On the breezy evening of October 12, 2016, in downtown Oakland, people of all ages poured into the historical Fox Theater and, with much anticipation, awaited the arrival of Fitz and the Tantrums underneath the neon lights.
Bob Weir was quite literally born and bred in music. The adopted son of loving parents Frederic Utter and Eleanor Cramer Weir, his identity would deepen and develop in his youth. Though his parents did their best (Mama Tried) Weir’s nature was rebellious and questioning. His dyslexia didn’t help matters. In his teens, Weir was shipped off from his birthplace of San Francisco to Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs, Colorado where hopes were that he would straighten out.
While art will always be a progressive process and reflect the changes of the people in our evolving world, some things are best kept preserved. Music is the perfect example of this. Progressive Rock, Jazz Fusion, Post Punk, New Wave, an echo of the culture and climate that influenced these musicians.
On an evening in which summer still ruled in North-Central California, the compelling and charismatic Avett Brothers visibly pleased 5,000 or so souls with their lilting musical storytelling on Sept. 16. The unbridled, rootsy, folk-rock stomp took place at Thunder Valley Casino Resort’s outdoor venue in Lincoln, near Sacramento, California.
This past Thursday, The Avett Brothers won over the crowd at the Green Music Center of Sonoma State University, where they took the stage to perform over two hours of music. The band showcased songs from their newest album, True Sadness, as well as fan-favorites from earlier albums like The Gleam and I and Love and You.
2016 has been an incredible year for TAUK, the four piece prog-fusion instrumental rockers from Oyster Bay, NY.
To close out the successful year, the boys release a new album on Friday, September 16 called Sir Nebula and kick off a cross-country tour which will see them headlining for the first time on the west coast.