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The Wood Brothers at the Vic in Chicago. A Review by Mike Wallentin
Something so Eventful - Wood Bros celebrate with Chicago at the Vic
The air was filled with excitement. In my heart, and in the city of Chicago. On my side, I was in route to the first event I've covered with the love of my life, and talented photographer Lauren Mcnalis, as a writer/photographer duo. Let alone the dawn after a Chicago Cubs World Series victory. The ability to share this together, for a shared likeness of a band such as The Wood Brothers with an electrified rate of cheer, made for a night to remember.
As a huge Cubs fan myself, and most likely for many Cubs fans in attendance for the Wood Brothers, or those from the city at least had an immediate cheery feeling at the theatre that night. Regardless, it was a positive gathering for all walks involved. There's been much reason for celebration in Chicago throughout the summer. Now after October with the Cubs, a rare Bear's victory against Minnesota, or a night on the town, let the good times roll.
For the Wood Brothers, they had their own personal celebration, because earlier in the tour they had some medical emergencies. Unfortunately, Chris Wood was held up in the hospital, and tour dates cancelled. As Cubs fans were praying for a positive outcome, fans, friends, and family prayed from the bottom of their hearts for a clean,quick, positive recovery for Wood. Luckily, Chris was able to recover, and once again take up the bass line. Giving yet another reason for Chicago to celebrate on November 3rd at the Vic Theatre.
Oliver Wood, Chris' brother, and long time musical counterpart was ready to douse gasoline on an already raging fire of excitement in Chicago. The Wood Brothers, one of the modern day masters of soulful folk-rock, are completed by the creative and wildly adventurous percussion mind of Jano Rix. Goosebumps, and gorgeous melodies make way for the make of their sound. From fast kicking blues, to a tension and release style finale to show, they are something not to miss.
Put your heartfelt boogie shoes on. A Wood Brothers crowd is a fast and easy group of people to mesh with. Amongst them, comes with fans rocking band's shirtsd such as Avett Brothers, Ben Harper, Phish, The Grateful Dead, Neil Young, Panic, and others such as the Shins, Strokes, or even Modest Mouse to name a few. That being said, a conversation is easy to come by in such a welcoming crowd of people. And the reaction of the music is all one in the same, positive.
Honest and reflective are two words to describe a room when a band is as genuine as the Wood Bros. As for Chicago, The Vic Theatre is one of the more intimate places to find this feeling. Formerly named the Victorian Theatre, owned and operated by the one and only Jay Goldberg, and Jam Production. Who have produced the now 16 year old Summer Camp Music Festival. With its capacity at 1,400 the acoustics are tremendous. Added is a delay system treating the 1,000 capacity single balcony some breathing room from the floor.
As the night began for the Wood Brothers, it was short, it was sweet, and it was beautiful. They has sang songs such as "I Got Loaded". Commemorating a Cubs hangover, and a night out, drinking whiskey, gin, and wine. The meaning to be, that we felt alright. Introducing the song Oliver mentions, "Ain't it nice to step away from the election, and put all the other bullshit in our lives aside, let's be positive". He was talking about the Cubs. Which he had done multiple times throughout the show.
As the one long set had spread greatness through the night, so does the crowd. Through classic, and stellar Woods Bros. songs alike, the responses only grew larger. Someone had shouted out "Postcards" a clear nod to the band's great song 'Postcards from Hell'. Eventually the right chords were struck and the venue began to levitate with applause. A fantastic version blossomed from the stage.
As for other notable parts of the shows, there was sections, of dancing, drum solos, and undeniable admiration for a band with such talent. Swinging back and forth with an upright bass, as if it were your ballroom dance partner, probably isn't that easy. For Chris Wood, it's one of his favorite things to do, a must see addition to an incredible stage performance. Also playing "Ain't No More Cane" a traditional song made famous by Bob Dylan, The Wood Brothers show more of what they are about.
Leaving the stage and coming back on had us all guessing for what there would be to come. Again, Oliver came to the mic, saluting us for being a beautiful crowd, a wonderful city, and a group of "lucky men and women". Shortly thereafter we were given a very special take on "Luckiest Man" a more commonly know song. It was time to remind us that if we do believe, things just might come true. I took it that way at least, as I do the Cubs victory as well. Stick to your dreams, friends! What a night November 3rd turned out to be!
Amazon Announces the cast for their Upcoming Grateful Dead T.V. Show.
This was my April Fool's Joke!
Amazon just released the cast members that will play the Grateful Dead band members in their upcoming show about the band's life. I am not an acting coach but I must admit there are more than a few head scratchers. Before we announce the cast, one odd moment actually delayed the production team from casting the respective roles of the show. When executive producer and GD member Bobby Weir insisted on playing Jerry Garcia. The uncomfortable week of dealing with this unrealistic request came to an end when Bill Walton pointed out to Bobby that he has in fact been playing that role already since Jerry untimely death in 1995. One thing Bob was adamant about was picking the actor to play him. He insisted on 80's child star Corey Feldman, Bobby was quoted of saying "Just watch "Dream a Little Dream" 1 threw 6 if you think he does not have the chee…
Some As#hole Screamed "Free Bird" at a Recent Bob Dylan Show. The only actual news is Bob obliged and played a note-perfect rendition of the dueling guitar solo in Lynyrd Skynyrd's Rock Anthem. Watch!
Bob Dylan has never met a cover he did not like. He has incorporated countless tunes by many artists in his live shows since the early sixties. Ironically, the Never Ending Tour is supporting Dylan's latest release Fallen Angels which is his second installment of Frank Sinatra classics. I have had the pleasure of seeing Dylan live well over a hundred shows and witnessed him cover everybody from The Grateful Dead to Warren Zevon and all genres in-between. But I never thought I would hear the Great One cover " Free Bird". Of course, some asshole yelled to hear it or be funny. Hell, maybe he was trying to impress a date and had a low I.Q. Whatever the reason he yelled it, is less fascinating than why Dylan played it. I think he finally got sick of hearing song…
BONNAROO 2016: More than 100 arrested, cited in first few hours.
Same as it Ever Was..... The Tennessean is already reporting over 100 arrests and Bonnaroo has barely begun. That stat was given around 2 p.m yesterday after a few hours of the festival. It is not clear if they count the kids they arrest just driving there. "The arrests, Knott said many were made overnight, included disorderly conducts and illegal possession of controlled substances including harder drugs like LSD and Molly." "Law enforcement overseeing the 15th annual Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn. said Thursday that they've cited and arrested more than 100 people less than one day into the event."Last year they only made 75 arrests the whole festival. This year seems to be a different story as they eclipsed last year's arrests in a few hours. When asked about medical emergencies Knott was quoted,"We've been lucky we haven't had any so far, but we are on guard becau…