Facebook R&B crooner Mario has been relatively quiet on the music front for…
- Posted on Mar 12th 2010 2:00PM by Jason Cohen
"I've written for Eighth Blackbird in the past, and we've done some shows together," Kotche tells Spinner. "They are having their annual fundraiser, and Mario Batali's going to cook for it. So I'm arranging this piece for them, and because Mario plays a little guitar, he's also going to sit in."
In fact, Batali is somewhat infamous for cranking music in his kitchen, and keeps a list of all his favorite records on his website (Wilco's 'Summerteeth' is on there. He's also pals with Michael Stipe.
"The song that came to mind, it was such collaborative approach: Ed and Johnny Marr started it and I played on it and everyone collaborated on it," Kotche says. "It 's just a really beautiful, ethereal tune: really evocative. I thought it'd be perfect for Eighth Blackbird, and it's got some moments where the guitar will fit in as well."
The event is at the Chicago restaurant Publican on Monday, March 15. Batali and Publican chef Paul Kahan will be cooking up five courses -- one for each song in the concert, which will be held a few hours earlier at the Packer Schopf Gallery -- along with wine and beer pairings. Thematic connections between music, drink and food are also promised; no telling what that means for 'Learn to Crawl,' but one of the other compositions, by Marc Mellits, is called 'SPAM,' so diners beware.