Saturday, May 11, 2013

Francis' show Saturday coincides with Pixies tribute

Recent setlists indicate that Pixies' frontman Black Francis (aka Frank Black) will give fans a smattering of Pixies' tracks during his solo show at Visulite Saturday with opener and sometime collaborator Reid Paley. If fans don't get a comprehensive, career-spanning set like this one from Boston in April, Charlotte punky garage band Black Market will be paying tribute to Francis' seminal late `80s alternative rock band at The Milestone Saturday as well. You can check out its version of "Tame" here.

Boston is Francis' hometown, so Charlotte's show will likely be briefer. Sets in Chapel Hill and Asheville in February were anywhere from 23 to 28 songs long - not too shabby - and spanned the man legally known as Charles Thompson IV's fabled career.

Honestly I could sit there all night listening to him play all five Pixies' records from start to finish, but there is incredible work under the Frank Black and Black Francis monikers as well. He also hasn't played a solo show here in ages - maybe since Tremont during the Cult of Ray Tour in 1996 (I just came across my ticket stub).

Black Market says its a coincidence its show, which is part of a benefit for next weekend's Treasure Fest III in Plaza-Midwood, was booked the very same night. It's likely you can catch both sets given how late things usually roll at the West Side hot spot.