Even before Don Van Vliet died in December, Gary Lucas, a guitarist in Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band, was touring with his Captain Beefheart Symposium. As Lucas told the Wall Street Journal, the symposiums are intended to “remind folks just how world-shaking an artist and musician” Van Vliet was. Today, help Lucas’s cause and bring a Beefheart virgin to turn on to the legendary blues-rock pioneer who influenced everyone from Jack White to Joe Strummer. Expect to hear unreleased songs, see rare film clips of the band at work, and listen to stories from a range of special guests, including Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Richard Pena, and Hal Willner.
Fri., April 8, 8 p.m., 2011

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