Picture their record release show, except on a much grander scale. When Dutch—the collaboration of DJ Kevin “Stoupe” Baldwin of Jedi Mind Tricks and singer-songwriter Liz Fullerton—released its debut full-length A Bright Cold Day just about a year ago, the party at Kung Fu Necktie included a performance of the album, the premier of Vespertina (another Stoupe project, this time with vocalist/pianist Lorrie Doriza) and no fewer than three DJ sets from the man behind the curtain. This Friday, an XPN Welcomes appearance at the Philadelphia Museum Of Art gives the band two full hours to fill in the Great Stair Hall—so once again, a variety show is in the cards. When Dutch visited us last month to record its Key Studio Session, Stoupe and Fullerton explained they planned to play from Bright Cold, interweave guest work from Doriza, give Stoupe solo time behind the decks, and possibly maybe debut some new songs. They weren’t quite ready to do that for their session, but they did showcase what a crack group of musicians make up this ensemble – guitarist Ish Quintero was lively and charismatic, darting around the room and delivering accents and ambiance, while drummer Jono Ori and bassist Aaron Blouin lock together with the tightness (like any good rhythm section should). My favorite bit: the part at the end of “Pearls” where Stoupe fades down the mixer and we hear just the band slamming out the sound as convincingly as any slice of wax. Dutch performs at 5 p.m. Friday, May 13, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; tickets to the all-ages show are $8 (includes museum admission).
Dutch, The Key Studio Sessions, XPN Welcomes