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Crossroads 2010

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on June 30, 2010

A hot Chicago hosted Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival, Saturday at Toyota Soccer Park. It was a spectacular lineup mixed with Hall of Fame blues rock guitarists mixed with many of the new guitar superstars. All gathered for the third installment to benefit Clapton’s Antigua Center for Rehabilitation.

The sold out crowd endured the twelve hour classic through the extreme heat which reached nearly 100 degrees on field level.Medical stations were filled to capacity with fans suffering from heat exhaustion.

Event MC Bill Murray reminded the audience “ to keep hydrated and claimed that on this day beer qualifies as a hydrant”.

The conditions may have been tough but those who attended the festival enjoyed an historic day filled with outstanding music played by various combinations of legendary musicians. It was a marathon show filled with musical highlights. With every performer coaxing the other and carrying the audience to the highest levels of music heaven.

Host Eric Clapton asked as he began his set, “ Can you take any more lead guitar?” After a resolving yes, Clapton played with a purpose, dueling with his guest, Jeff Beck, and Stevie Winwood each pushing each other’s talent to the limit. Clapton sounded like the guitar god of the past. Its obvious that he is at his best when he is challenged.

If you missed the show you will have a second chance, both of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festivals were previously captured on dvd, but you don’t have to wait long to see this year’s show.

The guitar festival will be shown as a one night event in selected movie theaters nationwide as a special two-hour event on July 27th. Presented in HD beginning at 7:30 pm only on Tuesday July 27th, this special concert film will feature musical performances and artist interviews from this year’s show. More info

Show Highlights

  1. Eric Clapton and  Steve Winwood’s complete set  Voodoo Chile had people talking  in the parking lot. Clapton’s guitar solo was breathtaking!
  2. Buddy Guy, Ronnie Wood and Jonny Lang playing the Stones “Miss You”
  3. Robert Randolph and Joe Bonamassa dueling between each other
  4. Jeff Beck’s entire set
  5. Derrick Trucks , Susan Tedeschi, Warren Haynes, Johnny Winter, Cesar Rojas and David Hillgado- Trucks Guitar was on fire!
  6. Sonny Landreth and Eric Clapton :The Promised Land”
  7. ZZ Top “Jesus Just Left Chicago”
  8. Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton
  9. EC and Sheryl Crow
  10. John Mayer
  11. Robert Cray with Jimmie Vaughn and Hubert Sumlin
  12. Warren Haynes “ SoulShine”
  13. Doyle Bramhall II, Sheryl Crowe and Gary Clark
  14. B.B. King and a stage full of guitarist to close the show with “Sweet Home Chicago”

Cover Songs

  1. “Voodoo Chile” –  EC and Winwood
  2. “Foxy Lady” – R Randolph
  3. “ Crossroads” – (Twice played)  J Mayer and Clapton
  4. “Red House” -Derrick Trucks , Susan Tedeschi, Warren Haynes, Johnny Winter, Cesar Rojas and David Hillgado
  5. “Wait until Tomorrow” – John Mayer Trio
  6. “Sittin on Top of the World”- Robert Cray with Jimmie Vaughn and Hubert Sumlin
  7. “ I Want to Take you Higher” – Jeff Beck
  8. “Shake Your Moneymaker” – EC and J Beck
  9. “Well Alright” -EC and S Winwood
  10. “Lay Down Sally” – Vince Gill and Sheryl Crow
  11. “Coming Home” – Derrick Trucks , Susan Tedeschi, Warren Haynes, Chris Stainton, Cesar Rojas and David Hillgado
  12. “300 pounds of Heavenly Joy” – Hillgado and Rojas
  13. “I Shot the Sheriff” – EC
  14. “Live Together”- Derrick Trucks , Susan Tedeschi, Warren Haynes
  15. “ Luxury Liner” – Vince Gill, ALee , Keb Mo and, J Burton

Here are the ages of key performers at Saturday’s Crossroads festival. The average age is slightly more than 54 per artist, with a few twentysomethings lowering the curve:

