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. 25:
Beatlemania NOW – Dec. 26 at Sellersville Theater 1894
Out of all the groups in the history of music, the one which everyone wishes they had seen most is undoubtedly The Beatles. Unfortunately, they were done touring years before breaking up, and never really got to extend themselves as a live act due to being overshadowed by frenzied audiences that led them to make their decision to avoid the road. Beatlemania NOW is a concert experience that attempts to recapture the excitement, the mood and the frantic intensity of the band’s heyday. They meticulously perform note for note renditions of Beatles’ classics from throughout their entire career, including songs the Beatles themselves never performed outside the recording studios.
Bro Safari – Dec. 26 at The Theatre of Living Arts
Dance music isn’t dead nor is it something new. One would only have to look at the career of Bro Safari to know that the American dance music scene has been thriving for years, making waves from the States to across the globe. Bro Safari’s productions have excited crowds and been critically acclaimed by the best in the business, and there’s nowhere to go but up for this talented producer. He’s also one of the most exciting purveyors of dubstep and trap – two of the hottest genres around right now.
Clutch – Dec. 28 at The Electric Factory
One of the more dependable hard rockers out there are Clutch, who in early fall released their 11th studio album, “Psychic Warfare.” In it, the Maryland natives have delivered a cinematic work which doubles as a soundtrack to the plot of singer Neil Fallon’s imagination. The narrative of “The Affidavit” sets the scene for an album of gunslingers, energy weapons, paranoid neurosis, and the occasional three-legged mule. It’s an episodic lyrical landscape populated by abstract characterization, nuance, and clever peculiarity. It might sound a little sci-fi or whatnot, but when the guitars crank up and Fallon growls out the words, it’s pure rock fury.
Hoots & Hellmouth – Dec. 30 at The Ardmore Music Hall
At a solid decade in, the Philadelphia outfit Hoots & Hellmouth has taken its blend of soulful roots music to every corner of these United States. Relentlessly spinning their wheels and leaving their hearts on whatever stage happens to welcome them, these guys have been all over the place but, not surprisingly, come back to where the home is for the holidays. The folksy outfit is one of the bright spots in our region’s diverse and talented landscape.
Dark Star Orchestra – Dec. 30 and 31 at The Electric Factory
It’s no surprise that a band with such — ahem — “dedicated” fans as the Grateful Dead would span multiple tribute acts. Yet few can compete with Dark Star Orchestra, who use entire shows from the Grateful Dead’s decades of touring as a launching pad, recreating song for song performances straight from historic set lists. Not merely mimicking the Dead, DSO instead seeks the individual style of each era and offers its own interpretations and improvisations for a group famed and loved for their interpretations and improvisations.
Dr. K’s Motown Revue – Dec. 31 at Sellersville Theater 1894
There’s little doubt that The Motown Sound has left an indelible stamp on the heart, soul and mind of several generations of fans worldwide. Over the years many of the artists and writers responsible for bringing to the world this incredible body of work have passed on or splintered into various versions, sometimes three on the road at the same time. That brings us to Paul Korman and his visionary quest to create the ultimate Motown tribute band. He has put together an amazing array of seasoned musicians and singers that he’s either played with or wanted to play with over the years. Together they have become Dr. K’s Motown Revue. There are few other ways to usher in the New Year than with songs as familiar as the back of your hand.
Third Eye Blind – Dec. 31 at Valley Forge Casino Resort Event Center
Think about all the bands that came to prominence in the mid-90s who have faded away completely or ended up on nostalgic package tours; Eve 6, Smash Mouth, Everclear and Sugar Ray instantly come to mind. Somehow though, Third Eye Blind have gotten a second wind, and have accomplished the rare feat of becoming “cool” with another generation. This year the group came out with “Dopamine,” their first album in six years, and it got rave reviews. See what the fuss is about, but know it’s not going to be all a throwback – 3EB are relevant today.
Michael Christopher’s “Seven In Seven” music column appears regularly in Ticket.