In Photos: Keith Urban Rocks Stagecoach 2010

Keith Urban
Stagecoach 2010 Mainstage – Indio, CA
4/24/2010

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Yet another successful year for Stagecoach in Indio, California.  For those who are unaware, the producer of Stagecoach is a mastermind. I mean why stripe down Coachella’ s ground for a couple days of hippyfest when the next weekend you can have another 2-day, jam packed, star studded festival? That’s right the grounds are best known for hippyfest (Coachella), but soon after turns into cowboy country.

More photos after the jump…

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Nickelback: A Kick-Ass Show

Nickelback
Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre – Chula Vista, CA
9/5/2009

Nickelback Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre - Chula Vista, CA 9/5/2009

Setlist/Notes
Photograph
Because of you
Figure You Out
Last one Standing
Far Away
Highway to Hell with Austin from Hinder- Rockin’ Cover
Gotta Be Somebody
Chad drinks some Jack and Coke – His Favorite!

That Old Time Rock N Roll (just riffing)

Chad likes to banter between songs and the crowd ate it up!
Everyone Cared – Jumbotron displayed images from Bono’s adventures and Doctors without Borders.
I’ve Got Friends in Low Places – had to entire crowd singing
If Today was your Last Day
Of course had to throw in a few Metallica chords from Enter Sandman
Rockstar!
Then they threw out tons of free stuff to the crowd along with beer. Guys from Pantera assisted in throwing the free stuff and the young girls onstage helped throw plastic cups of beer into the crowd.
Burn it to the Ground
The show was filled with tons of pyrotechnics that ranged in shades of red and orange. The heat was so intense you could feel it in the seats.
First #1 song in the US – This is How you Remind Me
So Long

Encore:
Someday
Animals

Nickelback Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre - Chula Vista, CA 9/5/2009

Nickelback Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre - Chula Vista, CA 9/5/2009

Nickelback Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre - Chula Vista, CA 9/5/2009

Nickelback Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre - Chula Vista, CA 9/5/2009

September 5th in Photos: Hinder at Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre

Hinder
Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre – Chula Vista, CA
9/5/2009

Hinder at Cricket Wireless San DiegoPhotos of Hinder opening for Nickelback:

September 5th in Photos: Papa Roach in Chula Vista, CA

Papa Roach
Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre – Chula Vista, CA
9/5/2009

Jacoby Shaddix – Vocals
Jerry Horton – Lead Guitarist
Tobin Esperance – Bass
Tony Palermo – Drums

Papa Roach Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre - Chula Vista, CA 9/5/2009

Photos of Papa Roach:

Tour Dates:

Sep 5 2009 6:00P
Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre Chula Vista, California
Sep 6 2009 5:00P
MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas, Nevada
Sep 8 2009 6:00P
Jobing.com Arena Glendale, Arizona
Sep 9 2009 6:00P
Journal Pavillion Albuquerque, New Mexico
Sep 11 2009 6:00P
The Pavilion @ Concrete Street Corpus Christi, Texas
Sep 12 2009 6:00P
Cynthia W. Mitchell Pavillion Spring, Texas
Sep 26 2009 6:00P
Milk Moscow
Sep 27 2009 6:00P
Klub Stodola Warsaw
Sep 29 2009 6:30P
Schlachthof Wiesbaden
Oct 1 2009 6:30P
O13 Tilburg
Oct 2 2009 6:30P
FZW – VISIONS PARTY Dortmund
Oct 3 2009 5:30P
Huxleys Berlin
Oct 4 2009 6:30P
Longhorn Stuttgart
Oct 6 2009 6:30P
Wolverhampton Civic Wolverhampton
Oct 7 2009 6:30P
Rock City Nottingham
Oct 9 2009 6:30P
Academy Glasgow, Scotland
Oct 10 2009 6:30P
Brixton Academy London
Oct 11 2009 6:30P
Academy Manchester
Oct 13 2009 6:30P
Academy Newcastle
Oct 14 2009 6:00P
Acadmey Sheffield
Oct 18 2009 8:00P
LOUD PARK Japan, Tokyo

September 5th in Photos: Saving Abel Opens for Nickelback

Saving Abel
Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre – Chula Vista, CA
9/5/2009

Jason Null – Guitars
Blake Dixon – Drums
Eric Taylor – Bass
Jared Weeks – Vocals
Scott Bartlett – Guitars

Saving Abel Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre - Chula Vista, CA 9/5/2009

Saving Abel is out supporting their self-titled debut album. They are currently on tour with Nickelback, Hinder, and Papa Roach but after this tour wraps up the guys are hitting the town with their own headlining tour dubbed “the Class of 2009 Tour.”  The line-up is killer with bands like Red, Pop Evil and the Taddy Porter. This one is sure to be a great show. Tour dates and more photos are after the jump.

Photos of Saving Abel:

Tour Dates:

09/08/2009 Jobing.com Arena w/Papa Roach, Hinder, Nickelback Glendale, AZ
09/09/2009 Journal Pavilion w/ Hinder, Papa Roach, Nickelback Albuquerque, NM
09/11/2009 Grand Junction Festival Grounds w/ Los Lonely Boys, Huey Lewis & The News Grand Junction, CO
09/12/2009 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion w/ Papa Roach, Hinder, Nickelback Spring, TX
09/18/2009 Kansas State Fair w/ Hinder Hutchinson, KS
09/19/2009 58th Trans Motor Pool w/ Hinder, Curfew Waynesville, MO
09/20/2009 Fort Sill Army Base W/Hinder, Curfew Lawton, OK
09/22/2009 iWireless Center Moline, IL
09/23/2009 University of Illinois Champaign / Assembly Hall Champaign, IL
09/26/2009 Fair Park Coliseum FREE SHOW w/ Admission to Fair Lubbock, TX
09/27/2009 Big Spring Jam W/Framing Hanley, Akon Huntsville, AL
10/03/2009 Red River Revel Arts Festival FREE SHOW Shreveport, LA
10/07/2009 Mississippi State Fairgrounds Jackson, MS
10/15/2009 Northwest Missouri State University – Performing A Maryville, MO
10/18/2009 Ford Park – Big Dog 106.1′s Dog’s Jam 2009 Beaumont, TX
10/27/2009 Scout Bar San Antonio, TX
10/28/2009 Diamond Ballroom Oklahoma City, OK
10/30/2009 Midland Theatre Kansas City, MO
11/03/2009 Pop’s Sauget, IL
11/04/2009 Val Air Ballroom Des Moines, IA
11/06/2009 The Cabooze Minneapolis, MN
11/07/2009 House of Blues Chicago, IL
11/08/2009 Expo Gardens Peoria, IL
11/10/2009 Bogart’s Cincinnati, OH
11/11/2009 Piere’s Entertainment Center Fort Wayne, IN
11/13/2009 Orbit Room Grand Rapids, MI
11/14/2009 The Fillmore Detroit, MI
11/15/2009 Dow Event Center Saginaw, MI
11/17/2009 House of Blues Cleveland, OH
11/18/2009 Egyptian Room at Murat Centre Indianapolis, IN
11/20/2009 Mohegan Sun – Wolf Den FREE SHOW Uncasville, CT
11/21/2009 Starland Ballroom Sayerville, NJ
11/22/2009 Northern Lights Clifton Park, NY
11/24/2009 Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD
11/28/2009 Crocodile Rock Allentown, PA

Kenny Chesney’s Carnival hits Stagecoach!

Kenny Chesney
Stagecoach Mane Stage – Indo, CA
4/26/2009

Kenny Chesney Stagecoach Mane Stage - Indo, CA 4/26/2009I believe last night was the 5th time I have been blessed to see Kenny Chesney. Most of the time he was the opening act for Tim Mcgraw, but the last 2 times he was headlining. His buddy Kid Rock was on right before him trying to get the crowd ready. Unfortunately not all of Kid’s songs translated with this crowd. You could see the expression in the faces of many up front that didn’t understand Kid Rock.

I will tell you by the time Kenny Hit the stage the 40,000 plus fans were ready and eager to get the party started. Not to far into the set Kenny started belting out his hits, which many of the acts didn’t do. The second song was “She Thinks My Tractors Sexy” and even though it is one of my favorites it was very apparent that Kenny was still warming up his vocal cords. I thought it was going to be an off night for this man but he really turned it around. Now that I think about it I never had a bad experience at his concerts. He’s always “On”, but I guess that’s why he was Entertainer of the Year for so many years.

Kenny Chesney Stagecoach Mane Stage - Indo, CA 4/26/2009The best part of the night is the fact we caught his entire set and still made it out of the hellish parking lot with no problems or waiting. I saw floods of people leave early to try and beat traffic but even leaving at the end of the set didn’t make for any problems. We even were able to use the good port-a-potties that were in a trailer and flushed with no waiting. It’s the little things in life that can really make or break a night and using clean bathrooms is one of them.

