1) Keeping the Dead alive.
“Tribute” band Dark Star Orchestra plans the first-ever Dark Star Jubilee Labor Day weekend – a Deadhead’s dream festival featuring three nights (Aug. 31-Sept. 2) of performances by the DSO plus shows by members of The Grateful Dead current projects the Mickey Hart Band, 7 Walkers featuring Bill Kreutzmann and Donna Jean Godchaux Band.
The festival also welcomes Keller Williams, Jorma Kaukonen, The Infamous Stringdusters, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk and more to Legend Valley in Thornville.
2) Cleveland rapper Machine Gun Kelly is proud of his adopted hometown. We’re surprised he hasn’t started some AFC North rap war with Wiz Khalifa.
And if, as we’re told, the Cavaliers play his tune Cleveland during games, it must be a heavily bleeped version.
Machine Gun Kelly will be in concert Friday, Aug. 31 at The Bluestone. Cal Scruby opens. Tickets are $30-$17.
3) Peanut butter & jelly. Crime & Punishment. Hall & Oates.
Yes, the Philly pop ‘n’ soul duo belongs on the great list of inseparables.
Critics can argue that, in particular, tunes like Sara Smile sound dated, but that’s their beauty. Daryl Hall and John Oates in many ways defined ’70s pop music.
But at the same time, that’s too limiting for one of the quintessential pop-rock outfits of all time. The duo is without question part of the American songbook pantheon.
Hall & Oates will play Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Sunday, Sept. 2. Tickets are $59/$29. Visit promowestlive.com.
4) You remember Freedy Johnston. Bad Reputation. “I know I got a bad reputation. And it isn’t just talk, talk, talk.”
Huge alt-rock hit in the early ’90s for the NYC-based singer-songwriter. The Beat always thought his vibe was kinda like Elvis Costello meets John Hiatt.
The still-prolific songwriter tours and records regularly, and has a gig at Woodlands Tavern Sunday, Sept. 2. Clarence Bucaro opens. Tickets are $15.
5) Sisters Cristi Jo and Jessica Zambri have embraced a sort of minimalist goth approach to electronic pop, not unlike what The Beat imagines Siouxsie and the Banshees would be doing had that seminal punk and avant-goth outfit formed 40 years later than it did.
In the past year, Zambri, the atmospheric, experimental group led by the sisters, has released both an EP and an LP, House of Baasa. They’re on the road, with a planned stop at Ace of Cups Tuesday, Sept. 4. The