Thursday, May 02, 2002

Three reasons to see Ani DiFranco

By Larry Nager
The Cincinnati Enquirer

    Who: Ani DiFranco
    When: 8 p.m. Friday
    Where: Taft Theatre, downtown
    Tickets: $26 at the Taft box office, Ticketmaster outlets; 562-4949.
    Read the review: Saturday on Cincinnati.Com and Monday in Tempo.
        Cutting-edge folkie and CEO of Righteous Babe Records Ani DiFranco hits town Friday for what looks to be an intimately rocking show at the Taft Theatre. The funk/jazz/jam trio Drums & Tuba opens the show.

        1. New tunes, bigger band. It's her first local appearance since her two-CD Revelling/Reckoning set, and the singer/guitarist is fronting her biggest group yet, including two horn players — Todd Horton and Hans Teuber.

        2. A lot of music, a little politics. The outspoken social activist so far has not canceled her show in support of the Cincinnati boycott, but she's sure to have something to say about it.

        3. The Cincinnati sound. She hails from Buffalo, N.Y., but Ms. DiFranco's music dips deep into the Cincinnati well. She frequently tours and records with Maceo Parker, the alto saxophonist famed as the musical foil for King Records star James Brown (and a musical associate/sideman for Cincinnati funk icon Bootsy Collins). In addition, Ms. DiFranco's long-time keyboardist is Cincinnati native Julie Wolf.

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