Being the offspring of a famous, beloved musician can be a career boost… or hindrance (just ask Julian Lennon, Jakob Dylan, or Dhani Harrison). People will sit up and take notice of your famous surname — but beware, it can also lead to highly unrealistic expectations.
I recently found myself musing on the merits of listening to recorded albums versus attending live performances for the different experiences they provide the listener. As a jam band, Tedeschi Trucks Band provides a live experience for the audience that is simply unequaled by the studio album. The heavy improvisational element of their performance means that every show is unique. Sure, their recorded albums are great, too — they won a Grammy for Best Blues Album with Revelator — but it’s as a live act that that they truly amaze. And amaze the band did at Wolf Trap on July 11 as headliners on their Wheels of Soul Tour.
Devon Allman, a guitarist, vocalist, keyboardist, songwriter, and record producer, is the son of musician Gregg Allman. Devon appeared occasionally as a guest musician for Gregg Allman and The Allman Brothers Band, and he also maintains a solo career. He performs with The Devon Allman Project at The Hamilton Live on Friday, July 13.
Blues rock group the Tedeschi Trucks Band last year released Life from the Fox Oakland, their second live album, via Fantasy Records. And speaking of playing live, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks bring their namesake band to Wolf Trap on Wednesday, July 11 for their Wheels of Soul Tour with Drive-By Truckers and The Marcus King Band.
Steven Tyler hasn’t taken it easy on himself. The 70-year-old Aerosmith frontman has been to drug rehab (and is currently sober), battled Hepatitis C, and had surgery on his knees and feet. As a fellow concertgoer at Wolf Trap put it, “He was an animal.”
If you saw “The Demon of Screamin’” in action at the Filene Center last Thursday, you wouldn’t have guessed that he’s been through any of this. Steven put in a high-octane performance, movin’ and groovin’ as only he can do.
Ray LaMontagne was in DC last week to kickoff the By The People Festival. The international arts festival is a four-daylong extravaganza that brings art, music, and interactive installations to every quadrant of DC — the city’s own South by Southwest!
Formed in 2004, indie rockers, Cold War Kids, from Long Beach California, are still going strong. Following an appearance at the Firefly Festival, Cold War Kids stopped by Rams Head Live in Baltimore on Sunday, and Shantel Breen went to check out the show.