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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Russell Gunn and Elektrik Butterfly take on Black Sabbath at Apache Cafe


The folks at Apache Cafe love you.

Seriously. I mean, they must love you; if they didn't, why else would they be hosting a Customer Appreciation event on Nov. 26 that features a free live show by lauded jazz/hip-hop/soul/etc. trumpeter Russell Gunn and the band Electrik Butterfly?

For folks who decide to check out the complimentary concert, Gunn — an Atlanta-based artist who has earned a reputation for producing an ultra-eclectic body of work — promises a a night of genre-bounding music ... all done as an homage (of sorts) to the legendary heavy metal Black Sabbath.

"The musical engine of Black Sabbath, guitarist Tony lommi, has always been an uncloseted jazz lover. It's completely evident in the sound of Black Sabbath and through his own admission," says Gunn. "With my band I pay a kind of reverse tribute — in that I am a jazz musician and uncloseted rock lover.

"We are doing arrangements of early original Black Sabbath music. From the original lineup of Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward and Ozzy," he continues. "We keep the spirit of the original recordings while expanding on the ideas through improvisation and modern arranging. The band is myself on trumpet with guitar effects, Ede Wright on guitar, Che Marshall on drums, and Kevin Scott on bass. People can expect the completely unexpected and leave Apache knowing they have just been blown away. It's really hard to articulate exactly what and how we do it."

Miss it at your own peril, people.

Free. Sat., Nov. 26. Doors open at 8 p.m. Apache Cafe, 64 3rd St. 404-876-5436. More info at:

And in case you've never seen Gunn in action, watch him do his thing below the jump:

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