Concert Reviews

Concert Review: Patty Griffin, Belly Up Tavern – August 28, 2008

August 31, 2008 // 0 Comments

Patty Griffin Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, California August 28, 2008 At some point, every dedicated fan should have the opportunity to watch their favorite artist(s)—no matter how big or famous—perform from five feet away. Particularly in a small, intimate venue that captures every stray guitar lick and nuance in the voice. There’s nothing quite like it. I had that opportunity Thursday night as I dragged an unsuspecting friend (and new fan) to see the luminous and beautiful Patty Griffin perform at a sold-out Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California. Before a couple hundred adoring fans, she put on a show I will not soon forget. On the way to the show my friend asked me “What kind of music does Patty sing?” My first response was “Well, she’s labeled Americana.” Blank stare. But really, how does one define Patty’s style? I read this definition of Americana or roots Read More

Concert Review: Olivia Newton-John

November 10, 2006 // 7 Comments

Olivia Newton-John North Fork Theatre Westbury, NY November 8, 2006 Since returning to regular touring in 1998 after an eighteen-year hiatus, Olivia Newton-John has been performing internationally every year. As one of the most popular recording artists of the 1970’s and early 1980’s, Newton-John scored dozens of top forty hits, including five #1 singles, and hit the top ten of the country charts seven times. Today, she’s most fondly remembered for her signature role in the film Grease, but that high-water mark in her career came after many successful years as a pop-country artist, and was followed by many more hits on the pop parade. Since Newton-John has been writing and recording more frequently in the past few years, and she visits mostly the same venues every year, her challenge is two-fold: to keep the set list varied enough to keep the returning fans from being bored, and to do Read More

Concert Review: Dixie Chicks, Madison Square Garden, 8/1/06

August 2, 2006 // 3 Comments

Dixie Chicks Madison Square Garden New York, NY August 1, 2006 Ever since the 2003 “incident”, it’s been nearly impossible to find discussion of the Dixie Chicks that doesn’t reference, if not completely revolve around, their political positions. It’s easy to forget that before that infamous remark, most discussions of the Chicks revolved around their remarkable musical talents, their cross-genre appeal and their deep catalog of great songs. Last night’s concert at Madison Square Garden was a welcome reminder that one of the greatest country acts of all-time is at a creative peak and show no signs of slowing down. Playing to a near-capacity crowd, the Chicks performed a show that was focused solely on the music, with no visual distractions, special effects or overlong stage banter to distract the audience. Entering the stage with a countrified “Hail to the Chief”, the Chicks ripped right into “Lubbock or Leave It” Read More

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