Of all the jam packed month of April has to offer this show is one of my top picks!
In order to sing their praises effectively we present as our guest blogger for the day Matthew Moyer.
Mr. Quintron and Miss Pussycat have always been ill-served by rockclubs. Their music, their vision, their puppetry is unfairly fenced in by the confines of some smoky bar or don’t-give-a-crap- about-the-art club. It’s like watching Fellini on a iPod, what’s the damn point?
This is why April 8th is going to be a special night. See, Quintron and Pussycat, soul-sci-fi punk subversives par excellence, have been through Jacksonville many times. But never like this. This is thetotal immersion experience. This is the real thing. They’ve got a whole theatre to play with. There’s no escaping to the bar or patio, when you’re in, you’re in, and the Quintronian sound andvision will be inescapable. Should you be excited? DUH. Should you be a little afraid? Yeah, that’s probably prudent too.
Oh wait, you don’t know who Quintron is? Let me give you the quick rundown, and please forgive me for quoting myself, but I’ve been writing about his work since 1999, so by sheer sands through the hourglass default (or doggedness), maybe I actually know what I’m talking about. (Probably not.)
Ahem. Mr. Quintron is an American institution, a testament to all that is great in New Orleans music AND the most wigged out fringes of the avant-garde. Over a series of totally individual albums over the last fifteen years, Quintron has honed a stage act that channels and refracts Professor Longhair, Iggy and the Stooges, Ric Flair, James Chance, and Jimmy Smith into a blinding wall of light and sound.
Meanwhile, he’s like a mad scientist in his Spellcaster Lodge lab, inventing new musical innovations like the Dream Machine lookalike Drum Buddy drum machine and a house that is actually a musical instrument. Alongside soulmate and co-conspirator Miss Pussycat, he’s pushed his stage show into new realms of absurdity and delight; the puppet shows they co-present are as much Jim Henson’s Muppets on a shoestring budget as they are a living nod to Bill Hicks’ claim that drugs are, in fact, good for you. Lastly, Quintron reflects the resilient spirit of his hometown New Orleans; even though he was flooded out during Katrina, he emerged stronger and stranger than ever, and goddamn it feels good.
On the 8th, Mr. Quintron and Miss Pussycat will be kicking off their first tour of 2013 in our fair city and it’s going to be, as alluded to before, a very special night of entertainment as it’s one of the few stops where they’ll be premiering their new full-length movie (OH YES) Mystery In Old BathBath. It’s pretty much the culmination of all of the surrealist, side-splitting funny-animal puppet shows that Miss Pussycat has been taking on the road with Quintron for years now. Old favorite characters like Trixie will return and the overall sensibility is sure to be one of acid-trips, Showbiz Pizza, and non-sequiturs aplenty. Mr. Quintron and Miss Pussycat will also do a full live set, sure to inspire Charlie-Brown-gang dancing galore, and local avant-spazz savants After The Bomb Baby will open the program. Date night!