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 Dec. 18:
Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience – Dec. 18 at Santander Performing Arts Center
If you missed drummer Jason Bonham’s gig at the Electric Factory earlier this week, no worries as he’ll be doing an encore performance at the Santander Performing Arts Center Friday night. The show is a tribute to the music of Led Zeppelin, and has the son of late-Led Zep stickman John Bonham pulling out the hits like “Kashmir” and “Dancing Days,” along with some rarities like “Hots on for Nowhere” and “In the Light.”
Kenny Rogers – Dec. 18 at Valley Forge Casino Resort Event Center
True to the chorus of his best known song, Kenny Rogers knows when to fold ‘em. Earlier this fall, the Gambler announced that at 77 years old, he’d be calling it a day with a final tour that will stretch well into 2016. This leg will be concentrating on his latest – and sixth – holiday album titled “Once Again It’s Christmas.” That doesn’t mean the hits won’t get rolled out too; expect generous helpings of “Lady,” “Islands in the Stream” and “Lucille.”
Roam – Dec. 18 at Voltage Lounge
What better way to build buzz on an upcoming debut album than hit the road? That’s the plan for UK pop punk act Roam, who back in October officially announced that their debut LP Backbone will be released on Jan. 22. The band also released a new song and music video for the track “Deadweight.” Backbone is the follow up to Roam’s Viewpoint EP, which was released earlier this year.
Annie Haslam – Dec. 19 at Sellersville Theater 1894
Best known as the singer for 70s English prog rock act Renaissance, Annie Haslam has carved out quite the solo career. She also has an affinity for the region, as her lone live album, released in 2006, was recorded at Sonic Studios in Philadelphia. A year ago, Haslam re-released the show on DVD, and since 2006 has been performing a holiday show at the Sellersville Theater 1894, making it clear there’s a special place in her heart for the area. As usual, she’ll be performing both solo songs as well as tracks from Renaissance, for whom she still sings with since their return in 2009.
Foals – Dec. 19 at Union Transfer
Two years ago, Foals broke through the barriers as a result of relentless touring which saw them play 155 shows across the world and travelling 135,110 miles. The band had coveted spots high up the bill at festivals around the world and playing their first ever UK festival headline slot at the Latitude festival. It’s no surprise then, that British media coined Foals as one of the hardest working acts of the year. The hard work paid off — by the end of 2013 Foals won a number of awards including Best Live Act at the Q awards and at The Sun Bizarre awards, Best Single for the track “Inhaler” at the NME awards and a Barclaycard Mercury Music nomination. This August saw the release of the Brit indie rockers fourth album, “What Went Down,” garnering universal praise on both sides of the pond.
China Crisis – Dec. 20 at Kung Fu Necktie
For a band that has been together for 35 plus years, China Crisis sure does make the fans wait. “Autumn in the Neighbourhood,” which came out in June via a PledgeMusic campaign, is the first studio album by the UK new wave act in more than two decades, following up the ironically titled “Warped by Success” in 1994. Was it worth the weight? Pretty much, with the band embracing its pop-filled past with gusto.
Bayside – Dec. 19 and 20 at Underground Arts
New York alt-rock act Bayside has one of the more devoted fan bases in music, calling their relationship with the band a “Cult.” The group steadfastly rewards those devotees with the musical salvation they seek with six albums under their belt and never losing touch with passing fads. While veteran bands take breaks and regroup, Bayside haven’t taken that route and instead, soldiered on, building up and growing more and more into themselves culminating with last year’s explosive 11-track collection that captures the outfit in prime form, combining classic elements from throughout their career. What’s it called? Appropriately enough: Cult.
Michael Christopher’s “Seven In Seven” column appears regularly in Ticket.