A smart, punk-spirited singer-songwriter, Ego, a former guitarist for Ham Hoc War Lox, combines understated humor with hit-and-miss vocals for a uniquely amusing brand of three chords and the truth. The self-described "theatrical shaman of angst" aims to celebrate the upcoming vernal equinox by paying homage to Neal Cassady ("the Johnny Appleseed of marijuana"), as well as defending exploited midgets in the rousing "Little People Sex Workers." (According to the unapologetic social critic, such silent victims are "barely legal, barely three-foot-five.") Ego has planned a solo acoustic set and an electrified one with bassist Allan Bumgartner and drummer Tomás Salas for the Atrium gig, but he can also claim collaborations with underground notables Johnny Strike of the Crime and local hipster Ralph Gean. Gean actually recorded the Ego-penned "Kill for a Cigarette" recently at the legendary Sun Studios -- a direct conduit between rock and roll's birthplace and the Queen City if there ever was one. Says Ego, "It's just fun for me knowing that my song's vibrations bounced off the same walls as Johnny Cash's." By all accounts, the unholy union was smokin'.