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Miranda Lambert returning to Rupp

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Miranda Lambert

Fresh off victories earlier this week at the County Music Association Awards, Miranda Lambert has confirmed a return concert date at Rupp Arena for Jan. 16 with Justin Moore, RaeLynn and Jukebox Mafia opening.

Tickets, at $29.75 and $54.75 each (excluding fees), go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 14 through www.ticketmaster.com and www.livenation.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Lambert took top honors on Wednesday for album of the year (for Platinum) and female vocalist of the year at the CMA Awards. She also served up the ceremony’s coolest non-country moment, a bull’s-eye duet of All About That Bass with Meghan Trainor.

The Texas-born singer is no stranger to Lexington. She began performing here as an unknown as part of the annual Red, White & Boom festival shortly after her debut album, Kerosene, was released in 2005. Her most recent Rupp outing, which included an unannounced mini set by her part-time trio Pistol Annies, was in February 2012. Lambert and Moore also played on a Rupp bill with Brad Paisley in 2010.

 

zach brock concert moved to DAC

Just a quick update for anyone planning on taking in tonight’s performance by New York-by-way-of Lexington jazz violinist Zach Brock. The concert is still on but the location has changed.

The thunderstorms and heavy rains that hit Lexington just after 6 p.m. made the show a no-go at its original outdoor location of Moondance Amphitheatre. The concert has now been moved indoors to the Downtown Arts Center, 141 E. Main. Showtime is tentatively slated between 9 and 9:30 or when the sound equipment originally set up at Moondance can be transported downtown. (The original start time at Moondance was 7 p.m.)

The performance is still free, too.

no boomslang for 2014; festival’s future in question

boomslangSad news from WRFL-FM this morning: the student-run University of Kentucky radio station has called off its annual Boomslang festival, leaving its future in limbo.

A statement issued this morning by WRFL’s board of directors said, “The decision follows a careful assessment and review by the station’s leadership of the current festival model and its impact on our regular station operations. In light of WRFL’s mission to bring diverse, educational, and independent music to its listeners, WRFL will continue to pursue and program more individual live music concerts and other events throughout the 2014-2015 season, rather than in the concentrated, festival format.

“We can’t say with certainty whether or not the festival will continue in the future, but please be assured that WRFL will continue to provide a platform for non-commercial, all-the-way-to-the-left music and programming, and that we will explore what we feel are the best and most feasible ways to do so with the resources that we have.”

Billed as “A Celebration of Sound and Art,” Boomslang began in 2009 as a weekend long event that incorporated performances at various locations throughout the downtown area. Top-billed acts included Os Mutantes, The Psychedelic Furs, The Tom Tom Club, Death and Jeff Magnum. But Boomslang’s biggest charm was the sense of discovery it offered patrons willing to take a chance on little known, multi-genre indie acts from around the nation.

Last year’s Boomslang became part of a major concert traffic jam that had nearly every club venue in Lexington, along with Rupp Arena, the Singletary Center for the Arts, the Christ the King Oktoberfest and Crave Lexington staging live music on the same late September weekend.

“So many individuals have made Boomslang possible,” the WRFL release stated. “The festival would never have taken place without our amazing community of DJs, listeners, supporters, and friends. We’ve all enjoyed the amazing energy the festival has brought to Lexington.”

Lyle Lovett to play the Opera House

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Lyle Lovett

This just in: it looks as if Lyle Lovett will have one less night off this summer. The famed Texas song stylist has just been confirmed for an Aug. 27 performance at the Opera House with his long running Large Band. Tickets will go on sale Friday.

Lovett hasn’t performed in Lexington since the closing ceremonies of the World Equestrian Games in 2010. His first local concert, also with the Large Band, was at the long-since defunct Rhinestone’s on St. Patrick’s Day of 1987.

Essentially a country artist, Lovett’s music is seldom genre-specific. His love of Long Star songwriting tradition is considerable. He devoted one of his finest albums, 1998’s Step Inside This House, exclusively to the songs of fellow Texas scribes Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Robert Earl Keen and others. But in certain performance situations, especially Large Band concerts, his music steers into swing, soul and jazz.

Lovett’s newest album is 2012’s Release Me, a record split evenly between original tunes and more Lone Star covers.

One of Lovett’s more notable radio hits was the 1995 Toy Story favorite You’ve Got a Friend in Me. He recorded it as a duet with the song’s composer, Randy Newman, who performs at the Opera House on Friday. The Newman and Lovett shows are being presented by the Troubadour Concert Series.

Tickets for Lovett’s 7:30 p.m. performance on Aug. 27 will be $55.50. They will go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 9 through TicketMaster at (800) 745-3000, and the Lexington Center ticket office at (859) 233-3535.

television blackout: richard lloyd cancels cosmic charlie’s concert

richard lloyd

Received word last night that Richard Lloyd has cancelled his June 19 performance at Cosmic Charlie’s and has scrapped the remaining dates of his summer tour due to “health reasons.”

