It doesn't take much to get Akron/Family to play freely. This time, their excuses are tunes-in-progress from an album-in-progress; at Music Hall of Williamsburg in March, new jams took up more than half the show. Tonight, it's the fact that they're the closing set of the even-freer VisionFest. They'll be joined by bassist William Parker and drummer Hamid Drake (who added heavy levitations to 2006's fantastic mini-LP Meek Warrior). The tunes are Afro-psych-something, and even if Akron/Family don't sing about love and space anymore, that's exactly where they're still pointed. With William Parker's Southern Satellites and [the] Slowest Runner [in All the World].
Wed., June 30, 8 p.m., 2010