STORY 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 April 23:
Roby Krieger – April 23 at Ardmore Music Hall
One of the most unique guitarists in rock and roll has to be Robby Krieger. The Doors’ six string slinger had a sound that worked perfectly with his bandmate Ray Manzarek’s dark and moody keyboard playing and an equally dark and moody singer in Jim Morrison. And what many people just getting into the legendary Los Angeles outfit don’t know is Krieger penned some of their biggest hits, including “Light My Fire,” “Love Her Madly” and “Touch Me.” Along with drummer John Densmore, he’s one of the two surviving members of the group, and will be playing all of their best-known songs and then some at the Ardmore Music Hall.
Testament – April 23 at The Electric Factory
Coming out of the same Bay Area scene that spawned the likes of Metallica and Exodus, thrashers Testament have been staying true to their heavy roots for more than three decades. They have consistently delivered unbridled metal in its purest form without compromise or any signs of slowing down. Over the course of seminal releases ranging from The Legacy and Practice What You Preach to The Gathering and The Formation of Damnation, which won “Best Album” at Metal Hammer’s 2008 Golden Gods Awards, the group’s sales exceeded 14 million worldwide with 2 million in the U.S. alone. Many consider them right up there with the “Big 4” of thrash, alongside not just Metallica but Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax.
Juliana Hatfield – April 24 at Boot & Saddle
Back in the early 90s, just as grunge was taking off, there was a swell of alternative rock that was just as angst-ridden at times, not as heavy as Nirvana or Soundgarden but no less potent; and much of it was led by strong female voices. One of the most prominent was Juliana Hatfield, who after leaving Boston’s Blake Babies, did a short stint with the Lemonheads for their breakthrough effort, It’s a Shame About Ray, before embarking on a solo career where she delivered hits like “My Sister” and “Universal Heartbeat.” Still going strong today, Hatfield celebrates the release of her latest album, Pussycat, which comes out the Friday after her Boot & Saddle gig.
Lucky Chops – April 25 at World Café Live – Downstairs and April 26 at Musikfest Café at ArtsQuest Center
Lucky Chops is an explosive New York City-based brass/woodwind/drums five-piece live juggernaut of a band. Formed initially over 10 years ago as a group of New York City high school kids united by their love of music, their
dynamic and infectious energy has already begun to translate to millions of fans around the world who have discovered the band through their wildly popular videos, a vibrant social media following or at one of their sold-out headline shows or festival appearances across Europe, North and South America. From subways to tour buses, the music of the Lucky Chops has traveled to audiences of all backgrounds, carrying with it an infectious energy that inspires even the uninitiated to break out into song and dance. Also, they do an incredibly offbeat cover of the Beatles’ “Helter Skelter.”
Ratt – April 27 at The Theatre of Living Arts
It’s been a rough year or so for 80s glam metal act Ratt, which saw drummer Bobby Blotzer trying to wrest control of the name from the rest of the band and succeeding for a short period of time. That embarrassing spectacle of having the drummer being the sole original member of the band aside, singer Stephen Pearcy, guitarist Warren DeMartini and bassist Juan Croucier round out the classic lineup along with guitarist Carlos Cavazo. At the TLA, they’ll be sure to pull out all the stops with hair metal classics like “Dance,” “Way Cool Jr.” and “Round and Round.”
Fortunate Youth – April 27 at World Café Live – Downstairs
Fortunate Youth is a collaboration of South Bay reggae stand-outs. Rising from various bands, they’ve created a six-piece unit bringing more fire to the stage than ever before. Combining rootsy vibes and exceptional bass lines united with multiple harmonies, boisterous guitar solos, and heavy keys separates them from every other mainstream reggae band. With their high-energy approach and positive stage presence they provide an unforgettable show to every music fan with an objective is to ensure a performance that leaves you feeling euphoric and waiting impatiently for the next time they swing through town.
The Revolution – April 29 and 30 at The Theatre of Living Arts
It’s been one year since the shocking death of Prince, and what better way to celebrate his legacy than see the band he put together back in 1979. Aside from three sold-out shows at the famous Minneapolis venue, First Avenue, the birthplace of Purple Rain, The Revolution has been silent for the most part. Now, to pay homage to the legend, they have reconvened to play a short tour of North America in honor of Prince. Philadelphia is one of the few towns getting a two-night stand from the group.