The second leg of A Bowie Celebration, the David Bowie Alumni tour made its way to the Majestic Ventura Theater in Ventura, California, for a 22-song marathon concert of David Bowie classics. The show featured a core band of Bowie collaborators including, keyboardist Mike Garson who was Bowie's longest and most frequent band member. Garson played on more than 20 Bowie albums and performed more than 1000 live shows with him.
New York got a taste of Alabama soul music this week when eight-piece band St. Paul and the Broken Bones took the stage at New York’s Brooklyn Steel. After selling out two shows at one of New York’s most well-known music venues, this band did not disappoint.
The Gin Blossoms, an alternative rock band from Tempe Arizona, brought the upbeat tempos that made them famous on the radio in the 90s, to the Discovery in Ventura California for a sold-out performance. The Discovery is a live music venue featuring a general admission stage area, an elevated restaurant overlooking the stage, a long bar, outside dining patio and a bonafide bowling alley. The restaurant features a variety of tasty treats mostly in the realm of California cuisine. The service is a bit slow especially when the show is sold out, so dining visitors should arrive early.
To many, the surprising collaboration between Sting and Shaggy might seem bizarre. They seem to be from two completely different worlds, not just geographically or in genre, but also in fan base. Sting, who came to fame in the 70s, representative of the classic rock scene, is an unlikely partner for the rap and reggae artist, Shaggy, of Jamaican descent, who first became well-known in the 90s.
On Sept. 23, to the delight of Bay Area live music lovers, Sweetwater Music Hall hosted the inaugural Sweetwater in the Sun festival in Marin County, California. Concertgoers nationwide are familiar with the legendary Sweetwater, an intimate venue that has hosted great acts over the decades ranging from Elvis Costello to New Riders of the Purple Sage. While the storied venue has a legacy for its high-profile acts in cozy confines, nothing could have prepared fans for the announcement of Sweetwater in the Sun.
Iconic architects of San Francisco’s celebrated psychedelic sound, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, brought their enduring roots-infused mélange, Hot Tuna, to Eugene’s (Ore.) McDonald Theater on Sept. 1st and suitably verified their vaunted rock-and-roll credentials. Though not as widely known as their seminal 60’s group Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna have been playing searing, head-spinning shows for nearly five decades.
One of the most important live recordings of the last fifty years, “Friday Night In San Francisco” (1982) brought together three prodigious guitarists of different legacies to one stage. John McLaughlin, one of the three guitarists, recognized the tour with progressive flamenco master Paco De Lucia and fusion marvel Al Di Meola as an essential collective performance. San Francisco’s Warfield Theatre had many legendary musical performances prior, but after that Friday night of acoustical transcendence on December 5th, 1980, McLaughlin further mystified the storied venue.
Dave Grohl is a frontman who loves to interact with his crowd and jam with his bandmates and that always gets concertgoers riled up. Monday, September 10th at the Moda Center in Portland,Oregon was no exception. From the All My Life opener until they took their final bows following the final encore song, Everlong, the Foo Fighters put on a show for the Portland faithful.
It was splendor on the mountain on September 8, when local musician Bob Weir offered a set of his own and appeared for onstage musical cameos with Grace Potter as well as headliner Herbie Hancock at the fourth annual Sound Summit, atop Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County, California. The eight-hour affair at the 4,000-capacity Mountain Theatre included an unusually diverse set of acts, from an acoustic duo to contemporary R&B, alt-country, Grateful Dead music, rock, and open-ended jazz.