Patti Smith Brings ‘Horses’ To Carnegie Music Hall; Jergel’s Hosts Balcony Big Band (Mon., 3/13/17)

1) For proof of Patti Smith’s far reaching influence, look no further than Deerhunter’s show at Mr. Smalls last January. During the indie rock band’s last song, frontman Bradford Cox sang snippets of Smith’s “Land,” the penultimate track from her 1975 debut, Horses. Smith and her band will perform that album in its entirety at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. An artist performing an album isn’t novel: Springsteen did it last year (The River), U2 are doing it this year (The Joshua Tree). What is novel, still, after over 40 years, is Horses: punk and poetry hybrid, with a version of Them’s “Gloria” that’s more like an original than a cover. An impressive discography followed Horses, including “Because the Night,” which she co-wrote with Springsteen. Now 70, Smith isn’t slowing down. In 2010, her memoir Just Kids won the National Book Award. At the 2016 Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in Stockholm, she sang “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” on behalf of Bob Dylan, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. 8 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. (CM)

Patti Smith performing at Primavera Sound festival, Parc del Fòrum, Barcelona, Spain in 2007. photo: Michael Morel and Wikipedia.

Patti Smith performing at Primavera Sound festival, Parc del Fòrum, Barcelona, Spain in 2007. photo: Michael Morel and Wikipedia.

2) The Balcony Big Band is hitting only high notes in a Monday night performance at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. The 18 member group makes a big, beautiful sound. Get in some Monday relaxation with good music. The West Virginia University Jazz Combo opens. 7 p.m. No cover. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale.