The Whole of Eric Johnson and Mike Stern is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts…

And each part – Mike Stern and Eric Johnson – is incredible on its own! Together, they are formidable.

Eric Johnson and Mike Stern (The Wilbur)

Eric Johnson and Mike Stern (The Wilbur)

Last year, I saw Mike and Eric at two of their four Regattabar shows and they were my top shows of 2013. When they announced this tour in support of their collaborative album, ‘Eclectic’, I knew I would see at least one of the shows in the Boston area. I was extremely lucky to be able to see their shows at both The Wilbur Theatre and Tupelo Music Hall! (Note there is one Boston-area show remaining and it is not sold out yet – Tuesday, November 18th at The Narrows Center for the Arts.)

Eric and Mike (Tupelo)

Eric and Mike (Tupelo)

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Davina and The Vagabonds Delivered A Powerful Performance

I go to concerts to see bands with which I am unfamiliar and am almost always pleasantly surprised. Every once in a while, however, an unknown band completely blows my mind.

Davina Sowers

Davina Sowers

That was the case this week when The Extended Play Sessions presented Minneapolis-based Davina and The Vagabonds. Several days later, I am still shaking my head in amazement at the energy in the room that night.

Davina

Davina

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Murali Coryell’s Blues Guitar Enthralled

I knew that Murali Coryell is the son of famous jazz guitarist Larry Coryell, and was as excited to see his show at Regattabar last week as I have been to see his father’s shows at that venue.

Murali Coryell

Murali Coryell

I presumed Murali played jazz. Wrong! Murali is just as talented as his father, but in the blues and soul music genres.

Murali

Murali

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Alternate Root TV Presents Another Evening of Blues

Alternate Root TV announced that blues artists Fife and Drom (no, that’s not a misspelling) will be in the studio for an Extended Play Session on Tuesday, November 18th at 7 pm.

Fife and Drom (Official Poster)

Fife and Drom (Official Poster)

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Jann Klose, An Engaging Performer

This was an evening with a first for me – this benefit show by Jann Klose was held in the Heald & Chiampa funeral home! Understand that the funeral home is the Sumner House, a historic structure, so it isn’t that difficult to comprehend that it would be a terrific setting for an acoustic concert.

Jann Klose

Jann Klose

The house is gorgeous with the original part built in 1797. I overheard someone say that the house is on the Underground Railroad (that person was taken to see the boarded-up entrance to it).  Read the rest of this entry

Larkin Poe Rocked Us!

I don’t know how many of us who attended this week’s Extended Play Session at Alternate Root TV had any clue that our (music) world was going to be turned upside down by Larkin Poe; I know I didn’t!

Larkin Por

Larkin Poe

Larkin Poe is Atlanta-based sisters Megan Lovell and Rebecca Lovell. The band is named for an ancestor of theirs who was a cousin of Edgar Allen Poe. Creativity definitely runs in their family!

Megan Lovell

Megan Lovell

Rebecca Lovell

Rebecca Lovell

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Alternate Root TV Presents An Evening of Blues

Alternate Root TV announced that blues artists Davina and The Vagabonds will be in the studio for an Extended Play Session on Monday, November 10th at 7 pm.

Davina and The Vagabonds (Official Poster)

Davina and The Vagabonds (Official Poster)

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Expect The Sacred Shakers To Warm Your Soul

I am excited to be seeing The Sacred Shakers at The Sinclair on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.

Sacred Shakers (Official Photo)

Sacred Shakers (Official Photo)

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Ian Anderson Delights Providence!

With a high level of excitement, I traveled to Providence to see Ian Anderson perform with his band at the Providence Performing Arts Center. What a terrific show!

Ian Anderson and band (photo by Carl Glover)

Ian Anderson and band (photo by Carl Glover)

I saw the band perform last year during their ‘Thick as a Brick and Thick as a Brick 2′ tour and was interested to see if my perception of Ian changed after interviewing him.

Ian Anderson (photo by Martin Webb)

Ian Anderson (photo by Martin Webb)

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Alternate Root TV Presents An Evening of Blues/Rock

Alternate Root TV announced that blues/rock artists Larkin Poe will be in the studio for an Extended Play session on Monday, November 3rd at 7 pm.

Larkin Poe (official poster)

Larkin Poe (official poster)

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