Friday, March 24, 2017
I’m embarking on a brief blogging break. Before I get out of Dodge, I’ll leave you with three arbitrary lists.
My Ten Favorite Concerts of 2017 (so far)
1. Charlie Wilson, Fantasia and Johnny Gill- Sprint Center
2. Jazz 100 featuring Danilo Pérez, Lizz Wright and Avishai Cohen- Yardley Hall
3. Joseph- Madrid Theatre
4. Patti LaBelle- Muriel Kauffman Theatre
5. Ramsey Lewis- Gem Theater
6. Ben Folds with the Kansas City Symphony- Helzberg Hall
7. Gaelynn Lea- Folk Alliance International Conference at Crown Center
8. Jessica Care Moore- Black Archives of Mid-America
9. Pure Disgust- Encore Room
10. Simone Porter- Folly Theater
My Ten Favorite Songs of 2017 (so far)
1. Calvin Harris featuring Frank Ocean and Migos- “Slide”
2. Valerie June- “Astral Plane”
3. Sunny Sweeney- “Bottle by My Bed”
4. Craig Finn- “God in Chicago”
5. Lorde- “Liability”
6. Young Fathers- “Only God Knows”
7. Alejandro Fernandez- “Agridulce”
8. José James- “To Be With You”
9. Brother Ali- “Own Light (What Hearts Are For)”
10. Chronixx- “Majesty”
My Ten Favorite Albums of 2017 (so far)
1. Miguel Zenón- Tipico
2. Tinariwen- Elwan
3. Yelena Eckemoff- Blooming Tall Phlox
4. Future- Hndrxx
5. Uniform- Wake in Fright
6. Mark Eitzel- Hey Mr. Ferryman
7. Víkingur Ólafsson- Philip Glass: Piano Works
8. Code Orange- Forever
9. Ibibio Sound Machine- Uyai
10. Noah Preminger- Meditations on Freedom
I reviewed Rodney Crowell’s appearance at Knuckleheads.
I reviewed Patti LaBelle’s concert at Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
I reviewed the Jazz 100 concert at Yardley Hall at Plastic Sax.
I discussed Victor & Penny on my weekly segment for KCUR.
I wrote an extended preview of Xenia Rubinos’ concert for The Kansas City Star and Ink magazine.
I write weekly music previews for The Kansas City Star and Ink magazine.
Craig Finn’s We All Want the Same Things is a mixed bag. The standout tracks are “God in Chicago” and “Jester & June.”
Tedeschi Trucks is my all-time favorite jam band. Here’s a ten-minute interpretation of ”Keep On Growing" from Live From the Fox Oakland.
Havok’s Conformicide is RIYL Megadeth, political metal, Revocation. Here’s ”Intention to Deceive”.
Spoon’s Hot Thoughts and Sinkane’s Life & Livin’ It could be the first and second discs of the same sprawling modern pop album. RIYL: dancing, the Isley Brothers, fun.
(Original image of Charlie Wilson, Johnny Gill and band by There Stands the Glass.)