The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ivan and Ian Neville, George Porter Jr., and several other New Orleans musical greats recently brought a NOLA party to The Hamilton recently through the Take Me to the River NOLA Live Tour.
Knoxville Americana band The Black Lillies play a unique mix of genres of styles: country, bluegrass, blues, and jazz. You might say that The Black Lillies are a CBGB+ band. Touring in support of a new album, Stranger to Me, The Lillies put on a compelling show at The Hamilton on Saturday that saw the audience fill the pit, dancing to the infectious rhythms.
Phenomenally talented and equally lovely singer-songwriter Nicki Bluhm (pronounced “bloom”) played to an enthusiastic full house at DC’s The Hamilton Friday evening. Touring behind the May release of her new album — To Rise, You Gotta Fall (Little Knickers/Compass) — Nicki brought a Memphis-flavored soul sound that had the audience dancing, from little kids to senior citizens.
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.
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.
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.