Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Coco Montoya at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

Coco Montoya, born Henry Montoya in Santa Monica, California, began playing drums at age 11 and guitar at age 13. As a young adult, he played drums in local bands until he was recruited into Albert Collins' blues band in the mid-1970s. Over the course of five years, Collins taught Montoya his "icy hot" guitar style, and Montoya gradually began doubling on both drums and guitar. Beginning in the early 1980s, Montoya played guitar in John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers for 10 years, then played in the Cate Brothers briefly before going solo in 1993. Montoya's eighth and most current solo album, Hard Truth, was released on March 24, 2017. Presently, Montoya is based in San Fernando Valley, California.

At B.B. King Blues Club & Grill tonight, a left-handed guitarist played a curious left-handed guitar that had a right handed neck, meaning the strings were upside down. Coco Montoya knew where to place his fingers nonetheless as he wailed through lick after lick with seamless ease. He is a child of the 1970s hard-edged blues-rock scene, and so his songs were rife with soulful vocals and smooth melodies that faded into blistering guitar solos that were unmistakably blues-rooted. Backed by a keyboardist, bassist and drummer, Montoya steered clear of feedback and fuzz to bring out the sweet notes that a simple electric guitar can produce, then twisted, squeezed and vibrated the notes for added passion and grace. While the overall style sounded like a blues of yesteryear, Montoya's powerhouse guitar work would be smoking in any era.

Visit Coco Montoya at www.cocomontoyaband.com.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Kinky Friedman at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

Richard "Kinky" Friedman was born in Chicago, Illinois, but grew up on a ranch in central Texas. In the mid-1960s, as a university student in Austin, Texas, Friedman formed his first band, King Arthur & the Carrots, which lampooned the then-current surf music fad. Chinga Chavin gave Friedman the nickname "Kinky" because of Friedman's curly hair. By 1971, Friedman had formed his second band, Kinky Friedman & the Texas Jewboys. The band became known for satirical lyrics, social commentary and hard-luck country songs, but had little commercial success and split in 1979. Friedman moved to New York, where he performed regularly at the Lone Star Café. Friedman's musical career stalled in the 1980s, and he began writing a series of mystery novels. He also entered into politics and was a candidate for Justice of the Peace in 1986 and governor of Texas in 2016, losing in both elections. Inspired by an encouraging telephone call from Willie Nelson, Friedman plans to release Zoey, an album of new songs, later this year. He is based near Kerrville, Texas, where he founded an animal rescue ranch to care for stray, abused and aging animals.

At B.B. King Blues Club & Grill tonight, Friedman initially took the stage alone with just an acoustic guitar. Later in the set, he welcomed the opening acts, Brian Molnar and Joe Cirotti, to play guitar with him. Compared to the raucous country singer he once was, this set was remarkably tame, as Friedman whispered into the microphone on most songs. Between songs, he told many stories, but sometimes got lost in the telling. Late into the set, he read a lengthy passage from one of his books, A Guide to Texas Etiquette. One of his colleagues, Brian Kanof, auctioned bottles of Friedman's tequila to benefit Friedman's animal rescue cause. While the set was filled with Friedman's light-hearted witticisms, its lack of momentum kept the show perhaps too soft and slow. Friedman is still a character, but not the effervescent and energetic entertainer of his past.

Visit Kinky Friedman at www.kinkyfriedman.com.

Setlist:
  1. Pretty Boy Floyd (Woody Guthrie cover)
  2. Jesus in Pyjamas
  3. Circus of Life
  4. They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore
  5. Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis (Tom Waits cover) (with Joe Cirotti - guitar)
  6. My Shit's Fucked Up (Warren Zevon cover) (with Joe Cirotti - guitar)
  7. Me & My Guitar
  8. Asshole from El Paso (Chinga Chavin cover) (with Chinga Chavin)
  9. A Dog Named Freedom
  10. Saying Goodbye (with Joe Cirotti - guitar)
  11. Pickin' Time (Johnny Cash cover) (with Brian Molnar and Joe Cirotti - guitars)
  12. Zoey (with Brian Molnar and Joe Cirotti - guitars)
  13. Ride 'em Jewboy (with Brian Molnar and Joe Cirotti - guitars)



Sunday, April 16, 2017

Robby Krieger of the Doors at City Winery

Robby Krieger was born in Los Angeles, California, where his first exposure to music was classical. When he was seven, he began listening to early rock and roll on the radio. At age 10, he tried briefly to learn to play the trumpet, but soon preferred playing the blues on his parents' piano. While in boarding school in Menlo Park, California, he used his nightly study time to teach himself the guitar. In the mid-1960s, Krieger took lessons in flamenco guitar, then learned folk, blues, and jazz, and played in a jug band, the Back Bay Chamber Pot Terriers. Krieger became a member of the Doors in 1965 after keyboard player Ray Manzarek's brothers left the group. Led by vocalist Jim Morrison, the Doors became rock music royalty. After Morrison’s death in 1971, Krieger, Manzarek and drummer John Densmore continued the Doors as a trio until 1973. Krieger then formed the Butts Band with Densmore and then recorded solo albums as a jazz-fusion guitarist in the late 1970s and 1980s, and led bands called the Robby Krieger Organization and the Robby Krieger Band in the 1990s. Krieger and Manzarek reformed as the Doors of the 21st Century in 2002 with vocalist Ian Astbury of the Cult.  Densmore disputed the use of the Doors name, and so the band became Riders on the Storm, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of the Doors, and finally, Manzarek–Krieger. Krieger currently tours as Robby Krieger of the Doors. His seventh and most recent solo album is 2010's Singularity.

In recent years, Krieger reverted from jazz fusion experimentation to jamming with Doors cover bands. He relearned the Doors catalogue as it was originally recorded, without extra flourishes. The concert by "Robby Krieger of the Doors" at City Winery tonight was a Doors tribute concert from beginning to end, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the release of the band's debut album. For those who came to hear live versions of familiar favorites by what was essentially a Krieger-led cover band, they got what they needed. The band's ability to mimic the classic records was also the downfall of the concert. Live, the Doors was the world's most unpredictable band, but 50 years later its guitarist was leading the most predictable of all bands. Instead of volatile and alive, all the dynamics were pre-fitted and pre-fabricated to where one could only be in awe as to how inferior this band was compared to the original. Krieger's son, Waylon Krieger, sang all the Morrison parts, and one could only speculate that nepotism secured him the job. The band stretched out a bit towards the end, but it was too little too late. The concert had no mojo rising.

