An eclectic group of artists will be performing at St. Ann's Church in Brooklyn, New York, next month for a pair of shows paying tribute to Harry Smith, the avant-garde filmmaker who was responsible for compiling "The Anthology Of American Folk Music."Nick Cave, Sonic Youth, Wilco members Jeff Tweedy and Jay Bennett, Lou Reed, David Johansen, Howie B., NRBQ, and DJ Spooky are among those who will be performing at the shows, which are set to take place November 11 and 12. "The Anthology Of American Folk Music" brought nearly forgotten parts of America's musical landscape to public attention in the late '50s and early '60s and played a seminal role in that era's folk revival. The collection was originally released in 1952 as three separate double albums; now available as a six CD box set from Smithsonian Folkways, it contains a total of 84 performances of hillbilly, gospel, and what was known at the time as "race" music. The set profoundly influenced musical historians, cultural
critics, and musicians, including Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead's late leader, Jerry Garcia.Tickets for the event range in price from $40 to $75. For ticket information, call the St. Ann's box office at (718) 858-2424.
-- Brian Ives