Summer Smörgåsbord o’ tunes

Meatballs again?

The concert chef has whipped up a big batch of gigs this week. Let’s dig in!

Saturday night:

  • Rose Music Center in Dayton has An Evening with Jackson Browne (Daryl Hannah would not recommend)
  • Wallows plays the Ovation
  • Styx, REO Speedwagon and Loverboy play the time machine that is Riverbend Music Center
  • The Pat Travers Band and Cactus are at Ludlow Garage
  • Here’s one for the Swedish chef: the Aronoff presents ABBAfab: the premier Abba experience (note, this is not to be confused with ABBA, The Concert, yet another Abba tribute, which is playing Rose Music Center later this month)
“It was the 70s” is an acceptable explanation

On Sunday, Fraze Pavilion in Kettering hosts the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band Birthday Party featuring Samantha Fish, the Ally Venable Band and Shemekia Copeland. And maybe the members of ABBA will jump out of the birthday cake!

Björn, Agnetha and Benny with the mad hops. Anni-Frid, not so much.

On Tuesday, The Wood Brothers and Guster play Rose Music Center, with special guest David Wax Museum. (Note: David Wax Museum is not to be confused with the wax figures at the ABBA Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, where adult admission is 250 kronor, and kids 6 and under are free!)

L to R: BAAB.

On Wednesday, Billy Strings plays a sold-out gig at Rose, and Whiskey Myers is at the Greg Brady.


  • Steely Dan is at Riverbend – Steve Winwood was originally going to open the show, but since it was covid-poned, the new opener is Snarky Puppy.
  • Air Supply plays Rose
  • Willy Tea Taylor performs at the Washington Park Roots Revival free show

On Friday, June 17th:

  • The Wood Brothers, Guster and David Wax Museum play the Marsha Brady
  • Fitz & the Tantrums and St. Paul & the Broken Bones double-ampersand the Fraze.
  • Matchbox Twenty and the Wallflowers are at Riverbend
  • Hiroshima is at the Ludlow Garage
  • Carriage House Farm in North Bend is hosting Songwriter Sweep: An Evening of Short Sets with The Hiders, Night Owl, Zapruder Point and Peace Police.

Re-running up that hill

Kate Bush is having a moment, courtesy of her 1985 song “Running up that Hill” which features prominently in the new season of Stranger Things. You can read more on Paste and in Vogue. Hat tip to list member Cullen Lewis for the Vogue article… it’s great. Here’s an excerpt:

Cullen does a great Substack newsletter every Friday, covering music, arts and fashion. (Soooo much better than this rag.) Check it out here.

More recommended reading

The New Yorker has a nice feature on Angel Olsen, whose new album is delightful.

New tunes for your earballs

Last week’s releases featured a bumper crop of tasty tunes – in addition to the aforementioned Angel Olsen, you should check out the new releases from Horsegirl, Drive-By Truckers, S.G. Goodman, Andrew Bird, and Supercrush.

Shameless self-promotion

The most recent episode of the non-award-winning “97X Rumblings from the Big Bush” podcast features our interview with Taylor Fox of Inhailer Radio. Check it out here or wherever you get your pods.

More like Podcast Servant…

Song of the Year (IMHO)

Really diggin’ this new song by The Dream Syndicate… not sure why:

Album Cover of the Week

Backwards it’s Odi Odi Odi Odi Odi… odious.

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