COLUMN 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 Oct. 16:
Danzig – Oct. 16 at The Electric Factory
Forget Ozzy, the real Prince of Darkness is one Glenn Danzig, purveyor of songs like “Mother,” “Under Her Black Wings,” and “Twist of Cain.” Missing him would be like missing life itself! Seriously, the guy who fronted the Misfits, Samhain and his own namesake, it’s a legend not to be missed.
Kansas – Oct. 16 at The Keswick Theatre
Kansas has had resurgence lately. One of the reasons is the incredible documentary called “Miracles out of Nowhere” which is absolutely incredible and makes other outlets look like jokes.
Joe Jackson – Oct. 17 at The Keswick Theatre
How can one dismiss Joe Jackson in town as anything other than a must see show? He’s a guy that everyone from Green Day to Anthrax has either
covered or cited as an influence, and up until now he hasn’t toured nearly enough to show the masses exactly why. So here we go, buckle up, it’s Joe Freakin’ Jackson!
For a review of his latest CD, check HERE
Taj Mahal – Oct. 17 at The Miller Center for the Arts
Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, who goes by the stage name Taj Mahal, is an internationally recognized blues musician who folds various forms of world music into his offerings. A self-taught singer-songwriter who plays the guitar, banjo and harmonica (among many other instruments), Mahal has done much to reshape the definition and scope of blues music during his 40+ year career by fusing it with nontraditional forms, including sounds from the Caribbean, Africa and the South Pacific. Seeing him in such an intimate space promises to be amazing.
Willie Nelson – Oct. 17 at Santander Arena
Update: “Willie Nelson’s October 17 performance at the Santander Arena in Reading, PA has been cancelled due to illness,” according to information at http://santander-arena.com/event/#
Well, it’s Willie Nelson, so come on. He’s one of the few outstanding outlaws of country music which still exists to this day. Celebrate the pot smoking, beard having, kick butt dude who is still with us.
Disclosure – Oct. 19 and 20 at The Fillmore
Disclosure are an English electronic music duo, consisting of the young Lawrence brothers Guy, 24 and Howard, who turned 21 this year. The siblings grew up in Reigate, Surrey. Their No. 1 debut album Settle was released on June 2013 through PMR Records. Finally, they have come to the States. This should be excellent.
Tyrone Wells – Oct. 22 at The Tin Angel
If you want to see a solid singer/songwriter, then Tyrone Wells is your guy. He puts out emotional, proper and solid music. Honestly, I’s heartfelt, but ready for those in need. And who isn’t?
Listen to these tunes
Danzig – “Mother”
Kansas – “Carry On My Wayward Son”
Joe Jackson – “Got the Time”
Taj Majhal – Leaving Tunk
Willie Nelson – “Always on my Mind.”
Disclosure – “Magnets”
Tyrone Wells – “You’re the One”