A skeptic might take one look at “Stewart Lupton: A Retrospective” and decide they aren’t really in the mood for a wake. After all, the last decade has brought the former Jonathan Fire*Eater front man’s music career little but pain and suffering. Comebacks flopped, good will was squandered, and concerts were bungled. In ten years, Lupton managed to eek out only a single EP’s worth of music under the name Child Ballads.
But hey, it’s a brand new year. A brand new decade, even. So maybe redemption is finally afoot for Lupton. This career retrospective—which will feature members of Cat Power and The French Kicks, among others—could be a chance to reconcile with old ghosts and get some closure. But just how far back is this thing supposed to go? Wasn’t Jonathan Fire*Eater originally a ska band?
At the very least, it might be a chance to rock out to “Song For Cherry Red” one more time.
Stewart Lupton (A Retrospective) w/ Laughing Man, Kevin Mullin, Submarine Bells. @ Rock & Roll Hotel 9:30 pm $10 1353 H Street, NE