The Arches presents
Sat 9 Mar 2013 | 7pm-10pm | £15 adv
The Magic Band, the wildly influential rotating ensemble of musicians playing with legendary artist, poet, musician and songwriter Captain Beefheart, are widely known as one of the seminal purveyors in psychedelia and hippie counterculture – as well as a solid rhythm and blues band, combining elements of free jazz, blues and rock.
Forming in California, the band were active between 1965 and 1982, the concept being that Captain Beefheart had magic powers and, upon drinking a Pepsi, could summon up “His Magic Band” to appear and perform behind him.
The band, who were responsible for piecing together much of the music from Beefheart’s notoriously impressionistic directions and commands, reformed in 2003, prompted by a request from Simpsons creator Matt Groening to play at the ATP festival he was curating. After touring and disbanding, they reformed again in 2011 for the Jeff Mangum-curated ATP.
With current members spanning all different period of The Magic Band’s history, the show comprises key tracks throughout the band’s career; mainly drawn from Clear Spot and Trout Mask Replica, much of the latter is performed as instrumentals, allowing the intricacy of the music to be fully appreciated.
Support comes from Dave Frazer.
14+ (Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult aged 18+)
Enter through Argyle Street entrance
Legendary international acts, cult festivals and the most exciting new bands collide at one of the city’s most eclectic live venues.
It’s perhaps natural that, as one of the nation’s most unusual live music venues, our programme spans rock, pop, indie, electronica, soul, jazz, country, metal, folk, and the many sub-genres inbetween. The unique atmosphere and space of the building means it’s often used for anything from intimate acoustic gigs to stage-diving, sweaty rammies and slick, spectacular international concerts.
Supporting the best examples of the known and the not-so-known, the Arches stage is host to everything from the latest stars of leftfield pop, such as Grimes and Chvrches, to alternative indie rock acts such as Peace and Yeasayer, prog and rock heroes such as The Fall, Swans and Dinosaur Jnr, and cutting edge electronic talent, from Rustie to James Blake.
We also regularly plays host to international legends – from Martha Reeves to Ben E. King to Jane Birkin – and provide the perfect multi-room setting for various festivals, from Celtic Connections to the Glasgow Jazz Festival. In 2012, the hallowed arches played hosted to the UK-wide Africa Express tour, featuring Damon Albarn, Baaba Maal and a trainload of world music stars, and in 2013, the building was transformed into a sonic Cineplex for our own co-curated cult event the Glasgow Music and Film Festival, featuring live film scores and AV sets from Jeff Mills, Dieter Moebius and Raime.
“A classical gig in the vaults of Scotland’s dance mecca might sound an odd prospect, but the Arches proved the perfect setting”
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