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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Through The 50mm: September In Photos

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September has been an incredibly busy month in the music world in and around Houston. I”ve been jumping from venue to venue seeing both local and national touring acts as much as I possibly can. The chances of reaching my goal of seeing 365 different bands this year was greatly increased by the unexpectedly busy September, allowing me to not rush to reach or even exceed my set number towards the end of the year. Along the way I”ve caught shows from an array of acts from the likes of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Dave Matthews Band, ZZ Top, Kings Of Leon, Smashing Pumpkins, The Pixies and The Black Keys among about 40 others including 2 bands with “fuck” in their titles and the one and only Creed.

While I wasn”t able to photograph all of the bands mentioned, I still had my camera in tow for quite a bit of them, so check out my September Through The 50mm:


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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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Corinne Bailey Rae @ Granada Theater

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corinne bailey rae

Words by Julianne “Cranberry Scone” Rice. Photos by Anna “HashBrowns” Vernon.

Note from HashBrowns with a side of ketchup: We seem to be ever-expanding our musical horizons here at BoT, and I’d like to welcome a new guest writer Julianne “Cranberry Scone” Rice. She is a native Dallas-ite working at a local magazine and has a powerfully sweet voice of her own. She’s being recruited by a local band but seems to be a bit stage-shy. Maybe sharing her love of music will spur her to the stage.

After a four year hiatus from the recording spotlight, UK singer-sonwriter Corinne Bailey Rae released her second album, The Sea — following her self-title debut album—this past January. She is a two-time Grammy Award winner and has sold more than four million records, and she was in Dallas on Thursday night at the Granada Theater promoting the album and satisfying a major craving for live jazz-influenced pop/rock. Click here to read more 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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Andy Frasco @ George’s

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Andy Frasco @ George's
Words and photos by B “Cafe Con Leche” Gutierrez

Fayetteville adores Andy Frasco. And as he told me right before he rocked the lounge at George’s Majestic, the feeling is mutual. Andy has been busy traveling around the nation, playing relentlessly and working on his new album. Gathering inspiration along the way, he’s learned to give his all in every show he plays. That night at George’s was no exception.

He was only traveling with R Bizzy (drums) this time, but he was supported by three Fayetteville musicians. If you didn’t know they had never played together, you wouldn’t know it. They did a great job that night and the music came together so naturally, that the mood was easy and fun. Everything started with one of Andy’s favorite covers, “Hit The Road Jack.” And from there, it went into a super jam party Frasco-style. His “Ramble Baby Ramble” brought the room alive and got him a lot of love from the crowd.

The party went on until a little before 2 A.M. when the lights at George’s came on. He sure left everyone ready for the week ahead. And him? He was ready to do it all over again the following night at another bar in town.

Check out the photos from that night after the break.

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Joseph Israel @ The Fayetteville Town Center

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Joseph Israel & The Jerusalem Band

Fayetteville native, Joseph Israel, made his way back home as part of the awesomeness known as the Gulley Park Summer Concert Series. Fayetteville Parks and Recreation puts together free concerts in the Summer, and this is the 14th year of this great tradition. The concerts are usually on Thursdays at 7pm at the park, but on July 8th there were a few storms over the area that moved the show to the Town Center. The change of location didn”t stop music lovers from coming out, though. There was a great turnout for Joseph Israel & The Jerusalem Band.

The rest of the review and photos after the break.

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The Giving Tree Band @ George's

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The Giving Tree Band @ George
Words by B “Cafe con Leche” Gutierrez. Photos by Nicole Riley.

After coming back from Wakarusa I thought I”d be OK to go without live music for a while, but after I got an update from @georgesmajestic about a no-cover Wakarusa Post-Party featuring The Giving Tree Band, I was all over it! So I called a couple of friends and headed over to George”s Majestic Lounge. I left my camera at home after being glued to it for four days straight at the festival, and keeping in mind with the 1500 photos I had to look through and edit. So I decided to take it easy and just go for the music.

You see, that night I thought I was doing my soul a favor by not taking my camera. But I was so wrong. About two songs into their set, I knew I liked The Giving Tree Band. Two songs later, I realized I had to write a review. It all came together when I saw someone taking photos of the show, after talking to her, Nicole agreed to showcase her photos on BOT. So this is my shout-out to Nicole Riley! Read the rest of the review and see Nicole”s photos after the break.

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Eggs’ Catch-Up Post!

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The Besnard Lakes & Stardeath & White Dwarves @ Walter's On Washington

For the past month or two, I have pretty much taken a step back from Breakfast On Tour and left it in the more than able hands of the rest of our staff. First off, thanks to Bacon, Toast, Hash Browns, Cafe Con Leche and the rest of the BOT crew for stepping up when I clearly needed a break. You guys are keeping this thing afloat, and it has been a great change of pace to view your work rather than just mine! After this last weekend, which several of the BOT crew spent getting their Phish on in Atlanta for the 4th of July, I have officially returned with full intentions of getting back into our daily posting routine, including regular posts such as The Video Omelette and BOT-approved shows of the week. Before I do that, though, I thought I’d like to share with you several photos from the past few months that just never made it on to Breakfast On Tour as of yet. I had the opportunity to shoot some great bands over the course of my BOT Hiatus, including Cypress Hill, Reflection Eternal, Everest, Minus The Bear, The Besnard Lakes, Stardeath & White Dwarves, The Most Serene Republic, Annuals and Damian Marley & Nas.

Soon, we’ll be posting photos and words about this last weekend with Phish, but for now check out my photos from all of the aforementioned bands after the jump.

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