Concert preview: Mike Watt returns with Il Sogno del Marinaio

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Rather than butchering the pronunciation of Il Sogno del Marinaio, it might be easier to simply refer to the band as “the latest musical project from Mike Watt.” Watt, the bassist best known for his stints in the Minutemen and the reformed Stooges, is often lauded for his affable demeanor and his open-minded approach, both of which are on display on Canto Secondo, the sophomore effort from the adventurous trio.

The bassist is joined in the band by drummer Andrea Belfi and guitarist Stefano Pilia, though there’s never a doubt Watt’s the one running the show, anchoring the trio’s occasionally prog-leaning, jazz-rock explorations with his rubbery basslines and spoken-word rants.

Stations opens the show.

Photo by Hiyor Minato

The Basement

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4

391 Neil Ave., Arena District