Friday, July 16, 2010

Dead Kenny G's, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Joan Armatrading, Indigo Girls

May be a quick blog today. Had intended to this on Wednesday night but was pretty tired from staying up to watch a boring All-Star Game the night before. Thought I would do it on Thursday night after returning from the Squirrels game but 14 runs in the game and fireworks pushed the return home to 11, kids not in bed until 11:30 and I didn't want to start that late. So I blame baseball for this coming out Friday AM.

Today at 4:30 PM, you can catch the Pitchfork Music Festival webcast at  The festival is taking place in Chicago IL and is run by the Pitchfork web site which tends to be one of those "hipper than thou" web sites that hates anything that sells more than 10,000 copies but they are good at sniffing out new and interesting bands.  Here is the schedule:
Friday July 16 (all times in CST):

3:30 Sharon Van Etten
4:00 The Tallest Man on Earth
4:35 El-P
5:30 Liars
6:25 Robyn
8:30 Modest Mouse

Saturday July 17
1:00 Free Energy
1:45 Real Estate
2:30 Delorean
3:20 Titus Andronicus
4:15 Raekwon
5:15 The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
6:15 Wolf Parade
7:25 Panda Bear
8:30 LCD Soundsystem

Sunday July 18
1:00 Allá
1:45 Cass McCombs
2:30 Girls
3:20 Beach House
4:15 Lightning Bolt
5:15 St. Vincent
6:15 Major Lazer
7:25 Big Boi
8:30 Pavement

Here in town on Friday night, a band with the name of the year, Dead Kenny G's, will play at the Capital Ale House Downtown.  The show starts at 10 PM and is FREE.  Here's what the CAH site says about the band:
"The Dead Kenny Gs is a duo started by Skerik and Mike Dillon in 2004. In 2005 they started adding Brian Haas, keyboard genius, for special shows, and a tour in 2006. Brad Houser, bass god from Critters Buggin, is currently the third member. Rotating members join the duo for necessary outings. The priority is for the name, The Dead Kenny Gs, to continue fighting injustice, cheese, and dishonesty in music, and society."

I do know that Skerik, who plays sax and keys, has played with Tuatara (two great instrumental albums with Peter Buck of REM on guitar), Les Claypool's Frog Brigade, Roger Waters, Fred Wesley, Pearl Jam, Bonnie Raitt, The Meters, and Dumpstaphunk.  So while I can't tell you exactly what to expect, you can expect something weird, crazy, fun and played by extremely talented musicians. Here they are in Charleston last month.

Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros will be at The National on Saturday night.  Doors open at 8, show starts at 9, tix are $15 in advance, $19 day of show.  We Are Each Other featuring Aaron Embry is opening.  You may have heard their song "Home" if you listen to WNRN or another "adult alternative" station.

Joan Armatrading comes to The National on Tuesday night.  Tickets are $35 (reserved seats are available), doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with Jamie McLean Band (acoustic) opening.  3 times Grammy nominated British singer songwriter Joan Armatrading is the first female UK artist to have debuted at number 1 in the Billboards Blues charts.  Here is one of her latest songs, "This Charming Life":

The Indigo Girls come to The National on Wednesday night.  Tix are $20 in advance, $25 day of show, doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener Coyote Grace.  BTW if you purchase both an Indigo Girls and a Joan Armatrading ticket at The National box office ONLY you will receive a $10 discount.  The Indigo Girls are about to release a two-CD live album called Staring Down the Brilliant Dream on June 29th.  Here they are playing "Galileo" live down in Florida last Sunday.

Finally, Sublime with Rome (the new singer) will be at Innsbrook on Wednesday night. General Admission tix are $20 in advance, $25 day of show, Gold Circle are $35 (advance only). Gates open at 6, the show will start at 6:15 with openers Matisyahu and The Dirty Heads. Here is Sublime with Rome performing their new song "Panic" on Jimmy Kimmel Live:

That's all for this week. Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan