Known for their impressive musicianship and polyphonic harmonies, Connecticut folk trio Mad Agnes prove that when it comes to performing, talent trumps equipment. Composed of multi-instrumentalists Margo Hennebach, token lesbian Adrienne Jones and Mark Saunders, Mad Agnes toss together everything from Celtic and Renaissance harmonies to traditional and ’60s-style folk, along with a healthy dose of humor to create a show that’s short on filler but long on entertainment. Fun is of foremost concern for this group, so don’t expect any history lectures of dull dirges when this trio hit the stage. Instead, be ready to see three artists functioning seamlessly together, creating beautiful music that’s as surprising as it is heartwarming.
Gilbert Garcia

Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse, inside NorthPark Presbyterian Church, 9555 N Central Expressway. Friday at 8 p.m. $12. 214-363-0044.

After two seasons as artistic director of the Oak Lawn Band, Joseph E. Guzman, pictured, announced that he’s stepping down. Guzman will conduct his last Oak Lawn Band concert on June 10.

“I feel confident that the band will be able to continue its forward momentum as a quality musical ensemble in the Dallas area. In order to further my career goals as an educator and performer, I have made the difficult decision to step down as artistic director,” Guzman said in a press statement.

The band’s board will conduct a search for Guzman’s successor. They hope to have a new artistic director in place before the June 10th concert. The artistic director is responsible for the musical guidance, rehearsals, public performances and selecting the repertoire.
Daniel A. Kusner

Information about applying for the position is posted at the band’s website ( 214-621-8998.

A stellar line-up of provocative and outspoken musicians, including Michael Stipe, pictured, and Rufus Wainwright, will join peace activist Cindy Sheehan for a New York City concert on March 20, the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.

Giving voice to the majority of Americans who support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq, the “Bring ‘Em Home Now! Concert” will also showcase queer electroclash acts Fischerspooner and Peaches. In the coming weeks, more artists are expected to join the bill.

At least 2,267 American soldiers have died since the war began three years ago. And it’s estimated that more than 30,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed.
Some of America’s leading artists and activists have signed on as the concert’s “Home Team” host committee, including Jane Fonda, Tony Kushner, Margaret Cho, Matthew Barney, David LaChapelle, Alec Baldwin, Janeane Garafolo, Gore Vidal and Eve Ensler. The concert will be held at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom. Proceeds benefits Iraq Veterans Against the War and Veterans for Peace.
Daniel A. Kusner

March 20, doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets $28 $35.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, March 3, 2006.
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