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Five For Friday: Prince, Lollapalooza, Neon Reverb, American Eagle x Wild Cub and more

22 Mar

TGIF, March Madness edition only because MUSE’s “Madness” is the official song for the NCAA coverage of the basketball pandemonium.

  1. Did you see that Prince is going on tour?  Dropped in the evening a couple nights ago, dates appeared and if you live in Las Vegas, get set for four show opportunities (early and late show each night) April 26-27 at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel.
  2. The Chicago Tribune leaked out a handful of acts/headliners for Lollapalooza this summer which includes Mumford & Sons, The Killers, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, The Postal Service and The National.
  3. Neon Reverb is going on this weekend in Las Vegas!  Make sure to check out the schedule and head to Beauty Bar and The Bunkhouse for some awesome music.
  4. Shout out to American Eagle for using Wild Cub’s “Thunder Clatter” in their new video.  Those fellas are about to blow up!  Stoked for that to happen.
  5. Excited for Record Store Day?  You should be.  Check out all these releases that are coming on 4/20.

 

 

Revisited: Last Weekend In Words and Photos

10 Oct

It was another music filled weekend in Las Vegas and I had the chance to catch shows at three of my favorite venues in town.  First up was Young The Giant at The Joint where the Cali kids rocked it and sounded fantastic during their 40 minute set.  Opening for Incubus put them in front of a great crowd and I’d say garnered them a heap of new fans.

Next up was ditching Incubus to race up the road to The Cosmopolitan to catch the Smashing Pumpkins, a band I had never seen live until Saturday night.  They sounded good but it was all new material so not hearing the hits I had grown up listening to was a disappointment but good friends and hanging out made the evening complete.

However last night was the highlight of my weekend as I ventured over the Pearl at Palms to catch the main man, Lupe Fiasco.  The Chicago MC tore through his catalog of hits including: “Words Out Of My Head,” “Show Goes On,” “All Black Everything,” “I Gotcha,” “Kick, Push,” “Go Go Gadget Flow,” “Superstar,” “Daydreammin’, “Hip-Hop Saved My Life” and a whole lot more.  The only disappointment on my end was not hearing “Paris, Tokyo,” my favorite Lupe jam.  Also Ashanti Floyd, his violinist was off the hook and really left his mark not just on me but the entire crowd.

First two Young The Giant photos by Scott Harrison of Retna,  Smashing Pumpkins photos by Erik Kabik of Retna (@Erik_Kabik on Twitter).

Revisited: Furthur 10 4 11 Las Vegas Set List & Images

5 Oct

Any chance to see Bob Weir and Phil Lesh is a special treat and with Furthur rolling into Las Vegas, I was excited like a kid in a candy store.  However the evening didn’t start off nearly as planned as it took no joke, 50 minutes to get into The Joint as the ticket/security line was not moving.  After missing the first three songs (which included “China Cat Sunflower“and “Maggie’s Farm”) of set one, I made it inside.  As expected, a festive crowd on hand and it was all song and dance for the next three hours.  Highlights of the first set for me had to have been hearing “Welcome to the Dance” for the first time live and “Like A Rolling Stone” and “Casey Jones” back-to-back.  Second set, easily “Viola Lee Blues”>”Midnight Hour”>”Viola Lee Blues”>”Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?”>”Viola Lee Blues” and a little later in the set “Scarlet Begonias”>”Fire On The Mountain” which was just icing on the cake for a great evening.  I just hope I don’t have to wait another year to see the guys again.

Here is the official set list as well as fantastic images from good friend, Erik Kabik of Erik Kabik Photography.


 

TONIGHT: Furthur at The Joint

4 Oct

Awww yeah, looking forward to an exciting night ahead as Furthur rolls into town for what will be a fun filled evening of music at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel. After jamming Red Rocks in Colorado for three nights last week, we shall soon see what the fellas have up their sleeves for tonight’s shindig. It has been a little over a year since Furthur last graced the stage at The Joint and if it’s anything like that show, tonight should be another special one.  Curtain goes up at 8 p.m.

Revisited: Widespread Panic – 7 16 11 – Las Vegas – The Joint

17 Jul

If it really was the last time I’d be able to see a Widespread Panic show, what a night it was.  Last night the legendary rockers performed the final date on the Summer Tour at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas and had a capacity crowd going wild from start to finish.  For me I’d have to say the highlights of the first set were easily “Climb to Safety,” and “All Along The Watchtower” followed by “All Time Low.”  As for the second set, “Surprise Valley” into “Heaven” back to “Surprise Valley” into Drums and back into “Surprise Valley” was sick and a random occurrence, Carrot Top came out during “Coconut” and did a little percussion assistance.  And the encore, wow, you couldn’t ask for more; “Ophelia” into “Shape I’m In” was a funky good time and if “Porch Song” is the final song I ever get to hear the boys perform live, no complaints.

