Wednesday & Thursday, July 3 & 4 – Apparently, everybody in the world is spending the holiday home with family or out at a party with friends, because there are no music events to speak of, but I’m sure some smaller local events will pop up at the last minute, so keep attuned to your local listings for July 4.
Friday, July 5 – AMY HELM hosts the second FRIDAY NIGHT AT LEVON’S BARN, and THE THE BAND BAND returns to The Bearsville Theater, making tonight a Band night all over Woodstock! The The Band Band covers The Band, and they do it well! Up in Saratoga, PHISH returns to SPAC for their annual July Fourth weekend, continuing Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday, July 6 – Hudson Valley’s rockin’ this weekend! The city, not so much, except for this week’s Pick of the Week, THE FLAMING GROOVIES at Bowery Ballroom, tonight! You may never have heard of these guys, because they have a ridiculous name, and they’ve been around since San Francisco psychedelic days, so they might’ve sort of slipped through the cracks of most people’s musical conciousness! In their original incarnation, when the great Roy Loney was writing all their original material, The Flaming Groovies were one of the all time greatest roots rockers ever to come down the pike! After Loney went solo, around 1980, the band became sort of a 60’s jukebox, peppering what original material they still had with radio hit nuggets from The Stones, Paul Revere and The Raiders, and others of a similar ilk from that era. Still a great band, just a different band, and this is the band that’s playing at Bowery Ballroom tonight. But these guys are no cover band! They really are more like a jukebox! Their version of “And Your Bird Can Sing” is virtually indistinguishable from The Beatles, and their version of “River Deep, Mountain High” is the only version, of the many that have been recorded, that compares favorably to Tina Turner’s original! Anyway, it’s a rockin’, fun night out, so if you’re in the neighborhood, check ‘em out! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!
At The Belleayre Mountain Music Festival, Country superstar DWIGHT YOAKUM will rock the house! Request his version of The Grateful Dead’s “Truckin”!
Sunday, July 7 – DAVE MASON, one of the co-founders of Traffic, (with Stevie Winwood), makes an appearance at City Winery in Manhattan, prior to next week’s show at Bearsville Theater. If he shows up, expect to be surprised. Mason is an underrated guitarist, and of course, everybody knows what a great songwriter he is (“Feelin’ Alright”, “We Just Disagree”), but his guitar chops seem to have flown below the radar! He is one of the best rock guitarists around! Also fairly unknown, is that he played on records by Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, The Rolling Stones, Delaney and Bonnie, Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Steven Stills, Ron Wood, and Fleetwood Mac, amongst others! Mason actually joined Fleetwood Mac for a hot minute, and recorded one album with them, “Time”! He was also slated to be the second guitarist in Derek and The Dominos, but quit before the band got into the studio, which worked out well for everybody, because Duane Allman took his place, but that’s the league he’s in as a guitarist! Mason does have a reputation for canceling gigs, so you might wanna call ahead to make sure he’s coming.
Tuesday, July 9 – Last year at The Bearsville Theater, THE GRANDMOTHERS OF INVENTION put on one of the best musical displays I had seen in a long time! I’m sure tonight’s performance at Iridium in Manhattan will be even better! Second Pick of the Week!
Alright folks. That’s it. Have a safe and happy Fourth, and I’ll see you next week! And please don’t forget to tune in to The Little Delaware Jamboree on WIOX radio, 91.3 on your FM dial, and on the web at www.wioxradio.org, every other Monday night at 8:30, where I appear as a guest to discuss the events and news that I write about in this column. Next show is this Monday, July 8.