Saturday, April 18, 2015

Music for Piano and Organ at Tuskegee's University Chapel (4/19/2015)

Pianist Barbara Acker-Mills will perform a joint
recital with organist Wayne Barr on April 19, 2015.
Photo by Lesley Foote.

Pianist Barbara Acker-Mills and organist Wayne Barr will present a recital in Tuskegee on Sunday, April 19 at 4:00 pm in the University Chapel. In addition to solo works for both instruments, the two will team up for a serious organ/piano duo by Clifford Demarest (one of the first serious pieces for the two instruments together) and a not-so-serious duet by PDQ Bach.

Dr. Barr heads the choral program at Tuskegee. His full bio is on this Tuskegee University page but does not include him playing with the 105 Voices of History choir at the Kennedy Center in 2008 and 2009.

I've played with Barbara quite a bit at the museum and elsewhere with the now-hibernating Woodfield Trio, and she's done a few solo performances at the museum. She manages a private piano studio ( in Auburn and teaches psychology at Tuskegee. She actually serves as organist at Holy Trinity Episcopal church in Auburn, but will leave the organ playing to Dr. Barr for this recital.

Tuskegee U. doesn't list an event page, but here's the chapel page which doesn't list an address, but it's right in the middle of campus. If it helps, I've pinned it on Google Maps at this link:

[UPDATE 4/19/2015 - There is, in fact, an event page of sorts on TU's website: For first time in five years, faculty to perform recital.]

Saturday, March 7, 2015

the opening

Can't lay down because I can't breathe
I missed it
Tasting the first goal of the night
advancing to tomorrow morning
Nasty Bomb!!!!! come to life
You have one year of pissing everyone off
the memories are still going to watch your diligence

Happy Authenticity
yay!!! high five from friends
but it once had Skin
going to be time to get yours!
going to be kind of important

I found it surprised me
with sweet Golden midnight
My push button
eat it while I walk Married Life
I am sure this heaven with saxes and brass
starts to have a party in my other body

Patrick McCurry
March 2015


I wrote this using words and phrases from about 37 consecutive entries (except two pictures without captions) appearing on my Facebook news feed. All of the words are in the order I found them, and I limited each entry to yielding only one set of consecutive words. The title came from the entry immediately after the last entry quoted. I thought maybe it was an erasure poem but Gary over on Facebook suggested that it is more of a found poem. Jason said it could be flarf poetry.

Monday, February 23, 2015

[students only] Humming House in concert Tuesday, March 3rd

The band Humming House performs on 3/3 at 7:00 pm as part of the new Red Barn Series on Auburn's campus. It's free and open exclusively to current students at Auburn in case any of those read my posts. Here's an event page of sortsThis is the first I've heard of the group. They sound good on YouTube, and it looks like it'll be fun.

Below is edited from a news release they sent me. I know, I'm like press, now! Here's the full unedited release. Go and write a review. I'll post it on my site, and for your trouble, you can get in free to my next gig.

This is the picture they sent with the release. Click it to see a
totally different look in a video of them playing music.
Nashville quintet Humming House is set to release a new album, Revelries, on March 24, 2015, via Nashville label Rock Ridge Music (with distribution via ADA). With self-described interwoven threads of folk, soul, bluegrass and more, the band presents acoustic instrumentation—mandolin, fiddle, acoustic guitar, and bass.

American Songwriter called their music “infectious and grin-inducing.” Roughstock dubbed Humming House “darned close to perfect.” Huffington Post just named the band one of the “peak musical performers of 2014.”

Says band founder Justin Wade Tam: “We’re thrilled to release a new set of musical narratives into the world. Revelries embodies our adventures on the road, our evolution as a band, our love of storytelling, and our insatiable desire to have a good time on stage and off.”

Produced by Grammy winner Mitch Dane and mixed by Grammy winner Vance Powell (Jack White, Buddy Guy), Revelries is the third recording bearing the name Humming House.

Friday, February 20, 2015

[interview] Brazilian Choral Music Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015

The AU Chamber Choir will perform Sunday (2/22) at 2:30 pm at Auburn First Baptist Church. Writing about these things is time consuming, but what with all the Brazilian music, the guest conductor/composer, and the two world premiers, I really wanted to cover it, so I thought maybe I could record an interview instead. William Powell came over at lunchtime while I was making hot dogs for me and my son John's lunch (it comes up).

