Please join us for a performance by the explosive trio mssv (Main Steam Stop Valve) led by guitarist Mike Baggetta, teaming him with drummer Stephen Hodges and punk legend Mike Watt for a window-rattling obliteration of the walls between jazz and rock. This performance celebrates the release of Live Flowers (Striped Light Records), which documents last year’s legendary Ars Nova-produced performance at Johnny Brenda’s.
New York guitarist Mike Baggetta has it all, from swinging modern-bop chops that flow like John Abercrombie to whammy-bar, pedal-steel licks influenced by his first guitar hero, David Torn. In this raucous new trio he’s joined by drummer Stephen Hodges (Tom Waits, Mavis Staples, David Lynch) and Minutemen bassist Mike Watt, whose wide-ranging career also spans work with Iggy Pop and the Stooges and fIREHOSE. The music this trio creates together is utterly unclassifiable: calling it “post-genre-improv-jazz-rock” may come close, but that still doesn’t even begin to touch on the wild electric textures Baggetta’s guitar alone brings to the table.