Piano Man Turns 65 with a Little House Concert at Madison Square Garden

June 10, 2014

Billy Joel

Madison Square Garden

New York, NY May 9, 2014

 

So, I made homemade color tickets for my wife in late January for her 45th Birthday to an undetermined Billy Joel Concert. He’s taken up “Residency” at MSG for 2014 playing 1 show a month for 12 months. I didn’t have a particular date or even the tickets in hand, and every show is sold out, but what the heck I’ll work it out. By dumb luck, a colleague of mine, who is also a part time ticket broker (I guess they retired the term scalper) overheard I needed tickets for the May 9th show and we had a brief 30 second conversation. In my email the next day, amazing free tickets to the exact show, in the exact section I wanted; provided we started doing business together.

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JK Highline Ballroom

May 26, 2014

John Kadlecik Highline Ballroom April 18 2014

John K. Band

Highline Ballroom

NY NY April 18 2014

 

The John K. Band made their return to NYC for the first time in over two years.  It’s been so long since they’ve played the city that the venue that they were in last time, Sullivan Hall, has now been closed for months already.  This Friday night was a great day to celebrate with it being Good Friday, Passover, and 4/20 Eve Eve…

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John K Band Quincy

May 16, 2014

John K. Band

South Shore Music Hall

Quincy, MA May 16, 2014

 

It should be no surprise to anyone who reads this little corner of the internet that here at LMNR we are big fans of the John K. Band. Since seeing them for the first time around 2.5 years ago in the nation’s capital, we’ve been closely watching the rise of this great band. On this night the band featured Nathan Graham on drums, Katy Gaughan on percussion, Paul Grepps on keys, Larry Joseloff on bass and of course John Kadlecik of Phil Lesh and Friends, Furthur and formerly of Dark Star Orchestra on guitar and vocals.

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Mike Doughty Apr 26

April 26, 2014

Mike Doughty

The Stone Church

Newmarket NH April 26 2014

 

The clever troubador that is Mike Doughty made his return to rural New Hampshire and the Stone Church with two shows on April 26, 2014. This intimate show was a great way for fans to interact with the former Soul Coughing Front Man in his Question Jar show format. From the show opener Unsingable Name into (You Should Be) Doubly (Gratified.) to the double encore Doughty reached out to his fans and embraced them with his humor and music.
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RnR Resort 2014

April 4, 2014

Rock N Roll Resort

Returns with “v4: The Dream Machine”

Hudson Valley Resort

Kerhonkson, NY April 4-6 2014

 

We got to the resort around noon on Friday and checked in; people were getting set up and the circus was just commencing. At about 5:30 or so our first taste of music started with Asheville North Carolina Band The Broadcast taking the stage at the Empire Lounge. That room is right off of the main ballroom and is set up with a nightclub vibe. The band is a ballsy funk outfit with drums, percussion, bass, guitar and a female vocalist.

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Byrds Tribute

March 23, 2014

McGuinn and Hillman

Byrds’ Tribute, Sweetheart of the Rodeo

Makeout Room

San Francisco, CA March 23rd, 2014

 

Perfect albums are rare. The Byrds’ Sweetheart Of The Rodeo is a perfect album. It was a tall order for McGuinn and Hillman to retrace the entire history of American Folk & Country music in a 43 minute span, even with the help of southern born Harvard theology dropout Gram Parsons in tow. There are some shortfalls and a few missed opportunities along the way but the more time you spend with it the more you realize you wouldn’t change a note. It’s a complicated perfection.

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Allman Brothers Band

March 15, 2014

Allman Brothers Band

The Beacon Theatre

New York, NY

 

It had been some fifteen years since I had seen the Allman Brothers Band. That show was at the pier in Seattle WA, and featured a new young kid named Derek Trucks on guitar, alongside one of my all time favorites, Dicky Betts. A lot of water has passed under the Brothers’ bridge since then and I was anxious to catch one of the legendary shows that the Brothers were to put on at the historic Beacon Theatre.

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Paul Simon and Sting

March 3, 2014

Paul Simon and Sting

Boston Garden

Boston, MA March 3, 2014

 

I had seen each of these two amazing artists before: Sting three times opening for the Dead in Vegas in 1994, once with the Police and Elvis Costello a few summers ago at SPAC, so this would be my fifth time seeing him perform. I was lucky enough to catch Paul Simon twice on the Born at the Right Time tour in support of Rhythm of the Saints, once with Bob Dylan in Portland, OR back around 1998, and this show. I knew that we were in for a huge treat when the lights went down on the Boston Garden (I just can’t call it TD BankNorth, sorry).

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GGG Sarah Borges

February 7, 2014

Swinging Steaks, Sarah Borges, Girls Guns and Glory

The Sinclair

Cambridge, MA February 7, 2014

 

The royalty of Boston’s vibrant Americana scene gathered at the newest castle of live music in the Hub of the Universe, the Sinclair, on February 2, 2014. With two of the bands releasing brand new albums, the night was sure to be a barn burner.

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Gaslight Tinkers

January 31, 2014

The Gaslight Tinkers

The Parlor Room

Northampton, MA January 31 2014

I had been hearing about the Gaslight Tinkers for over a year, as my buddy Garrett Sawyer told me about them. Garrett is the former bass player for the Alchemystics and has been a bit of a musical adventurer with me, having shuttled me down to South America for the Carifesta in Suriname last summer. So I’m always interested in his ideas and musical journeys. The Gaslight Tinkers is a new project out of Northampton, MA, and the Parlor Room was the perfect place to see them.

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