Category Archives: Tour Dates

On Deck: Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band Tour

US dates possible, too.

By Fred Mills

No, it’s not some early April Fool’s Day hoax, although BLURT readers who recall the news item “Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band to Tour; Unreleased Album Due” that mysteriously pops up from year to year on April 1 would be forgiven for being wary. According to UK music site Left Lion, the Magic Band’s John “Drumbo” French “is ready to rev up the Magic Band for a farewell tour.”

Recall that in 2010, French released a memoir, Beefheart: Through The Eyes Of Magic, and that his 2008 solo album City of Refuge featured fellow MB alumni and that he has mounted several MB tours in recent years. French is quoted in the article:

“I’m working on US dates but I’m also planning an extension into Europe from the UK. I haven’t locked in a keyboardist yet, as Brian Havey has gotten very busy and won’t be able to make it. I don’t think that this music was really his cup of tea, anyway.”

As part of their “farewell tour” the Magic Band will be playing in Nottingham, England, this coming weekend, with more listed online.  According to their Facebook page, the lineup currently is:

John French
Eric Klerks
Andy Niven
Max Kutner
Jonathan Sindelman

Tyler Childers Takes His “Purgatory” On the Road

From out of Lawrence County, Kentucky….

Tyler Childers released his debut album “Purgatory” last month and after its drop it has received nothing but positive reviews, and it should. Deep within the Kentucky mountains, Tyler is from a small county in Kentucky with a population just around 15,000 people. “Purgatory” is the album that tells the story of his life in those mountains. With production help from Grammy award-winning Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson, the songs—about drug fueled nights where you wake up in the morning with a shiner on your eye—will make you feel like you and Tyler were as thick as thieves.

In the past couple of years the Americana market has surged with acts like Simpson, Chris Stapleton, and Jason Isbell. Tyler Childers should be an act to follow those acts as they take over what many country artists cannot relate to. The actual walk-the-walk mentality is in Childers’ songs, and you can hear it throughout the entire album.

“Get me drinkin’ that moonshine/ Get me higher than the grocery bill/ Take my troubles to the highwall/ Throw ‘em in the river and get your fill”

Tyler Childers is currently on tour with Colter Wall, and with the two of them selling out venue after venue. Coming up this week are dates in Charlotte, Carrboro, and Gallipolis, OH. Worth noting: in October, Tyler will be holding down a residency where he will be playing three nights at The Burl in Lexington, Kentucky, all making for an unstoppable evening of songs that will leave you drunk off country music—and possibly moonshine.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

September 20th – Charlotte at Neighborhood Theatre *
September 21st – Carrboro at Cat’s Cradle Back Room (Sold Out) *
September 23rd – River Rat Beer and Music Festival, Gallipolis OH
September 24th – Hazard, KY at The Forum +
September 25th – Nashville, TN at The Basement (Sold Out)
September 28th – Columbus, OH at Newport Music Hall *

* w/ Colter Wall
+ w/ Drive By Truckers

Full list of dates can be seen here: https://tylerchildersmusic.com/tour/

Incoming: Jimmy Herring’s New Band For Summer/Fall Shows

From Widespread Panic and much more – any questions?

Guitarist Jimmy Herring embarks on the next chapter of his storied career with the debut of the new band, The Invisible Whip. As a founding member of The Aquarium Rescue Unit, Project Z, and Jazz is Dead – in addition to playing with everyone from The Allman Brothers Band to The Dead to Phil Lesh and Friends – Herring made an indelible impact on improvised music. He currently serves as the lead guitarist for Widespread Panic – you may have heard of ’em.

In fact, Jimmy has been touring consistently with Widespread Panic over the past decade, along with short tours with Aquarium Rescue Unit (Col. Bruce Hampton, R.I.P.), Phil Lesh, and The Ringers, but his 2017 dates with The Invisible Whip mark the first performances of his own music, with his own band, in nearly five years. The upcoming dates will include new music Herring is currently working on, plus material from his last two albums, Lifeboat (2008) and Subject to Change Without Notice (2012). Among the concerts include appearances with John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension, whose leader is one of Herring’s musical inspirations and, uniquely, also one of Herring’s most prominent champions.

