Rest of the fests (Storyhill, WookieFoot)

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

festposter.gifThe outdoor music fest season is far from over. Acoustic folk duo Storyhill (John Hermanson and Chris Cunningham) is hosting an in-state version of its successful Montana camp-outs called Storyhill Fest Midwest this weekend at a lakeside campground in Deerwood, two hours from the Cities. Other performers include Cliff Eberhardt, Romantica, Brenda Weiler and Justin Roth.

Closer to home this weekend, the 11th annual Laughing Waters Bluegrass Fest is once again taking place Sunday from 1-6:30 p.m. at the great gazebo in Minnehaha Falls park (by Sea Salt…. mmm). This one’s free and a lot of fun, with Free Range Pickin’, the Platte Valley Boys, Middle Spunk Creek Boys and some girls, too.

Next weekend (Sept. 10-12) is WookieFoot’s Harvest Fest down at Harmony Park, with Trampled by Turtles, That 1 Guy, Pert Near Sandstone, Fat Maw Rooney and almost 30 more acts.

Last call for Becky T & Old School at Lee’s

Monday, August 31st, 2009


After holding down Monday nights at Lee’s Liquor Lounge since 2002 (minus when they temporarily moved to the Eagles Club in 2006), trad-country stalwarts Becky Thompson & Old School will play their last weekly gig there tonight (8:30 p.m., free).

“It feels like we’ve played the place out,” bassist James Dungan-Seaver explained. By no means is this the end of the band, which has been around for 30-plus years. It’s also not the end of the Monday night country dance shows at Lee’s. But it is the end of a tradition.  

Slug and Murs to be Felt again

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

felt3.jpgWho could ever follow Christina Ricci and Lisa Bonet into the hearts of two of indie-rap’s biggest heroes? Rosie Perez, that’s who. The “Do The Right Thing/White Men Can’t Jump” starlet is the subject of the third installment of Slug and Murs’s “tribute” albums under the name Felt. After working with Grouch of Living Legends and Ant, the duo tapped Aesop Rock to produce “Felt 3.” The CD will be out Nov. 17 on Rhymesayers. More details and samples at their MySpace page.

GPS directions by Dylan

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Forget that robotic voice. Bob Dylan will give you directions home on your GPS. Or so he said on his Theme Time Radio Hour this week.

He is negotiating with two car companies to provide the voice for their GPS. (Insert your Highway 61, positively 4th St. or ‘no direction home’ joke here.)

Other famous voices who have provided directions on navigations systems include Kim Cattrall, John Cleese and Homer Simpson.

Jason Aldean @ State Fair

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Even though he has three albums and three No. 1 country songs, Jason Aldean managed to play for only 70 minutes on Friday at the Fair. And that included three cover songs.

This country star from Macon, Ga., loves his classic rock, as evidenced by his covers of  Tom Petty and Bryan Adams (with whom he teamed for an episode of CMT Crossroads) and his sidemen’s guitar licks evoking AC/DC, the Stones, Petty and others. He also rocked on his country hits, especially “Johnny Cash,” “She’s Country” and “Hicktown.”

For the full review, click here: http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/music/55989307.html?elr=KArksLckD8EQDUoaEyqyP4O:DW3ckUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aULPQL7PQLanchO7DiUss

Here is Aldean’s set list from Friday:

Wide Open/Crazy Town/Amarillo Sky/Why/I Won’t Back Down (Tom Petty)/Big Green Tractor/I Break Everything I Touch/Grown Woman/Johnny Cash/Relentless/Asphalt Cowboy/Laughed Until We Cried/I Use What I Got/She’s Country/Hicktown  ENCORE Heaven (Bryan Adams)/Summer of 69 (Bryan Adams)

Raitt, Taj @ State Fair

Friday, August 28th, 2009

How emotional was it for Bonnie Raitt at the State Fair on Thursday?

She cried during the fireworks after her show, she told me a short time later. She said it was particularly tough on Wednesday when she went on Lake Minnetonka with a bunch of friends of her older brother, Twin Cities producer Steve Raitt, who died in April of brain cancer.

 She admitted that there were a couple moments onstage Thursday where she had to summon Steve for emotional rescue to get through a poignant song. She said she’d experienced a similar type thing when her father, Broadway star John Raitt, had died and she had to sing shortly after his passing. She merely thought of him when she was overcome with emotion.

During the fair concert, Raitt gave shout outs to some of Steve’s friends, including drummer Bobby Vandell, and to her many Minnesota friends, including Willie Murphy, Tony Glover and John Koerner.

Raitt’s teaming with longtime friend but first-time tourmate Taj Mahal made the structure of the evening different. He and his band opened (loved the swinging instrumental “Seven Eleven” and when he said “Fishin’ Blues” should be the Minnesota state song), then Raitt and her band performed; Taj sat in with her on a couple of acoustic numbers and then he and his band joined her for seven songs at the end.

Here is Raitt’s set list:

Sho Do/Thing Called Love/Nick of Time/Your Good Thing Is About to End/Good Man Good Woman/Satisfied (acoustic w Taj)/Done Changed My Way of Living (w Taj)/Angel from Montgomery/I Will Not Be Broken/Something to Talk About/Love Sneakin’ Up on You/I Can’t Make You Love Me  BOTH BANDS COMBINED Tramp with Scratch My Back/She Felt Too Good/She Caught the Katy/Wah She Go Do/Love So Strong/Gnawin’ on It/ Comin’ Home