Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Artist of the Month May 2011

As with previous months, I am attempting to focus on bands that might be under your radar. Attempted is the key word this month as a couple of these bands are somwewhat megastars in the indie music world. 

This month's top spot is not a 'new' release, it came out in February. It's been chosen due to the fact that I didn't listen anything as nearly as much as I did this. After seeing her at Stage AE really made me go back and revisit her stuff. This is infectious music. Can't wait to see here again soon.

Other artists of note:

I was never a fan of this band, not because they aren't good, it's just never happened due to ...whatever. This album is being released today and as NPR had it streaming last week, I listened to and enjoyed it ALOT,  surpisingly so. The show here in August has become a must-see.

This is a gentle reminder of what they could accomplished in Galaxie 500.

I have been a fan of Sam's since Chemical City. Straight up, solid Rock and Roll.

I was surprised  how much I like this band? I really dig Blake's fellow Rilo Kiley bandmate Jenny Lewis' stuff, why should this be so radically different?

She reminds me of Sarah McLachlan without all the preciousness crap.

Beutifully lush lo-fi goodness from Seattle.
Will Sheff is probably the best lyricists in America today. This isn't easy music to appreciate. It rewards with numerous listens.

Rock-pop from San Diego.

I love this guy. He hails from England. What a sleeper of a release.

As with Death Cab, I am not an uberfan of these guys but this is some solid music.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Summer Saturday Weekly Ticket Giveaway Returns


If you want to technical, the first day of Summer is in late June. Let's face, Memorial Day weekend is always a great time to celebrate the beginning the second best season of the year (I'm a Fall guy myself). Hands down one of the greatest aspects of Summer is the concerts. Nothing beats hanging out and partying to live music. With that in mind, and due the overwhelming demand from last year, my friends at Drusky Entertainment have once again stepped up and will be collaborating with yours truly to bring you weekly ticket giveaways every Saturday from now until Labor Day.
Let's start it off right, shall we? This week's contest is for ANY show on the Drusky Calendar! That's right, ANY show, ANY night, ANY venue. Unfortunately, the only show not offered YET is the Foo Fighters. Hopefully, I will be working on remedying that as the show date nears. Stay tuned.
Here's what to do. Just email me at hughshows@comcast.net with the subject line Drusky 2011 by Thursday. In the message, leave the name of the band you want to see with the name of the person who will bring I.D. to that show and they and a friend will get in for free. Please be aware that some shows are over 21, so I'd hate for you youngins' to be turned away. The winner will be randomly drawn and contacted Friday, June 3rd. Next Saturday starts a new contest. One entry per person.
Please feel free to Facebook and tweet this post to spread the word. Here's a convenient link to do so:
 As always, a huge thanks to the awesome folks at Drusky and my sincere gratitude to all the music fans who visit this blog. Once again, visit the full Drusky Calendar here. Good luck!

Friday, May 27, 2011

First/Last 'The Essentials'-Camper Van Beethoven

It's a simple question. Who is your all time favorite band? For me, it takes me about two seconds to answer Camper Van Beethoven. I grew up with these guys and their musical sensibilities fit my tastes perfectly. I have been lucky enough to see them play four times. The show in 1989 still ranks as my favorite concert out of the thousands I have ever seen. It wasn't the first time seeing them though. 25 years ago this October, they opened for R.E.M. at the Syria Mosque. They were totally unknown to me that night and my memory is still a bit sketchy, but I vaguely remember them sitting cross-legged on big pillows wearing wizard hats as they played! Don't ask, I was 19 at the time...let's leave it at that. You can actually listen to that show here.
The six guys on that stage would eventually help form my musical passions to what they are today. I thought what a better way to celebrate the 100th musician taking part in my little questionnaire than to have my favorite band participate. Even though they are still active (finally bringing their Campout festival to the East Coast for the first time this year...on my birthday no less!), two of them are no longer in the band. I am amazed I was able to track them down. They were extremely cooperative for doing this and I cannot thank them enough. Unfortunately, David Lowery was not able to play along but the guy has enough on his plate with writing, teaching, releasing his fantastic first solo record, and performing in two bands. My immeasurable gratitude goes out to Chris Molla, Victor Krummenacher, Jonathan Segel, Greg Lisher and Chris Pedersen. It means so much to me that you were kind enough to participate in this 100th edition of First/Last Friday.

