Jazz festival sounds its opening notes

Music Review

August 11, 2007|By Rashod D. Ollison | Rashod D. Ollison,Sun pop music critic

Outside on the plaza at Power Plant Live on Thursday night, the Paetec Jazz Festival got off to a blah start. Kicking off the inaugural night of free concerts at the Market Street complex, the Repeatos, an eccentric sextet of long-haired, middle-age musicians from Europe, Canada and upstate New York, earnestly performed a curious musical mix of ambient acoustic folk sounds, blues and rambling poetry.

With coronet, accordion, violin and an array of percussive instruments, the band improvised the bizarre music -- hence the Repeatos inclusion in the jazz festival.

If you go

The Paetec Jazz Festival features free shows today at Harbor Pointe featuring the Paradigm Shift at noon, Latin Giants of Jazz at 2 p.m., the Bridge at 4 p.m., Fabulous Thunderbirds at 6 p.m. and Rusted Root at 8 p.m. The last ticketed show at Pier Six Concert Pavilion will star B.B. King, Al Green and Little Richard. The show starts at 6 tonight. Tickets are $49-$135 and are available through Ticketmaster by calling 410-547-SEAT or visiting ticketmaster.com

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