The Insect & Western Party Live at Neptune’s is available for purchase from Eugene Chadbourne in his custom hand made packaging (fly swatters and insects probably not included). “Bugs” produced July 27, 2013 on the occasion of Bugs Bunny’s 73rd birthday.
Blessed be the five Mondays of this July, as Neptune’s—the subterranean bar two floors down from Kings—puts a hold on its dance-club routine to welcome acid-trip improviser and open-to-all composer Eugene Chadbourne for a weekly residency. Oboist Carrie Shull, cellist Chris Eubank, bassist David Menestres and violist Dan Ruccia join Chadbourne to revisit pieces from his daunting and long-running Insect & Western series, in which the Doctor pulls various strands of jazz and rock music into a roots music framework in a musical attempt to illustrate the lives of insects. If you’re worried about the rest of the week paling in comparison, welcome to Chadbourne’s general aesthetic, where nothing ever sits still for very long and where no idea seems quite deliriously strange enough. —Grayson Currin