Ed Ivey, Photo by Asta Karalis
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Modernism Music Series, Part I: Live music by Mad Mensche directed by Ed Ivey
San Francisco bandleader Ed Ivey arrived in SF from the Texas borderland in 1985 with his original rock band, Rhythm Pigs, sharing stages with bands like Meat Puppets, The Damned, Bad Brains and many more. The Grammy-nominated musician transitioned into playing blues and New Orleans music in the mid-Nineties, becoming a member of Brass Monkey Brass Band on tuba and taking over as host of the longest-running blues jam session on the West Coast at the Blue Lamp Lounge, now known as Swig Bar. Over twenty years later, Ivey still holds court at the weekly jam and has become one of SF's most popular special event bandleaders.
Ed Ivey's Mad Mensch, featured at the DeYoung Museum on Friday June 6, is a combo dedicated to reprising the late Sixties sound of America's shift from traditional bebop jazz to the evolutionary melding of pop, rock and soul music. The Mensch bounce around from Charles Mingus to Skeeter Davis with forays into the Philly Sound, the funky jazz of the Blue Note sound, the pop scene and a healthy dose of New Orleans electric sound from great acts like The Meters, Dr. John and Wynton Marsalis.
Period attire of the fifties is appreciated and encouraged.