Smart Bets: Baby Gramps

Called "the Salvador Dali of folk music," Seattle-based musician Baby Gramps blends rags, jazz and vintage blues with originals, throat singing and palindromes. He's toured as part of the Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys CD Concert Tour, which included musicians like Marianne Faithful, Lou Reed and Suzanne Vega (not to mention that the CD was produced by none other than Johnny Depp). According to his bio, Baby Gramps "appeals to a wide range of audiences from folk to jamband to punk to old timey traditional and to kids of all ages." Asheville audiences get three chances to see Baby Gramps: He performs two shows on the LaZoom bus on Sunday, June 9 at 7 and 10 p.m., $15. http://www.lazoomtours.com. Also, he'll be at Jack of the Wood on Tuesday, June 12 with Mad Tea. 9 p.m., $5. http://jackofthewood.com. Photo by John Cornicello.

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