Jive. Turkey.

No turkey for me, thanks. I’m a veg head.

And I don’t speak jive. But I know Beaver Cleaver’s mom does.

Let’s speak a universal language: music! But before we get to the gigs in the near future, just a quick reminder that pre-sale tickets were made available today for The Raisins reunion shows next March 1st and 2nd at The Woodward Theater – the code is: porkopolis.


  • The Menzingers play Bogart’s
  • Tiny Moving Parts and World’s Greatest Dad (which could be a warning label on a Swiss watch and a coffee mug screen printing, respectively) are at Southgate in the Revival Room
  • John R. Miller plays Southgate’s main room (a.k.a. Sanctuary)

On Friday, Meshell Ndegeocello plays Ludlow Garage.

Saturday gigs:

  • In the Pines (new album is pretty good) plays the Woodward, with Lung and Mol Sullivan also on the bill
  • Memorial Hall has An Evening with Joan Osborne
  • Ludlow Garage features Bruce in the U.S.A. (“The world’s #1 tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band”) – almost as good as this act:

Sunday is a busy day for shows:

  • Black Stone Cherry plays the old Annie’s
  • John Waite and his band are at Memorial Hall
  • The O’Jays make a “Last Stop on the Love Train” tour appearance at the Greg AND Peter Brady

The Whiskey Shambles play Northside Tavern on Tuesday, 11/21, with Achilles Tenderloin and Sarah Dactyl also on the bill.

Wednesday, November 22nd is Thanksgiving Eve… and you can feast on live music:

  • Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band plays Southgate
  • Ernie Johnson from Detroit is at MOTR
  • Maria Carrelli will be playing at Arnold’s in conjunction with the limited edition vinyl release of a live album she recorded at Arnold’s back in April. The album artwork is from list member Keith Neltner, in collaboration with Maker’s Mark. The first 150 people to show up will get the album for free!

Details from the Arnold’s Facebook page:

These aren’t just regular albums. There is a ton of work that goes into them. Releasing these Thanksgiving Eve albums for free has been a passion project for Arnold’s owner Chris Breeden and celebrated graphic designer Keith Neltner for over 5 years now. They handle every aspect of this release from the vinyl pressing all the way to stuffing the records into the sleeves at the end. 

Next Thursday, you’ll be too stuffed on stuffing to see a show.

But you can dance it off on Friday, 11/24 during the Funksgiving show hosted by Freekbass at Radio Artifact (in the Urban Artifact taproom). Or try this:

Other shows on Friday 11/24:

  • Trouble No More and Daniel Donato’s Cosmic Country kickoff a two-night stand at the Madison Theater
  • Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle are at Southgate
  • Tweens play MOTR
  • Night #1 of Inhailer Radio’s “Inspired” fundraiser concerts at The Woodward – full lineup:

Gigs on Saturday, 11/25:

  • Night #2 of the Inhailer fundraiser shows (Woodward) and the Trouble No More/Daniel Donato combo (Madison Theater)
  • Blues wunderkind Taj Farrant plays Ludlow Garage
  • Papadosio plays the Taft
  • Camp Springs Tavern hosts Gehner Dueling Pianos – Holiday Kickoff Show
  • Ben Levin plays BrewRiver
  • Your favorite music list author will be slinging beers at the Mt. Washington Biergarten in the parking lot on Oxford Avenue. Stop by and say hi.

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram puts a bow on Rollvember with a show at Ludlow Garage on Thursday, 11/30.

I went to a rock concert and a ballgame broke out… or vice versa

Foo Fighters and Green Day are both playing Great American Ball Park this summer. Foos have Pretenders and Mammoth WVH opening. The Green Day lineup also includes Smashing Pumpkins, Rancid and The Linda Lindas. Look for list member Dan “Reds win it all in ’24” Lewis in the front row for both shows.

Have we learned nothing from “Disco Demolition Day”?

It turns out that Jeff Tweedy likes ABBA’s “Dancing Queen”… [story link courtesy of list member Michael “Rico” Carrico, who said “This seems like some well-timed wisdom from one of our favorites that maybe you should make note of there old (cranky, crotchety) friend…] Hmm, guess Rico wasn’t onboard with my Radiohead bashing. He’d better get off my lawn!

The 70s were the best!

I miss those halcyon days when you could you see the “I am Woman” woman and Fonzie singing along with Neil Diamond.

Album Cover of the Fortnight

I feel better than James Brown.

Happy Thanksgiving!

4 Replies to “Jive. Turkey.”

  1. Lisa

    Great list of shows – but I am headed to visit Carol Jean for the holiday. Please never use the word “moist” ever again – haha – but “sphincter” makes me laugh out loud and I have no idea why – words are weird!

  2. Joyce

    Nice shout out for the GABP summer lineup (two dreamy concerts for me). But no mention of Chrissie Hynde and Wolfgang opening for Foo Fighters? Come on now.

    1. Damian

      Didn’t realize Pretenders and Wolfie were on the bill. Pretenders is a big plus. Wolfie not so much.

  3. Tonya C

    Thank you for the Was Not Was. Love them so much!


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