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A Terrific Double Bill Tonight at Webster Hall

June 5th, 2014

Jackie Greene began making a name for himself and his bluesy music with the release of his first album, Gone Wanderin (stream it below) in 2002. He’s since released six more LPs, a pair of EPs and even a book of lyrics. But things began to take off for him in a different direction when he joined Phil Lesh & Friends as a guitarist, exposing him to different audiences—and different musicians. He’s since joined Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson and Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir, and he became a member of Trigger Hippy, alongside Joan Osborne, Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman and others. So when the Black Crowes were looking for a lead guitarist to tour the world with them last year, Greene was an obvious fit. But now that the Crowes are on hiatus, he’s back on the road with the Jackie Greene Band (above, doing “Honey I Been Thinking About You”).

Keeping it in the family, the Jackie Greene Band is touring with Black Crowes founding member (and guitarist) Rich Robinson. Robinson (above, rehearsing “I Know You”) started making his own music as the Crowes began taking hiatuses 10 years ago. And with each release, his vocals have grown increasingly more confident and smooth. Robinson’s third LP, The Ceaseless Sight (stream it below), just came out on Tuesday, and he told Rolling Stone that it “represents a movement forward.” See the Jackie Greene Band and Rich Robinson Band tonight at Webster Hall. (Each band will 90-minute sets with an encore featuring members of both bands.)

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Swedish Doom Rockers Graveyard Play Webster Hall on Sunday

May 9th, 2014

Inspired by blues-inflected rock legends like Led Zeppelin and Cream, Joakim Nilsson (vocals and guitar) and Rikard Edlund (bass) formed Graveyard back in 2006. Now playing with Jonatan Ramm (guitar) and Axel Sjöberg (drums), the Swedish four-piece’s music reveals hints of blues, folk, jazz and rock and roll—or as they call it, “no boundaries, no limits at all.” The doom rockers, who perform in English, have released three albums, including 2012’s Lights Out (stream it below), which Pitchfork says, “might sound more like Wolfmother—or a supercharged version of the Black Crowes—than an actual metal record.” But you can decide for yourself when Graveyard (above, performing “Ain’t Fit to Live Here”) play Webster Hall on Sunday night.

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The Black Crowes/Dr. John – Terminal 5 – October 27, 2013

October 28th, 2013


Photos courtesy of JC McIlwaine | jcmcilwaine.com

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The Black Crowes Kick Off Eight Shows Tonight

October 18th, 2013

The Black Crowes first gained fame with their debut album, Shake Your Money Maker, and despite some turnover—especially at the lead-guitar position, now filled out by Jackie Greene—they’re still going strong as a finely tuned touring machine 23 years later. But another hiatus is in the not-too-distant future for frontman Chris Robinson, rhythm guitarist Rich Robinson, drummer Steve Gorman, bassist Sven Pipien, keyboardist Adam MacDougall and Greene. But before they go away, the Black Crowes (above, performing “Sting Me”) are coming back to town for eight shows with special guests galore. The six-piece will play acoustic shows at the Capitol Theatre, tonight and tomorrow with John Fullbright, and Monday and Tuesday with Justin Townes Earle. (Plus legendary bluegrass mandolinist Sam Bush will sit in at three shows, while jack-of-all-trades multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell will guest at all four.) The Crowes will then go electric at Terminal 5, on 10/24 with Ray Wylie Hubbard, on 10/26 with the Blind Boys of Alabama, on 10/27 with Dr. John & the Nite Trippers and on 10/29 with Maceo Parker. Get involved.

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The Bowery Presents: Civic Theatre New Orleans

July 16th, 2013

Honoring the past, creating the future and reveling in the present, The Bowery Presents is thrilled to welcome New Orleans’ legendary Civic Theatre to our ever-growing family of venues. Following a nine-month renovation that includes the addition of the most advanced integrated tech infrastructure for a venue of its size anywhere in the country—not to mention partnerships with some of the best sound and lighting engineers and renowned mixologists (it is New Orleans) in the business—NOLA’s oldest theater is reopening its doors with an all-star lineup that includes Passion Pit, the Black Crowes, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and plenty more. Tickets for the complete fall lineup will go on sale to the public this Friday at www.civicnola.com and www.BowerySouth.com. For a one-of-a-kind concert experience, you’ll want to take a road trip, down south to New Orleans.

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Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires Turn Up the Heat

February 5th, 2013

Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires – Mercury Lounge – February 4, 2013


It was like something out of a TV show: Mercury Lounge, late on a Monday night, a few scattered folks lining the walls waiting for the headliner to take the stage, trying to stay awake, a distinct ho hum vibe in the room. Then the band hops onstage, guns a-blazin’ and takes the place from 0 to 60 in a couple of seconds, the room going from a blah, half-empty to a hyped-up where-did-these-people-come-from half-full, all caught in the thrall of Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires. Within the first few songs, Bains and the band went through the introductory chapters of the rock and roll book: Bains falling into the crowd mid-guitar riff, then getting into his lead guitarist’s face, then double solos back-to-back before climbing on the drum kit. Every rock band needs a great frontman, and the Glory Fires have Lee Bains III, who rocked the red-white-and-blue guitar strap embroidered with “LEB3” on it like few can.

The Glory Fires—two guitars, bass and drums—played a fireball set of Southern classic rock, channeling forefathers like the Allmans and Skynyrd with a healthy dose of the Black Crowes. After the first few numbers, they tweaked the sound in the monitors, as bands will do, asking for more guitar: The drummer petitioning the audience, “Hope y’all ain’t scared of a little guitar!” I hope not, too, because there was plenty of it as Bains rifled through songs off last year’s There Is a Bomb in Gilead and a whole slew of new ones, barely pausing in between. The running theme of the set was the band’s hometown of Birmingham, Ala., playing at least three songs about the city, stretching from general civic pride to missed sweethearts back home, all just another opportunity for Bains and his Glory Fires to crank up the volume and play some rock and roll. —A. Stein

 

 

 

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Two Nights of Swedish Rockers Graveyard This Weekend

January 24th, 2013

Inspired by blues-inflected rock legends like Led Zeppelin and Cream, Joakim Nilsson (vocals and guitar) and Rikard Edlund (bass) formed Graveyard back in 2006. Now playing with Jonatan Ramm (guitar) and Axel Sjoberg (drums), the Swedish four-piece’s music reveals hints of blues, folk, jazz and rock and roll—or as they call it, “no boundaries, no limits at all.” Last fall the throwback rockers released their third album, Lights Out (stream it below), which Pitchfork says, “might sound more like Wolfmother—or a supercharged version of the Black Crowes—than an actual metal record.” But you can decide for yourself when Graveyard (above, performing “The Siren” at Bonnaroo in 2011) play The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday.