Live music isn't just about the sound. There's the performance, the atmosphere, the personalities, the setting ... it's about the whole experience. And though it flies in the face of conventional wisdom, sometimes the experience can be accented by things being out of place—like seeing a death metal band at a church picnic or a jazz singer at Neurolux.
What? Neither of those things would ever happen, right?
Well, on the metal-picnic-worship-hour end, we've got nothing. But Curtis Stigers has toured with Eric Clapton, Elton John and Bonnie Raitt, as well as played on both The Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show. He's sold millions of albums worldwide and the Guardian UK described his new album as "the kind of Blue Note post-bop to which 1960s ad executives sipped martinis."
And tonight, he's playing Neurolux.
But what could bring on such mad—men—ness?
A good cause.
Boisean Gina Gregerson lost her home to a fire several weeks ago. Also destroyed in the fire were the facilities for the Gregerson Wildlife Refuge, an injured animal rehabilitation center that she ran. Animal residents at the time of the fire included pygmy goats, bighorn sheep, dogs, cats, emus, beavers and more. The show tonight at Neurolux is aiming to raise enough funds to rebuild the pens so the animals can get through the winter.
Also performing will be Darkwood Consort, Sandusky Furs, Kelli Kennison, a.k.a. Belle, Tim Willis and Bucket of Love and Grant Olsen/Nollifur.
And in yet another bizarro move for the Neurolux, this will be a smoke-free show. Which, considering the San Francisco levels of fog generally surrounding the bar, is probably stranger than Curtis Stigers playing.
The show starts at 7 p.m. and costs $5.