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The Michigan Daily Tuesday, January 31, 1984

Page 5

Annual Festival pleases all kinds of folk

By Joseph Kraus
W HY ARE WELL over 5000 hands
in the Ann Arbor area sore? Well,
it's not from any strange malady, it's
from clapping.
These hands, and the ears that
correspond with them, all showed up at
the Michigan Theater for the biggest
folk music event of the year and didn't
leave disappointed.
The festival was everything it was
supposed to be and more. Every act did
itself proud. Not a single one of the 11
acts failed to earn a healthy and well-
deserved round of applause.
There were, of course, no boring
moments, but some moments were so
beautiful or powerful or just plain out-
standing that they come back almost
like snapshots.
Ferron seems still to be standing on-
stage backed with Miriam Sturm.
Ferron took the place by storm. She has
a beautiful voice with just a touch of
rasp in it and the lyrics that she writes
and sings are enough to make a poet
envious. She had done two or three well-
received numbers before she called out
Sturm whose band, Eclectricity, had
only just finished playing.
No one got enough of Eclectricity.
They were so diverse in their selections
that they seemed to be a different band
with every song they did. With Bob
Lucas mostly playing banjo, Bill Sch-
warz playing several different in-
struments, and Sturm on violin, the
group was instrumentally unbelievable
and their singing was vocally stunning.
Another unforgettable moment was
surprise guest Connie Kalder singing
Stan Roger's "Northwest Passage."
Kalder strode out onto the stage in a
cloud of mystery - few people in the

audience knew who she was as she
stood before the near sellout evening
crowd. Kalder delivered an a capela
version of Roger's song that was so full
of energy and power that not a single
head could look anywhere but at that
stage.
Her later numbers were exciting as
well. Accompanying herself alternately
on guitar and piano, Kalder displayed
both a moody and melancholic side as
well as a warm and witty one. The
topics of her songs ranged from a little
river near her home to the "gen-
tlemen" on corners waiting to "pick
up" women, who she affectionately
referred to as " ... jerks with a capital
J . .".
Afternoon co-headliner Richard
Thompson was more restrained than
expected, but nonetheless put on a show
full of talent. Closing his eyes and stan-
ding close to the microphone, Thom-
pson spilled out beautiful "moody"
ballad after beautiful "moody" ballad.
Toward the end of his act Thompson
worked in some early rhythm and blues
numbers that were well received, but
they didn't display his remarkable
talent for playing the guitar as the
earlier ballads had.
Another, and possibly the most un-
forgettable moments of the night,was
Steve Goodman, dancing underneath a
cowboy hat that was five or six sizes too
big for him. Let's face it - Goodman
stole the morning show. Goodman
started his act with "City of New
Orleans," his most popular piece. From
there he only got better. Showing a
comic side he sang "The Dying Cub
Fan's Last Request" and other songs
during which he laughed at us all as
well as himself.
He finished his act with "You Never
Even Call Me By My Name," a song

that he and John Prine wrote to make
fun of cliches in country songs. No
country song is complete without a
cowboy hat, so he donned the far-too-
large ten galloner and started to sing.
By the time he reached the last verse,
the hat had fallen over his entire face
and all that was visible were his legs
dancing far to the left and then far to
the right with the monstrous hat
remaining in over hovering spot.
The audience was so taken with him
that they not only asked for, but
demanded an encore. Goodman obliged
them, but apologized to all the other
performers for taking up more than his
scheduled time.
What Goodman did to the morning
show, David Bromberg and band did to
the evening. Bromberg performed
twice during the festival, once in the
morning and once in the evening. He
displayed his remarkable talents
during both shows, but in the morning
he had to follow Goodman and his more
easy-going countryish sytle didn't seem
to go over well after Goodman's
energetic performace.
Fortunately Bromberg more than
made up for it in the afternoon. Gene
Johnson, Bromberg's mandolin player
and back-up vocalist, overcame broken
strings and larynigitis and put on a
show suitable enough for a headline act.
Fiddler Jeff Wisor didn't seem to put
down his violin the whole show and
Bromberg himself got so wound up that
he leaped to the front of the stage and
almost knocked over mike stands on
several occasions.
Brombergshowed himself to be a
master of folk, country, blues and maybe
one hundred other styles of guitar
playing, as well as a generous band
leader. At one point he called out
Richard Thompson to join in, and the
masters blended perfectly together. As
a testament to his energy and talent,
the audience called Bromberg and band
out for not one but two encores.
But it wasn't just the "unforgettable
moments" that made the festival great.
Ann Arbor did itself proud as local
resident/national touring artist/har-
monica virtuoso Peter "Madcat" Ruth
showed why he's one of the country's
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best blues harpsmen.
Local bluegrass band Footloose was
the opening act of the morning show
and stood up exceptionally well against
all the nationals.
Emcee O.J. Anderson, a resident of
Ann Arbor, punctuated both shows with
hilarious pantomime acts and managed
to keep the audience in the palm of this
hand for the entire fesitval.
Also, Rare Air, a Canadian folk fusion
band, presented a unique but
nonetheless entertaining performances
as they brought on their two bagpipe in-
strumental lineup.
Afternoon show openers, Lou and
Peter Berryman, were absolutely
hysterical. Singing their original'songs
inspired by such things as "Cleaning
Out a Refrigerator" and "Spending a
Weekend with Grownups" they kept
everyone in stitches until their final
number, "Are You Drinking with me
Jesus?"
The official count on the money
raised for the Ark has yet to be deter-
mined but there can be no doubt that
the fesitval was a smashing success.
Think about that while your hands
heal.
"The Jewish Experience
in the United States:
Pluses and Minuses"
Professor Robert Rockaway
TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY
February 1, 1984
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Dlly Photo by DAN HABIB
Richard Thompson gives an energetic performance for the seventh annual
Folk Festival crowd at the Michigan Theater Saturday.

