Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Local Music

Tomorrow evening, Thursday, Rackett will be performing from 6 to 8 pm in the courtyard at Princeton Shopping Center, 301 North Harrison Street in Princeton Township.

For those who may be unfamiliar with Rackett, their MySpace page says, "Sound Like . . . two college professors, a graduate student, a lawyer and an IT guy playing electric rock accompaniments to lyrics penned by a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet." That lyricist would be Irish-born Paul Muldoon, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Princeton University professor and poetry editor of The New Yorker, who was described by The Times Literary Supplement as "the most significant English-language poet born since the second World War."

The self-described "three-car garage rock" band began in 2004 and features (left to right) Stephen Allen (keyboards, vocals), Nigel Smith (bass, vocals), Paul Muldoon (lyrics, guitar, percussion), Bobby Lewis (drums) and Lee Matthew (lead guitar, vocals). Rackett plays venues in New York City and tours the US and Europe. The band is currently working on its third CD. Read more about them on their website and click here and here for their music and video.

This performance is one of the Summer Courtyard Concerts at Princeton Shopping Center presented by the Arts Council of Princeton and sponsored by the Princeton Shopping Center Tenant Association. Concerts will be held Thursday nights until August 27.

Don't forget to bring a lawn chair. Admission is free to these events.