Click here for the event page. Click the big arrow below to hear the interview.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


When Winter is gone,
I will miss the trees,
Pointing with their fleshless fingers
To all the different heavens
And tempting me with death.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day Poem from the Paaaaaaast

Valentine's Day is my birthday, and we had family to the house today for cake and coffee. Mom read a poem she found that I wrote when I was 7, almost 8. I was in second grade at Clemmons School (Clemmons, NC) my one childhood year I spent away from Auburn.

Of course, I've scanned it and embedded the images of both pages on this blog post below.

I have no memory whatsoever of writing this, but I have to agree with Ms. Atwood's underlined "Good" and "A" grade, because what is art without its critics. And look how nice the cursive was! Here's the poem...
Valentine's Day 
A cupid, a heart, and a dove
And a sweet little message of love —
Oh, that's what I got
For the one who alot
Of this day I have spent thinking "ove"
I feel flippy,
I feel fizzy,
I feel whoopy,
I feel whizzy.
I feel wonderful.
Im feeling just fine.
Because you just gave me,
A valentine.
Don't give me any wine,
Don't rub your hand down my spine,
Come on be tough.
Don't do all that stuff —
Just be my valentine. 
Awesome job, 7-year-old Patrick.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Chicago Improvisors Kick off Southern Tour in Auburn (1/22, 1/23)

If you've arrived at this page to support the Coach's Lounge show using PayPal, click the button below to proceed. You do not have to have a PayPal account. $10 is the suggested donation, but you are welcome to give any amount.

Among other great players, famed saxophonist Mars Williams will appear for two shows with an improvised music quartet from Chicago.
An improvised-music group from Chicago will do two shows in Auburn this week. One is at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at noon today (Thursday, 1/22). The other will be at Coach's Lounge (Facebook page), the bar (under new management) at the Clarion on College St. tomorrow (Friday, 1/23) at 7:30.

Here's a link to a Facebook event for the Friday night show. Cullars Improvisational Rotation, the trio I'm in with guitarist Dan Mackowski and bassist Jason DeBlanc, will open for them at 7:30. A $10 donation is suggested in lieu of cover.

Musicians in the Chicago group are saxophonist Mars Williams, saxophonist Nick Mazzarella, guitarist Steve Marquette, and bassist Anton Hatwich. Click their names for websites, or you can read bios about them on the museum's schedule page for the series at this link.

"This is high powered heavy hitting musician stuff... Bring a bucket to pick up your blown mind. True art. True culture. Truly not to be missed if you fancy yourself a musician or music lover. Support Live Music!!" -Louis Williams
Marquette is leading the tour, and it was his idea, though I think he's hesitant to say he is the leader of the band. It is truly an improvised group without any repertoire, per se, and the music itself is not necessarily driven by the vision of any one individual.

Auburn's are the first two shows on the tour that will end up at the Open Ears Music Series in New Orleans. This and Marquette's 2013-14 project with New Orleans improvisors is part of a larger, loosely organized collaborative effort between this genre's musicians in Chicago and New Orleans.

I interviewed Marquette for an article at this link: Musicians from Chicago’s free­‐jazz tradition improvise program for "A Little Lunch Music". Incidentally that article will be featured in a new underground local arts publication called The Revelator coming out, though unfortunately delayed, any minute now.

The players have amazing credits to their names. If you are not necessarily into improvised music (you can call it free jazz, though don't expect much of it to sound jazzy), or don't feel adventurous enough to come try something new, you might be interested in simply being in the same room with Mars Williams. Aside from being leader of a Grammy-nominated band Liquid Soul, he has toured and recorded with groups like (from his bio)...

...The Psychedelic Furs, Billy Idol, Massacre, Fred Frith, Bill Laswell, Ministry, Power Station, Die Warzau, The Waitresses, Kiki Dee, Pete Cosey, Billy Squier, DJ Logic, Wayne Kramer, John Scoffield, Charlie Hunter, Kurt Elling, Swollen Monkeys, Mike Clark, Jerry Garcia, Naked Raygun, Friendly Fires, The Untouchables, Blow Monkeys...

So you've heard him, even if you don't know you've heard him.

Coach's Lounge owner Louis Williams who, like Marquette, has ties to Chicago and New Orleans, said it well over on Facebook, better than I can say stuff like this. But he's right. See inset above.

See you there.