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By Ben Ticho
T'S ALWAYS worse when you know what you're
missing. To my great regret, I came late to the
second set of Tokisho Akiyoshi's Friday night per-
formance at the U-Club. By my tardy arrival, I
missed some of the best jazz concert so far this year.
The show marked a unique reunion between
Akiyoshi and drummer J.C. Heard, with whom the
Japanese-born pianist made her first recording back
in 1953. Back then Akiyoshi was a relative jazz
neophyte, listening to Bud Powell, and boning up on
her Czerny exercises. It was her performance with,
Heard on an Oscar Petersen record that led to a
stateswide music scholarship.
Since then, Akiyoshi has gone on to become one of
the few Japanese artists with a thriving reputation

(as a band leader as well as pianist) in Western jazz
circles. Some of her best work (included much with
husband Lew Tabackin) can be found of the Finesse
album from 1979 and the more recent Tribute to
Billy Strayhorn.
The Bud Powell influences were still evident
Friday night. The lady plays chops you wouldn't
believe: When she wants to Akiyoshi fits more notes
into a small space than anyone after Art Tatum.
Sometimes, such virtuoso trips can get obnoxious.
And all the players were virtuosos - Heard does rim
shots better than the finest Forum contributor, and
little-known bassist Jeff Halsey was the surprise of
the night.
The trio was anything but obnoxious, of course.
Akiyoshi managed consistently to extract from com-

plicated rhythms and chord patternsthe best parts of
a simple melody. Fighting both a cold and a
headache, she played with what often seemed to be
grim determination - in marked contrast to Heard
(who bears an amazing resemblance to Duke
Ellington), with his ever-present grin and en-
couraging cries of "Work It!" Halsey had almost as
much fun as Heard, as he mixed a quotation from
Theolonius Monk's "In Walked Bud" into one of his
numerous solos.
Quotations and references to great jazz figures
abounded, from Dizzy Gillespie's "Alma" to Miles to
the enduring favorite Bud Powell. The emphasis was
on bop, and it did, to the delight of the standing-room
audience. Yes, quite.
Wish I hadn't missed the first set.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Singing sen-
sation Michael Jackson, recuperating
from scalp burns caused by fireworks
apparently mistimed during the filming
of a commercial, is "doing great" at his
fan-flanked home, his brother says.
Devotees bearing cards, flowers and
stuffed animals streamed up to the gate
of the house in Encino in Los Angeles'
San Fernando Valley Sunday to give
security guards their offerings. Some
clutched cassettes, records and fan
magazines as they stood vigil across
the street, waving happily when
Jackson's mother appeared and waved
back.
"Michael's fine. He's doing great,"
Tito Jackson said Sunday as he drove
through wrought-iron gates in front of
the house.
Jackson's scalp sustained second-
and third-degree burns when an ex-
plosion set his hair on fire Friday night
as he was filming a Pepsi-Cola com-
mercial to the tune of his hit "Billie
Jean" at the downtown Shrine
Auditorium.

The ad was one of two being made for
use during the broadcast Feb. 23 of the
Grammy Awards, which will also be
held at the Shrine.
Dr. Steven Hoefflin, Jackson's
physician, who viewed videotapes of
the accident with Jackson Saturday
night, said it appeared the accident
happened when one of the fireworks ex-
ploded at the wrong time.
"Everyone was surprised that his
whole head and clothes did not catch
fire," Hoefflin said. "He is very for-
tunate not to have been burned more
seriously."
Jackson is "happy that he was not
more severly injured," Hoefflin added.
"His reaction was one of surprise and
relief."
Jackson's tour manager, Larry Lar-
son, said Jackson wants films of the ac-
cident released, and Hoefflin said that
would happen in "several days."

Hoefflin, a plastic surgeon, said a
decision on whether any plastic surgery
will be needed will be based on how
much scar tissue develops and, how
much hair returns to the palm-sized
patch of burned scalp.
Asked whether Jackson was contem-
plating legal action with regard to the
accident, the singer's attorney, John
Branca, replied: "No.comment, I don't
want to discuss that right now."
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