Sizzling Sumer Shows Include Blues, Country, Rock and Tributes Galore
The summer concert forecast in Jackson is for thundering beats, sizzling guitar riffs and red-hot lyrics.
With literally dozens of concerts to choose from, music lovers can enjoy a different genre every single week of this sun-soaked season. Here's just a sampling of what's available.
Turn the heat down to a slow burn with blues artist Jarekus Singleton and his band at Martin's Downtown. The Washington Post calls Singleton "an exciting new young blues guitarist with melody, hooks, swagger and a strong, original voice" whose "lyrics are modern, personal, acutely poetic and deeply mature." $10. Tickets and info.
Treat yourself to dinner, drinks and jazz with the smooth sounds of the Raphael Semmes Quartet at Hal & Mal's in the main dining room every Tuesday (6:30 pm, no cover).
You won't want to miss the Godmother of Soul, Patti LaBelle, coming soon to Thalia Mara Hall. With a singing career spanning more than five decades in R&B, soul, pop and gospel, Rolling Stone includes LaBelle on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of all time. Tickets are $55 and up. More info here.
The Disco Stranglers: Eagles Tribute Band is coming back to Duling Hall. Specializing in the performance of the entire "Hotel California" album, the show also includes hit favorites and album cuts that never graced radio airwaves. General admission tickets are $20. Info and tickets here.
Check out Burt Byler's EP Release party with Chris Morrison in the Red Room of Hal & Mal's. Advance tickets are $7 or $10 the night of the show. Doors open at 7 pm. More info here.
Hear Madison's own Lady Gun rock (n roll) the house live at Martin's Downtown. The set includes the single "Lemon Pie" from their new album, now available on iTunes and Amazon. $10 cover, starts @ 10 pm. More info here.
Damien Jurado with special guest Chris Pureka. From his trademark folk-ballad-based style to his foray into more electric rock, there's plenty of great storytelling collected on Jurado's 20 albums and 17 EPs. Advance tickets to this show at Duling Hall are $25. Info and tickets.
Drivin N Cryin with special guest Katy Guillen & The Drive. Celebrating their 35th anniversary together, Atlanta-based folk-rock act Drivin N Cryin have spent most of their career on tour developing their unique sound: a little drivin' rock n roll and a little country twang. Says lead singer Kevin Kinney: "We are a band that's like your record collection." See them live at Duling Hall for just $20. Info and tickets.
Singer-songwriter/guitarist Alastair Greene offers an inspired solo collection, The New World Blues, as a tonic for these trying times. Martin's Downtown. $10. Info and tickets.
The Stolen Faces, Nashville's Tribute to The Grateful Dead, are coming to Martin's Downtown! The Grateful Dead wrote great songs, were excellent musicians and terrific improvisers, and never played a song the same way twice. The Stolen Faces capture that spirit, covering the Dead's expansive catalog and delivering it with the sort of energy and spontaneity that just might convince you that you've been transported back to 1971. $10. More info and tickets.
Blue Man Group at Thalia Mara Hall. The blue-painted men are best known for their wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts which combine comedy, music, and technology to produce a unique entertainment experience. An intensely exciting, wildly outrageous good time! Tickets start at $55. More info here.
Luckenbach with special guests T. B. Ledford and the Accumulators. This Willie Nelson tribute band will make you feel like listening to the Red Headed Stranger! Hear every hit from "On the Road Again" to "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain." There will also be plenty of great classic tunes from other stars that have been "Willie'd up" for your enjoyment. Duling Hall general admission tickets are $10. More info here.
American Aquarium at Duling Hall. Alt-country rockers American Aquarium have recorded eight albums in as many years, establishing themselves as one of the country's most prolific rising acts. The quality of the band's work matches its quantity, treating listeners to a creative hybrid sound that includes bittersweet slide guitar and gnarled vocals. Tickets start at $20 (pre-show meet and greet VIP experience available). Info and tickets.
Still Standing: A Tribute to Elton John is the ultimate visual and musical event bringing all of John's timeless classics to Martin's Downtown. "Still Standing has such a legendary stage presence, you wouldn't know that it wasn't Sir Elton John himself standing up there," says Biloxi's Hard Rock Café. Lead singer Ben "Almost Elton" Frey has been referred to as the closest representation of Elton's look and vocals on the circuit. $10. Tickets & info.
Looking for even more music? Get the complete lineup of concerts in June, July and August at Hal & Mal's, Duling Hall and Martin's Downtown. Stay cool and happy listening!