So there's a lot of mountain music this week. If you wish someone would mow the grass right out of yonder blues, check the basement at Fusion for some Grammy-nominated sounds from Tony O', a blues guitar player who's kicked around with Pinetop Perkins, Victoria Spivey and Hubert Sumlin. And if those credentials don't satisfy, he says he was given the name by Howlin' Wolf. He plays Fusion Oct. 15 at 10 p.m. $8. 249-2338.
The Mozart Festival Concert Series
Finally, 250 years after his birth, this poor unknown composer is finally being recognized. The Richmond Symphony begins a four-part series dedicated to the composer and his well-known fans, like Tchaikovsky, whose work is performed alongside Wolfgang's, Oct. 14 at Bon Air Baptist Church at 8 p.m. ($14-$35), and Oct. 16 at Randolph-Macon College at 3 p.m. ($23-$25). Call 788-1212 or visit www.richmondsymphony.com.
If you think there's a lot of weird-looking noisemakers at the symphony, stop by Chop Suey Oct. 15 and Art Works Oct. 16. You'll see such things! Experimental music and the landscape of noise get a workout with old Yamaha keyboards, dental equipment, weirdly tuned guitars and maybe an alto sax or two. The goal is making new sounds. Now, whether that intent is to make people dance, swoon or jump up and down, that all depends on the artist's mood or how well the laptop is working. Chop Suey hosts workshops, 3-6 p.m., and performances afterward by Radio Shock, Silver Ninjas and others. Free. 497-4705. Art Works hosts a whole day of noise, noon-11 p.m., with performances by two dozen local and imported artists. $8. 291-1400. Visit www.804noise.org for more information.
Fatlip at Nanci Raygun
Being featured in a documentary by "Being John Malkovich" and "Adaptation" director Spike Jonze has to be a sign of a certain kind of achievement. Plus, being one of the founding members of So Cal fun-loving hip-hop outfit Pharcyde doesn't hurt either. Fatlip has been on his own for about a decade now and still is known as one of the shining voices of the Pharcyde crew (he seems to be Jonze's favorite). And now, at long last, he is about to drop his first solo album, "The Loneliest Punk," in November. But first he plays Nanci Raygun, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. with Omni and Supreme. $8. 353-4263.
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