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Wicked Knee Plays Real Art Ways on June 22
We frequently sing the praises of Hartford's super-hip Real Art Ways, our local portal into the world of amazing avant-garde films, art, theater, music and unclassifiable happenings. It's a fun parlor game trying to figure out what they'll program next, like the two provocative bands playing there this week: M.A.K.U. Sound System (June 20, at Creative Cocktail Hour), a New York-based eight-piece Colombian psych-punk-jazz ensemble, and Wicked Knee (pictured, June 22), drummer Billy Martin's other band (he's the middle "M" in trip-hop jazzers Medeski, Martin & Wood), a brass-heavy ragtime funk quartet that'll perform outside. Those curious souls among us will surely want to be at both events; the 6/20 CCH also boasts the opening reception for Ponzi Structure, a new exhibit by Connecticut artist John O'Donnell. But then the other show's outside. Too tough to call, so go to both.
By Michael Hamad
June 17, 2013