Category Archives: Concert Reviews

Supper time! Southern Soul Assembly at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

Southern Soul Assembly
The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
Virginia Beach, VA
March 15, 2017
Photographer/Writer: Mark Robbins

In 2014 Southern root greats, Luther Dickinson, JJ Grey, Marc Broussard and Anders Osborne came together to form the side project Southern Soul Assembly. The sound was a colossal joining with Broussard’s “Bayou Soul”, Grey’s Florida blue collar funk, Osborne’s rugged blues from New Orleans and Dickinson’s smooth casual Beale St storytelling.

Once in a blue moon audiences have the opportunity to see collaboration projects like that of the Southern Soul Assembly. The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach, VA, provided such an opportunity on March 15th when the southern quartet, SSA, cascaded on to the stage. Continue reading Supper time! Southern Soul Assembly at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

Marcus King Band wsg and Django Knight

Marcus King Band wsg/ Django Knight
The Hi-Fi, Indianapolis, Indiana
February 14, 2017
Photographer/Writer: Tyler Muir

It is rare for two acts to share one stage in the same evening and bring a breath of fresh air to two separate genres of music. It gives those who have attended concerts for years a feeling of yesteryear, and demonstrates to the younger crowd a feeling of exactly how it should be done. When you add that it was Valentine’s Day, and in the best venue in the city, it almost had poetic charm. Those in attendance will be discussing this show with anyone that will listen until both these acts return to Indianapolis, and probably even longer. Continue reading Marcus King Band wsg and Django Knight

At the Beach with the Avett Brothers

At The Beach – The Avett Brothers (and friends)
Hard Rock Hotel, Riviera Maya, Mexico
February 09-12, 2017
Writer/Photographer: Josh Mintz

It was almost a cliche. Taking the stage on the very first night of their At The Beach festival in Mexico, the Avett Brothers kicked off their headlining set with “At The Beach.”

And, it was perfect. Continue reading At the Beach with the Avett Brothers

Wood Brothers with the T Sisters: a Fiery Recipe

Wood Brothers with the T Sisters
The 9:30 Club, Washington D.C.
February 11, 2017
Writer/Photographer: Bob Adamek

While much of the northeast was between snowstorms, the Wood Brothers pulled into Washington D.C. on an oddly balmy Saturday night. The sold out crowd at the venerated 9:30 Club seemed ready to bust. Seizing on that energy, the band delivered, again and again. Continue reading Wood Brothers with the T Sisters: a Fiery Recipe

Avett Brothers at the Beach – Night Two

Night two is in the books for the Avett Brothers At the Beach, and what a night it was!

The Devil Makes Three opened the show and delivered an energetic set of mashed up throwback folk/bluegrass, and then gave way to the Avetts.

The headliners delivered a much more impassioned set than the night before. A full review will come post-fest, but highlights were a cover of “Mama Tried” and “Murder In the City” with Brandi Carlile sitting in.

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Jason Isbell at the Germantown Performing Arts Center

Jason Isbell
Germantown Performing Arts Center
Germantown, TN
1/5/17 & 1/6/17
Writer/Photographer: Josh Mintz

Fourteen minutes.

That’s exactly how long it took for Jason Isbell to sell out the Germantown Performing Arts Center, an 864-seat venue in the Memphis suburbs. The show sold out so fast that they added a second performance the night before.

It sold out in 15 minutes. Continue reading Jason Isbell at the Germantown Performing Arts Center

The Tabernacle Hosts Jim James of My Morning Jacket

Jim James
November 22, 2016
The Tabernacle, Atlanta, Georgia
Photographer/Writer: Brad Kuntz

My Morning Jacket frontman, Jim James performed at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, Georgia on November 22, 2016 in support of his latest release, Eternally Even. Twin Lamb, a band from his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky opened the show and then became 3/5 of Jim James’ band for the main event.

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Opening with “Hide in Plain Sight”, off the new record, “Eternally Even”, and then “Know Til Now”, from James’ debut release, “Regions of Light and Sound and God”. James rapped/skatted “Same Old Lie”, a song that gets very political about voting and lying politicians that we elect, this was the first single released from the new record. “Dear One and a New Life”, from the first release was a classic. Two more new tracks followed, “The Worlds Smiling Now and True Nature”, heavy on the 1970’s sound into “I’m Set Free”, a Velvet Underground cover. Two new favorites, “In the Moment”, and “Eternally Even”, end the set. “I Hope You’re Having a Wonderful Life!!!” and “Living in The Shadows Light” were some uplifting lyrics.

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The encore featured, “Of the Mother Again”, into “Dear God”, from another side project of James’, “Mothers of Folk.” “Dear God”, was the highlight of the night!!! “Down on the Bottom”, is from the “New Basement Tapes”, yet another side project and film finishing Bob Dylan songs that had not been completed with a hand picked group of stellar musicians. The show ended with another classic James tune, “State of the Art (AEIOU)”, covered by My Morning Jacket on occasion.