This is going to be a busy week, but just about everything that will be happening has already been previewed. Most important is that the fourteenth Annual Outsound New Music Summit gets under way tonight with a Creative Music Media event, which will be followed by a series of concerts lasting until this Saturday night. In addition, the coming long weekend will be devoted to three preview performances of Pamela Z’s latest major project, Memory Trace. Finally, the Center for New Music will wrap up the month with the latest sfSoundSalonSeries concert taking place on Tuesday.
On the other hand next Monday will be the first Monday of a new month, meaning that it will be time for the next Make Out First Mondays concert at the Make Out Room. As usual, this will be a three-set evening of cutting-edge jazz improvisation with the first set beginning at 8:30 p.m. That opening set will be a solo gig by Moe! Staiano of improvisations he describes as “incendiary percussion hysterics.” Staiano will be followed by virtuoso free jazz improvisations performed by the Shattered trio, led by Marco Eneidi on alto saxophone, playing along with Lisa Mezzacappa on bass and Vijay Anderson. Finally, Will Redmond will alternative his explosive guitar style with performances on kalimba, playing with the group he formed and called the Transcontinental Blow-Up Telethon. The other players consist of Eli Wallace on keyboards and three (count them, as P. T. Barnum would say) percussionists: Rob Pumpelly, Robert Lopez, and Bob LaDue.
This concert will take place next Monday, August 3; and the house opens at 8 p.m. Make Out First Mondays concerts are free, but only those 21 or older will be admitted. The bar will be open for service for the duration of the entire concert. Donations will be collected; and, since they are strictly for the performers, they are strongly encouraged. The Make Out Room is located in the Mission at 3225 22nd Street, just west of Mission Street.
Somewhat on the threshold of the bleeding edge, Fanna-Fi-Allah is currently on a tour that will take them to the Great American Music Hall for a performance arranged by Slim’s Presents. This group performs Sufi qawwali music worldwide. This is highly devotional music characterized by rich rhythmic grooves, soaring vocal melodies, and the bright intensity and spontaneity of live performance. Key members of the group have spent over twenty years in dedicated study with the master of this art form in both Pakistan and India, and they have been giving world tours for the past fifteen years.
This concert will take place at the Great American Music Hall on Saturday, August 1. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show begins at 9 p.m. General admission will be $25 if paid in advance and $30 if paid at the door. There is also a $49.95 fee that covers both dinner and admission. Tickets may be purchased in advance from an Eventbrite event page. The Great American Music Hall is an all-ages (six and above) venue, located at 859 O’Farrell Street, on the south side of the street between Polk Street and Larkin Street.