July is shaping up to be the biggest month of ’07 in terms of major must-see concerts. I’m off to catch the Austin, Texas indie-rockers Spoon at the Comerica CityFest (formerly known as the Tastefest) tomorrow, just in advance of the release of the band’s fantastic new cd “Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga,” a title designed to make radio djs sound silly on the air! This is easily one of the best recordings of the year so far, right up there with Paul McCartney, Wilco, Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams, etc.
Also at the CityFest this Saturday is another great indie-rock band, namely Yo La Tengo, so I’ll be there for that show as well.
Next Tuesday, July 10, I’ll be hosting a free, live performance at 12:30pm with Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello at the downtown Ann Arbor Borders on Liberty.
Then comes Bob Dylan at Freedom Hill and the Toledo Zoo Amphiteater next week – I’m actually taking a coupla days off so that I can stay up late, enjoy an adult beverage or three and not have to worry about being too fried doing my morning show at Ann Arbor’s 107one after I see the incomparable Mr. Bob.
Much more to come this month, as ex-Television leader Tom Verlaine makes an extremely rare visit to the Detroit Film Theatre on July 13, when he and fellow guitarist Jimmy Ripp will accompany a series of avant-garde films from the U.S. and Europe. What a rare treat this should be. On a side note, I’m sad to hear that Television has apparently broken up for good, and what’s doubly sad is the fact that Television’s other guitarist Richard Lloyd is recovering from a serious illness that struck him just before the band’s final-ever concert in Central Park last month. Perhaps there will be a final, final Television show somewhere down the line – get well soon, Richard!
Then it’s that massive Police reunion show at the Palace of Auburn Hills on July 17, followed by the Concert of Colors at the Max July 19 -22, featuring Eddie Palmieri, They Might Be Giants and the Neville Brothers. And oh yeah, can’t forget the 107one stage at the South U Art Fair, July 18 – 22. Free, live music all four days, with excellent homegrown bands (the Macpodz, Flying Latini Brothers) along with national acts (Tyrone Wells, Ari Hest). We’ll be set up at the corner of Church and Willard, one block south of South U. Full details at annarbors107one.com.
To top off the month in a big, big way, I’ll be back at the A2 downtown Borders to host another free performance and cd signing, this time with the acclaimed singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega. She’s releasing her first album in six years, “Beauty and Crime.”
Is that enough live music for ya or what?! Hope to see you at a show – just look for the guy wearing the grey straw hat.