Nov. 21: Mose Allison at 19 Broadway Nightclub

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Given the brilliance of Mose Allison’s lyrics—pointed, wry and delivered in a knightly laid-back manner—it’s important to remember that the man behind the beatnik classics “Your Mind Is on Vacation” and “Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy” is also a hell of a pianist. At 29, he included on his very first album for Prestige Records Back Country Suite only two vocal tracks; the rest, ivories, played in his impossible-to-nail-down style. Now 82, Allison can appreciate his status as a living legend, but he doesn’t rest on his greatest hits. In concert, he’s as nimble on the keys as he is varied in his set lists; there’s no telling when he’ll premiere a new composition or, for that matter, unearth a forgotten chestnut from an obscure 1940s Nat “King” Cole session. Cross your fingers for “Lost Mind” and “Young Man Blues” when he appears on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 19 Broadway Nightclub. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 4:30pm and 7pm. $25–$30. 415.459.1091.Gabe Meline 

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