Jerry v. Barney – musical options for parents

It’s hard to type with one hand, but I’m holding about ten pounds of baby boy in my left arm.  While I’m sure it’s nothing like what Def Leppard’s drummer goes through each time he takes the stage, it’s still proving to be quite the daunting task.


Learning to do things while holding a baby is one of the many life changes I’ve had to make since my son was born.  I’m learning to get by on less sleep.  I’m also coming to grips with the fact that I’m going to be subjected to countless TV shows, movies, and music that I’m going to hate.


Fortunately, there are options out there for us parents that don’t want to listen to the Wiggles and Barney.  I never really thought about it, because frankly, until about four weeks ago, it just wasn’t the issue for me that it is now.

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Old Union welcomes back 12th and Porter

Old Union

12th and Porter

Nashville, TN



Welcome back, 12th and Porter – Old Union has been waiting.


12th and Porter once was one of Nashville’s live music hot spots before the taxman came and took it away.  However, Old Union sent the place out in style, performing a smoking hot last show there over a year ago. 


Thanks to new owners, 12th and Porter has hung its shingle once again, and Old Union still seems to like hanging around.


 Old Union


Chuck Foster’s “1000 New Ways to Fly” greeted the honey hole with perfect sound and a little extra grit.  In fact, the energy bursting out at the opening of the show was only minutely stifled by the pause of David Bryndal’s blown snare head being replaced before ripping into “Jericho”.  There is no doubt that Old Union’s two guitarists cannot possibly make it through a night of playing without pushing things to blisteringly loud levels.  However, the instrumentation of the band has begun to evolve in different layers, and everyone seemed to be playing with a greater level of confidence while riding shotgun alongside new bassist Jason Williams’ dead-on hooks.  Williams added a new dimension to the band with his inventive play, and that freshness led to the retooling of some of the Old Union catalog.


Jason Williams “Message to the Maker” continued to showcase a more rounded Old Union as Foster’s barreling boogie-woogie piano strutted around in front of the boisterous and easily provoked guitars.  The band segued nicely into “Deadline”, joined by percussionist Andrew Swift from Ballhog!.  Swift stayed on stage with them for the remainder of the first set.


The second set started off to the liking of all in attendance with “J-Dubb” Williams on the doghouse bass and the electric guitars laid down to rest, acoustics armed and ready.  It was an MTV Unplugged version of an acoustic set if you will.  The set started off with a great “Drifter’s Prayer,” followed by a great “Motels and Highways” that took on a new persona as a stripped-away acoustic offering.  Both of these songs underwent a little retooling for the acoustic versions, lending an exciting new outlook on two great songs from the bands’ vast arsenal.  Spotty’s ability on the dobro alone is reason enough to start incorporating more of these acoustic sections to the traveling show.  Then, joined by Randy Russell on background vocals and the band’s talented manager Chris Bledsoe on acoustic guitar and lead vocals, they nailed Bob Dylan’s “You Ain’t Going Nowhere”.


A perfect waterfall of notes rang out from a guitar and landed atop the dancing keys of Foster as the intro to “Last Chance” got the electricity flowing once again.  One of the Old Union songs that seemingly received a makeover was “Working.”  Again the presence of Williams on bass helped to show great promise, with innovative takes on their own material.  Old Union has quite a few Rolling Stones songs in the bag, but the most recent cover “Rain Fell Down” is a scorcher.  A good Stones cover can ignite a crowd, and the band nailed this one, then immediately fell into “What’s Going Around,” one of Old Union’s oldest songs.


The night ended with a take on JJ Cale’s “Ride Me High”, a song that Old Union covers fairly often.  The crowd’s participation on the last song showed their approval of the night’s performance.


With that, another night of rock and roll was finished.  A few cars were towed and a few shots were bellied, all in celebration of the return of 12th and Porter to the Nashville nightscape.    

Black Crowes, Drive-By Truckers, Robert Randolph serve up guitarfest in Nashville

There was no doubt that a night filled with music by southern rock icons the Black Crowes and the Drive-By Truckers would deliver.  In fact, this tour throughout the early summer has been lighting fires to venues across America.  Robert Randolph and the Family Band have also played on most of the dates as the third band on the monstrous bill.

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Vegoose news

Lots of news regarding Vegoose, Superfly Entertainment's Las Vegas-based festival, taking place October 27-31:


New artist additions:
The following additional artists have been announced:

Phil & Trey…
Ben Folds
Mike Patton's Peeping Tom
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
The Yard Dogs Road Show


Vegoose at Night lineup announcement on 8/23: 

Vegoose at Night is a series of nighttime concerts presenting a variety of artists at marquee venues throughout the city starting on Friday, October 27th and running through Halloween night, Tuesday, October 31st.

An initial listing of the Vegoose at Night Concert Series will be available this Wednesday, August 23rd.



Black Crowes Rock at Riverbend

Black Crowes

Riverbend Music Center

Cincinnati, Ohio 

August 5, 2006


The Black Crowes landed on stage at Cincinnati, Ohio’s Riverbend Music Center on August 5, 2006. The legendary Southern band brought with them a sense of purpose in their musical direction and linear improvisational approach. Taking a cue from The Grateful Dead, the Crowes loosely began the evening, jamming several minutes before "Black Moon Creeping" off of 1992’s The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion began to take shape.

