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Mike Baggetta-Mike Watt-Stephen Hodges Trio

March 28, 2019

Please join us for a performance by a truly one-of-a-kind trio led by guitarist Mike Baggetta and featuring drummer Stephen Hodges and punk legend Mike Watt.

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 they create together is utterly unclassifiable; calling it post-genre-improv-jazz-rock may come close, but still doesn’t even begin to touch on the wild electric textures Baggetta’s guitar alone brings to the table.

“NY 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

“Mike Baggetta makes stealthy, mysterious music…he’s trying to do something personal with collective improvisation without ever getting in the way of beauty.”
—Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

This show celebrates the release of Baggetta’s new album, “Wall of Flowers” (Big Ego), featuring 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, Eivind Opsvik, George Schuller, and RJ Miller. 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, Ches Smith, Tyshawn Sorey, Psychic Temple, Jon Irabagon, David Wax Museum, Tom Harrell, and Ruth Brown among many others.

Thursday, March 28


  • Performance

Program Info

$18 General Admission
21 & Over


  • Mike Baggetta – guitar
  • Mike Watt – bass
  • Stephen Hodges – drums


Johnny Brenda’s
Philadelphia, PA

Related Media

Mike Baggetta, Jim Keltner, and Mike Watt recording “Hospital Song,” from Wall of Flowers, 2019, BIG EGO Records. (YouTube)