So the month of July just flew by, and the highlights were many: Spoon’s fine performance at the Comerica CityFest, Bob Dylan’s wondrous set at Freedom Hill (he actually smiled, repeatedly!), the Police’s well-received show at the Palace of Auburn Hills – the band’s first performance in Michigan in some 24 years, the excellent turnout at 107one’s South U stage at the Ann Arbor Art Fairs, and last but not least, 107one’s fantastic showing in the Arbitron ratings – we are now #1 in Ann Arbor!
I’m taking a bit of time off from work as I recover from arthroscopic surgery on my left knee. I took up running when I gave up smoking some 20+ years ago, and I guess all that wear and tear finally caught up with me. Everything went well and I should be back in action and at the microphone in just a few more days.
I may be hobbling a touch tomorrow night but I wouldn’t miss Stan Ridgway’s show at the Magic Bag for the world. It’s rare for the ex-Wall of Voodoo leader to play a show outside his home state of California, plus he’ll be featuring a bunch of material from WOV’s Call of the West album, yep, the one that has Mexican Radio on it. Should be a blast.
Raul Malo, the former vocalist of the Mavericks, is stopping by my morning show on Thursday, Aug. 23 to sing and play a few songs off his terrific new album of country covers, After Hours. Listen in around 8:30-9am to hear Raul live. He plays at the Ark on Aug. 23 and 24.
After Raul’s live set at 107one I’ll be heading to the downtown A2 Borders to emcee a free performance by the talented young singer-songwriter Kate Voegele, and I’ll be back at Borders the next day (Aug. 24) to emcee a another free performance, this one by A Fine Frenzy, aka Alison Sudol, an enchanting young singer who’s been called a mix of Ella Fitzgerald and Radiohead – I’m intrigued already!