Songs of the night in no particular order:(just to name a few)
Tractor Sexy
Young
How Forever Feels
When the Sun Goes Down
Beer In Mexico
I go Back
Where I Come From
Don’t Happen Twice
Jack and Diane

Photos of Kenny Chesney at Stagecoach:

Tour Dates:

Date Venue City State
05.01.2009 AT&T Center San Antonio TX
05.02.2009 Pizza Hut Park Frisco TX
05.03.2009 The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion The Woodlands TX
05.07.2009 Iowa Events Center – Wells Fargo Arena Des Moines IA
05.08.2009 Qwest Center Omaha Omaha NE
05.09.2009 Sprint Center Kansas City MO
05.14.2009 Verizon Wireless Music Center Pelham AL
05.15.2009 CenturyTel Center Bossier City LA
05.16.2009 ALLTEL Arena North Little Rock AR
05.21.2009 Bi-Lo Center – Arena Greenville SC
05.22.2009 Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia MD
05.23.2009 Columbus Crew Stadium Columbus OH
05.28.2009 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park Alpharetta GA
05.30.2009 Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium Louisville KY
06.04.2009 Darien Lake Performing Arts Center Darien Center NY
06.06.2009 Heinz Field Pittsburgh PA
06.11.2009 i Wireless Center Moline IL
06.13.2009 Soldier Field Chicago IL
06.19.2009 Float-Rite Park Amphitheatre Somerset WI
06.20.2009 Fargodome Fargo ND
06.24.2009 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Wantagh NY
06.25.2009 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Virginia Beach Virginia Beach VA
06.27.2009 Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia PA
07.02.2009 Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Fort Wayne IN
07.03.2009 Marcus Amphitheater Milwaukee WI
07.03.2009 Milwaukee Summerfest Milwaukee WI
07.09.2009 Commonwealth Stadium Edmonton Al
07.10.2009 Calgary Stampede Calgary
07.11.2009 Merritt Mountain Music Festival Merritt
07.14.2009 Taco Bell Arena Boise ID
07.18.2009 AT & T Park San Francisco CA
07.23.2009 Rio Tinto Stadium Salt Lake City UT
07.24.2009 Cheyenne Frontier Days Cheyenne WY
07.25.2009 Cheyenne Frontier Days Cheyenne WY
07.29.2009 Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Lake Tahoe NV
08.01.2009 Qwest Field Seattle WA
08.06.2009 The Amphitheater at the Wharf Orange Beach AL
08.07.2009 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena Jacksonville FL
08.08.2009 Ford Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds Tampa FL
08.13.2009 Comcast Theatre Hartford CT
08.15.2009 Gillette Stadium / New England Patriots Foxboro MA
08.19.2009 Scotiabank Place Ottawa On
08.20.2009 The Molson Amphitheatre Toronto On
08.22.2009 Ford Field Detroit MI
08.28.2009 New York State Fair Syracuse NY
08.29.2009 Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge Bristow VA
08.30.2009 Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek Raleigh NC
09.19.2009 Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis IN

Every Metallica Fan Has a Story and This One is Mine…

Metallica
Cox Arena – San Diego, CA
12/15/2008

James Hetfield – Vocals, Guitar
Lars Ulrich – Drums
Kirk Hammett- Guitar
Rob Trujillo – Bad Ass Bass

Metallica Cox Arena - San Diego, CA 12/15/2008Metallica hit the road to promote their latest album Death Magnetic. This is the follow-up to the not-so-hot St. Anger from 2003. Granted I hated the album but I still had to go out and buy it when it came out because it’s Metallica. The new album came out with mostly positive reviews. The guys, along with assistance from Rick Rubin, recreated the good old Metallica sound without being the old Metallica.  The people that had something negative to say reiterated each other by saying the album was “too loud.”  Ummm…this is Metallica we are talking about and who isn’t compressing the hell out of their albums nowadays?

Show review & pictures after the jump…

Metallica Cox Arena - San Diego, CA 12/15/2008To the show..

I didn’t actually get to attend the Metallica show on Monday night due to the fact they ran out of review tickets by the time I asked for them.  It would have made a great birthday present to myself, but I did send Sparky out with camera in hand for her first Metallica experience.  I am going to write about my first Metallica concert because I really didn’t feel like just throwing all the pictures up and not being accompanied by some kind of babble.

Every Metallica fan has a story and this one is mine. I’m elated that I can tell a Metallica story accompanied by some fabulous pictures too. Did I mention I love my job and these guys are part of the reason I started my own company? Moving on..

For all the newbies to the site, I was raised on Metallica. My older brother owned everything they had released. It was the first thing we could bond over even though I wasn’t allowed to actually touch or borrow the albums. I was only allowed to listen to them from afar. Is this sounding reminiscent to anyone else out there?

Metallica Cox Arena - San Diego, CA 12/15/2008I remember the first Metallica concert I went to was January 4th 2000 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. I begged and pleaded with my parents to go. It wasn’t my first concert but it was my first METAL concert and of course mom and dad were worried. They said the only way I could go was if my older brother, John, took me. I think they were expecting him to say no and frankly so was I. I mean, what 20-something guy wants to take his teenage sister to a metal concert? After talking with John and making a deal with him, he decided he would take my friend and me, plus we brought my guitar playing cousin along for the ride. The concert was awesome and I remember singing along to every song and I remember watching the family that was sitting in front of us dressed in their Sunday best. Of course, we were laughing at them because they stood out like a sore thumb. That night I also learned a little bit more about my brother….and we’ll stop right there.

Metallica Cox Arena - San Diego, CA 12/15/2008For anybody who actually went to the concert that night you might remember the after math of the concert; it was scarier than being tossed like a rag doll in the moss pit. Making the exit out of the arena was death defying, I am not joking. Everybody tried piling out all at once and the hallways of Allstate were so packed that we were getting crushed. People were screaming and being picked out of the mob. Let me refresh, this was AFTER the concert. Once we were all sitting safely in the car we sat and sat and sat waiting to get out of the parking lot. That night people were walking around giving free Metallica stickers away. The entire night was something to remember and even have bootlegs from that show and their stop before in Milwaukee.

Ok, so this wasn’t the San Diego show review but come on I haven’t been to a Metallica show that stunk!

Check out Metallica on Tour:

12/17/2008 Los Angeles, CA The Forum Info
12/18/2008 Los Angeles, CA The Forum Info
12/20/2008 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena SOLD OUT
01/12/2009 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center Info
01/13/2009 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena Info
01/15/2009 Washington, DC Verizon Center SOLD OUT
01/17/2009 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center SOLD OUT
01/18/2009 Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden SOLD OUT
01/26/2009 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena Info
01/27/2009 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena Info
01/29/2009 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum SOLD OUT
01/31/2009 Newark, NJ Prudential Center SOLD OUT
02/01/2009 Newark, NJ Prudential Center SOLD OUT

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Smashing Pumpkins 20th Anniversary Show: Not What I Was Expecting

Smashing Pumpkins
RIMAC Arena- San Diego, CA
11/30/2008

Well, the concert seasons seems to be slowing down and I can’t help but be disappointed in the fact that the show I actually paid for kinda sucked.  When I went to the Smashing Pumpkins concert on the 30th for the 20th Anniversary show it wasn’t up to par. I did have a good time because
a) I actually paid for this ticket and made myself enjoy the show
b) I was with friends.

It was the Pumpkin’s 20th Anniversary show and the group of us that went were expecting the Smashing Pumpkins circa the 90′s. What we got was Billy Corgan’s new Zen music. Not that it is bad music it’s just not the Smashing Pumpkins that this Northern Illinois born and raised girl was accustomed to. I really wanted to hear what made the Smashing Pumpkins the Smashing Pumpkins, think Siamese Dream and Melancholy. There were only 4 or 5 recognizable songs. The sound was too loud to even distinguish between songs too which made it harder to enjoy.

Billy was the Billy I remember from the 90′s wearing things that are just out there. Example, Billy was wearing a long sleeved tee with a black fringe skirt with Converse on. He even appeared in a top hat near the end of the show. The lighting was great but something had to balance out the horrendous sound. I wish someone on the soundboard realized that turning the master volume down would have made things sound 200 times better.

I was trying to do a setlist but I didn’t even recognize 90 percent of the songs, which is sad because I love the older Smashing Pumpkin’s music, and only knew several of the songs they played that night.

They did play:
The Rose March
Zero
Tonight, Tonight
Bullet with Butterfly Wings

If you go to the Anniversary show don’t expect old material…brace yourself for the new Billy Corgan.

Elisa Toffoli Brings Down the Belly Up

Elisa Toffoli
The Belly Up – San Diego, CA
11/17/2008Elisa Toffoli The Belly Up - San Diego, CA 11/17/2008

She’s one of the top Italian Pop singers and she hit the Belly Up for a lively Monday night. This is the first time she’s taken her tour to the United States and Canada supporting her latest album Dancing. It’s a little different from her shows in Italy. I should say they are smaller than the ones she performs in Italy. She took four musicians out on the road with her, which gave her more opportunities to play instruments onstage. They have adjusted well to life on the road in America and Canada. They are used to being pampered on tour in Italy but this tour is very “Rock and Roll” as she told me on Sunday.Elisa Toffoli The Belly Up - San Diego, CA 11/17/2008

The crowd was excited to she Elisa at the Belly Up. The crowd was mixed with American English and Italian speaking fans. During the entire show everyone was singing along and they sang louder as she sang in Italian. Between songs the crowd would shout to her in Italian. I only wish I knew what they were saying. I could guess, but I am not one to assume. It was pleasant because Elisa would smile and say “Gratis.” At one point the crowd was singing requests to her. She yelled, “I don’t know that one, but if you do you can come up here and sing it!” The crowd laughs. Another fan starts singing a song of hers, and she exclaims, “We’ll get to that one later!” The banter between her and the crowd was priceless and gave the performance a very intimate look into her humorous personality.

The other musicians were full of energy on the small stage at the Belly Up. The guys even took up some backing vocals for Elisa. She also had recorded backing vocals for the beginning of songs where she really needed 3 of her to sing.

During the show she would rotate between singing and playing guitar and jumping on her keyboard. She literally would mix it up so she wasn’t in the same place for too long. Her vocals were solid the entire night even with all the movement onstage. Even though many categorize her as a pop singer, I would constrain her to the labels that are also placed upon the likes of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Elisa showed off her rock and roll side on Monday night. Her entire performance had a darker edgier feel to it. She was even head banging onstage. She told me she likes to rock music and is a fan of the Raconteurs. It peeked out on Monday night and made the performance that much more memorable.

One of the highlights of the show was her cover of Janis Joplin’s “Mercedes Benz.” It gave us chills listening to it. It was just her vocals and the pre-recorded playback of her own backing vocals and nada mas. It was intense and received a very loud applause.

