Umphrey’s McGee @ George’s Majestic Lounge

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Umphrey's McGee @ George's Majestic Lounge
Words and Photos by B “Café con Leche” Gutierrez.

On Sunday, Sept. 26, Umphrey’s McGee played a sold out show at George’s Majestic Lounge. An hour into the show, and there were still some people outside hoping to get tickets to get in.

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O.A.R. @ Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa, OK

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O.A.R. @ Cain's Ballroom

Words and Photos by B “Café con Leche” Gutierrez.

On Sept. 23, O.A.R. came to Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa to fill a Thursday night with great music. After The Dirty Heads opened for the night, there was an easy mood at Cain’s. But as soon as O.A.R. hit the stage, it started, the greatest sing-along I’ve witnessed so far. Everyone in the crowd knew all the lyrics to the songs that rocked Cain’s that night. And I wasn’t expecting anything less. O.A.R. is one of those bands that you just have to see live, because the sing-along experience is part of what makes them so great.

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The Dirty Heads @ Cain’s Ballroom (w/O.A.R.) | Tulsa, OK

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The Dirty Heads (w/O.A.R.) @ Cain's Ballroom
Words and Photos by B “Café con Leche” Gutierrez. 

When I heard that O.A.R. was playing at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, I thought it was a show worth the couple-hour drive. But it was after finding out The Dirty Heads were the support act, when it all came together. This was a winner combination for a show.

The reggae-rock band from Huntington Beach, CA has been playing music for a while. But it wasn’t until 2008, when they released their debut album Any Port In a Storm.

Their opening set for O.A.R. gave the night a great start with their sea-salty, fun tunes. They sang “Neighborhood,” “Generation,” “Check the Level,” “Stand Tall,” “Lay Me Down,” and one of my personal favorites, “Believe.”

The guys were comfortable on stage when playing music or just interacting with the crowd. Jokes from living so much time on the road came up, like incidents of losing bets and red leather vests bought at a truck stop.

If you get a chance to catch The Dirty Heads live, do so. They’re on the road this Fall and I hear they’re coming to Houston on Oct. 28 with Sublime With Rome.

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BOT-Approved Shows: Sept 27-Oct 3, 2010

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Dallas

Tuesday Sept 28: Jenny and Johnny w/Eternal Summers and Whispertown @ Granada
8pm. Doors at 7pm.
for $16.

Tuesday Sept 28: Ratatat w/Bobby Birdman @ Palladium
8pm.
Get tickets here for $27 with fees.

Wednesday Sept 29: CocoRosie w/Sleep Whale and New Fumes @ Granada
8pm. Doors at 7pm.
for $18.

Thursday Sept 30: Michael Franti and Spearhead @ House of Blues
9pm. Doors at 8pm.
Get tickets here starting at $27 ($23 for a 4/pack).

Saturday Oct 2: Ishi and Black Tie Dynasty @ Granada
8pm. Doors at 7pm.
for $10.

Northwest Arkansas | Little Rock

Monday Sept 27: Shwayze @ Chi Omega Greak Theater, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
Show starts at 9pm and it”s FREE.

Wednesday Sept 29: Citizen Cope @ George’s Majestic Lounge, Fayetteville, AR.
Starts at 8pm and tickets are $25.

Friday Oct 1: Michael Franti & Spearhead @ The Village, Little Rock, AR.
Starts at 9:00pm. Doors open at 8pm.
Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 at the door.

Saturday Oct 2: The Black Crowes @ The AMP, Fayetteville, AR.
Starts at 8pm. Doors open at 7pm.
Tickets go from $20-$100.

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Fayetteville Roots Festival

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FRF Final Jam

Words and Photos by B “Café con Leche” Gutierrez.

The First Annual Fayetteville Roots Festival on August 29th was set to take place at Greenhouse Grille, but after a water main broke at Greenhouse Grille the festival was moved to George’s Majestic Lounge. Hats off to the festival organizers and to George’s management and staff, because the evening ran smoothly, as if everything that happened was part of the plan.

The music-filled evening went better than I expected. I left George’s that night with a couple of new albums for my collection, after being blown away by some of the performances. I know I’m not alone when I say that this festival definitely has all the right components to become a Fayetteville classic; from the award-winning artists, to the welcoming audience, and a community coming together in case there’s a water main that breaks at the very last minute.

Read on for more thoughts and photos about the festival after the jump.

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Big Head Todd and the Monsters @ Crossroads KC

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Big Head Todd and the Monsters @ Crossroads KC

Words and Photos by B “Café con Leche” Gutierrez.

 

Late last Winter, a friend of mine played “Love Betsy” on his guitar. I thought it was the saddest, most beautiful song I had heard in a while. It was the first time I’d heard of Big Head Todd and the Monsters.

I didn’t think that by the end of the Summer I’d be at one of their shows, hoping to hear that song when BHTM played a set at Crossroads KC on Friday, Aug. 27. They didn’t play it, but the concert was still awesome.

Read the rest of the review and see more photos after the jump.

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The Ben Miller Band @ Gulley Park

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Ben Miller Band @ Gulley Park

Words and Photos by B “Café con Leche” Gutierrez.

The Ben Miller Band from Joplin, MO is a Fayetteville fave. They play in town often and were fresh back from tour when they came to Gulley Park on July 29th. Their show was part of the Gulley Park Summer Concert Series, put together by Fayetteville Parks and Recreation. Keep reading and see photos after the jump.

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1st Annual Fayetteville Roots Festival

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A couple of weeks ago I learned about the first Fayetteville Roots Festival. Put together by 3 Penny Acre‘s Bryan Hembree, this one day event on August 29th is already on its way to become a beloved Fayetteville tradition.

The line-up includes emerging acoustic roots, Americana, and folk music artists from around the country.

The festival will feature two shows on Sunday, August 29th at Greenhouse Grille: a special free preview show from 10:30am to 2pm during Greenhouse Grille’s brunch service and a ticketed event on Sunday evening show featuring five headline artists.
For tickets and more info, visit Fayetteville Roots Festival. Check out the line-up and schedule after the jump.

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Joseph Israel & The Jerusalem Band @ George’s

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Joseph Israel & The Jerusalem Band @ George's

The day I got to talk to Joseph Israel, he had a show at George’s Majestic Lounge along with The Jerusalem Band. I couldn’t resist going back for more, after a great experience a couple of days earlier. I got to hear again some of the new material that will be released in the new album, possibly next Spring. Songs like “Soulution” and “Better Way” will most likely be on repeat on my player for a while once the new album’s out.

It was a great show and while enjoying it, I got a lot of photos for you. See more after the break.

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State Radio @ Wakarusa 2010

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State Radio @ Wakarusa 2010

Has it ever happened to you that you find a band that is the perfect fit for your taste in music and personality, but you go years before the realization hits you in the face and makes you wonder why you have never been to one of its concerts and don’t have the full discography in your music library? I ask you, because I really hope I’m not alone in this. It’s exactly what happened to me with State Radio at Wakarusa.

Continue reading and see the photos after the break.

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