this Week in Live Music: November 18-24

Hey kids, welcome to TWILM Version 2.0. Henceforth, in an effort to streamline this weekly hot mess, I’ll only tout shows where I’ve heard (or at least heard of) the band/artist. So instead of trying to cram 10 pounds into a five-pound bag, it’ll be more like eight pounds, six ounces.

Okey dokey, let’s get to the gigs. Frontier Folk Nebraska plays a free show in Southgate’s Lounge on Monday.

On Tuesday, Declan Patrick Aloysius MacManus, OBE, is coming to the Taft. You may know him better as Elvis Costello, and he’ll be playing with his stellar band The Imposters. I’ll be in the nosebleeds with list member Barb Gardner, and the Cereal Killers will be in the audience as well.

Photo credit: James O’Mara

That same evening, The Kyle Gass Company (yes, that’s KG from Tenacious D) will be at Top Cats.

Thursday, Dustbowl Revival is at Memorial Hall, Birds of Chicago are playing Ludlow Garage, Greyson Chance is at Top Cats, William Elliott Whitmore is at Southgate with Samantha Crain as the opener, and The Hu has a sold-out gig in the Taft Ballroom.

Friday is a busy evening:

  • Houndmouth kicks off a two-night stand at Southgate House.
  • Wussy plays a sold-out house show.
  • Spyro Gyra is at Ludlow.
  • Ben Levin plays the Symphony Hotel (near Music Hall).
  • Beasts of Joy are at Bircus, along with something called Radiohead circus.
  • Adam Lee will be at Camp Springs Tavern. List member Keith Neltner, the proprietor of aforementioned Tavern, is really big on Mr. Lee, who has performed there before. Based on Keith’s reco, I plan to go to that show.

On Saturday, Billy Strings has a sold-out show at Madison Theater. Houndmouth is back for more at Southgate, and the Ben Levin Trio plays the Wiedemann Taproom.

Sunday, Ricky Nye has a solo gig at Wiedemann at 5:30, and Bill Kirchen’s Honky Tonk Holiday will be tearing up Southgate later that evening.

Hot Ticket Alert

The National is doing another “Homecoming” festival in Smale Park in 2020! The lineup in 2018 was fantastic, and I’m looking forward to more stellar selections this time around. Presale starts Monday. “Layaway options available.”

Video of the Week

Nick Cave is brilliant… and an absolute badass. Here’s proof:

Tunes I’ve been digging lately

The new Vetiver album Up on High.

Kids these days…

My goddaughter Libby is a Junior at SLU, and her sorority had a “rock and roll” party. She wore a Van Halen t-shirt, even though she admitted that she doesn’t know a single Van Halen (or Van Hagar) song. (Nobody knows any Van Cherone songs. Facts.)

Poseurs posing.

As if that weren’t bad enough, here’s more proof that kids just don’t have any appreciation for the previous generation of rockers:

“Tool” is so apt. Sad!

Have a great week!

One Reply to “this Week in Live Music: November 18-24”

  1. Lisa

    From the “kids these days” file, Jon Bon Jovi is the GAIG entertainment at the annual Christmas show this year. Morgan asked me what the difference between Bon Jovi and Jon Bon Jovi was. I told her thanks for making me feel old – hahaha!


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