Category On The Road

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 […]

ON THE ROAD: Elvis Costello: Cliffs Pavilion / Southend-on-Sea, England / June 4, 2015

For me, this show on EC’s UK Detour tour was a last minute, unplanned and unexpected adventure that was nearly derailed by a threatened train strike. But in the end, the hour’s journey east from London’s Fenchurch Street Station to the banks of the muddy North Sea led to a delightful evening of entertainment from […]

ON THE ROAD: Steve Nieve plays Elvis Costello @ City Winery / New York, NY / October 3, 2014

Is it odd for a musical performer to present an evening primarily focused on the music of another artist? Not if you have been an integral part of that artist’s career in the way that Steve Nieve has for Elvis Costello. On his brief tour of the US, this masterful keyboardist of Royal College of […]

ON THE ROAD: Josh Ritter @ City Winery / New York, NY / September 7, 2014

In the music world, there are Josh Roush, Joshua Radin and Josh Ritter. If this gets confusing, just remember that Josh Ritter is the songwriting machine with the perpetual smile. Undoubtedly the humblest and nicest person in show business I have ever met, Ritter is also almost as big in Ireland as Springsteen is in […]

ON THE ROAD: The Feelies @ The Bell House / Brooklyn, NY / April 25, 2014

Without even knowing the competition, I will take a chance and say that The Feelies are the best part-time band in the world. Since calling it quits in 1991 and reforming in 2008, these post-punk popsters from Haledon, New Jersey play on average only about ten shows every year. With guitarist Bill Million now living […]

ON THE ROAD: Forecastle Photo Journal—Day Three / Louisville, KY / July 20, 2014

Hot summer weather returned to Forecastle on its final day causing me  to take things slow and rest up for my major musical event of the decade—the return of The Replacements. My laid back afternoon consisted of checking out small samples of several artists in between taking in the air conditioned splendor of the VIP […]