The show ended after 2 encores and several thank you’s later from Elisa. She is a truly naturally talented performer that is very professional and very grateful to her fans.

I hope she comes back to the States with a full band, stage performers, and video artists like she has done in Italy.

Elisa’s setlist for the night:

Elisa Tour Dates:

Wed. Oct. 29 Toronto, ON The Mod Club
Thurs. Oct. 30 Montreal QC Le Savoy
Sat. Nov. 1 Allston, MA Great Scott
Tues. Nov. 4 Vienna, VA (D.C.) The Barns at Wolf Trap
Wed. Nov. 5 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Fri. Nov. 7 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s
Sat. Nov. 8 Pittsburgh, PA Club Cafe
Tues. Nov. 11 Chicago, Il Martyrs’
Wed. Nov. 12 St. Louis, MO Off Broadway Nightclub
Thurs. Nov. 14 Denver, CO Soiled Dove
Sat. Nov. 15 Salt Lake City, UT Bar Deluxe
Mon. Nov 17 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
Wed. Nov. 19      Los Angeles, CA The Roxy
Thurs. Nov. 20    San Francisco, CA Café Du Nord
Sat. Nov. 22 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
Sun. Nov 23 Vancouver, BC The Biltmore Club
Mon. Nov. 24 Seattle, WA The Triple Door

Photos of Elisa Toffoli at the Belly Up:

Carlos Santana Hits Chula Vista Along with His Son’s Band

Santana
Cricket Wireless – Chula Vista, CA
9/30/2008

Santana Cricket Wireless - Chula Vista, CA 9/30/2008

Santana hit the road to support his newest release, which is not like a normal “traditional” album so-to-speak. This album, Multi Dimensional Warrior is a compilation of songs that spam the 1970′s to 2000. It consists of 14 vocal tracks along with a slew of instrumental songs from the same time period. It’s a two disc set compiled and sequenced by Carlos himself.

As for the night’s performance, the night opened with Santana’s son’s band, the Salvador Santana Band. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree except this apple rolls a little different and plays keys.

Santana played his hits with multiple singers on the road with him. He also had a special guest on stage with him. P.O.D.’s guitar player Marcus joined Santana on stage for 2 songs.

Click on Thumbnails to Enlarge Picture:

Robert Randolph: The Man with Soul

Robert Randolph on Music Builds Tour 2008
Cricket Wireless – Chula Vista, CA
9/27/2008

Robert Randolph – pedal steel
Danyel Morgan – bass
Marcus Randolph – drums
Jason Crosby – organ, piano, violin

Robert Randolph on Music Builds Tour 2008 Cricket Wireless - Chula Vista, CA 9/27/2008

We went to the Music Builds Tour to cover Jars of Clay, but we came out a fan of Robert Randolph. Before we walked through the gates of the Crickets Wireless in Chula Vista, people were a buzz with Robert Randolph, saying he was the one to watch tonight. I hadn’t heard of him until that day at Cricket.

Robert Randolph on Music Builds Tour 2008 Cricket Wireless - Chula Vista, CA 9/27/2008Robert Randolph is dubbed as the American Funk band. He plays the pedal steel guitar, and I must say the man plays it like it was a part of him. He also is joined by family memebers such as his cousin Marcus on drums and he brought his sister out for some backing vocal support.

His music is insanely contagious and had everybody on their feet dancing. Robert was even kind enough to teach us how to do a little dance that he’s been doing for ages. The songs are epically long and I would usually have a problem with that, except his songs are good and catchy. My favorite is “Ain’t Nothing Wrong with That.” If you go to his MySpace and hear the song, it’s super energtic. Now imagine that song having 10 times more soul in it….that’s Robert and the Family live. The music comes out and grabs you.

Robert Randolph on Music Builds Tour 2008 Cricket Wireless - Chula Vista, CA 9/27/2008Robert has toured with the likes of Eric Clapton and collaborated on a song with O.A.R. and Dave Matthews. He and the Family are out on tour right now and this is a must see show! Really, I mean it!

They are touring in support of the current release: Colorblind. Check Robert’s MySpace for more music or his official site for more information.

Tour Dates for Robert Randolph and the Family Band:

Oct 17 2008 The Paradise Boston, Massachusetts
Oct 24 2008 Varsity Theater Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Oct 25 2008 Sweetwater Festival Milledgeville, Georgia
Oct 31 2008 Charlottesville Pavilion Charlottesville, Virginia
Nov 3 2008 Highline Ballroom Head Count “Get Out and Vote Party” – Robert Only New York, New York
Nov 7 2008 The Moon Tallahassee, Florida
Nov 14 2008 Granada Lawrence, Kansas
Nov 21 2008 Cubby Bear Chicago, Illinois
Nov 28 2008 McDonald Theater Eugene, Oregon
Dec 5 2008 Harrah’s Casino Kansas City, Missouri

Photos of Robert Randolph:

Flogging Molly Plays in the Park

Flogging Molly
Viejas Concerts in the Park – Alpine, CA
9/28/2008

Dave King: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Bridget Regan: Fiddle, Tin Whistle
Dennis Casey: Electric Guitar
Matt Hensley: Accordion
Nathen Maxwell: Bass
Bob Schmidt: Mandolin, Banjo
George Schwindt: Drums

Flogging Molly Viejas Concerts in the Park - Alpine, CA 9/28/2008Dave King

Flogging Molly is the epitome of Irish Drinking bands. Ask someone to name an Irish drinking band and more than likely they will name Flogging Molly. I am not Irish nor am I a beer drinker but Flogging Molly made for one entertaining Sunday night at Viejas Concerts in the Park.

Flogging Molly Viejas Concerts in the Park - Alpine, CA 9/28/2008Let me just say something for those who may be unaware: It rarely rains in the San Diego area. This isn’t always a good thing and on Sunday this meant a dirt bowl. The crowd was drunk and rowdy, like any good Flogging Molly concert goer would be. Once they hit their first song the crowd was dancing, moshing, and jumping. This is pretty normal except I am not sure what shoes everybody had on because once this crowd got moving a cloud of dirt would appear overhead. At first it appeared to be smoke, then when it hit your lungs you realized it was dirt and sand. This went on the entire night. I felt bad for the band because they were really inhaling the dirt.

The band has such a fun energy and even if you didn’t know any of the songs you could quickly pick up the choruses and still dance along. The only person on stage who didn’t move much was the drummer, but he did manage to bust a snare.

I really think Flogging Molly needs to get in good with Guinness, maybe a sponsorship because it was like watching a band that is sponsored by Jagermeister. They just kept pounding the Guinness.

Dave King is a really funny man on stage. He would poke fun of others and of course it would only be fair if he poked fun at himself.

Flogging Molly is out supporting their newest release “Float” which is in stores now. They are winding down their US leg of their tour, even though Dave isn’t sure which leg on his body it is. After the US they are trotting back to Europe to probably drink some more and do some touring.

Photos of Flogging Molly:

Need Tour Dates?

Oct 16 2008 Bell Memorial Union Concert – Cal State Chico Chico, California
Oct 17 2008 Arcata Community Center Arcata, California
Oct 18 2008 Radisson Hotel Sacramento – The Grove Sacramento, California
Oct 19 2008 The Fillmore San Francisco, California
Oct 20 2008 The Fillmore San Francisco, California
Oct 24 2008 The Pearl – Palms Concert Theatre Las Vegas, Nevada
Nov 2 2008 Academy Newcastle
Nov 3 2008 Barrowlands Glasgow
Nov 5 2008 Astoria London
Nov 6 2008 Academy Manchester
Nov 7 2008 Ambassador Dublin
Nov 8 2008 Academy Birmingham
Nov 9 2008 Academy Bristol
Nov 11 2008 013 Tilburg
Nov 12 2008 Gr Freiheit Hamburg
Nov 13 2008 Tragarn Goteborg
Nov 14 2008 Rockefeller Oslo
Nov 15 2008 Arenan Stockholm
Nov 16 2008 Vega Copenhagen
Nov 18 2008 Huxley’s Berlin
Nov 19 2008 Turbinhalle Oberhausen
Nov 20 2008 Schachthof Wiesbaden
Nov 21 2008 Tonhalle Munich
Nov 22 2008 Z7 Basel
Nov 24 2008 Listhalle Graz
Nov 25 2008 Gasometer Wien
Nov 26 2008 Rolling Stone Milan
Nov 27 2008 Estragon Bologna
Nov 29 2008 Razzmatazz 2 Barcelona
Nov 30 2008 Rockstar Bilbao
Dec 2 2008 Elysee Montmartre Paris
Dec 3 2008 The Hofterlo Genk
Dec 4 2008 Melkweg Amsterdam
Feb 27 2009 Verizon Wireless Ampatheatre Houston, Texas

People in Planes at Casbah

People in Planes
Casbah – San Diego, CA
9/29/2008

Gareth Jones – Vocals
Peter Roberts – Guitar
Kris Blight – Bass
John Maloney – Drums
Ian Russell – Keyboard

People in Planes Casbah - San Diego, CA 9/29/2008

Gareth Jones

People in Planes is out touring in support of their September release of Beyond the Horizon off Wind-Up Records. Beyond the Horizon is their 3rd album with two tracks written, “Better Than Life” and “Lay in the Road” with Natasha Schneider and Alan Johannes. Check out their song “Pretty Planes”, my favorite off the album so far.

The five members of People in Planes are from Wales. People in Planes is the band’s current name, though hardcore fans may also know the band as Tetra Splendour. I am going to go out on a limb and say it’s Welsh. Not sure of a translation there. I am sure someone out there will leave it in the comments. Hint Hint. they also went by Robots in the Sky. I enjoy People in Planes myself.

