Last summer, I enjoyed seeing The Gibson Brothers at the Freshgrass Festival (an amazing bluegrass festival, for those of you who are interested) so much that when their recent show at Johnny D’s was announced, I knew I had to see them again.
It was a bonus to find Twisted Pine, winner of the Freshgrass best band contest, opening the show for the Gibsons.
I knew nothing about Nino de los Reyes at the time I decided to see his show at Regattabar, but wanted to try something a little outside my usual wheelhouse. This was one of the highest-energy performances I have ever seen!
Walking into the club, I immediately noticed a special dance floor in front of the seats for the musicians. Whether the flooring was necessary to protect the venue’s floor or to provide a more staccato sound to his dancing (or both), it serves its purpose well.
Part bluegrass, part country, part alt-country, and part Americana (and maybe part other genres), they deliver an energetic show that is crammed with talent! Read the rest of this entry
After seeing Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin and The Guilty Ones perform at a festival last summer, I knew I had to see their headlining show at The Sinclair. Dave and Phil recently returned to performing and recording together; the joy they feel while sharing a stage is obvious and the audience could feel it too.
Last year, they released the Grammy-nominated Common Ground, a tribute to legendary bluesman Big Bill Broonzy, and performed many songs from that album. Read the rest of this entry
There were many people dancing at the back of the room, so obviously many felt the same as I did. Most of us who remained seated contributed by doing some chair dancing.