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Choices, Choices, and More Choices of Live Music!

I expect you’re reading this on Monday July 8th.  Below is a great list of live shows where the SAM Foundation and the various venues are offering you the chance to win free tickets over the next 4-6 weeks.  You’ll have a week, until Monday night July 15th at 9 pm, to enter the drawings for the shows you’re interested in.  Then, watch your email to see if you won, you’ll have to respond to me to confirm.  Pretty simple, huh?

There are a lot of choices of where to enjoy music, especially in the summer where there are a lot of free shows.   The shows below all require payment but due to the generosity of the SAMF and our venues, we’re helping make it a bit easier for you to go out and enjoy live music.  Our venues this month are the Sportsmen’s Tavern, Babeville and Artpark.  Email me at rjmcl14@gmail.com to be eligible for a chance to win tickets.  Please specify which show you would like to go see.

Sportsmen’s Tavern:   Jim Lauderdale    July 18

Jim is a veteran of many visits to the Sportsmen’s Tavern.  In the past he hosted our awards show and played with The Twang Gang.  A terrific songwriter and performer, it’s always an event when Jim comes to town!

“JIM LAUDERDALE IS A CONSUMMATE ENTERTAINER, A SHARP DRESSED MAN AS WELL, A TERRIFIC SONGWRITER AND A GREAT SINGER.”– GEORGE STRAIT

“HE’S MY FAVORITE PART OF AMERICANA MUSIC” – KETCH SECOR, OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW

“HE’S A MAN OF GREAT STYLE, AN EXCEPTIONAL SONGWRITER AND TREMENDOUS SINGER” – ELVIS COSTELLO

“JIM LAUDERDALE COULD EASILY BE CALLED A RENAISSANCE MAN. HE’S A GREAT SINGER, GREAT GUITAR PLAYER AND THERE’S NO WAY YOU COULD MISS HIS WORK AS A SONGWRITER.” – RICKY SCAGGS

“HE’S MY FAVORITE PART OF AMERICANA MUSIC” – KETCH SECOR, OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW

“HE’S A MAN OF GREAT STYLE, AN EXCEPTIONAL SONGWRITER AND TREMENDOUS SINGER” – ELVIS COSTELLO

“JIM LAUDERDALE COULD EASILY BE CALLED A RENAISSANCE MAN. HE’S A GREAT SINGER, GREAT GUITAR PLAYER AND THERE’S NO WAY YOU COULD MISS HIS WORK AS A SONGWRITER.” – RICKY SKAGGS

Sportsmen’s Tavern     Talking Dead Heads       July 19

 

See what you get when you combine Talking Heads with the Grateful Dead!  Sonny Baker and Lazlo Hollyfield.

 

 

 

Sportsmen’s Tavern      Bill Kirchen       July 29

 

Bill is a beloved regular visitor to the Sportsmen’s Tavern.  William Knight Kirchen (born June 29, 1948) is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter. He was a member of Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen from 1967 to the mid-1970s and later worked with Nick Lowe. Guitar Player magazine described Kirchen as “Titan of The Telecaster” for his prowess on the guitar.

 

Sportsmen’s Tavern      Classic Vinyl with Jeff Miers        August 5

(The Police-Ghost in the Machine)

“Join us for a special Classic Vinyl Live with Jeff Miers featuring The Police “Ghost in the Machine.” A live performance of the album will be performed by Nelson and Eric Starr, Dave Hill, Jeff Miers (aka The Tails) with Mark Marinaccio and guests Eric Crittenden and Caryn Gunderson.

Conversation and Q&A with host Jeff and guest will precede the live show with Vinyl/Merch Giveaways!”

 

Sportsmen’s Park      James McMurtry         August 15 

James McMurtry is an American rock and folk rock/americana singer, songwriter, guitarist, bandleader, and occasional actor. He performs with veteran bandmates Daren Hess, Cornbread and Tim Holt. His father, novelist Larry McMurtry, gave him his first guitar at age seven.  James’ last appearance several years ago at the Tavern is a legendary show, I was there.  His albums are fantastic.  In a better world, everybody would know his songs, don’t miss this show!

