The Portland Cello Project - known as PCP to their loyal and presumably drug-free fans - have a collectively open-minded approach to music as it applies to their titular instruments.
The Oregon outfit, which makes its second annual stop Saturday in New London's Hygienic Art Park, is dedicated to performing music not normally associated with cellos - and that includes arrangements of metal, pop, country, and film and television scores. Oh, and their "Homage" CD consists entirely of their versions of songs by hip-hoppers ranging from Outkast and Talib Kweli to Kanye West and Jay Z - the latter of whom even tweeted about it.
This tour's program is called "Beck Bach and Brubeck," which should intrigue anyone with ears. Vocalist Jolie Holland opens the show and will join the Project on stage for a few numbers, as well.
- RICK KOSTER
Portland Cello Project, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Hygienic Art Park, 79 Bank St., New London; with Jolie Holland; $10; (860) 443-8001, hygienic.org.