Funky Jazz or Jazzy Funk? Or Something Altogether Different?

DRKWV, as this Regattabar show was billed, is a collaboration of keyboardist John Medeski, saxophonist Skerik, and drummer Adam Deitch and I was quite curious to see what they are doing as a trio.

John Medeski's hands

John Medeski’s hands

I know DRKWV’s music will not appeal to everyone, but if you like avant-garde jazz and funk or if you merely love extremely good musicians, you’ll find this project interesting at the very least.

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Acoustic Blues Master Eric Bibb Beguiled

As soon as I saw that Eric Bibb would perform at Regattabar, I made sure I would be in the audience. Eric lives in Finland and does not tour the United States frequently, which made this a relatively rare appearance.

Eric Bibb

Eric Bibb

I first saw Eric perform a couple of years ago when he toured with Habib Koité, one of my favorite Malian musicians; I was familiar with Eric in name only prior to that show, but his performance convinced me to put him on my radar.

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Newport Folk Festival Adds to The Lineup

The Newport Folk Festival continues its lineup announcements and added a couple of interesting acts (I wish there were more to announce to you!).

Newport Folk Festival Logo

Newport Folk Festival Trademarked Logo

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The Circle of the Song: A Fine Collaboration

For my review of Circle of the Song at Club Passim, a trio consisting of Seth Walker, Ed Jurdi, and Edward David Anderson, see my review on No Depression.

Circle of the Song

Circle of the Song

Seth Walker

Seth Walker

Edward David Anderson

Edward David Anderson

Ed Jurdi

Ed Jurdi

Seth Walker

Seth Walker

Edward David Anderson

Edward David Anderson

Ed Jurdi

Ed Jurdi

Seth Walker

Seth Walker

Edward David Anderson

Edward David Anderson

Ed Jurdi

Ed Jurdi

Seth Walker

Seth Walker

Edward David Anderson

Edward David Anderson

Ed Jurdi

Ed Jurdi

Seth Walker

Seth Walker

Edward David Anderson

Edward David Anderson

Ed Jurdi

Ed Jurdi

Seth Walker

Seth Walker

Edward David Anderson

Edward David Anderson

Seth Walker and Ed Jurdi

Seth Walker and Ed Jurdi

Seth Walker

Seth Walker

Seth Walker and Ed Jurdi

Seth Walker and Ed Jurdi

Seth Walker

Seth Walker

Seth Walker

Seth Walker

The Face of Country Music Today Wowed Boston

I was so excited to finally see Sturgill Simpson at his sold-out show at The Paradise this weekend! Last time he was in Boston – also playing to a sold-out crowd – I was in Nashville!

Sturgill Simpson

Sturgill Simpson

Sturgill was nominated for a Grammy this year, but perhaps more importantly his 2014 album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, deservedly appeared on many reviewers’ top ten lists of 2014.

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The Mavericks Cured Snow Fatigue!

The Mavericks cured whatever ailed the audience at The Wilbur Theatre last week! Most of you know how the Boston area is suffering this winter; seeing live music is helping to keep me – and many others – sane and The Mavericks helped immeasurably!

The Mavericks

The Mavericks

Those of you who have been reading my posts regularly know how much I love this band; I have seen them ‘only’ four times and I think this was the best of them! The Mavericks were on fire Thursday night!

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A Post-Mardi Gras Party

Being able to see Buckwheat Zydeco at Regattabar proved to be an incredibly welcome relief from the mountains of snow in the Boston area that are deeply affecting people’s moods (mine included). The doctor could not have ordered anything better!

Buckwheat Zydeco

Buckwheat Zydeco

Buckwheat, born Stanley Dural, Jr., has been a fixture on the zydeco scene for many years, but I had not seen him live for about ten years so I was overdue!

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Another Week of Newport Folk Festival Lineup Announcements

The Newport Folk Festival continues its lineup announcements and added an interesting act.

Newport Folk Festival Logo

Newport Folk Festival Trademarked Logo

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Lullabies and Love Songs On A Snowy Valentine’s Day

Here’s the link to my review on ND Roots (No Depression) of this marvelous  show by Suz Slezak at Club Passim on Saturday, February 14, 2015.

Suz Slezak

Suz Slezak

Suz Slezak (with David Wax and Corey DiMario)

Suz Slezak (with David Wax and Corey DiMario)

Suz Slezak

Suz Slezak

Suz Slezak and Alan Kaufman

Suz Slezak and Alan Kaufman

Suz Slezak

Suz Slezak

Suz Slezak with her father David Slezak

Suz Slezak with her father David Slezak

David Wax

David Wax

Corey DiMario

Corey DiMario

David Wax, Suz Slezak, Alan Kaufman, and Corey DiMario (l to r)

David Wax, Suz Slezak, Alan Kaufman, and Corey DiMario (l to r)

Suz Slezak

Suz Slezak

Suz Slezak

Suz Slezak

Suz Slezak and Alan Kaufman

Alan Kaufman

Suz Slezak

Suz Slezak

Suz Slezak with her father David Slezak

Suz Slezak with her father David Slezak

David Wax

David Wax

Suz Slezak

Suz Slezak

Corey DiMario

Corey DiMario

Alan Kaufman and Suz Slezak Yodeling

Alan Kaufman and Suz Slezak Yodeling

David Wax, Suz Slezak, and Corey DiMario

David Wax, Suz Slezak, and Corey DiMario

David Wax and Suz Slezak

David Wax and Suz Slezak

Suz Slezak and Alan Kaufman

Suz Slezak and Alan Kaufman

An Intimate Evening With A Rock Legend

Despite a number of really good shows happening in Boston on this snowy evening, I chose to see the legendary Leon Russell in the intimate setting that is Johnny D’s.

Leon Russell

Walking with the aid of a cane, Leon took the stage to a standing ovation. Graciously acknowledging the love we showed him, he sat at his grand piano and played his heart out for the next nearly two hours.

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