While we don't typically recommend a rainbowed handful of uppers, downers, laughers, and screamers, you might want to consider it for Bill Frisell's musical adaptation of Hunter Thompson's infamous story, The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved, the article which launched Thompson's gonzo career.
A virtuoso guitarist celebrated for his exploration of Americana - from Bob Dylan and Buster Keaten to blues and songbook ballads - Frisell has composed a multi-media experience designed like a radio play. In Hunter S. Thompson's The Kentucky Derby, Oscar-winning actor Tim Robbins will deliver Thompson's telling of the 1970's horse race first published in Scanlan's Monthly, channeling Thompson's husky and hallucinatory voice while a seven-piece band cranks out a Southern-fried symphony of debauchery-inspired tunes.
"Hunter S. Thompson's The Kentucky Derby" plays Sunday April 21 at 4 and 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium, 201 Franklin Street, S.F. Admission is $40-$85; call (866) 920-5299 or visit sfjazz.org.