What a “scorcha” last week was! My son was asking me if it was possible to make toast on the sidewalk by putting a piece of bread out in the sun. “Yes honey—anything is possible when it’s this hot out. I think daddy is about to burst into flames walking to the car.”
One of our new bookings this week is with Levon Helm’s daughter, Amy Helm. Many of you probably know Amy through her band Ollabelle. With the recent passing of her father, Amy is going on the road with a few of Levon’s musicians. This should be an extremely worthwhile show. It’s priced to fill the room so please consider attending.
Tupelo Music Hall is working together with the Stockbridge Theatre to promote some great shows together starting this Fall. We have already booked four shows. We will be telling you real soon what these shows are.
We have THREE New Bookings to announce this week
I hope you have a great week!
“It’s All About the Music!”
JOHN GORKA – Only 12 tickets remain!
BRUCE MARSHALL GROUP – Only 50 tickets remain!
HOWARD JONES – Only 7 tickets remain!
ENGLISH BEAT – SOLD OUT
TAB BENOIT – Only 7 tickets remain!
PAULA POUNDSTONE – Only 40 tickets remain!
SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY – SOLD OUT
BLUE SKY RIDERS – Selling Fast!
THE BODEANS – SOLD OUT
AL STEWART – Selling Fast!
June 29 JOHN GORKA
John Gorka is an honored icon of folk tradition. Energetic acoustic music that is not a trend, not a fad, but an expression of everyday life, is his trademark. John’s rich baritone voice and unique songcraft weave a magical spell that can only be described as ‘Gorka.’
June 30 BRUCE MARSHALL GROUP
The Bruce Marshall Group formed in 1991 and has been performing and recording steadily throughout the US since their inception, delighting crowds and garnering rave reviews at every stop. The Bruce Marshall Group live show treats their fans to a soaring ride as they rip through a catalogue of original material that truly sets this band apart. They love to mix it up, whether it’s pulling off exciting jams that build with dynamics and layering, or playing the concise arrangements of their songs with discipline and taste. The sound defies categorization, slipping seamlessly around touches of Blues, R&B, Country Blues and Southern Boogie. The songs are mostly upbeat, but even those dealing with love lost and missed opportunities, carry an underlying sense of hope and optimism. The band continues to work tirelessly, has started working on their next CD and must be experienced live to be fully appreciated.
July 6 THE LEFT BANKE
The Left Banke produced two of the most enduring and bittersweet songs of the 1960’s – “Walk Away Renee” and “Pretty Ballerina” – which have been covered by everyone from Rickie Lee Jones to Alice Cooper.
However, the group’s impact goes far beyond their placement on the Billboard Top 20 charts. Their pioneering use of Classical string arrangements and lush vocal harmonies helped usher in the “Baroque Pop” movement—soon championed by The Beatles, Beach Boys, Love and Procol Harum. Interest in Left Banke’s now-classic catalogue has continued to soar in the intervening decades, with their out-of-print albums trading for over $150 online, until Sundazed Records reissued “Walk Away Renee/Pretty Ballerina” and “The Left Banke Too” in 2011 (selling over 15,000 units in the first months of release!). And the band’s huge influence is apparent in the new Baroque Pop revival exemplified by artists like Belle & Sebastian and Regina Spektor.
No longer able to resist the calls for a reunion, founding members Tom Finn and George Cameron have reformed The Left Banke for their first live performances since 1970. In order to recreate the unique sound of their recordings, Finn and Cameron have assembled some of New York City’s finest musicians, including long-time Left Banke collaborator Charly Cazalet on bass, Mike Fornatale (lead vocals, guitar), Paul Alves (guitar), Mickey Finn (keyboards), and the Grip Weeds’ Rick Reil on drums, along with a small string section. The recent NYC-area reunion shows (including 2 sold-out nights at Joe’s Pub, and a holiday performance with NYU’s All-University Choir) have generated a tremendous amount of buzz among music journalists and fan-sites, and the band is now gearing up to actively tour throughout 2012!
September 7 AMY HELM
The daughter of Levon Helm (of The Band), Amy is a great musician in her own right. As part of the band Ollabelle, her music has touched hundreds of thousands of people. Come see Amy as part of a more intimate nigh of music that she will share with us and some of her dad’s band members.
September 8 NEW RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE
New Riders of The Purple Sage got its start in 1969 as a vehicle for Jerry Garcia to practice his pedal steel guitar, a long strange trip that brought the band to the Palace Theatre for several shows in the early 1970s. But the Riders are back. They re-formed last year with original band guitarist/vocalist David Nelson and longtime group pedal steel player Buddy Cage in the fold. Sure, the Riders are rooted in the past. But they are much more than mere musical ghosts— All in all, the New Riders of the Purple Sage were enjoyable on Thursday night. This band is more than just a shadow of its former self; they continue to be the real deal.
October 14 TINARIWEN
The band was formed around 1979 in refugee camps in Libya but returned to Mali after a cease-fire in the 1990s. Tinariwen are often associated with just one image: that of Touareg rebels leading the charge, machine gun in hand and electric guitar slung over the shoulder. The founding members abandoned their weapons long ago and have engineered a minor aesthetic revolution by setting the electric guitar – the instrument which became their mascot and made them famous – to one side and giving pride of place to acoustic sounds, recorded right in the heart of the desert, which is the landscape of their existence, the cradle of their culture and the source of their inspiration.
Tinariwen’s music and sensibility have always been close to the American Blues and on ‘Tassili’ they re-enact the emotions of an individual who finds himself face to face with loneliness and doubt, gripped by torment, the prisoner of inextricable circumstances (‘Djeredjere’). But that individual also manages to find hope in the strength of his community (‘Imidiwan Wan Sahara’) or in the simple pleasure afforded by insignificant daily moments, as on the song ‘Takest Tamidarest’, sung by Abdallah, which drops us right in the middle of the desert, with its slow-baked pace that lends itself to pure contemplation of man’s surrounding and to profound inner meditation. For that reason, ‘Tassili’ isn’t just an extraordinary musical moment, in which Tinariwen repossess their own art to the extent that they feel completely relaxed about inviting others into their world, it’s also a shared human experience of rare quality.