Anais Mitchell with Mike & Ruthy and Robert Sarazin Blake @ Babeville
by Geoff Kelly - posted 11:00 am, November 28, 2009
After the flurry of shopping bags, leftovers, mall mobs, and deep-discount desperation, Black Friday is probably going to leave you beat. You can take the day after to rest, but tonight (November 28) the Ninth Ward (Babeville/Ashbury Hall) will be hosting a treat to bring you sweetly back to life. Anais Mitchell comes to us from Vermont, crooning traveler’s tales. Her forthcoming album, Hadestown, a bleak re-telling of the Orpheus myth set in a depression era company town, is set to be released in March on the Righteous Babe label, with the help of friends such as Ani DiFranco and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. She will be performing with a few of her other friends: Mike Merenda and Ruthy Ungar Merenda, better known as Mike & Ruthy and, with a musical niche that is difficult to pinpoint, Robert Sarazin Blake, whose style ranges from punk to blues and country, threading his poetry through socialist themes, penning songs that elude classification, and ultimately defying genre. Look for him to also play tomorrow night (Sunday, Nov. 29) at Mohawk Place.
—ann marie awad
Ninth Ward at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave., downstairs|7pm doors/8pm showtime | $10 advance at Babeville box office and all Tickets.com outlets; $10/day of show | 852-3835 | babevillebuffalo.com