Walter Tunis: Here Come the Mummies back to Buster's

Contributing Music WriterJune 13, 2013 

Here Come the Mummies will be performing songs from their new album, Cryptic.

SHAWN WOLFORD

Here Come the Mummies

9 p.m. June 15 at Buster's Billiards and Backroom, 899 Manchester St. $22, $25. (859) 368-8871. Bustersbb.com.

Black Flag

9 p.m. June 19 at Buster's. $25, $28.

Bandages and flags — that kind of sums up the musical extremes at Buster's this coming week.

The fun starts Saturday with the return of Here Come the Mummies, the Nashville troupe that spreads a little bit of Halloween spirit wherever it performs.

The band has been building a solid local following over the past four years through shows held almost exclusively at Buster's. The big exception was an outdoor concert downtown during the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games' Spotlight Lexington festival. That's what brought these pop-funk ghouls to full performance life on local turf.

Sure, the gimmick remains the costuming: the head-to-toes bandage outfits that no self-respecting mummy would rock out without. And, yes, the rumors still abound that the get-up is designed to protect the identities of big-name but otherwise contractually bound Nashville talent. But with Here Comes the Mummies, the party always favors music over myth.

The band will be showcasing tunes from its new album Cryptic on Saturday. But it's best to get tickets early. Mummies shows at Buster's tend to sell out.

Then Wednesday, punk rules at the venue by way of a reunion show from the vanguard band Black Flag. The return of this veteran West Coast brigade is hardly your conventional blast of rock nostalgia.

There are actually two versions of Black Flag on the road this summer. One is officially billed as Black Flag and features guitarist, group founder and primary songwriter Greg Ginn. The other, billed for legal reasons simply as Flag, boasts Keith Morris, the original Black Flag vocalist.

Lexington will be getting the band officially named Black Flag, which also includes Ron Reyes, the vocalist who replaced Morris in 1979. It should be noted neither Black Flag incarnation features participation from its most prominent alumnus, Henry Rollins.

A rhythm section of new recruits — bassist Dave Klein and drummer Gregory Moore — complete the current Black Flag, which will release its first studio album of new music in 28 years this summer.

Local return

Daryl Glenn figures he first worked with Lexington Children's Theatre when he was about 11. He would go on to spend seven summers in its theater camps and much of the subsequent decade working in various LCT productions. After that came New York, national touring productions and a hearty reputation as a cabaret singer.

"When I first got here (New York), I did some musical theater, did four different tours and then just got tired of sitting on the sidewalk at 6 in the morning to audition," Glenn said. "Eventually, I started working in a cabaret club called the Metropolitan Room. I hoped that would shift things into high gear. And it did."

When LCT got wind that Glenn was planning his first visit back to Lexington in six years, an offer was extended for him to perform on its Short Street stage as a homecoming. But his show Tuesday is more than that. It will be Glenn's first local stage appearance in two decades.

"It's so perfect to come back there, because it really is full circle. I worked with LCT for a long time," Glenn said. "When I was a kid that was the first theater I ever did. Even after high school I did shows with them."

The Tuesday outing is very much in keeping with the cabaret shows Glenn has taken to such esteemed New York venues as Feinstein's. Titled Local Favorite, Daryl Glenn, it will feature two collaborators — musical director Jo Lynn Burks (Glenn's partner in an award-winning cabaret show built around music from Robert Altman's landmark 1975 film Nashville) and fellow Lexington actor/vocalist-turned New Yorker-turned-local returnee Brad Wills.

While some of the Nashville material will be featured Tuesday, there will also be previews of songs Glenn is working on for an upcoming album.

"The project will be a mix of pop, folk and country and some Broadway stuff," he said. "It's sort of a very vague time line of my life, I guess. Not that people should care. That's what I always say when I'm working with people in cabaret shows. I tell them, 'Don't talk about yourself. Nobody really cares.' You can sing songs that are reflective of yourself, but don't start saying, 'And then I did this, and then I did that.' They don't want that."

Tickets for Tuesday's 8:30 p.m. performance of Local Favorite, Daryl Glenn are $25. For more information, go to Lctonstage.org.

Bluegrass recap

In lieu of a Week That Was review, visit the blog version of The Musical Box, which features coverage of six performances last week as part of Best of Bluegrass and the Festival of the Bluegrass. Feel free to step on the grass.

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