Explosions In The Sky play an epic live show. They graced Bogart's on Tuesday night to a crowded house. This was EITS's first trip to Cincinnati and it is evident that they have a loyal fan base. I had only seen EITS once at a large festival in California, but they sounded amazing in a 1500 capacity size venue. Check these guys from Austin, Texas out if you get the chance. EITS are a live act not to be missed.
Iconic Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy thrilled fans in St. Augustine, Florida at the sensational St. Augustine Amphitheatre, performing with his usual showmanship. Looking and sounding stronger than ever, Guy played an 80-minute set of killer blues that rocked the socks off the crowd. Amid the polka dots and f-bombs, witty banter and guitar tricks, Guy made it look effortless and thoroughly enjoyable, even after all these years of shows. If you have the opportunity to attend a Buddy Guy show in your area, make it a priority. They broke the mold with him, and it just doesn't get any better.
It's indeed a thrill when Tinsley Ellis embarks on a short tour of his native Florida, and when one of his stops is at Terra Fermata, it's even better. Backed by bassist Jonathan Holland and drummer Erik Kaszynski, the bluesman wowed the packed house with his ultra-smooth guitar licks and seasoned songwriting skills. He has an uncanny way of making eye contact with the audience that is rare in most musicians but quite appealing. The 100-minute set was over in the blink of an eye and was chock full of Ellis originals and a few covers. Fans were treated to three guitar appearances in the evening rotation: a 1967 Gibson ES-345 (affectionately named "Big Dog"), a 1959 Rosewood Fender Stratocaster and a 1982 Gibson Moderne reissue used for slide, and oh, how he made them sing!
Tauk played The Madison Theater with Peridoni this weekend and rocked the stage. These two bands have had a lot of good momentum this and are playing several festivals this spring and fall. This show was moved from Madison Live to the Madison Theater as there was a great turn out. Check out their schedule at www(dot)taukband(dot)com.
April 9, 2017
St. Augustine Amphitheatre
St. Augustine, Florida
by Michelle Wilson of Rock Legends Photographers
One of the huge perks of living in Florida is the plethora of quality entertainment offered year-round at various outdoor venues throughout the state. The beautiful St. Augustine Amphitheatre, with its accommodating staff and welcoming vibe, played host to The Rides and Buddy Guy at an event that flowed like a well-oiled machine. The weather was pristine, the music was stellar and the crowd was spectacular.
One of the great things
about Nashville City Winery is the way they showcase all musical
genres. In this case the Nashville Jazz Orchestra led by Jim
Williamson with the incomparable Annie Sellick on vocals.
The 28th Annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam that
took place on December 10, 2016 at the US Cellular Center in beautiful
Asheville North Carolina came through with a bang for a night of stellar
performances of all kinds. The event,
which is known for having musicians from all backgrounds collaborating to
create improvisational jams amongst themselves, kept the fans happy dancing
through out the entire long night of music.
The Christmas Jam is and always has been a benefit to support the
Habitat for Humanity Foundation. The
event has brought in over 2 Million dollars for the cause throughout the
music community cares. When one of their own falls ill/passes away,
always expect an outpouring of support. This was the case when Tom
Shinness recently passed away. Organized by John Haring and Rusty
Russell this celebration of life featured performances by Ginger
Shinness, Keb Mo, Jack Pearson, Phil Keaggy, Annie Sellick/Pat
Bergeson, New North (Damien Horne/Krista Marie), Beth Garner, and
supporting musicians such as Roy “Futureman” Wooten, Jim Hoke,
Sarah Clanton, Katie Blomarz, Michael Morton Flute, Rusty Russell, and more.
the benefit was first planned Tom was still living and wanted to
perform. However he did not make it but was well represented by
Ginger Shinness, Heather Shinness, and Jasmine Cheri Shinness.
Big Gigantic played a rocking dance party at Bogarts last week. This show was all energy with a fabulous light show. Big G is another band that is gaining incredible momentum and getting placed very high up the lineup train on this year's festival circuit. Check them out this summer at one or several of the festivals they are headlining.
Umphrey's McGee dropped into Asheville, NC for a three night run with Greensky Bluegrass. The first two nights were held at Visit Asheville.com Arena. The third night took place at the Orange Peel. Umphrey's played all of their best songs and rocked some covers including Tom Sawyer, Can't You See, and War Pigs. This band has incredible momentum going for them right now and have a massive fan base. Check out Umphrey's Tour at Umphreys(dot)com.
