Music » Livewire

Money Mark

With A.I. Tuesday, September 10, at the Agora Theatre.

by

comment
Money Mark
  • Money Mark
Many listeners may not recognize this keyboard mercenary, but a quick gander at Money Mark's résumé will reveal that the former L.A. Lakers ball boy has had a hand in a host of well-known productions. He helped transform the Beastie Boys from a party band into semiserious musicians; lent his textured keyboards to Carlos Santana's gazillion-times platinum smash, Supernatural; helped create the bitchin' '60s vibe on the late Ted Demme's cult hit Blow; and collaborated with just-left-of-convention artists such as Femi Kuti, Beck, and Prince Paul.

Fans of the sprawling, ethereal songscapes Money Mark crafted for the Beastie Boys won't be disappointed by Mark's latest, Change Is Coming, a heavy yet lighthearted romp through 12 avant-garde instrumentals. Mark releases his brand of instrumental mayhem straight out of the gate with "Information Contraband," a rebellious morsel meant to make the listener drunk with funk. This track has Beastie Boys written all over it. "Caught Without a Race" plays on Mark's half-Japanese, half-Mexican heritage, with a horn fandango reminiscent of Sketches of Spain-era Miles Davis. It's loungy without being retro. "Soul Drive Sixth Avenue," on the other hand, sounds as if it were grafted from a '70s porn flick. The baritone sax bumps and grinds better than John Holmes in his heyday. All told, Money Mark continues to deliver easily digestible compositions to nourish all the hungry little music purists out there who've gotten scurvy on a steady diet of cheesy pop acts.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.