Bloomington’s entertainment scene offers something for pretty much everyone over the next week, with music ranging from local bands to the father of newgrass, Tuvan throat singers and Blue Man Group, along with an Emmy-nominated comedian and a horror-laced rom-com film.
Three-time Grammy-winner Sam Bush at BCT
It’s called “newgrass.” Its father is singer, instrumentalist (many kinds) Sam Bush, and he’s coming to the Buskirk-Chumley Theater at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 17. Bush won his first award for fiddle playing as a teen and has landed three Grammy awards and 13 nominations.
“Getting his first widespread recognition as a member of the band New Grass Revival,” said Guntram Gudowius on accousticmusic.com, “this wizard of the strings was sought after as a session player by the likes of Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett and Garth Brooks, just to name a few.”
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Popular with the Americana Music Association and a four-time taker of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Mandolin Player of the Year title, Bush will play rock-flavored standards. But there will also be plenty of his folk-y Americana style. The theater is at 114 E. Kirkwood Ave., Box office, 812-323-3020; [email protected] Tickets are $65 for orchestra pit; $55 for orchestra/lower balcony; $45 for upper balcony. Check website for pandemic protocol.
These performers are blue but happy
Ever wonder how many gum balls you could fit in your mouth? Blue Man Group has probably wondered this a thousand times, since their scene is all about human curiosity.
Bring yours to the Indiana University Auditorium, 1200 E. Seventh St., next week for shows at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Prepare for a ride, as this trio of blue and hairless men delivers laughter and music. Find out what 35 million others, of all ages, know about being happily blue.
The men still drum, and their skin still looks like lapis lazuli, but everything else is new. They write their music, design their instruments, and they might engage you if you’re in the audience. Tickets are going quickly. Order at https://bit.ly/3CIQ3iy.
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Emmy-nominee coming to the Comedy Attic
This tall, deep-voiced, unruffled guy discusses recreational ax throwing, oxycontin, dangerous 13-year-olds, 3D-printed guns, Instagram addiction, a bad neighbor changing all your internet passwords and how to talk to hyper-liberals. Other things, too.
He has opened for Chris Rock and Aziz Ansari. He’s also made jokes for “Saturday Night Live” and the White House Correspondents Dinner and was a producer for “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.”
Experience Patel at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Comedy Attic, 123 S. Walnut St., 812-336-5233, comedyattic.com/events.
Patrons must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result (not an at-home test) within 72 hours of the performance. Check website for more details.
Alash Ensemble at Lotus Firebay
These men are master throat singers. Alash Ensemble consists of three musicians from Tuva, in Central Asia just south of Siberia and Mongolia. The republic became part of the Soviet Union in the mid 1940s, and most Westerners had scant knowledge of it until Ralph Leighton wrote a book about physicist Richard Feynman’s final adventure, “Tuva or Bust” (1991).
Throat singing developed among the nomadic herdsmen in Tuva, and the Alash singers learned traditional Tuvan music as children. Each has studied with master throat singers. But they enjoy Western music, and their sound reflects that. Reserve your spot to see Alash in concert 7-8 p.m. Monday. Masks and proof of full vaccination are required. Pay what you can; suggested donation is $15. Donations accepted at the door or at lotusfest.org.
The Lotus Firebay, where they will perform, is within walking distance of downtown parking; there is also parking along West Fourth Street, and across from the Lotus Firebay, which is at 105 S. Rogers St.
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‘Tammy and the T-Rex’ will scare and amuse
“Oh, no, what have they done to you?” sweet Tammy croons as she searches a cavernous, moist, tooth-jammed mouth.
The perky teenager (Denise Richards) is horrified, yet relived, to learn that her boyfriend, presumed dead, is living — inside a dinosaur’s cranium. That’s because a looney scientist (Paul Walker) put the boyfriend’s brain there, during a Frankenstein-ish operation. But the love-motivated reptile isn’t real; he’s a psycho-made fake, and he’s pretty cute.
“Tammy and the T-Rex” (1994) is a post-Jurassic spree, fusing rom-com with R-rated scare scenes. Stewart Raffill directed, and he was never known for understatedness. See it at 7:30 p.m. Thursday downstairs at the Orbit Room, 107 N. College Ave., as part of Cicada Cinema’s Underground series. Tickets are $5. The Orbit Room is on Facebook at facebook.com/orbitroombtown/.
Vote for your favorite local bands
You be the reviewer. Watch and vote for our best local musicians, so they have a chance to join this year’s Summer Camp Music Festival. Festival staff are coming to Bloomington to find our top talent.
Summer Camp Music Festival’s first event last year attracted roughly 1,000 patrons, who heard more than 15 bands over two days at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Ill. This year there will be several performance stages during three days, May 27-29. (By the way, for those who attend the Illinois festival this May, three-day passes to the event will include camping.)
If you’re in a band that wants to compete, fill out this form: bit.ly/SCOTRartistform. Otherwise, catch the competitors vying for a festival spot at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Bluebird, 216 N. Walnut St., 812-336-3984, thebluebird.ws. Tickets are $6.
This article originally appeared on The Herald-Times: Bloomington things to do: Blue Man Group, Sam Bush, and more