Thursday, April 2
$15 General Admission
416 Green Street
- Mike Baggetta – guitar
- Mike Watt – bass
- Stephen Hodges – drums
Please join us for a performance by the explosive trio mssv (Main Steam Stop Valve) led by guitarist Mike Baggetta, teaming him with drummer Stephen Hodges and punk legend Mike Watt for a window-rattling obliteration of the walls between jazz and rock. This performance celebrates the release of Live Flowers (Striped Light Records), which documents last year’s legendary Ars Nova-produced performance at Johnny Brenda’s.
New York guitarist Mike Baggetta has it all, from swinging modern-bop chops that flow like John Abercrombie to whammy-bar, pedal-steel licks influenced by his first guitar hero, David Torn. In this raucous new trio he’s joined by drummer Stephen Hodges (Tom Waits, Mavis Staples, David Lynch) and Minutemen bassist Mike Watt, whose wide-ranging career also spans work with Iggy Pop and the Stooges and fIREHOSE. The music this trio creates together is utterly unclassifiable: calling it “post-genre-improv-jazz-rock” may come close, but that still doesn’t even begin to touch on the wild electric textures Baggetta’s guitar alone brings to the table.
“Guitar poet Mike Baggetta’s new recording with his potent trio veers daringly and compellingly from patient, elegiac freedom to searing, oozing sludge rock without the slightest hesitation or apology. One cannot resist its myriad charms. Cool!”
—Nels Cline (Wilco)
“Mike Baggetta makes stealthy, mysterious music … he’s trying to do something personal with collective improvisation without ever getting in the way of beauty.”
—The New York Times
This band came together on a tour celebrating the release of Baggetta’s latest album, Wall of Flowers (Big Ego), which featured Watt and legendary drummer Jim Keltner. His last four albums as a leader have been released on the Fresh Sound New Talent label and have featured working bands including Jerome Harris, Billy Mintz, Jason Rigby, and others. Baggetta also co-leads the new music duo TIN/BAG with trumpeter Kris Tiner and has worked with a wide array of visionary musicians including Donny McCaslin, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Tim Berne, Craig Taborn, Tyshawn Sorey, Psychic Temple, Jon Irabagon, David Wax Museum, Tom Harrell, and Ruth Brown, among many others.