Since I’m still recovering from party planning, we’re gonna keep this week’s column short and sweet, and I’ll just get right down to this week’s picks for live music. Next week, I hope to be back to normal and I’ll attempt to expound on some arcane musical history or something, but for now, here are my Live Music Picks for the week of July 21 through July 27.
Tonight, Thursday, July 21, is the opening night of THE GATHERING OF THE VIBES in Bridgeport, CT. I’ve never been to one of these, but I’ve heard nothing but great reports. The talent line up this year is awesome, as always, and includes Woodstock’s own Levon Helm. The event goes through Sunday, so pack up the kiddies and go enjoy the sights and sounds for a few days. More info at www.gatheringofthevibes.com.
If you’re downstate tonight, LUCINDA WILLIAMS pulls into the Beacon Theater for a night of rockin’ Americana music. Lucinda’s one of the best who’s doing this type of music, a great songwriter, and always puts on a good show, so go!
CRACKER is at The Bearsville Theater on Friday, July 22. I don’t know what it is about this band that attracts me, but they seem to have a bunch of really good songs, they seem to rock, and they seem like they’d be pretty good live, so hopefully they will be. Info at www.bearsvilletheater.com.
If jazz fusion is your thing, THE MAHAVISHNU PROJECT is at The Falcon Friday night. These guys are world class musicians who play note perfect classic Mahavishnu Orchestra material. You’ll probably never get a chance to see the real Mahavishnu Orchestra again, so this may be the best chance to recapture those heady days of jazz fusion choppery.
This weekend brings about another annual ROSENDALE STREET FESTIVAL, with dozens of great bands, vendors, and food. This will be going on all day and night in the town of Rosendale on Saturday and Sunday, July 34 and 24. It’s a lot of fun for the whole family, it’s real easy to park, and the music is always great. Plus there are parades, drum circles and more. Info at www.rosendalestreetfestival.ning.com.
Saturday night, July 23, LEVON HELM is back in Woodstock with another MIDNIGHT RAMBLE featuring special guests, TAJ MAHAL and JIM LAUDERDALE, so that’s not just a special Ramble. It’s a very special Ramble. Info at www.levonhelm.com.
And we end the week with THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND returning to The Beacon Theater for one night only, Wednesday, July 27. If you missed them in March, here’s a second chance for a second chance.
Have a great week.