Music can often mark a moment in time, but great music is eternal. The ageless guitarist and songwriter Carlos Santana proved this during a recent performance at Jiffy Lube Live.
An entire generation of Led Zeppelin fans have grown up deprived of the opportunity to see the supergroup perform its legendary material live. A temporary reprieve from that disappointment was enjoyed by a sold-out crowd at DC’s City Winery one evening recently when Zepparella, an all-female tribute band, took the stage for a two-hour set of Led Zeppelin’s greatest songs.
Randy Cordeiro calls himself Surreal Neil, and he fronts a band called Super Diamond. If you cannot guess, that band is the nation’s top Neil Diamond cover band, and it is performing at 9:30 Club on Thursday, Jan. 24.
Hot Tuna performs at City Winery in DC on Nov. 27, 2018. (Photo by Chester Simpson)
Hot Tuna and Hot Plates at City Winery DC
Upon my arrival in San Francisco in August 1975, I heard of a free concert by Hot Tuna in Parkside Square. So with my friends, I traveled to see my favorite Jefferson Airplane musicians — guitarist/vocalist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady.
During that first time I saw them, the gents shared a sort of mystic chemistry, which remained in tact at their recent show at City Winery.
Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady formed blues band Hot Tuna in 1969, and they are still going strong! At the 2016 Grammy Awards, Jorma and Jack received Lifetime Achievement Awards, and the band released an album as recently as 2011 with Steady as She Goes.
Hot Tuna performs an acoustic evening at City Winery on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express played to a crowd of loyal fans on Wednesday night at The Soundry, a relatively new venue in Columbia, Maryland. Chuck, channeling all his of San Francisco weirdness, played his oddball schtick to the hilt. His guitar playing was tight as always, and his band sounded great.