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Comment Archives: Events: 4 Stars

Re: “OffRoad

Great young band with catchy sound and lyrics! Good energy. Hope they continue to grow. Would like to see them again!

Posted by Ed on 10/28/2011 at 11:39 PM

Re: “The B-52s

The B-52s were fantastic - fitting very well the description of Jim Ridley above. Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson's voices are still incredibly strong and musical. Fred Schneider and Keith Strickland both move and dance around the stage like they are 25 years old. The mostly middle-aged audience did our part of joining the party, staying on our feet, raising our arms and swinging our hips to every song. College kids on the balcony were dancing on chairs. It seems the band and everyone at the Wildhorse has passed the test of time. It was a lot of fun!

Posted by Penny Fox Lueckenhoff on 10/07/2011 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Yuck w/Porcelain Raft

Not many people showed up but it was a great show none the less. I expect great things from these guys.

Posted by Kevin White on 10/06/2011 at 1:06 AM

Re: “The Rocky Horror Show

Mr. Brady...I'm curious why you spend the entire first half of the write up discussing a 9 year old mounting of this musical by a completely different theater even going so far as to list the cast from the previous mounting? And saying "Boiler Room Theatre’s new mounting of the campy Richard O’Brien musical would do well to at least match Ellis & Co.’s impassioned approach" leads me to believe that you have not even seen this production. I had the pleasure of watching this show last weekend and it was a fresh, exciting, funny and extremely enjoyable production with a very talented and hard working cast. I want to come back and bring friends...and I rarely consider seeing a show twice. I would love to see a better write up by the Scene. This production is deserving of something a little more glowing than this. I'll certainly put the word out to my friends that this is not one to miss!!

Posted by theatreafficianado45 on 10/05/2011 at 5:47 PM

Re: “Toad the Wet Sprocket w/Dave Pahanish

On August 13, 2011, Mercy Lounge = House of Toaad

Reunited 90s Modern Rock sensations, Toad The wet Sprocket made their triumphal return to Nashville a week ago Saturday night, playing Music City for the first time since their final pre-breakup appearance at 328 Performance Hall in December of 1997.

It was a great performance, however, my only reason for not giving it 5 out of 5 stars was the crowd's (understandable) penchant for singing along (out of tune) with every song, which robbed the experience of much of its enjoyment for yours truly.

But maybe I'm being too picky.

Glen Phillips sounded great, even if he did drop down an octave on about half the songs. But again, the guy has been singing his ass off for 4+ months running now. This was the band's 70th show in just the first leg of this officially reunited-gonna-cut-a-new-album-for-the-first-time-in-14-years tour. So I guess I should cut him some slack on the octave drop.

Todd Nichols and Denny Dinning sounded better than ever on lead guitar and bass, respectively, and drummer Randy Guss, looking more like Woody Allen every day, was his steady ol' self on drums. Nashville's own Jonathan Kingham, who has been Toad's touring musician on keyboards and dobro throughout the tour, did his usual outstanding job in the background.

The setlist was 23-songs strong and included selections from all five toad studio albums and (a compilation release of B-Sides and Oddities), including all eleven from their recently re-recorded greatest hits effort, 'All You Want' which was released this past April. The greatest hits album tracks are among the band's most popular, taken predominantly from albums 'Fear' (1991), 'Dulcinea' (1994), 'In Light Syrup' (1995), and 'Coil' (1997).

The band's decision to re-record and promote the greatest hits collection was a rightful attempt to recoup a greater share of the profit from the licensing of their own work, which former record company, Columbia Records, still holds; they've seen little of those profits despite the enduring popularity of their music nearly a decade and a half since their last new material studio recording.

However, a huge step toward resolving that issue will be coming next year as the band announced Saturday that they are indeed in the process of cutting a new self-recorded, self produced album, to be released sometime in 2012.

Two of the upcoming album's new tunes, 'The Moment' and 'Friendly Fire' were first heard in Nashville at the Mercy Lounge show, and have been on the Toad setlist throughout their current tour. Speaking for myself, I thought they both sounded terrific, and in particular, I predict 'The Moment' to be their triumphal return hit upon it's release next year.

All in all, it was a tremendous show, giving any fan of Toad's music plenty to be excited about and to look forward to in the coming months.

For more thoughts on this great concert experience, including audio & video clips, photos, and more, check out my recent post on All Your Blogs Are Belong to Us:

--- AJ in Nashville

Posted by AJ in Nashville on 08/21/2011 at 6:26 PM

Re: “Shoney Lamar w/The Equal Rights, Off Set & Richard Koozie

Looking forward to a good little mix of some high quality non-butt rock bands

Posted by Punkin on 08/16/2011 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Shoney Lamar w/The Equal Rights, Off Set & Richard Koozie

Prepare to be pleasured with epic rock.

Posted by TheBoro on 08/12/2011 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Staying for the Weekend w/A Hero En Route & Sounds Taken

I really enjoyed playing at this venue. There was a big crowd and the sound was great. The only problem we had was that the HRC double booked the room so there was a private party in there that pushed our show back about an hour but all in all it was great.