Visit Robby Krieger at www.robbykrieger.com

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Dave Davies at City Winery

Dave Davies was born in North London, England, and grew up playing skiffle, but then bought an electric guitar and started experimenting with rock. Dave and his older brother Ray Davies jammed together in the front room of their house with and their friend, bassist Pete Quaife. Dave founded the Kinks with Quaife in 1963, Ray joined soon after and became the singer and leader of the band, and finally drummer Mick Avory joined and made the group a quintet. The Kinks joined the 1960s British Invasion and hit with "You Really Got Me" and several more singles. The band hit again with "Lola" in 1970 and again with a few more songs in the early 1980s. By 1985, the Kinks' records failed to chart altogether. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, but this did not revive the Kinks' popularity. The Kinks went on hiatus in 1996. Dave Davies released his first solo single in 1967 and his first solo album in 1980. His eighth and most recent solo album, Open Road, was released on March 31, 2017.

Dave Davies suffered a stroke in 2004, and by 2006 was able to resume walking, talking and playing guitar. At City Winery tonight, he seemed back in form. Davies played was the only guitarist on stage and seemed to play leads more prominently than on previous tours. This tour the music was considerably heavier, as Davies led a power trio with bassist David Nolte, formerly of the Last, and drummer Dennis Diken of the Smithereens; "You Really Got Me" sounded more like the Van Halen version than the original Kinks version. Never known to be a good singer, his vocals have improved consistently since his stroke, but still lack the finesse to reach a wider audience. The audience came to enjoy the legacy of the Kinks, however, and Davies' responded by performing only two songs from his new album and all the rest from the Kinks era. Nearly all the songs were more hard rocking than their original versions and the mid-period songs lacked the intricate arrangements of the studio recordings, but perhaps this made the performance interesting rather than paint-by-numbers.

Visit Dave Davies at www.davedavies.com.

Setlist
  1. Open Road
  2. I Need You (The Kinks song)
  3. She's Got Everything (The Kinks song)
  4. Creeping Jean (The Kinks song)
  5. Tired of Waiting for You (The Kinks song)
  6. Susannah's Still Alive
  7. Love Me Till the Sun Shines (The Kinks song)
  8. See My Friends (The Kinks song)
  9. Path Is Long
  10. Strangers (The Kinks song)
  11. Too Much on My Mind (The Kinks song)
  12. Young and Innocent Days (The Kinks song)
  13. This Man He Weeps Tonight (The Kinks song)
  14. I Am Free (The Kinks song)
  15. Death of a Clown
  16. Dead End Street (The Kinks song)
  17. Living on a Thin Line (The Kinks song)
  18. Wicked Annabella (The Kinks song)
  19. Where Have All the Good Times Gone (The Kinks song)
  20. All Day and All of the Night (The Kinks song)
Encore:
  1. I'm Not Like Everybody Else (The Kinks song)
  2. You Really Got Me (The Kinks song)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Dale Watson & Ray Benson at City Winery

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ray Benson formed western swing band Asleep at the Wheel in 1970 and in 1973 took the advice of Willie Nelson and relocated the band to Austin, Texas. Traditionalist country music artist Dale Watson, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, grew up outside of Pasadena, Texas, and was based in Houston, Los Angeles and Nashville before settling in Austin. Since both musicians were based in the same town, it seemed inevitable that the two would eventually record together an album of vintage-sounding country music. Dale & Ray was released on January 6, 2017.

At City Winery, it became clear almost immediately that there would be as much joking as singing during the show, as the lively camaraderie between Dale Watson and Ray Benson led to more corny punch lines than an old-time episode of Hee-Haw. Fortunately, their larger-than-life personalities did not overshadow their music, but actually gave the songs a context. For instance, the audience learned that Watson bought a tour bus from Benson, but it turned out to be a lemon; instead of a bad deal turning their relationship sour, it inspired a tongue-in-cheek song, "Bus Breakdown." The two baritones sang well, both separately and together, and led their band through original songs and covers of the Louvin Brothers' "I Wish I Knew," Bob Wills' "Take Me Back to Tulsa," Merle Haggard's "Misery and Gin," Willie Nelson's "Write Your Own Songs" and others. The set was light and whimsical, occasionally a little naughty, with a deliberately unfiltered Texas swagger.

Visit Dale Watson & Ray Benson at www.daleandray.com.

Setlist
  1. (Unknown) (instrumental Dale & Ray band)
  2. Johnny's Theme (Johnny Carson cover) (Dale & Ray introduction)
  3. I Wish You Knew (The Louvin Brothers cover)
  4. The Ballad of Dale and Ray
  5. "Lone Star Beer commercial"
  6. Bus' Breakdown
  7. Take Me Back to Tulsa (Bob Wills cover)
  8. Feelin' Haggard
  9. Misery and Gin (Merle Haggard cover)
  10. Jonesin' for Jones (Dale Watson song)
  11. Sittin' and Thinkin' About You
  12. A Hangover Ago
  13. Cryin' to Cryin' Time Again
  14. Forget About Tomorrow Today
  15. Write Your Own Songs (Willie Nelson cover)
  16. South of Round Rock, Texas (Dale Watson song)
  17. Miles and Miles of Texas (Asleep at the Wheel cover)
  18. Carryin' on This Way (Dale Watson song)
  19. Route 66 (Bobby Troup cover)
  20. I Lie When I Drink (Dale Watson song)
  21. Hot Rod Lincoln (Charlie Ryan cover)
  22. Johnny's Theme (Johnny Carson cover) (band outro)

Encore:
  1. Big Balls in Cowtown (Bob Wills cover)
  2. Truckin' Man (Dale Watson song)
  3. Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way (Waylon Jennings cover)
  4. Johnny's Theme (Johnny Carson cover) (band outro)

Friday, April 7, 2017

Son Volt at the Bowery Ballroom

Chris Frame and Jay Farrar
Jay Farrar learned to play the guitar as a 12 year old in Belleville, Illinois, and in high school teamed with Jeff Tweedy to form a garage rock band called the Primitives. The lead singer quit to attend college, Farrar and Tweedy recruited drummer Mike Heidorn , and the trio began incorporating the country music influence of their youth along with some traditional folk sounds; they renamed the band Uncle Tupelo in 1987 and grew into a quintet. Relationships soured and Farrar quit in 1994 and reunited with Heidorn to form Son Volt, leaving the remaining Uncle Tupelo musicians to form Wilco. Son Volt recorded three albums, then went on hiatus in 1999. Farrar launched a solo career in 2001, then reformed the Son Volt brand in 2005 with new personnel. Son Volt presently consists of Farrar (vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano), Chris Frame (guitar), Mark Spencer (keyboards, steel guitar), Andrew Duplantis (bass) and Mark Patterson (drums). Son Volt released its eighth and most recent album, Notes of Blue, on February 17, 2017. The band in based out of St. Louis, Missouri.

