Even before Calexico plays a note, the audience that awaits the seven-piece band based in Tucson, Ariz., has a keen sense of the show that lies ahead. Several minutes before the band’s Saturday nigh performance before a crowd of more than 700, a large menagerie of instruments filled the stage of the Granada theater in Lawrence: drums, keyboards, an array of guitars, including a pedal steel, an accordion, a vibraphone, standup and electric basses, maracas, trumpets. All would play vital parts in a two-hour concert that showcased the band’s signature sound, one drawn from the region and city on the California/Mexico border, from which the band gets its name. It's a mix of American folk and rock and traditional Mexican music.
If you aren’t aware of the force of Ed Sheeran, wait a few days. Chances are, it will introduce itself to you whether you’re willing or not.
Sheeran will turn 22 on Feb. 17. On Feb. 10, he will perform with Elton John at the Grammy Awards, where he also is a nominee for song of the year. His resume includes lucrative collaborations with Taylor Swift and the British boy band One Direction. It also includes his only studio album, “+,” released in September 2011, which includes the single “The A Team,” his biggest hit in this country and the song up for the big Grammy award.
Kid Rock’s drift toward mainstream respectability made a significant surge on the opening night of his “Rebel Soul” tour Saturday at the Sprint Center. An audience of about 13,000 heard Rock ratchet down the volume and increase the subtleties of his extensive repertoire during a 140-minute performance.
The rapturous praise and energetic applause that greeted the opening song of Sweet Honey In the Rock’s magnificent performance Thursday at the Muriel Kauffman Theatre indicated that the concert would contain plenty of communal rapport between the audience of about 1,200 and the six women on stage.
The entrancing version of “Hush (Somebody’s Calling My Name)” merited the spontaneous displays of enthusiasm.
You can take Calexico out of the Southwest but you can’t take the Southwest out of Calexico.
In December 2011, the duo of Joey Burns and John Convertino traveled to the Algiers section of New Orleans and for 12 days settled in to the cozy confines of the Living Room recording studio to record part of Calexico’s ninth studio album, “Algiers.”
There’s nothing gothic or noir about Darkness.
Wednesday night, the four-man band from England unleashed its garish mix of hard-rock glam and pop metal on a crowd of more than 500 inside the Uptown, proving over the course of 85 minutes or so that a little humor goes a long way toward making a show memorable and entertaining.
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Sweet Honey In the Rock
Muriel Kauffman Theatre
Formed 40 years ago in Washington D.C., the revered a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In the Rock remains a vital force in the preservation of the African-American vocal tradition. The ensemble is closely associated with material related to its interest in social justice and traditional civil rights causes. The venerable act's repertoire includes gospel favorites such as "Just a Closer Walk With Thee," the African-derived folk of "Cum Bah Ya," children's ditties like "Shoo Fly Don't Bother Me" and odes to the struggle for equality including "Ella's Song." While its membership has evolved, Sweet Honey In the Rock's commitment to soaring harmonies remains constant. Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. show range from $35 to $61.