A Well Respected Man

Our country was invaded in the early sixties, not by gun-toting militiamen, but by axe-wielding Brits. Such a well-received war on the U.S. status quo hasn't been repeated to date. One of the most influential of these rock and roll tribes is undoubtedly the Kinks.

Deceptively simple pulsating beats drove the pure, minimalist music produced by the two Davies brothers, and it shocked a heartbeat back into a collective, flatlined garage rock EKG, ensuring the genres' survival for following generations. But like all great work, it was a finished product of tortured genius -- an ongoing personality conflict between Dave and Ray Davies, a relationship that grew so tumultuous that the band fractured apart in the mid-nineties. Since then, main songwriter Ray Davies has focused his career around mentoring younger musicians and releasing solo work, like the popular 2006 album Other People's Lives, and the hard-driving 2007 release, Working Man's Cafe;. Now he's providing nourishment to our musically-famished region with a solo concert tonight at the Fillmore (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Tickets range $36.50 to $46.50. Buy them at ticketmaster.com.
Sat., Nov. 29, 2008

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Jamie Laughlin