So they got him a job in the studio. And I was home for the summer farm-handing, which is a job I used to do, and I got home for lunch and this guy calls and he’s like, ‘You want a job?’ And I was like, ‘Mom, I’m out of here.'” Eventually, Bennett moved into sound and lighting, including work at the New Orleans Convention Center and Huntsville’s Theatrical Lighting Systems. When Bennett brought the Alabama Rising idea to Flying Monkey manager Anna Sue Courtney, she thought it sounded like an ideal fit for the venue, known for its superb acoustics and warm, intimate vibe. “We try to support local and regional musicians and artists as much as we can,” Courtney says. “And I’ve known Doug for a while and he has really perfect taste in music.” Pretty much a classic-rock and singer/songwriter fan, Bennett says to do Alabama Rising justice he, “had to kind of step out of what I like, and think about what everybody likes.” If shows already scheduled through late-January go well, Bennett can see the series continuing further. “I’m just having a ball with it. It’s the best thing I’ve taken on in years.” Oct. 5: The Great Book of John/ Shaheed and DJ Supreme (Birmingham) “The Great Book of John is Wilco-y, Radiohead-ish … sort of dreamy,” Bennett says. “And they suggested they bring this hip-hop duo from Birmingham, Shaheed and DJ Supreme. I was real skeptical, but I listened to these guys and it’s old-school, socially conscious, positive. And I’m real excited about it.” Nov.
‘Another Day, Another Time’ concert strums up fitting folk tribute for Coen Brothers’ ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’
Shes musics answer to the woman in Grant Woods painting American Gothic. Her sorrowful, but stalwart, singing paired ideally with the resilient guitar fills and leads of frequent partner David Rawlings. The show featured many classic folk tunes, including Welsh and Rawlings on Will The Circle Be Unbroken, a valiant Willie Watson soaring through Midnight Special, and repeated takes on 500 Miles. Evan Agostini/Evan Agostini/Invision/AP RELATED: ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE ROOTS, ‘WISE UP GHOST,’ AVICII, ‘TRUE’: ALBUM REVIEWS Some of the least known performers made the deepest impression. The harmonies of the Secret Sisters had a roundness and buoyancy that glowed, while The Milk Carton Kids took the dynamic of Simon and Garfunkel and made it their own. Rihannon Giddens, of Carolina Chocolate Drops, offered an Odetta-like, blues hollar on Water Boy, electrifying the room, while the band known as Lake Street Dive offered the nights wild card. Their lead singer (Rachel Price) has the soulful howl of a young Etta James. The Avett Brothers closed out the first half of the long night with a heart-breaking take on Tom T. Halls How I Got To Memphis. Elvis Costello provided the evenings surprise. He hadnt been advertised for the show. He served as a wry understudy for Justin Timberlake, who performs in the film but who had a conflicting date on Sunday. When you think of Justin Timberlake, you automatically think of me, Costello cracked. Rahav Segev/ZUMAPRESS.com Jack White and Elvis Costello compare notes backstage. Then he reminded listeners that 60s folk also prized novelty numbers, including one here which ranks on then President Kennedys space program (Please Mr. Kennedy). Later, Costello sang 500 Miles, with a verse served up by actress Mulligan. She sounded far less sure on-stage than she does in the studio take.
Ben Speaks concert in Medway to honor suicide victims, bring community together
In todays fast-moving culture, Giovangelo said people are expected to move on quickly, but when a child dies because of “systematic issues in culture,” it becomes difficult. “Teen suicide and bullying are up front and in our faces today,” she added. She said she hopes the concert on Saturday will help her and other families who have lost someone to suicide cope with their losses – and be a “celebration of life.” In order to stop bullying, Giovangelo said, “We need to shift to collaboration, contribution and recognizing that the weakest link is the greatest strength,” she said. A Concert to Remember will be held at Medway High School at 7 p.m. on Oct. 5. The concert will feature a performance by children of Open Fields, a musical theatre group from Dover, as well as performances from other local musicians, including Giovangelo herself. Tickets are $25 and are available at www.benspeaks.org or at the door. All proceeds support ongoing services and to develop programs that support youth and families in the Greater Boston Area. Zachary Comeau can be reached at 508-634-7556 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @ZComeau_MDN.
Naples Concert Band Kicks Off 42nd Season with Memorial Concert
The Naples Concert Bands (NCB) first concert of the season is dedicated to William Eriksen, Conductor Emeritus, who passed away on June 5, 2013. Songs and soloists that Bill introduced during his conducting tenure will be featured. The Paradise Brass Quintet will pay tribute to Bill with Thats A Plenty, and Amazing Grace. Vocalist, Jenny Bintliff, will present A Judy Garland Medley. Tuba soloist, Joe Choomack, will also be featured in Carioca from Rio de Janeiro. Two of Bills favorite arrangements, Pilatus, by Steven Reineke and Stevie Wonders Sir Duke will be performed. Marches, Oktoberfest Polkas, Broadway Show Tunes, and the Rimsky-Korsakov Classic, Scheherazade will round out the program. Special thanks to NCB entertainer sponsor, Sun Reality, Diane J. Brennan, GRI. Guests are encouraged to arrive early with lawn chairs and blankets for seating. Admission is free, with donations appreciated.