I interviewed Lloyd a few days ago for a story that was scheduled to run on Sunday to advance the concert. Though polite and welcoming throughout the conversation, Lloyd was a frustrating interviewee, offering only outlines of remembrances, observations and comments before latching onto entirely unrelated topics and running at length with them. But here is what was hammered out of the fractured pieces of that discussion.

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Long before he became co-guitarist in the long-celebrated New York post-punk band Television – in fact, prior to taking up the guitar at all – Richard Lloyd was a drummer. And when he played, he saw colors.

Now, what comes next in this ongoing saga of an acclaimed musical journeyman might seem a little fanciful. That’s because, like his guitarwork, Lloyd’s sense of conversation doesn’t operate on a constant or conventional plain. Not surprisingly, he referred to himself in a recent phone interview as an alchemist as much as a musician. Nonetheless, when the colors he saw as he played started to fade, his true musical path was revealed.

“Sometimes when I heard tones, I heard colors,” said Lloyd, 60. “So one day I was practicing on the drums and all the color went out. That’s when I had a psychedelic experience, an auditory hallucination.

“A voice came. It has come to me before from time to time and has never told me anything that was incorrect. This time, it said, ‘You will need to play a stringed melody instrument – the guitar.”

And so Lloyd was diverted from potentially joining his cousins in a rockabilly band based out of his native Pittsburgh. Ahead instead was a booming club scene in New York that used a soon-to-be-famous Bowery club by the name of CBGB’s as it de-facto performance headquarters.

Out of a scene that cultivated garage rock, punk and eventually New Wave came The Ramones, Talking Heads, Blondie, The Patti Smith Group and a quartet that teamed Lloyd with fellow guitar pioneer Tom Verlaine, Lexington-born bassist Richard Hell (soon replaced by Fred Smith) and drummer Billy Ficca. The band became known as Television. In 1977, it released a debut album, Marquee Moon, that remains a cornerstone work of the punk era even though its music reflected a dual guitar sound that was artful and harmonically progressive. Today, Marquee Moon sits at No. 123 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest all-time rock recordings.

“There were times when Television would play and I would come offstage and think to myself, ‘Four human beings cannot do what we just did.’ The synergy was so profound because the music always involved the audience. All that energy was reciprocated.”

While so many punk followers were rebelling against music of the past, Lloyd embraced it. His teen years included a diet of The Who, Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck and The Allman Brothers Band. Lloyd also proudly declared himself an attendee of Woodstock that stayed awake for the entire three-day festival save for a nodding-off period during Sly and the Family Stone’s set (“They were singing I Want to Take You Higher and I just kept going lower”).

“You know what the gloaming is? It’s that very strange, beautiful blur between daylight and night time. Well, a lot of us growing up at the time were caught in the gloaming between the beatniks and the hippies.”

Among those who shared his musical likes was a Brooklyn youth Lloyd befriended named Velvert Turner.  Turner was unusually connected. He was a protégé of Jimi Hendrix and was given permission to pass on to Lloyd what he learned on guitar from the legendary artist. As a memoriam to Turner, Lloyd recorded a striking selection of Hendrix tunes for his 2009 solo album The Jamie Neverts Story (Neverts was an alias Hendrix sometimes used while touring).

“Velvert and I used to follow Jimi Hendrix around,” Lloyd recalled. “We would also go see The Chambers Brothers and Buddy Guy a lot. We were always backstage at the Fillmore (East). I remember one day the supermarket next door caught fire and everybody left the building except Velvert and I. He said, ‘You smell smoke?’ I said, ‘Nope.’ He said, ‘You want to leave?’ I said, ‘Nope.’ That was part of our adventures together. So I made that record to kind of pay off my debt to him.’

Lloyd’s current tour with Danny Tamberelli on bass and longtime Television mate Ficca on drums will feature songs off of the seven solo albums he has recorded over the last 33 years (from 1979’s Alchemy to the recent rarities compilation Lodestones). But unlike the Television years, Lloyd will be the only guitar voice on display.

“Jimi was once asked in an interview, ‘Why do you play so loud?’ And his reply was, ‘Man, we’re just trying to get a message across. But there are so many sleeping people.’ I think there still are.” 

bombs away: b52s to hit the singletary center

the b52s: kate pierson, fred schneider, keith strickland and cindy wilson.

b52s kate pierson, fred schneider, keith strickland and cindy wilson

Wow. Here is one that came out of nowhere. The Singletary Center for the Arts will be bringing in The B52s for a performance on Aug. 12. Showtime will be 7:30 p.m.

Tickets, to be priced at $27, $35 and $45, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the Singletary box office and online at www.singletarytickets.com.  For more info, call (859) 257-4929.

Initially darlings of the ‘80s New Wave thanks to dark dance-pop hits like Rock Lobster and Dance This Mess Around, the Athens, Ga.-bred B-52s have maintained a three decade-long career that included a huge late ‘80s renaissance by way of its biggest charting single, Love Shack. Its newest album is 2008’s Funplex.

