Gooding tidings at Cajun's Wharf 

GOODING: World music at Cajun's.
  • GOODING: World music at Cajun's.
The world-music electronica act Gooding, led by the guitarist and vocalist of the same name, will bring a new show to Cajun’s Wharf Saturday, Oct. 1. The Wichita, Kan.-based group never plays “the same show twice,” Gooding said in an interview with the Times, because its style is to connect with its audiences and use their feedback. “It keeps us hungry,” he said. The band’s free-wheeling and penetrating style plays off Gooding’s distinctive deep voice, his frenetic guitar work and original compositions. He calls bandmates Jesse Reichenberger (drums) and Billy Driver (bass) his “anchors”; they don’t put rock-star distance between themselves and the audiences they entertain. Gooding, who calls himself a late-blooming musical nerd, has released eight independent albums and his music was featured on the soundtrack of “The Matrix” as well as on some MTV shows. The band’s latest album is “Angel/Devil,” a musical tour-de-force touching on the dichotomies of man and nature and saints and sinners. Gooding said he learned to compose by reading “the greats.” “Stephen King said, ‘Kill your darlings.’ Sometimes you get an idea and you just work it to death and get nowhere … you wind up with a lot of empty scraps of paper. You have to learn to let go of some so-called great ideas to make room for new ones.” Another one he likes: Tom Waits’ “All killer, no filler.” Things get started at Cajun’s around 9 p.m.; admission is $5. The Big Easy’s biggest jazz combo, Astral Project, is like a lot of New Orleans residents — projected right out of town. But the combo is fulfilling its fall tour obligations, including a stop at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at the Afterthought. The tight-knit group of progressive and spiritually minded jazz artists, founded in 1978, is made up of Tony Dagradi (saxophone), James Singleton (bass), John Vidacovich (percussion) and Steve Masakowski (seven-string guitar). The group’s latest album was the highly acclaimed “The Legend of Cowboy Bill.” Admission is $10 in advance or $15 the day of the show at the club or at Capitol Keyboards (228-9999). Another displaced New Orleans band, Drums and Tuba, will play Sticky Fingerz on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Drums and Tuba is an otherworldly “rock” band; it recently released its third album, “Battle Ole,” on Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe records. Labelmate That 1 Guy (a.k.a. Mike Silverman), who does a solo explosive jazz-thrash thing (sort of like a hopped-up Dick Van Dyke one-man-band in “Mary Poppins”) opens at 9 p.m. Admission is $5. There’s nothing to yawn about here: Ho-Hum, the local veteran pop group, will celebrate its ninth studio album in nine years — “Losty”— when it performs Saturday, Oct. 1, at Juanita’s. Coach, from Conway, will open at 9 p.m. Cover is $7.

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