Composed of longtime friends and musical collaborators, The Invisible Whip, named for the intangible musical force that fuels them, is a nod to their time spent playing with Col. Bruce Hampton – who has made a lifelong impact on the members of the band. Members of The Invisible Whip are drummer Jeff Sipe (aka Apt Q258), Matt Slocum on B3 organ and clavinet, bassist Kevin Scott and multi-instrumentalist Jason Crosby on Fender Rhodes, piano and violin.

 

Jimmy Herring and The Invisible Whip on Tour:

July 19                                   Minglewood Hall                                          Memphis, TN

July 20                                   Duling Hall                                                     Jackson, MS

July 21                                   Duling Hall                                                     Jackson, MS

July 22                                   Workplay Theatre                                         Birmingham, AL

July 23                                   Revelry Room                                                 Chattanooga, TN

July 25                                   Terminal West                                                Atlanta, GA

July 26                                   Georgia Theatre                                            Athens, GA

July 27                                   Cox Capitol Theatre                                       Macon, GA

July 28                                   Isis Music Hall                                                 Asheville, NC

July 29                                   Isis Music Hall                                                 Asheville, NC

July 30                                   Neighborhood Theatre                                 Charlotte, NC

August 1                              Headliners Music Hall                                     Louisville, KY

August 2                              Park Street Saloon                                           Columbus, OH

August 3                              Kent Stage                                                         Kent, OH

August 4                              Mr Smalls Theatre                                           Pittsburgh, PA

August 5                              Jefferson Center                                               Roanoke, VA

August 31                            Carlos Alverez Theater at Tobin Center       San Antonio, TX

September 1                      Trees                                                                   Dallas, TX

September 2                      George’s Majestic Lounge                               Fayetteville, AR

September 3                      2720 Cherokee PAC                                          St. Louis, MO

September 7                      Gothic Theatre                                                  Englewood, CO

September 8                      Fox Theatre                                                        Boulder, CO

September 9                      Fox Theatre                                                        Boulder, CO

September 10                   Aggie Theatre                                                     Fort Collins, CO

Dexateens Aren’t Just Monkeying Around in Awesome New Video

No truth to the rumor the band will be opening on the summer 2017 Banana Splits reunion tour, however.

By Blurt Staff

If you’re not familiar with the Dexateens, you will be in a moment. These rock ‘n’ roll primates aren’t just aping popular styles and trendy fads—they’re positively simian in their approach to music. Hailing from the urban zoo of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the band serves up a Southern brew of garage punk and dirt-road boogie, and it’s no surprise that they got started on the legendary Estrus Records label, going on to work with the likes of Patterson Hood and David Barbe as well as Tim Kerr – no strangers to primal primate sounds. They took a hiatus from 2010 to 2013—go here to read a review of their 5-out-of-5-stars record from that comeback year—but since then it’s been full speed ahead.

Here’s a fresh taste:

According to guitarist Elliott McPherson, “The song is about going to church as a child, hitting puberty and getting obsessed with the bad girl on the back pew. The moral of the story is that sometimes the church itself can become a place where the evils of the world can creep in and contaminate what is supposed to be a righteous experience….. and that maybe the true church is the act of genuine love and not a place with doors.”

Boy howdy to that. Look for 2016’s Teenage Hallelujah in fine stores everywhere, and keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming Stars In Bars. The band is touring (in Tupelo tonight, in fact), and you can find out more about ‘em at their official website. Trust us, they are no chimps, er, we mean, chumps.