While Wilco continually expands its soundscape, Son Volt took the opposite approach at the Bowery Ballroom tonight, holding fast to the alt-country genre it helped to invent, adding only a dash of blues. Onstage, Farrar exhibited virtually no personality, rarely speaking or otherwise acknowledging the audience or his band mates and nearly always singing with his eyes shut tightly. He cranked out some impressive guitar solos and sang with a rugged, weathered, and yet durable voice that at its most grooving points sounded like it fell somewhere between Lynyrd Skynyrd, Neil Young and possibly Creedence Clearwater Revival. Son Volt's identity was found in the music, however, with Son Volt rocking an unmistakable country twang and a blues swing, all hinged on an Americana-roots skeleton. The set emphasized the new album, but as the band dug deep into its repertoire, it wound up performing most of its debut album as well. The band cranked out 26 songs in rapid fashion, even coming back out for encores of three Uncle Tupelo songs and a cover of a Rolling Stones song.

Visit Son Volt at www.sonvolt.net.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

John Mayer at Madison Square Garden

Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and raised in nearby Fairfield, John Mayer became fascinated with the guitar after watching Michael J. Fox's character play one in Back to the Future. When he turned 13, his father rented one for him, and Mayer started taking lessons from a local guitar-shop owner. After two years of practice, while still in high school, Mayer started performing live, both solo and in a band called Villanova Junction. At age 17, Mayer was hospitalized for a weekend with cardiac dysrhythmia and wrote his first lyrics the night he left the hospital. At age 20, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he played acoustic rock in local clubs. Moving between the worlds of pop, blues and, most recently, playing Grateful Dead songs with Dead & Company, Mayer won seven Grammy Awards and sold over 20 million albums. His seventh and most recent album, The Search for Everything, will be released on April 14, 2017. He currently lives in Bozeman, Montana.

John Mayer's current live show is divided into full band, solo acoustic and trio "chapters," yet features a loose set list. Headlining at Madison Square Garden tonight, Mayer's show was retrospective while highlighting his more recent work. In recent years, Mayer was sidelined at least twice by vocal issues requiring surgery, but he sang well, a slight rasp lending more depth to his bluesy delivery. He performed the hits, deep cuts, covers and mash-ups, showcasing his abilities both as singer-songwriter and blues guitarist. The staging likewise was intricately crafted, as segments were introduced on a screen and, for the acoustic set, the stage at Madison Square Garden visually became a Japanese garden, complete with a small bridge. Indeed, Mayer and company uniquely and successfully bridged the genres that satisfied both younger pop fans and their guitar-loving dads. By the end of the 21-song set, both facets would applaud Mayer's credentials. Next up, Mayer will resume touring this summer as part of Dead & Company.

Visit John Mayer at www.johnmayer.com.

Setlist
Chapter 1: Full Band
  1. Moving On and Getting Over
  2. Helpless
  3. Slow Dancing in a Burning Room
  4. Waiting on the World to Change
  5. War  (Bob Marley & the Wailers cover) (David Ryan Harris singing)
Chapter 2: Acoustic
  1. Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967
  2. Emoji of a Wave
  3. Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty cover)
Chapter 3: Trio
  1. Crossroads (Robert Johnson cover)
  2. Vultures
  3. Bold as Love (The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover)
Chapter 4: Full Band (Reprise)
  1. Who Says
  2. Stop This Train
  3. Queen of California > Fire on the Mountain (Grateful Dead cover)
  4. Still Feel Like Your Man
  5. Why Georgia
Encore
  1. Love on the Weekend
  2. Gravity
Chapter 5: Epilogue
  1. You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me

Monday, April 3, 2017

The Pretenders at Terminal 5

Chrissie Hynde & John McEnroe
Originally from Akron, Ohio, Chrissie Hynde wandered through the United Sates, France and the United Kingdom until 1973, when she settled in London, England, working for a music newspaper and a punk clothing store. After a few bands went nowhere, she began sorting out her own music briefly with drummer Gas Wilde of Hereford, England, and by 1978 had solidified a band comprised of three musicians from Hereford. Hynde named the band the Pretenders after the Platters song "The Great Pretender." After the drug-related deaths of two band members in the early 1980s, the lineup changed frequently until the Pretenders went on hiatus in 1988. Hynde revived the brand name in 1990 using session musicians until she assembled a new lineup in 1993. The Pretenders became dormant again in 2012, and Hynde launched a solo career in 2014. The Pretenders' 10th and most recent album, Alone, released on October 21, 2016, was essentially Hynde's second solo album with session musicians. She then reconvened the most recent Pretenders line-up in 2016 to promote the album, with Hynde on vocals and guitar, James Walbourne on lead guitar, Eric Heywood on pedal steel, Nick Wilkinson on bass, and Martin Chambers returning on drums.

The Pretenders are on tour supporting Stevie Nicks, but found a night off to headline at Terminal 5 tonight. Perhaps because of the opening band slot, this Pretenders tour was a greatest hits package, with 13 of the 19 songs originating from the band's peak period in the 1980s. At first tonight, Hynde sounded as if she had lost her signature vocals. It took about four songs before that distinctive voice made its way to the forefront and proved that it retained the same refinement of the past. Although born in the punk era, the Pretenders now sounded more like a classic rock band, with precise guitar chops and super-clean vocals gyrating around strong pop melodies. On softer songs like "I'll Stand By You," the Pretenders sounded more like a commercial power ballads band. Ricky Peterson replaced Heywood on keyboards tonight, and all that the Pretenders did, the band did slickly. For a finale, John McEnroe joined the Pretenders on lead guitar, and Hynde announced a lifting of the ban against photography at the concert. But why was there a ban in the first place?