B.B. King, 84

Hubert Sumlin, 79

Buddy Guy, 73

James Burton, 70

Jeff Beck, 66

Albert Lee, 66

Bert Jansch, 66

Johnny Winter, 66

Eric Clapton, 65

Stefan Grossman, 65

Steve Winwood, 62

Jimmie Vaughan, 59

Sonny Landreth, 59

Keb’ Mo’, 58

Robert Cray, 56

Earl Klugh, 56

David Hidalgo, 55

Cesar Rosas, 55

Pino Daniele, 55

Vince Gill, 53

Sheryl Crow, 48

Doyle Bramhall II, 41

Susan Tedeschi, 39

Joe Bonamassa, 33

John Mayer, 32

Derek Trucks, 31

Jonny Lang, 29

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The Moody Blues at Horseshoe Casino Southern IN

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on June 21, 2010

The Moody Blues visited Horseshoe Casino Southern IN Saturday evening playing two excellent sets that covered a four decades span of their incredible roster of hits along with a few gems from past albums not often played. The band magically took you on a journey back through time and made you remember the days you first listened to these songs.

The Moody Blues gave a strong musical performance that ran through their gold and platinum staples, “Nights in White Satin”, I’m Just a Singer in a Rock and Roll Band” , “The Story of Your Eyes”, and “Question”.

The long time band members , Justin Hayward, John Lodge and Graeme Edge, were backed by a powerful band consisting of  standout, Norda Mullen on flute , vocals,and harmonica,  Alan Hewitt on keyboards, Julie Ragins keyboards and backing vocals, along with Gordon Marshall, whose performance on percussion pushed the band  with an energy that made the audience forget the high temperatures of the day.

Each song had a  powerful punch that seemed as if the songs were written only yesterday. The stage lighting was enhanced with a background video screen that switched between past photos, videos and psychedelic colors.

The legacy of The Moody Blues continues. The Moody Blues will always offer their fans a unique experience of a classical, pop and rock and roll , delivered with commitment and a sentiment of peace.

Heat and Hot music scorch Bonnaroo

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on June 18, 2010

Almost 80,000 music lovers filled the now legendary 700 acre Manchester, TN farm for a weekend of music, camping and social vibes. Bonnaroo is an endurance test with four days of heat in the mid 90’s, acres of walking through hot and sweaty crowds and performances on seven stages that last until daylight.

People of all ages and personalities join together to celebrate the entire music spectrum.

Your senses are overwhelmed by the many activities, music, lights and attractions you find in this rolling field that turns the quiet little town of Manchester, into a music mecca for four days and forms one of the five largest cities in Tennessee.

In the center of it all you will find food clothing and plenty of artistic shopping. The main gathering place especially when showers are at a premium and the heat index is nearly 100 is a mushroom shaped fountain that many take advantage of to cool off while others just take in the sites of scantly clothed people splashing about.

At night a ferris wheel complete with spectacular changing light patterns, keeps you entertained even if you don’t go for a ride. For the ninth consecutive year, Bonnaroo, is the premier Midwest music event. A place to discover great new music and relish in todays top acts and enjoy a few of music’s legends.

Its impossible to take it all in, you have to make tough choices such as, the seven pm slot on Saturday between Weezer, Jeff Beck and John Prine or the Friday late night shows of The Flaming Lips, Darryl Hall with Chromeo or The Black Keys. Most of the time you try to split your time between shows.

Bonnaroo is a draining but wonderful experience. One that has us counting the days till next years version..

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Best of Bonnaroo 2010

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on June 18, 2010

You can’t possibly see everything or every show at Bonnaroo. Based on the choices I made here is my list of standout shows.


Best Performances Friday


  1. Flaming Lips – Friday Late show, balls, balloons, confetti, amazing stage   lighting and “Dark Side of the Moon” combine to overload your senses.
  2. Tenacious D-   Even Conan bowed down to them
  3. Kings Of Leon-  Labeled the Kings of Bonnaroo
  4. The Black Keys -Powerhouse set that kept many from the beginning of Flaming Lips
  5. Daryl Hall and Chromeo- Halls voice is still on of the best soul voices in music
  6. The National –    better live than the albums


Friday Best of the Rest


1.The Gaslight Anthem – Second coming of the “Boss”

  1. Nitty Gritty Earth Band- These guys can still play!
  2. Michael Franti- Positive beat and tons of energy
  3. She and Him- getting comfortable on stage the music was always there.
  4. Dr. Dog- always entertaining and their new album rocks.



