Arts Desk

January 23: Junior League Band at the Black Cat

Just heard that Junior League Band's playing with Hoots & Hellmouth tomorrow night at the Black Cat. Mr. Zebulon Bowles, a rootsy chap from Atlanta, will join the band on (ahem) second fiddle. All of it sounds promising.

Here's what we said before the last JLB concert:

Junior League Band has forged something rare among city-living ruralists: an authenticity that sidesteps revivalism. While founder/frontwoman Lissy Rosemont has a little Allison Krauss thing going on, Union Station this ain’t—the bass lines are fleshier, the humor richer, and the lyrics unapologetically intimate. The band is touring behind its 2008 self-release, Mitchell Williams Fo’ Govena, which ditches some of the pop on 2007’s Oh Dear! in favor of a more straightforward string-band approach. Don’t go looking for hoedowns just yet, though: Dulcet tracks like “Kiss You in the Morning” and the night-permeated “Smokies” do little to elevate the heart rate. Rosemont’s central confession is what captivates: That as much as she might like to quit the big city for the Appalachian circuit, she knows urban escape is no longer possible.

Deets below the jump:

Doors at 9; JLB 11-ish.

Junior League Band, Hoots & Hellmouth, and O'Tasty
Friday. 1/23 at 9 p.m.
The Black Cat
1811 14 St. NW
$10 advance/$12 the door.

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