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8 Section 4 Chicago Tribune, Sunday, September 12, 1999 Ahn target The Ahn Trio opens the Chicago Sinfo-nietta's 1999-2000 season 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Orchestra Hall in Symphony Center. The trio will perform Beethoven's Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in their Chicago solo debut. 3 1 2-294-3000. Hot cat Darryl Maximilian Robinson stars in Excali-"ber Shakespeare Company's "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." 773-533-0285. Question? Comments? If you have questions or comments I about the Arts Watch page, please send letters to Arts Watch Editor, Chicago Tribune, 5th Floor, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 606 1 1 , or send e-mail to moryantribune.com. ( ") ' ' I J Arts watch 9 In harmony Raitt & Co. mellow out without a hitch in '9999' collaboration T By Michael Parrish Special to the Tribune hursday night's "9999" show at the World could as easily have been dubbed "Monsters of Mellow." The four co- headliners, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Shawn Colvin and Bruce Hornsby, are staples of adult alternative radio, and each could handily fill a somewhat smaller outdoor venue such as Ravinia, where Colvin and Hornsby headlined their own shows earlier this summer. In their case, there is apparently no economic strength in numbers, as the four performers brought a crowd that only partly filled the World's pavilion, albeit on a chilly school night in September. The leisurely, three-hour show began with multi-instrumentalist David Lindley and percussionist Wally Ingram playing a few tunes, including a raucous version of the "Minglewood Blues" featuring Lindley on bouzouki. Nex Browne ambled out and performed a high, Rock review lonesome duet with Lindley (now playing fiddle) on "Fair and Tender Ladies," with band members joining in one by one. Rather than performing individual sets, the singers wandered on and off stage, often trading lead vocals on each other's tunes in addition to adding angelic harmonies and instrumental support. In what was obviously a well-rehearsed show, the players all showed an enormous respect for the work of their colleagues, as well as giving every indication of enjoying the collaboration. Colvin, dressed for the weather in grunge duds and a knit cap, came out to offer harmony on a reggae tinged version of "Everywhere I Go." Next, Hornsby strode to his grand piano and delivered a lively, full gospel treatment of his "Down the Road." Raitt, rail thin and dressed to kill, livened up the proceedings immediately when she strode onstage, telling the crowd "Welcome to our picnic!" Although she played some mean guitar later in the show, her first selection was a heartfelt rendition of Richard Thompson's somber ballad "Dimming of the Day" on which Colvin and Hornsby (playing accordion) sang the second verse. The show's surprises and pleasures were numerous. Raitt and Lindley engaged in a fierce slide guitar duel on her definitive version of John Hiatt's "Thing Called Love," which highlighted the vocal and instrumental chemistry between Raitt and Hornsby. Colvin offered what she termed the "Deliverance" version of her smash "Sunny Came Home," featuring her three co-headliners on backing vocals and Lindley on old-time fiddle. The evening's instrumental high point was a lengthy solo turn by Hornsby on piano, which flowed into, and then out of, a full band performance of his early hit "The Way It Is." The most powerful vocal performance was Raitt's slow, sensuous version of "I Can't Make You Love Me," featuring just her voice and Hornsby's equally evocative, understated jazz piano. Browne and Raitt, -who have played benefits together since their scuffling days in California in the early '70s, performed a stirring unplugged duet on his political tune "Worlds in Motion." The headliners were ably supported by their touring band, which featured Lindley on everything from oud to lap steel, and remarkable guitarist George Marinelli, who was in Hornsby's old group, the Range, and now plays in Raitt's band. All in all, Raitt and company delivered a generous, varied dose of music that reflected the obvious delight they find in touring together. ' , J : , V . 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Send for the local minister and alert the police! Such was the response many, upstanding citizens would have had to the four-band celebration of fast living and loose behavior that took place Thursday at the Metro. A quartet of the world's best garage rockers Super-suckers, Hellacopters, New Bomb Turks and Zen Guerrilla are touring together under no particular banner extolling the thrill of girls, cars and inebriants with a musical touch one could characterize as Neanderthal overdrive. Arizona's Supersuckers have long advocated the notion that rock 'n' roll should be about nothing more than fast riffs and roaring axes, and their Metro set was a sharp, hot blast of garage-punk rip-chords and bassist Eddie Rock review Spaghetti's hoarse, Gila monster , vocals. From opening numbers -like "Santa Rita High" and "Dead ; Meat" to a rousing encore cover of Thin Lizzy's "Cowboy Song,"K these rock 'n' roll sidewinders rat-j; tied out hooks with enviably tight, w. synchronized aggression. Still, theT!!'; Supersuckers' set seemed a tad' underwhelming, but that was only ; because they had already beenw; topped in terms of over-the-top hellaciousness. Sweden has given the world the, Hellacopters. Fans of these long-It-haired hooligans have complained'-; that their recent "Grande RockSi record is too relaxed, but the quiii-tltN tet's Metro set was about as neatI; and easy-going as a shark attack. .ws As the Hellacopters peeled rub-lT ber through garage-punk break downs like "Hey!" and "You Are-" Nothin' " they played with a loose,"5-feral power that recalled the MC5"-or the Stooges. But a midset drum solo and ensuing jam brought back less fond '60s and 70s memories. Ohio's New Bomb Turks started their career as purveyors of pure, incendiary punk but have broadened their attack to include '50s-style rock and even the occasional Stones-y ballad. At Metro, the Turks tore off one double-time riff after another with the precision of laser surgeons and the power of a cement mixer. The band's businesslike demeanor stood in marked contrast to the hilarious, non-stop mugging, strutting, leaping and taunting of singer Eric Davidson. There was more than a little Iggy in Davidson's moves, but the Turks played with a tight, cobra-strike speed the Stooges may never have matched or sought. Zen Guerrilla detonated the proceedings in a squall of feedback, distortion and primordial four-four pounding. Led by hulking frontman Marcus Durant, the band uncorked torrid, MC5-ish rock in a potent, barely controlled frenzy of low-end fuzz and howling guitar. To paraphrase Frank Zappa, guitar rofk isn't dead, it just smells funny. And at Metro it produced one glorious stink.

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