Camper Van Beethoven circa 1986

The first album you ever bought?
Chris Molla: The first time I spent my own money on records I bought two. One was a Nonesuch recording of concerti grossi for harpsichords and orchestra by J.S.Bach (the old man wrote them to play with his kids). The other was Gustav Leonhardt and Julian Bream doing Bach lute suites. I was really focused on the sound of classical guitar then (I was 13, and had been playing for a couple of years), and had thoroughly absorbed my dad's Segovia records and every guitar album I could find at the local library, which was how I knew about Bream. Here he was playing the lute. I had also discovered the harpsichord around that time as well and was blown away by that. Here was a record with two, three and four harpsichords sounding at once! It was like a drug.
Victor Krummenacher: Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Trouble Water.
Jonathan Segel: Hard to remember. My dad liked to go to the record store when I was really little, and I started having my own (Beatles, mostly) favorites. I do remember getting him to take me to the record store and buying "Let It Be" when it came out.
Greg Lisher: Outside of the family groups at the time ( The Partridge Family, The Jackson 5 ) I think it was the record Still Bill by Bill Withers.
Chris Pederson: Can't remember the first. I didn't really buy records as a young child. My parents had a lot of Beatles 45’s which I loved. They also had Simon & Garfunkel, Jimi Hendrix (Are You Experienced?) and Moody Blues (In Search of the Lost Chord) that someone gave them. Huge influence on me. Later on I bought lots of stuff - Rolling Stones - Get Yer Ya Ya's Out, Alice Cooper - School's Out, Deep Purple - Made in Japan...and many, many more!

Your last album bought?
CM: The album is called Trash. It's by accordionist Frode Andersen. He collaborates with several composers on pieces combining accordion with live electronics, etc.
VK: PJ Harvey - Let England Shake.
JS: By album do mean "full album" or specifically vinyl? The last full album I bought was Tame Impala's "Innerspeaker", digitally a week ago. Last CD I bought was Jack O' The Clock's "How Are We Doing?" Maybe a month ago?
GL: David Sylvian, Sleepwalkers.
CP: Can't remember. Maybe the last Mommyheads record?  I don't buy CDs (or albums off iTunes or whatever). I listen to a lot of things on Youtube when I get a chance.

Favorite album of all time?
CM: I'm sorry, but this is simply an impossible question to answer. I can tell you what I'm really into now: rediscovering Eliot Carter's orchestral music (He's one of my favorite composers of all time), Prokofiev's string quartets, and - my newest enthusiasm - an album called The Sound of Light in Trees by David Dunn. Dunn is a composer, phonographer, and acoustic ecologist (an area I'm starting to delve into in earnest). With the use of special microphones, he's captured the sound of Bark Beetles, their larvae, and other happenings inside the wood of pinon pines in northern New Mexico: stunning.
VK: Changes all the time. 5 that have haunted me deeply for decades now: Ornette Coleman - Beauty Is A Rare Thing, The Kinks - Village Green
Preservation Society, Richard and Linda Thompson - I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight, Muddy Waters - Folksinger, Los Lobos - Kiko.
JS: Wow, extremely hard to pare it down to one. I would have to list a few that have stayed with me for a long long time, that I keep coming back to. Jimi Hendrix' Electric Ladyland is one, The Clash "Sandanista" is another. Robert Ashley's "Perfect Lives: Private Parts". Philip Glass "Einstein on the Beach". Yes "Tales from Topographic Oceans" ( I'm not kidding. )  Game Theory "Lolita Nation". I like big pieces.
GL: Hard to pick a one. Here are three from my top ten list. English Settlement by XTC, Gentlemen Take Polaroids by Japan, Country Life by Roxy Music.
CP: WAY too hard to answer that! The Beatles - Revolver, Stones - Sticky Fingers, Japan - Tin Drum, etc, etc, etc.

Least favorite/most disappointing album?
CM: When I was listening to a lot of Middle Eastern music some years ago, I found a disc called The Origin of the Lute, and album of oud music. I was expecting the different tunings and cool rhythm patterns that drew me to those musics, but it was very "westernized": mazurkas and such, and the oud was accompanied by pianos and clarinets. I actually couldn't tell you now if it was good or not. The disappointment lay in the fact that it didn't meet expectations I had at that time. I played it once, was bummed, and put it away. Perhaps I should give it another try.
VK: As I enter my "cranky" stage I have to admit to disliking a lot of music out there, but I try to be polite. I'd say most of the last 10 or so Neil Young records have been a let down in one way or another. I love a lot of his music but really don't care for most of recent output.
JS: There was a period in the late 70s where I became disappointed with a lot of the bands I loved - Queen's "News of the World", Pink Floyd's "The Wall", ELO's "Discovery" (disco--- very!), even to a certain extent Led Zeppelin's "In Through the Out Door". I'm still disappointed in these albums. But, you know, good stuff was coming in through the underground by then, so it was all OK. I replaced the Pink Floyd with Young Marble Giants, for example.
GL: Don't remember the bad one's.
CP: Again, way too hard to answer.  I'd rather not name them.  Anyone that takes the time to produce an album should be applauded.

First concert attended?
CM: The first one I remember distinctly was when my mom took me to hear Stan Kenton's band. I was maybe 11 or so. That was fantastic. My first rock show was seeing Genesis (when my prog-rock enthusiasm was at it's most rabid) in LA ; probably '78 (high school). I believe David Lowery was with us for that one.
VK: Elvis Costello UCLA 1979.
JS: The first big concert NOT attended was Lynyrd Skynyrd in '75, when I won the tickets on the radio and my Mom wouldn't let me go. I probably didn't get to go see a real rock concert until 77 or so (when I was 13 or 14.) Then I saw a bunch, big and small, several rock bands on the UCD campus in Davis, CA, like Alternate Learning, Thin White Rope, The Suspects, I could see them even though I was in high school sometimes. We went to big concerts in San Francisco, like Rush and Jethro Tull.
GL: Gladys Knight and the Pips with B.B. King opening 1973.
CP: Pink Floyd at Anaheim stadium - Animals tour.

Last concert?
CM: We heard the Taos Chamber Music Ensemble last week: works by Arvo Part, a couple of New Mexico composers who's names escape me, but were O.K., and a Schubert piano trio, which contained a melody you've probably heard.
VK: X w/ Ray Manzarek, December 2010.
JS: I played last weekend... well, the last I went to see where I wasn't playing was maybe Dungen?
GL: Ryuichi Sakamoto.
CP: Gang of Four at the Gaelic Club here in Sydney.

Favorite concert ever?
CM: Again, this is hardly fair, I enjoy live music so much, and there have been so many good experiences, there really is no single favorite. One great time that comes to mind is seeing Frank Zappa at the Orange Show fairgrounds in San Bernardino. I enjoyed the performance, but I'm picking it because of the occasion (Zappa playing San Ber'dino in San Bernardino).
VK: 5 Way Tie: Neil Young w/ Sonic Youth at the Cow Palace, 1990. X and the Blasters, Whiskey A Go Go, around 1981. Jim Campilongo Band playing the music of Duke Ellington at Cafe Du Nord, around 2002 ($5 show). Richard Thompson, You, Me, Us tour, Warfield Theater, 1996, Carla Bozulich playing the Red Headed Stranger at the Cafe Du Nord, about 2004. I could name 100 more, easy.
JS: My memory fades. Most recently I really enjoyed a Mono show. Besnard Lakes at SxSW last year. Björk at the Paramount in Oakland. Radiohead at Hultsfred Festival in Sweden.
GL: Once again, hard to pick one but here are a few. Gang of Four 1984, King Crimson 1984, Bryan Ferry 1994.
CP: ...too hard.

Least favorite concert?
CM: I do have a clear worst case: When my daughter was 8, I took her and three of her friends to see B'Witched, 98 Degrees, and some other R&B singer who was being marketed for 'tweens. Those are the sacrifices we make for our children.
VK: Grateful Dead, mid 80's, Irvine Meadows. I like the Dead alright, but that was intolerably boring.
JS: Queen, 1980, but only because I was super high and the guy in front of me was barfing, though raising his hands over his head and clapping between songs. Also I was disappointed that they played a tape for the vocal part in the middle of Bohemian Rhapsody!
GL: The Grateful Dead at Irvine Meadows 1989.
CP: ...can't do that either.

Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
CM: I do have a story about playing there during that ’86 tour. At least I'm pretty sure it was Pittsburgh, because I don't think we went to Philadelphia...I believe I was recovering from a cold...hmm. At any rate, it was after the show, and we were wound up and wanted to go out. I went with a small group which included Michael Stipe, a gal from the R.E.M. entourage, and I think maybe Victor, though I could certainly be mistaken on that. We went to a coffee shop to have some tea or whatever and hang out a bit. We sat sippin' and jawin', then Michael takes out a little suede bag and dumps out a collection of crystals and colorful polished stones and starts playing with them; moving them around on the table, arranging them into patterns, and generally contemplating them. He pretty much dropped out of the conversation. The woman who was sitting next to me made a remark to the effect that, well, you know, Michael's a creative guy, and he needs to do this. I recall feeling a combination of amusement and annoyance.
VK: The sound of the crowd reacting to Camper opening for REM at the Syria Mosque in 1986. Half boos, half cheers, and loud. And the onion rings.
JS: It's pretty. We've played there a bunch in the past 25 years. First time was with the Cucumbers.  My friend Andrew Weintraub teaches ethnomusicology there, I lectured in his class once a few years ago.
GL: Nothing stick's out at the moment. I have a friend who just moved there for work and has invited me to visit. Any spots of special interest I should be aware of?
CP: I don't have specific memories of Pittsburgh. I think I always enjoyed playing there. Correct me if I'm wrong!

Thanks so much fellas. It really is a thrill for me that you did this. The music you made together will live with me forever.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Image of the Day-"Thrasher"

Andy Warhol Museum
Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Just Karl and his guitar. The man is a Pittsburgh treasure.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Image of the Day-"Ok Ya"

Thursday, May 20, 2011

 Not everyday you see a guy with purple hair playing a tiny violin with a electric drill. Add some bubbles and a mess of scrungy dreads and you think this was 'Shakedown Street' at a Dead show in '93? In a word-AWESOME! I really dug the lo-fi vibe this group gave out and hopefully will be catching them play sometime this summer. Listen to the set here.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Image of the Day-"New York City Hotel Blues"

Saturday, May 14, 2011
Even though they have been back to Pittsburgh numerous times, I haven't seen the band play in over five years. That first concert will go down as THE least attended show I have ever been to. I still love the band, even as they veer away from 'baroque rock' to a more leaner sound. They sounded extremely tight at Smalls. Richard was way cool to do the First/Last dance in December as I rounded up my fav albums of last year. They are working on a new record and you can help out by going here.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Image of the Day-"Doomsday"

The Club at Stage AE
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tristen and her guitarist were the opener but you could have fooled me. There were several people there specifically to see her play based on her recently released great album Charlatans at the Garden Gate. My only complaint was the fact that she was minus a full band for the show, which wasn't a bad thing, just lacking a certain...oomph. Read a proper review of the show here (and admire the awesome picture to boot!). More photos here.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Between The Lines-British Rock Art


This book is basically what the title says. Technically covering sixty years, the book touches on all facets and genres of promoting rock music in England. Sections include Early Rock, the Mod Era, Psychedelia, Glam, Punk, Rave and current Retro styles. I also appreciate the author giving individual artists their own chapters to showcase examples of their groundbreaking work. Utilizing more than 350 illustrations, the book captures the dynamic history of rock and roll through the extremely talented people who visualized it for us.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Image of the Day-"Graduate School"

Thursday, April 21, 2011
No one does rock and soul in Pittsburgh like my boys in Neighbours. Tomorrow night (5/20) the band is once again teaming up with their buddies in New Shouts to bring another fun filled dance party to Pittsburgh (Squirrel Hill to be exact). More info here.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Image of the Day-"Last Night In Town"