4/20  The Thirsty Devil – Tupelo, MS

4/21  Proud Larry’s – Oxford, MS

4/22  Spring Fest – Huntsville, AL

5/4  JJ’s Bohemia – Chattanooga, TN

5/5  Barley’s Taproom – Knoxville, TN

5/6  Trailfest 2017 – Woodstock, GA

5/18  TBD

5/19  Martin’s Bar – Jackson, MS

5/20  Historic Downtown Anniston w/St Paul and the Broken Bones – Anniston, AL

 

Upper Crust Announces Tour Dates, Unveils New Video

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By Blurt Staff

The veddy proper rock band The Upper Crust just dropped a new album, Delusions of Grandeur, and they’ve also announced tour dates (with more to come – apparently with the Supersuckers). Now they’ve got a fresh video for fans, “Little Castrato,” and you can view it below.

Tour Dates:

 4/22 Newbury Comics Norwood MA in-store

4/28 Once Ballroom Somerville MA record release

5/6 Pressroom Portsmouth NH

5/20 POP Emporium Providence RI

5/25 Bottom of the Hill SF

5/26 HOLD Eugene OR

5/27 Funhouse Seattle WA

6/11 Thunder Road Somerville MA w Dwarves

 

Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band to Tour; Unreleased Album Due

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Hats off! The spirit Don Van Vliet has re-entered the building. Posthumous album due in July, followed by a full US tour in August.

By Herbert Cohen, Jr.

MOJAVE, CALIF.: It’s like déjà vu all over again! The legendary Captain Beefheart, who passed away in 2010, and whose last foray into the music industry was in 1982, apparently recorded an album with his Magic Band prior to his death – totally out of the public eye, and apparently not seeing the light of day until now. And there’s to be a Magic Band reunion tour in order to belatedly bring this music to the stage.

The tour will have its official unveiling at Bonnaroo in June, and then get
in full gear starting early August and running into mid September. The opening
act is to be P.J. Harvey & John Parish and Parish will also be pulling
double-duty on guitar in the Magic Band due to Gary Lucas’ prior commitments
with his own Gods And Monsters. The other players include John
“Drumbo” French and Michael Traylor on drums, Rockette Morton on
bass, and Denny Waller on guitar, plus an as-yet-unnamed keyboard player.

One very special guest: Tom Waits, who contributes
“backing vocals” (term used loosely) on the tunes “Taiwan in
Tupperware” and “Ming the Merciless’ Chimpanzee.”

The eponymous album is described as “a mixture of folk, rock and
extemporaneous da-da boogie, along with at least one avant-garde Tex-Mex
medley, and a freewheeling cover of Robert Johnson’s country-blues classic
“Me and the Devil Blues.” Sessions were produced by Ry Cooder and featured the Magic Band augmented by some of the same players who appear on
Cooder’s acclaimed 2007 album My Name is Buddy (e.g. Jim Keltner, Mike
Elizondo, Cooder’s son Joachim and, on the aforementioned Tex-Mex number,
accordionist Flaco Jimenez). Captain Beefheart will be released by Nonesuch (also Cooder’s current label) on July 5 in the UK and July 6 in the US.

Beefheart (a/k/a Don Van Vliet), in typically left-field manner, didn’t pursue the project via the usual channels (his official MySpace page, Pitchfork.com, etc.) but via a series of private conversations at the 2009 Annual Van Vliet Family picnic, located at a state park near his home in Mojave, Calif. The estate of longtime Beefheart manager Herb Cohen this week in an official statement noted, “With Mr. Cohen’s longtime friend Don’s unreleased music now seeing release, the musical world will finally get a firsthand taste of the quality rock ‘n’ roll that it has been sorely missing for the past quarter-century.” (Note: Cohen recently passed away, sadly.)

At the time, the only clues that Beefheart was indeed ready to return to recording (and possibly touring) was at the picnic during a toast, when the notoriously curmudgeonly performer snorted, ripped what appeared to be a lyric sheet in half, and said, “‘The higher you go, the rarer the vegetation.’ Salvador Dali said that, although I don’t know where he got it. I think I’ve read it in a classic of one sort or another. Or older classic. What do you think about
that? Am I right or wrong? Although there really is no right or wrong. The truth has no patterns.”

