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Here’s a little bit of Zach Deputy to get your blood flowing today, my littler jammers.
PS- He’s on tour starting early 2014, probably hitting a stop by you! Zach attacks:
NEW TOUR DATES
01.24.14 – Cox Capitol Theatre, Macon, GA
01.25.14 – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY **Ray Charles Boogaloo Dance Party with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe!
01.30.14 – Bottletree, Birmingham, AL
01.31.14 – Vinyl Music Hall, Pensacola, FL
02.01.14 – House of Blues, New Orleans, LA
02.04.14 – Exit/In, Nashville, TN
02.05.14 – Old Rock House, St. Louis, MO
02.06.14 – Zanzabar, Louisville, KY
02.07.14 – Purple Fiddle, Thomas, WV
02.08.14 – Martin’s Downtown, Roanoke, VA
02.11.14 – Gott Rocks, Greenville, SC
02.12.14 – Fat Frogg, Elon, NC
02.13.14 – The Whiskey, Wilmington, NC
02.14.14 – Jewish Mother Hilltop, Virgina Beach, VA
02.15.14 – The Camel, Richmond, VA
02.16.14 – The 8×10, Baltimore, MD
02.18.14 – The Saint, Asbury, NJ
02.19.14 – Toad’s Place, New Haven, CT
02.20.14 – Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA
02.21.14 – The Spot Underground, Providence, RI
02.22.14 – Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO **Ray Charles Boogaloo Dance Party with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe!
02.23.14 – Belly Up, Aspen, CO **Ray Charles Boogaloo Dance Party with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe!
02.25.14 – Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs, NY
02.26.14 – Nectar’s, Burlington, VT
02.27.14 – Westcott Theater, Syracuse, NY
02.28.14 – Rex Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
03.01.14 – Woodlands Tavern, Columbus, OH
03.02.14 – EZ Street, St. Albans, WV
I guess Maxwell’s got it together. Although the Hoboken, NJ music venue/drinking establishment remains set on closing its doors after its farewell party on July 31, 2013, Maxwell’s was serving up a whole lot of business yesterday night when JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE showed up. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE people. The man after everyone’s hearts performed just one song, “Take Back the Night“, for an upcoming Target commercial to the lucky 150 people who were first to enter the venue. Maybe Target can give us a little more and convince Maxwell’s to stay open for more surprise visits from people like JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE?
Hayyyoooo, for those of us who thought we couldn’t make it to Belgium, think again! Tomorrowland–not the greatest place on Earth at Disney World, but perhaps the other greatest place on Earth near Antwerp–is a massive electronic music festival and one of the most notable global fests out there. Those beautiful people from around ze world are setting up their camps today and the festival STREAMS LIVE VIA YOUTUBE. Tune in HERE on July 26, 27, 28, although the site already has some great coverage to show.
While everyone was dancing around in the trendiest boho threads in the Californian sunshine at Coachella on April 12-13 weekend, I was doing some East Coast dancing of my own at Madison Square Garden. I don’t understand why this quasi-festival didn’t get more press, other than the pathetic pbandjams post I hopelessly wrote months ago.
Eric Clapton’s (epic) annual Crossroads Festival featured more than thirty legen…dary guitarists whose celebrity spans decades. The creator himself says, “the Crossroads Festival is the realization of a dream for me, to gather a group of amazingly talented musicians to perform on one stage…the crossroads performers are all musicians I admire and respect.”
Friday, April 12, the first night of the two-day “festival,” had a line-up that included: Eric Clapton himself, who performed some favorites including “Lay Down Sally” and “You Look Wonderful Tonight,” Any Fairweather, Booker T, Vince Gill, Matt Murphy, Albert Lee, Steve Cropper, Blake Mills, Keb’ Mo’, Robert Cray, who was joined on stage by good (87 year) old B.B. King and Jimmie Vaughan. The last three performed with a lot of life, “Everyday I Have the Blues.” The night continued with Doyle Bramhall II, Citizen Cope, who played “Bullet and a Target” and “Son’s Gonna Rise” with Gary Clark, Jr. I was part of the minority who was standing during this set…
Between sets, there were performers who played small sets on side stages. Some of these performers were Philip Sayce who let real loose and absolutely destroyed his solo, Gary Clark Jr., who impressed the hell out of me by simultaneously sang and played the drums and guitar, and Los Lobos. John Mayer, who I admit has reaaaaally grown on me, was outstanding on stage with Keith Urban when they played “Don’t Let Me Down” by the Beatles. Although Mayer was close second, Buddy Guy had the best performance of the night in my book. He was joined on stage by a 14-year old prodigy Quinn Sullivan and the supa fly Robert Randolph. The night didn’t wind down but the show had to end. The Allman Brothers, Taj Mahal and Clapton teamed up on stage to “Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?”.
