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  • Just chiming in like a month and a half after the fact to say that I agree re: the Jayhawks and also that I appreciated your reviews. I haven't seen them live in quite a few tours and hadn't made any effort to see them again after the Mockingbird Time album which I found to be a notable disappointment. But now I'm going to listen to the new album and of course I'll never say no to hearing their older catalog.
    Moving along- I took some friends to hear The Suffers here at World Cafe Live in philly a few months ago and whoah/wow what an impressively intense show. I wish they had a bigger horn section but really could t possibly complain. Super good show.

    Then a few re weeks ago we went to an unusual for me concert- Steve Wynn (not the casino dude the Dream Syndicate dude) acoustic with Diane Gentile opening, - acoustic as well. Both were great with really rich full sounds.

    This week ill I'll be seeing Yo La Tengo as the Velvet Underground at some VU anneversary/tribute thing at the Gershman YMCA.

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    • Just saw the great guitar virtuoso Albert Lee. It was a great show. Eric C. may have arthritis, but not Albert. Albert's hand just flew over that fretboard. He played some classic tunes from the Everly Brothers (he was in their band) and Gram Parsons as well as his own stuff

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      • Saw the Edmar Castanega trio last night in the Vanderhoef studio at the Mondavi Center. Have never seen anyone play a 32 string harp like that before. Edmar is originally from Bogota, Columbia, and started playing as a teen. The guy is a genius! Great show.
        Last edited by cp_deb; 03-26-2017, 12:35 PM.

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        • Lucy enough to FINALLY get a Dumpstaphunk gig in Minneapolis in late December, at The Hook, right in my 'hood, and the weather was decent whiel they were here. Some great local music in January, a Rebirth show opening for G. Love at First Avenue, Dawes at the State Theater and just caught Maceo back at the Dakota Jazz Club! Took lots of pics, as usual; my flickr is almost all music these days.
          https://www.flickr.com/photos/fantai...h/31893542065/
          Last edited by fantailmedia; 02-21-2017, 12:15 PM.

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          • This has been a big live music period for me. Here are a few mini reviews:
            • Suitcase Junket - Matt Lorenz sits on a suitcase which he uses as a bass drum, plays the guitar and sings great songs backed up with two toned throat singing and a few other found objects -- don't be put off by the one man band thing, he is way worth seeing
            • The Woes - An Americana base textured with trumpet and french horn and finished with a kick ass blues/gospel voice
            • Snarky Puppy - so many talented musicians, so much interesting music going on
            • Lettuce - Huge funk done well
            • Big Lazy - Take a 70's western movie soundtrack, mix in a bit of rockabilly guitar you might hear in a lounge act and you might recognize this acoustic trio
            • Red Baraat - continue to love this Bangra Funk outfit
            • Bash & Pop - Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson plays good sloppy rock and roll
            • Rubblebucket - Creatively diverse 8 piece band with big horns and big textures to match. Watching them makes me realize that the band nerds in high school were probably way cooler than I thought. It is possible you won't like them, but you won't be bored
            • Shellshag - A mostly punk rock duo with a surf rock grunge feel filled with creativity and raw emotion - mostly love. I seeing them, but they don't translate as well to cd
            • Birds of Chicago - Dynamic banf fronted by Allison Russell and JT Nero. two great voices that blend folk, rock and secular gospel beautifully into something honest and fierce - my highest recommendation
            • Otis Taylor - Banjo based bluesman who might just be great
            • Southern Avenue - New Memphis band with an upbeat rock and soul feel
            • Amy Helm Band - solid folk blues
            • James Maddock - singer songwriter playing upbeat folk - I liked him more than I expected to
            • Slothrust - Unorthodox indie rock band with punk sensibilities, solid musicianship and intricate tempo changes -- One of the more interesting bands I have seen in a while, I really liked them
            • Matt Anderson - Is it possible to be a great white bluesman from Canada, I have proof that it is -- jaw dropping vocal power
            • Breanna Barbara - Thick sounding rock with moments that invoke memories Grace Slick and moments that remind me of the Doors
            • Winstons - Sloppy blues based rock and roll drummer/guitar duo with an aggressive growly voice
            On tap are:
            • Chris Smither
            • Milton
            • Andrew Duhon
            • Con Brio
            • Galactic
            • Beth Hart
            • Michael Wagner
            • Of Clocks and Clouds
            • Southern Soul Assembly
            • Nikki and the Human Element
            • Ruthie Foster
            • the Snaz
            • Dana Fuchs
            • Peter Mulvey
            • Revel In Dimes
            • Monsieur Perine
            • Revivalists
            • Mary Gautier
            • Chuck Prophet
            If you are heading to any of these, please let me know

