January 23, 2009 in Features

Factory offers assorted acts

Too Slim tops lineup that includes comedy, R&B, hard rock
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Rev Theory headlines a show at the Alter Knit lounge on Wednesday.
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Too Slim and the Taildraggers plays a makeup after canceling a Christmas show; “Def Comedy Jam’s” Joe Torry brings the funnies; Marc Broussard bears his “Bayou soul”; and Rev Theory wrestles with new-found success.

The Knitting Factory Concert House serves up an eclectic run of concerts over the coming week. Here’s a taste of some of the various flavors that will be spread throughout the main concert hall as well as the more intimate Alter Knit lounge:

Too Slim reloaded

On Saturday, Too Slim and the Taildraggers arrive with their now post-Christmas Jam.The show was originally scheduled for late December, but postponed due to adverse weather conditions.

The Seattle-by-way-of-Spokane blues-rock trio is joined for part of the set by the Underworld Orchestra Horns, which features members of the Spokane Jazz Orchestra.

Too Slim and the Taildraggers reached No. 9 on Billboard’s blues chart with their independent release, 2007’s “Fortune Teller.” The group is readying its forthcoming album, “Free Your Mind,” so expect to hear some new tunes at the show.

A dinner buffet package is also offered. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by the concert at 9.

Tickets are $38.50 with the buffet, $23.50 without, through TicketsWest outlets (509-325-SEAT, 800-325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com). Tickets from the postponed Dec. 20 performance will be honored.

“Is he funny?”

Also on Saturday, the Alter Knit lounge hosts one of its most high-profile comics yet with actor, writer, producer and former “Def Comedy Jam” host Joe Torry.

Torry’s first blips on the show-biz radar came from black television sitcoms “Roc” and “Amen.” After scoring laughs with minor roles in the mainly African-American-centered movies “Strictly Business,” “Poetic Justice” and Kid N’ Play’s “House Party,” Torry landed slightly more serious guest roles in the mainstream during the mid-’90s on TV shows such as “E.R.,” “NYPD Blue, and “NCIS.”

His career launched to the next level when he became a crowd favorite and eventually inherited hosting duties on HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam” following the departure of the original host, Martin Lawrence.

On the more sobering side, when Torry isn’t touring the comedy club circuit, he develops youth and community programs in his hometown of St. Louis, where he founded the Giving Back the Love Foundation.

Torry also recently started his own production company, MO Films, with his brother, Guy.

He appears at the Alter Knit Lounge on Saturday at 8 p.m. with guest Nate Jackson. Tickets for the 21-and-older show are $15 in advance, $20 day of show, through TicketsWest.

Born in the Bayou

The son of acclaimed Louisiana Hall of Fame guitarist Ted Broussard, Marc Broussard is leaving his own mark on the family business.

He incorporates a vintage style of R&B and soul into a contemporary framework with a spiritual lining and beefy B-3 organ trim.

Broussard also likes to stick to his organic roots. His Atlantic Records debut, last year’s “Keep Coming Back,” was recorded in just 11 days.

The songs were done with the same band in the studio as the one he uses on the road, which hints at how eight of the album’s 12 tracks were laid in one take, as well as the in-the-moment energy that has become a trademark of the live show.

Broussard is joined at the Knitting Factory on Sunday by Jessie Baylin and Josh Hoge. Music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $14 in advance, $16 day of show.

The Rev run

Change can be a risky move in the music business, but it seems to have paid off for Rev Theory.

Formerly known as Revelation Theory, the Massachusetts hard-rock quintet altered its identity last year and jumped labels, while simultaneously boosting its fan base through a number of deals in sports entertainment and the gaming industry.

Rev Theory released “Light It Up” on Interscope Records last year as the follow-up to “Truth Is Currency,” released on EMI subsidiary Element One.

The title track became the theme for WWE’s Wrestlemania 24. The wrestling conglomerate also used Rev Theory’s music for the theme for its “One Night Stand” event, as well as the entrance theme for WWE superstar Randy Orton. And the track “Voices” will be the title cut on the upcoming album, “Voices: WWE The Music, Vol. 9.”

Interscope also teamed up with Xbox 360 to premiere the video for Rev Theory’s single, “Hell Yeah,” on Xbox Live, and “Light It Up” is reported to be one of the downloadables on “Guitar Hero World Tour” for the Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii.

Rev Theory headlines a 21-and-older concert at the Alter Knit lounge on Wednesday at 8 p.m. with local favorites London Get Down. Tickets are $11 in advance, $13 day of show.

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