Beachland Ballroom 10th Year Anniversary Special Event: Pere Ubu "Modern Dance" In Its Entirety

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 02/28/2010 - 02:29.
03/05/2010 - 20:00

David Thomas and Pere Ubu doind their soundcheck before show at Beachland Ballroom in 2006

David Thomas (and Rocket From The Tombs) soundcheck - Beachland Ballroom 2006

The first time I saw Pere Ubu was over 30 years ago - 1978 - celebrating their first album, which they will feature again March 5th, to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Beachland Ballroom - Modern Dance.

If you love real NEO, plan now to attend this important show. Read about David Thomas, Pere Ubu, and his other recent creative trips through town below...

Seeing David Thomas perform anything, live or by video, makes me about as happy as I get... photo above from their Rocket From the Tombs show in 2006 - sound check and interview notes here. - brief write-up and more photos here... More to come soon, from Rocket From The Tombs (and, yes, it was the best)!

From his last visit bringing Pere Ubu to town, also in 2006 - preview and event announcement here, and write-up and photos here...

And, learn more about David Thomas and Two Pale Boys, which played the Beachland Tavern in 2007, introduced on realNEO here... and featured here.

David Thomas leading Two Pale Boys at Beachland Tavern Cleveland 2007

For March 5th's special Beachland Ballroom 10th Anniversary Concert, Pere Ubu will be performing all of Modern Dance.

From Wikipedia:

Their debut album, The Modern Dance (1978), sold poorly, but has proven influential. Musicians of many types, including progressive rock, punk rock, post punk and New Wave, were influenced by the dark, abstract record. With the song "Sentimental Journey," the debut also introduced the practice of re-appropriating titles from well-known popular songs: Pere Ubu's "Sentimental Journey" has no obvious relation to the Doris Day hit song of the same name; "Drinking Wine Spodyody" has no apparent connection to the Sticks McGhee song (later revived by Jerry Lee Lewis). This practice has continued through 2006's Why I Hate Women, which has a song called "Blue Velvet" (again, no relation to the 1963 hit song by Bobby Vinton).

Special note should be made of Ravenstine's contributions to Pere Ubu. While most synthesizer players tended to play the instrument as they would a piano or organ, Ravenstine generally opted instead to make sounds that were reminiscent of spooky sound effects from 1950s science fiction films, or perhaps electronic music and musique concrète. One critic writes that Ravenstine "may be one of the all-time great synth players" [12] and his playing has been called "utterly original" [13].

Visit the headliner's website!

Fri, Mar 5| 9 PM (8 PM door)
Beachland 10th Anniversary Weekend!
Pere Ubu
The Modern Dance Album will be performed in its entirety! / Short Rabbits
$20.00 - buy here
Ballroom | All Ages

And here, as a special preview, is video of Pere Ubu performing Non-Alignment Pact and Modern Dance in London, just last Friday, Fabruary 26, 2010...

This is ICE!



Beachland Ballroom
15711 Waterloo Road 10th Anniversay Weekend Concert
Cleveland 44110
United States
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Comment from the videographer in London... on YouTube

The Modern Dance of the Day

The modern dance.
Down to the bus
into the town
our poor boy can't get around
Eight fifty-five
down at the show
she leaves early
He'll never know
Cuz our poor boy
believes in chance
he'll never get the modern dance
Under the door there's an eye on the place
He watches for the shadows race
Watch real close
Look real fast
He's in touch
It'll never last
Cuz our poor boy
believes in chance
he'll never get the modern dance

Disrupt IT

This band is so bad you'll think white guys are cool

I just told Keith we're about to cover the best concert ever - right here in C'land, next Friday...

I told him, "This band is so bad you'll think white guys are cool"

I think he's getting to like being a punk... now that is a step in the right direction, for the region.

Disrupt IT

This is a real NEO creation

The Birth of Pere Ubu, reborn.

Disrupt IT

Pere Ubu concerts

I was in London the week after Pere Ubu played a few dates in England, so I missed seeing them. The last time I saw them was ages ago at the 9:30 club in Washington, DC. No band comes close to supplying the combination of theatricality and honesty of David and whatever lineup he performs with. I'm happy for anyone who got to see them in Cleveland or New York this time around, especially the first-timers who might have only recently got to know Pere Ubu.

I'll now go listen to "Breath" for about the dozenth time today, then get started painting a picture.