We used to call him the Krazy King of the Kape, because every musical move he made was wisely unhinged, and from Memorial Day to Indian Summer, echoes of his pan-pop aesthetic could be found in saloons from the Bourne Bridge to the Long Point Light Station. But Chandler Travis ain’t krazy, because there’s nothing but lucid invention driving his oversaturated pop toons. Doesn’t matter how florid they may be on top, doesn’t matter how absurd they may sound at first blush. An insightful blend of wit and heart invariably reveals itself as Travis’ music unfolds, and from 2002’s “Fluffy” (concerns about hair care) to 2018’s “Fruit Bat Fun” (polka-ska for now people) to 2017’s “By The Way” (existence meted out in romantic moments from the pen of CT colleague David Greenberger with goosebumps guaranteed after third spin) to 2000’s “Baby Come Get Your Cat” (ornery feline energy mixed with erotic frenzy) to the 13 discrete spins on a single melody that comprise The Ivan Variations (complete with mock Deutsche Grammophon album art, and yes, I’ll take “Headstand Ivan” over “Sexy Ivan With Bongo”), there’s plenty of architecture to shore up the silliness. When you know a lot, you play a lot, and in the process you share a lot. Audience absorption times may vary depending on what zip code the band’s in (this is self-proclaimed alt-dixieland pop after all), but the Philharmonic ain’t out to play over anyone’s head and their entertainment quotient is there for all to easily compute. Of course experimentation is key to these bohemian wags, a way of living that let’s creativity thrive on a weekly time-frame. Every talk-show actor interview always references the attractions of improv and yielding to the moment for inspiration. Well, to paraphrase one of his earliest song titles, Travis’ performances, like this relatively rare hit at NYC’s Cutting Room on Sunday afternoon, will find him operating with both feet planted firmly in mid-air – that’s how it’s always gonna be with the Krazy King. Don’t be shy to ask him about his Sensuous Bedfellow album. He’s cool with adult themes as well.
Wed., Aug. 24- the Chandler Travis Philharmonette at Bubala’s By the Bay (185 Commercial St., 508 487 0773), 9:30 – 11:30. On the patio (weather allowing); our P’town home for almost 20 years, and our only summer residency this year.
ANOTHER WEDNESDAY DOUBLEHEADER:
Wed., Aug. 31- Channy n Johnny at the Harwichport Stroll on Rt. 28 in downtown Harwichport, 5 to 7:30pm. AND THEN the Chandler Travis Philharmonette at Bubala’s By the Bay (185 Commercial St., 508 487 0773), 9:30 – 11:30. On the patio (weather allowing); our P’town home for almost 20 years, and our only summer residency this year. Great food ~ free parking ~ what’s not to like?