Live Music

Keb Mo at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel Providence 5.13.16

Keb Mo at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel Providence

Kelvin Moore has been on my "see live" wish list for several years. I own his '98 2nd Grammy Award winning disk Slow Down, and a few other single songs, but usually have at least a couple in my active play list. I'm not a diehard fan of mainstream electric blues,  but there are certain sub-genres I enjoy and listen to.  Keb Mo is a skilled and seasoned practitioner of acoustic based, earthy, folksy, yet pain-filled, Delta Blues. He's been writing/recording as far back as the early 1970s, having been recruited for sessions  by Jefferson Airplane violinist, Papa John Creach, with whom he co-wrote the song Git Fiddle which appears on the Starship's 1975 Red Otcopus LP.  

The show at Lupo's was very satisfying. The downtown venue is a converted theater, intimate yet room to stand & dance. Keb started off sitting solo on a stool, adding one backing musician each for the next three songs. He came through with a nice mix of material from his vast repertoire.  His voice sounded rich and melancholic as in the recordings and the musicianship from all band members was excellent. I'm there to enjoy the music, so don't write down the songs 'cause I can usually see the set list later on setlistFM.  Unfortunately,  no one contributed a the set list for that night at Lupo's but here's one from a show in Hartford three nights later.  Note that you can single click the arrows next to each song to have a listen, though it's not necessarily from that specific show.

Lord Huron at the House of Blues

Lord Huron - my new favorite band.
Lucky to score a ticket to their sold out show with Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats at the House of Blues Sunday night. Terrific show. Nathaniel Rateliff is a real party boogie band along the lines of St Paul & the Broken Bones or a less sophisticated Trombone Shorty. Seemed like the majority of the crowd was there to see and dance to them. The crowd had thinned a bit by the time Lord Huron came on. But they were awesome! Sonically nuanced and sophisticated, a bit dark and brooding at times, but all around excellent original song writing, vocals and musicianship. The drummer is kick ass.
If you're an indie folk rocker and they come to your area GO SEE THEM while they're still playing smaller venues. Above is a short iphone clip from one of 13 songs they did. Or check out this link to their latest album Strange Trails.