Visit the Pretenders at www.thepretenders.com.
  1. Alone
  2. Gotta Wait
  3. Message of Love
  4. Private Life
  5. Down the Wrong Way (Chrissie Hynde song)
  6. Hymn to Her
  7. Talk of the Town
  8. Back on the Chain Gang
  9. Stop Your Sobbing (The Kinks cover)
  10. I'll Stand by You
  11. Don't Get Me Wrong
  12. My City Was Gone
  13. Mystery Achievement
  14. Middle of the Road
  15. Brass in Pocket

Encore:
  1. Let's Get Lost
  2. Thumbelina
  3. Up the Neck
  4. Precious

Sunday, April 2, 2017

James McMurtry at City Winery

In Fort Worth, Texas, novelist Larry McMurtry gave his seven-year-old son, James McMurtry, the boy's first guitar. The boy's mother taught him his first three chords; the rest he learned by ear or by watching other musicians. As a teenager in Leesburg, Virginia, he began writing and performing, a path that continued as a university student in Tucson, Arizona. After traveling to Alaska and playing a few gigs, he returned to Houston and then San Antonio, Texas, where he worked as a house painter, actor, bartender, and sometimes singer. In 1987 he was one of six winners in the Kerrville Folk Festival's New Folk songwriter contest, launching his professional aspirations. His ninth and most recent studio album is 2015's Complicated Game. McMurtry currently resides in Austin, Texas.

On this tour, James McMurtry performed solo rather than with a backing band. At City Winery tonight, this quieter approach accented his vocals, his guitar picking skills and especially his lyrics. Although many of his fans have touted him as a story teller, his lyrics actually were more akin to still photographs, painting a person or a scene with little movement. Many were observations, some leaned towards commentary, but they were all poignant, lengthy and visual. When McMurtry turned to his acoustic guitar and ripped a speedy solo, the listener was simultaneously mesmerized by his picking and the images incurred by the previous lyrics. His deep, relaxed singing made the stories all that much more authentic.

Visit James McMurtry at www.jamesmcmurtry.com.

Setlist
  1. Melinda
  2. Saint Mary of the Woods
  3. Red Dress
  4. Copper Canteen
  5. You Got to Me
  6. Ain't Got a Place
  7. Choctaw Bingo
  8. Hurricane Party
  9. How'm I Gonna Find You Now
  10. Long Island Sound
  11. Levelland
  12. Carlisle's Haul
  13. Restless
  14. Lights of Cheyenne

Encore:

  1. Peter Pan

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Rodney Crowell at City Winery

(l-r) Steuart Smith, Rodney Crowell, John Paul White, Roseanne Cash
Rodney Crowell was born into a musical family in Crosby, Texas. One grandfather led a church choir, the other grandfather was a bluegrass banjo player, his grandmother played guitar, and his father sang semi-professionally at bars and honky tonks. At age 11, Crowell began playing drums in his father's band. In his teen years, Crowell played pop hits and country standards in garage rock bands in Houston. Searching for a musical career in 1972, Crowell moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he found work as a country music songwriter. After a few hits, Crowell played guitar and sang for three years with Emmylou Harris & the Hot Band before resuming his blossoming solo career. His honors include two Grammy awards, an ASCAP lifetime achievement award, and induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and Music City Walk of Fame. Crowell has released 20 solo albums, his most recent being Close Ties, with a release date of March 31, 2017.

Headlining tonight at City Winery, Crowell performed several of his better known songs, but also showcased his new album. His own vocals were unremarkable, so early into the show his focus was on the content of the songs than on his vocal delivery. Crowell poetically arranged clever words and phrases to form bouquets that dug into rich sensibilities while his two musicians provided the country twang. Towards the end of the concert, the energy shifted into high gear as Crowell introduced several guest, starting with John Paul White, formerly of the Civil Wars, who sang "The Once and Future Queen" solo and also joined Crowell on other songs. The second guest, was Crowell's ex-wife, Roseanne Cash, who now lives in New York. Crowell, White and Cash alternated leads and sang harmony on "It Ain't Over Yet", "Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight" and other songs. Lastly, Crowell invited on stage his frequent collaborator, guitarist Steuart Smith. These various collaborations made this Rodney Crowell concert especially memorable.

Visit Rodney Crowell at www.rodneycrowell.com.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

UFO at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

Phil Mogg
UFO formed in 1969 in London, England, first as Hocus Pocus before taking the name of the local club that broke the band. UFO started as a space rock band but quickly became a hard rock band, and for almost a decade seemed to be the highly-regarded opening act on many bigger hard rock tours. UFO split and reformed repeatedly over the past 48 years, such that 38 musicians can claim that they were members of the band. The band's current lineup consists of vocalist and sole constant member Phil Mogg, lead guitarist Vinnie Moore, keyboardist/rhythm guitarist Paul Raymond, bassist Rob De Luca and drummer Andy Parker. UFO's 20th and most recent album is 2015's A Conspiracy of Stars.

Co-headlining a tour with Saxon, UFO headlined tonight at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, and provided a strong retrospective on the first era of hard rock. The majority of the set consisted of songs from the band's 1970s repertoire, although it also included a handful of songs from more recent albums. Saxon constructed another shade of AC/DC-style rock, but the fabric of UFO's performance approximated the structure of Bad Company's format. Mogg's soulful vocals scaled rhythm and blues-inflected intonations to Moore's dazzling and melodic guitar work. This chemistry powered each song. The songs initially balanced song content and instrumental solos, building gradually to more extended solos towards the end of the set on fan favorites "Rock Bottom" and "Doctor, Doctor." As it was in the late 1970s, so it is in 2017.

Visit U.F.O. at www.ufo-music.info.

Concert setlist
  1. Mother Mary
  2. Long Gone
  3. Run Boy Run
  4. Lights Out
  5. Baby Blue
  6. Let It Roll
  7. Only You Can Rock Me
  8. Burn Your House Down
  9. Too Hot to Handle
  10. Messiah of Love
  11. Love to Love
  12. Rock Bottom

Encore:
  1. Cherry
  2. Doctor Doctor
  3. Shoot Shoot

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Cactus Blossoms at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

photography by Kevin Yatarola
for Lincoln Center's American Songbook
Page Burkum and his younger brother Jack Torrey (Torrey adopted a stage name when he started performing professionally at age 19) publicly started playing guitar and singing together at campfires when they were youth. As young adults, the two went separate ways in their native Minneapolis, Minnesota, where Torrey played folk music and Burkum played drums in a blues band. They reunited as roommates in the late 2000s and found themselves singing along together to old folk and country music records. In 2010, they started playing those songs live and writing new songs as the Cactus Blossoms. The Cactus Blossoms' second studio album, You're Dreaming, was released on January 22, 2016.