People in Planes Casbah - San Diego, CA 9/29/2008

They played the Casbah in San Diego last Monday and opened for Filter. They are currently on tour with the Toadies. We arrived at the Casbah on Monday night to the sights and sounds of planes overflying and landing at the very nearby San International Airport. Doors were to be at 830pm. We were there at 8pm or so. We weren’t allowed into the venue until 8:30pm-ish. When we entered we walked through an open air entrance and into a small room with a bar along the wall and 7 or 8 tables throughout the place. The venue was not well lit so we feared for the photos. Yes, it is much harder to shoot and get good shots without the correct lighting. We set up at an empty table and waited for the show to begin. We waited quite awhile too! The show didn’t get started until 9:45pm. The small venue by then had filled up quite a bit and the crowd was definitely ready to rock on! People an Planes boarded the stage and began their set with Last Man. The acoustics were absolutely awesome for this small venue. They rival the Belly Up I think. Throughout the show (and they did rock out) the gents would make some jokes between songs and say Cheers. They were very polite gentlemen from South Wales. Their new CD Beyond the Horizon is now available everywhere. One of the songs they performed from their new album was Better.

The set went as follows:
Last Man
Tonight
Better
Madiez
Moth
Light
Wayside
Barracuda
Vampire (my personal favorite)

Be sure to check them out they are a band not to be missed.
Tour dates are after the jump…

People in Planes Casbah - San Diego, CA 9/29/2008Kris Blight

People in Planes Casbah - San Diego, CA 9/29/2008Peter Roberts

Tour Dates:

Oct 7 2008 7:00P
Revolution Music Room w/ Toadies Little Rock, Arkansas
Oct 8 2008 7:00P
George’s Majestic Lounge w/ Toadies Fayetteville, Arkansas
Oct 9 2008 7:00P
New Daisy Theater w/ Toadies Memphis, Tennessee
Oct 10 2008 7:00P
Exit Inn w/ Toadies Nashville, Tennessee
Oct 11 2008 7:00P
Bogarts w/ Toadies Cincinnati, Ohio
Oct 12 2008 7:00P
Headliners Music Hall w/ Toadies Louisville, Kentucky
Oct 14 2008 6:00P
Diesel w/ Toadies Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Oct 17 2008 8:00P
Majestic Theatre w/ Toadies Detroit, Michigan
Oct 18 2008 7:00P
Rave w/ Toadies Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Oct 19 2008 7:00P
Metro (Chicago) w/ Toadies Chicago, Illinois
Oct 21 2008 7:00P
Station 4 w/ Toadies St. Paul, Minnesota
Oct 22 2008 7:00P
Sokol Auditorium w/ Toadies Omaha, Nebraska
Oct 23 2008 7:00P
The Beaumont Club w/ Toadies Kansas City, Missouri
Oct 24 2008 7:00P
Diamond Ballroom w/ Toadies Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Nov 5 2008 8:00P
Trocadero Theatre w/ Toadies Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nov 6 2008 8:00P
Webster Hall w/ Toadies New York, New York
Nov 7 2008 8:00P
Starland Ballroom w/ Toadies Sayreville, New Jersey
Nov 8 2008 8:00P
Paradise Lounge w/ Toadies Boston, Massachusetts
Nov 9 2008 8:00P
Living Room w/ Toadies Providence, Rhode Island
Nov 11 2008 8:00P
9:30 Club w/ Toadies Washington DC, Washington DC
Nov 13 2008 8:00P
Canal Club w/ Toadies Richmond, Virginia
Nov 14 2008 8:00P
Cat’s Cradle w/ Toadies Carrboro, North Carolina
Nov 15 2008 8:00P
NorVa Theatre w/ Toadies Norfolk, Virginia
Nov 16 2008 8:00P
Headliners (Columbia) w/ Toadies Columbia, South Carolina
Nov 18 2008 8:00P
The Masquerade w/ Toadies Atlanta, Georgia
Nov 19 2008 8:00P
JaxLive w/ Toadies Jacksonville, Florida
Nov 20 2008 8:00P
State Theatre – Tampa w/ Toadies St Petersburg, Florida
Nov 21 2008 8:00P
House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista w/ Toadies Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Nov 22 2008 8:00P
Culture Room w/ Toadies Ft Lauderdale, Florida
Nov 24 2008 8:00P
Beta Bar w/ Toadies Tallahassee, Florida
Nov 25 2008 8:00P
House of Blues – New Orleans w/ Toadies New Orleans, Louisiana

Photos of People in Planes:

Music Builds Tour: Jars of Clay Get Closer

Jars of Clay
Cricket Wireless Amphitheater – Chula Vista, CA
9/27/2008

Dan Haseltine – Vocals Stephen Mason – Lead Guitar
Matthew Odmark – Rhythm Guitar
Charlie Lowell – Piano J
Jeremy Lutito – Drums (Live Performer)
Gabe Ruschival – Bass ( Live Performer)

Jars of Clay Cricket Wireless Amphitheater - Chula Vista, CA 9/27/2008
Jars of Clay kicked off the Music Build tour that stopped in San Diego on Saturday. The Music Builds Tour is a Christian Music tour that is traveling the country this summer through the fall. The tour has joined with The One Campaign to expose issues such as global poverty, hunger, and disease in efforts to fight such problems in the world’s poorest countries. They also teamed up to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity. One dollar of every ticket sold goes to charity, so this tour literally helps build.

Jars of Clay Cricket Wireless Amphitheater - Chula Vista, CA 9/27/2008Jars of Clay is also out to support their EP Closer. The EP contains 5 new songs along with a new arrangement for their hit “Flood”. They actually dubbed it “Flood (The New Rain)”. The new arrangement is almost better than the original version we are used to hearing on the radio. The only way I can describe it as is lighter. Everybody in line that picked up the EP from the merchandise booth was excited to see “Flood” re-recorded and on the EP.

Jars of Clay also kicked the set off with “Flood”. Too bad I missed most of the song trying to get to my seat. They also played their new song “Closer” which is an upbeat pop song about love. Dan Haseltine, lead singer, announced the new studio album will be out in 2009. The EP Closer is supposed to hold fans hunger for new Jars of Clay until 2009. It looks like it is doing the job. They are selling the 5 song EP at the show for $5. It also comes with a mini poster. They were also gracious enough to hold an open meet-and-greet with the band after their set. This was great to see because in order to meet the other bands on the tour, one needed to sign up for their fan club. The women sitting next to me at the show and I decided that one would probably have to pay money to join their fan clubs.

These guys were great to see live. I have been listening to them for years. They have a great energy onstage and played many familiar songs. The funniest part of the whole thing is for all those years I was listening to them I never knew they were labeled as a “Christian Rock” band. I am looking forward to the new full length album in 2009 and if you get a chance to see them on the Music Builds Tour, get there early, and you will not be disappointed.

Photos of Jars of Clay on the Music Build Tour:

Trapt at The Glass House

Trapt
The Glass House – Pomona, CA
9/26/2008

Chris Brown- Vocals, Guitar
Peter Charell – Bass
Aaron Montgomery – Drums
Robb Torres – Lead Guitar

Trapt The Glass House - Pomona, CA 9/26/2008Trapt was finishing up the last leg of their tour in Pomona. The Glass House is a small venue tucked away in a strip mall. The Glass House is where the independent artist some and play on stops between San Diego and Los Angeles. The Glass House is a rarity when it comes to music venues. This venue let patrons come and go as they please into the venue. I was shocked when they told me this little piece of information.

Trapt The Glass House - Pomona, CA 9/26/2008By the second to last band to play on Friday the place was packed with Trapt fans. The lighting was low and the music was loud, but Chris Brown’s vocal were not. It’s frustrating to hear everyone in the band but the lead singers vocals don’t pull through. It could have been from the screeching female voices that only got louder as the night went on. These girls are crazy as a couple tried to get through the barricades to reach Chris. Fans even though clothes on stage.

The crowd by the end of the night was singing along with all the radio hits of Trapt including “Who’s Going Home with You Tonight?”, “Echo”, “Headstrong”, and “Ready When You are”.

Chris Brown thanked the crowd for seeing them on home turf. He also talked about not being able to live in Los Angeles because of all the plastic people. I am in the same boat as him. I can’t live in Los Angeles because they are very different people there. He pointed out the rich girls with their little puppies in tow. The flaky people in LA drive me nuts, and that includes the rich girls that carry little puppies aka Paris Hilton’s of the world.

Trapt was out on tour supporting their latest release Through the Pain. The disc is full of hit waiting to be heard. A favorite is “When Your Ready”, which is a rock ballad off the album.

Need to catch Trapt? They have a couple dates with Hinder in California. One is on October 28th at 4th and B in San Diego. The other is in Anaheim at the Grove on November 2nd.

Need more info on Trapt or connect with other Trapt fans? They actually created their own social networking site just for Trapt fans. Check it out here.

Friday Night’s Setlist:

Still Frame
Curiosity Kills
Who’s Going Home with Your Tonight?
Black Rose
Disconnected
M. O. G.
Echo
Ready When You Are
Headstrong
Wasteland
Stand Up
Everything to Lose

Photos of Trapt at The Glass House:

Counting Crows Bow Out and the Poets Rock the Roxy

Maroon 5 Notice

Sparky went to the Cricket Wireless last night to cover Counting Crows and Maroon 5.  Unfortunately my texts started blowing up when she arrived there. I was sent this notice below. Makes me wonder what happened??  Will have a full review on Maroon 5 in the next day or two. Plus, I headed up to the Roxy to cover Poets and Pornstars. Will have a full review and interview with the band. There is a lot of new things happening in Poets Land.

15 North Rocks Soma

15 North
Soma – San Diego, CA
9/5/2008

Sam – Vocals
Twiggs – Guitar
Cameron – Drums
Ian – Bass

Sam

The last time we saw 15 North was at Riley’s, in San Diego, in February. A lot has changed for the guys since then. They have a new bass player and the most notable would be their lead singer Sam’s dreads. On a musical front, the 15 North guys have matured musically in the last 8 months.

