Category: Concert Review

BLOG: Opal’s Nothing But a Sweet ‘Happy New Year’ in Eureka Springs

Never miss a Sunday show, they say. Well that rang particularly true on New Year’s Eve in Eureka Springs as 2017 was sent to final edit and we all convened at Chelsea’s Corner Café to welcome 2018 with vigorous optimism, passion, love, and joy through the sweet music and good vibes of Opal Agafia and The Sweet Nothings. It was as a family affair, as my lovely, wonderfully beautiful, and extremely talented girlfriend Gina Gallina had recently accepted my proposal for marriage. This makes me a happy man, and I’m excited for our continued adventures together. I’m so very lucky to have such a pulchritudinous lady by my side. Bonus: A whole horde of familia from Deadhead Productions had come to Eureka Springs for the occasion. We shared in delight and celebrated the gift of each others’ presence as we all dined at the Grand Taverne in style. We feasted together as we bade 2017 adieu while toasting to 2018 and the New Year that was upon us. Then it was upward on onward to Chelsea’s for a New Year’s Eve celebration! The moon was waxing and nearly full as it...

Delvis and The Schwag: An Uncle, A River, and A Hound Dog

This past Friday evening I headed Eastbound to get down with The Schwag in Mountain Home at an eclectic and culturally stimulating venue, Royal 66.  The drive was narrated by different versions of Me and My Uncle and Big River along with some 70s funk playlist action and went by rather quickly.  I dismounted my Subaru and entered to check in to my hotel and ascended to my room to don my Elvis outfit.  I would be Delvis this evening; and the Royal 66 would be the site of a collision of two worlds.  Elvis would do the Dead and Delvis would be the administrator. We sound checked at 7 to work out the kinks and I knew it was gonna be all right, mama.  Four super talented musicians under my spell for three songs.  I felt the magnetic chemistry and knew when it was showtime, it would be electric.  The band went on at 9. The Schwag played a nice ensemble of Dead tunes throughout the evening and the crowd was packed in and found themselves “dancing in the...

YMSB at Hillberry 2017 Shakes the Soul Plus a Stirring Sit-In By Tim Carbone [Full Set Video]

The Yonder Mountain String Band set at Hillberry The Harvest Moon Festival 2017 outside Eureka Springs, Arkansas, was one of the more soulful and stirring sets I’ve seen from YMSB, and I’ve seen them over 55 times. (Lost count!) But the guest performance turned in by fiddler Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth was phenomenal. Sitting there in my chair, I was moved to the point of losing my conversation and thoughts, jaw on the ground, totally captivated. It’s followed right behind by one of the longest and most skillful solos I’ve seen yet from YMSB mandolinist Jacob Joliff. (And don’t let the slow-down in pace fool you – they set it right back on fire soon enough.) The whole Pass This Way > E.M.D. jam lasts nearly a half hour and is simply mind-blowing. Check it out (you can actually watch the full set, Tim’s part begins at 33:00) below. Setlist at the bottom. Thanks to John Peckham of ConcertCasters for the outstanding video! And thank you to Deadhead Productions for the best festival I’ve been to in years! Setlist 01 Troubled...

BLOG: Eureka’s Delvis and Halloween Widespread Panic Tour Take Vegas By Storm

I recently experienced a weekend adventure I will never, ever forget. This Adventure of a Lifetime combined my Delvis persona with my love for Widespread Panic; it was a combo one-two punch with karate kick trip! It began with a flight to Vegas to see Panic for their Halloween run, some impromptu street sets as Delvis (while in costume, everyone I passed by went wild!), and concluded with a packed Delvis show at Rowdy Beaver Den in Eureka Springs. All because you gotta spread your wings if you want to fly.   The night before my departure seemed to be circling the drain toward a river of dreams. I packed my jumpsuit and other sentimental spirit drivers such as my dad’s Virgin Mary pendant, a few spirit stones, and enough vitamin D for everyone. Knowing Las Vegas had recently gone through a horrifying event, it was time to burn some love and inject some Viva Las Vegas back into the soul of Sin City. Sleep came slowly, and before I knew it I was living on Tulsa time as I made...

The light, brief rain during the Floozies' set – combined with an outstanding light show – Friday night made for some amazing photography by LiveEditsLab / Collin Taylor

Highberry 2017 Standouts: Opal Agafia, Floozies, DSO, Marcus King Band … and BUBBLES!

I attended Highberry Music Festival over the weekend leading up to the Fourth, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The national touring acts who performed all brought their best performances, the vibe among the fans was friendly and relaxed, there were literally tons of activities for adults and kids alike, and The Farm – Eureka Springs is a gorgeous setting for a festival event. (With a great disc golf course, year-round camping for a low nightly fee, close proximity to Beaver Lake, Table Rock Lake and the White River, and with downtown Eureka Springs being a 15-minute drive away, The Farm is a fabulous setting for anything.) In addition to this recap, be sure to check out our Top 100 Pics from Highberry 2017!  THURSDAY AT HIGHBERRY Thursday’s best set came from Eureka Springs-based group Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings, performing next-to-last on the tent stage. After kicking off their stellar performance with a soft and moody “Old Ways of Living,” the band launched into high gear ­– as did the crowd – a couple songs in. The addition of...

Yonder Mountain String Band performs at the Gillioz Theatre in Springfield, Missouri.

Review: Yonder Mountain String Band in Springfield, 6/22/17

Yonder Mountain String Band brought their best to the Ozarks Thursday night, June 22, at the beautiful, historic Gillioz Theatre in downtown Springfield, as the five-piece jamgrass act celebrated bassist Ben Kaufmann’s 42nd birthday. The 2-hour-plus show saw the band veer from the planned setlist a couple of times, as Kaufmann got into the celebratory spirit and took shout-out requests from the audience and also squeezed in a Facebook request or two. Dave Johnston on banjo immediately brought the heat as he took the instrumental lead early in the first piece, Traffic Jam > Gloryland > Polka > Traffic Jam. It’s so great, for longtime YMSB fans, to see this act continue growing and shining post-Jeff Austin. Austin was undoubtedly the star of the show every show; since his departure and the addition of Jacob Joliff on vocals and mando and Allie Kral on fiddle and vocals, every member has grown into a shining role and every member stands out as excellent at their jobs. Nevertheless, just a few minutes into the opening number, Kral made clear in her nonchalant, “this-is-not-hard-for-me”...

REVIEW: Grace Potter Turns Up the Heat at Rev Room [5-23-11]

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals COMPLETELY BLEW AWAY a packed house at Rev Room Sunday night in Little Rock. She took requests all day via Twitter and Facebook for the setlist, and during the show she said it was an all-request setlist, which she dubbed “#themostinterestingsetlistintheworld” when she Tweeted it today. I don’t know if it was the most “interesting” setlist in the world, but I know it was the most impressive rock show I’ve seen all year by anyone, male or female, at any level. The touching, short-and-sweet marriage proposal onstage by a fan to his girlfriend in the middle of the show didn’t hurt either. (She said yes, after which GPN covered Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away,” with a lot of help on vocals from the crowd.) So it’s no secret that Grace Potter herself is the hottest thing in music since, I don’t know, compact discs. I’ve seen her on TV and on YouTube and have been mightily impressed with her powerful, explosive vocals; her showmanship and raw sexuality; and her ability to scream — almost squeal...