The great thing about a small venue like the Bluebird is you can literally feel the music. You can feel the floor shaking to the beat as people dance and jump about. You can feel the bass and kick drum in your chest. You can talk to the artist on stage, and they'll talk back. It's an intimate experience, which is a good thing for a band like Lucero.
After kicking off their highly anticipated 2013 Spring Tour in Minneapolis the previous night, the ever evolving, genre defying electronic group Sound Tribe Sector 9 continued onwards to Madison to display their talents in front of a packed house at the Orpheum Theatre.
Past the effulgent cherry red and puke green neon sign delineating Pike Place Market, through a perennial shower of raindrops and mist, and under a vertical column of winking, blinking marquee lights is Seattle's historic Showbox at the Market. Founded way back in '39 and still going strong, the Showbox ballroom has draw many of the greatest musicians and performers of all time.
The veteran cast, all-star group of talent called the Greyboy Allstars is back on the road in support of their newest album entitled, Inland Emperor, which the tour is aptly named after. They started it all off with this two night run at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, which is one of my favorite indoor venues in Colorado.
It’s not rare to walk into Macky Auditorium and feel overwhelmed by its elegance, but walking in to School of Rock playing ‘Black Magic Woman’ in all its sultry splendor on April 6th for the Nomad Theater’s benefit show added a whole new element of allure.
I must admit I was worried that the departure of guitarist John Neff was going to leave a noticeable void in the sound of the Drive-By Truckers last Friday night at the Boulder Theater (Neff split in December of last year). His pedal steel was always on time amidst the guitar-heavy DBT shows, a near perfect "icing on the cake," if you will.
Over the years, many great bands have played the stage at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, AR. And many of them have played in Fayetteville year after year. One of those bands is Elephant Revival. If you haven’t seen this band before, just go. I promise you won’t regret it.
Out of the resurging Bluegrass Music movement one of the most seasoned vets around is Jeff Austin. The mandolin-man of Yonder Mountain String Band built his following beside his band-mates based upon a loyal fanbase and always keeping it interesting for them. Yonder lives for their fans, and have made their mark in the community.
Before the band even takes the stage, the energy at "the rock show" is palpable: Whiskey and flannel, talks of SEC football, and sweet sweet accents. It's the closest to the south you’ll get on Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado.