Tonight, the Automata Kinetic Sculpture Exhibition closes with a not to be missed performance by a legendary electronic music fore-father and New Orleans native: Simeon Cox III.
Before Big Freedia, before Quintron, before Master P, before any other electronic artist, New Orleans had Simeon.
His music is a frenzy – a riddle of spoken poetry, electronic screeches, artillery-like drumming – packaged within psychedelically euphoric titles like Velvet Cave, Seagreen Serenades, and Lovefingers.
In 1968, under the band name Silver Apples, Simeon and his drummer Danny Taylor, spun some of the freshest auditory amusements that speak to the bits and bites of modern life.
Simeon left New Orleans, packed with inspiration from Fats Domino, to pursue rock n’ roll dreams. At the close of the 60’s and the death of the rock-n-roll that Fats knew, Simeon took to playing a primitive synthesizer, known as an oscillator.
Silver Apples, a band of only two players, reigned for only a few years, crashing on the wings of a Pan Am flight. (The band went into hiding after a controversy surrounding their last album’s cover, picturing Simeon and Danny in a Pan Am cockpit, smiling, while holding drug paraphernalia.)
But now, forty years later, Simeon emerges from hiding to play at the Allways Lounge.
Tickets for the show can be purchased at the door of the Allways Lounge (2240 St. Claude Ave) for a paltry $5, and the show includes performances by Amphibian Lark, C-Section 8, Micronaut, & Dead Baby Dolphins.
I encourage any and all ages to attend, as Simeon is a key root to understanding Big Freedia’s generation.
For more information, visit: http://automatanola.wordpress.com, and be sure to check out the Automata Kinetic Sculpture Exhibition before it closes for this year.