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SEVEN IN SEVEN: New Year brings new crop of concerts

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WRITTEN BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER
For Digital First Media

Welcome to “Seven in Seven,” where each Friday we take 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 Jan. 1:
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies – Jan. 3 at Sellersville Theater 1894
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies has always prided themselves on their craft and musicianship, skills that have allowed them to excel in whatever format they choose to tackle. Known primarily as a ska outfit, they’ve also incorporated elements of swing, funk and jazz. Their latest effort, 2016’s The Bopp-A-Doo, skews toward the latter, seeing the Daddies take on songs by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and even a cover of the title track from the musical 42nd Street.

Title Fight Photo by Manny Mares

Title Fight
Photo by Manny Mares

Title Fight – Jan. 4 and 6 at First Unitarian Church
Having formed in 2003 while its members were in middle school, Title Fight’s early years began in typically wobbly fashion. Eight years later, the Kingston, PA band released their debut album, Shed, followed by their sophomore release Floral Green the next year. After spending almost a decade finding an approach that worked, the group hit the road to find another approach that would work, and came up with Hyperview in early 2015, a drastic departure from anything else in their catalog by meshing both melody and an almost My Bloody Valentine-like leaning toward shoegaze.


SOUNDCHECK

Listen to these tunes:
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies – “The Joint is Jumpin’”
Title Fight – “Murder Your Memory”
August Burns Red – “Composure”
Lettuce – “The Love You Left Behind”
Davina and the Vagabonds – “Sunshine”
Dillon Francis – “Get Low”
Entombed A.D. – “Dead Dawn”

August Burns Red – Jan. 4 at Theatre of Living Arts
Another regional act formed in 2003, August Burns Red from Lancaster, PA has evolved into one of the biggest names worldwide in the modern metal scene, continually growing and connecting fiercely with a colossal legion of fans. The group spent years skillfully crafting a balance between a ferociously heavy sound with empowering lyrical content, while showcasing a rich surplus of inventive guitar riffs and solos and dynamic drumming. Currently, ABR are celebrating the anniversary of their sophomore effort, Messengers, which turns 10 this year.
Lettuce – Jan. 5 at Theatre of Living Arts
For more than two decades, Lettuce have brought a new vitality to classic funk, matching their smooth and soulful grooves with a hip-hop-inspired urgency and mastery of beat. Now, on their fifth studio album November’s Mt. Crushmore, the Boston outfit deepen that sound by channeling the sonic freedom and infectious energy of their aggressive live show. At the end of the day, that’s truly where Lettuce thrive – on the stage in front of slack-jawed fans and first timers.
Davina and the Vagabonds – Jan. 6 and 7 at Chris’ Jazz Café
Davina Sowers and the Vagabonds have created a stir on the national music scene with their high-energy live shows, top-notch musicianship, sharp-dressed professionalism, and Sowers’ commanding stage presence. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, DATV shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages. Davina’s voice and stage presence defy category in a different way, making this one of the early shows of 2017 to check off as a “can’t miss.”
Dillon Francis – Jan. 7 at The Fillmore
Known for assembling phenomenal collaborations and partnerships throughout his career, Dillon Francis has always been about charting the unconventional course to success. His humorous, adventurous approach in a multitude of social media and short film undertakings – including his cameo in the Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse – have earned him the reputation as inventive visual artist and playful observer of pop culture. Initially recognized for helping to bring the fusion dance movement Moombahton to the forefront, he’s scattered the dance music landscape with numerous influential releases throughout his career. At the Fillmore show, he’ll be dipping into all of those aspects of his trick bag.
Entombed A.D. – Jan. 7 at Kung Fu Necktie
If you’re a metal and don’t know Entomed A.D., the deadly sonic force fronted by former Nihilist/Entombed vocalist L-G Petrov, well, then you’ve been sleeping under a rock since the late 80’s. The band’s legacy goes way back into the year 1987 when they originally formed under the name Nihilist. Then, in 1989, the group changed its name to Entombed and together with acts like Morbid, Grave, Unleashed and Dismember, they established themselves as masters of Swedish death metal. It quickly turned into the trademark “Stockholm sound” with a more punkish, rocking edge that culminated in the ultimate death ‘n’ roll classic Wolverine Blues in 1993, an album with a sound the group remains tru to this day.

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