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Sometimes I feel incredibly unacquainted with many groups that I should know and don't. A great example is the band The Afghan Whigs and Greg Dulli. My only exposure to them is a scene in a movie I dig called 'Beautiful Girls' where they play the bar band. Pathetic, I know. Formed in Cincinnati in the late '80's, I should have been all over them. Damn you, Good Ole Grateful Dead for making me miss out on the heyday of indie classic goodness! Going into the show absolutely cold, I really enjoyed the set. Seems like Dulli's in Pittsburgh all the time but from what I hear this might be the farewell tour for The Twilight Singers. Glad I caught them before it was too late.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Image of the Day-"Workin' For The MTA"

The Benedum Center
Thursday, April 21, 2011
This was my second time seeing Justin and even though he was good both times, I came away from the sets wondering what his intimate music would be like in a less 'grandiose' atmosphere. The grandeur of the Benedum and the vastness of Point State Park kinda swallowed the vibe for me. Thankfully, he is returning to the smaller stage of Mr. Smalls in August. I would love to hear him with a full band. Here's hoping... Listen to a WYEP studio session from earlier in the day here. More photos here

Monday, May 16, 2011

Image of the Day-"Hard Time In A Terrible Land"

Ezra Furman & The Harpoons
The Club at Stage AE
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The first time seeing a show at the 'club' portion of Stage AE. Only 25 or so other people were there to see that the stage was set up in the corner where the merch table usually is. I was amazed at the sparse attendance considering how great all the bands were that night. I am wondering how these shows can be promoted better to spread the word? Hmmm...On a side note, Ezra was sporting a new mohawk. It takes some serious balls to pull that look off. Video here.

Friday, May 13, 2011

First/Last-Sean O'Hagan of The High Llamas

I recently featured The High Llamas as my pick for April Artist of the Month a few weeks back. The band's music was new to my ears but digging a little deeper, I discovered that founding member Sean O'Hagan has been involved with several bands such as Microdisney, Super Furry Animals, and Stereolab in some way or another. He also has the dubious distinction of being the 99th!! musician that was so cool enough to participate in this awesomely obscure edition of First/Last Friday.

The first album you ever bought?
Horslips-The Tain.

Your last album bought?
Peggy Lee-The Very Best of Peggy Lee.

Favorite album of all time?
Never stays the same. Right now, Carla Bley-Escalator Over the Hill.

Least favorite album?
So many. Disappointment does not come into it, as you need expectation first.

First concert attended?
Steeleye Span…somewhere in Aylesbury...in the UK.

Last concert?
Mulatu Astatke at Barbican, London.

Favorite concert ever?
Jorge Benn at Somerset House, London, 2004.

Least favorite concert?
High Llamas, ICA, 2004. I would have hated to be in the audience, we sounded terrible that night.

Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
Not yet made it to Pittsburgh. You are just going to have to organize a ‘Welcome High Llamas’ show and we would have to make it.

Thank you Sean. I would love a Pittsburgh visit. I also have to say how wonderful the new music is.

Image of the Day-"Bonfire"

Strand of Oaks
Club Cafe
Saturday, April 23, 2011

Timothy Showalter is Strand of Oaks. His minimalist tunes were actually very well received by the near sold out crowd. Not to take away from his music, which was quite good, I have to believe that his engaging demeanor throughout the set also had something to do with the audiences rapt attention. Turns out the guy was just as nice off stage.
My buds over at Draw Us Lines have been big fanboys of him for awhile and have pimped him more than a few times. Here's an interview they conducted with Timothy.
Here's a Daytrotter session to groove on.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Image of the Day-"White Noise"

Mr. Smalls Funhouse
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I really do honestly believe I am the luckiest music fan in Pittsburgh. I get to do what I love in taking photos and I get exposed to an incredible amount of amazing music while doing it. I had never even heard of Mogwai before and was flabbergasted at the number of people who obviously had. Smalls was silly packed and it was even kind of tricky getting out of the PIT. I really liked what I heard from the band and look forward to discovering more. A more 'informed' review here. Setlist here.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Image of the Day-"Where Have All The Rude Boys Gone?"

Ted Leo
Andy Warhol Museum
Tuesday, May 3, 2011

I feel like I am at the Warhol so much, I should be getting my mail there! The concert line-up has been really sweet this year and it's certainly not over yet. This sold out show was a rescheduled date from back in January. Ted certainly brought it solo, almost making me not miss the Pharmacists. Very low key set that, as per usual, had the audience in the theater sitting on their hands making it a somewhat unnerving performance.

