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An Evening with Kaki King 

When: Thu., Jan. 29, 8:30 p.m. 2009
Price: $20

Kaki King started her musical career as a drummer, so when she turned to the guitar, the two-handed, percussive technique she needed to play drums carried over to her unique approach to the instrument. She blends flurries of finger-picked notes with fret tapping to create harmonic overtones, uses slap bass techniques to add pounding rhythmic accents, and thumps the body of the guitar, making it as much a percussion instrument as a melodic one. She got raves for her innovative instrumental approach on albums like 2004's Legs to Make Us Longer, but on her latest outing, Dreaming of Revenge, she emerges as a fine singer-songwriter jumping from jazz to country to funk without breaking a sweat. Close your eyes and you won't believe a single musician is producing the flurry of rhythm and melody that King delivers. Kaki King plays Ashkenaz (1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley) on Thursday, Jan. 29. 8:30 p.m., $20. Ashkenaz.com


— j. poet

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