COLUMN WRITTEN BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER
For Digital First Media
Welcome to “Seven in Seven,” where each week we a look at shows coming to the region over the next seven days. 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 24:
Professor Louie & The Crowmatix – June 24 at Sellersville Theater 1894
Having come into existence preparing songs for Aaron Professor Louie Hurwitz’s studio productions for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame group The Band and also solo projects for Rick Danko and Garth Hudson, it would be the dissolution of the former in 2000 when Professor Louie & The Crowmatix started touring and recording their own music. Despite being pegged as a roots band, their musicianship has enabled the band to cross over into different musical genres and perform in concert with orchestras and choirs. It’ll be bare bones Friday, nothing but a straight rollicking time.
Superheaven – June 24 at The Foundry
Superheaven has spent the last six years honing their grunge buzzing and desperate sound across four EP’s, showcasing and perfecting a talent for writing both jarringly heavy and delicately emotional songs. Combined with relentless touring across the U.S. and Europe since the band first formed in 2007, the Doylestown natives have been on the cusp of blowing up ever since the release of their 2013 debut, Jar. Last year saw the group deliver their sophomore effort, Ours is Chrome.
Dave Matthews Band – June 24 and 25 at BB&T Pavilion
Break out the Birkenstock sandals, cargo pants and faded, scuffed up baseball cap from your alma mater, Dave Matthews Band is in town this weekend for two nights. There’s nothing for the band to promote this time around, it’s just a good opportunity to chill on a summer night to the sounds of “Tripping Billies,” “Crash Into Me,” “Seek Up” and relive those college days of yore.
Jadakiss – June 25 at Reverb
Coming on the heels of his extremely well-received fourth album, last November’s Top 5 Dead or Alive, Jadakiss continues to prove he’s one of the most enduring rappers in the game. The record is dotted with guest appearances by Puff Daddy, Jeezy and Nas, and stands right up there with anything Jadakiss has done with his tumultuous main outfit, The Lox. Two decades into a fruitful career, he’s showing no signs of slowing down.
Beres Hammond – June 25 at The Fillmore
Don’t be deceived by Beres Hammond’s cool profile with his playful smile, unassuming demeanor, beard and the cap and the spectacles. It might lull one into forgetting that they’re in the presence of an awesome musical talent, one of Jamaica’s greatest practicing singer/songwriters. Beres is one of a handful of people responsible for maintaining a mighty legacy of soulful reggae music, a select group of artists like Toots and the Maytals and the Marleys and Wailers still making their presence felt.
Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert and more – June 25 at Lincoln Financial Field
Contemporary country star Kenny Chesney didn’t have the immediate breakout success that many of his peers enjoyed upon signing with major labels, but now he’s one of only three artists with enough appeal to fill Lincoln Financial Field this concert season. Sure, he’s getting some assistance on the draw with Miranda Lambert, Big & Rich, Sam Hunt and Old Dominion on the bill, but Chesney is doing all the heavy lifting. For anyone who thinks country is going away anytime soon…you’ve got another thing coming!
Phish – June 28 and 29 at Mann Center for Performing Arts
In a career spanning over thirty two years, despite a hiatus here and a breakup there, Phish became one of the most significant live music phenomena of all time. On the basis of word-of-mouth about their performances, and faced with virtually zero radio or video support, the band grew from playing club gigs in the Northeast, drawing upwards of 100,000 music fans to remote corners of the country. At every turn, the group managed to win over newcomers and casual fans as broad repertoire, virtuosity, and by making a unique event of each show. Once pegged as simply a stand in replacement for the then dormant Grateful Dead, they’ve proved beyond a doubt that they stand on their own accomplishments – and devoted fanbase.
Professor Louie & The Crowmatix – “Like a Rolling Stone”
Superheaven – “Next to Nothing”
Dave Matthews Band – “I’ll Back You Up”
Jadakiss – “I’m On 2.0”
Beres Hammond – “Rock Away”
Kenny Chesney – “Somewhere With You”
Phish – “Farmhouse”