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Posted by Mac Gibbons on 08/05/2011 at 2:45 AM

Re: “Nashville Fringe Festival w/DJ Kidsmeal, Deep Fried 5, The Coolin' System & Charles Butler and Associates

The first night of the Nashville Fringe Festival set it all up just right: Charles Butler and Associates were the fringiest; I was totally unprepared for how rocking that sweet bluegrass would be - always love a thumping double bass; and they play in an almost-jazz format: spot-lighting one splendid instrumentalist after another! Coolin' System is always very hot & very cool! Add in Chris West on sax for the Chris-Cross effect - well, yeah! (Catch Chris at the upcoming Fringe event at Bongo Java After Hours on Tues., June 28). Kidsmeal is just simply the best in town at what he does! Deep Fried 5 gets better and stronger every time I see them, as individual musicians and as a unit. When Miqui Gutierrez joins them, the funk/fusion heats all the way up. (Miqui and his own band R0zetta Groove head-line the Fringe event at 12th & Porter, Wed., June 29). Music City Soul Dancers are incredible; mere human beings CAN'T be making those moves - must use smoke and mirrors?!? The Fringe "Spirit Award" to Ritt and Margie Chitwood, by the men of DF5 did not leave a dry eye in the house; one of those truly moving moments. Great night! Great fun! Great start to the 2011 Nashville Fringe Festival!

Posted by nashvillejan on 06/26/2011 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Perpetuum Jazzile

What a fun night of music! They were even better 'live' than on YouTube. You may not like every single song they performed, but they are an impressive group...especially the pure 'a capella' pieces.

Posted by Paul Chenoweth on 06/25/2011 at 8:30 AM

Re: “TACA Tennessee Craft Fair

Did you watch the "Extreme Couponing" show they should have featured "Printapons" which I use and print coupons from online

Posted by bettyorner on 05/06/2011 at 3:08 AM

Re: “Tom Jones

Pleasantly surprised!

Posted by Tunky on 05/01/2011 at 7:38 PM

Re: “Chicago w/Los Lonely Boys

Four of us went to this concert. It was an interesting venue and we liked the setting. What we didn't like is way they spread the seating out too far on either side of the stage so that if you are either end and up front, you are about 15 feet from seeing the act. We thought Chicago sounded better than ever - both the vocals and the instruments. And we've all seen them in concert MANY times over the years. We are also LLB fans - have been from the beginning. We continue to be disappointed in them. The last several years the Boys have gotten away from what made them 'famous' - that is, the SHOWMANSHIP. They don't ever cut loose in concert or do some of the things that used to get the crowd worked-up, such as playing blindfolded. They also spend WAY too much time on the newer stuff when they should be playing more from the first few albums. Comeon guys, get back to what got you where you are before it's too late.

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Posted by Musicfan on 04/25/2011 at 8:43 AM

Re: “The Power Triplets

Being a devoted fan of instrumental music I am happy to have discovered THE POWER TRIPLETS . These cats cover ALOT of ground stylistically...stank-ass funk to tastey polished melodic gems with plenty of foul mouthed grooves and greasey tones . Guitarist Chris Nix plays with a great deal of heart and totally avoids the cliched copy cat licks I've heard everybody play a million times over . Its rare to find a guitar player that hasn't stolen his style from somebody else's bag . If I had to compare him to some well known guys I'd say Nix has a dash of restrained Steve Morse and Eric Johnson's pissed off cousin . There is an element of grit that gives him a tough blues edge balanced with intelligence ......kind of a Hendrix / Robben Ford love child perhaps ?

The bass and drums are locked down . You couldn't ask for a tighter unit . Nothing short of BAD ASS . These cats play with authority , taste and restraint . They do happen to get outside the box in a few spots but it all makes sense ...especially after a few spins....I like this stuff more and more each time I listen . In fact this is the type of music that grows on you IMHO .

Its not your typical fusion or prog . Its in a class by itself . It has what I find lacking in some Prog/ Fusion...BALLS .

Posted by jebbudda on 04/13/2011 at 4:39 PM

Re: “In the Heights

"In other words, an excuse to employ dynamic youthful minority performers who dance and sing and holler to a lot of salsa music and groove on lyrics about Latin loving and partying."

True ignorance is demonstrated when the "edited" version still includes the most offensive line (above). Where's the logic? Are "white" musicals an excuse to hire white performers? No. So why is a Latino-influenced musical an excuse to hire minority performers?

Salsa music does NOT equal "Latin loving and partying". That's the ignorant "Latino heat" stereotype. Clearly Mr. Brady did not pay attention. Seems like the minute the musical started and he saw all the minority performers, he threw his hands up in the air and declared "Aww, what the f**k".

Posted by sleeks3000 on 04/04/2011 at 3:42 PM

Re: “The Wedding Singer

I went to see this today, and I have to say, it far exceeded my expectations.

Tyson Laemmel is the perfect combination of loveable and pitiful as Robbie, the sad-sap main character who is deserted at the altar by his "skanky" fiancee, Linda. Gorgeous Laura Thomas does a bang-up job as Julia, the naive but sweet counterpart to Robbie.

In my humble opinion, the play adaptation of the Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore film was better than the movie. With hysterical lines and fun, and sometimes cheesy, songs, it was 2 1/2 hours enjoyably spent.

Way to go, Paul! Fantastic job!

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Posted by MandyK on 02/20/2011 at 7:40 PM

Re: “Margaret Durante w/Chris Carpenter

just heard her on the radio singing Mississippi's Cryin and love that song! she can really sing. Want to know when she's coming back to Lindsley!


Posted by yungtess on 12/01/2010 at 10:45 AM

Re: “The Long Players perform John Lennon's Lennon

What a shame those unmarried middle-aged men cannot take a cue from Lennon and pay attention to the world around them instead of the glowing screens in front of them (and cheese doodle residue smeared on their shirts.)

Posted by Chrome DeMenthe on 10/22/2010 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Nappy Roots w/Biscuits and Gravy

Black Hewbrew will be opening for Nappy. "Trunks go Bananas" is my jam!!! Can't wait to see both groups show out!!!

Posted by schewlett83 on 10/11/2010 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Dog Sees God

Great casting and staging, excellent performances. One of the most engaging and hilarious shows to hit the "Boro in recent years. Worth a trip to the hinterlands to enjoy.

Posted by ixthvs on 09/14/2010 at 12:04 AM

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