STORY 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 May 27:
Crizzly – May 27 at Soundgarden Hall
Anytime he hits the stage, Crizzly has no choice but to go hard. Channeling hyperactive energy and uncontainable swagger, the San Antonio DJ and producer ignites crowds with an intoxicating, infectious, and inimitable blend of dubstep and hip-hop, which he affectionately terms, “Crunkstep.” However, there’s a lot more to the 25-year-old DJ, evident in not only his singles, but endless amount of remixes for artists like ASAP Rocky, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Three 6 Mafia. The live show is where the artist flourishes the most.
Hannah Gill & The Hours – May 27 at Sellersville Theater 1894
Hannah Gill & The Hours combines 70’s lo-fi pop and rock with contemporary soul and blues and transforms them into sweet and sultry songs that overflow with feeling. Steered by soulful the New York based 18-year old vocal powerhouse and songwriter Hannah Gill combined with skilled guitarist, songwriter and arranger Brad Hammonds, the group offers up lush vocals and sparkling fretwork touched by improvisational jazz that gives the duo’s hypnotic recordings and dynamic live performances otherworldly feel.
BØRNS – May 27 at The Electric Factory
Growing up in coastal Michigan, Garrett Borns moved from one inspiration to another. His first artistic love was visual arts and then came music thanks to an eccentric piano teacher. At the age of fifteen BØRNS attended the prestigious summer program at Interlochen Center for the Arts to study filmmaking while writing songs on the side with the music
The Blind Boys of Alabama – May 28 at MusikFest at ArtsQuest Center
The Blind Boys of Alabama are recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music and have been since 1939. Known for crossing multiple musical boundaries with their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material by songwriters like Ben Harper, Eric Clapton, Prince and Tom Waits, they’ve also appeared on recordings with Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel and Willie Nelson. On top of all that, they still manage a heavy touring schedule, with Bethlehem just one date of many which will run into October across the country and even heading over to Denmark.
Cyndi Lauper and Boy George – May 28 at Sands Bethlehem Event Center
At the dawn of the MTV era in the early 80s, there were many stars made not just because of a catchy song or two, but because they had an irresistible presence on the small screen, and some unforgettable videos. Who can forget Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” or the Boy George Culture Club hit “Karma Chameleon?” Now is the chance to see two of the icons of the period in one place — it’s not even officially summer and it’s a can’t miss event!
The Monkees — May 28 The Keswick Theatre
Four years after the untimely death of their most famous member, Davy Jones, the Monkees have returned with a new album, positively titled Good Times! It features all the original surviving members; Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Mickey Dolenz, though only the latter two are taking part in the current tour. Nesmith, who may or may not still be sporting that ubiquitous knit hat from the 60s Monkees’ television show, continues to honor the group’s legacy, just not on the touring circuit. Still, expect all the classic you know by heart to be performed.
Nada Surf – June 2 at World Café Live
Having recorded five albums in 10 years and toured extensively in support of all of them, Nada Surf to follow 2012’s The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy with a brief, but well-earned hiatus. The group returned this March with their seventh album, You Know Who You Are, with a noted sonic diversity due to guitarist Doug Gillard’s ever-growing presence, touring with the band since 2010, but a newly official fourth member. While he recorded a lot of overdubs on the last two albums, this time Doug was involved from the first practices onward. It’s not a surprise then that it often feels more like a “band” on the new record either, which will be interesting to how it translates live.
Michael Christopher’s “Seven In Seven” column appears regularly in Ticket.