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24 June 2008

Secret Society @ (Le) Poisson Rouge, July 9

Darcy James Argue's
Wednesday, July 9
7:30 PM
(Le) Poisson Rouge
WHEN: Wednesday, July 9 at 7:30 PM
WHERE: (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street (btw Thompson & Sullivan), NYC
SUBWAY: ABCDEFV to West 4th Street
COST: $15
ADVANCE TICKETS: click here.
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Wherever there is a "thriving underground arts ecology," it is all but certain that the villains and miscreants of Secret Society shall be found skulking in the shadows. So it can come as no surprise that rogue composer Darcy James Argue and his cabal of eighteen co-conspirators have ensconced themselves in Greenwich Village's latest house of ill repute, the "burlesqueish performance spot" known as (Le) Poisson Rouge. Word on the street has it that this nefarious order will take the stage to at 7:30 PM on July 9th to proselytize for the dark art of steampunk bigband. Though some may be lured by the venue's seductive amenities — including a 9-foot Steinway, state-of-the-art multichannel sound system, and a practically limitless store of Madam Geneva — those of a delicate and superstitious sensibility would be well-advised to avoid (Le) Poisson Rouge entirely, as it is said that the place is haunted by the ghost of Jacques Brel.

It is with some alarm that we note that Secret Society appears to have lured into its orbit heretofore respectable members of the Jazz Community, including trumpeter Tim Hagans, who was last spotted fraternizing with the Society at the New Languages Festival. Other co-conspirators making their Society debut include trombonists Rick Parker and Pete McIvor, and pianist Gordon Webster, who rejoins the group in New York after having aided and abetted their Canadian infiltration in January. The Society has also successfully lured saxophonists Rob Wilkerson and Mark Small back into the fold after a prolonged absence -- it seems their deprogramming was ultimately unsuccessful. All of them are surely doing their reputations irreparable harm.

Those who have stood vigilant against the Society's insidious propaganda efforts will no doubt be aware that the group makes a practice of recording their presentations and enticing the unwary to down-load them at their leisure. Now is not the time to let down your guard, as rumors are circulating that Secret Society will be making a lavish 48-track digital live recording of the proceedings at (Le) Poisson Rouge, to be subsequently "mixed" and "mastered," therefore allowing steampunk bigband to be distributed to the masses in a much more potent form than ever before. Be mindful. You have been warned.

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