By GINA VIVINETTO, Times Pop Music Critic
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 27, 2003
Roots troubadour Jimmy LaFave got together a host of supertalented roots and Americana musicians to tour coast-to-coast with him presenting "Ribbon of Highway -- Endless Skyway: A Concert in the Spirit of Woody Guthrie," a tribute to American songwriter and poet Guthrie. The socially conscious Guthrie left behind a legacy of beautiful ballads and prose about the Great Depression era, the Dust Bowl, World War II, the Cold War and the Communist Party.
"This machine kills fascists," Guthrie scrawled across his guitar, knowing the power and momentum of his words.
This year marks what would have been Guthrie's 90th birthday. Joining Lafave on the tour: Ellis Paul, Slaid Cleaves, Eliza Gilkyson, Johnny Irion and Woody's daughter Sara Lee Guthrie.
"Ribbon of Highway -- Endless Skyway" kicks off at 8 p.m. Friday at the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 822-3590.- GINA VIVINETTO, Times pop music critic
Interpol, arresting the audience
A huge buzz surrounds New York art rockers Interpol. The dapperly dressed (suits!) quartet's sound brings back memories of Joy Division, The Cure and other darkly dramatic rock. The band's debut, Turn On The Bright Lights, last year topped critics' lists for its angular guitar, tense beats and singer-guitarist Paul Bank's detached vocal style and somber wit, as evidenced on tunes such as Stella Was A Diver and She Was Always Down.
Interpol performs with the Ravonettes at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10 advance, $12 day of show. (727) 895-3045.
-- GINA VIVINETTO, Times pop music critic
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