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Dave Matthews Band with Gov’t Mule

Riverbend Music Center

Cincinnati, Ohio

August 1, 2006 

Warren Haynes and Gov’t Mule entertained a wilting, sold out crowd at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 1 while opening for the Dave Matthews Band. Combined heat and humidity levels topped out at around the 98-100 degree mark, and water became the preferred drink of choice. Haynes took the stifling weather in stride, delivering an inspiring set of Mule standards that kept the crowd engaged.

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Panic rounds out its Fall Tour

After previously releasing a few dates, Widespread Panic has announced the rest of its Fall tour calendar.



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The band will be touring with a new guitarist, Jimmy Herring, and will be hitting the Northeast, Midwest, and the South.  It will also play a couple of dates in Las Vegas, at Vegoose and the MGM Grand.  


Go to for more details.


8/11-13  The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL

9/14-16  Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY

9/19  Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, VT

9/20  Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, NH

9/22  Agganis Arena | Boston, MA

9/23  Chevrolet Theatre, Wallingford, CT

9/24  Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA

9/26-27  Charlottesville Pavilion, Charlottesville, VA

9/29-30  Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Charlotte, NC

10/1  Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY

10/3  Taft Theatre, Cincinnati, OH

10/4  Palace Theatre Columbus, Columbus, OH

10/6  Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN

10/7  Macon Centreplex, Macon, GA

10/9-11  House of Blues, Orlando, FL

10/13  North Charleston Coliseum, Charleston, SC

10/14  BJCC Arena, Birmingham, AL

10/15  Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium, Chattanooga, TN

10/17  The Centre, Evansville, IN

10/18  IU Auditorium, Bloomington, IN

10/20  State Theater, Detroit, MI

10/21  Riverside Theater, Milwaukee, WI

10/22  Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN

10/24  Stephens Auditorium, Ames, IA

10/25  Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD

10/26  Omaha Music Hall, Omaha, NE

10/29  Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV

10/30  MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV

11/2-3  The Backyard, Austin, TX

Los Lonely Boys: Sacred

Epic/Or Music/One Haven

Southwestern trio Los Lonely Boys return to rock with Sacred, the first album of original material since their 2004 debut. Sounding like a cross between Stevie Ray Vaughan and Los Lobos, the Garza brothers —Henry, JoJo and Ringo— turn in an inspired disc full of hairpin musical twists and turns, showing off a rich heritage of cultural diversity near the Texas/Mexico border.


True, some of Sacred's hot spots are the pop oriented big production numbers like the fluff and sass of the radio ready "Roses." But, John Porter and Mark Wright's crisp, clear assistance at Pedernales studios in Austin, Texas equals a larger, more inclusive Los Lonely Boys recording that stretches across a wider spectrum and is destined to bring the band a broader demographic.


The opener "My Way," smolders with the Texas roadhouse blues of Henry Garza's guitar and vocals meshing with JoJo's fluent, rhythmic forays on bass guitar. The Texas Horns chime in to lend a hand, and "My Way" fulfills Los Lonely Boys' promise from their first outing, setting them on an extended career path as headliners. "Diamonds" is another gem benefiting from Porter and Wright's techno enhancing savvy, and Ringo's stormy drum breaks pop up into the forefront of the mix.


Aficionado's of the SRV, Albert Collins school of showy, electrified blues will enthuse on Henry's scorching wall of sound on "Oye Mamacita." The Boys bring out the mellower, Latin romantic side of their background on "I Never Met a Woman." And, they get a little help from their father, Enrique Garza, Sr., and mentor Willie Nelson on the country flavored "Outlaws." Sacred sets up the building blocks of Los Lonely Boys' escalating pyramid, putting them in rarefied territory with past greats that have crossed the rock and roll and blues divide, laying a solid groundwork that stands the test of time.                 

Vegoose is back!

The initial line-up for Vegoose has been announced.

The second annual installment of the festival will take place in Las Vegas over Halloween weekend at Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday, October 28th and Sunday, October 29th. Tickets for two-day passes to the event will go on sale Saturday, August 19 at 10:00 a.m. PST at .


Initial artists scheduled to perform are:

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Widespread Panic

The Killers

The Mars Volta

Keller Williams Incident featuring Keller Williams backed by the String Cheese Incident

The Black Crowes

Fiona Apple

The Raconteurs

Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley

Medeski Martin & Wood

The Roots

The Rhythm Devils feat. Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzman, Mike Gordon & Steve Kimock

G. Love & Special Sauce

Jurassic 5



Yonder Mountain String Band


Built To Spill


Jim James of My Morning Jacket

Dr. Octagon aka Kool Keith

Band of Horses

Jamie Lidell

The Zutons




Vegoose at Night, a series of nighttime concerts to be announced in the coming weeks, will present a variety of artists at marquee venues throughout the city starting on Friday, October 27th and running through Halloween night, Tuesday, October 31st.

Ticket availability for these shows will be limited. Those who have purchased tickets to VEGOOSE will be given the first opportunity to purchase tickets to late-night shows in a special pre-sale. Details will be made available at the same time as the shows are announced.

Complete festival information is available at and will be regularly updated.