All Heed the Cattle Call
Hold onto yer Underoos, kiddies, cause the circus is comin to town! Um, that would be ElectroCult Circus, a freewheeling band of neo-hippies who love to express themselves at local bars, taverns, and clubs. Think Im exaggerating? Consider this from the home page of their web site (www.electrocultcircus.com): The tides of time have shaped us and we are learning to grow with their ripples. We chain up our animals as we have chained up our souls, merely because their lack of fear at expressing their true feelings scares us and makes us want to contain the nature that is in them and also all of us. Like, deep, man.
In addition to considering the cosmos, they are also dandy musicians! The 10 songs on All Heed the Cattle Call, recorded at Tempel Recording Studios earlier this year, are spirited and breezy, a kind of small-scale Polyphonic Spree with sprinkles, a jam band that keeps their songs under five minutes. In short, they sound quite different from most anything currently on the Fort Wayne local music scene.
Not in Front of Mother is a prime example of their dementia, sporting a menacing chord progression full of biting guitars as two female vocalists sing Gonna run around, run around town before the song breaks into a near chaotic fury. A brighter, more pop sound is evident in Conundrum, but added into this are spurious guitar solos, male vocals, Joplinesque female vocals and ethereal female vocals that glide in now and then to ice the cake. The resigned On the Edge combines jangly guitars, manic congo playing and lyrics such as Gods as bored as me / Hey, at least sufferings still free. The Circus shows their improvisational skills in Glue and Wheres My Tip?, a five-minute jam centered around a plunky piano line and held together by running dialogue of a waiter taking an order.
Despite the heady lyrics, the music throughout is invigoratingly fresh, spontaneous with the glee of exploration as the five members recapture the spirit of a modern Age of Aquarius. Should you wish to immerse yourself in the psychedelic big top of All Heed The Cattle Call, your local Wooden Nickel store can provide the soundtrack, but you will have to provide your own munchies.
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Josh Johnson — Comedy at Calhoun Street Soups, Salads & Spirits, Fort Wayne, 7 p.m., $10, (260) 456-7005
Vince Gill — Country at Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne, 7 p.m., $39.50-$79.50, 424-5665
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Community Orchestra — Mussorsky's Pictures at an Exhibition at Auer Performance Hall, Rhinehart Music Center, IPFW, Fort Wayne, 7:30 p.m., $4-$7, 481-6555
Open Mic Night — Variety at Checkerz Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 7-10 p.m., no cover, 489-0286
Scratch N Sniff 2.0 w/1/4 Kit Kurt — Variety at Deer Park Irish Pub, Fort Wayne, 6:30-8 p.m., no cover, 432-8966
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Fort Wayne Karaoke — Karaoke at Latch String Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 10 p.m., no cover, 483-5526
Fort Wayne Karaoke w/TJ — Variety at Office Tavern, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m., no cover, 478-5827
Three Rivers Karaoke w/Rob — at Wrigley Field Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 10 p.m., no cover, 485-1038
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41st SOCA Student Exhibition — Works from students currently enrolled at USF’s School of Creative Arts, daily thru April 30, Weatherhead Gallery, USF Rolland Art Center, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Fort Wayne Artist Guild Exhibitions — Works by Alice Siefert at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Jennifer Caudel at Allen County Retinal Surgeons, Anita Trick, Citizens Square (2nd and 3rd floors), Darlene Selzer Miller at The Einhaus Group for Women’s Health, Patricia Weiss at Heritage of Fort Wayne, Emily Jane Butler at Ophthalmology Consultants (Southwest), Linda Binek at Ophthalmology Consultants (North), Carolyn Stachera at Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Wayne, John Kelty at ResCare Inc. Adult Day Service, Wiletta Blevins at Town House Retirement, Karen Bixler at Visiting Nurse Hospice and Barb Yoder and Karen Harvey at Will Jewelers, thru April 30, fortwayneartistguild.org.
Glass: A Medium in Art and Automobiles — Dale Chihuly blown glass and fiberglass auto, daily thru Sept. 8, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum, Auburn, $7.50-$12.50, 925-1444
Outdoor Sculpture Invitational — Fifteen outdoor sculptures from regional artists, daily thru April 30, School of Creative Arts campus, University of Saint Francis North Campus, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Rhoda Gerig: The Hope of Eagles — Photographic images of eagles, daily thru June 4, Clark Gallery, Honeywell Center, Wabash, 563-1102
Spring 2017 BFA Exhibition — Exhibition of works by IPFW graduation seniors, daily thru May 3 , Jeffrey R. Krull Gallery, Main Library, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, 481-6709
Spring 2017 BFA Exhibition — Senior thesis projects from Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates Brenda Drayer (sculpture), Derek Hibbs (printmaking), Ellen Mensch (painting), Nathaniel Morris (sculpture) and Kyle Snodgrass (sculpture), daily thru May 7, Visual Arts Gallery, IPFW, Fort Wayne, 481-6709