Friday, August 20, 2010

returning bands, new faces and a ballet-dancing cow

Rhett Miller plays 8/20

Is it just us or does it still feel like the Fourth of July around here? Weather's great (looks around frantically for wood to knock), people are happy and there's the requisite amount of shark drama. In the greater scheme of Cape Cod summers, this one definitely went to 11.

Let's keep it there, shall we? We'lll throw in some indie rock, a few Ray Neades connections and a little reggae for good luck.

There's this one guy who works here who doesn't like reggae. I know. We don't know how it happened either. But you know what? He went home raving about Tarrus Riley last year and If that isn't an endorsement, we don't know what is.

Speaking of endorsements: Holy smokes you people know how to vacation. We think we've seen more of you this year than, well, ever. It's been completely great and we should do it again sometime soon. Like tomorrow. And the next couple weeks. Cause after that we'll have to wait until the Thursday before Memorial Day of 2011 to hang out over oyster shooters.

Let's not think about it.

Let's think about the rest of this week and maybe next because you are not going to believe what's on the horizon. Tonight, for instance: Rhett Miller of the Old 97s. When we announced this show on Facebook people went completely out of their minds. And now it's here. Are you coming?

The other thing that blew up on Facebook was the Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers show (next Thursday). This is not, for the record, the Steven Kellogg who wrote the story about Clorinda, the ballet-dancing cow. It is the band you should go listen to if you're uninitiated ( and then come see.

August 20, 10pm, $15
Rhett Miller
Rolling Stone magazine gave Rhett Miller's new eponymous album four stars, calling it "his strongest solo set ever.” Rhett is the front man and main songwriter of the Old 97’s, as well as an accomplished solo artist with three albums to his credit.

August 21, 10pm $25
Tarrus Riley
Tarrus Riley (born Omar Riley) is the son of veteran Jamaican singer Jimmy Riley, formerly of the vocal trio The Uniques, and a nurse, Lavern Tatham, so he refers to his songs as “healing music."
Tarrus has consistently been awarded for his contribution to the industry and for touching the people. “I’ve been getting ‘Best Singer of the Year' or ‘Best Song of the Year’ awards, both locally and internationally. But to be honest, the best award I receive constantly is from the people themselves – when I can look in their faces and see the impression my music has made – that is the best award I can ever get.”
Buy tickets now:

August 22, 4pm $10
Incredible Casuals
There is no longer a month of Sundays left this summer. Three to go. Don't blow it.

August 24, 10pm $5/free with pass
Reggae Night with DJ Bud E Green

August 26, 9pm $20
Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers
Listen to them on their website (linked below) and you'll know why you need to be here next Thursday.
Tom Schick (Norah Jones, Ryan Adams, Rufus Wainwright) is the producer of Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers new album. He says “Each person in The Sixers really adds a lot. They’re so locked in with each other. Stephen is definitely the leader of the gang, but everybody has their say,” he adds of the roles played by Boots Factor and Kit Karlson. “They rise and fall together. It’s amazing to watch them work.”
“They’re a ‘classic rock’ band in the best sense of the phrase,” he says. “You can hear Neil Young, Tom Petty and John Cougar in there. It brings back a lot of good feelings about growing up and listening to great people who can really play their instruments. It’s not pieced together on a computer. It’s very refreshing.”
Buy tickets now:

August 27, 9pm $10
Ray Neades Tribute Weekend with:
The Cavedogs
Lard Zeppelin (with J. Mascis)
The Spampinato Brothers
Ray Neades knew everybody (in the music world, at least) and everybody knew him. If his name isn't ringing a bell, this will get you up to speed:

August 28, 9pm $10
Ray Neades Tribute Weekend continues with:
The Upper Crust
The Stinkin' Lincolns
Beefy DC

August 29, 4pm $10
Incredible Casuals
because everything comes full circle, Grasshopper.

That's it for now!

Be well, use sunscreen and don't dress like a seal when you go swimming.

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