travels on the identical historic thread as Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Rick James and Prince — full and whole visionaries with talents that modified the course of in style music. From the vantage of pop icon, he’s the quintessential hedonist shaman.”
However this tribute goes past Hendrix and musician. Poet GhettoSongBird, amongst others will look as Hendrix’s function as African American lion and social avatar. “It is usually no accident that this Hendrix occasion takes place the night time earlier than Martin Luther King’s birthday vacation,” says Value. “All that can tie collectively peaceable and non-violent providers in reminiscence of one other black life that mattered; what it meant an American.”
Hendrix within the Hearth, eight:30 p.m., Sunday, The Hearth, 412 West Girard Ave., $10, 215-925-6200, www.thefirephilly.com