Friday, May 6, 2011

First/Last-Secret Tombs

Photo courtesy the band

Secret Tombs are from right here in Pittsburgh. Here is a taste of what they they have to offer, which I really dig. David Rosenstraus (Blood Red) and Ben Klahr were generous enough to take time to participate in this edition of First/Last Friday and I really can't thank them enough for doing so.

The first album you ever bought?
David Rosenstraus: Probably a Kris Kross cassette tape.
Ben Klahr: I remember that my first stereo came with the Lou Bega CD, but I don’t think that was the first one.

Your last album bought?
David: The new Lemuria full length.
Ben: Spectres by BOC.

Favorite album of all time?
David: Aminosity- COC.

Least favorite/most disappointing album?
David: There are many. Once I got some solo album from Paul Simon for my mom for her birthday thinking it would be decent 60's style folk. I played it before I gave it to her and realized it was some terrible overproduced 80's sounding adult contemporary shit. I didn't give it to her; it would have been a curse, not a gift.

First concert attended?
David: Beach Boys.
Ben: Ladysmith Black Mambazo at CMU.

Last concert?
David: I played a show with Delay and New Creases. As far as just attending, Weekend Nachos show at Square One in Braddock.

Favorite concert ever?
David: That I played probably the last RAMBO show. That I attended, probably Death By Stereo and Good Riddance at the Rotunda in Philly or Latterman set at Planet X fest.
Ben: Some noise show at Joe Hammer that was over before I got there.
 Ben: Rob Zombie at X-Fest, no one was there, Rob Zombie is like 5 feet tall. Lord Bird Golden Cobra at Garfield Artworks featuring AJ and Ken's vomit. The Pist/Municipal Waste/et al at Braddock Elks lodge.

Least favorite concert?
David: Many of these. There were so many hardcore shows I played or went to with idiots who ruined shows. No entire show was bad, but whenever I hear bands talk about being pro-life, calling the audience faggots or pussies, or any kind of banter that's supposed to be "shocking", it really bums me out.
Ben: I think I might’ve dined and ditched at the Igloo club during "American Idol” live.

Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
David: One of the most endearing aspects of the Pittsburgh scene is the city lends itself to weird cool show spots. The two places I'm thinking of is the woods behind Beland St. and the Button down in the water in Lawrenceville. The fact that you can see a band play on concrete pad in the water while people are hanging out in trees and not be bothered by police is awesome.
Ben: I think it's one heck of a city.

Again, I cannot thank you guys enough. Musicians like yourselves truly make this blog. You show me music I might not have heard before and that to me is what it's all about! But I have to say...Kriss Kross? Ouch!!! I love it!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Image of the Day-"Unforgivable"

Chet Vincent & The Big Bend
WYEP Studios
Thursday, April 21, 2011

My man Chet and his band have just announced their CD Release show for Friday, June 24th at the Brillobox. Mark your calendars now. Can't wait that long? They are the Lava Lounge tonight at 10 p.m. Listen to the YEP set here. More photos here.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Image of the Day-"He Lays in the Reins"

Iron & Wine
WYEP Studios
Thursday, April 28, 2011

Wasn't able to hit the show proper, so this set was the next best thing. As was mentioned by Brian, Sam is a really sweet guy. Listen to the set here. More photos here.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Image of the Day-"Monkey"

The Andy Warhol Museum
Saturday April, 23, 2011

Of the dozens of bands I have seen at the Warhol theater, I cannot think of a more suitable group to play that room (selling out two shows no less). The band's 'chill' vibe is perfect for the "respectful, stay in your seat and pay attention to the music" audiences that usually attend. Imagine seeing them play Gooski's? Ha!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Image of the Day-"Booth of Glass"

Patty Larkin
Carnegie Lecture Hall
Saturday, April 16, 2011

Presented by Calliope, what amazed me is that Patty is celebrating her 25th year as a performer. I hadn't realized she had been around that long. Along with opener Merrie Armstrong, the crowd ate up her solid acoustic folk.