Category Archives: Concert Reviews

Gov’t Mule, Avett Brothers, Magpie Salute show their Dark Side in Michigan

Gov’t Mule, The Avett Brothers, and Magpie Salute
August 25, 2018
Clarkston, MI @ DTE Engery Music Theatre
Words/photos by Josh Mintz

Live music fans chase the “moment” – a song, or a guitar lick, or a drum solo that lives on in your memory forever. A lot of times, you don’t see it coming, and that’s what makes it special.

Sometimes, though – it’s the one you DO see coming that blows you away. For me, I had that moment this past Saturday night. Sure, I had to travel to the Detroit suburbs from Memphis just to catch it, but that’s part of the story. Continue reading Gov’t Mule, Avett Brothers, Magpie Salute show their Dark Side in Michigan

Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers at Mishawaka

08/04/18
Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Bellevue, Colorado
Writer/Photographer: Jake Cudek

Nestled in the north country of Colorado, lies yet another hidden gem of The Centennial State’s musical legacy, The Mishawaka Amphitheater.  Set amongst towering canyon walls and located on the edge of The Poudre River, patrons are greeted from the road by a non-descript store front and privacy fencing, neither of which denotes the unexpected lying inside.  Upon entering the restaurant, visitors are presented with their first inkling of the location’s long ties to music, as autographed, framed promotional pictures of performers past line the floor-to-ceiling wood interior in Fillmore fashion. Passing deeper into the heart of the century-old building, the room opens up into a dance hall, equipped with a small stage and high ceilings, able to accommodate about 150, and utilized in the winter months for performances when the weather is far too cold to host events outdoors.

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Wheels of Soul Tour rolls into Mississippi

Tedeschi Trucks Band
Wheels of Soul Tour
Southaven, Mississippi
July 25, 2018
Writer/Photographer: Josh Mintz

There’s a certain art to putting a multi-band tour together. You need to put a diverse group of artists on the bill, but there has to be a certain cohesion. The Tedeschi Trucks Band succeeded in a major way with the 2018 edition of their Wheels of Soul tour.

They had the young gunslinger with Marcus King.

They had the gritty, grimy, road-worn (in a positive way) Drive-By Truckers.

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The Magpie Salute and Blackberry Smoke at the Filmore

The Magpie Salute and Blackberry Smoke
The Filmore – Silver Springs, Maryland
Photographer/Writer: Brandon Amos

With the release of the new album just 2 weeks away, “The Magpie Salute” took the stage with the presence of a band ready to raise the spirits of the blues men before them. Rich Robinson and Marc Ford are seamless in their volleys back and forth. Vocalist John Hogg’s voice is powerful and comforting at the same time. The set was heavy with new songs. A high point was the rendition of Blind Faiths, “Had to Cry”. Continue reading The Magpie Salute and Blackberry Smoke at the Filmore

Blackberry Smoke, JJ Grey and Mofro, Texas Gentlemen at the Pavilion

Blackberry Smoke, JJ Grey and Mofro, Texas Gentlemen
The Pavilion
Charlottesville, VA
Writer/Photographer: Bob Adamek

At the end of the beautiful outdoor walking mall in Charlottesville Virginia, sits the Sprint Pavillion, a venue that routinely plays host to national touring bands. On a typically beautiful Virginia night, warm and humid, three well musically-linked bands rolled in and made for a very memorable evening.

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Combsy at Second Street Brewery

Combsy at Second Street Brewery
Santa Fe, NM
June 16, 2018
Santa Fe, NM
Writer/ Photographer: Jake Cudek

Setlist: Joshua Tree, Black & Tan Fantasy, 1939, Villain, Una Esta, Times are Hard for Dreamers, So Long Uncle Walter, Chicken Strut, Versus

One of Santa Fe’s favorite watering holes, The Second Street Brewery, celebrated the art of craft beer, crab, and dads in the city. Hosting, The Second Street Brewery’s First Annual Pilsner and Crab Festival, at their newest taproom the event brought out both residents and tourists in droves. For the entertainment, the brewery tapped Tulsa jazz instrumentalist and genre-fusing gypsy Chris Combs, who was out promoting his newest album, Combsy.
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The Wood Brothers at The Jefferson Theater

The Wood Brothers at The Jefferson Theater
Charlottesville, VA
January 25, 2018
Writer/Photographer: Bob Adamek

The Wood Brothers opened up an extensive tour to support their upcoming album “One Drop Of Truth”, which will be released nationwide on February 2nd, at The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville VA. The tour has them running pretty hard through April at this point, with dates already showing up in May and June. On this night the band was clearly ready to go back to work.

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Greensky Bluegrass & Billy Strings team up in Memphis

Greensky Bluegrass with Billy Strings
New Daisy Theatre
Memphis, Tennessee
January 19, 2018

Memphis was hit with a snow storm (by Memphis standards) in the days leading up to the Greensky Bluegrass show at the New Daisy – schools were closed down for the entire week, and many businesses were working with skeleton crews.

So, the good folk in the Bluff City were certainly ready to cut loose by the time Friday rolled around, stretching the Daisy at the seams. Continue reading Greensky Bluegrass & Billy Strings team up in Memphis

David Grisman and Tommy Emmanuel

David Grisman and Tommy Emmanuel
Sandler Center for the Arts
Photographer/Writer: Mark Robbins

Dave Grisman can not be pigeon-holed; bluegrass, jazz, folk, composer, producer, session player, leader, the list is endless. Jerry Garcia nicknamed him “Dawg” and what he played was “Dawg Music”. Tommy Emmanuel was given is first guitar at age 4 and by 6 he was playing in the family band, The Emmanuel Quartet. He never learned to read or write music but Chet Atkins designated him a C.G.P. – Certified Guitar Player – one of only 5 musicians to receive that title from Atkins. At home with blues, jazz, folk, Spanish traditional, Emmanuel is at times a one man band playing melody, chords and bass all at once. So, when Grisman and Emmanuel appear together, as they did at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, they are a category 5 hurricane, F5 tornado, and a tropical cyclone let loose on the stage. Playing heavily but not exclusively from their album “Pickin” the pair performed a 2 hour high energy show that no one wanted to end. Continue reading David Grisman and Tommy Emmanuel

Dustbowl Revival and Sammy Miller and the Congregation

Dustbowl Revival and Sammy Miller and the Congregation
The Hamilton, Washington D.C.
November 17, 2017
Photographer/Writer: Bob Adamek

The nearly sold out crowd at Washington D.C.’s The Hamilton Live was treated to the kind of night that made you wish you were in a band, could share such a focused vision, and enjoy the people you worked with as much as the two bands seen on this night. The crowd was loaded for the headliner, The Dustbowl Revival, an 8 piece-touring powerhouse from Los Angeles, California, and they got everything Dustbowl famously delivers and much more.

For starters, the opening act, Sammy Miller and the Congregation, put on a clinic in winning over a crowd that was for the most part, unfamiliar with them. Drummer and bandleader Sammy Miller has created an ambitious project that succeeds by virtue of his band mates buying in all the way. It is part early swing band and part comic production. They are comprised of piano, upright bass, drums, sax, trumpet and trombone, and they have vocals good enough that the band sometimes goes a cappella. Continue reading Dustbowl Revival and Sammy Miller and the Congregation