They hit the stage at Soma to a nearly packed crowd. They opened with “Ladders for Jacob” which used to be there strong closer. Their new songs “Metaphors” and “Killing Machine” are much stronger rock songs dealing with change and war. It is very strong statement the guys are sending when changing out their closing song, because “Ladders for Jacob” used to be a staple for this Murrieta, CA rock band.

All the guys onstage were full of their usual energy. Taylor, aka Twiggs, never stands still which tripped him up on Thursday night, literally. He nearly took out his brother’s cymbals. Sam went through a wardrobe change. Actually we had a bet going with one of their family member as to how many songs it would take before Sam’s shirt came off. I think everybody in that small room in Soma wanted to take off a few layers, because that night it was boiling in there.

Their new bass player Ian is a lively fit for the band. He’s very rock and roll with tattoos on his body to the “Don’t be a Dick” stickers on his bass. With Ian on board they look more like a rock band than ever.

Cameron is drum prodigy. He is always getting compared to Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters. Cameron has the natural ability to play ambidextrous. That’s pretty amazing for a drummer to be able to do. He was even the runner up to be the drummer for the Guana Batz earlier last year.

The other noticeable difference tonight from the other time we saw 15 North was their fans. They have build quite a following of lady fans. Talking with insiders after the show they revealed that they sold out of most of the merch they brought for the night.

With this talent on board and looks to match these guys can’t be missed. Keep your eyes peeled for the new demo and more tour dates.

Setlist:

Ladders for Jacob

Pocket Change

I Feel Alive

Metaphors

Killing Machine

Last Song

We also caught up with the guys of 15 North for a few minutes after their show in Soma.

Since I spoke to you last I notice something very different.

Ian: Sam got dreads!

Jessica: There’s a new person in the band.

Sam: That would be Ian. He’s the old man of the band now. What are you 22?

Ian: Yeah, 22.

Sam: You’re old man!

Ian: I have have facial hair.

How did you get to fullfil the bass player position?

Ian: I’ve actually known Twiggs since High School. I think it was freshman year, so about 5 years ago. We hung out and he was the only person I hung out with that played music. I just kinda happened, Bryce left, I tried out and it worked.

What are the plans after this Soma gig?

Sam: I want to play Soma again. That was awesome!

Taylor: I want to go back into the studio and cut a cd so we can have a cd release party like the guys performing tonight are.

You have a new song Metaphors, was it meant for anyone in particular?

Sam: It was something I threw together one day.

I am not going to say yes, and I am not going to say no. It’s a song about a lot of things.

What about “Killing Machines,” what is that about?

Sam: That song is straight up about the war. It’s how I feel that kids are being bred to be killing machine instead of helping our country. We aren’t a political band, its just a song about the war. Before we can even drink and smoke we can kill someone. It’s kinda not right.

Do you have plans to go into the studio?

Everyone: Yes!

Twiggs and Sam: We plan on recording Killing Machines, I Feel Alive, and last song. We are probably only going to record 3 songs this time and just promote them a lot.

The band went to Vegas to play the Amplify! Music Festival.

Sam: Vegas was FUN!

Twiggs: That was an adventure.

Sam: We were chillin’ with Hawthorne Heights. They are killer live. We didn’t know much about their music until we saw them live. We also went to seminars on how to make it in the industry. Vanilla Ice was there. We are on the same shirt as Vanilla Ice.

(Everyone laughs)

Ian: I lost a lot of money in Vegas. They can’t gamble yet, but me..

Back to Sam’s Dreads, what made you change your hair to dreads?

Sam: When I was 11 I went to Denmark and there was a kid I knew and he got dreads, and I was like that is pretty tight. I never thought I would be able to because my mom likes it when my hair is pretty, but I thought, I am such a good

sonI deserve it. I pushed it, pushed it, and pushed it, and here we are. Plus it gets me closer to Jah

Twiggs: What?

Sam: Jah

Twiggs: Jah

Sam: Jahovah

(More laughs)

FYI: When going to a 15 North show we need everybody to bug these guys about doing their cover of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.” They were doing this cover before Fall Out Boy and Pierce the Veil put it on albums and had airplay. They actually arranged the “Beat It” song with “Billy Jean.” It’s a must listen to song live.

For more information and tour dates for 15 North visit their MySpace.

15 North Photos from SOMA:

3 Doors Down at Irvine with Aaron Lewis and Hinder

3 Doors Down
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Irvine, CA
8/31/2008

Brad Arnold – Vocals
Matt Roberts – Guitar
Todd Harrell – Bass
Chris Henderson – Guitar
Greg Upchurch – Drums

3 Doors Down Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Irvine, CA 8/31/2008

3 Doors Down took the stage about 15 minutes late. Nothing due to them, the entire night started off late. Normally one wouldn’t see a problem running a tad bit late except if you are planning to perform live for the Jerry Lewis TV Marathon. That’s exactly what 3 Doors Down had planned on that Sunday night.

The show opened with the sound of a an old steam engine train and what appeared to be headlights shining through underneath the drum kit. They opened appropriate song “Train.” It has also been a VERY long time since I’ve seen pyro in a show. I am talking massive flame throwers on stage. Thanks to 3 Doors Down the little pyro in me is content. We sat about 7 rows back from the stage and could feel the heat of those flames everytime they went off.

Their backdrop was a LED screen that displayed everything from their logo to parts of music videos including Citizen soldier and the video with NASCAR drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart. During “Let Me Be Myself” the crowd near the front of the stage had their TV faces on and the energy incredibly high.

The only thing that I saw was Brad’s in-ears might have been bothering him or someone doesn’t know how to control the monitors. Brad on many occasions during the night would rip the in-ears out from his ear. From his body language it wasn’t because he wanted to hear our pretty voices.

Overall Brad and the boys were fabulous onstage and the whole crowd up out of their seats. The pyro was fun and Brad had an amazing night on vocals.

Setlist for the night:(might be missing a song in the beginning 7 songs)

Train
Kryptonite
Citizen Soldier
Away from the Sun
Let Me Go
If I Could Be Like That
When I am Gone
Be Like That
Landing in London
The Road I am On
The Jerry Lewis Marathon Song – Let Me Be Myself
Champion in Me
Behind Those Eyes
Here Without You

ENCORE Songs

Read the review of their Chicago stop of the tour here.

Photos of 3 Doors Down at Irvine:

Aaron Lewis Flies Solo and Acoustic in Irvine

Aaron Lewis of Staind
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater- Irvine, CA
8/31/2008Aaron Lewis of Staind Verizon Wireless Amphitheater- Irvine, CA 8/31/2008

Aaron Lewis and Fred Durst

I walked into the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater thinking we were about to go see Sick Puppies, Hinder, Staind, and 3 Doors Down. It was a surprise to me to see just Aaron Lewis alone onstage after the Hinder set. I must admit I complained a bit that the rest of the band wasn’t onstage that night, but was over that very quickly.

Aaron Lewis of Staind Verizon Wireless Amphitheater- Irvine, CA 8/31/2008

Aaron put on an full acoustic show, when I say full I mean, it was just him and 2 guitars that he switched out after every other song or so. He really doesn’t need a full backing of a band because his voice is amazing. It’s even more amazing that his voice is so strong even while chain smoking onstage and inbetween songs. It was very rock and roll.

At the Irvine stop, this was their 9th day straight playing, or so Aaron Lewis said. Can’t blame him for being tired and having to fill the shoes of an entire band. He covered Bob Seger’s Turn the Page, which Aaron said was very appropriate for him right now. This was a great chance for Aaron to play the songs in different arrangments and experiement with the crowd. One of the songs he played was “Tangled in You,’ which was written for his wife and opened with, “I hope I don’t fuck this up!” The crowd was quite pleased with his entire set. Especially when a second stool was placed right next to Aaron’s and Fred Durst walked out onstage and sang “Outside” with Aaron.

Even minus the band, Aaron rocked to a full crowd at the Verizon Amphitheater. Staind is out in support of their new album Illusion of Progress.

Tour Dates:

Sep 9 2008 Schleyerhalle Stuttgart
Sep 12 2008 Odyssey Arena Belfast
Sep 13 2008 RDS Simmonscourt Dublin
Sep 15 2008 MEN Arena Manchester
Sep 16 2008 Sheffield Arena Sheffield
Sep 18 2008 The NEC Birmingham
Sep 19 2008 o2 Arena London
Sep 21 2008 Wembley Area London
Oct 3 2008 Turning Stone Resort & Casino Event Center Verona, New York
Oct 4 2008 Merriweather Post Pavillion Columbia, Maryland
Oct 7 2008 Greensboro Coliseum Greensboro, North Carolina
Oct 9 2008 Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena Hollywood, Florida
Oct 10 2008 St. Augustine Amphitheater St. Augustine, Florida
Oct 12 2008 Hard Rock Live Orlando, Florida
Oct 14 2008 Heritage Park Simpsonville, South Carolina
Oct 15 2008 Freedom Hall Civic Center Johnson City, Tennessee
Oct 17 2008 The Amphitheater at the Wharf Orange Beach, Alabama
Oct 18 2008 Snowden Grove Park Amphitheatre Southhaven, MS
Oct 19 2008 Lakewood Amphitheater Atlanta, Georgia
Oct 21 2008 Black River Coliseum Poplar Bluff, Missouri
Oct 22 2008 Rockford MetroCentre Rockford, Illinois
Oct 24 2008 Tulsa Convention Center Arena Tulsa, Oklahoma
Oct 25 2008 Pizza Hut PArk Frisco, Texas
Oct 26 2008 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion The Woodlands, Texas
Nov 11 2008 Wicomico Youth & Civic Center Salisbury, Maryland
Nov 12 2008 Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, Connecticut
Nov 14 2008 Sovereign Center Reading, Pennsylvania
Nov 15 2008 Asbury Park Convention Hall Complex Asbury Park, New Jersey
Nov 16 2008 Tsongas Arena Lowell, Massachusetts
Nov 18 2008 Hammerstein Ballroom New York, New York
Nov 20 2008 The Big Sandy Superstore Arena Huntington, West Virginia

For more information on Staind visit their MySpace and their Official Site. We also covered them when the tour hit Chicago. Check that out here.