 

Babeville  9th Ward       Hot Club of Cowtown      August 1

 

Award-winning Austin, Texas-based Hot Club of Cowtown may be the world’s most globe-trotting, effervescent string trio, who’s joyful sound blends the traditional Western swing of the 1940s American southwest with European hot jazz influences of the same era.  In the 9th Ward, this will be an extraordinary show!

 

Artpark    Slash-A Celebration of the Blues-The S.E.R.P.E.N.T. Festival-with Slash, Keb’Mo’, ZZ Ward and Robert Randolph    July 30    Amphitheater

S.E.R.P.E.N.T. stands for Solidarity, Engagement, Restore, Peace, Equality N’ Tolerance. Starring SLASH on all dates, the festival is a celebration of the blues.

Slash: As the legendary lead guitarist for Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, his celebrated solo work and more, SLASH is widely regarded as one of the most influential and revered guitarists today who also has the ability to take something old and make it new again. This is the philosophy behind SLASH’s new album, Orgy of the Damned, a collection of 12 dynamic songs (to be released on May 17th) that shakes up and revitalizes blues classics with a stripped down, instinctive approach. Working in a similar way to his 2010 self-titled solo LP SLASH, which featured multiple guest vocalists, the acclaimed guitarist teamed up with numerous musicians and singers to create a singular expression that pays homage to the blues. By celebrating both well-known and largely undiscovered songs, SLASH offers a nostalgic nod to the past while reinvigorating the songs with his inimitable guitar playing and the spirit of collaboration.

Keb’ Mo’: With five GRAMMYs, 14 Blues Foundation Awards, and a groundbreaking career spanning nearly 50 years under his belt, Keb’ Mo’s got nothing left to prove. Just don’t tell him that.  Keb’s newest album, Good To Be, weaves together the sounds of his childhood in Compton with the influences of his adopted hometown of Nashville, drawing on country, soul, and blues to craft a heartwarming tapestry that transcends genre and geography as it celebrates the power of love and resilience, growth and gratitude, hope and memory.

ZZ Ward: ZZ Ward is an American singer-songwriter known for her unique blend of blues, rock, and hip-hop influences. Her music seamlessly fuses soulful vocals with gritty guitar riffs, creating a dynamic sound and distinctive style has gained her recognition in the contemporary music scene, making her a captivating presence in the realm of modern blues and alternative rock.

Robert Randolph: What do classic rock heavyweights Elton John, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Leanne Rhymes, Darius Rucker, Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica all have in common?  At some point in their career they wanted to incorporate the singing sound of the pedal steel guitar, and they all called in the same person to do it: Robert Randolph.

Artpark     Stray Cats     August 13      Amphitheater

Stray Cats, the band that put Rockabilly music back on the record charts in the early-’80s, scored several big hits on both sides of the Atlantic thanks to a striking visual 1950’s style brought “up to date” with exaggerated pompadours and colorful tattoos, as well as genuine musical chops that evoked the best players of rockabilly’s original heyday. The music had a rhythm that was rock solid yet loose, the singer could croon or shout and the guitar playing demanded respect. It was elegant yet hard, jazzy yet completely rocking. Their music and style were like nothing happening in pop culture at that time. Formed by guitarist/vocalist Brian Setzer, upright bass player Lee Rocker and drummer Slim Jim Phantom in the Long Island town of Massapequa, NY, in 1979, the trio shared a love for Rockabilly music and after banging around New York and Philadelphia for a few months, in the summer of 1980, they were persuaded by a mutual friend to hop a plane to London where a rockabilly revival movement was just beginning to emerge.

A lot to pick from, See you out there on the live music circuit!

Robert J. McLennan

SAM Foundation

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