The 802 Tour's luxurious experience hits the Walker in March
|Photo by Matt Luem|
To be fair, people these days often mistake pretension for sophistication, and consequently miss out on some quality stuff. This March show is quality stuff. The 802 Tour -- which features Nico Muhly, Sam Amidon, Doveman and Nadia Sirota -- makes for a night of good, clean fun with a class of music to match its luxurious setting. And it will sound more expensive than the actual ticket price (only $22, $18 for Walker members).
Each performer on the bill touts an impressive résumé and an inventory of really beautiful compositions. Doveman -- 25-year-old Mark Bartlett's brainchild -- for example, has played with such demigods as David Byrne, Arto Lindsay and the National. His piano-fueled, "I'm not singing I'm whispering" arrangements take the scenic route to your attention, but if you let them get there, they have a charming staying power to them.
Similarly, Nico Muhly has an Ivy League resume, but his approach has less of a folk scaffolding around it. It's straight-up contemporary classical, and it's some of the best to come around in a generation. It's also got the endorsement of legend Phillip Glass; the two have collaborated on numerous projects.
The 802 will also welcome the 612 with The Laurels String Quartet, a group of local pluckers and bowers who have played behind pretty much all the faces on the Twin Cities' musical Mt. Rushmore -- Dessa, Jeremy Messersmith, Adam Levy, Chris Koza, etc. Here's the Quartet backing up Dessa on a safer Prince cover than, say, "Purple Rain," "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man."
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