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The No More Bush tour arrives at the Velvet Lounge without impeachment petitions or free copies of Loose Change, thankfully. The tour’s sponsors, Arthur magazine and Thurston Moore’s Ecstatic Peace label, insist the show is all yes-we-can: “We would like to celebrate the pre-dawn of a new day—a day when the word ‘Cheney’ is once more an empty phrase we use to terrify youngsters.” This date features an appropriate throwback: Jack Rose, a finger-picking guitar hero who sounds like a direct descendant of John Fahey, Sandy Bull, and Robbie Basho. The guitar is Rose’s storyteller, evoking old blues, lost Eastern drones, and bruised laments last found spinning on a 78 player in Istanbul. Rose is a superb conjurer, who with each new release (he’s very prolific), seems to be feeling his way toward his own, well, ecstatic take on steel-string tradition.
JACK ROSE PERFORMS WITH MV & EE, ZAIKA, AND MORE AT 9 P.M. AT THE VELVET LOUNGE, 915 U ST. NW. $10. (202) 462-3213