Bill Charlap Trio on May 10 at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ. Bill, with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, held forth with his jazz interpretations of "great American songbook" favorites in the Berlind auditorium. Melodic, artful, and engaging. A stimulating yet relaxing experience.
Since these concerts took place a few months apart two years ago and I forget which one took place first, it was either ... 1) Rosanne Cash opening for the Jayhawks (Beacon NYC) or 2) Glen Campbell's Farewell Tour (Town Hall NYC).
Santana at some outdoor pier in NYC back in the 80s. Buddy Miles was singing lead vocals. Graham Lear on drums was terrific. After that, I had no desire to get trampled and possibly shot at NY concert venues.
Probably a local swing band with Elana James (from Hot Club of Cowtown) on fiddle and vocals, Paul Glasse on mandolin and vocals, Terry Hale on bass, and a "nameless" drummer and steel guitar player (he was an ex-Ernest Tubbs sideman). The music was excellent.
I share Elizabeth's sentiments and rarely go to hear live music.
Joe Robinson at the University of Akron's Wayne College in Orrville, Ohio on March 16, 2013. He's a "boy wonder" guitarist from Australia who is absolutely phenomenal. If you get a chance to see him play, I would highly recommend it.
Bobby Floyd's trio (Bobby on the B-3, Derek Dicenzo on bass, and Reggie Jackson on drums) weekend before last at Becky Ogden's house in Columbus. Becky opens her home to local musicians regularly, and there is little better than hearing local players with great chops with 30-40 jazz lovers up close. Bobby opened by playing "I Remember You" as an homage to a recently passed local keyboard guy -- Mark Flugge. Two wonderful sets.
Austin gives you a million opportunities to hear bands, known and unknown- standbys include Redd Volkaert at the Continental (where there are some pretty serious jam sessions when other folks are in town); we caught Lady Gaga's act during SXSW- reminded me of the old Madonna shows; Rob Stoner played a nice little jam session at our house in New York back in April; caught Jonny Lang at ACL; now, back in NY, will catch David Lindley over the weekend. A couple of acts that I always try to catch in the smaller clubs: Johnny A; Sara Borges (who we caught during SX); also highly recommend James Hunter, who always hits the Turning Point in NY on his way through. That's it for now.
My 19 year old daughter playing piano and singing in our house. Her fraternal twin brother trying to keep up on acoustic guitar. About 6 songs. As she is home from university I look forward to more of this.
Rpeluso: I saw her at a little listening room in Ashland, VA called Ashland Coffee and Tea. She was fantastic - very funny and talkative too! I've seen Mary a few times now, she just keeps getting better.
Gretchen Peters was great tonight - same venue - very intimate seating and no talking allowed during performances.
Martyk1, it was my first Eels show, I went with two friends who are fans, not their first show. I was impressed on many levels. First was the musicianship of the band; I am/was a drummer and of course gravitate to that member of the lineup, and this guy seems to be a classically-trained percussionist. The band on all levels was top rate, and of course E is very charismatic, was younger and smaller(?) than I had pictured, was very talkative, "approachable", a wonderful instrumentalist himself, very much in command and control of the 4 players with him, a good singer, songwriter, seemed quite likable. I am not being clear her, I would definitely go again to an Ells show, they were pretty great. It was my last and 8th concert in May, and was among the top two or three; that is not faint praise, I tend to go to hear artists I really like, so I get enjoyment and pleasure from most shows. Have you been? This show was only about half sold-out; at the Keswick theater in Glenside PA, a shock to me.
I've seen them a bunch of times over the years, tho not in the last 5 or 6. E (Mark Everett) is kind of unpredictable. I've seen shows where he didn't say a word and others where he was engaging - it's part of the reason I was eager to get your take.
I personally think he's a really gifted songwriter with great command of pop, rock, and folk forms, so I'll always be curious about what he's up to. Thanks for the feedback.
I saw Jamie Cullum on Tuesday night this week at the 930 Club in DC. It is a small venue(1200 people) and a standing room club. WOW...This was perhaps the best concert I have been to in quite some time. Jamie is so talented as is his other 4 band mates. Loves to interact with the audience. They played for over two hours with no breaks...I was doubting if all the standing required prior to and during the concert would be worth it. My wife and I both agreed after that it was well worth the sore feet the next day... Highly recommended if he comes your way
Great Springsteen concert in February, Perth Australia. However, was in Lanigan's pub in Kilkenny, Ireland two weeks ago Sunday and was absolutely gobsmacked by two hours plus of music by local group The Kilkennys - their musicsanship was simply outstanding and they played with such drive and soul - totally absorbing. They played a good mix of traditional Irish and contemporary music - even played a Springsteen cover! They tour the USA later this year.