Monthly Archives: August 2013

Mike’s Playlists—Rock Anthems

Being a self-proclaimed music geek, my iPod is full of thematic playlists that I love to painstakingly spend hours creating with an aim for aural bliss. Here is one that will help get you going on your morning drive to work, or whenever you need a little jolt to the system. These are ten great […]

The Wild Feathers @ Third and Lindsley / Nashville TN / July 21, 2013

I was really taken with The Wild Feathers’ song “The Ceiling” which was getting heavy airplay in Music City on Lightning 100. It’s a well-crafted tune that can really get stuck in your head.  After seeing the Nashville-based Feathers at the Forecastle Festival in Louisville, I thought I’d just seen the next band to break […]

Seven Nights to Rock: Music City Mike’s Weeklong Adventure

In the late 70’s, a New Jersey music writer with the pen name of “Everynight Charlie” tried to go to a concert every night. I often wonder if this is what my life would be like if I were single. Although live music every night is not my ultimate desire, with my wife out of […]

Classic Rock Audiences Suck!

Steely Dan @ The Woods at Fontanel / Nashville TN / August 19, 2011 This is a re-edit of a post I made previously to Facebook. Thanks to @ChrisWillman for unintentionally renaming this for me. Steely Dan was absolutely brilliant. (Hey!) Nineteen songs played expertly for 2½ hours by some amazing players and sung beautifully […]

Music City Landmarks #2—Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge

Location: 422 Broadway (between Fourth and Fifth Avenues North) A trip to visit the Honky Tonk bars on Lower Broad is a must for any tourist visiting Nashville. Even if you only have a few minutes, take a break, walk-in (there’s no cover charges), grab a beer, and catch a few live country tunes. And, […]

AmericanaramA @ The Lawn at Riverfront Park / Nashville TN / June 30, 2013

On a rain-threatened Sunday, the Bob Dylan-led outdoor mini-festival played the fourth date of its run at Music City’s horrible excuse for an outdoor music venue. Although overcome by an amazing night of music, the site’s atrocities were many. The slow gate process resulted in an hour-long entry line that snaked through the downtown streets. […]

Mike’s Music Lists: Songs Of the Calendar

Here is a list I started keeping on paper before I even had a computer. Songs qualify if they: (1) mention a specific day of the year, (2) have a date in their title, or (3) refer to a famous event that happened on a given day. In those instances where there are more than […]

Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ @ The Belcourt Theatre / Nashville, TN / June 25, 2013

It was more than just a concert and more than just a movie. Tonight, one of Nashville’s finest venues for each hosted both a documentary film and a rock concert featuring Atlanta-based band Drivin’ N’ Cryin’. This wasn’t the first or last time that the Belcourt hosted a “Doc & Roc” event like this. In […]

Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys and Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys @ War Memorial Auditorium / Nashville TN / June 22, 2013

Having recently seen Los Lobos at the Franklin Theatre, I was ready to pass on this show featuring three Latin artists whose common bond is that they are each more popular with non-Hispanic audiences. But, after experiencing Alejandro Escovedo’s live set earlier this year in New York City, I made a promise to never again […]

Kopecky Family Band Appears on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Wow! This is just too amazing to be true. One of Music City Mike’s long time favorite local bands, the Kopecky Family Band, hit the big time last night with an appearance on The Tonight Show. You can watch it here: They are a great live act, and please be warned: Last time they […]