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Andriana Chobot Trio at Light Club Lamp Shop and Joe Adler at Radio Bean March 17, 2017   Leave a comment

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Andriana Chobot Trio pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at Light Club Lamp Shop. The show was set to go from 7-8:45. I worked until 7, raced home, did a real quick turn around and walked to the club, arriving just before 7:30. Andriana Chobot was on stage singing and playing keys as I settled in. She was joined by Julian Chobot on bass and Cody Sargent on drums so they had a nice full sound. Julian is super steady on bass with some cool running around the fretboard. Cody plays with subtlety and grace and is always where he needs to be to enhance the song. Andriana has a strong voice that is equally as powerful when she is whispering or belting it out. Her keyboard has an almost orchestral piano sound. They played a bunch of her songs, some that I knew, some that I did not and a couple that I am getting to know. I only caught a bit of the song they were playing as I got settled then they went into a bass and drum groove as she sang Come Together. She added some keys to the instrumental section, late in the song, then went back to just singing to close out the classic Beatles song. I joyfully let the next four songs wash over me and fill me, then they pulled out the magnificent Cascade. It’s from her first EP and is just wonderful. They ended the first set with a powerful cover of Ain’t No Sunshine and her singing was epic.

 

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Joe Adler with Chris and Tucker pic by Tim Lewis

I took advantage of the break to head over to Radio Bean to see a few songs by Joe Adler and Tucker Hansen. Joe sang and played the card deck guitar while tucker played the violin. They were joined by Chris on trumpet and he played a nice solo just after I arrived. They pulled out the Nathan Moore song about wondering how you would know if you are an asshole. The catchy chorus is fun and easy to song. They followed with Dylan’s One More Cup Of Coffee then I hit the road back to the lamp shop The band was not on yet so I made the reverse trip and listened to the song on bended knee before heading out for good.

When I arrived back at the Lamp Shop they were playing a gorgeous version of Alone In The Night, another epic song from her first EP. I wish I had arrived sooner but caught most of it. From there, Andriana and the band played a bunch of fantastic songs that made me just want to listen and hear them and to barely think of anything and just exist in the moment. They played eight wonderful songs and wrapped the night with one of the songs that I’m getting to know. It’s called Neon and is really cool.

I hung out for a little bit, chatted about how nice the sound is at the Lamp Shop, and said a quick goodbye. The walk home through the winter wonderland was lovely and quick.

 

 

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Andriana Chobot Trio pic by Tim Lewis

 

Posted March 18, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Ryan Ober at Radio Bean February 22, 2017   Leave a comment

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Ryan Ober pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at Radio Bean. I always seem to have a conflict when Ryan Ober plays so when I saw a 7-8pm show on a Wednesday, I had to go. The walk downtown was lovely, give or take dodging some deep long puddles. I got in and settled and he soon took the stage and started to play. He sat and he sang and played electric guitar and talent just oozed out of his voice and fingers. His playing all night was complex and powerful. His sound ranged from blues to indie rock and most songs had a mix of the styles. He began with a song about a Kansas City sweetheart looking so good so far away. The second one told the tale of how it’s way too hot for flowers in Tucson. A cover of That’s All Right, Mama followed and was very cool. A new song about how his friends say he can’t get away from the blues was tremendous. A cover of Prince’s Kiss had a country rock vibe and a bit of audience participation. I went to the bar for another drink and listened amusedly as he sang about how the strongest drink you’ve got won’t mess with my head. Another blues song about my babe don’t stand no cheating followed. I did not get the origin of the next cover song but it had a great indie feel and was fantastic. It was something about the fire almost burning again. He kept the mood upbeat with Shake It With Your Ladies Love, at least I think that’s how it went. He then switched to the old green guitar and played some slide. He shook his fingers so the one holding the slide gave the notes a little extra vibrato. It was enchanting to watch and listen too. He ended the night with a bluesy instrumental version of Amazing Grace that flowed into another bluesy jam.

I left shortly after the last night and took the short warm happy walk home.

 

 

Posted February 23, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Cooie DeFrancesco at Radio Bean and Sad Turtle, Invisible Homes, The Mountain Says No and Villanelles at ArtsRiot February 17, 2017   Leave a comment

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Ben Maddox of The Mountain Says No pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music on Friday night. I had intended to go to Switchback to see Phil Yates and the Affiliates at 6pm, then head to the main show but another opportunity presented itself that I could not miss.

