For a full list of what is coming up near you, be sure to visit SilverPlatter.info! Tickets for most of these shows are available in the store – come by and pick some up! Above photo of Sound Of Ceres at The Rebel Lounge.
- March 14th – Bela Fleck + Abigail Washburn at Scottsdale Center For Performing Arts
Banjo royality live and in person! Husband and wife Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn recently collaborated on an album together that is just wonderful. I was able to see them perform last year at the MIM and I can’t wait for more.
- March 28th – Wire at Crescent Ballroom
Post punk legends WIRE celebrate 40 years! This brash, sonically adventurous and insanely influential British band is also about to release a brand new record at the end of March. What a treat to see these legends in person.
- March 9th – Qais & The Qosmonauts at Crescent Ballroom
Qais Essar just might be one of Phoenix’s greatest secrets. Qais is internationally known as a master rabab player and is often flown out to different parts of the world to play for enthusiastic crowds. These shows will often consist of more traditional Afghan music, played in the classical styles. But, when he’s home, he gets together with the friends and like minded musicians that form the Qosmonauts to expand the territories of his instrument and interest. The result is a bending of genres and textures that circles the globe, but fits right into the bars and clubs where it is being presented. There’s just enough psyched out rock and intriguing folk to grab any music lovers attention and plenty of new sounds and ideas to expand our palettes beyond our little desert town.
- March 12th – Hand Habits / Mega Bog at The Trunk Space
Hand Habits is the solo project of Kevin Morby’s touring and studio guitarist, Meg Duffy. This is all I needed to know to get hooked into this one. Seeing the band play live and hearing her tear up a solo or just providing the perfect color behind Morby’s tunes, it was quiet evident that this is a musicians with a great sensibility for songs. I have since given Hand Habits a fair listen and I’m very excited to see Duffy’s music played out in a live setting.
- March 22nd – Gaelynn Lea at Valley Bar
Gaelynn Lea was last years winner of the NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest. This involved unsigned musicians submitting videos of their music performed live, in intimate settings. I made an effort to watch as many of these videos as possible and Gaelynn Lea’s music definitely stood out as a unique voice. Her songs are deeply rooted in traditional folk from the old world and new. But, she filters this through a range of new ideas and influence, to produce something refreshing and unheard. Seeing these songs performed live will provide a setting to dive even deeper into these heartfelt tunes.