Save for guitarist Ricky Wilson, who died in 1985, the current B52s lineup consists of all original members: Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson and Keith Strickland.

We’re stilling digging to find out for sure, but it looks like the Singletary date will be the group’s first ever Lexington show. Look for more from The Musical Box on this as the concert date approaches.

get your mofro working

jj grey performs tonight at buster's

jj grey and mofro performs tonight at buster's.

Just a quickie item here to remind you about a show tonight that kind of snuck in under the radar. It’s the return of J.J. Grey and Mofro at Buster’s.

Admittedly, Florida songsmith Grey and his band of soul/swamp rockers have become semi-regulars around these parts in recent years. But in a summer season that has a good chunk of the coolest concert action taking place out of town, it’s great to have Grey help usher in the holiday weekend.

Mofro introduced itself to Lexington in early 2002 by playing Lynagh’s Music Club during its last few months of operation. Word quickly spread on the band’s earthy funk and soul sound and Grey’s equally R&B savvy but folk infused songs.  A Kentucky fanbase grew, but it was primarily centered in Louisville. It wasn’t until Grey played a solo set for WoodSongs in early 2009 and subsequent performances at The Dame that the Mofro following began to firmly take hold in Lexington.

The bottom line: tonight will be a guaranteed grand time. Soul, funk and jam band fans will dig Mofro’s groove in a big way. But novice fans can also expect an evening of no-frills, unforced Southern soul.  Even if the holiday weekend wasn’t at hand, Mofro’s return is something of a little summertime oasis for Lexington concert-goers. Soak it in.
JJ Grey and Mofro performs at 8:30 tonight at Buster’s Billiards and Backroom, 899 Manchester St. Tickets are $20. Call (859) 368-8871.

surf’s up: brian wilson to play the opera house

brian wilson

This Sunday, we will publish our annual Summer Concert Guide, a listing of over 200 performances scheduled within a two hour drive of Lexington in the coming months.

The trouble in assembling such a piece is that it is almost instantly obsolete. No sooner do we get in print than another great show is announced. This year’s guide is already obsolete because of the news we just received. Ultimately, though, this is a great problem to have.

This afternoon, the Troubadour Concert Series – which already has performances by Steve Martin, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Steve Earle on tap this summer – has added a major treat to its Opera House schedule: Brian Wilson.

The brainchild of the Beach Boys, Wilson will present a program titled “An Evening of Hits and Gershwin” on Tuesday, Aug. 2. Tickets, at $95.50 and $125.50 each, will go on sale June 17.

The hits, of course, will entail classics from Wilson’s legendary Beach Boys catalogue, including songs from the never completed Smile album that are slated for release later this year as The Smile Sessions. The Gershwin aspect of the concert will pull from material off of 2010’s Brian Wilson Re-Imagines Gershwin album.

Showtime for the Opera House concert will be 7:30 p.m.

That’s what you call time-appropriate news as the unofficial opening weekend of summer begins.

trombone shorty on letterman tonight

trombone shorty on the trumpet.

trombone shorty on the trumpet.

This just in… For a vibrant preview of one of the highlight acts playing the Spotlight Lexington festival in September, tune in or record The Late Show with David Letterman tonight. They will be re-running a program from earlier this month featuring new generation New Orleans groove merchant Trombone Shorty.

A versed trombonist (obviously) and trumpeter, Shorty – known in real life as Troy Andrews – merges New Orleans jazz tradition with modern funk, hip hop and pop. He was also featured in several episodes of the acclaimed HBO series Treme, a drama set in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans.

If his current Backatown album is any indication, we will be in for quite the celebration when Shorty and his Orleans Avenue band play a free 7:30 p.m. performance downtown for Spotlight Lexington on Sunday evening, Sept. 26.

The Late Show with David Letterman airs tonight at 11:35 p.m. on NBC (WLEX-TV).

sharon jones, the hold steady coming to buster's in september

sharon jones

sharon jones

This just in…

Buster’s Billiards and Backroom, 899 Manchester St., has just added two major shows to its fall calendar. Pop soul stylists Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings will perform on Sept. 17. Celebrated pop-rockers The Hold Steady will play there on Sept. 29. This will mark the first Lexington appearances by both bands.

We’ll detail the acts and their performances closer to the concert dates. What you need to know now, however, is that tickets for both concerts go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Tickets for Jones are $22 in advance, $25 day of show. For The Hold Steady, tickets are $20 in advance and $22 day of show.

And as a bonus, the expert power pop, rock and soul of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals will open for Jones. Showtime for each concert will be 9 p.m.

For more ticket info, check www.ticketfly.com (the online service Buster’s uses for its shows), www.productionsimple.com (the Louisville organization that will be presenting both shows) and, of course, ye olde Buster’s website.

UPDATE (3:58 p.m.): Well, we’re partially deflated. Word just reached us from Production Simple in Louisville that Grace Potter is now off the Sharon Jones bill. Opening acts for Jones and The Hold Steady will be announced soon.

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