If you're into old-time music or, more generally, the preservation and advancement of foundational American art, bills don't get much better than this: Like Pete Seeger, Alan Lomax and the Warners, John Cohen served as a source of salvation for the country's folk music by seeking and documenting it at the source. Some of his musicological work—as well as his long-running advocate for such songs, the New Lost City Ramblers—help form the backbone of what we know about the tunes and tales of this country.
He's joined here by The Downhill Strugglers, a young Brooklyn trio that's picked up on the Rambler spirit and revivified it for this century. The same can be said of Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton, a Los Angeles multi-instrumentalist who, like Frank Fairfield, picks and sings these tunes with an intensity that suggests he's just invented them. This show is in The ArtsCenter's small West End Theatre, so arrive early. —Grayson Currin