Experimental & Avant-Garde

Rushad Eggleston

When: Thu., Feb. 2, 8 p.m. 2012

It's not every cellist who can play 924 Gilman on a Friday night -- in a costume that involves an elf hat and a fake tail -- and then headline a folk music hall just a few weeks later. But Rushad Eggleston is no run-of-the-mill chamber musician. As frontman of the amplified string group Tornado Rider, he can lick a Bach Bourée at an incredibly fast tempo, pluck a snappy pizzicato bass line, or imitate the kind of face-melter solo you'd hear from your favorite metal guitar god, albeit with the aid of a horsehair bow. Eggleston boasts more than twenty years of training in baroque, classical, and folk styles, and his chops were sharp enough to earn a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music. His oeuvre bespeaks an oddly puckish personality, and it includes song titles like "Jig of the Sneth Fairies." To top it all off, he's known for rock-star stage antics like pogo-ing around the stage or hanging from ropes attached to the ceiling. Hopefully he'll stay in one place during this week's show at Freight & Salvage (2020 Addison St., Berkeley) on Thursday, Feb. 2. 8 p.m., $20.50, $22.50. FreightandSalvage.org

Rachel Swan

Price: $20.50, $22.50

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