Life is, er, too short not to know that one of the Bay Area's most notorious rappers -- the man who made "Blow the Whistle," Get in Where You Fit in, "Blowjob Betty," and countless other somewhat funny/cringe-inducing assaults on good taste -- who sold tapes out the trunk to build his career -- who, even in middle-age, was getting himself in trouble for advising adolescent boys to get themselves "to the hole" -- and who yet retired his playa card on VH1 -- well, not to know that he's doing one of his live-band shows at Public Works later this month.
Granted, last we checked in with Mr. Todd Shaw and band at New Parish, the scene was a smear of weed smoke and colorful synonyms for a word no longer commonly used to refer to female canines. He even admitted that "We don't really rehearse." But there is always hope, right? And even if the music is a mess, Too $hort will all but certainly deliver a rousing demo on colorful uses for the English language and flamboyant techniques for rapidly inhaling smoke.
Too $hort and his band will perform -- along with Big Von, Smasheltooth, BOGL, DavO, Jenna Riot, and 120 Minutes (and please don't ask us who any of these non-Big Vons are) -- on Friday, July 25, at Public Works. $20-$25, and consider it a deliberate warning that the event is supposed to go from 9 p.m. to 3 p.m. (You may not be able to buy booze after 2, but buds, well.)