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Thursday, April 13, 2006 05:19 am

Women rule

This Friday in Springfield, it's "Cool Gal Singer/Songwriter Night"

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Erika Luckett
Friday, April 14, is hereby proclaimed “Cool Gal Singer/Songwriter Night” in the city of Springfield. By whose order? By order of the great architect of the universe, the all-seeing I, and the hair on your great grandmother’s chinny-chin-chin, that’s who. Erika Luckett kicks off Friday’s estrogen extravaganza at 8 p.m. at Robbie’s (after the Craig Russo’s Latin Jazz Project in the regularly scheduled Uptown Friday Night slot). Luckett, an amazing singer and dynamic performer, can really tell a tale and sell a song. Unexpected, her most recent CD, is a wonderful work filled with passionate pieces of longing and learning, interlaced with acoustic guitar pop and Brazilian rhythms. Continuing on with the Night of Awesome Women, Michelle Malone and Anne McCue sing in the round at the Underground City Tavern, starting around 9 p.m. (Garrison Starr, the third singer/songwriter scheduled to perform, got the call to serve as an opening act on tour with Rhett Miller of the Old 97’s and could not pass up that wonderful opportunity. But don’t despair — we’ll do just fine with Malone and McCue covering the singer/songwriter duties.) The list of venues they have played is a veritable catalog of the best clubs in the nation. Last weekend they were at New York City’s Living Room and Boston’s Paradise Lounge. This week they warm up for the UCT show at the Ark in Ann Arbor, the Abbey Pub in Chicago, and Café Montmartre in Madison. Then it’s off to St. Louis for a show at Blueberry Hill, followed by more gigs at famed places in fabulous locations. In other words, we are lucky, very lucky, to get these top-notch acts in our town. So thank your Uncle Louie’s bald spot or the goddess of your choice, count your blessings, and go see the show. The Oohs, performing power pop as only they can, rock Mojo’s on Friday and the Black Dog Bar on Saturday, sans their special guest from last week. John Waite, that talented and well-preserved ’80s pop-rocker, dropped in for the Oohs’ gig at Buster’s last Saturday after his show at the Hoogland and sat in with the band. How cool is that? Pictures are on up the Oohs’ Web site. Congratulations to the Johnny 5 on a year of living dangerously in the land of bands. Help the cool jazz cats celebrate their one-year anniversary at Jazz Central Station on Friday.
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