The Cactus Blossoms headlined tonight at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse as part of Lincoln Center's American Songbook series. Backed by bassist Andy Carroll and drummer Chris Hepola, Burkum and Torrey recreated a vintage country sound that spotlighted two-man harmonies. The two vocalists occasionally alternated on singing the verses but nearly always rallied for at least the choruses, if not more. No review could neglect to compare their sound to that of similar sibling acts of the past like the Everly Brothers, the Louvin Brothers, or going even further back, the Delmore Brothers. Yes, these pristine harmonies were front and center, with the musicians adding just enough spark to ignite the drive. These vocals seemed particularly effective on sad country songs, and the Cactus Blossoms seemed to have an extensive catalogue of these. With few frills other than basic instrumentation and precise human voices, the Cactus Blossoms' capture of such rarified simplicity was uncanny.

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Molochs at Berlin

Lucas Fitzsimons was born near Buenos Aires, Argentina, and was raised in Los Angeles, California. As a youth, he learned guitar chords on the internet, even though he had no guitar. He returned to Argentina at age 12 and found an old classical guitar in the basement of his family's home. He played it constantly on that trip, and upon his return to Los Angeles immediately bought his own guitar. He played in various bands until in 2013 he formed the garage rock band he called the Molochs. The Molochs' second album, America's Velvet Glory, was released on January 13, 2017. The band presently consists of Fitzsimons on vocals, Ryan Foster on guitar and keyboards, Mateo Leonardo on rhythm guitar, Derek Cowart on bass and Cameron Gartung on drums.

At Berlin, the Molochs played garage rock that sounded like it knew nothing of anything past 1965. Fitzsimons sang and snarled tight mid-tempo pop songs backed by a crude and simple organ and guitar-led accompaniment. It sounded downright primitive, capturing the basic essence of jangly rock and roll melodies with a lazy, hazy thrust. Ten songs later, the listener was forced to return to the 21st century, still humming the catchy melodies that five minutes earlier felt like 50 years ago.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Zombies at the Town Hall

Colin Blunstone
The Zombies formed in 1961 in St Albans, England, when the members were schoolboys. During the British Invasion in 1964, the Zombies became only the second group (after the Beatles) to score a number one hit in the United States; "She's Not There" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA. The band hit again with "Tell Her No" in 1965 and "Time of the Season" in 1968, which ironically became popular after the band's 1967 breakup. The Zombies second album, 1968's Odessey and Oracle, was listed on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Beginning in 1991, the Zombies several times reunited briefly and released albums. The band's sixth and most recent album, Still Got That Hunger, was released in 2015.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the album where the Zombies evolved from a pop band to a thinking man's band, the Zombies toured as two incarnations. At the Town Hall tonight, the first half of the show was a smattering of songs from different segments of Zombies history, performed by original vocalist Colin Blunstone and keyboardist Rod Argent, along with the newer members, guitarist Tom Toomey, bassist Jim Rodford (formerly of Argent and the Kinks), and drummer Steve Rodford. For the second half of the program, Blunstone and Argent reunited with two other original Zombies, bassist Chris White and drummer Hugh Grundy, along with keyboardist Darian Sahanaja and vocalist Vivienne Boucherat, to perform the entire Odessey and Oracle album. In brief, Blunstone's vocals soared with passion and Argent's keyboard playing was majestic throughout the evening; with such accomplished talent on display, it hardly mattered which of the two Zombies bands was on stage with them. While the performance was strong, however, much of the material was not. In many ways, the uniqueness of this tour made it monumental, but yet, it was also a reminder that in the early 1960s, bands recorded a lot of filler.

Visit the Zombies at www.thezombiesmusic.com.

Setlist:
Set 1:
  1. I Love You
  2. I Want You Back Again
  3. Moving On
  4. Edge of the Rainbow
  5. She's Coming Home
  6. Tell Her No
  7. You've Really Got a Hold on Me (Smokey Robinson & the Miracles cover) > Bring It On Home to Me (Sam Cooke cover)
  8. Road Runner (Bo Diddley cover)
  9. Just Out of Reach
  10. Chasing the Past
  11. Hold Your Head Up (Argent cover) (>) Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Johann Sebastian Bach cover)
  12. She's Not There
  13. The Way I Feel Inside (Blunstone and Argent only)

Set 2 Odessey and Oracle:
  1. Care of Cell 44
  2. A Rose for Emily
  3. Maybe After He's Gone
  4. Beechwood Park
  5. Brief Candles (>) Hung Up on a Dream
  6. Changes
  7. I Want Her She Wants Me
  8. This Will Be Our Year
  9. Butcher's Tale (Western Front 1914)
  10. Friends of Mine
  11. Time of the Season
  12. She's Not There (reprise)

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Allah-Las at Webster Hall's Grand Ballroom

Miles Michaud
Vocalist/rhythm guitarist Miles Michaud frequented Amoeba, the independent record chain store, throughout his high school years in Los Angeles, California. Eventually, he worked there and in 2008 formed the Allah-Las with two co-workers, bassist Spencer Dunham of Los Angeles, and lead guitarist Pedrum Siadatian, a transplant from Salt Lake City, Utah. They recruited a fellow Angelino, drummer Matthew Correia, and started playing together in Dunham's parents' basement. Continually drawing inspiration from mid-1960s garage rock resources, the Allah-Las released a third album, Calico Review, on September 9, 2016.

Headlining tonight at Webster Hall's Grand Ballroom, the Allah-Las embraced music trends from some 50 years ago. The Allah-Las revived the harmonies and pop hooks of the British Invasion, the trippy experimental adventurousness of West Coast psychedelic bands, and the jangly guitars of Midwestern lo-fi rockers. While these influences are plentiful in the contemporary indie music scene, the Allah-Las added a wistful, breezy element laced with gentle harmonies that subtly spoke of California pop and soul. Michaud sang most of the songs, but when the others sang, the songs were made from the same patchwork. The performance generally did not race or boom, but wistfully floated on cool laid-back vibes. The hypnotic simplicity of the music was capable of transporting the listener to groovier times and places.

Visit the Allah-Las at www.allah-las.com.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Dope at the Highline Ballroom

Edsel Dope
Edsel Dope was born Brian Ebejer in West Palm Beach, Florida, where as a boy he practiced drumming by playing along to his Kiss albums. As an adult, he moved to Las Vegas and New Orleans, finally relocating to New York in 1995 with his older brother Simon. The renamed Edsel Dope started by making music in his bedroom on a computer, then with his brother formed an industrial/nu metal band, Dope, in 1997 in Villa Park, Illinois. While 16 musicians can claim to have been in Dope at some time, the present personnel is vocalist/rhythm guitarist Edsel Dope, lead guitarist Virus, bassist Nikk Dibs and drummer Daniel Fox. Dope's sixth and most recent studio album, Blood Money Part 1, was released on October 28, 2016. Blood Money Part 2 is proposed for release in 2017.

