WRITTEN BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER
For Digital First Media
Welcome to “Seven in Seven,” where each week, we’ll be taking a look at shows coming to the region over the next week. Whether your musical tastes are rock and roll, jazz, heavy metal, singer-songwriter or indie, there’ll always be something to check out in the coming days.
Here are seven of the best
Will Butler — March 13 at Boot & Saddle: The multi-instrumentalist might be the younger brother of his bandmate and Arcade Fire main man Win, but with the release of his debut solo release Policy this week, he’s ready to step out into the spotlight all on his own. In Arcade Fire, Will is used to being surrounded by flash and pomp of epic proportions, so it’ll be interesting to see how he takes to performing in such a tiny spot.
G. Love & Special Sauce with Matt Costa March 13 and 14 at the Theater of Living Arts:
It’s always a treat to see local favorites G. Love and Special Sauce back in town for a hometown gig. This weekend there’s two of them on South Street, both at the TLA. Last year saw the release of “Sugar,” the first full length from the outfit in five years. Southern California singer-songwriter Matt Costa, known for his hits “Sunshine” and “Good Times,” opens the gigs.
Tommy Emmanuel — March 13 at the Keswick Theatre: A few years ago, I interviewed guitar god Joe Satriani, who has played with everyone from Deep Purple to Alice Cooper to Sammy Hagar. When asked about his thoughts on Tommy Emmanuel, he said, “He’s a freak of nature that guy — he’s amazing. I put on a live Tommy Emmanuel DVD and I‘m reminded that I really suck and just go back to work again.”
That’s about as high praise as you can get, and one more reason to check out the 59 year-old virtuoso acoustic guitarist from Australia. This year he’ll be visiting the far reaches of Russia, Singapore and Estonia, so it’s a true privilege to have him in our backyard for a night.
ZZ Top — March 14 at the Electric Factory: Seeing the legendary Texas blues boogie trio in such a small venue is bound to be quite the treat. The 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees are in the midst of a three-dozen dates plus tour in much more intimate spaces than usual. Expect arena-sized hits from the bearded ones, songs like “Got Me Under Pressure,” “Legs,” “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Tush.”
Neil Diamond — March 15 at the Wells Fargo Center: Beginning with the 2005 Rick Rubin produced comeback album 12 Songs, Neil Diamond’s career has been on the upswing and since then he hasn’t looked in the rearview. His 32nd record, “Melody Road,” came out last fall to glowing reviews and landed in the Top 10 on the Billboard charts. That in itself is an admirable feat, but to be headlining the Wells Fargo Center at 74 is just awesome.
Los Lonely Boys — March 17 at World Café Live at The Queen in Wilmington: The most popular Chicano rock trio in recent memory, Los Lonely Boys has been going nonstop since bursting onto the scene in 2004 with the Grammy winning hit song “Heaven.” The three brothers out of central Texas have worked with Santana, Willie Nelson and built up their own impressive following. Having released the LP Revelation just over a year ago, this show in Delaware is the closest they will be performing in the region, but one that’s definitely worth driving the extra mile to see.
Doyle — March 19 at Reverb: As one of the co-founders of the seminal punk rock outfit The Misfits, guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein already has his legacy cemented as one of the most charismatic and imposing guitarists in music. At 50 years old, he’s still in better shape than most people half his age, rocking the skull-themed war paint, sporting the Misfits’ devilock and chewing bubblegum which he constantly blows into bubbles during the show. Now on his own, he keeps cutting an impressive slice of punk rock.
Here’s a selection of each artist’s music: