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It pleases me to state that the Weird Beards may currently be the local band creating the most electricity and grassroots following.
Which is interesting because, aesthetically and musically, I don't like the Weird Beards.
What I do like about them, though, is their energy and collective enthusiasm in concert - as with Saturday's date in New London's Bank Street Café. A WB show is as much about performance art as a band playing songs and creating a mass-hysteria party vibe.
They DO play songs, of course - including crowd faves such as "Robots" and "Lobster Boy" - but the primitive shrieks and anarchic folk/free jazz would never work if it all wasn't being delivered by the band's glazed-but-manic shaman, Brian Skidmore.
In short, in the sort of ukulele-spirit of the Butthole Surfers, who championed the idea of Abrasive Music For The Fun Of It, a WB show is always great entertainment.
- RICK KOSTER
The Weird Beards, 9 p.m. Saturday, Bank Street Café, 639 Bank St., New London; $5; (860) 444-1444.