Wednesday, December 10, 2008

2008 is going out in musical style with a stack o’ great shows at the Iron Horse, Calvin Theatre, and Pearl Street plus a stellar New Year’s Eve

Saturday, December 20th, 7 pm- The Commander Cody Band, Stewart James & The Juke Joint All-Stars - Iron Horse
Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen formed in 1967 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Legendary for their marathon live shows, they were among the very first country-rock bands to take their cues less from folk-rock and bluegrass and more from hardcore barroom country of the Ernest Tubb, Ray Price style, and to incorporate Western Swingtheir style along with rockabilly and rhythm and blues. Other bands, such as Asleep at the Wheel, would later cop this approach. The Commander Cody Band docks at the Iron Horse annually, still piloted by George “Commander Cody” Frayne. With hits like Hot Rod Lincoln (1972) and one of Rolling Stone’s top 100 albums of all time Live From Deep in the Heart of Texas (1974) Commander Cody’s brand of rock & roll, R&B, and gritty country rock is always a favorite live. The ageless Stewart James and his crack band of local all stars heats up the stage starting at 7PM.

Friday, December 26th, 7 pm & 9:30 pm - Dar Williams- Iron Horse

One of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of her generation, Dar Williams has been engaging audiences since the early ‘90s when she rose from the Northeast coffeehouse circuit to the national spotlight. Her first studio in three years, Promised Land is produced by Brad Wood (Pete Yorn, Liz Phair, Smashing Pumpkins), and features 12 reflective songs that introduce a new pop sound for Dar Williams. Suzanne Vega and Marshall Crenshaw lend a hand. Promised Land is sure to connect with Dar fans old and new.

Saturday, December 27th, 7 pm -Roomful of Blues-Iron Horse

Even though Roomful of Blues’ lineup has changed over the years, the band has always been one of the tightest, most joyful blues ensembles in the world. Currently an eight-piece unit led by guitarist Chris Vachon, the band has never sounded fresher or stronger. In 2007, singer Dave Howard took over the vocal duties, bringing his gritty and soulful vocals and adding another bright new dimension to the jazzy, jump-blues musical roots. Their winning combination of jump, swing, blues, R&B and soul remains their calling card, as does their ability to fill the dance floor.Many accomplished musicians emerged from the band's ranks: guitarists Duke Robillard and Ronnie Earl, pianist Al Copley, and singer Lou Ann Barton, and many more. Speaking of Duke….

Sunday, December 28th, 7 pm Duke Robillard Band-Iron Horse

Guitarist. Bandleader. Songwriter. Singer. Producer. Session musician, and a one-man cheering section for the blues, in all its forms and permutations. Inspired by blues legends like T-Bone Walker, Charlie Patton and Big Joe Turner, Duke's guitar work has seamlessly spanned the worlds of jazz, blues, and swing since he founded the renowned big band, Roomful of Blues, in 1967.

Saturday, December 27th, 8 pm Lisa Lampanelli-Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean-Calvin Theatre

Comedy’s lovable Queen of Mean, Lisa Lampanelli has been shocking audiences across the nation with her irreverent humor and politically incorrect jokes. Described as the female Don Rickles, this tough broad from Brooklyn is an equal-opportunity insulter. She returns for another hilarious appearance at the Calvin Theatre!

Monday, December 29th, 7 pm - New Riders of the Purple Sage- Iron Horse

The long-awaited return of The New Riders of the Purple Sage has fans in a psychedelic head spin. The band is comprised of original NRPS members David Nelson (guitar and vocals) and Buddy Cage (pedal steel) along with Michael Falzarano of Hot Tuna (guitar, mandolin and vocals), Johnny Markowski and Ronnie Penque of The Jerry Garcia Band Once called the greatest cosmic, psychedelic-country folk rock & roll band in the universe, the new lineup of NRPS are reviving its legendary reputation, and their annual holiday show at the Iron Horse is a cosmic trip.

Tuesday, December 30th, 7 pm John Eddie - Iron Horse

On the roller coaster of his career so far, John Eddie has had enough big breaks, hard luck, new beginnings, false starts, serious adventure and big fun to inspire a boxed set's worth of country songs. He's had the sort of life - often hard-scrabble, occasionally charmed -- that other artists only imagine, or have someone else write about for them. Kid Rock and Sammy Hagar both recently cut versions of Eddie originals.

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