Northern Spy Presents at Sugarcube


Ever wanted to attend avant-guitar school and learn to shred from a six-string-wielding godhead? Well, here’s your shot, and it won’t cost you a dime (just a simple RSVP will do). Marc Ribot — the pride of downtown avant-garde jazz, John Zorn stable royalty, Lounge Lizard under John Lurie, Tom Waits’s right-hand man, leader of Ceramic Dog, Y Los Cubanos Postizos (a/k/a “The Prosthetic Cubans”), and his Trio (with legendary bassist extraordinaire Henry Grimes and drummer Chad Taylor), and hardcore activist — will conduct his very own “How to Jam With Marc Ribot Workshop,” sure to be an epically noisy jam-fest. No parameters or pro status required — just bring your instrument, an amp, or whatever you need to play along and shoot over to Sugarcube, an inflatable performance space at the South Street Seaport. After Ribot teaches you to slay, punk-jazz style, you’ll be treated to a performance by another guitar luminary, Loren Connors. Here, Connors will create his atmospheric blues-damaged guitarscapes under his Haunted House moniker, accompanied by vocalist Suzanne Langille. To cap off the festivities, Ribot’s Ceramic Dog (bassist/multi-instrumentalist wizard Shahzad Ismaily and drummer Ches Smith) will truly display a fret-hopping shred clinic as they dive in to cuts off their excellent LP from 2013, Your Turn. It’s all free but your RSVP is encouraged.

Sat., Jan. 24, 2 p.m., 2015