I’ve been Facebook friends with Cooie DeFrancesco for a while and met her once at a show, but had never heard her sing. She was set to play at Radio Bean at 7pm which lined up perfectly. I arrived close to showtime and she was already on stage singing and playing acoustic guitar. I settled in and listened and was taken by the warmth and fullness of her voice. It had a lot of power in it and just sounded lovely. She was singing a song in French when I arrived so I missed the title of it but she talked about most of the songs before she played them so I was able to get a good sense of the old cover songs that she pulled out. Dylan’s Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right was fun and I really appreciated the Don Gibson song Sweet Dreams. She told the origin story of Love Me Tender and sang it beautifully. She highlighted the sadly still relevant People Get Ready. Delbert McClinton’s Two More Bottles Of Wine was rocking and fun. She went to Hank Williams for Hey Good Looking then asked the audience which Patsy Cline song to sing. One person in the audience said both so she played Crazy and Walking After Midnight. She went back to Hank for Your Cheating Heart then followed with The Tennessee Waltz. She moved to a bit of a bluesy sound for Johnny Winter’s Mother Earth and followed it with The Same Old Blues. She capped the night with All Of Me and added a couple of extra lyrics for her husband Sal L. DeFrancesco. It was a lovely show and a great learning experience. Considering the detailed explanations of the songs I think she and Charlie Messing should get together and play a show sometime. Everyone in the audience would walk out with a masters in early 20th century music.

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Cooie DeFrancesco pic by Tim Lewis

I headed out quickly and walked to ArtsRiot and got settled in just before Sad Turtle took the stage. Their sound is a mix of jazz and rock and prog and sounds pretty cool. The songs are all instrumental and it’s fun to just listen and get into the flow. Feats Of Strength sounded great and the brand new song, Nautical By Nature, may have been the best one of their set. The rocking flow of their sound and the swirling nature of the light show from Heavy Light VT made the set a wonderful experience.

After a short set break the mighty Invisible Homes took the stage. They lit in with the heavy rocking This Machine and we were off. They mixed up the sound a little with the Crimsonesque All Your Basis, which viscerally reminded me that Adrian Belew will be playing that room in early March. The set had new songs from their upcoming album and classics, like Little Song, from Song For My Double. The new song about robots taking over the world was as fun as always. They capped the set with a huge version of Above The Frequency and an over the top Pale Rage. I loved every moment of the show.

Another short set break followed then The Mountain Says No took the stage to release their new album Golden Landfill. It’s a fantastic album full of heavy rock and intense drama and they played the whole thing, though in a slightly different order. They opened hard and heavy with Machu Picchu then eased up a tiny amount for You Say You’re Alive. The new single Nothing In This sounded great then they played the easy to sing Game Of Thrones. They rocked hard on Eggshell then played the moody and eerie Be Like Ryan. They stayed slow and searing for Blanket’s Fine then started slow and ended hard on Gazerbeam. They capped the set with the blistering I Know Right. With enchanting light show and enchanting music, I was in heaven.

After another short set break Villanelles took the stage and kept the attentive audience rocking. With intense drumming and intense bass playing and intense guitar playing and a keyboard which smooths out the sound, their quirky indie rock sounded great. Tristan Baribeau‘s singing was strong and the light show was as intense as it had been for the whole evening. They mixed songs from Blue Heart Attack, like opener Gray Goo, and Parking Lot from the Kiss My Grits EP. They tossed in a cover of They Boys Are Back In Town and had a nice guitar/keys harmony effect going on. Shy Spiders was full and over the top and kept me at peak happiness. The rest of the set was a bit of a beautiful blur since I was getting tired. They rocked hard and were lots of fun and are a band that should be seen whenever possible.

Soon after they wrapped up, I took the long and happy walk home.

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Sad Turtle pic by Tim Lewis

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Sad Turtle pic by Tim Lewis

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Sad Turtle pic by Tim Lewis

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Invisible Homes pic by Tim Lewis

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Invisible Homes pic by Tim Lewis

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Invisible Homes pic by Tim Lewis

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Invisible Homes pic by Tim Lewis

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The Mountain Says No pic by Tim Lewis

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The Mountain Says No pic by Tim Lewis

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Villanelles pic by Tim Lewis

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Villanelles pic by Tim Lewis

Jeremy Gilchrist and Joe Adler at Radio Bean January 28, 2017   Leave a comment

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Jeremy Gilchrist pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last Saturday at Radio Bean. I was tired from the night before and working all day Saturday but thought I could handle going out and hearing some strong acoustic music. I met up with my cousins Jessica Pearson and Caleb Pearson and we had a fantastic dinner at !Duino! (Duende).

