Eugene Chadbourne presents the music of Phil Ochs
With an extensive knowledge of and experience with the songs of Phil Ochs, Eugene Chadbourne will bring the music and the stories about that music to the Woody Guthrie Center, presented by the George Kaiser Family Foundation. The performance is set for 7 p.m. March 19. Tickets are $5, available by calling the Center at 918-574-2710 or at the Center’s front desk, 102 E. M.B. Brady St.
More about Chadbourne:
The guitarist/composer/writer Eugene “Doc” Chadbourne is all about mashing-up music styles. The Good Doctor gleefully cross-pollinates and toys with genres, songs, instruments, recording practices, and audience expectations, and he’s still going strong. An experimental American musician in the manner of Frank Zappa or John Zorn, the irreverent Chadbourne is also a decidedly cult figure — not too well-known, but very active in indie music circles for decades. Once called “the Groucho Marx of the guitar” by Spin Magazine, which put him on their “100 Greatest Guitarists of All-Time” list in 2012, Chadbourne has collaborated over the years with a remarkable array of musicians, including avant-jazz masters like the aforesaid Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Famoudou Don Moye, Camper Van Beethoven, The Violent Femmes, Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), and Jimmy Carl Black (Mothers of Invention). Chadbourne also led the pioneering rock/punk/country trio, Shockabilly, in the ’80s, and he founded Parachute Records, an influential small label, in the ’70s. In 2017, he performed his own take on Bach’s Goldberg Variations at a new-music festival in Germany. He’s also known (relatively speaking) for playing an electric rake (yes, rake; he simply amplified the garden tool by connecting it to an electric-guitar pick-up)!
A protest singer in his own right (“Dirt,” “Evil Filthy Preacher”), Eugene has long been outspoken against injustice, cultural corruption, and dirty politics through his music. At his performance at the Woody Guthrie Center, Eugene will be doing a full set of the music of Phil Ochs.