Now we know that Beefheart subsequently filmed a video in which he discussed the record, the
tour and his artistry in general. Just this morning, it was posted in low-key fashion to YouTube –
you can view it HERE – although in typical Beefheart fashion, his comments are
maddeningly elliptical. He’s still got a bit of the prankster to him too: the
interview is interspersed with random archival clips and earlier news reports,
so you have to pay very careful attention to the entire video.

For those not in the know of truth and its patterns, Beefheart, born in 1941
in Glendale, Calif., emerged in the early ‘60s as a
protégé of Frank Zappa. His 1969 album Trout Mask Replica regularly figures on Top 100 Albums of All Time lists, and he also exerted a
huge influence among the punk and new wave bands of the late ‘70s and early
‘80s, who embraced his final trifecta of albums-1978’s Shiny Beast,
1980’s Doc at the Radar Station and 1982’s Ice Cream for Crow as benchmarks of DIY bloody-minded artistic inventiveness.

According to the Wikipedia Beefheart entry, “Since the end of his musical career around 1982, Van Vliet has made few public appearances, preferring a quiet life in his
California home where he has concentrated on a career in painting. His interest
in art dates back to a childhood talent for sculpting and his work-employing
what has been surmised as a ‘neo-primitive abstract-expressionist aesthetic,’
has received international recognition. Several of Van Vliet’s former band
members recently reformed as a group, and toured as The Magic Band from 2003 to
2006.”

Fun fact: in recent years, P.J. Harvey and Beefheart somehow struck
up a correspondence and established a kind of confidante-mentor relationship.
There’s no official word from either artist’s camp whether or not this had
anything to do with the good Captain’s re-emergence, but certainly Harvey’s encouragement
and support didn’t hurt. Having her and Parish on the tour, then, is a logical
and laudable strategy. Kindred spirits, all.

Meanwhile, Precision Made, a newly-formed imprint of Handmade, which itself
is an imprint of Rhino Records, will be issuing a limited-to-5000-copies
Beefheart box set
, provisionally titled Flight of the Blimp.
The five-disc archival collection will contain rarities, outtakes, and live material
culled from the artist’s Straight/Reprise/Warner Brothers years and reportedly
does not overlap with the Revenant label’s 1999 Grow Fins rarities
box. It’s set for a late July or early August release, full details tba.

***

Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band 2017 Tour Dates:

06-9 Manchester TN – Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival,
08-06 George, WA – The Gorge (Sasquatch! Festival)
08-07 Vancouver, British Columbia – Orpheum
08-08 Vancouver, British Columbia – Orpheum
08-10 Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium
08-12 Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre
08-15 Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theatre
08-16 Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theatre
08-17 Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theatre
08-18 Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theatre
08-19 Phoenix, AZ – Dodge Theatre
08-22 Denver, CO – Red Rocks
08-23 Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theater
08-24 St. Louis, MO – Fabulous Fox Theater
08-26 Minneapolis, MN – Orpheum Theater
08-27 Minneapolis, MN – Orpheum Theater
08-29 Chicago, IL – Auditorium Theater
08-30 Chicago, IL – Auditorium Theater
08-31 Chicago, IL – Auditorium Theater
09-08 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
09-09 Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theatre
09-10 Columbus, OH – Ohio Theatre
09-12 Cincinnati, OH – Music Hall
09-13 Louisville, KY – Palace Theatre
09-14 Cleveland, OH – Playhouse Square Center State Theatre
09-16 Toronto, Ontario – Molson Amphitheatre
09-19 Providence, RI – Performing Arts Center
09-20 Boston, MA – Opera House
09-21 Boston, MA – Opera House
09-24 New York, NY – Keyspan Park
09-27 Columbia, MO – Merriweather Post Pavilion
09-28 Atlantic City, NJ – House of Blue

[Photo Credit: A.P. Rilfül/RETNA Images]

 

 

 

Last Waltz 40 Tour Gets Underway Again

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Heading back up to Cripple Creek one last time….

