Some artists thrive on bustling urban life. Not Johnette Napolitano. The feral frontfox for Concrete Blonde has left the big city far behind in favor of a rustic live/work space out in the desert of Joshua Tree.
But when the group tours, she goes great-guns into it, all over the world. The band recently returned from exotic China, where they were one of only two American outfits invited to play a two-day West Lake Music Festival in the Zhejiang Province city of Hangzhou. But now she’s arrived at a unique solution that will allow her to play to all of her fans around the globe without ever leaving home.
This Sunday, at 6 p.m. (we know, we know — it’s “Breaking Bad”/“Entourage”/“Curb Your Enthusiasm” night!) Concrete Blonde will be playing a live-streaming concert from Joshua Tree’s Rancho De La Luna studio. It’s not free. But the site uses its own “notes” currency, which can be purchased via credit card (ten “notes” = a dollar) then used to purchase tickets.
Currently at work on a new album after last year’s 20th anniversary “Bloodletting” tour, Napolitano and crew are looking at this little diversion as a experiment, possibly foreshadowing more similarly-streamed shows. Keep track at www.concreteblondeofficialwebsite.com.