Colour, coming to Northern Lights on Monday, was the brainchild
of guitarist Vernon Reid, and began as a three piece in
1984 (with Muzz Skillings, bass, and William Calhoun, drums).
Carey Glover joined shortly thereafter, after filming a
part in Oliver Stone’s Platoon. The band caught the
ear of Mick Jagger during a CBGB’s show, and the rocker
of eminence produced some demos for them, and they secured
a deal with Epic Records.
Living Colour’s debut, Vivid, became popular with
the MTV hit “Cult of Personality,” and their music was,
well, music to the ears of the diversity-starved masses,
as it melded jazz, blues, soul and hard rock. The band enjoyed
using rock as a vessel to convey messages they found important,
as in “Open Letter to a Landlord” and “Funny Vibe.” But
their follow-up, Time’s Up, didn’t live up to Vivid.
Time’s Up saw the likes of Queen Latifah, Little
Richard, Maceo Parker and Doug E. Fresh offering their skills,
but the album’s thrashy sound didn’t sit well with the fans
that had hoped the band would hone the edgy pop sound that
made Vivid such a hit.
Skillings left the band before they recorded Stain,
an even darker album that added sampling to the band’s repertoire
and was produced by Bad Brains producer Ron St. Germain.
The band called it quits in 1995 while recording Stain’s
follow-up, with the band members recording alone or in other
projects. They reunited for some shows early last year,
and this week’s show at Northern Lights features all original
Opening for Living Colour are Black Inc., featuring onetime
Clay People Mike Guzzardi, Dan Dinsmore and Brendan Slater
and singer Dan Cohler. The 16-and-over show is at Northern
Lights on Monday (June 17), beginning at 8 PM. Tickets are
$20. Call the club at 371-0012 for more information.
20th Century Gallery is opening a unique show on Saturday,
comprising 10 artists’ renditions of their favorite model,
a fella named Joseph. The Joseph Show captures the
many colors of Joseph, a professional model well-known in
New York City art circles. The artists portraying Joseph
work in different media and hail from various states, and
the collection of their work allows a better understanding
of how different artists percieve a subject.
Joseph Show opens at the 20th Century Gallery (605 Warren
St., Hudson) on Saturday (June 15) and runs through Aug.
18, with a reception Saturday from 6 to 8 PM. Call the gallery,
822-8907, for more information.
Oak Dance Project
Pillow, the longest running dance festival in the United
States, opens its 70th season Wednesday with White Oak Dance
Located in Becket, Mass., the Pillow was established by
modern dance pioneer Ted Shawn in 1933 as a showcase for
his company of men dancers. What began as a series of “Tea
Lecture Demonstrations” to promote Shawn’s work has evolved
into a 10-week summer dance festival with performances by
companies from around the world. The Pillow attracts thousands
to its three theaters: the historic Ted Shawn Theatre (the
first theater built for dance in the United States), the
innovative Doris Duke Theatre and the outdoor performance
stage, Inside/Out. The festival is augmented by the School
at Jacob’s Pillow, which draws a world-class international
roster of students and faculty, and the Archives, which
are open to the public. The festival also offers commissions
of world premieres, support for artist development of new
work and year-round community education projects.
Founded in 1990 by Mark Morris and Mikhail Baryshnikov,
White Oak Dance Project claims to “embrace an eclectic array
of dance works from the many facets of modern dance vocabulary.”
The company’s diverse program features works that span 40
years of dance and represent an array of modern dance styles.
The program showcases their commitment to preserving classic
works of modern dance as well as supporting the development
of up-and-coming artists.
White Oak Dance Project will feature the revival of Early
Floating, a 1961 Erick Hawkins piece. A partner of Martha
Graham in the 1930s, Hawkins went on to found his own company,
who performed Early Floating at the Pillow in 1964.
The show also includes contemporary pieces Largo
and Chacony by Lucinda Childs—(Childs premiered Largo
last summer, performing the solo herself). Baryshnikov
will perform the solo, which is set to the music of Arcangelo
Corelli’s Concerto Grossi Op. 6. Also featured is
The Experts, a new work by rising choreographer Sarah
The White Oak Dance Project performs at the Jacob’s Pillow
Dance Festival (358 George Carter Road, Becket, Mass.) on
Wednesday (June 19) through June 23. Performance times are
Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM, and Sunday at 2 PM.
Tickets are $60. For more information, call (413) 637-1322.