Justin Townes Earle @ 930 Club 12/19/10

On November 2, 2010, in Concerts, by Magnolia Guitar

Considering I evoked Taylor Swift’s name not once, but TWICE in the month of October, I feel like I should return to my roots, such as it were.

My man, Justin Townes Earle, son of Steve Earle and modern day troubadour in his own right, will be performing at DC’s 930 Club on December 19. Tickets go on sale Dec 4.

I was concerned, but not terribly surprised, that JTE announced on Sep 22, 2010 that he was suspending his tour supporting his new album Harlem River Blues to enter rehab. Sharing the name “Earle” and “Townes” as well as evoking a young Hank Sr., it was almost a foregone conclusion.

But luckily for all, his rest was only for a few weeks before going back out on the road, which almost led me to think that it might have been a PR stunt. (Although I scorn myself for even entertaining such an idea.)

Such as it were, I’m happy he’s out doing what he does best. Performing. If you have a chance to see his live show, you won’t be disappointed. Still sad that he and his sideman Cory Younts parted ways, but Cory’s landed with Old Crow Medicine Show so it seems everybody’s alright.

The Greencards at Jammin’ Java 7/23 @ 7:30pm

On July 23, 2010, in Concerts, by Magnolia Guitar

So my little sister-in-law is coming to visit us in the “city.” If she’s up for it, I hope we get to see some music this weekend. If you get a chance… you should too!

The Greencards, which sound a little like another trio–Nickle Creek– is performing at Jammin’ Java in Vienna, VA this Friday, July 23 7:30PM. The tickets are only $18 and it should be a blast. Jammin’ Java is a great place.

Also there’s 5 bands performing an early show at the 9:30 Club on Saturday July 24 at 6:00pm. Performing are: Crash Boom Bang, Boys Will Be Boys, Mercy Mercedes, Struan Shields, and From Coast to Skyline. Tickets are only $12, so what can you lose?

UPDATE: We missed seeing The Greencards, but we did get to see some of the bands playing at the 9:30. Of the five bands we saw Mercy Mercedes, Boys Will Be Boys, and Crash Boom Bang. All in all, it was a pretty good. High-energy and fun. The Washington DC band, Crash Boom Bang know how to work an audience (at one point a tiger and a snowman came out on stage and threw out glow sticks at the crowd!), but I think my favorite of the night was another hometown band, Boys Will Be Boys from Fairfax, VA. It’s good to good music performed by people who are really enjoying themselves.

And I’m glad to say that, I was definitely not the oldest person in the room!

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