The Tiger Lillies’ Martyn Jacques possesses one of the more remarkable voices in popular music, a buttery falsetto that evokes the yearning beauty of Jimmy Somerville and Bronski Beat, a sound perfectly calibrated for the SoBe-style dance-club scene. Which is why Jacques believes the crowd will be especially receptive this weekend in Miami, where the Tiger Lillies will get funky with their …
“Oh, Lord, no. No, no, no …” Jacques protests in a soft British manner. “No. I’d be horrible at that. I’d hate … I couldn’t do disco, sorry.”
OK, right. The Tiger Lillies are, in fact, the opposite of dance-club music, with Jacques’ exquisite vocals soaring over an astonishing hybrid of influences: Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, opera and blues, circus sounds, Gypsy songs and the laments of Left Bank street musicians. Adding to the exotic allure, Jacques leads these songs — often uplifting anthems about drug addicts, prostitutes and the marginalized — in vaguely menacing face paint (one critic dubbed Jacques “the Criminal Castrati).
Jacques believes this extravagant style of entertainment is a perfect fit for the audiences that will gather at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday for Miami Light Project performances at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th St., Miami). The Tiger Lillies played a set in the street at last year’s Sleepless Night in Miami, which was cut short after three songs by torrential rain.
“It’s a pretty over-the-top place, isn’t it? I remember all the amazing architecture, all kinds of 1930s-type stuff,” Jacques says from his flat in Berlin. “On the other side, there was all this bling, and loads of girls in really short skirts, and men driving around in enormous Cadillacs. … I’ve been to America quite a bit, and I can’t honestly say that many cities really grabbed me. But in Miami, I thought, ‘God, this is an amazing city.’”
Jacques says that when the phone rang, he was on the piano practicing numbers he’ll be playing in the Goldman Warehouse. They include songs by the great Edith Piaf and music based on German composer Frank Wedekind’s sexually charged “Lulu” plays, about the fall of a social-climbing dancer who later turns to prostitution.
The plays, which tested social mores when first produced at the turn of the 20th century, were the source material for the 1929 silent film “Pandora’s Box,” starring Louise Brooks, and the 2011 album “Lulu,” a collaboration between Lou Reed and Metallica. Could it be more Miami?
“We’ll be in our Victorian style costumes and the makeup. There’s a song about Jack the Ripper. The whole thing will be quite dark and sinister,” Jacques says. “You’ll have to have a really open mind.”
Tickets for the Tiger Lillies shows cost $25-$50. Call 305-576-4350 or go to MiamiLightProject.com.
More than 30 Florida breweries will take part in the South Florida Brewers Guild Fest from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday in Boynton Beach’s Intracoastal Park (2240 N. Federal Highway). Among those offering samples will be Due South, Engine 15, Funky Buddha, Swamp Head, Wynwood, Inlet and Mile Marker Brewing, as well as Intuition Ale Works, Cold Storage Craft Brewery and the Tampa Bay Brew Bus. Tickets cost $40, $100 for VIP, which gets you in at 1 p.m., plus other benefits. Tickets, more info: FloridaBrewersGuild.org.
ADDITION BY SUBTRACTION
The only thing better than electro-rockers Minus the Bear pulling the plug on the electro on their new album, “Acoustics II,” will be hearing them cover themselves in a live setting. Songs such as “Diamond Lighting” from “Infinity Overhead” just seem closer in the stripped-down version on “Acoustics II.” As singer-guitarist Jake Snider told Rolling Stone: "When you sit down with an acoustic guitar and start figuring out how you can make it more rich and more full and fill up the space that you used to, it's just an interesting and fun exercise." The Seattle quintet performs Friday at Revolution Live (100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Tickets: $21 at the box office. Info: 954-449-1025, JointheRevolution.net.
In case you missed it, South Florida is one of the markets around the country getting a sneak peek at the new documentary “Jimi Hendrix — Hear My Train a Comin'” which includes never-before-seen footage of the guitar god at the 1968 Miami Pop Festival, which took place at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. The film, which will premiere 9 p.m. Tuesday on PBS stations nationwide, will be shown at 9 p.m. Friday, 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at O Cinema (90 NW 29th St., Miami). Tickets cost $10.50. Call 305-571-9970 or go to O-Cinema.org. Tuesday also will bring the release of a special DVD package of the documentary and the release of an album of the concert at Gulfstream Park called “Jimi Hendrix Experience: Miami Pop Festival." More information here.
BILLY, DUSTY AND FRANK
Billy Gibbons, who offers praise in the Jimi Hendrix documentary, will bring ZZ Top to Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Dec. 28, a show that promotes the trio’s latest album, “La Futura,” and “ZZ Top: The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1990,” a boxed set of 10 of the band’s most appreciated releases. Tickets for the show cost $84, $69 and $49, and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at MyHRL.com, Ticketmaster.com and at 800-745-3000.
THE OTHER ZZ
The Goo Goo Dolls will be the headliner for the seventh annual No Snow Ball on Dec. 14 at Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton, but there’s also the matter of up-and-coming blues siren ZZ Ward, who brightens the bill along with the Fray, Five for Fighting and Parachute. General-admission tickets for the show, sponsored by 97.9 WRMF and Sunny 107.9, cost $40 in advance at FrontgateTickets.com, $55 at the gate. VIP seating is $75 advance, $100 at the door. Info: 561-544-8600, MiznerAmphitheater.com.
YOU HAD ME AT “$1 BEER”
It’s Fan Appreciation Night on Saturday at the Fort Lauderdale Strikers’ final game of the season at Lockhart Stadium, with a $1 beer tailgate beginning two hours before the 7:30 p.m. match against FC Edmonton. All Strikers merchandise will be 25 percent off all night, and after the game the South Courtyard will be the setting for a meet-and-greet with the team and a post-game concert by reggae band Rhythmadx. Info: 954-606-0400, Strikers.com.
READY, WILLING AND ABLE
The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival continues with screenings through Nov. 11, none more worthy than “CinemAbility,” a celebrity-packed examination of the portrayal of the disabled in movies that is more upbeat than it sounds. Highland Beach actor Danny Murphy, “guy in the wheelchair” in six TV shows and 10 feature films, is an executive producer of the Jenni Gold-directed film, which is under consideration for a documentary Oscar. “The film does an excellent job taking us through the history of disability in film in a fun way. If everyone in the industry embraces the film, then we won’t have an issue,” Murphy says in a press blurb. Familiar faces in “CinemAbility” include Ben Affleck, Beau Bridges, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Peter Bogdanovich and Gary Sinise. Murphy will speak at a 1 p.m. Saturday screening at Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale, a benefit for a program Murphy has created with the Center for Independent Living of Broward County. Tickets cost $10, $8 seniors/students. For wheelchair seating, call 818-437-9423. More information: CinemAbility.com, DannyMurphy.com, FLIFF.com.