Love and my ears were certainly not sad as I skipped down the halls of MSG to the Allman Brothers’s “Whipping Post.” I can’t say anything more about Crossroads than what I already have. This may not have been the best concert I’ve been to, but it was/is by far, the best music I have ever heard. TY.
Remember The Lone Bellow from this post? They just released a new video for their song “Tree to Grow” off their debut album. I am hoping to catch these guys when they go on tour with Brandi Carlisle–they are passing through the lou, which makes me a happy camper. Check them out here to see if they are passing through your town. Based on their videos and their kickass debut album, I think they would be worth seeing in concert. c.
As told in Rolling Stone‘s recent Mumford & Sons story, “The members of Mumford & Sons have no trouble saying sorry. ‘We’re not, like, hard men,’ Marshall says. ‘We’re emotional, weeping pussies. We’re not, like, rock and roll. If AC/DC had ever apologized, that’d be the end of their career.'”
If you haven’t read that story, I highly suggest you do because you’ll learn every band members’ strengths, and their weaknesses (of being weak) as a band. You’ll also learn why the second album, Babel, sounds very similar to their first, Sigh No More. If you listen closely, every song tells a different story; they are much more instrumentally sound on Babel. This is what it is like to be an artist. It’s the same reason why painter Mark Rothko’s work is a variation of another. It’s important for everyone who says that “every song sounds the same” to understand that they were simply not ready to stop making the music they wanted to make. Why would they stop if it sounds so good?
The sold out show at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden on February 16, was a w e s o m e. Mumford & Sons have some Jersey mojo because when I thought their kickoff show in Hoboken was outstanding, they just had to put on another outstanding show in South Jersey. Haim opened the show for Ben Howard who preceded Mumford. Haim, a band of sisters, didn’t do it for me, although many of the Philly hipsters were thrilled to see their dramatic performance. While I favor this tribal-drum-beating trend that was featured in all three sets, words can’t explain how nice it was to have Ben Howard break up the night. Actually, they can: he was a breath of fresh air. You should probably listen to him right now. Or I’ll make you in my next post.
It’s easy to lose yourself in Mumford’s songs when Marcus Mumford seems to be pouring his heart and soul out, confessing his rage, and passionately apologizing for being incredibly attractive and good and what he does. Well, maybe I exaggerated the latter, but every word he sings he sings to me and you and the person who inspired the song. When you sing along, you feel like every word you sing is to that person (and maybe to Marcus, too). Like they said in Rolling Stone, they have no problem apologizing.
The night ended with an encore of Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City.” Everyone poured back on stage: Mumford with Marcus at the drums, Ben (who I think was MIA), Haim, and all of the outstanding string and horn accompaniments. Imagine a packed bar down the shore around closing time. Everyone has their last beer of the night in one hand and someone else in the other. Well, this bar was a few thousand deep. Blissful, everyone bounced up and down, sloppily shouting the words to a New Jersey anthem. Bruce’s song or not, that’s how every Mumford & Sons show ends…with a smile on your face. Sorry I’m not sorry.
Time flies when you’re having fun. It’s true.
That’s also why I don’t really have a whole lot to say about this show. I saw Timeflies at Terminal 5 earlier this year. I went with some of my closest guy friends…genius on their behalf because the crowd was 98% 18-ish year old girls. Many would refer to these girls as biddies. Anyway, I had a little too much fun and don’t remember a whole lot of the concert. I felt like I was at a college party. I think they sounded good. They must have because there were a million and two screaming girls and one of them may or may not have been one of those closet guy friends.
Because of this, these guys have kind of fallen off my radar, but I have to give them credit for ‘making it.’ They are playing sold out shows, arenas, award shows, etc., and they still seem like the same guys from the first Timeflies Tuesday video. They must be having a lot of fun.