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With Arroyo Seco Weekend days away, here’s a quick look at some of the acts that might be under your radar but will be MUST-SEE before catching up with the likes of Robert Plant, Neil Young, Kings of Leon, Gary Clark, Jr. and the Pretenders. Spoiler alert, it’s Willow-centric… Typhoon This 11ish-piece outfit from Salem, Oregon is great way to kick off...
Best New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest ever? YES! But let's be honest -- it's always a tie between the most recent one and the next one. Jazz Fest 49 was no exception. Seven Fest days and 30 minutes of rain ☔. Unheard of. Unexpected discoveries? Check ✅. Food (and calories) I’m still working on burning off? Check ✅. Love in an elevator? Nevermind....
It's the year 23 AG (after Garcia). Dead & Co. are embarking on a stadium-centric Summer tour. Phil's Terrapin Crossroads has a full schedule, and at 78(!), Lesh shows no signs of slowing his roll while sticking closer to home and sprinkling in some East Coast tripping (including a few recent Phil and Bobby duet dates, with Trey as...
Festival behemoth AEG and Goldenvoice are at it again, but this time it's the follow-up to their inaugural Arroyo Seco Weekend. A festival realized after years of negotiations with the city and citizens of Pasadena, that secured a 10-year deal at Brookside Golf Course, adjacent to the Rose Bowl. It's a family forward music festival with free entry for...
The last date of the Carry Fire Winter tour landed Robert Plant at the beautiful Orpheum Theatre in DTLA. The tour has stuck to smaller venues (the Orpheum holds about 2,000) while drawing on a consistent setlist of multiple tunes from both Carry Fire and Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar, as well as a few quieter Zeppelin touchstones and...
I flat out think the Tedeschi Trucks Band is one of the best touring bands on the road anywhere. It’s not just the nimbleness of a 12-piece unit that can fly like a jazz trio, or the cauldron that launches Derek Trucks’ journeys, or the purr to a growl joy of Susan Tedeschi matching those Strat/Tele/Les Paul driven sparks. Tedeschi...
Newport Folk is about the words and the music. propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('livemusicblog_main_1'); }); Songs that stir and shake, songs you shake your ass to, songs that provoke, songs that matter... But it’s also about discovery of new voices and sounds, while not forgetting to pay tribute to the influence of founder George Wein and the guiding...
Goldenvoice's Arroyo Seco Weekend Festival wrapped up last weekend, and our friend Jim Brock went and covered both days (June 24th & 25th) giving us a look into the inaugural festival set in the "shady oaks and Brookside parkland next to the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium". propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('livemusicblog_main_1'); }); Scroll on for his galleries...
The Revivalists may be from New Orleans, but their sound is much bigger than just their hometown. With four albums under their belts including 2015’s fine Men Amongst Mountains, every instrumental element of this seven-piece'r contributes mightily to the sum: David Shaw’s relentless energy and stage presence, Ed Williams snarling pedal steel, guitarist Zack Feinberg, Rob Ingraham’s sax, George...
KAABOO Del Mar was the most relaxed fest I’ve attended, and it has a great San Diego vibe. This is not a pop-up on dirt, and the Del Mar Fairgrounds are first class. Musically diverse with a splash of New Orleans, a heavy does of roots and alt-country, tried-and-trues, funk and jammers, worldly influenced, indie heroes, local heroes, and a dish of...

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