Scott Cook throws grassroots-rocking CD release potluck

Scott Cook’s CD release party at Pleasantview Hall today causes one to ask – and then answer – this question:

When you can make a decent record in your basement with a microphone and a laptop and every band and their dog has a webpage, even if it’s frickin’ Myspace, is a local CD release event such a big deal anymore? Of course it is – if you make it so.

Celebrating the release of his new record, Moonlit Rambles, Cook with his “irie prairie” folk sound has assembled an entire day of grassroots-rocking goodness, featuring a who’s who of like-minded players and potluck supper on top of it. It’s a mini-folk-festival! The star of the show will take only some of the spotlight, playing first at 3 p.m. with friends Nigel Gale, Cam Boyce, Jesse Dee, Jacquie B, Moses Gregg, Matt Blackie, Dana Wylie and Shawna Donovan. Will it be a jam? Who knows. The rest of the schedule adds up to a healthy local band showcase:

4 pm: The Proper Charlies

4:40 pm: Trevor Tchir

5 pm: The Low Flying Planes

5:40 pm: Maurice Jones

6 pm: Dana Wylie

6:20 pm: Nadine Kellman and the Black Wonders

7 pm: Terry Morrison and John Gorham

7:30 pm: Michael Dunn and the Ramblin’ Kind

7:50 pm: Myrol

8:30 pm: Jesse Dee and Jacquie B

That’s a lot of musicians who can cook in more ways than one, and that’s a lot of pot luck offerings. Scott will again take the stage at 9 for an hour to unveil selections from the new record – including Goin’ Up to the Country, which is a moonlit acoustic guitar ramble that declares the country a nice place to go and shouldn’t be confused with the Canned Heat song “Going Up the Country.”

Is this party music? Depends on what kind of party you’re talking about here and what “prairie irie” is code for. Short answer: Not really. That’s why Cook has banjoist Sean Brewer and the Switchmen taking over at 10. Now we’re talkin’. By then the moonlit ramble might turn into a moonlit bash.

Pleasantview Hall is located at 10860 57 Avenue. Tickets are $10 at the door. Kids are free.