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 June 10:
Lynyrd Skynyrd and Peter Frampton – June 10 at Mann Center for Performing Arts
When it comes to huge musical names of the 70s, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Peter Frampton are right near the top of the list. Frampton Comes Alive! was one of the biggest selling live albums of all-time and remains popular to this day on classic radio, while the litany of Skynyrd hits like “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Free Bird” and “Tuesday’s Gone” become favorites for each new generation. Even though Skynyrd performs these days with only one original member in its ranks, the songs you’re guaranteed to hear almost all the favorites.
King Kahn & The Shrines – June 10 at Underground Arts
Imagine Roky Erickson backed by the Sun Ra Arkestra or Wilson Pickett and The Velvet Underground and you’ll get a sense of what King Khan & The Shrines sound like. More than a psychedelic soul band with a spectacle of a stage show, they are a cult musical phenomenon with more than a decade and a half years of international touring, multiple studio records and a fan base of fervent punk, soul, free jazz and garage rock enthusiasts.
Aesop Rock – June 11 at Union Transfer
New York-born, San Francisco-based Aesop Rock – aka Ian Bavitz – is a critically acclaimed hip hop artist/producer, recognized for his dense and abstract word play. On his newest album, The Impossible Kid, Aesop continues finding new ways to improve on the skills that have made him one of the kings of indie hip-hop. His creative process now includes a willingness to open up about his personal life, going deep on topics like depression, his sometimes rocky relationship with his family, and the turbulent handful of years that culminated in Aesop leaving his adopted home of San Francisco to live in a barn out in the woods, where he recorded the foundations of The Impossible Kid.
The Cedric Burnside Project – June 11 at Levitt Pavilion Steelstacks
Drummer Cedric Burnside is the grandson of hill country blues legend, the late R.L. Burnside. The Cedric Burnside Project is the collaboration between he and Trenton Ayers, both hailing from North Mississippi. Cedric provides lead vocals, as well as guitar and drums. Trenton is CBP’s lead guitar player and provides back-up vocals. The two come together to create a sound that is at once, both traditional blues and new-school funk, pushing boundaries, much like his grandfather did so well.
Eve 6 – June 11 at Coda
Eve 6 weren’t even legal drinking age when they were presented with their first platinum record. Thus, life came hard and fast at the members of SoCal pop-punk trio, whose meteoric success in the late ‘90s and early millennium ingrained their anthemic radio hits like “Inside Out” and “Here’s to the Night.” They certainly weren’t a top-tier act of the era, Think more Smash Mouth and New Radicals instead of Weezer or the Offspring, but they’ve still got enough hits for a memorable evening.
Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band – June 12 at Santander Arena
Paul McCartney might be the ex-Beatle who gets the most press when he tours, but Ringo Starr is by far the most reliable. The summer tours with his All Starr band are as reliable as having to turn on the air conditioner by the middle of June. Fellow musicians Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie, Todd Rundgren, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette, first toured with Ringo in 2012 and are the longest running cast of All Starrs he has ever played with.
Dolly Parton – June 15 at Mann Center for Performing Arts
The iconic and irrepressible Parton has contributed countless treasures to the world of music entertainment, penning classic songs such as “Jolene,” “Coat of Many Colors,” and her mega-hit “I Will Always Love You,” all of which have been covered by multiple artists over the years. Not a big surprise though coming from the most honored female country performer of all time. It’s hard to believe, but this run of her “Pure & Simple Tour,” is Dolly’s largest North American tour in more than 25 years.
Michael Christopher’s “Seven In Seven” column appears regularly in Ticket.