The Energy Exploded From The Stage
Usually when I review a show, I highlight the headliner and devote less space to the opener. In the case of this show at the House of Blues with The Devil Makes Three as the headliner and Langhorne Slim and the Law as the opener, I am breaking that pattern and focusing on Langhorne Slim.
Passion Filled The Stage At This Americana Triple-Header
As I walked to my car after this stellar show, I overheard two men express exactly what I felt: that The Lone Bellow put their hearts and souls into the show, filling the less-than-intimate House of Blues with a passion as well as an intense connection with the audience that is not easy to achieve.
The Lone Bellow has been on a meteoric rise since I first saw them at the Newport Folk Festival in 2013, and unless they stop creating new music, I do not foresee that slowing any time soon.
Sharon Jones Gave The People What We Wanted
Let me start by saying that my words will not do justice to the performance by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings at Boston’s House of Blues.
This was one of the highest-energy shows I have ever seen, and will certainly make it into my top ten shows of 2014.
Amazing Evening of Acoustic Soul and Blues
I had little idea of what to expect from Southern Soul Assembly, who performed at the House of Blues this week.
I knew this show was billed as ‘southern songwriters in the round’ and that’s an accurate description of it. It does not being to convey, however, the quality of what I heard this night. Read the rest of this entry
The Eclectic St. Vincent Performs
I surprised myself at how much I enjoyed St. Vincent‘s show at the House of Blues last week!
Her music is not of the style I generally enjoy, but I saw her perform with David Byrne 18 months ago, loved what I heard, and was excited to see her again. Her solo show proved that she has the power to be a headliner.
I Was A Deadhead Again, For A Night
I admit it, I love jam bands.
The Bob Weir & RatDog show at the House of Blues brought me right back to the early 1970s when I first saw the Grateful Dead perform.
I don’t call myself a Deadhead, but I loved them back in their heyday (and possibly my heyday as well!). Every once in a while, I need a fix from RatDog or Further (and some of the other iterations as well) and I got that on Monday evening. Read the rest of this entry
This Show Did Not Excite Me
Some of you have asked what I would do if I attended I show that I did not like. Now you have your answer!
I was dragged (not quite kicking and screaming) to see G. Love and Special Sauce at House of Blues last week. The person who was supposed to go was stuck in Georgia because of the snow/ice storm and we did not want to waste a ticket. Being extremely open-minded about music, I hoped that this show would surprise me. Read the rest of this entry
Serious Funk and Sweet Soul Music Ruled the Night
By now my regular readers should know how much I love music from New Orleans, so the fact that I went to see Galactic at the House of Blues should not be a surprise.
Galactic has been around for twenty years. The core group is five musicians with a revolving cast of guests. On this tour, they have Maggie Koerner singing and Corey Henry playing trombone. Read the rest of this entry
Trombone Shorty, Long on Talent
Admittedly, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue is one of my favorite musicians, live or recorded. I have been following him for at least four years and this was his first headlining show in Boston! You know I bought tickets the day they went on sale…
His brand of New Orleans funk is wonderfully engaging both to listen to and to watch.
A Bugg You Won’t Want to Squoosh!
We bought tickets to Jake Bugg‘s show at the House of Blues as soon as they went on sale; last time he was in Boston, he played at a much smaller venue and sold that out fairly quickly. We didn’t want to be left out of this show.
And what a show it was! Jake is a young (19 years old) talent who has tremendous stage presence for his years. Read the rest of this entry