While all of these are worthy artists, it's easiest to get psyched up about Tony Levin's presence on the bill. One of the great bass players, bar none, Levin arrives heavily armed for this gig with the California Guitar Trio and drummer Pat Mastelotto: He's bringing his Music Man five-string, a Chapman Stick and his electric upright. Expect to fight all the bass geeks for prime seats.

Levin is best known for his work with the '80s and '90s lineups of King Crimson, and for collaborating with Peter Gabriel throughout the latter's solo career. In the studio, Levin has appeared with everyone, and on everything, from Paul Simon and Laurie Anderson to John Lennon, Tom Waits and the Ally McBeal soundtrack. Levin is both an avant-garde rocker and the consummate studio musician. He also has established his own record company so that he can release Internet-savvy, esoteric, noncommercial recordings without having to bow to label pressures.

This current tour is unusual, in that Levin is the guest of the California Guitar Trio. According to Levin, fans can expect a few numbers from his solo album, Waters of Eden (Narada), scattered among all those CGT songs. As a treat, the band also does a couple of Crimson tunes, unplugged.

It's King Crimson that binds these musicians. The ironically named California Guitar Trio (Belgian Bert Lams, Tokyo native Hideyo Moriya and American Paul Richards) first met during an advanced six-string course offered by Robert Fripp (who recruited Mastelotto to pound skins alongside Bill Bruford in a '90s Crimson incarnation) and eventually toured with Fripp and his League of Crafty Guitarists. Levin, of course, has played with Fripp for more than two decades, so consider this a feast of minor royals at the Court of the Crimson King.

KEEP THE HOUSTON PRESS FREE... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Aaron Howard