Robert Randolph & The Family Band played a great show last night to a sold out Taft Ballroom. They played several originals and dazzled a few covers, including Jimi Hendrix's Voodoo Chile. They are on a national tour and seem to be enjoying life immensely. Robert Randolph has a new album out entitled "Got Soul." He was signing the album for at least half an hour after the show. The vibe in the room was very positive and people were getting their groove on. The opening band, The New Respects put on a solid performance as well, so get there early if you catch this tour. (Photos are all of one angle as there was no photo pit and limited room to move.)
a city full of exceptional musicians you would expect nothing less
than a tribute/cover band to be the best. With Nashville's own
“Midnight Rider's” that proves to be the case. They proved it
Saturday night at 3rd and Lindsley where they held a show
in Memory of Butch Trucks. Sitting in were guitar virtuoso's Lee Roy
Parnell and former Allman Brother Jack Pearson. Also there were guest
appearances by Chris Sartin (Owner of Soulshine Pizza who delivered
vocals on Ain't Wasting Time) ) and Tim Horn on Harmonica.
February 25th and 26th By Michael Yanko and Michelle Wilson Some bands are so good that you just cannot get enough of them,
and for us, the Bruce Katz Band is definitely one of them! With keys master Bruce
Katz tickling the ivories, Chris Vitarello playing ultra clean guitar licks and
belting out strong, smooth vocals, and Ray Hangen banging out precise drum
beats, this power blues/rock/jazz trio thrilled the crowds everywhere we went.
Katz (Blues Hall of Fame Inductee 2013) has performed with the likes of the Allman
Brothers Band, Gregg Allman, John Hammond, Ronnie Earl and The
Broadcasters and Delbert McClinton, to name a few. In addition to playing with
Katz, Vitarello (Blues Hall of Fame Inductee 2013) also has collaborated with
the late Jimmy McGriff, Tad Robinson and Floyd Miles, in addition to many
others, and is a member of the Chris O’Leary Band. Hangen (2010 Buffalo Music
Award for Best Blues Drummer) has played with The Blues Hounds and Brandon
Live at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL 1-24-17
When you are selected to be the opening act for a sold out Don Henley
concert you have to be doing something right!
The band represents a combination of blues, rock, Americana, country, and bluegrass.
The acoustic set by JD & The Straight Shot was very entertaining and they did a
great job warming up the crowd. JD
(James Dolan, yes, THAT James Dolan) was very personable, and what little he may have lacked in vocal
skills he more than made up for through rapport with the crowd and an excellent
supporting band. JD wonderfully
explained the history and/or meaning of each song and the crowd really seemed
to be very responsive to his banter. The band has recorded 6 albums and
performed a nice mix of a few older originals and songs off their new album
Bob Weir played his Fireside Tour last week with The National at the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati. This was truly a special night of music with two phenomenal bands playing together in unison. The place was sold out and the crowd was very pumped for a great night of music. MusicNow has become a great festival with rare performances. Tonight was no exception. Some highlights included Not Fade Away, Eyes of the World, Darkstar, Cassidy, and a Ripple Encore.
The Lumineers are on their "Cleopatra World Tour" that made a stop at US Bank Arena last night. The openers were Margaret Glaspy followed by Andrew Bird. Last night was sold out. All three bands put on quite a performance. I haven't seen Andrew Bird or The Lumineers in several years and I was completely blown away. The band had great energy from start to encore. The Lumineers went into the middle of the arena and played on a riser above the crowd which seemed more intimate than just playing on the front stage. I didn't know the Lumineers had such a following, until last evening as the crowd was into every song that was performed. The band leaves here to play a few shows at Madison Square Gardens. Check out the Lumineers and Andrew Bird Tour at www(dot)thelumineers(dot)com.
With the passing of
Butch Trucks another link to the music of the Allman Brothers band is
gone. Yet the music does live on as was shown recently at the Tivoli
Theater in Chattanooga. There the Tedeschi Trucks band and the Jack
Pearson Trio delivered a show that demonstrated that the torch has
been passed to very capable hands.
It was just about a
year ago when Butch Trucks brought his “Freight Train” to
Nashville City Winery. One of the top Rock drummers ever, Butch was
happiest driving the beat. An original Allman brother, his skill and
passion on the drums helped make the ABB what it was. When they
finally closed down Butch just had to keep going. And just one band
was not enough.
When news hit that the
Nashville City Winery was hosting a Bonaparte's Retreat benefit
featuring EmmyLou Harris and John Prine it was an instant sell out.
Two of Music City's biggest stars together up close and
personal...how much better can you get? Well, you could have Sheryl
Crow come out and sit in for most of the show, that's how much better
you can get.
Joe Russo's Almost Dead
(or JRAD) made their first visit to the Ryman Auditorium and
proceeded to”tear this old building down” in true deadhead
fashion. JRAD, a self confessed “Dead” cover band, consists of
Joe Russo , Marco Benevento, Dave Dreiwitz, Scott Metzger, and Tom
Hamilton and were joined by Nashville's own Nicole Atkins on vocals.
Photos By Butch Worrell
of One Heart Photo and Bob Seaman
On a cold night in
early January the Jack Pearson Trio performed their first show of the
new year at Nashville's iconic Station Inn. The first of 3 sets
featured Jack solo/acoustic, warming up the crowd for the electric
June 17, 2015 Story By Butch Worrell of One Heart Photo Photos By Butch Worrell of One Heart Photo The famous Muddy Water...
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