A straightforward folk song like “Anchorage” might lead one to think that an evening with Michelle Shocked would be quiet and tasteful. But “Anchorage” isn’t straightforward: it’s a complex, brutal, defiant, and ultimately uplifting triumph of a song, and while, yes, its singer and composer is a folksinger, she’s also something of an anarchist. (Her new record, Short Sharp Shocked, includes both the beautiful “Anchorage” and a scary punk number called “Fogtown,” which doesn’t appear on the label.) On record, she salutes Leadbelly and both Guthries; live, she recalls no one so much as the young Bob Dylan–the very young Bob Dylan, who shambled about the stage, told jokey stories, and figured folk was a book you had to keep rewriting for it to have any relevance. Opening are the very cool Balancing Act. Saturday, 7:30 PM, Cabaret Metro, 3730 N. Clark; 549-0203.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Paul Natkin–Photo Reserve.