The Kitchen Tour, which kicks off in Washington next weekend, may not include the proverbial sink, but it does have a little something for everyone: the jazz-funk of Oliver Lake's Jump-Up and the graffiti rap of Fab Five Freddy and His Break Dancers; modern dance from Lisa Fox and conceptual performance from Julia Hayward and T-Venus; the avant-garde stylings of percussionist David Van Tieghem and Glenn Branca's five-guitar wall of art-rock sounds. These artists have all appeared at the Kitchen, New York's major multimedia arts center, and some have appeared in Washington on their own, but it's the first time they've gone out on the road together--in a bus recently used by Motorhead, Paul Anka and Toots and the Maytals, at that.
"It's the idea of the old bus-and-truck tour with King Curtis and Buddy Holly and the Coasters," says the Kitchen's director, Tim Carr. "It's promoting a whole new scene through quantity of quality, something both Alan Freed and Dick Clark did before there was that huge market for rock shows."
The 16-day tour begins here before winding through such cities as Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Madison and Toronto. Carr, who "curated" the tour, points out, "All these people are different; what they share is trying to put something new and untried out to an audience."
How did the artists feel about reviving the Caravan of Stars concept? "As long as I got them a big enough bus, it was fine," Carr says. Coming out of the 11-year-old Kitchen, even though they can apparently still stand the heat: Jump Up and Fast Five Freddie at the 9:30 club on Friday; Lisa Fox and the Break Dancers in a free performance at the Victorian Bandstand (Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue) on Saturday at 3 p.m.; the Glenn Branca Group, David Van Tighem and performance artist Eric Bogosian on Saturday at the 9:30; and Julia Hayward and T-Venus at the Washington Project for the Arts space on Sunday at 3 p.m., preceded by a "New Music" panel discussion with Branca, Lake, Van Tieghem and others. For information, call 783-0360.