At the Highline Ballroom opening for Combichrist tonight, Dope performed between large LED screens behind them and gushing smoke jets in front of them. Between fast moving swashes of color and pillars of fog, Dope opened with the nu-metal beats of "Violence," crashing together heavy rhythms, scratchy vocals and eerie lead guitar sounds. Fast and furious, the music plowed through new and older songs, many spiced with obscenities or other objectionable lyrics. While the compositions paralleled traditional melodic pop structures, the vocals and the musical delivery were coarse, abrasive and aggressive. The result was a steady stream of well-executed fist-pumping anthems. Dope achieved its highest popularity a decade ago, but the goods have remained intact and could appeal to a new generation of rebellious rockers.

Visit Dope at www.dopearmy.com.

Concert setlist
  1. Violence
  2. Blood Money
  3. 6-6 Sick
  4. Bring It On
  5. Bitch
  6. Take Your Best Shot
  7. Lexipro
  8. My Funeral
  9. Addiction
  10. You Spin Me Round (Dead or Alive cover)
  11. Nothing for Me Here
  12. Rebel Yell (Billy Idol cover)
  13. Die, Boom, Bang, Burn, Fuck (medley)
  14. 1999

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Aaron Lee Tasjan at the Mercury Lounge

Aaron Lee Tasjan grew up in New Albany, Ohio, teaching himself to play guitar at age 11 by learning Oasis songs. By age 16 Tasjan had performed with Peter Yarrow and been the recipient of the Outstanding Guitarist Award in the Essentially Ellington Competition at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. He was offered a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music following his graduation from high school, but decided instead in 2006 to move to Brooklyn, New York. In New York, Tasjan formed the arena-rock band Semi Precious Weapons, then played in Drivin' N' Cryin', the New York Dolls, alt-country band Everest, and British-roots rock band Alberta Cross, the Madison Square Gardeners, Operation Juliet with Sean Lennon, and most recently with BP Fallon & the Bandits. In 2013 Tasjan moved to East Nashville, Tennessee, to focus on songwriting and a solo career. Tasjan's released his second and most recent album, Silver Tears, on October 28, 2016.

Having played in many area bands, Aaron Lee Tasjan drew fans from different epochs of his past to his concert at the Mercury Lounge tonight. Although his black suit with white stars and his black shirt with white dots made him look like the villain in a future Batman movie, Tasjan's current trajectory leans toward an alt-country sound. Rather than surveying his musical past, Tasjan performed 12 songs from his two solo albums. His songs painted panoramas of people and places, with some lyrics a bit more reflective and others more playful. His storytelling had bite, and was intensified by his crooning tenor and his skillful guitar leads, which together often steered the songs away from folk-country to slightly off-kilter indie rock. The lyrics ranged from light-hearted, romantic and raw angst, and the eclectic musical sounds ranged from twang to psychedelics, and they blended comfortably.

Visit Aaron Lee Tasjan at www.aaronleetasjan.com.

Setlist:
  1. Ready To Die
  2. Hard Life
  3. Dime
  4. Made in America
  5. Little Movies
  6. Memphis Rain
  7. Out Of My Mind
  8. 12 Bar Blues
  9. E.N.S.A.A.T.
  10. Success
  11. The Dangerous Kind
  12. Encore: Lucinda’s Room



Sunday, March 19, 2017

Wilco at the Beacon Theatre

Jeff Tweedy
Jeff Tweedy began playing guitar when he was 12, after a bicycle accident caused him to recover at home in Belleville, Illinois. Two years later, he befriended schoolmate Jay Farrar. In the early 1980s,they played together in a rockabilly band called the Plebes, which became the Primitives in 1984, and evolved into the alternative country band Uncle Tupelo in 1986. Conflicts peaked between Tweedy and Farrar after Uncle Tupelo's fourth studio album, and so in 1994 Ferrar left to form Son Volt and Tweedy gathered the remaining band members and formed Wilco, named after the military and commercial aviation radio voice abbreviation for "will comply." Wilco changed personnel several times, but since 2004 has consisted of original members Tweedy and bassist John Stirratt, along with guitarist Nels Cline, multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone, keyboard player Mikael Jorgensen, and drummer Glenn Kotche. Wilco released its 10th studio album, Schmilco, on September 9, 2016.

Wilco announced four concerts at the Beacon Theatre, and each show was assigned a distinct set list. Amidst forest scenery onstage, the stage lighting often reflected the mood of the song, from very dark and shadowy to a lighter, tentatively hopeful view. Opening the set with "Normal American Kids" and "If I Ever Was a Child," Wilco exhibited its proficiency in folk country roots, but the center of the show seemed to dwell in pop tunes and the end leaned more towards a driving rock that was radically different from where the set began. The final encore, "Spiders (Kidsmoke)" even started with a random cacophony and featured several grungy guitar leads. It takes a fairly open rocker to absorb and appreciate Wilco's eccentricity, such that even the biggest fans may find the entire set challenging, but Wilco performed these diverse sounds well, and Tweedy's vocals proved to be the thread that held it all together.

Visit Wilco at www.wilcoworld.net.

Setlist:
  1. Normal American Kids
  2. If I Ever Was a Child
  3. Cry All Day
  4. Radio Cure
  5. Company in My Back
  6. The Joke Explained
  7. Misunderstood
  8. Someone to Lose
  9. Shouldn't Be Ashamed
  10. At Least That's What You Said
  11. Reservations
  12. Impossible Germany
  13. California Stars (Billy Bragg & Wilco cover)
  14. We Aren't the World (Safety Girl)
  15. Forget the Flowers
  16. Jesus, Etc.
  17. Locator
  18. Dawned on Me
  19. Theologians
  20. I'm the Man Who Loves You
  21. Hummingbird
  22. The Late Greats

Encore:
  1. Random Name Generator
  2. Red-Eyed and Blue
  3. I Got You (At the End of the Century)
  4. Outtasite (Outta Mind)

Encore 2:

  1. Spiders (Kidsmoke)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Tibet House US 30th Anniversary Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall

Patti Smith, Sufjan Stevens, Iggy Pop, New Order, Ben Harper, Alabama Shakes, Laurie Anderson and other artists headlined the Tibet House US 30th Anniversary Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall on March 16, 2017. Not only was the high profile event a fundraiser for the not-for-profit organization, but the 140-minute concert also celebrated co-founder Philip Glass' 80th birthday.