Just before 8 we wandered over to the bean and Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter sat and sang and played acoustic guitar. He opened with a song from his upcoming EP. Threaded is a strong song with a subtle and intense lyric. He went back to his Causality album for a cool version of Great Filter. Another new one called The Endless War seemed appropriate for our times. A new one that I had not heard yet, or maybe once a while ago, called Faded Movie Reel was very cool. He pulled out a cover and stunned the room with Pink Floyd’s The Gunner’s Dream. I missed the name of the next song but the one that followed was called Leonard and was a celebration of the life of Mr Cohen. He was going to end the set with his epic version of Round Here but Joe was running a tiny bit late so he tossed in the Great Escape. I love that song and all of his songs and am so glad I went.

It did not take Joe Adler long to get set up with his acoustic guitar and spacey sounding telephone. He played an epic 17 song set and almost all the songs were covers. He opened with a Radiohead song I did not know then rocked out Burning Down The House. A song that may be called I Hate Love followed then he pulled out The Kinks song I’m Not Like Everybody Else. Leonard Cohen’s In My Secret Life followed. He played a couple that I did not know, but enjoyed, then played the classic One World (Not Three) from the Police. The set continued with a song about a man of many hats then he played a couple of his solo songs. Mirror Mirror rocks hard even when played acoustically and Coffee And Eggs is pretty cool. The Future by Leonard Cohen was just great as was the acoustic version of Joe’s classic Brothers And Sisters. He stayed with Leonard for Famous Blue Raincoat. Tom Waits Mr Siegal was pretty great then he wrapped the night with a song about how friends can easily slip away.

I ducked out pretty quickly then took the lovely walk home.

I took the Jeremy pic and Luke Awtry Photography took the Joe pics

 

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Joe Adler pic by Luke Awtry photography

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Joe Adler pic by Luke Awtry photography

Posted February 5, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger, and Binger at Radio Bean January 27, 2017   Leave a comment

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Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last Friday at Radio Bean. It was one of those shows that would run too late for me to see it all, since I work Saturday mornings, but knew would be so good that I had to catch what I could.

The show began about 10:30 when Joe Adler took the stage with Binger sitting in as the Rangers Of Danger. Joe sang and played the card deck acoustic guitar. Braden Winslow played soaring solos with ease on electric guitar. Shack Ear ran to some beautiful places on bass and Dalton Muzzy effortlessly added the thunder on drums. They were joined by Dan Rome from Gnomedad who tore it up on saxophone. They began with a huge and luscious Brothers And Sisters. They went deep into Joe’s solo catalog for a song with the line Oh My Lord and everything sounded great. A cover of Dead Flowers was fun, as was the story Joe told later about Binger having never heard the song before learning it for the show. They mellowed out for a song from Joe’s Many Things & Many Scenes.album. Relax is such a fun and joyous song. I think it was about there that Rich Haskell and Mary Wolcott arrived. The band lit into a rocking version of The Mime then Joe went over the top with his super deep voice for 16 Tons. They went back to another old Joe song and Stratosphere filled the room with joy. They closed the show with Many Things & Many Scenes and gave it a super rocking over the top Judas Priest ending. What A show.

We hung out for a bit, then the dynamic trio known as Binger hit the stage. They opened with a rocking cover of Shakedown Street then played a fantastic version of Strings. Apparently, I had put that on a mix disc for Mary so she knew and heartily enjoyed their rendition of it. Their unique blend of jam, hip hop and rock is endearing and makes you want to dance. Their lyrics cut to the core of what it means to be a beautiful human being. I loved every note as they rocked through a few songs I did not know. They pulled out a blistering version of Resurrection In Sanskrit I and dropped it immaculately into If I Knew. I made it through 10 songs, including a rocking King Vice before the hour got too late.

It sounds like Joe and Binger may keep playing together, but together or separate, great music flows when they play.

