Archive for the ‘Concert Reviews’ Category

Joe Satriani 30th anniversary tour

Joe Satriani 30th anniversary tour

I was lucky enough to end up with a pair of tickets to see Joe Satriani at the Fox Performing Arts Center here in Riverside California a few weeks back. The Silver Surfer has long been an inspiration to me, a person who simply existed in my mind as legend. Meaning I sometimes forget he’s […]

The Ponderosa Stomp: America’s Roots Festival: Part I

The Ponderosa Stomp: America’s Roots Festival: Part I

Every music festival is unique. That being said, the Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans is in a class by itself. Run in its entirety by the non-profit Ponderosa Stomp Foundation, and ensuring a quality-over-quantity approach by occurring only every-other year, the Stomp is equal parts music festival and historical society. It is dedicated to promoting […]

Todd Snider is a Country Hippie

Todd Snider is a Country Hippie

By: Jason Estopinal A few nights ago I was able to catch that singer songwriter hippie folk balladeer guy Todd Snider at the Coachouse in San Juan Capistrano, Ca. Im not going to presume to really know anything about Todd. All I know is Ive been hearing his name around for years, I feel like […]

Jon Black’s SxSW 2013 The Best Review In the World – Day 2

Jon Black’s SxSW 2013 The Best Review In the World – Day 2

By Jon Black SxSW 2013 DAY TWO For SxSW Day Two, we plunge back on the chaotic and crowded streets of downtown Austin for some unique concepts, both musically and underlying bands themselves, as well as some great revivals of classic sounds. THE BEAUMONTS This Lubbock, Texas four piece gives the impression of ZZ Top, […]

Jon Black’s SxSW 2013 The Best Review In the World – Day 1

Jon Black’s SxSW 2013 The Best Review In the World – Day 1

by Jon Black As I get older, my memory gets a little bit fuzzier. This is my fourth (at least?) year to have the privilege of covering the annual South by Southwest music festival in Austin for Awaiting the Flood. Keeping in mind that ATF’s regular readers have probably read previous years’ coverage, including my […]

Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes Bring Joy to Live Music

Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes Bring Joy to Live Music

Sometimes a band comes along that reminds me of the sheer joy live music should bring. That band, most recently, is Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes. I had the great privilege of seeing them last Thursday, November 1, at The Basement’s Communion show. Though they only had time for six amazing songs, the band […]

Cory Branan: Live and Direct

Cory Branan: Live and Direct

I was fortunate enough to catch a show Cory Branan at White Water Tavern in Little Rock, AR not too long after the release of his current record, “Mutt” (It’s his first on Bloodshot Records.).  Like, “Mutt,” the show was full of great moments but a little difficult to sum up.  Branan is just not […]

A Night with Brandi Carlile

A Night with Brandi Carlile

By: Amy Dolkas Is music just about the songwriter’s life experiences or do songwriters help us to see life like we’ve never seen it before, even though we are living it? How is it that some very talented musicians can say the simplest line, and yet it so tugs at our heart strings that tears […]

An Avett Brothers Fan’s Apostasy (And Possible Return to The Fold)

An Avett Brothers Fan’s Apostasy (And Possible Return to The Fold)

In the Church of the Avett Brothers, I once held the esteemed (albeit self-proclaimed) position of prophet lead evangelist. I have taken it upon myself in years past to boldly and effectively proclaim the good news to hoardes of unbelievers.  Simply lend me an ear and I’d tell a tale of hair-splitting harmonies, unrivaled anthems, and live […]

Strong Debut from Gabriel Kelley – It Don’t Come Easy

Strong Debut from Gabriel Kelley – It Don’t Come Easy

If moving forward in music is scary—forging new paths, creating new sounds and genres—then looking back must be terrifying. That fear over the path you’ve chosen, even if it’s through previously charted lands, must be crippling. After all, we’ve moved on as listeners into a new age, and we tend to do so every few […]

Kenny Rogers – Making Legendary an Understatement.

Kenny Rogers – Making Legendary an Understatement.

By: Sarah J. McNally The first time I ever saw Kenny Rogers perform he kicked off his set with his hit “You Decorated My Life.” Next to me an older couple began to dance, singing every word along with Kenny, and I noticed that both of them were crying. After the song ended I asked […]

SxSW 2012: The Long-Awaited Jon Black Report – Day Two

SxSW 2012: The Long-Awaited Jon Black Report – Day Two

The French Connection — From Quebecois to Cajun On night two of SxSW 2012, I acquired a sidekick (or perhaps I was the sidekick, I don’t know). In recent years, I have been fortunate to have an accomplice for my SxSW adventures. It has, however, never been the same person from year to the next […]

SxSW 2012: The Long-Awaited Jon Black Report

SxSW 2012: The Long-Awaited Jon Black Report

At Long Last: SxSW 2012 FIRST, an apology to my readers: real life sometimes gets in the way of my music journalism. These reviews come more than two months after the fact, but I hope that being untimely in no way distracts from the enjoyment that reading brings or the great music and performers it […]

Deer Tick at the Yost Theater – Cee Lo and McCauley’s Grill’s! A Show Review

Deer Tick at the Yost Theater – Cee Lo and McCauley’s Grill’s! A Show Review

I think if Deer Tick were on NBC’s “The Voice” they would win, and the win would come without any mention of frontman John McCauley’s jacked up grill (hell, Cee Lo might even hook John up with some extra platinum caps he boxed up in his attic). Those raspy-laced pipes could rival Celtic singers, aging […]