Tonight: Captain Beefheart Symposium at the Knitting Factory

If you’re looking to introduce your friends or impress others with a knowledge of all things Beefheart, then this is the event for you. Tonight, Gary Lucas, who managed Captain Beefheart during the 80’s, and member of the Magic Band, will be hosting a symposium on the music of Captain Beefheart. In addition to anecdotes and stories, expect discussions on HOW to play his music (he once said to Lucas, ‘Play like you died.’) and a deeper look at his lyrics. Slated to appear: Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Danny Fields, Richard Pena and more.

This is happening tonight at the Knitting Factory Brooklyn, doors open at 7, show at 8. Tickets are $20.

For a taste of what’s going on tonight, Gothamist interviewed Gary Lucas, expounding upon his passion for the music, meeting the Captain, and managing him in the late period.

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