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. 23:
Michael McDonald – Oct. 23 at The Keswick Theatre
Michael McDonald is one of the great voices of the past 50 years, and though comfortable on stage, he has never been a flashy entertainer, nor has he been distracted by passing trends. Instead, McDonald has triumphed through music alone, with a remarkable voice and a body of well-crafted songs. Few have made such an impact with so much substance and so little hoopla. His mix of soulful tenor and baritone is instantly identifiable on both the hits he had during his tenure with The Doobie Brothers and later on his own top 10 singles like “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)” and “Sweet Freedom.”
Ricky Nelson Remembered Feat. Matthew and Gunnar Nelson – Oct. 23 at Sellersville Theater 1894
Few musical acts get a second chance at success, and even less than that if they happened to be a hair band in the glam metal late 80s. Twins Matthew and Gunnar Nelson have managed the feat though in a tribute to their father Ricky Nelson. The show “Ricky Nelson Remembered” is a unique multimedia entertainment event featuring the live music of Ricky Nelson’s hit songs – including “Hello Mary Lou,” “Travelin’ Man,” “Garden Party” – performed by the twins and featuring never before seen big screen video footage of the Nelson family with interviews from celebrities influenced by one of the original teen idols. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Ricky Nelson’s passing in a tragic New Year’s Eve plane crash.
The Struts – Oct. 24 at The Foundry
We’ve been high on UK rockers The Struts since before their appearance at this year’s Made in America Festival over Labor Day weekend. Now there’s the chance to catch them in a much more intimate setting in The Foundry at The Fillmore. The show is sold out and has been for some time now. In my estimation, it’s unlikely the on-the-rise group plays venues this size again.
Supersonic: Tribute to Oasis – Oct. 24 at Boot & Saddle
It’s been six years since Oasis split up, and fans of the Britpop champs are getting a small bit of satisfaction in Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and his brother Liam’s Beady Eye project, which unexpectedly dissolved last year. That leaves us with the tribute band Supersonic, who hail from Canada and are doing just three dates in the United States, and one of them is in Philly. So while it’s not the real thing, it’s the closest to it until the brothers make nice again.
Peaches – Oct. 25 at The Trocadero
Electropunk shock artist Peaches brings her show to The Troc this week, and if history is any lesson, it’s to expect the unexpected. Her latest album, Rub, has titles we can’t publish in a family publication, but also features excellent collaborations with Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth fame and Feist. It’s been getting rave reviews, and this show should follow suit.
Cold War Kids – Oct. 28 at The Fillmore
A year ago this week, Cold War Kids dropped their fifth album, Hold My Home. Since its release, there’s been a relentless touring cycle to support what some consider to be among the indie rock outfit’s finest works. Live, the group puts on a fantastic and high energy show, one that’s perfect to warm up a chilly late-October evening.
Jay Farrar – Oct. 29 at The Ardmore Music Hall
As a founder of late 80s/early 90s alternative country pioneers Uncle Tupelo — which also included Jeff Tweedy — as a solo artist, and as the leader of Son Volt, created after the demise of Uncle Tupelo, Jay Farrar’s work often seeks out the ghosts of America’s forgotten past, speaks at length with them, and writes songs that stake a claim to a better future. He’s a quintessential singer/songwriter, one of the best in the game and a tireless creator of new material that evokes the sound of Americana like few others.
Listen to these tunes:
Michael McDonald – “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)”
Ricky Nelson – “Garden Party”
The Struts – “Coulda Have Been Me”
Oasis – “Supersonic”
Peaches – “Close Up”
Cold War Kids – “Louder Than Ever”
Jay Farrar – “Big Sur”