MARCH 2011 back
John Doe & Jill Sobule: March 30th @ Music On Main Street
Both of these artists have had long successful careers, John Doe with "X", The Knitters, The Sadies and solo and Jill as a solo artist with hits like "I Kissed a Girl" and "Supermodel" and a number of songs that have appeared in big budget movies. They've also worked together in various capacities over the years but now have released a CD together called "A Day at the Pass".
This show included songs from the new release, along with both of their own works. Jill performed Mexican Wrestler, a Bitter/I Kissed a Girl medley and Jet Pack while John made a whole lot of people happy with Burning House of Love and White Girl from his X repertoire. (Burning House of Love)
This was only their fifth show together but they had an ease that conveyed the idea that they've been doing this for years. A fun and often amusing show.
Abdoulaye Diabate and Super Manden: March 25th @ Shea Center (William Patterson U.)
Abdoulaye was born in Mali into a family of griots. Griots maintain the Malian history in stories and song. He and his band, Super Manden, have collaborated with some of the biggest stars in Africa, including Salif Keita, but now live and work with relative obscurity here in New York.
This show was more traditional then some of the "Afro-Pop" that I often see, but it was warm and intimate with Abdoulaye doing the best he could to charm us with his limited English. This eclectic series at WPU also included jazz drummer Roy Haynes and African American wind ensemble Imani Winds. Some nice things going on up there in wayne, NJ. (video)
Delta Rae: March 19 @ Coffee With Conscience (Westfield, NJ)
Delta Rae has very quickly become my favorite new band. Hailing from North Carolina, after growing up in Georgia and California, this band has some of the best vocal harmonies I've heard in recent memory. The do original material and an eclectic collection of contemporary and classic covers, from Kanye West and Adele to The Mamas & Papas and Fleetwood Mac.
I saw them last month in NYC, then brought a handful of friends to this show, all of whom can't stop talking about Delta Rae. Their blend of gospel, country, blues and pop is right in my musical "sweet zone". Their "unplugged performance in front of the audience was one of many highlights. (video)