Heading into this show, I really did not know what to expect. Of my expectations, I only knew one would be certain: volume. Having never seen Mogwai before, their reputation has definitely preceded them in this aspect, as well as being a fantastic live band overall. For some, I could see where it could be a sensory overload, but for most casual concert goers, it was a sight (and sound) to behold.
I just finished editing, rendering, and uploading some footage from Mogwai's performance at Granada Theater this past Sunday. I will have a full review of the show up in the near future, but in the meantime, here's a nice rendition of "2 Wrongs Make 1 Right" as performed by the magnificent Mogwai.
It was a fantastically gorgeous day over the weekend as the city of Dallas played host to the second annual Homegrown Music and Arts Festival. The day-long festival that resides at Main Street Garden Park hosts two stages of entertainment and over a dozen vendors who treat visitors to food, art, and literature regarding local organizations and events. The family and pet-friendly event garnered a wonderful atmosphere and a welcoming stop for those who just happened to be passing by or an earshot of the magnetic sounds of the stages. Unlike some festivals that target a specific audience, this event was an exception to that rule and had a genre of music for everyone. From folk to hardcore and everything in between, this was the place to be on Saturday.
I have recently been given the opportunity to share with you some of my recent experiences attending some, in my opinion, excellent music performances. So sit back, relax, and grab a tasty beverage and let us begin our musical adventure. My first show review will be of the Reverend Horton Heat and Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band at the Old Rock House in St. Louis; this was my first venture to the Rock House. I arrived around 7:45 just as the place was starting to fill up. My buddy Ken and I found our way to the balcony where I broke out my camera as Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band took the stage around 8:05. Reverend Peyton's sermon begins with a three piece band, Breezy on washboard, Aaron "Cuz" Persinger on drums, and Josh (Reverend) on various guitars. From the beginning notes of the Bean Blossom, Indiana natives, I knew this was something different; the RPBDB sound is a cross between Mississippi Blues and Alternative Country. During the RPBDB set we navigated to the main floor where I eventually wound up with a perch right in front of the Reverend himself. The Reverend at times appears on stage to be having a religious experience himself. His facial expressions are extension of the music he is producing. The RPBDB is a tight, well polished unit that is not to be missed. Highlights of the 50 minute set were: "Mama's Fried Potato's", "Sure Feels Like Rain", and "Clap Your Hands". My favorite moment from their performance was during the song "2 Bottles" when Breezy lit her washboard on fire.
They came from far and wide. The young and the old...ish. All fans of Chicago's Wilco, who happened to make an unlikely stop at the University of North Texas (UNT) Auditorium in Denton, TX. Why unlikely? For starters, Denton has a tenth of the population that Dallas has; but Denton's roots in music are very strong. Also, UNT's Auditorium is a modestly-sized, old venue for the seasoned band of almost two decades. But for whatever reason, Wilco chose this space for a reason, obvious or not, and made it a point to reach out and touch everybody with their music.
Attending the Dallas International Guitar Festival was definitely a first for me. I honestly did not know what to expect but I had a pretty good idea. Walking the indoor streets of Market Hall with my newly acquired contributor and photographer, Duane Clawson, it was clear to see that if you like, love, or even hate guitars, this was the place to be. From guitars that resemble the State of Texas, brand new out of the box axes, and the rarest of the rare that cost upwards of $40,000, you can easily get lost in all the strings and pickups. It's events like these that make me regret that I never took up the guitar, even though I have loved the electric guitar for years and years; thanks Ace Frehley, you and the Les Paul have hypnotized me for years. But even without an ax in my hand, I still appreciate everybody else who shares their magnificence with everybody else.
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