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Golden State Lonestar Review featuring Mark Hummel, Anson Funderburgh, & Little Charley Baty
Tuesday 07/15
Golden State Lonestar Review featuring Mark Hummel, Anson Funderburgh, & Little Charley Baty @ The Hamilton Live
$15 / $20
GOLDEN STATE-LONE STAR Revue is a concept of a cross country meeting of the minds between California and Texas musicians. All have known each other for years. The rythm section have played in bands since high school but all share a deep passion for REAL BLUES. Singer and Harmonica master MARK HUMMEL- has just finished his blues memior "Big Road Blues:12 Bars On I-80" on MountainTop Press. Here's what a few musicians think of Hummel's book debut: "This book ought to be required reading for ANY aspiring blues musician. I LOVED IT!" Huey Lewis "Not as bad as I thought it might be. Well written. I think many will enjoy reading it" Charlie Musselwhite "A great read. There haven't been too many books written about the West Coast blues scene and specifically harmonica players, so Mark's story helps fill in the gaps from a personal point of view." John Mayall Hummel's been steadily on the road since 1984 and released 17 albums and CDs since starting out. His latest is a Little Walter Tribute called BLUE AND LONESOME. Hummel has recorded for Flying Fish,Tone Cool and ElectroFi Record(his current) labels since the early 90s. Mark's been nominated for three years in a row for Best Harmonica by the BMA Awards. Hummel's has been performing and producing the BLUES HARMONICA BLOWOUTS in CA. since 1991 and has performed with these multi artists events with the top players in the genre all across the planet. "Mark Hummel came of age in the early 70s, at the height of rock and roll,like many of his peers went and bought a harmonica and hasn't stopped playing since. A specialist in West Coast Blues he's a seasoned showman who knows more than a thing or two about how to please an audience." says THE NEW YORKER LITTLE CHARLIE BATY-is the former leader and masterful guitarist from Alligator Records recording act"Litle Charlie & the Nightcats". Charlie and the Nightcats have recorded 12 albums on Alligator and have been one of the West Coast's most successful blues acts, touring the globe for over 25 years. They've played every major Festival you can think of and every blues joint from Maine to Spain. Guitar World declares, "Baty's straight blues playing is eye-popping...he stretches solos to the breaking point, skittering on the edge, where one wrong note will bring the whole thing crashing down." "Little Charlie Baty plays as much guitar as Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy put together," raves The Village Voice. "He is one of the swiftest, most fluent guitarists working in any genre". ANSON FUNDERBURGH- a native of Texas, has spent the majority of his adult life playing the blues. Anson has earned the respect of artists like Delbert McClinton, Boz Scaggs, Jimmie & Stevie Ray Vaughan and Ronnie Earl. Over the years, these musicians have called on Anson to lend his tremendous guitar talents to their projects. Funderburgh recorded with the Fabulous Thunderbirds on their Butt Rockin' album, and went solo in 1981, when the New Orleans-based BlackTop label released Talk to You by Hand, the label's first release. Funderburgh added Myers on harmonica and lead vocals in 1986. Myers had traveled for years on the chitlin circuit, where he had the chance to accompany people like Elmore James and Robert Junior Lockwood. Funderburgh continued his association in the '90s with Black Top releasing Tell Me What I Want to Hear (1991), Live at Grand Emporium (1995), and That's What They Want (1997). After releasing nine albums on Black Top, in 1999 Funderburgh changed record labels with the release of Change in my Pocket for Bullseye Blues, a cd which won several W.C. Handy Awards. Since the passing of long time musical partner Sam Myers, Anson has concentrated on raising a family, working very local gigs and performing at a smattering of festivals around the world. Now Anson has caught a renewed dose of the performing bug and will begin to perform more regularly with the distinct possibility of regular tours in the coming years.
Hamilton Leithauser (of The Walkmen)
Sunday 07/13
Hamilton Leithauser (of The Walkmen) @ The Hamilton Live
$18 / $20
Hamilton Leithauser announces his debut album Black Hours - inaugurating a new chapter in an already remarkable career from The Walkmen front man - out June 3rd via Ribbon Music. The album brings Leithauser full circle and then some, from lonely midwinter piano-and-vocals sessions, to a loud, live Rock n Roll group and back again. Featuring Leithauser with a slew of talented collaborators including Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Paul Maroon (The Walkmen), Morgan Henderson (Fleet Foxes) and Richard Swift (The Shins/solo), the album showcases Leithauser at his most passionate, personal and free. In its orchestrated rhythms, dynamic vocals, and generous production, Black Hours speaks from one booming voice. The instrumentation provides muscle and texture: Maroon covering a wide range of acoustic and electric guitars as well as grand piano; Batmanglij switching between guitar, harpsichord, piano, bass and harmonica; Henderson takes the marimba and upright bass, and Swift lays down impressive drums on seven tracks. Amber Coffman from the Dirty Projectors provides backing vocals on several numbers and even Hugh McIntosh of Leithauser’s first band, the Recoys, returns to the drum stool for a pair of songs. Principal recording was done in August 2013 at Vox Studios in Los Angeles, “the oldest private studio in the world”, where Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Johnny Mercer, and countless others cut demos before appearing on air at NBC studios, just across Melrose Ave. The lineup for Leithauser’s band includes Paul Maroon, Nick Stumpf, Kevin Barker, and more.
Side Show
Sunday 07/13
Side Show @ Eisenhower Theater
$65.00
The Kennedy Center presents Side Show THE REVIEWS ARE IN! "AN INTOXICATING EXPERIENCE! A glorious comeback for an important American musical."--The Washington Post "Erin Davie and Emily Padgett...lead a first-rate cast! With their inspiring soprano voices, comedic timing, and obvious compatibilities...the two are thoroughly convincing."--Variety "Strongly acted, powerfully sung...emotionally stirring!"--The New York Times ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Go "Behind the Curtain" to learn more about Side Show and tell us what you thought. Use the hashtag #SideShowDC to post about the show on social media! Check out everyone's #SideShowDC posts here. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Step right up to this thrilling reimagining of Side Show, the acclaimed 1997 Broadway musical inspired by the true life story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton. Developed in association with the La Jolla Playhouse, this production features new songs as well as new characters. Chronicling their rise from freak circus attractions to famous vaudeville entertainers during the Great Depression, Side Show follows the Hilton sisters' heartwarming search for love and normalcy amidst the spectacle of fame and scrutiny of the spotlight. Featuring music by Henry Krieger and book and lyrics by Bill Russell, the original production of Side Show went on to earn four Tony Award nominations including Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score. Directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon (Chicago, Dreamgirls, the final two Twilight films), this exciting new staging of Side Show joins a long roster of celebrated Kennedy Center musical revivals that include Ragtime (2009) and Follies (2011). Note: This production contains adult content. Approximate Timing: Act I - 68 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Act II - 56 min.