 

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Binger pic by Tim Lewis

 

The Nancy Druids at Radio Bean January 18, 2017   Leave a comment

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The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last Wednesday at Radio Bean. I headed out the door about 9:45 and arrived at the club just before the 10pm showtime. The room was fairly empty but began to fill as The Nancy Druids lit into the set. Their sound begins with the rock solid drumming of Ann Mindell. John Franklin adds a harmonically pleasing bass line then Sean Toohey overlays some beautiful pop that gracefully flows from one section of the song to the next. His singing is warm and friendly and the songs shimmer with delight and rock you hard. They opened with The Sky Is All Around Me then rocked Just An Ordinary Breakdown Day super hard. They went off on a fun rock flight at the end of it. The song about January Looking For December sounded perfect and appropriate on a moderately cool evening. Sign had a nice bouncing bass line and Design sounded sweet. Since You Left me had a nice rock stomp then they filled the room with the shimmering The Space Between. Disappear is another gorgeous song and the one about the way things might have been is pretty great too. I missed the name of the park in the next song but the one after that, Halo, is one of my favorites. Ann has a killer drum part that adds power to the song and they ended it with another super over the top rip out the sky Sean guitar solo. They switched gears so Sean and John could express their appreciation for ’80’s Olivia Newton-John. Xanadu followed and was fun, if not actually rehearsed. Still, they made it sound like a Druids song, which was pretty cool. Falling was next and filled my heart with joy. The song about remembering who you are rocked hard, had another powerhouse drum part, and an epic over the top ending. They quieted it down a little for the closer, which was a cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye.

I hung out and chatted for a bit but soon it was time for the lovely walk home. I feel so lucky to be able to take a 15 minute walk and hear music like this.

 

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The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

 

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The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

 

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The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

Posted January 21, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Charlie Messing and Joe Adler at Radio Bean January 2, 2017   Leave a comment

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Charlie Messing at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music at Radio Bean last Monday. It was an early work day so I had plenty of time to hang at home for a bit before making the lovely walk downtown. Charlie Messing was playing a show to benefit the Coalition for a Livable City and I arrived just before the 7pm start time. The room was pretty full when he got up to sing and play acoustic guitar. I think he played one or two of his own songs, which I somehow had not realized existed and will have to check into, but most of the set was covers of older songs that I had not heard. He has a deep rich voice and his guitar playing looks complicated and sounds simple. I’d seen him play a song or two now and then, and saw his experimental band once, but had never had a chance to listen to him sing and play for a full hour. I’m really glad I was there. He played a song about moving day. He played a song about long John blues. Johnson City Blues was fun and so was the spooky Tom Waits song Yesterday Is Here. The Dee Clark song about friends was a bit more rocking as was Dylan’s Absolutely Sweet Marie. His version of Fats Domino’s I’m Ready was pretty great. I missed the name of the next Dylan song but the refrain of “all of us fill our lives with things we don’t need” rang true. The story of how we in the north refer to a small town as east bumfuck whereas people in the south would call it Ditty Wah Ditty was a fun intro to the Bo Diddley song. Michael Hurley’s Eyes Eyes was a favorite of Johnnie Day Durand, John Townsend and the rest of the room. An original song about birds gotta whistle and corns gotta grow was nice. At this point the next performer had not arrived so he kept on playing. Richard Thompson’s Al Bowly’s In Heaven was cool and had a great story before it. I missed the name of the jump band song that followed but it was fun. He played a couple more as the next act got in and settled. The song about reefer and beer was fun and went over well. He closed with a song from the 1920’s that was about being in dreams. It was a very fun, and informative set.

Joe Adler took the stage with his card deck acoustic guitar and was joined by Tucker Hansen on violin. Joe’s playing is smooth and strong and the violin gave the sound a nice flow. Joe’s voice is deep and rich and the show was a pleasure from first note to last. I did not know most of the songs they played at the beginning of the show but really liked them. The fourth song of the set was a great version of Tom Waits Jockey Full Of Bourbon and in the fifth slot they filled me with joy when Old Mary rocked the room. They played a couple more cool songs then did a fun cover of Atlantic City. From there they went into a few of Joe’s magnificent songs from his solo album. Brothers And Sisters made my heart soar like it always does and The Mime just rocked hard. Spit ‘N Fire Blues jammed hard then they closed with Tom Waits House Where Nobody Lives.

I said a coupe of quick goodbyes then headed out for the happy walk home.

 

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Joe Adler and Tucker Hansen at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

 

Posted January 8, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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