Eugene Chadbourne Residency

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Photograph: Peter Gannushkin / downtownmusic.net
Eugene Chadbourne, seated, with Bryan and the Haggards

Few artists have spread the gospel of eclecticism as zealously as guitarist Eugene Chadbourne, whose three-decade career has found him improvising alongside John Zorn, covering Jimi Hendrix with the late Mothers of Invention drummer Jimmy Carl Black and interpreting Erik Satie on banjo. You'll catch Chadbourne in a variety of modes this week; we strongly recommend Oct 30, when he reunites with Bryan and the Haggards to celebrate Merles Just Want to Have Fun, a riotously gangly, high-spirited Merle Haggard tribute newly out on Northern Spy. The Oct 31 show features the Doc Chad All Dead Jazz and Pop All Stars, a tribute to icons complete with costumes: Chadbourne is former collaborator Black, Evan Gallagher is Thelonious Monk, Thomas Heberer is Muggsy Spanier, and so on. For complete details of Chadbourne's run, head to thestonenyc.com.

Event website: http://thestonenyc.com