Aaron Lewis of Staind photos:

 

Hinder Hits Irvine and New Tour News

Hinder
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Irvine, CA
8/31/2008

Austin Winkler- Vocals
Joe ‘Blower’ Garvey- Guitar
Mark King- Guitar
Mike Rodden- Bass
Cody Hanson- Drums

Hinder Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Irvine, CA 8/31/2008Austin Winkler

This was an interesting bill for the night, 3 Doors Down, Staind, Hinder, and Sick Puppies. One may categorize all these bands as Rock but they are all different types of Rock. For the two bands, Hinder and Sick Puppies, the crowd wasn’t as cheery as their normal crowd of fans.

We saw Hinder back in December at the House of Blues in Vegas. When those guys hit the stage the crowd roared and moved. You could see that Hinder was feeding off our energy and we we feeding off theirs. That wasn’t the case on Sunday. Austin hit the stage as his usual energetic, lively self, but the crowd didn’t respond to him. It was obvious that the guys were a little disappointed in the crowd.

Hinder Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Irvine, CA 8/31/2008Mike Rodden

It wasn’t until they played “Lips of an Angel” and “Get Stoned” that the crowd actually started singing and moving. I wish it was in a smaller more intimate venue because Hinder’s energy screams in those types of venues.

Their set was filled with my personal favorites such as Better Than Me. This one Blower starts off on acoustic and takes it home on his electric guitar. It is a great rock ballad. Their new single “Use Me” was in the set also. This is simply a fun rock song that’s best hear very loud in a car. They also played “Homecoming Queen” which is usually a crowd favorite for the time I saw them in concert, but no so much tonight.

Hinder is out on the road supporting their November 4th release of their sophomore album, Take it To the Limit. Watch for a co-headlining tour with Buckcherry in the future.

The Album Release party is, of course, in Vegas on October 30th. We will be there to bring you all the details, because it’s always a great party with Hinder.

Hinder Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Irvine, CA 8/31/2008Mark King

Hinder Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Irvine, CA 8/31/2008Blower

Hinder Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Irvine, CA 8/31/2008Cody Hanson

The Setlist:

How Long
Homecoming Queen
Heaven Sent You – Off New Album
Better Than Me
Use Me – New Single
Room 21
Lips of an Angel
Get Stoned

Need More Information on Hinder?
Visit their MySpace and their Official Site

Photos of Hinder in Irvine:

Sick Puppies: Got Hugs?

Sick Puppies
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Irvine, CA
8/31/2008

Shimon Moore – Vocals, Guitar
Emma Anzai – Bass
Mark Goodwin – Drums

Sick Puppies Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Irvine, CA 8/31/2008Sick Puppies originate from Australia and are now based in Los Angeles, California. They have a couple more tour dates listed for 2008. If you are in the Chicagoland area they are playing at the DeVry Institute on 9/13 with Avenged Sevenfold, Ludo, and Theory of a Deadman. On the flip-side, if you are near Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania they will be playing with 3 Days Grace at the Bloomsburg Fair.

The have a very radio rock sound twisted with Australian accents. Shimon was at the mic between songs encouraging crowd participation. Last Sunday at Verizon Wireless the crowd didn’t seem to into any of the bands except 3 Doors Down. I meant to look up into the sky and see if there was a full moon because Sick Puppies, Hinder, and Staind all put on great shows.

This group rose to a new level with their song “All the Same” that was used in the Free Hugs video that ended up being on the likes of Oprah, Jay Leno, 60 Minutes. The video documents a man giving free hugs to the American public. This particular video reached over 30,000,000 viewers.

Need to check out some of their songs or need more information? Check their MySpace and their Official Site.

More pictures of their stop at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater with Hinder, Staind, and 3 Doors Down.

Photos of Sick Puppies in Irvine:

Melissa Etheridge Stops in Viejas Concerts in the Park

Melissa Etheridge
Viejas Concerts in the Park – Alpine, CA
8/30/2008

Melissa Etheridge Viejas Concerts in the Park - Alpine, CA 8/30/2008This was Melissa’s first time playing at Viejas in Alpine, California. If you haven’t been to Viejas before, it’s literally a park with a concert stage surrounded by a shopping mall. The biggest con of Viejas is that patrons have to walk off concert grounds, get their hands stamped, and follow a long path to the bathrooms that are in the mall. Other than that major drawback, the park is beautiful. The perimeter of the park has large torches that are always lit with real fire during shows.

Melissa Etheridge Viejas Concerts in the Park - Alpine, CA 8/30/2008This was Melissa’s last stop on her Revival Tour 2008. She is now on a much deserved break after the 51 stops the band made this summer.

The night was kicked off with “Take You with Me” which is one of my personal favorites. Melissa stopped after the first song to explain to the audience that tonight she was going to tell us a story: her story. “Ruins” kicked off her story that started in Kansas as a little girl knowing that she wasn’t like other girls.

She then goes into songs about her leaving Kansas for California, being a part of open relationships, and having cancer. It was during her song “Run for Life” that one of her guitar strings broke but she kept on playing as if nothing was wrong. “Run for Life” also moved the crowd emotionally and I saw some teary eyes sitting by me.

During the show I loved the energy she had with her guitar player. They fed off each other the entire show. They dueled, improved, and literally played off each other. Really, these two put playing guitar with a tongue to shame. They came up with more original body parts to use.

Melissa also came off performing at the Democratic National Convention in Colorado where she played songs “God Bless America”, Bob Dylan’s “Times They are a Changin’” and John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance.” Tonight was all Melissa’s songs while she supported her new album Awakening. There were two people onstage that were signing the entire show. They would switch out and could see they had to put on a performance themselves. That was the first time in my concert history I have seen people signing onstage at a show.

She covered most of her greatest hits and back catalog songs. Her set made the crowd happy. I didn’t see an unhappy soul in the park that night.

I had waited years to see Melissa Etheridge live and the waiting paid off with a very personal and lively concert from Melissa and her band.

The Setlist:

Take Me with You
Ruins
The Late September Dogs
First Time I Saw You
Bring Me Some Water
I Want to Come Over
Stronger Than Me
I Am the Only One
If I Only Wanted Too
Down to One
I Want to Be In Love
Mercy
When You Find the One
2001
I Need to Wake Up
Message to Myself
Come to My Window
All We Can Really Do
Heroes and Friends
Open Your Mind
Imagine That
What Happens Tomorrow
With several Encore Songs

Photos of Melissa Etheridge:

 

Dave Matthews Band in San Diego, California 8/22/08

Dave Matthews Band
Cricket Wireless Amphitheater – Chula Vista, CA
8/22/2008

Dave Matthew Band Members:
Dave Matthews – Guitar, Vocal
Carter Beauford – Drums
Boyd Tinsley – Violin
LeRoi Moore – RIP (8/19/08) Flute, Sax
Tim Reynolds – Guitar
Rashawn Ross – Trumpet
Stefan Lessard – Bass

Dave Matthews Band Cricket Wireless Amphitheater - Chula Vista, CA 8/22/2008

This is called posting on the run. I thought I would throw some teaser pictures up for all of your Dave Matthews fans. See our Dave Matthews coverage when they hit Chicago earlier this year with LeRoi here.

UPDATE: Posted more photos of the show. I hope this satisfies the minds and eyes of all Dave Matthews fans. Let us know by leaving a comment.

Dave Matthews Band Cricket Wireless Amphitheater - Chula Vista, CA 8/22/2008Dave Matthews

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Up and Coming: Building a Better Spaceship from So Cal

Building a Better Spaceship
The Viper Room – West Hollywood, CA
8/12/2008

Band Members:
Vinn Lombardo – Vocals
Adam Holt – Drums
Rick Johnson – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Ross Facundo – Bass
Paul Funk – Guitar, Backing Vocals

Building a Better Spaceship The Viper Room Los AngelesRoss and Vin

It was Tuesday night at the Viper Room in West Hollywood. We headed up to see Building a Better Spaceship, a local band to the Los Angeles area music scene.

This band is headed to some great places in the music industry. Building a Better Space Ship has played with acts such as Avenged Sevenfold, Lifehouse, Unwritten Law, 311, The Killers, 30 Seconds to Mars, and Hoobastank. The list is quite long.

Building a Better Spaceship The Viper Room Los Angeles

I had two hours to listen to their self-titled album on the car ride home.

Building a Better Spaceship The Viper Room Los AngelesSparky and I couldn’t get past track 2 on the album, “Falling in Line”. This is the song! If you haven’t heard it check their MySpaceout to hear it. The song is catchy with the sound of some great radio rock. If I get a Youtube clip of it or a recording I will post it because everybody needs to hear this song!

At the Viper Room they rocked the place and brought quite a crowd with them. They started at 9:30pm, which is early in Viper Time, but the band had to showcase, thus playing early.  That aside, the guys had the girls dancing up front and even the meanest looking man in the joint and the hippie in the corner were tapping their feet to the rhythm.

It’s been a long time since a band caught my attention like this. The melody and rhythms of each song were intense and well written. The guys shared in those duties and the band was very tight onstage and put on a hyper kinetic show.

This 5-piece rock band is one to keep your eyes on!

They have a show on September 26th at the 710 Club in Pacific Beach, California.  Plus, they now have residency at the Viper Room starting in October. If you live in the Southern California region and have a moment to catch the quintet live, it is a must.

