I am attending shows at a blistering pace! My last stretch started Thursday 7/19 at Chameleon for Mike McMonagle, Slackwater News and JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound. The acts were handing out free tickets so where were you? JC Brooks is the new and improved James Brown.
Friday took me to Philly for XPoNential Music Festival. The Lumineers were stunning as usual, just simple and gorgeous. JC Brooks got he audience he deserved; they went nuts! Have you heard his cover of Wilco’s “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart?” It’s not his strongest but it rocks. War on Drugs played a great homecoming set. Dawes closed my night live. Taylor Goldsmith got very emotional talking about playing XPo two years ago and how it changed their lives. The singalongs echoed back from Philly. I bailed and got to crank up The Hold Steady’s set for my drive home. They are stronger than ever!
Saturday was back to Philly for XPo. Patterson Hood is a twisted, white-trash genius. Dr. Dog crushed it for a huge crowd at Susquehanna Bank Center, most of whom were there to see The Avett Brothers and Wilco. It was my first time finally catching up to those acts and it was memorable. You can see the set list, pictures, videos, interviews, everything for every band that played at xpn.org Some artists have even uploaded their entire sets for streaming.
Sunday was more XPo and pal Dana Alexandra was the kickoff act. She is sassy and silly and can really sing. Congratulations Dana on playing XPo two years in a row!
I rushed home to host a gang of Dawes fans for their concert Sunday at Long’s Park. That made twice in two days and three times since May that I’ve seen Dawes. YAY! It felt good to see how much they appreciate the WXPN and Lancaster audiences, both huge and vocal!
Now I’m off to visit Williamsport for 22.5 hours and coming home to pack for a week at the beach. Sunday night is Blockstock IV in OCMD!