Category On The Road

ON THE ROAD: Light of Day Winterfest 2016: Bob’s Birthday Bash @ Paramount Theatre / Asbury Park, NJ / January 16, 2016

It was “Sweet Sixteen” all the way for New Jersey’s annual series of benefit concerts to raise funds for the fight against Parkinson’s disease. The 16th annual event also happened to be held on the 16th day of the 16th year of the current century. In addition to a number of smaller shows happening around […]

ON THE ROAD: Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook from Squeeze @ City National Grove / Anaheim, CA / November 13, 2015 and @ Wilshire Ebell Theatre / Los Angeles, CA / November 14, 2015

“As you can see, we split-up already” joked Chris Difford before singing “Cool for Cats.” This was while his on-and-off-again, career-spanning musical collaborator, Glenn Tilbrook left the stage to change out of his pajamas. Chris later made a similar wardrobe change after Glenn returned for a solo piano version of one of Squeeze’s biggest hits, […]

ON THE ROAD: Steve Moakler @ City Winery / New York, NY / August 16, 2015

Aware of his status as an unknown opening act for the ever-popular John Hiatt, young Steve Moakler reached out to the sold-out City Winery house with a sincere and humbling “I hope I don’t suck.” However, behind his apparently honest attempt at being modest, I can’t help but believe that the Pittsburgh-born and now Nashville-based […]

ON THE ROAD: Forecastle Photo Journal—Day Three / Louisville, KY / July 19, 2015

Simply put, it was a day unfit for watching live music outdoors. With a heat index of 103 and no cloud cover to speak of, standing with the sun beating down on my head was not much fun. So in between my retreats to the air conditioned VIP tent, I did manage to catch some […]

ON THE ROAD: Forecastle Photo Journal—Day Two / Louisville, KY / July 18, 2015

What started out being a very trying day due to the excessive heat, turned out rather well with some fine musical performances as the sun went down.  An early afternoon storm threat also fortunately managed to miss us. Here’s my Day Two musical run down: A shady spot on a hill aside the WFPK Stage […]

ON THE ROAD: Forecastle Photo Journal—Day One / Louisville, KY / July 17, 2015

I was initially disappointed at the quality of this year’s lineup for the Forecastle Music Festival. None of the three headliners caught my fancy, and where in the past I had seen the likes of Bob Mould, Robert Plant and The Replacements, this year there were simply no bands specifically geared to my generation.  However, […]

ON THE ROAD: Robyn Hitchcock: Union Chapel / London, England / June 5, 2015

Just when I thought my three nights in London couldn’t get any more fascinating, I went to see the inimitable Robyn Hitchcock in a solo acoustic performance at the historic Union Chapel in the Borough of Islington. It’s hard to write about this show without first discussing its setting: a historic working church built in […]