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            • Originally posted by Jordan View Post
              This has been a big live music period for me. Here are a few mini reviews:
              • Suitcase Junket - Matt Lorenz sits on a suitcase which he uses as a bass drum, plays the guitar and sings great songs backed up with two toned throat singing and a few other found objects -- don't be put off by the one man band thing, he is way worth seeing
              • The Woes - An Americana base textured with trumpet and french horn and finished with a kick ass blues/gospel voice
              • Snarky Puppy - so many talented musicians, so much interesting music going on
              • Lettuce - Huge funk done well
              • Big Lazy - Take a 70's western movie soundtrack, mix in a bit of rockabilly guitar you might hear in a lounge act and you might recognize this acoustic trio
              • Red Baraat - continue to love this Bangra Funk outfit
              • Bash & Pop - Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson plays good sloppy rock and roll
              • Rubblebucket - Creatively diverse 8 piece band with big horns and big textures to match. Watching them makes me realize that the band nerds in high school were probably way cooler than I thought. It is possible you won't like them, but you won't be bored
              • Shellshag - A mostly punk rock duo with a surf rock grunge feel filled with creativity and raw emotion - mostly love. I seeing them, but they don't translate as well to cd
              • Birds of Chicago - Dynamic banf fronted by Allison Russell and JT Nero. two great voices that blend folk, rock and secular gospel beautifully into something honest and fierce - my highest recommendation
              • Otis Taylor - Banjo based bluesman who might just be great
              • Southern Avenue - New Memphis band with an upbeat rock and soul feel
              • Amy Helm Band - solid folk blues
              • James Maddock - singer songwriter playing upbeat folk - I liked him more than I expected to
              • Slothrust - Unorthodox indie rock band with punk sensibilities, solid musicianship and intricate tempo changes -- One of the more interesting bands I have seen in a while, I really liked them
              • Matt Anderson - Is it possible to be a great white bluesman from Canada, I have proof that it is -- jaw dropping vocal power
              • Breanna Barbara - Thick sounding rock with moments that invoke memories Grace Slick and moments that remind me of the Doors
              • Winstons - Sloppy blues based rock and roll drummer/guitar duo with an aggressive growly voice
              On tap are:
              • Chris Smither
              • Milton
              • Andrew Duhon
              • Con Brio
              • Galactic
              • Beth Hart
              • Michael Wagner
              • Of Clocks and Clouds
              • Southern Soul Assembly
              • Nikki and the Human Element
              • Ruthie Foster
              • the Snaz
              • Dana Fuchs
              • Peter Mulvey
              • Revel In Dimes
              • Monsieur Perine
              • Revivalists
              • Mary Gautier
              • Chuck Prophet
              If you are heading to any of these, please let me know
              Saw Con Brio as warm up for Galactic -- thought they were excellent and would make a fun festival band for a full set. Lots of energy, doubt I would listen to them on record, but perfect vibe to see live.

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              • Originally posted by cp_deb View Post
                Saw the Edmar Castanega trio last night in the Vanderhohf studio at the Mondavi Center. Have never seen anyone play a 32 string harp like that before. Edmar is originally from Bogota, Columbia, and started playing as a teen. The guy is a genius! Great show.
                I've seen him a couple of times; Edmar Castaneda is amazing; in fact, what he does (successfully integrating a Columbian harp into jazz) does not seem possible, but he does it anyway.

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                • We had the pleasure of seeing the Danilo Brito trio last night in the Vanderhoef Studio at the Mondavi. Brito is a Brazilian mandolin player who doesn't speak English. Nevertheless he had a lot to say, through his wife who translated for him, and through the incredible music the group played. UC Davis doesn't seem to have any trouble getting some very talented artists in spite of the travel ban.

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                  • I caught "The Weight" band last night in town last night - cp_deb even spotted a ring-side seat for me! Great fun with veteran players, including Jim Wieder and Brian Mitchell from Levon's great house/tour band. Roger McNamee from Moonalice fame opened with his troubadour solo set and as a dividend the entire evening is available on Moonalice's ahead-of-its-time archive: http://www.moonalice.com/tour/2017-0...-w-weight-band I'd go again, and if the tour stops near you, give it a try!

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                    • Amadou and Mariam at World Cafe Live in Philly last night. Their unique Afro-rock had the audience dancing for the entire show. Lots of variety in their rhythms -- I noted that they sometimes led the audience to clap on 1 and 3, other times on 2 and 4. I'm curious if that was a concession to their crowd or if it reflects different ways to hear their rhythms. Having too good a time to think about it during the show.

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                      • Lukas Nelson and POTR with solo opener Nikki Bluhm at the Ace of Spades in Sacramento. Really fun tour and a very uncrowded show, especially for a Friday night. Guess everyone figures they can see Lukas in a couple of months at Hangtown Halloween.
                        Last edited by cp_deb; 2 weeks ago.

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                        • Tab Benoit came to Little Rock last week. A great show at the Rev Room but I found it weird he didn't talk about his festival. LR is only 7 hours from Houma and the place was packed with tab fans .

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                          • And I saw the Tedeschi trucks band in Rogers in Northwest Arkansas and it was a fabulous fabulous show.

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                            • Went to a house concert where I was introduced to the music of David Jacobs-Strain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59942DaFErE Recommended

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