Thursday, February 14, 2008
Saturday, February 09, 2008
February 7, 2008 - Photos Fred Simani
This was an evening of great southern song writers at the High Noon Saloon. Dawn Landes started off the evening with her indie folk melodies which were beautiful, simplistic and sweet. Later on, Will Hoge and his band the blew the roof off the place. With their high energy and soulful blend of rock, blues and country, Will's voice carried the High Noon down through the deep south. Jason Isbell + The 400 Unit made their third appearance to the Madison area and last night performance was the standout. Isbell pulled from the Drive-By Truckers catalog as well as his own. He even ran through a great version of Dylan's "Man in Me" thrown in for good measure.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Performing Thursday, February 12 Cafe Montmarte
I was one of millions that bought Tomorrow the Green Grass by the Jayhawks - and have enjoyed listening to it for well over 10 years now. This album is really great and includes a bunch of songs that I think are among the most beautiful I know - great vocal harmonies, wonderful lyrics and really nice melodies. The Jayhawks were/are popular for good reason. For myself, though, I never got to see them perform. [more...]
Monday, February 04, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008 - Barrymore Theatre
My friends know that I'm a "deadhead" from way back in the day, but it wasn't until 2006 that I was first convinced to check out DSO. I've since turned to convincing others! What I found is that a Dark Star Orchestra show is really a lot of fun. Sure, it's a nostalgia trip. But it's a pleasure to hear the Grateful Dead canon performed so well; and to gather, sing and dance alongside fellow travelers.
Much more than a tribute band – DSO has an uncanny ability to recapture the sound of the Dead – and live performance was always what the Grateful Dead was about. DSO recreates sets from all periods of the Dead history, and vary their gear and stage setup to recreate the sound of each era.
One of the games that Deadheads (and now Starheads) like to play is to try to guess the year and date of the show being performed. I've seen people nail it!
Performing with Bob Weir
DSO has been performing for over 10 years, and is set to perform their 1,500th show on February 2, in their hometown of Chicago!
Come and check it out! You'll have a great time, "man."
- Mister Bill
ps If you never "got" the Grateful Dead, try checking out my blog entry: "Why the Grateful Dead was cool "