STORY WRITTEN BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER
For Digital First Media
Welcome to “Seven in Seven,” where each Friday 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 for the week beginning May 29:
Diana Krall – July 24 at The Mann
By any standard, five-time Grammy winning jazz pianist and vocalist Diana Krall is one of the most accomplished and distinctive musicians in the world today. She’s a wildly successful recording and performing artist and a true musical force. At any given moment she could be producing Barbra Streisand’s new album, serving as musical director and arranger for Paul McCartney or hitting the road for a good cause with Neil Young. As the record shows, Diana Krall has already done all that and much more. Her latest album, “Wallflower,” has Krall taking on some of the biggest hits by the Eagles, 10cc and Jim Croce. As an added bonus, the Philly show is one of just a handful of orchestra shows on the summer tour.
NRBQ – July 24 at The Ardmore Music Hall
As the founding member, driving force, and visionary behind the artistically uncompromising and critically acclaimed NRBQ since the band’s inception more than four decades ago, Terry Adams has been described as “the untamed genius of the keyboards” and “one of the Creator’s Cultural Advisers” (the latter quote from the legendary cosmic jazz explorer Sun Ra). Adams’s consummate musicianship, distinctive rocking jazz piano, and innovative use of the clavinet, as well as his irreverent sense of humor, have delighted and dazzled music fans around the world. It is his unique point of view that keeps NRBQ interesting, captivating and a must see live.
Interpol – July 25 at Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
One couldn’t blame New York City indie-rockers Interpol for wanting to be on tour as deep into the summer as possible, given the calamitous winter tour they experienced back in November. It was then that the band, touring in support of it’s just-released fifth album, “El Pintor,” got stuck on their tour bus in a blizzard outside of Buffalo. Subsisting for days on snacks and vodka, they had to cancel dates but finally made it back home to decompress for a couple days before resuming the tour. Thankfully no worse for the wear, let’s hope for a nice sunny day at Festival Pier.
The Misfits – July 25 at The Electric Factory
While there are still legions of fans bemoaning the absence of original frontman Glenn Danzig as part of the Misfits lineup, there are those who just want to experience whatever semblance of the horror-punk pioneers exists today. As part of the four-day “This is Hardcore Fest” at the Electric Factory, they’ll get the chance. Jerry Only remains the sole original member, taking on vocals in addition to his bass playing duties, and does a serviceable job on favorites like “Green Hell,” “Skulls” and “20 Eyes.”
Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick – July 28 at The Sands Bethlehem Event Center
What a 70s bill this one is; Peter Frampton had one of the biggest albums of the decade, and Cheap Trick formed and hit their peak in popularity with hits like “I Want You to Want Me” leading the way. With more than 5,000 performances spanning four decades and 20 million records sold worldwide, Cheap Trick is undoubtedly one of the most influential classic rock groups of the past 50 years. With Frampton, who co-founded one of the first super groups, Humble Pie, at just 18 years old, also has a fairly solid resumé. His session work includes collaborations with such legendary artists as George Harrison, Harry Nilsson, David Bowie, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ringo Starr and John Entwistle.
The Appleseed Cast – July 29 at Johnny Brenda’s
The Appleseed Cast began their musical career in 1997 as indie-emo rockers, and while flying under the mainstream radar since then, have developed a dedicated following since those early days in Southern California before signing to Deep Elm Records and relocating to Lawrence, Kansas. Their current rank as well-respected musicians and trendsetters in music comes from their ability to span genres effortlessly. Beginning as an aforementioned emo act, the Cast has evolved into a true musician’s band, focusing on intricate instrumentation led by swirling guitars that culminate in a post-rock sound. Simply put, it’s music to easily get lost in.
Brandon Flowers – July 30 at The Electric Factory
It seemed unlikely that Killers frontman Brandon Flowers would continue to invest much time in a solo career given the mixed bag reception that greeted his first foray, “Flamingo,” in 2010. The Las Vegas native has rolled the dice again with this year’s “The Desired Effect,” and it’s been greeted much more warmly. Part of it might be due to special guests like Neil Tennant from The Pet Shop Boys, Bruce Hornsby and Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr., or it could be that Flowers is determined to prove that he’s just as viable as a solo act as within the confines of a larger, more popular outfit.
Michael Christopher’s “Seven In Seven” music column appears weekly in Ticket. For more, check www.tickettoentertainment.com