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 Feb. 5:
Anjunabeats Tour – Feb. 5 at Soundgarden Hall
Anjunabeats is the electronic music label owned and publicized by Above & Beyond. This go round of the label sponsored tour focuses on Andrew Bayer, a DJ and producer from Washington, DC known for his unique progressive house productions on the Anjunadeep and Anjunabeats labels, also incorporating elements of idm, progressive breaks and other genres. From the other side of the pond, Ilan Bluestone has a dedicated fan base that is building rapidly, as he ignites dance floors around the world with unique and inspiring tracks.
James McMurty – Feb. 5 at Sellersville Theater 1894
The son of acclaimed author Larry McMurtry, writer of Lonesome Dove and Terms of Endearment, James grew up on a steady diet of Johnny Cash and Roy Acuff records. His first album, 1989’s Too Long in the Wasteland, was produced by John Mellencamp and marked the beginning of a series of acclaimed projects. The Grammy nominated singer songwriter had his ninth album, Complicated Game, come out just under a year ago.
The Pines – Feb. 5 at World Café Live Upstairs
Rising out of the prairies of the Midwest, The Pines are one of the most distinct and powerful indie-rock/Americana groups to hit the national scene in years. Emerging from the same Minneapolis music world that spawned such notable acts as The Jayhawks, The Replacements and Bob Dylan, The Pines have gathered a stunning line-up of musical talent, in both their live shows and on record, that has gained them a faithful and growing following. As a bonus for this show, it lands on the same dates as the band’s latest record, Above the Prairie, hits shelves.
Voivod – Feb. 8 at Underground Arts
Perhaps best known by casual fans as the outfit Jason Newsted joined upon his vacating of the bass playing role in Metallica, Voivod has always been a “band’s band,” These group of artists now in their third decade of collaboration and creation. Coming out of Quebec and fueled by Venom and Motorhead in the post-heavy metal, pre-MTV era The 80s were upon them and the threat of nuclear war seemed almost inevitable which was a perfect time for a budding thrash metal later turned speed metal group to turn it up to 11 and set out to reintroduce headbanging to the masses not just in North America, but worldwide.
Fetty Wap – Feb. 11 at The Fillmore
New Jersey born Fetty Wap – formerly known as Willie Maxwell – was always destined for success. In fact, the nickname “Fetty Wap” comes from two things; being known for having money and an ode to fellow trap star Gucci Mane. The 24 year old, only picked up the mic a few years ago and has been diligently honing his craft ever since, making music he refers to as “ignorant R&B” Fetty’s infectious first single “Trap Queen” was undeniable from the start. The video was uploaded to his YouTube account in August 2014, where it amassed over 2.5 million views. He just dropped a self-titled mixtape which introduces Remy Boyz, a group comprised of the crew he grew up with on the notorious 12th Ave and 22nd St block in Paterson, NJ.
Tommy Emmanuel – Feb. 11 at Moravian College
Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel has a professional career that spans over four decades and continues to intersect with some of the finest musicians throughout the world. A household name in his native Australia, Emmanuel has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide due to a unique style — he calls it simply “finger style” — is akin to playing guitar the way a pianist plays piano, using all ten fingers. It’s simply amazing what he manages to do with the instrument, putting even the most well-known shredders to shame. And if you can’t make the Bethlehem date for some reason, no worries, Emmanuel will be playing the Keswick Theatre the following night.
Aaron Lewis – Feb. 11 at Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Aaron Lewis is best known as being the front man for nu-metal outfit Staind. But he’s carved out a really interesting solo career as a country singer songwriter. Despite being from the Northeast, Lewis has gone on record that he grew up “in the sticks” of rural Vermont, allowing him to identify with a more relaxed, acoustic guitar based sound. Somehow, he’s made it work. Lewis has already put out a solo EP and full length out in recent years, and one can only hope that more is on the horizon.
Listen to a song from each artist below:
Michael Christopher’s “Seven In Seven” column appears regularly in Ticket.