Tav Falco's Panther Burns

ONCE Somerville presents

Tav Falco's Panther Burns


Mon, May 14, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$14.00 - $18.00

Off Sale

ONCE Somerville presents Tav Falco's Panther Burns

with Trabants at ONCE Lounge

$14 advance/$18 day of show

7pm doors/ 8pm showtime


Lounge opens upstairs at 6pm for drinks and hanging out!

(And play a game of pool, pinball or board games!)

Tickets are available for purchase online until 5pm day of show

Walk up tickets are available for purchase at the door day of show after 6pm

Physical tickets are available at:

A Curated World by Kay McGowan

160 Highland Ave

Wed - Fri: 1pm to 8pm

Sat - Sun: 12pm to 6pm


Tav Falco's Panther Burns
Tav Falco's Panther Burns
Like many of the musicians, scholars, carnies and flaneurs that inspired him, Tav Falco
is a Southern provocateur grifting his audience with the ol’ song and dance act before shuffling out the back door with a wink and a nod. His historico-musico revue, The Unapproachable Panther Burns, originated in 1979 at the nadir of Memphis’ postmodern, post-Beale, post-Sun, post-Stax era, when the Mississippi River town had seemingly disappeared from the cultural map and shriveled into an obsolescent landmark.

Falco spent his formative years in the country near Whelen Springs, Arkansas, before landing in Memphis in the late 1960s. He founded with fellow musician and Memphian enfant terrible Alex Chilton – The Unapproachable Panther Burns. A reference to an ol’ Mississippi tall tale, Panther Burn was a large 19th century plantation outside of Greenville where legend had it a cunning panther stalked and terrorized the local population until it was corralled into a cane break and set aflame. According to witnesses, the screams coming from the panther were an unholy amalgam of animal lust and divine transubstantiation, which continue to curse the plantation.

The band quickly became a favorite in New York City, as well, where No Wave was emerging at the time. Rough Trade Records enthused over the band and released Panther Burns’ debut album Behind The Magnolia Curtain in 1981.

After twelve LP and EP releases and countless globetrotting tours, Falco expatriated to Europe, where he found his most embracing audiences along the Seine and Danube rivers.

As The New York Times has declared of unorthodox preservationist Falco, “(He is) a singer, guitarist and researcher of musical arcane who hasn’t let his increasingly technical expertise and idiomatic mastery compromise the clarity of his vision.”

Recorded in Rome, the new studio album, COMMAND PERFORMANCE, was released in March 2015 by UK label TSB Records. The lineup includes guitarist new album producer, Mario Monterosso, keyboardist Francesco D’Agnolo, Drummer, Riccardo Colasante, bassist Giuseppe Sangirardi. Falco’s exceptional voice, described by one journalist, as sounding like Marlene Dietrich under torture, evokes the phenomenal fires of the Panther Burns.

The new Panther Burns album will be released in 2018 on ORG Music/FRENZI label in LA, while “A Tav Falco Christmas” solo mini-album will come out November 2017.

Equal parts primal, early rock’n’roll, deviant hill country blues & avant-garde art - TAV FALCO PANTHER BURNS are ramshackle, raw, unholy & utterly amazing. Tav Falco is one of the truly original and romantic forces in American music - the voice that America lost and found. He is tender and virile, flamboyant, witty and dangerous. Falco brings daggers back to the stage. HE is the one who always holds out a hand to the enemy.
Named after the diminutive and once ubiquitous Eastern European automobile, this collaborative of musicians finds its muse in the dusty bins of 60's instrumental surf, garage, psych, lounge, soundtrack and library music from around the world.

Trabants was initially formed as a side project by Eric Penna (singer/guitarist of the now defunct Boston band Ketman). The concept was to feature a rotating line-up of Boston's finest musicians playing obscure instrumentals from an assortment of little-known surf and library music records from around the world. The rotating lineup was a necessity since many members also played in busy touring national acts. Trabants' first public appearances were at the Plough and Stars where the band played many epic all-night shows.

With the demise of Penna's main band, he shifted his energies full time towards Trabants. The rotating line-up was kept to maintain the propulsive, ever-changing freshness to the performances. At this time, an experiment in vintage mono recording snowballed into Trabants' first full length, "Highwire Surfing" which garnered an Independent Music Award nomination for best instrumental album alongside placement on the show "Becoming" featuring Johnny Knoxville.
After some touring and opening slots for legends such as Dick Dale documented on the band's live album, "An Evening with Trabants… Live at New Alliance," Penna relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television music where he wrote and recorded the band's second album, "Cinematic".

With more music and touring on the way, the rotating line-up continues ever-expanding the bands family tree which has seen contributions from members of the bands Man Man, Mean Creek, Creaturos, The Shills, World Inferno Friendship Society, Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion, Young Hunting, So Many Wizards, Breakestra!, The Dazies, Bury Me Standing, Jaggery, Cracktorch,
Venue Information:
ONCE Lounge
156 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA, 02143