Lame consists of Michael Cerveris (vocals, guitar), Alice Ripley (vocals, guitar), Ripley's husband Shannon Ford (drums) and John Jinks (bass).
The unusual moniker was Cerveris' idea, more or less, he explained. He was said he was tired of the over-inflated names of groups. Lame was an attempt to find the audience they were looking for -- "People who had the sense of humor to see a band called Lame," he said.
According to the press release, their sound combines "melancholy, Big Star influenced ballads, and Afghan Whigs-esque purges with ironic punk thrashings and noisy pop harmonies".
According to Cerveris, the band plans to play mostly original songs written by himself, Ripley and Jinks. Titles include "Individual", "Brynn", "Cassandra Sees" and "10th Grade".
The band first performed together in 1994 during the run of The Who's Tommy, playing at such venues as China Club and Sin-E. When Cerveris followed Tommy to Germany, the band ceased. Ripley remained on Broadway with Sunset Boulevard and Side Show. Cerveris returned in 1997 with Titanic
The concert, an "all ages" show, begins at 9pm at Wetlands, located at 161 Hudson Street in Manhattan. Tickets are $7 and are available at the box office or by calling Ticketmaster at 212-307-7171.
Michelle Zeman, webmaster of Cerveris's website, said she has lyrics and Real Audio clips from the band's songs available on the site, at www.web-span.com/micheez/lame.htm.