Full disclosure: when I was asked if I wanted to attend a tribute to the late Alex Chilton at Brighton Music Hall, I had to research him because his name was not familiar. As soon as I saw he was in the Box Tops, who had a huge hit with ‘The Letter’, I realized I knew at least the beginning of his career. I did not know he is considered the inventor of indie and alternative rock.
Holly George-Warren wrote the definitive biography of Chilton, A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, From Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man, and she opened the evening with some readings and reminiscences of Chilton. She was joined for a brief conversation about Chilton by Jody Stephens, the lone surviving member of Big Star.
I am extremely glad World Music/CRASHarts brought Freshlyground, a multi-cultural band from (mostly) South Africa, back to Boston! The last time I was supposed to see them, they had visa issues which caused the show to be canceled. Two years was too long to wait for their triumphant return.
The first (and last) time I saw them, Zolani Mahola was pregnant and was not quite as colorful (figuratively speaking) as she was for this show at Brighton Music Hall. On this night, Freshlyground lit up the dark room with their fusion of traditional African rhythms, rock, pop, jazz, and folk. Please look at the photos in the gallery at the end to get a good idea of how incredible this band is.
I knew more about Dwight Yoakam‘s reputation as both a musician and an actor than I did about his music itself, but I was as excited to see him perform for the first time (on the heels of an excellent new album, Second Hand Heart) as I was to see my first show at Indian Ranch!
I was impressed with both! Indian Ranch is an unusual venue. Set on Webster Lake in central Massachusetts, it is a combination campground and music venue. This show was accompanied by a light drizzle through much of the show, but that did not dampen anyone’s spirits even though some were in uncovered areas. I look forward to returning on a day with better weather!
I believe this was considered a true co-bill, since each performed a full 90-minute set; regardless, it was a terrific show that truly showcased their talent.
Based in the Washington, DC area, the band brings a unique perspective to the blues, combining rock and funk, and even some soul, with traditional blues riffs.
Please come for a very special fundraising event on Saturday, July 11th at 9:30 pm (the early show SOLD OUT!!!) with spectacular Weasel Records recording artist Willy Porter!! Don’t miss this rare show. The venue seats a small audience, so the experience is up close and personal. Unfortunately, I am unable to attend and would love it if some of my readers could go in my stead.
Willy Porter has been a featured performer on both Shrewsbury Media Connection‘s Mostly Rock ‘n Roll program several times, and has played other sold out concerts at SMC to enthusiastic and grateful audiences.
A portion of all ticket sales goes towards SMC’s Nicholas J. Todisco Young Filmmakers Scholarship. You can order tickets here.
Plenty of free parking available in lot shared with Parker Road Preschool. Read the rest of this entry
There was a lot of emotion at The Extended Play Sessions last week when Ian Fitzgerald and Brian Carroll, Boston-based singer-songwriters, performed although I doubt any of us in attendance had a clue about it.
Ian and Brian have separate careers but they came together this night to perform both alone and together.