My first glimpse of Paul Weller was fronting the Style Council on the 1985 telecast of Live Aid. His celebrated days in the Jam were obscure, but his aesthetic exchange onstage with then-wife D.C. Lee was heartening and inspiring to this sista-gal-in-development. Weller has kept his ears wide open in the subsequent decades of his solo career, and hes received accolades for interrogating everything from Traffic folk-rock to Gils agit-rap. His 22 Dreamsa portrait of the artist at 50shows that Weller is neither resting on his laurels nor forgetting the gifts that Africana continues to give his motherland. Wellers soul is indeed heavy, and I can dig it.
Wed., Sept. 10, 8 p.m., 2008