I’ve been lucky enough to see Widespread Panic more than a handful of times and if after 25 years this is the final year, their live shows will surely be missed.  I hope that when JB said at the end of the show “We’ll see you” and then paused before saying “sometime,” that there is a chance they won’t be saying goodnight forever.

Big thanks to EverydayCompanion.com for always being my source for Widespread Panic setlists.  Below is last night’s.

1: Henry Parsons Died, Climb To Safety, Radio Child, Sharon, Visiting Day, Rebirtha, Driving Song > Disco > Breathing Slow > Driving Song, All Along The Watchtower, All Time Low

2: Pigeons > Junior, That Don’t Make It Junk, Coconut*, Jack, Surprise Valley > Heaven > Surprise Valley > Drums > Surprise Valley, Space Wrangler** > Tall Boy

E: When You Coming Home, Ophelia > The Shape I’m In, Porch Song

* with Carrot Top on percussion
** with various crew members on percussion

Las Vegas Live Music Venues – 944 Magazine April 2011

18 Apr

Recently I was presented with an amazing opportunity and was asked to write a feature on Live Music Venues in Las Vegas for 944 Magazine.  Below is the four page story which ran in the April issue, highlighting five of the top venues in town as well as a side bar with a handful of other places to check out live music.  If you want to view the digital version, click HERE and go to page 76.

 (originally appeared in 944 Magazine Las Vegas – April 2011)

Big thank you to everyone for the support of my blog because without it, I wouldn’t have had the chance to turn my hobby into something more and end up writing a feature story for a magazine.

Cheers!

Craig

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Images: Weezer | 1 21 11 | The Joint Las Vegas – @Erik_Kabik

22 Jan

In 2011 I’m going to be ramping up the photo content from concerts with the help of Las Vegas photographer Erik Kabik.  Be sure to check out Erik’s site www.ErikKabik.com for some amazing images he’s shot over the years and follow him on Twitter @Erik_Kabik for the latest scoop.

Here’s a gallery from the Weezer concert on January 21 at The Joint at the Hard Rock. Hotel

REVISITED: The Black Crowes – 12 10 10 – The Joint – Las Vegas, NV

11 Dec

Last night was the eighth TBC show I’ve seen and quite frankly I’m not sure I’ve ever heard them sound that good!  They were firing on all cylinders and the crowd was definitely soaking in one of the last remaining shows.  From the get go with “Movin on Down the Line,” “Jealous Again,” and Twice as Hard” the tone for the evening was set and it was a memorable one for sure.  Chris Robinson sounded alive as usual but to me the man who stole the show was Luther Dickson (also lead guitarist for North Mississippi Allstars) so crisp and spot on all night.  Also the trio of “I Ain’t Hiding,” “Soul Singing” and “Remedy” before the encore break definitely made me a happy camper.

While there were numerous songs I would have loved to hear live one last time, I have zero gripes about the show except last night really sunk in how much I’m going to miss The Black Crowes, true purveyors of rock and roll.

Also I was thrilled to see so many people at The Joint early for Truth & Salvage Co. Those boys can rock and definitely have a bright future ahead of them.

And check out the gallery of photos from last night’s show courtesy of Erik Kabik of Retna/ErikKabik.com.

Set List

MOVIN ON DOWN THE LINE
JEALOUS AGAIN
TWICE AS HARD
BALLAD IN URGENCY ->
WISER TIME
BY YOUR SIDE
THORN IN MY PRIDE
OH SWEET NUTHIN
I AIN’T HIDING
SOUL SINGING
REMEDY
– encore –
DON’T DO IT

 

TONIGHT: The Black Crowes – The Joint – Las Vegas

10 Dec

Just hours away from rock and roll heaven as The Black Crowes farewell tour invades Las Vegas and The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel. Each time I’ve seen the Crowes at The Joint it has been a wild good time and I expect nothing but the same if not better tonight. Also really excited about Truth & Salvage Co. opening. Chris Robinson signed these guys to his label in 2009 and everyone should take note because they are going to be big one day. Anyways, off to the show and to see true icons of rock perform one last time.

Viva Las Vegas – A Plethora Of Live Music This Week

6 Dec

It’s only Monday and I’m really excited about the music week ahead in Las Vegas.  One of my favorite bands of all time, The Black Crowes, is returning to Las Vegas on Friday evening to play The Joint.  I’ve seen the fellas more than a handful of times live and this one is going to be bittersweet as it’s also part of their farewell tour.  More than anything I’m thrilled about going to a real rock and roll concert filled with two sets of damn good music. This is also a show that I know I’ll be getting there for the opening act as Truth & Salvage Co. will be gracing the stage and they are definitely a band you want to be listening to.

While The Black Crowes are my top music priority for the week in Las Vegas, Passion Pit plays the House of Blues, Temper Trap invades the Hard Rock Café on The Strip and Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds return to Planet Hollywood for two nights of acoustic euphoria. The only damper on the insane week of live music is scheduling and knowing shows overlap and I won’t get to all of them.

Here’s one of my favorite Crowes songs.  Going to miss seeing these guys live.