Joe Jackson at the Shubert Theatre

After getting a heads (and two thumbs) up, from Hal Horowitz and Greg Michelle Martucci who saw him recently in Atlanta, I was lucky to score a good seat, at face value no less, to see Joe Jackson at the Shubert on Wednesday night. Billed as the "Four Decade" tour Joe, his long time mate & bass player Graham Maby, drummer Doug Yowell and guitarist Teddy Kumpel, did indeed play a great selection of songs from his eclectic, genre bending catalogue. While he started his career as a new wave rocker, he's gone way beyond that, exploring reggae, jump-blues, fusion and Latin rhythms, all of which he and his crack band presented in fine form over the two hour set. He also mixed in several songs from his current album Fool, a couple of which I would have traded for older classics he didn't do, like Look Sharp or Different for Girls. But his choice of covers (the Beatles Rain and a somewhat obscure Steely Dan King of the World) fit in perfectly with the other material. While he's never been heralded as a golden throated crooner, his rough edged voice sounded as good as on the albums and his 64 year old hands produced excellent, polyphonic sounds from the keyboards. 

Check out the set list here:…/shubert-theatre-boston-ma-2395646b…

Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Orpheum Theatre

Best Cover Band Ever??

Caught the middle night of TTB's annual 3 night, tour closing run at the Orpheum on Friday with several friends including Dick & Jennifer Stoner and Steve & Michelle Pritoni Scardino. Yet another stellar performance by one of the best live bands touring these days. Susan, Derek and their 10 member band are at the top of their game. I've seen them about 6 times over the last few years and it seems each show is better than the last. Those diehard fans that go to shows on consecutive nights are treated to an almost completely different set list - another reason they rank at or near the pinnacle of the live rock scene these days.

While Tedeschi Trucks Band has a fairly deep catalogue of impressive originals, a hallmark of their live shows is, for me, their covers. Their terrific song selections and stirring interpretations range from Willie McTell, Delaney and Bonnie, Derek and the Dominoes, to Dylan, Leon Russell, Joe Cocker and the Lovin' Spoonful. And that was just Friday nights show. Their 8 minute version of Darling Be Home Soon was nearly sublime. If you don't want sit through my amateur iPhone clip below, you can listen to a pro quality audio of the entire show here:…/tedeschi-trucks-band-boston…/

Or see/compare the set lists from all 3 Boston 2018 nights here:…/tedeschi-trucks-band-73d3bab1.html

Lake Street Dive at the Wang Theatre Boston

Lake Street Dive last night at the Wang Theatre

Attended yet another in a long list of great shows at the invitation of neighbor and concert buddy Steve Scardino. As usual, he knows how to pick em. (As does Lisa Breslow Thompson who suggested a while back I go see them).

This multi genre, multi talented band has been playing local Boston area clubs and festivals since emerging as a quartet from the New England Conservatory in 2004. Wished I'd jumped on their rapidly expanding band wagon earlier when they were still playing smaller venues. We were near the back of the sold out 3500 seat Wang Theater surrounded by youthful, fanatic, female fans who seemed to know every note of their mostly uplifting songs. Now a quintet with the addition of keyboards, their sound is somewhat hard to define, and ranges from big & bold to quietly beautiful 4 & 5 part harmonies. Steve sums it up well - "blue eyed soul".

Check out a recent full length show here:

and support them by attending a show or purchasing their songs to add to your playlist.La

Samantha Fish at the Center for the Arts Natick

On the recommendation of fellow RIT alumni and current music critic Hal Horowitz I saw this amazing young rocker last night at TCAN. SAMANTHA FISH. Outstanding blues based guitarist, good vocalist and excellent songwriter. She and her band smoked for almost 2 hours. I was lucky to score last minute tix, and to have seen such talent in an intimate venue. No doubt she’ll be playing larger shows in the future. Go see her now.