Concert Review: The Astounding, Tommy Emmanuel, Smothers Theater, Malibu, CA

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By Martine Ehrenclou

Two-time Grammy nominee and legendary guitar virtuoso, Tommy Emmanuel, brought his captivating and infectious show with opening act, J.D. Simo, to the Smothers Theater, Malibu, CA on January 18th.

With not an empty seat in the house, there was a certain electricity in the air that night as everyone knew there is nothing like seeing Tommy Emmanuel live.

Before the legendary musician graced the stage, J.D. Simo appeared, Gibson 335 in hand and nothing  …(Read More)

By | January 20th, 2018|Concert Reviews|2 Comments

Concert Review: Tommy Castro and The Painkillers, The Canyon Club

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By Martine Ehrenclou

As many times as I’d heard that the blues-rock and soul band, Tommy Castro and The Painkillers, were outstanding live, I didn’t fully understand until Sunday night, January 14th, at The Canyon Club, Agoura Hills, CA.

Before the band appeared on stage, two people sat next to us and started talking up Tommy Castro and his band and the magic of their live performances. Another woman a couple of seats down joined  …(Read More)

By | January 16th, 2018|Concert Reviews|2 Comments

Concert Review: Rock and Roll Church with Vintage Trouble, The Wiltern, Los Angeles 11.15.2017

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By Martine Ehrenclou

Have you ever gone to a concert, not knowing what to expect, and been so knocked out by it that you couldn’t believe you didn’t know about the band before the show?

This is exactly what happened when I saw Vintage Trouble at the Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles, Nov.15, 2017.

Star power? Check. Electrifying stage performances? Check. Fantastic lead singer who can also dance and wow the crowd? Check. Outstanding musicianship from the entire band? Check. Catchy tunes? Yes, indeed.

After a solid groove-based R&B set by  …(Read More)

By | November 17th, 2017|Concert Reviews|0 Comments

Concert Review: Tedeschi Trucks Band Wows at The Orpheum, Los Angeles

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By Marc Ballon

Jam band. The very words conjure up images of jean-clad stoners noodling on guitar, drum solos that go on forever, and an Americana-kissed sound that sometimes trucks but all too often dissolves into a miasma of psychedelica.

Then there’s the Tedeschi Trucks Band, technically a jam band but so much.

At its sold-out Saturday, Nov. 11 appearance at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, the band showed, over the course of its two-hour-plus set, that real music played by real musicians can trump  …(Read More)

By | November 15th, 2017|Concert Reviews|7 Comments

Concert Review: Davy Knowles, Rams Head on Stage, Annapolis, 11.08.17

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By Kevin Porter

Davy Knowles stormed into Annapolis, Maryland, on November 8, 2017, playing before a packed house at the club, Rams Head on Stage. Not surprising, Knowles and his band, consisting of Michael Caskey on drums, Andrew Toombs on keyboards, and Marvin Little on bass, are a well-oiled machine. Knowles played for nearly two hours and drew from his entire catalog, including his time with the band, Back Door Slam, and threw in some choice covers for good measure.

After a short but very good set from the Jamie McLean  …(Read More)

By | November 12th, 2017|Concert Reviews|0 Comments