Best Performances-Saturday


  1. Avett Brothers- solid music with amazing harmonies
  2. Jeff Beck-  A Legendary Guitar God
  3. Stevie Wonder- Incredible voice range and Hall of Fame set- Great performance, but didn’t fit Saturday night at Bonnaroo
  4. Weezer their set woke up and a heat drained crowd.
  5. Dead Weather- great beat and stage show. They even made it rain for their opener for a brief time.
  6. Jay Z- filled the entire lawn with dancers.


Saturday Best of the Rest

1.John Prine- Legendary music

  1. GWAR- evil but entertaining
  2. Jimmy Cliff- still can energize a crowd
  3. Dan Deacon Ensemble- Fun sound and show highlighted by playing on glass.


Best Performances Sunday

  1. John Fogerty- Creedence and his hits had the crowd dancing the entire set. A real professional.
  2. Miranda Lambert
  3. John Butler Trio
  4. Calexico
  5. Phoenix
  6. Ween
  7. Dave Matthews ( missed this one but heard great things)
Best of Bonnaroo
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Earth Wind and Fire at Horseshoe Southern IN

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on June 6, 2010

“Skynyrd Nation” comes to Horseshoe Casino Southern IN

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on June 3, 2010

Gary Rossington

Lynyrd Skynyrd brought their “Gods and Guns Tour” to Horseshoe Casino Southern In Memorial Day weekend.

The “2006 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame “ powerhouse was formed 35 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida.

Skynyrd has had it’s share of tragedy. Losing founding members Ronnie Van Zant (vocals), and Steve Gaines (guitarist) in a 1977 plane crash. It took ten years for the band to reform and move on after the crash.

The band regained it’s momentum only to lose founding guitarist Allen Collins, Founding Bassist Leon Wilkenson and longtime guitarist Hughie Thomasson, also founder of the Outlaws.

The band endured and began recording their new album” Gods and Guns” when the lost Founding pianist, Billy Powell and longtime bassist, Ean Evans.

The two can be heard on a portion of the album and the soon to be released DVD “Live from Freedom Hall” from the last show they played on right here in Louisville.

The latest version of the band is driven by core members, Gary Rossington the last original founding band member, Johnny Van Zant, brother of original vocalist, Ronnie Van Zant and the energizer, long time guitarist Ricky Medlock, formerly from Blackfoot.

Lynyrd Skynyrd play a strong hour and a half show to a large crowd made up most of the “Skynyrd Nation”.

It was a show filled with classic hits from their five gold and platinum albums with a tribute honoring our soldiers and veterans “ Simple Man” and to past  band members “ Tuesdays Gone”

The show ended with a long version of Sweet Home Alabama that had most of the audience sing along.

A predictable encore of “Freebird” led by a scorching  guitars from  Medlock, Sparky Matejka and Rossington  that sounded  exactly like the original version ended the evening.

Lynyrd Skynyrd founding member, Gary Rossington added, We’re still standing, still keeping the music going. We wanted to do the guys who aren’t with us any more proud, and keep the name proud too.”

Current Band members are:

Gary Rossington- Guitar 1964-1977, 1987- present

Johnny Van Zant- Vocals 1987 – present
Rickey Medlocke- Guitar 1970-71, 1987- present
Mark “Sparky” Matejka- Guitar 2006- present
Michael Cartellone- Drums  1999- present
Robert Kearns – Bass  2009 – present
Peter Keys – Keyboards 2009- present
Honkettes:         Dale Krantz Rossington- Backing Vocals 1987- present
Carol Chase- Backing Vocals  1987- present

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The Swell Season at The Brown Theater

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on June 2, 2010

The Brown Theater hosted The Swell SeasonSaturday Evening. The unusual combination ofGlen Hansard (from the Irish band The Frames) and Marketa Inglova (a classically trained Czech pianist and vocalist) won an Academy Award in 2008 for the song “Falling Slowly” from the film “Once” in which they both starred in.

They entertained the audience of over 1000 to a two hour plus show mixing music from all three of their albums, highlighting the newest album”Strict Joy”

Hansard and Inglova alternated between the piano and acoustic guitar and occasionally shared center stage together. The duo mixed the perfectly intertwined voices in heavenly harmonies .

They were backed by an excellent band made up of members of the Frames and a Colm Mac Con Iomaire on violin was excellent.

The Swell Season finished with an old Irish wake song to close their set. “So fill to me the parting glass,” they sang, “Goodnight and joy be with you all.”

That seems to be the case, whenever The Swell Season comes to town.