I'm excited about a few upcoming shows. I pretty much skipped out on the summer festival season, probably because summer weather is so untrustworthy and because I like to have an assigned seat. Signs of age and privilege, I suppose. Anyway, I've been stumbling across shows that I want to experience.
1) Ian Hunter. Former lead singer of Mott the Hoople. This probably doesn't mean anything to 3/4 of you, but I love Ian Hunter. Back in the day, I was one of the 122 people who actually bought his solo albums. I love his introspective stuff that was not appropriate for Mott the Hoople (as well as the more party-atmosphere songs). Apparently he's still recording, and I've bought a couple of CDs and Amazon downloads to get up to speed. I think his voice now sounds like a more coherent Dylan or more resonant Cohen. He'll be performing with his Rant Band at the Sheldon, and I'm really looking forward to both artist and venue.
2) Al Stewart. Saw him at the Wildey a couple of years ago, and while I expect the show to be pretty much the same, I'd love to see him again. Really enjoyed the piano player who was with him then. We'll see if he's back.
3) Kelley Hunt. She's being touted on the Wildey site but I didn't know who she was, so I looked her up. I think I'm in love. Makes me wish I had gone to Riverfest in Wichita just to hear her belting this live. The upcoming concert is her St. Louis CD release party, and it won't be like an outdoor concert, but ... I don't know what it will be like! Of course I bought her CD to get to know it ahead of time, like a good reviewer. I want to be able to say authoritatively, "Hunt gave [name of song] a more raucous interpretation that drew in the live audience" or whatever.
(Yesterday my piano teacher asked what I wanted to learn in theory, because I'd finished my theory book and it's time to look for more challenges. I said I just wanted to be able to release my inner asshole and say pompous things like, "Well, actually, it's in Phrygian mode" during choir rehearsals.)
It's surprising to me that Al Stewart is nearly sold out, while I had my pick of seats for Kelley Hunt. I guess I'm not the only one who hadn't heard of her. But in a way, I'm most excited about this concert because of the blues/roots JOY she seems to pour out.