Rasheeda “Ra Flautista” Ali hosts the weekly Tuesday Night Musicians Jam Session at Elliott Street Deli & Pub. Each week, Ali leads an ever-changing cast of Atlanta’s finest players in a serpentine set that channels musical inflections from the furthest regions of the cosmos, all in the name of ecstatic communal revelry — no two nights are ever the same. Donations at the door. 9 p.m. Every Tuesday night at Elliott Street Deli & Pub. | More info.
“The very last thing the great Polish composer Henryk Górecki said to me was, “I hope one day I will understand how music works.” And that’s been inscribed in my inner being. If Henryk — one of the most incredibly musical people on the planet — didn’t understand how it works, I don’t think anybody could. He had the presence of mind and the humility to say he didn’t understand it. And he confirmed what I feel. How does it work? It’s a mystery that I love to explore every day of my life.” — David Harrington
Read the full Q&A at Penn State News.
Since 2012, Soul Food Cypher has convened on the fourth Sunday of each month to showcase the positive and constructive role that rap music can play in shaping daily life. By concentrating on expanding consciousness through the craft and ingenuity of freestyle rap and spoken language, SFC builds structure by facilitating regular cyphers (a group of freestyle rappers rhyming in a cyclical motion, following each other’s lead) that foster creativity and a sense of camaraderie within the city’s underground hip-hop scene.
“Our aim is to provide Atlanta’s lyricist community with a safe and nurturing environment where their voices and artistry can grow,” says SFC’s executive director Alexander Acosta. “We look to solidify the art of freestyling as a genuine aesthetic to the wider artistic community and carry this rich tradition to the next generation.” Continue reading at Creative Loafing.
Black Flag. $25 (adv.). 7 p.m. (doors). Tuesday, January 28 @ the Masquerade (Hell) | Buy tickets
Mike Vallely was just 14 years old the first time he saw Black Flag play live. It was October 1984, at City Gardens in Trenton, NJ. The group was in the midst of a particularly creative year that yielded three bedrock West Coast hardcore punk albums—Slip It In, My War, Family Man—and a blistering live tape, Live ’84.
“Henry Rollins was fronting the band then, and seeing them play that show was a life-affirming moment for me,” Vallely says. “It changed my life, but more so, I say it was life-affirming, because it made me feel like, ‘OK, I can continue on my own path. I can do what I want to do in this life… Rollins, as the frontman of the band, really embodied that spirit.”
Continue reading Chad Radford’s August 2019 Flagpole Magazine feature story, “With Mike Vallely on vocals, Black Flag flies again.”