The Setlist:

Dry My Eyes
This Time
Pacific
Rainbow
Carousel
Falling in Line
Bullet Proof

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Steve Winwood at Humphrey’s by the Bay

Steve Winwood
Humphrey’s by the Bay – San Diego, CA
8/19/2008

Steve Winwood Humphrey's by the Bay - San Diego, CA 8/19/2008

Steve Winwood on his Hammond B3 Organ

Steve is out supporting his newest release, Nine Lives. It debuted on the #12 position on the Billboard 200 Charts when it dropped in late April of 2008.

The legendary Steve Winwood played Humphrey’s by the Bay on Tuesday to a near sold out crowd and the fans that stayed in their dingies in the bay to hear the show.

Steve Winwood Humphrey's by the Bay - San Diego, CA 8/19/2008

The night was amazing as Steve kicked the show off on the B3 organ which he played on for the first three songs of the night. Then (to everybody’s joy) he backed off from the organ and picked up his baby blue Fender guitar. Each song of the night, whether it was a new song off Nine Lives or a classic hit, received standing ovations. Steve vocally delivers the songs as good live as they are on the albums.

This was my first Steve Winwood concert and I am one of those fans that didn’t really know he played guitar. I am a fan of Steve’s music from the 80′s, thus me being the 80′s child. The guitar solos were amazing. Each of the four musicians on stage carried long solos and switched instruments between songs. The stamina of the band was mind-boggling. The sound of the bass guitar was also mind-boggling since there was no bass guitar on stage. Four of us came to a conclusion that either Steve or one of the two percussionists used a bass pedal that simulated a bass guitar.

The one song I wish he played was from 1986: “Back in the High Life Again.” I really can’t complain because he did play “Higher Love” and one of his oldest hits “Gimme Some Lovin’ “(from The Spencer Davis Group circa 1966). I’ll just have to catch him next time he rolls into town.

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Tour Dates:

2008-08-26 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Selma, TX
w/ Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
2008-08-27 American Airlines Center Dallas, TX
w/ Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
2008-08-29 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Woodlands, TX
w/ Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
2008-10-03 Tripod Dublin, Ireland
2008-10-05 The Arches Glasgow, UK
Box Office: 0141 565 1000
2008-10-06 The Sage Gateshead , UK
2008-10-07 Wulfrun Hall Wolverhampton, UK
2008-10-09 Laeiszhalle Hamburg , Germany
2008-10-16 Vaerket Randers, Denmark
TBA
2008-10-17 Ancienne Belgique Brussels, Belgium

John Mayer, Your Body Is A Wonderland

John Mayer
Cricket Wireless-Chula Vista, CA
07/29/2008

John Mayer Cricket Wireless-Chula Vista, CA 07/29/2008This was the last California stop for John Mayer and the openers Brett and Colbie Caillat. The stage was set with what looked like street lights near the back of the stage.  When the lights went down and the crowd shrieked incredibly loudly. I think I need a new set of ear drums from the damage caused by the shrieking women!

The first thing everyone noticed as John Mayer waltzed on stage was the lack of hair on his head. I was wondering if John took part in the charity “event/dare” that was going with Kevin Rose of Digg.com. He was asked to cut his hair for charity and it turned into a game of tag. If you were “it” you were asked to shave your hair. Anyways, back to John. John looks as great as he did before shaving it all off. He brought up his lack of hair near the end of the show, saying to the crowd: “People are telling me I look just as good before the haircut.” We all laughed because we know John knows how good looking he is, so in the end none of this really matters.

Keep reading, I promise there is a show review in here…

He started with “Vultures” and went into “Waiting for the World to Change.” It wasn’t long into the set when John’s humor started to show as he cracked jokes between songs. He really is a funny guy.

I was pleasantly surprised at his cover of Tom Petty’s “Free Falling.” It was acoustic with no percussion and was very mellow. I kept anticipating the full band to chime in but they never did. It was a great arrangement of a classic.

John commented how people reviewing or covering his shows tend to write things that he didn’t want them to write, but he doesn’t care now and requested that what I am about to write be in 172 font IMPACT, so we are going to try…Not sure if this blog is big enough for the font. We might have a scaling problem.

“San

Diego

has

the

most

beautiful

women

in the

country!”

- John

Mayer

Moving on from the talk about all of the beautiful ladies in the house, John was really on this particular night. I am talking about his guitar playing. At one point he dropped to the floor and played his guitar with so much fury. You could see him concentrating, trying to make every note be felt by the audience. I actually believe John hasn’t gotten married yet because he is already married to his guitar and is having a flourishing relationship that spawned 3 children (Room for Squares, Heavier Things, Continuum). He plucks the strings as if he were making love to his Fender every night. Whether or not you drool over John, or you think he is just another pop act, there is no denying that he is one of the greatest guitar players of the new generation.

The night was very entertaining! With his antics and the humor he brought onstage, I know I speak for many when I say: “I can’t wait to have John Mayer back in San Diego.”

The Setlist:

* Vultures
* Waiting on the World to Change
* Crossroads
* No Such Thing into Why Georgia
* Taking On Water
* Wheel
* Belief
* I Don’t Trust Myself (With Loving You)
* Free Falling
* Mercy
* Clarity
* Gravity

Encore
* Who Did You Think I Was
* Bigger Than My Body
* Say

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Feist: The Comedian, the Songwriter, the Singer at Humphrey’s

Feist
Humphrey’s by the Bay – San Diego, CA

7/22/2008

Feist Humphrey's by the Bay - San Diego, CA 7/22/2008

I sitting next to two guys who are singing Bette Midler songs. They want to see if anybody can recognize the song. Yes, I can, it’s “wind Beneath My Wings.” This is what I had to listen to as the crew set up the stage for Feist. The Golden Dogs who opened for Feist were fun and upbeat. I only hoped Feist would be the same.

The stage was set with a shadow screen where a microphone would be. Feist came out carrying a flashlight, acknowledged the crowd and walked behind the screen handing the light off to a stage hand. She then starts her chanting behind the screen that projected her image. Think of being in a club that usually has the scantily clad dancers behind the screen except Feist did it as a performing art with music. It was all acapella and she utilized a loop machine that would record her and then play back as she proceeded with harmonies. As the chanting and singing came to a close the disco ball started spinning. At that point I knew this wasn’t going to be an average concert.

Feist then says, “This song was written by a girl that died in the 1800′s and it’s a true story.” We all believed it. SUCKERS! She then stopped and spoke, “Let’s establish that dead people can’t write a song about their own death!” We all then laughed. She then admitted her delivery had failed poorly on that one. She said that the next song was about Nova scotia, Canada. She then told the crowd, “This one is about packing my bags.” Another woman walked on stage with a stool and placed it behind Feist. Then stood on top of it and sprinkled large white confetti strips on her as snow.

Feist Humphrey's by the Bay - San Diego, CA 7/22/2008There is no doubt this show wasn’t just a concert but a performing art. While Feist sang on stage two shadow artists were by a projection machine creating art that was then displayed on the stage screen. Every night would not be same because it was all done by hand. It was very mesmerizing to watch. They would use paint, cut-out figures and shapes to convey a message.

She really is entertaining, her voice was under the weather bu she kept up her humorous antics. She made a comment about it getting cold in the winter. We all thought to ourselves that it doesn’t get cold here in San Diego. She then stops playing and said, “It’s doesn’t get cold here in the winter does it?” The crowd shouted and Feist replied, “Jerks, with your warm weather. This was the last night of the tour and the crew was back to Canada the next day where as Feist said, “I talked to mom today and she is cross-country skiing out her back door.”

The antics went on all night from the “CIA Agent” side stage to protesting the security at Humphrey’s. This was one entertaining performance from Feist and the gang. She is also one of those artists where you go to the concert and go, “She sings this song!” I am talking about the songs “I Feel it All, ” “My Moon My Man,” and her hit “1,2,3,4″ which she will be recording for Sesame Street. Check out Feist Music at her Myspace or her official site.

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The Golden Dogs Open for Feist

The Golden Dogs
Humphrey’s by the Bay – San Diego, CA
7/22/2008

DAVE AZZOLINI – guitar, vocals
JESSICA GRASSIAC- keys, vocals
TAYLOR KNOX – drums
STEW HEYDUK – bass

The Golden Dogs Humphrey's by the Bay - San Diego, CA 7/22/2008Dave Azzolini and Jessica Grassiac

The night started with Sparky and I on the balcony drinking Pepsi. Sparky walked over to the end of the balcony towards the bay and waved me over. I looked down and there had to be 10-15 rafts and kayaks in the bay waiting for the concert. They were in raft but some were still dressed to the 9s. It was very interesting to see.

The Golden Dogs Humphrey's by the Bay - San Diego, CA 7/22/2008Stew Heyduk

The Golden Dogs started off by a woman walking on stage and sitting at the drum kit and a man who picked up the guitar. They both started playing and it was shocking because I haven’t seen an opening act with just two musicians before. That is until the Chinese Fire-drill happened on stage and the drummer hopped on keys, another guy jumped on drums, and another on bass.

If you have lived in Chicago and or have been to the Abbey Pub this band could very well have fit it on their stage. Their music is very reminiscent of the Vines and a bit of O.A.R. Sounds like an odd combo but their music slightly poppy with some extended guitar solos that was jam band-ish.

The Golden Dogs Humphrey's by the Bay - San Diego, CA 7/22/2008Taylor Knox

This group has tons of fun upbeat rhythmns. I can picture a group of friends walking in a park drinking coffee to this music. Yes, sounds incredibly cheesy, but trust me when I say the music is feel good music.

The Golden Dogs Humphrey's by the Bay - San Diego, CA 7/22/2008Jessica Grassiac

Think Bosom Buddies theme song with Tom Hanks. It’s something along those lines.

