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Who Had More Fun, The Band Or The Audience?

I am not sure I can say it was not the band who had more fun at the Glorietta show at Brighton Music Hall this week. Many of you may not be aware of this collaboration, which was in the middle of its one-and-done tour, but they are a group of friends who happen to be extraordinarily talented musicians who decided to tour together for a short while. Oh, and release an album too.

Glorietta

Glorietta

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Red Dirt Country Music Strikes Again!

“Red Dirt” music refers to the specific style of country music from Oklahoma and refers to the color of the soil there. The Turnpike Troubadours are one of the best known bands of that genre touring today, and they sold out Brighton Music Hall recently.

The Turnpike Troubadours

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Superb Music By A Master

Luther Dickinson appeared at Brighton Music Hall recently with his band called The Cooperators; I was eyeing it, but after a friend who saw one of their other shows told me I must see it, I realized it would be worth doing a two-show night to see it. Wow, what an incredible show! I did not know what to expect, other than great music, but this show exceeded any expectations I may have had.

Luther Dickinson

Luther Dickinson

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Hitch A Ride On Rayland Baxter’s Rising Star

I was very excited to see this show at Brighton Music Hall; I bought Rayland Baxter’s album when I was in Nashville last year (he was in the local artists section) and it has been on regular rotation on my iPod since then.

Rayland Baxter

Rayland Baxter

Rayland (sometimes stylized as rayLand) is an alt-country musician who has recently broken into the national scene. I believe he played at the Newport Folk Festival in 2014 or 2015, but did not release an album until last year.

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Afro-Fusion At Its Finest

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.

Zolani Mahola

Zolani Mahola

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.

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Bob Schneider Delivers The Goods!

I was at a disadvantage at the Bob Schneider concert at Brighton Music Hall the other night; I seemed to be the only person in the audience who was not intimately familiar with Bob’s songs!

Bob Schneider

Bob Schneider

That did not spoil my enjoyment of the show, however.

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A Slice Of The Heaven That Is New Orleans

I have known about Kermit Ruffins for many years but had not seen him perform live until last week at Brighton Music Hall. Sure, I saw him on the incredible HBO series ‘Tremé‘ and from his scenes, I knew I had to seize the first opportunity I had to see him.

Kermit Ruffins

Kermit Ruffins

Kermit is a (mostly) jazz trumpeter who got his start with the Rebirth Brass Band (hmmm, maybe I did see Kermit with them) in the 1980s. His band is the Barbecue Swingers and swing they did! There was no barbecue at this show unfortunately…

Kermit

Kermit

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Ringing in 2014 With The Felice Brothers

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In 2010, I started going to concerts on New Year’s Eve and it’s become a tradition that I intend to keep (as long as there are shows I’d like to see).

This year, the show was The Felice Brothers, who I’d seen open for Mumford & Sons, and The Low Anthem, who I’d never seen, at Brighton Music Hall.

Both Bands Together on Stage at Midnight

Both Bands Together on Stage at Midnight

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First Weekly Show Announcement

I thought I would start a weekly post listing concert announcements for the Boston area that I received during the previous week. Of course these are shows that I find interesting or artists I think you, my dear readers, might like.  I do not intend the list to be comprehensive – for that, you should get yourself on the email list for Ticketmaster, Live Nation, and Bowery Boston, to name a few. Venues you like generally have email notifications as well.   Read the rest of this entry

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