Live Review: Jim James @ 9:30 Club — 5/17/19

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Jim James and his band perform at the 9:30 Club on May 17, 2019. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)

Jim James has a totemic hold over the indie-rock scene — My Morning Jacket very much a universe unto itself (I bristle at the idea of calling them a jam band). Jim dropped by 9:30 Club for a pair of solo shows recently, and I caught the first of the two.

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Preview: Jim James of My Morning Jacket @ 9:30 Club, 5/18/19

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Jim James (Photo courtesy Big Hassle)

Jim James of My Morning Jacket takes his solo show to 9:30 Club for two nights on Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18 — the first night sold out but tickets remain for the second night. You can also still gain access to both nights with a two-night pass.

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Preview: Ricky Skaggs @ The Birchmere — 1/11 + 1/12/19

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Ricky Skaggs (Photo courtesy Absolute Publicity)

Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs is still going strong, entering both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the IBMA Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame last fall. After a performance at the 52nd Annual CMA Awards in November, he’s coming around to The Birchmere for a show on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. (He’s also there on Saturday, Jan. 12, and that show has sold out.)

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Music Park: Bonnie “Prince” Billy @ The Birchmere — 10/9/18

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Bonnie “Prince” Billy performs at Union Chapel in London on July 27, 2017. (Photo by Jon Southcasting)

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Bonnie “Prince” Billy. Will Oldham, who has also released music under the Palace moniker (Palace Brothers, Palace Music, and Palace Songs), is something of a cult figure. He also has a varied acting career, with appearances in films ranging from Jackass 3D to 2006’s Junebug to last year’s A Ghost Story. On Tuesday, he made an appearance at The Birchmere, and I was there to figure him out.

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