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Johnny Vidacovich

By Rebekah Hall

MONDAY 11/11. 7:30 p.m. The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse. $30.

Johnny Vidacovich

New Orleans jazz drummer Johnny Vidacovich will bring his Big Easy energy and drumming prowess to The Joint Theater and Coffeehouse in Argenta. Vidacovich is a staple in the New Orleans jazz scene both as a solo artist and as a member of the contemporary jazz group Astral Project. His eccentric personal style — he often performs wearing beanies, tie-dye hoodies, beaded necklaces, bucket hats or fedoras — and lanky frame, coupled with his high-energy performances, make the drummer seem larger than life. In addition to his work as a performer, Vidacovich is a percussion instructor at Loyola University and the University of New Orleans, and he regularly hosts music workshops for young students. Vidacovich and his music also appeared on the second season of AMC’s bizarre dark comedy “Preacher” in 2017, in which God pays a visit to an earthside strip club to hear the legendary percussionist sling tunes. As the hardened club owner recounts to the Preacher, “God didn’t come for the girls, you idiot — he came for the jazz.” So, too, can you come for the jazz. If you’re still on the fence about attending, take Vidacovich’s own recommendation to heart: In a Facebook comment the musician left on a flyer for a 2018 show, the musician declares, “You think you babes can take it? It’s gonna freak you!”


November 12, 2019
1:30 am
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The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse
301 Main St.
North Little Rock, AR 72114
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(501) 372-0210