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Dave King’s Big Love for Bands

Drummer from The Bad Plus and Happy Apple performing with six of his ensembles in a two-night series of shows in hometown of Minneapolis

Dave King
Dave King

Let it be known to any would-be employers out there: Drummer Dave King is not a one-band man. Although he’s best known for his work with the popular trio The Bad Plus and as a co-founder of Happy Apple, King has always kept busy with plenty of different bands and projects. And on his latest CD, Indelicate (Sunnyside), he handles all the instruments, specifically keyboards and drums. On Friday, March 12, and Saturday, March 13, music fans in King’s hometown of Minneapolis will get a chance to hear the breadth of his musical interests, as he performs two nights at the Walker Art Center with various ensembles of his past, present and future.

Friday’s show features Buffalo Collision (Ethan Iverson, Tim Berne, Hank Roberts and King); the Bad Plus (bassist Reid Anderson with Iverson and King); Happy Apple (Michael Lewis, Erik Fratzke and King); and a rare performance by the Bad Apple, a combination of the two groups. On Saturday, two of King’s new bands debut: Golden Valley Is Now (Craig Taborn, Reid Anderson, King) and Dave King Trucking Company (Fratzke, Chris Speed, Adam Linz and King).

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