The theme for my concert-going this summer seemed to be “voyages” and in particular water voyages, both to the water, or at least a couple of different beaches, and also on the water, specifically, the East River. As the temperature cools and the fall rainy season drifts in, I bring you some postcards from my last couple of trips:
Willie Nelson, Circus Maximus Theater, Ceaser’s Atlantic City: The show was a little bit more subdued than I was expecting, perhaps a concession to the venue, the age of the audience (there were people in the front row celebrating their sixty-fifth wedding anniversary), or a reflection of Willie Nelson also getting up there (77 and still touring!), or some combination of those things. But it was still a great show. It was, in many ways, something of a relief to be able to just sit down and listen to someone sing familiar songs, undistracted by festival crowds or complicated stage business. He did, among others, Good Hearted Woman, All the Girls I’ve Loved Before and City of New Orleans, and I left refreshed, as if … Continue reading
I spoke too soon. We have one more post for you before we hit the road.
While in Paris last February, Local Natives filmed their show at le Maroquinerie and will be streaming the show on their Facebook page on Monday, July 12. Here are the details:
Next Monday, Local Natives will stream a complete, never-before-seen live performance on their Facebook page. Powered byLivestream, the hour-long set begins at 3pm EST, and features a gorgeous, multi-camera shoot helmed by the ever-capable Valerie Toumayan. The performance, which includes renditions of nearly every Gorilla Manor favorite, was filmed in February of this year at le Maroquinerie in Paris, France. Earlier today, My Old Kentucky Blog treated readers to an advance preview of the set with a 6-minute version of “Stranger Things.”
Watch The Preview At My Old Kentucky Blog
Go Here Monday, July 12th At 3PM EST To Watch The Entire Performance
If you haven’t seen Local Natives live, get on this. These guys have great energy, great spirit and are even more impressive live than they are recorded.
Local Natives (in-store performance at Music Saves)
Cards & Quarters
I may be a big puss and a little too easily affected by music, but as soon as Local Natives broke into their trademark harmonizing at the beginning of their Music Saves pre-gig in-store performance, I felt a little moisture trying to escape from my face. I wasn’t crying – just… leaking a little awe.
This was quite a turnaround considering it hadn’t been that long ago that I was finding myself unable to get into the Local Natives groove (it was that backyard SXSW performance captured by Yours Truly that finally got me to tap in). Lucky for me that there’s no expiration date on good music.
It struck me that Local Natives’ performance was almost the antithesis of the Felice Brothers’ performance I had just experienced the night before. I am a big fan of slopping, emotional music, which the Felice Brothers are pros at creating, but there is certainly something to be said for the ability of a band like … Continue reading
Friday. It’s not the absolute best day of the week, but it’s a worthy runner-up to King Saturday. And this Friday right here is pretty damn good for Local Natives fans, as we’ve got two big-deal things going on.
First, the kind folks at the Orchard have a shiny, new 7″ of Local Natives’ great song “Sun Hands” with the B-side being the also-great (there aren’t many of their songs that aren’t great) rendition of “Cards & Quarters” from the band’s Daytrotter session. You want it? Be the first to drop a comment on this post expressing your wild enthusiasm for the band (or even your not-quite-wild but still enthusiastic enthusiasm), and you will be the proud owner.
Second, Cleveland-area Local Natives’ fans have the opportunity to obtain goodness from the very fine folks at Music Saves. Be the first to purchase the Gorilla Manor LP at Music Saves (see previous link for address and hours of operation if you’re not already familiar with them), and a pair of tickets to the May 11th Local Natives/Suckers show at the Beachland Ballroom, will be yours.
I will be at the Beachland show as well … Continue reading
Shows worth checking out this week in and around Cleveland:
The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
- Sun, Apr 25| 8:30 PM (8 PM door)
Ballroom | All Ages
- Sun, Apr 25| 9 PM (8 PM door)
The Styrenes 35th Anniversary Tour
Home & Garden
Tavern | All Ages
- Mon, Apr 26| 8:30 PM (8 PM door)
Tavern | All Ages
- Sat, Apr 24| 9 PM
The Buried Wires
- Sun, Apr 25| 7 PM
The Fam Base Tour feat.
- Tues, Apr 27| 8:30 PM
Apples In Stereo
- Fri, Apr 30| 9 PM
Now That’s Class
- Thurs, Apr 29| 9 PM
Mystery of Two
The Wooly Bullies
Oberlin … Continue reading