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Suicide Silence Rocks Mayhem

Rockstar Mayhem Tour 2008
Suicide Silence
Cricket Wireless – Chula Vista, San Diego
7/16/2008

Update: Check Suicide Silence out when they hit Vegas for Extreme Thing 2009!

 

Rockstar Mayhem Tour 2008 Suicide Silence Cricket Wireless - Chula Vista, San Diego 7/16/2008Suicide Silence Rockstar Mayhem 14

Mitch

Suicide Silence is San Diego’s hometown boys on the Mayhem Tour. This metal quintet started off the days festivities to a large crowd on the Hot Topic stage. They didn’t waste time in making the crowd move. They opened with the heart pounder “Unanswered.” The fast paced hardcore metal didn’t stop there. Mitch, Suicide’s lead singer, introduced “Girl of Glass” as a love song. What did I expect? Not sure, what I heard was an even more heart crunching song that could woe any woman that loves the sound of walls of guitars and in your face metal.

Rockstar Mayhem Tour 2008 Suicide Silence Cricket Wireless - Chula Vista, San Diego 7/16/2008Mike

Suicide Silence is not a boring band to watch.Their stage presence is huge and energetic. No wonder why their debut album, The Cleansing, broke records for Century Records.

Their set list for the day:

Unanswered
Bludgeoned to Death
Hands of a Killer
Price of Beauty
Girl of Glass
Fallen
No Pity for a Coward
Destruction Breakdown

Their fan base is quickly growing and for all the UK fans out there they will back to visit you this fall and back in the states in December.

Rockstar Mayhem Tour 2008 Suicide Silence Cricket Wireless - Chula Vista, San Diego 7/16/2008Chris

Rockstar Mayhem Tour 2008 Suicide Silence Cricket Wireless - Chula Vista, San Diego 7/16/2008Alex

Rockstar Mayhem Tour 2008 Suicide Silence Cricket Wireless - Chula Vista, San Diego 7/16/2008Mark

Come early to Mayhem because you don’t want to miss these guys!

We will be posting a video interview with the guys at Mayhem. Keep your eyes peeled!

For more information on Suicide Silence visit their Myspace or their Official Site.

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The Riders: 200 Miles From Everywhere

The Riders
200 Miles from Everywhere

Ok, so I’ve been selfishly listening to this CD for a week or so and I must say this is a must have for everyone. My personal favorites off this album are “Someday Soon”, “Too Far Away Tonight”, and “Angels Can’t Carry Roses.” I would describe them as rock and in the same categories as Tom Petty and along the lines of U2. The CD is GREAT to listen to everywhere. In the car, at home, parties, or a relaxing day at the beach with you and that special someone! (Disclaimer: Special someone not provided!)

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Joan Osborne Hits the San Diego Fairgrounds

Joan Osborne
San Diego Fair – Del Mar, CA
7/5/2008

Joan Osborne San Diego Fair - Del Mar, CA 7/5/2008

Joan Osborne is best known as a Grammy nominee for her hit “One of Us” but the majority of her songs stray from that popular sound that made that song famous. None the less, each song she sang demonstrated her-talent as a singer songwriter with soul and blues.

Right off the bat we knew seeing Joan at the Paddock Stage at the Fair was not the most appropriate setting for her. She sounds like she needs a grand piano behind her in a smoke filled bar with every patron sipping martinis.

Near the beginning of her set she noted that someone slipped her a note that asked to play a Dead song. Not completely knowing her performance background I thought it was odd to ask for a Grateful Dead song. I then found out during 2003 to 2006 she toured with the likes of the Dixie Chicks, The Dead, and Phil Lesh and Friends. It all makes sense now.

Joan Osborne San Diego Fair - Del Mar, CA 7/5/2008

Joan also played several new songs off her new album Little Wild One due out September 9th. She asked the crowd if they wanted to hear more new songs or maybe some songs they would recognize. The crowd wanted more new songs. I must say, I really liked her new songs its just too bad I don’t have song names for them.

At the tail end of her set she played her radio hit “One of Us” and we were thinking, how does someone follow up their biggest radio hit to an audience that majority knows her for that one song? Joan did it with playing a dancing tune. She had the crowd that was sitting on the lawn the entire time on their feet dancing.

Everyone seemed to have a great night even if it was getting a little chilly out.

For more Tour Dates visit http://www.myspace.com/joanosborne.

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Robert Plant & Alison Krauss: Raising Sand Tour 2008

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Humphrey’s by the Bay – San Diego, CA
6/30/2008

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Humphrey's by the Bay - San Diego, CA 6/30/2008

It was a marvelous Monday night at Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay. Humphrey’s is a smaller outdoor music venue that literally sits next to the bay. The sail boats docked at the port and the palm trees that lined the back of the stage made for a very intimate and appropriate setting for a night with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.

Robert Plant decided to hit the road with Alison Krauss to support their joint release of Raising Sand, a collaboration that brought together two highly respected musicians from different backgrounds. Raising Sand brings together the blues, country, and the sultry edge from Robert Plant and the soulful power of Alison Krauss.

Monday’s concert was played to a sold-out audience. The set was filled with material from Raising Sun but also included older blues tracks and country music.

Though there was not much movement on-stage, but Krauss and Plant’s stage presence was immense. Plant’s subtle nuances and physical movements engaged the audience for the entire night.

Alison’s voice was nothing but strong and soulful. Her voice was completely mesmerizing during “Trampled Rose.” You could feel that she put her entire self into the performance.

The chemistry on-stage between Plant and Krauss was fitting and had many moments where they looked at each other and laughed. The band was tight, and on Humphrey’s stage, I mean that both figuratively and literally. The producer of Raising Sand, T Bone Burnett, accompanied them on-stage playing guitar. He even lead a song himself as Alison and Robert listened from the sidelines.

It was great to hear songs from both of their repitoires as well as blues classics.

The Raising Sand Tour is one that is not to be missed.

The Set for the night:

1.Rich Woman

2.Leave My Woman Alone

3.Black Dog – Incredible arrangement of the song that had a deep dark country soul to it.

4.Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us

5.Through the Morning Through the Night

6. It’s Goodbye and So Long to You

7.Fortune Teller

8. In the Mood

9. Black Country Woman

10.T-Bone song – Bon Temps Roule

11.Trampled Rose

12.Green Pastures

13.Down to the River – Alison’s Accapella Song which Robert joined in on.

14.Killing the Blues

15.Nothin’

16.The Battle of Evermore

17.Please Read This Letter

18.Gone Gone Gone

Encore:

One Woman Man (Thanks Gary)

When the Levee Breaks

The Long Journey

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Tony Martino Live at Lestat’s

Tony Martino
Lestat’s- San Diego, CA
6.29/2008

Tony Martino Lestat's- San Diego, CA 6.29/2008

Tony Martino hails from Chicago and is a recent transplant to Tempe, Arizona. His acoustic pop sound has been picked up by MTV and used on MTV’s Real World. The song featured on the reality show series is called “Remember Me.”

Tony Martino Lestat's- San Diego, CA 6.29/2008Tony played at the intimate coffee house venue of Lestat’s in San Diego. The room fit the Tony’s music and made for a comfortable atmosphere. It was just Tony and his guitars onstage for the performance.

The Set:

Till We Meet Again

Tony started the night with this light and upbeat song.

Remember Me

This is the song that is being played on MTV’s reality series The Real World.  It really is a well written song that needs fall on everyone’s ears.

Tony Martino Lestat's- San Diego, CA 6.29/2008All We’ve Got is Now

This song is a tribute to the troops and has catchy guitar riffs.

Is That So Wrong?

A song about dealing with loving someone that doesn’t love you like that back and just wants to be friends. This is a very universally themed song.

Tony Martino Lestat's- San Diego, CA 6.29/2008There’s Gotta Be

There’s Gotta Be sounded very reminiscent of Vertical Horizon when he played it live. It’s a very pop and an upbeat song.

Untitled

The James Bond Song that is Currently Untitled. Tony was inspired by the James Bond movies to write this song. The audience concurred and decided it would be a perfect fit for the intro to the new James Bond film. I know when I heard it I could imagine a dark orchestral arrangement behind him.

Tony is one of those musicians who is making himself a name by doing things independently and it looks like it is working for him. He has an album coming out this fall and is planning a fall tour in conjunction with the CD release. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for this budding new talent.

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O.A.R. : Music Will Save My Soul

O.A.R.
House of Blues – San Diego, CA
6/28/08

O.A.R. House of Blues - San Diego, CA 6/28/08We walked into a sold-out performance at the House of Blues in San Diego. If you wanted to try and get tickets you were out of luck. The hardcore O.A.R. packed the intimate venue to see O.A.R. in support of their new album All Sides.

O.A.R. House of Blues - San Diego, CA 6/28/08

Marc stepped foot on the stage around 8:15P.M. to a shrieking crowd that was overjoyed to see him. He was joined onstage with Chris Culos, Richard On, Benj Gershman, Jerry DePizzo, and touring member Mikel Paris. They played their upbeat grooves to the excited audience. As I sat in the barricades I could only hear the fans behind me singing along word for word of the songs. Since many of the fans were drinking; I am surprised they kept up with all the lyrics with accurate time.

To true Jam Band roots in the second they had a break for the sax solo. Their sax player, Jerry, had a mini arsenal of saxophones on hand for the show. They also broke out into bass and keyboard solos. They played their new song from their upcoming album All Sides, “This Town.” The new song received a great reception from the crowd and even had a few hardcore fans singing right along. They also played their hit “That was a Crazy Game of Poker” and “Destination.”

Be prepared for a sing-along during the encore. Everybody at the House of Blues experienced a balding older gentlemen crowd surfing. The crowd was amazed. That was a first for me seeing an older man crowd surfing. It spiraled into a 2 minute crowd surfing event.

Overall O.A.R. didn’t disappoint. An enjoyable concert for all ages!

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