Live Reviews

Worldwide concert reviews

Nickel Creek - Koka Booth Amphitheater (Cary, NC - Aug. 14, 2014)

Live music happens in the world. It can provide a transcendant, life-affirming experience, but it is still of the world. Any time you leave the house -- put the phone in your pocket, shut off the computer and/or the television, get in your car and go -- you're not leaving the world. You're venturing out into it, into a space where everyone, for a change, agrees on at least one thing: the people on the stage are doing something important enough for everyone else to shut up for a minute and listen.  So, I can't not mention Ferguson. It's what is weighing on me as I drive the four...

Chuck Prophet and the SummerTyne Strings at Sage Gateshead (Gateshead, U.K. July 18, 2014)

Every year the good people at Sage Gateshead include a couple of exclusive and special concerts to the programme of events during SummerTyne; in 2011 Chuck Prophet’s re-interpretation of the Clash’s LONDON CALLING   was a huge success and he was invited back to re-create his TEMPLE BEAUTIFUL album for a chamber orchestra! Who among us wouldn’t want to hear that? The show was a complete sell-out and rumours filtered out that the show was going to be something really special; meaning some tickets were exchanging hands for considerable sums of money. With no support act all ten...

Gregg Allman at the Melody Tent (Hyannis, MA - Aug. 8, 2014)

Having been over to see one of the Allman Brothers shows at the Beacon Theatre in March, it was a huge stroke of good luck to be over here again and to see Gregg so soon. The venue was unusual; it is a tent with a revolving stage in the middle so, as I read beforehand, not a bad seat in the house. The show was a sell-out and the audience of 2,300 was ready to go after an excellent opening set by local blues guitarist George Gritzbach. The band took up position before Gregg likewise walked down the aisle from the back of the tent -- not dissimilar to a boxer taking the ring -- all to a...

Lynda and Pattie, Live at The Artscenter, Carrboro, NC

Lynda and Pattie are having a busy summer.  They spent a week in June teaching fiddle and songwriting to a lucky group of students at PineCone's Bluegrass Camp, they've been to Nashville, played festivals as far north as Pennsylvania, appeared on radio and various club and theater dates to support their album Traditional Duets - and their beat goes on . . .. There's a reason they're in high demand - these ladies can sing.  Oh how they sing!  Friday night a near capacity crowd in Carrboro Artscenter's  Earl and Rhoda Wynn Theater were treated to a beautiful performance...