Thursday • 20th Century Theater
1 Comment · Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Leo Kottke is just supremely
talented, fingerpicking his way around 6- and 12-string guitars with
flawless dexterity, infinite grace and mind-boggling invention.
by Mike Breen
Just like this weekend, there are a lot of solid live music options around the area tonight. If the spring-fever bug hits you once the temps make it to 60 (that's when my shirt comes off and I start cranking the AC) and you want to get out of the house, you can hit the 20th Century Theater in Oakley to see a modern guitar hero. Though he sings (with a voice he describes as similar to "geese farts on a muggy day"), Leo Kottke is world-renowned for his unique "fingerpicking" style of acoustic guitar playing. In concert, Kottke's dazzling, instinctive guitar work (masterful despite Kottke having to overcome hearing loss and tendon damage in his hand) is coupled with his trademark between-song banter, as Kottke relays tales both weird and hilarious. Brian Baker writes about his confusion upon first seeing Kottke perform (he had to move closer to make sure the guitarist "didn’t have a third arm, nine fingered hands or a magic guitar") for this week's CityBeat (check it out here). Kottke's show starts tonight at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7). Tickets to the "seated-only"event are $35. Here's Leo in 1977 (singing way better than any geese fart I've ever heard, though I've only heard them on crisp fall mornings). The Aronoff Center might not be the first place you'd expect to see two of the top R&B and Hip Hop stars in the country, but that's exactly what's going on tonight as the downtown venue's Procter & Gamble Hall presents Trey Songz's "Anticipation 2our." What is the "anticipation" all about? (And how is "2our" pronounced, exactly?) The 27-year-old Grammy-nominee and BET Award winner is quoted in a press release explaining, "This tour has literally been years in the making. Historically, my mixtapes have served as a creative outlet for me to serve my fans without the pressure of creating records solely for sales, so this is no ordinary tour. Every sound, every emotion that I ever expressed through my music you will get every single night. No one will leave this show untouched." So fans are anticipating … being touched? (We'll assume "2our" is pronounced "two-hour," spoken like Andrew Dice Clay says "whore.") Regardless of the reason they're doing this, Big Sean gives the show a strong-drawing opener. Discovered by Kanye West, the Detroit-based MC built a following online and with several popular mixtapes before finally releasing his debut, Finally Famous, last summer (he has said he'll be working on the follow-up while touring, with plans to release this coming summer). Tickets for tonight's 7:30 p.m. show are between $49-50-$69.50. Check out Big Sean with Roscoe Dash and his mentor in the clip for the single "Marvin & Chardonnay": Popular modern Celtic band Gaelic Storm comes to Bogart's tonight for an 8 p.m. show that is open to all ages. The band formed in the mid-’90s, played the pub scene in Santa Monica, Calif., and then had a pretty interesting introduction to American audiences when they appeared in one of the biggest films ever made, Titanic, appearing as the steerage band that plays on despite that little iceberg ding. The quintet focuses on traditional Irish and Scottish music (occasionally allowing more contemporary elements into the party) and has become increasingly huge with each successive album release, which you can usually find at or near the top of Billboard's World music charts. Check out more thoughts on the band from this week's CityBeat here. Tickets are $18.50 (plus any applicable fees). Here is one of the band's songs, some Legos and a tale about Russell Crowe:Also this evening is the encore screening of the cool documentary featuring some of today's biggest Electronic/Dance music artists paired with some of the biggest names in other genres and from other eras (like Skrillex collaborating with The Doors). Re: Generation plays again tonight, for one last time on the big screen, at the Rave theater in Florence and Newport on the Levee's AMC theater at 8 p.m. Click here for more on the fascinating flick. Click here for tons more musical options for tonight.
Feb. 23 • 20th Century Theater
0 Comments · Friday, February 17, 2012
In the mid-’80s, I saw Leo Kottke at Bogart’s with the intent of getting close enough to assure myself that the 12-string master didn’t have a third arm, nine fingered hands or a magic guitar. I