On tour

Posted on Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 - 8:38 pm
It was the Friday before school started at the University of Colorado, and downtown Boulder was alive with activity.  For months the town had enjoyed the relative tranquility of student-free summer – parking spaces were abundant, tables were available, the Hill wasn’t littered with Key Lite...
Posted on Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 - 12:37 am
When spirituality comes to mind, it seems most often images and associations with well practiced religions such as Christianity and Judaism are the first to surface. With his thoughtful lyrics though, set to a musical style at it's most basic classified as a fusion of reggae and rock, Trevor Hall...
Posted on Monday, August 17th, 2009 - 10:39 pm
Friday August 14th was a night of firsts. I'd never been to Mishawaka, I'd never seen these bands all at the same show, and I'd never really talked to any of them. First things first, we need to talk about the venue. Mishawaka feels like a vacation spot, or a playground for music lovers, and is...
Posted on Wednesday, August 5th, 2009 - 10:49 pm
It was another packed night at The Starry Plough and Live Dead defied all odds by playing three sets in a row, opening with an acoustic and then following with two electric sets. It felt like you really were at a Dead show as these guys didn’t give a hoot about time, they were just there to play...
Posted on Tuesday, August 4th, 2009 - 8:32 pm
I saw my first Phish show at the Hampton Coliseum in 1995 when I was 16 years old.  I had such a great time that I lied to my parents in order to go see them again at Hershey Park a few days later.  At the time, I knew nothing about Phish;  I didn’t know any of its songs, any of its...
Posted on Monday, July 27th, 2009 - 11:19 pm
Have you ever been to the Taste of Chicago? All in all it is a fantastic experience, one not to be missed but there are always headaches that go along with attending, ie the heat and humidity, long lines and traffic. Every year even if it is just for a moment you ponder how nice it would be not to...
Posted on Thursday, July 16th, 2009 - 2:22 am
The demographics of a show that contains any member of The Grateful Dead is not as easily predicted as you may think. Wednesday night’s show at Innsbrook Pavilion, near Richmond was peppered with the usual suspects, to be sure. But amidst all those vintage tye-dies, and tour shirts one also found...
Posted on Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 - 11:37 pm
Nineteen year old Adam Oberlin has been looking forward to this show for weeks. The recent Hampton, Virginia high school graduate got tickets from his parents, who are also Primus fans, from “way back,” according to Adam’s mom, Stacey. “It’s awesome that Adam digs this, too,” offered the father, as...
Posted on Saturday, July 11th, 2009 - 6:49 pm
On Friday, July 3rd, The Dead Guise, one of the Bay Area’s best Grateful Dead cover bands played a wonderful two-set concert at The Starry Plough that drew quite the crowd. The Plough was packed as it always is whenever The Dead Guise play and lots of the same friendly faces I have been seeing...
Posted on Saturday, July 11th, 2009 - 6:05 am
With a voice as chilling as Janis Joplin’s and as sweetly strong as Eva Cassidy’s, Grace Potter proves that behind her girl-next-door bangs and thrift store-chic style, she has the chops to make rock ’n’ roll history.   A piano playing Amazon who captures all the retro appeal of a real woman...