By Blurt Staff

What do Warren Haynes and Danny Louis of Govt. Mule, Dr. John, Jamey Johnson, Don Was, Terence Higgins, and Mark Mullins have in common? They’re all devotees of the legendary swansong by The Band—The Last Waltz, which took place four decades ago in San Francisco. This past December the the Last Waltz 40 Band convened in Asheville, NC, for the annual Haynes Christmas Jam, a benefit concert for Habitat For Humanity. Now the tour, having completed the first leg, will be kicking off a second leg March 30 in Dallas, then for the next couple of weeks will hit select markets in the Midwest and West.

By all accounts, this will be a big deal, particularly for folks—which would be just about everybody on the musical planet—who know the artists and songs from The Last Waltz album and Martin Scorcese-filmed documentary. In addition to the folks listed above, there will be an all-star horn section led by Mullins and featuring the original horn arrangements of Allen Toussaint, plus very special guests Garth Hudson (some dates), Cyril Neville, Dave Malone, and Bob Margolin. Other guests to be announced as the tour unfolds.

Go here for the full itinerary.

To Be Heard Booking Launch Party March 17-18 in N.C.

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Celebrating the unveiling of an impressive 18-band roster of Tarheel bands.

By Blurt Staff

Recently a new independent booking outlet, To Be Heard Booking, launched in the North Carolina Triangle area (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill) to help N.C. bands hit the road. They’ve already amassed an impressive, diverse, 18-band roster—viewable here—that includes The Veldt and Happy Abandon, the first two artists to sign with our sister business, the Schoolkids Records label (formerly Second Motion). (Below is Happy Abandon.)

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To celebrate, To Be Heard is hosting a big launch party this coming weekend featuring 10 of those 18 groups—two parties, in fact. Friday night will be a The Cave in Chapel Hill, then the following evening the bash will be at Raleigh venue Slims. Both shows start at 8:30 and are $5. Details are below, and you can also get the low-down here at the booking agency’s website.

Friday March 17th – Chapel Hill, NC – The Cave

Body Games, Davidians, Al Riggs + The Big Sad, Majestic Vistas, and Ravary

Saturday March 18th – Raleigh, NC – Slims

Naked Gods, WIld Fur, SE Ward, Peter Vance of Happy Abandon (solo), Fluorescence

 

 

Incoming: Susanna Van Tassel & Dave Gonzalez

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Classic country duet singing and kickass guitars. Catch ‘em this week at SXSW.

By Blurt Staff

Get set for the debut of Susanna Van Tassel and Dave Gonzalez, whose album Think We’re Gonna Be Alright will be dropping soon. Gonzalez, of course, hails from the Paladins and the Hacienda Brothers, beloved outfits among the roots, blues and Americana camps (the Haciendas took Group of the Year at the ’07 Americana Awards, in fact). He’s joined by Van Tassel, described as “a real honky-tonk sweetheart of the Austin country scene back at the start of the new millennium.” She released a couple of albums then took time off to be with the family and finish up her college degree.

Together the two aim at “reviving the great tradition of country duet singing combined with the blazing sound of baritone and steel guitars.” Meanwhile, they’ll be all over Austin this week during SXSW, so check out the details below if you do plan to be in Texas.

Mar 14  Broken Spoke/ 3201 S Lamar Blvd  6-8pm

Mar 16  Maria’s Taco Xpress/2529 S Lamar Blvd  7pm (25 min)

Mar 18  Continental Club/1315 S Congress Ave  2pm (45 min)

Mar 18  Antone’s Records/2928 Guadalupe St #101  6pm (30 min)

Mar 19  Sam’s Town Point/2115 Allred Dr  2pm (45 min)