Thursday, May 16, 2013
“The young get old, the old get cold,” sang the leader of the Last Straws two weeks ago, launching the second weekend of Jazz Fest. Formed 57 years ago to play music already antique then, these vaudevillians sang that even in New Orleans, where the past isn’t gone and isn’t even past, change happens. It was the 44th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival — my third.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
About now, I’m waking up in New Orleans, heading to Jazz Fest. Some ask me: Isn’t it too much jazz? No such thing.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Even for ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro, it’s more about the music than the instrument.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Fans love NRBQ for the surprises and the skill, but mostly because they make you feel young. That’s a uniquely impressive feat for a band that formed in 1967 and features fresh ingredients whenever they play, like tonight at the Ale House.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Skidmore always presents a hot spring show, and Saturday it’s the prolific Dirty Projectors — seven albums since 2002.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Maybe the only reason Graham Parker getting back together with the Rumour seemed any more likely than a Beatles reunion is that several Beatles are deceased. And, yet — Graham Parker re-teams-up with the Rumour on Wednesday at The Egg.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
When Bopitude postponed its Van Dyck show after the storm on Feb. 8 to this Saturday, it seemed like a safe bet. And the forecast seems strong for two shows of post-bop jazz.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
In this busiest week onstage for months, Field Report may be the secret-weapon breakout band, opening for Sara Watkins at The Egg on Saturday after a week at SXSW.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Even a Martian with no knowledge of Kooper, Vivino or Bloomfield would likely love what he/she/it hears at The Egg on Saturday at “Al Kooper & Jimmy Vivino — Tribute to Mike Bloomfield.”
Thursday, March 7, 2013
When the state Authorities Budget Office suggested that the Office of General Services take over The Egg, some alarmed fans of the superb programming at one of our premier venues compared it to building superintendent Dwayne Schneider (Pat Harrington Jr.) on TV’s “One Day at a Time” taking over from ace showmen Ed Sullivan or Bill Graham.
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013
Howard Fishman’s big achievements grow from big ambition. He began making music of both spiritual and earthly intent by busking in New Orleans and New York, and he’s as dedicated to exploring his Jewish heritage as Big Easy Second Line or Lower East Side folk.
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013
When Ellie and I went to the opera at Proctors last week, we found that “La Traviata” by the Hubbard Hall Opera Theater was the perfect date night for Valentine’s Day.
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013
Another folkie Saturday is headed our way, delivering tough choices to fans of acoustic music, troubadour or old-timey style.
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013
This week’s onstage offerings include numerous mobile gestalt units, some smaller than others, most armed with guitars, and all bringing songs to us in simple, strong terms.
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013
On Wednesday, Heart plays Proctors, a rare and wonderful thing. Rock tours seldom plug into the hyperactive Proctors schedule, where Broadway musicals and other extravaganzas dominate.
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013
Duke Robillard has loosened up a lot since his natty area debut with Roomful of Blues at J.B. Scott’s, and that’s not a bad thing. He brings his band to the Van Dyck on Friday.
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013
Marshall Crenshaw seems so comprehensively capable I wouldn’t have been surprised to see him solve the fiscal cliff mess all by himself, step in for RG3 and win Sunday’s NFC wild card game for the Redskins and stop global warming.
Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013
The newly launched A Place for Folk series resumes on Friday with Everest Rising.
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012
Who knew jazz could do that, before Dave Brubeck did it?
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012
Soulful bluesman Robert Cray stands out, performing at The Egg tonight.