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Due to unavoidable circumstances, The Red Krayola has regrettably had to cancel its upcoming concerts with The Kitchen. We hope to be able to reschedule in the near future. We look forward to seeing you at The Kitchen for another event soon.

Celebrating their 50th anniversary, The Red Krayola—recently dubbed the best Texas psychedelic band in history—appear for two nights with separate concerts. Band members performing throughout the weekend include Bill Bowman (bass); Dylan Ryan (piano, drums); Tom Watson (guitar, vocals); Sandy Yang (vocals, drums); and Mayo Thompson (vocals, piano).

On FRIDAY, November 4 at 8pm the group perform the New York premiere of a new arrangement of Corrected Slogans (1976), their first collaboration with Art & Language. 

As Art & Language says: "The texts—the lyrics—of Corrected Slogans, which consist of insecurely rhyming and metrical samplings of Marxist economic theory, historiography, and social critique, are in the main, ‘not at home’ in the music. Together, they make a chimera. It could be said simplistically that the rock n’ roll of the music carries the message of the text into circumstances where it would not otherwise be heard (on the Salvation Army principle that the Devil should not always have the best tunes). Alternatively, it could be said that the improbable détente between music and text is a disguise for both: the music clothes the text in auditory garments such that it cannot appear as itself, and the text makes a semantic demand on the music that it can only hide." 

On SATURDAY, November 5 at 8pm the band present a NYC jamboree (Cooking in The Kitchen), a survey of 50 years of their music with the Familiar Ugly. 

Preceding the Saturday performance will be a conversation with Mayo Thompson at 5pm. 

November 4-5, 8pm 
$25 single night; $40 both events.

The Red Krayola is made possible with endowment support from Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, annual grants from The Amphion Foundation, Inc., The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Howard Gilman Foundation, and The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Photo: installation shot of Art & Language, An Interview with Mayo Thompson, 2009, photo courtesy Lisson Gallery.

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