Composer Philip Glass, actor Richard Gere, and professor Robert Thurman founded Tibet House U.S. in New York City in 1987 at the request of the 14th Dalai Lama. Annual all-star benefit concerts at Carnegie Hall have rallied attention and funds for the organization, which is dedicated to celebrating and preserving Tibetan civilization and culture.

Tibetan monks opened the evening with a chant. Thurman opened the dialogue by wishing Glass a happy birthday and reminded the audience that through this effort, the audience was supporting the Tibetan resistance against China. Several of the performers also peppered political messages throughout the evening. In addition to the monks' chant, Tenzin Choeygal and Jesse Paris Smith introduced Tibetan culture with a composition from the Tibetan Book of the Dead. The evening's performances featured several other collaborations, with Philip Glass playing the piano with several artists, Iggy Pop teaming with New Order, the Patti Smith band backing Sufjan Stevens for a a reworded version of "The Star Spangled Banner," and most of the performers joining Patti Smith for the finale. The show also included next generation artists; Glass’ son Zack accompanied himself on acoustic guitar for a song, Ben Harper sang with his teenage daughter Harris, and Patti Smith’s two children, Jesse and Jackson, also performed.

Setlist:
  1. Monks, Chant
  2. Laurie Anderson, "Don't Go Back to Sea"
  3. Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson & the Scorchio Quartet, "Etude no.10"
  4. Zack Glass, "Southern Skies"
  5. Alabama Shakes, "Gimme All Your Love"
  6. Alabama Shakes & Philip Glass, "Over My Head"
  7. Alabama Shakes, Philip Glass & the Scorchio Quartet, "Sound & Color"
  8. Tenzin Choegyal, Jesse Paris Smith & the Scorchio Quartet, "Elemental Prayer"
  9. Tenzin Choegyal, Jesse Paris Smith & the Scorchio Quartet, "Snow Lion"
  10. Ben Harper, "Paris Sunrise #7 > Lifeline"
  11. Ben Harper & the Scorchio Quartet, "Everything"
  12. Iggy Pop, New Order & the Scorchio Quartet, "Stray Dog" (New Order cover)
  13. Iggy Pop, New Order & the Scorchio Quartet, "Shades" (Iggy Pop cover)
  14. Iggy Pop, New Order & the Scorchio Quartet, "She's Lost Control" (Joy Division cover)
  15. Sufjan Stevens, the Patti Smith Band & the Scorchio Quartet, "The Star-Spangled Banner" (John Stafford Smith cover)
  16. Sufjan Stevens, "Happy Birthday Song"
  17. Patti Smith, "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" (Bob Dylan cover)
  18. Patti Smith, "Citizen Ship" (Patti Smith Group song)
  19. Patti Smith & ensemble, "People Have the Power"

Philip Glass
Laurie Anderson
Zach Glass
Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes
Ben Harper and his daughter Harris
Iggy Pop
Sufjan Stevens
Patti Smith & the monks
Iggy Pop, Bernard Sumner of New Order & Patti Smith

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Art Garfunkel at City Winery

In Forest Hills, Queens, Art Garfunkel discovered his love for singing in the first grade, enjoying the echo from the stairwell tiles as he sang "Unchained Melody" and "You'll Never Walk Alone" a cappella. Later, his father bought him a wire recorder and the young Garfunkel spent his afternoons singing, recording, and playing back his vocals so he could listen for flaws and improve. Garfunkel met his future singing partner, Paul Simon, in the sixth grade, when they were both cast in a school play. Between 1956 and 1962, the two performed together as Tom & Jerry, occasionally performing at school dances, but achieved initial success as Simon & Garfunkel when "The Sounds of Silence" went to number one on the Billboard pop charts. The duo split and reunited many times, won Grammy awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Garfunkel's solo career has been intermittent as he has struggled with depression and vocal cord paresis, rendering him unable to sing. He also acted in eight films from 1970's Catch-22 to 2010's The Rebound. His 12th and most recent solo album is 2007's Some Enchanted Evening.

Art Garfunkel headlined two nights at City Winery, and he used the small venue to get candid with his audience. He sang Simon & Garfunkel hits and deep cuts from his solo albums, read prose from his memoirs and spoke about his personal and musical journeys. Accompanied by acoustic guitarist Tab Laven and keyboardist Dave Mackay, Garfunkel's restored tenor and countertenor were crisp, clear and resonant. In Simon & Garfunkel's harmonies, Garfunkel normally sang the higher parts, and that is where he stayed most of the evening, softly singing light and airy melodies that were soothing and safe, very much like lullabies. He sang many of the duo's gentler hits from the 1960s, most of which were written by his former co-vocalist. Garfunkel sang solemn one-man versions of "The Sounds of Silence", "Homeward Bound", "The Boxer", "Scarborough Fair", and "Bridge Over Troubled Waters." The evening was sweet, but probably could have engaged the audience deeper had it been balanced with a harder-edged interlude of "Mrs. Robinson" and "I Am a Rock."

Visit Art Garfunkel at www.artgarfunkel.com.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Beth Hart at the Town Hall

Born in Pasadena, California, Beth Hart started performing her music in Hollywood clubs at age 15, until she discovered the South Central chitlin circuit, where the clubs held performance competitions for cash prizes. By age 19, she held a steady job at a club where she was the only white singer in the club's history. In 1993, Hart had her first national exposure as she rose to win the Female Vocalist competition on television's Star Search. Subsequently, she teamed with Joe Bonamassa, Jeff Beck and Slash, and sang the lead role in Love, Janis, an off-Broadway musical based on Janis Joplin's letters home to her sister. Her greatest exposure, however, came when former president Barak Obama and his wife Michelle gave Hart a standing ovation when she sang Etta James' "I'd Rather Go Blind" at a 2012 tribute to Buddy Guy at the Kennedy Center Opera House. Hart released her ninth and most recent studio album, Fire on the Floor, on February 3, 2017.

Originally scheduled for mid-February but postponed for medical reasons, Beth Hart once again rose triumphant at the Town Hall tonight. Like the old clichĂ© that says that "you have to suffer if you want to sing the blues," this blues singer spoke to her audience between songs about how she has dealt with bipolarity, substance abuse, eating disorders and several stints in rehabs and psych wards. Backed by guitarist Jon Nichols, bassist Bob Marinelli, drummer Bill Ransom, Hart sang sultry, burnt-honey blues vocals and played jazzy piano melodies when she was not dancing to her more rocking songs or playing acoustic guitar to more sensitive songs. Armed with many originals and a few covers, Hart's passionate vocals brought the blues to rock ‘n’ roll, torch songs and singer-songwriter fare, and also touched lightly on jazz, gospel, and soul. Hart cultivated these ageless music traditions that typically appeal to older audiences, spun them on a new axis, and produced a tasteful performance.

Visit Beth Hart at www.bethhart.com.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Jesse Malin at Berlin

Jesse Malin has devoted nearly three-quarters of his life to rock and roll. Raised in Whitestone, New York, Malin first entered the East Village music scene at age 12, attending the all-ages hardcore punk shows at CBGB's and becoming the vocalist for a hardcore band, Heart Attack. After the band split in 1984, Malin sang with a string of projects while working as a gas station attendant, a health food store clerk and a "man with a van." From 1991 to 1999, Malin tasted nominal success with the glam-punk band D Generation. Malin then sang in several short-lived bands, then went solo in 2001. Malin's most recent albums, New York Before the War and Outsiders, both were released in 2015. Committed to the community where he found his musical calling, Malin is a partner in the Bowery Electric music venue and the Niagara bar in the East Village.

Jesse Malin headlined two nights at Berlin, a rock club he helped launch in 2015. Normally a high-energy performer that makes full use of larger stages, Malin was unable to restrain himself to the venue's small stage and super-bright, super-red lighting; he ventured through the crowded floor space to the other side of the room and stood on top of the bar for a couple of songs. Between songs, Malin spoke about matters close to his heart, and his songs were equally confessional. The music was all about what happens when gut feelings are empowered by rock and roll and vice versa. Malin's performance was a driving expression of the meaning he has found in life, and it was honest and pure. It was no wonder why he sang virtually the entire set with his eyes closed, hugging the microphone stand as if it was his most loyal friend.

Visit Jesse Malin at www.jessemalin.com.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Love Rocks NYC at the Beacon Theatre

Dozens of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and Grammy Award  winners contributed their talents live when John Varvatos and Greg Williamson presented Love Rocks NYC at the Beacon Theatre on March 9. Sub-billed as A Change Is Gonna Come: Celebrating Songs of Peace, Love and Hope, the all-star concert benefitted God's Love We Deliver. At the concert, the sponsors proposed that this benefit concert would become an annual series.

Spanning rock, pop, blues and soul, the nearly four-hour concert included performances by Joe Walsh, Jackson Browne, Michael McDonald, Gary Clark Jr., Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Dr. John, Warren Haynes, Aaron Neville, Mavis Staples, CeCe Winans, Keb’ Mo, Marc Cohn, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Sam Moore, William Bell, Joan Osborne, Amy Helm, Jackie Greene, Marcus King, and many more. The house band featured Will Lee as musical director, Paul Shaffer, Steve Gadd, Shawn Pelton, Eric Krasno, Larry Campbell,  Jeff Young, and many others. Bill Murray was the master of ceremonies for part of the evening.

God's Love We Deliver is a not-for-profit agency that provides meals and nutrition counseling for homebound New Yorkers. Begun as an HIV/AIDS service organization in 1985, the volunteer-driven staff now annually cooks and home-delivers more than 1.6 million meals to New Yorkers living with 200 different diagnoses.

Visit Love Rocks NYC at www.loverocksnyc.com.

Setlist
  1. Bruce Willis, "Tenth Avenue Tango"
  2. Amy Helm and Jackie Greene, "Yes We Can Can"
  3. Mavis Staples and Amy Helm, "Will the Circle Be Unbroken"
  4. Mavis Staples, "I’ll Take You There"
  5. Keb Mo, "In My Life"
  6. Keb Mo, Tash Neal and Billy Gibbons, "The Thrill is Gone"
  7. Anthony Hamilton and Catherine Russell, "Night Time Is the Right Time"
  8. CeCe Winans, "Hey Devil"
  9. Gary Clark Jr. and William Bell, "Born Under a Bad Sign"
  10. Warren Haynes, "Soulshine"
  11. Warren Haynes, Marcus King and Bruce Willis, "Bring It On Home"
  12. Marc Cohn, "Crazy Love"
  13. Patty Smythe and John McEnroe, "Whole Lotta Love"
  14. Michael McDonald and Catherine Russell, "Ain’t No Mountain High Enough"
  15. Sam Moore, "Ain't That Good News"
  16. Sam Moore, Joe Walsh and Bruce Willis, "Soul Man"
  17. Lisa Fischer, "Gimme Shelter"
  18. Gary Clark Jr. and band, "The Healing"
  19. Gary Clark Jr. and band, "When My Train Pulls In"
  20. Jackson Browne, "Runnin’ on Empty"
  21. Jackson Browne, Michael McDonald and Blind Boys of Alabama, "I Shall Be Released"
  22. Blind Boys of Alabama and Aaron Neville, "People Get Ready"
  23. Aaron Neville, "A Change Is Gonna Come"
  24. Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, "Loving You is Sweeter"
  25. Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes, "Space Captain"
  26. Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Sam Moore and Jackie Greene, "Lovelight"
  27. Will Lee and Billy Gibbons, "Get Out of My Life Woman"
  28. Billy Gibbons, "La Grange"
  29. Joe Walsh, "Life’s Been Good"
  30. Dr. John, "Such a Night"
  31. Ensemble, "With a Little Help From My Friends" 

Bruce Willis
Amy Helm and Jackie Greene

Mavis Staples

Billy Gibbons, Keb Mo' and Tash Neal
Anthony Hamilton and Catherine Russell

Cece Winans

Will Lee, Gary Clark Jr. and William Bell
Bruce Willis, Warren Haynes and Marcus King

Marc Cohn

Patty Smythe and John McEnroe

Michael McDonald and Catherone Russell

Joe Walsh, Same Moore and Bruce Willis
Lisa Fischer

Jackson Browne
The Blind Boys of Alabama, Jackson Browne and Michael McDonald

Aaron Neville

Derek Trucks, Will Lee, Susan Tedeschi and Warren Haynes

Butch Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Jackie Greene and Sam Moore

Billy Gibbons and Will Lee

Joe Walsh

Dr. John

Bill Murray
Joan Osborne