There’s something wonderfully melancholy about New Year’s that “Auld Lang Syne” perfectly captures. Sure, at it’s core New Year’s is just another day, to which we’ve assigned importance. But it’s taken on a special meaning as we bid farewell to the old and welcome the new. Done well, “Auld Lang Syne” complements the poignance of letting go of the past and making a fresh start. There are countless versions of the song, based on a Scottish poem penned in 1788, and Los Angeles band Lord Huron’s is among the latest.
So as you take stock of 2012 and look ahead to 2013, here’s a little soundtrack. Happy new year!
Lord Huron – Auld Lang Syne by Lord Huron
THE BAND’s Jim Weider’s Project Percolator with special guest Garth Hudson
Saturday, February 23rd • 8:00 pm
We are very honored to host former members of the Legendary group THE BAND, Jim Weider and Garth Hudson. They will be reuniting for a fantastic evening of music at the acoustically pristine Infinity Hall. We expect a quick sell-out, so don’t wait!
Thursday, February 14th• 8:00 pm
Duncan Sheik is a Grammy Award and two-time Tony Award winning singer-songwriter and composer. His hit single “Barely Breathing” went 55 weeks on the Billboard charts and as a composer, Sheik’s musical, Spring Awakening
, earned 8 Tony Awards, including “Best Musical.”
Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds
Thursday, February 28th• 8:00 pm
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds delivers a blend of gut-busting soul, earthy rock, and New Orleans-inspired beats.Their infectious energy and huge sound generates ecstatic crowds and packs dance floors night after night!
The Alternate Routes
Wednesday, February 27th• 8:00 pm
Back by Popular Demand! These guys are no strangers to the Infinity Stage. They’ve been winning crowds over one-person-at-a-time with solid, catchy songs and an explosive live show that leaves people wanting more!
There’s something satisfying when the music of an artist you like pops up in a movie, and it’s even better when the artist isn’t as widely known as they probably should be. For example Graham Parker, the English rocker. Not only do his songs appear in the new Judd Apatow movie, “This Is 40,” Parker actually has a speaking role in the film.
“It’s a really good film,” Parker told me during an interview this week.
The movie happens to coincide with “Three Chord Good,” the follow-up to Parker’s 2010 release “Imaginary Television” — and more importantly, his first album since 1980 with members of his band the Rumour. It’s a sturdy collection of catchy, well-crafted songs that he said was a blast to record with his old collaborators.
It’s also a perfect last-minute gift for the music fan in your life. You could even package it with tickets to Infinity shows in the same vein, such as NRBQ on Jan. 19 or Robert Earl Keen on Jan. 27. Now there’s a thoughtful gift!
Thursday, March 14th • 8:00 pm
Jefferson Starship, created by Paul Kantner (of Jefferson Airplane) has endured 37 years as rock music’s premier “political science fiction” themed band. They will bring their mix of psychedelic and electric folk music to the Infinity Stage for what is sure to be a memorable night!
The Amazing Kreskin (World’s Greatest Mentalist)
Saturday, February 16th• 8:00 pm
Amazing Kreskin’s appearance will have a “ghost sighting” by audience members on stage of the spirit of Mark Twain. For 50 years Kreskin has been telling people things about themselves that only they or a close friend could possibly know! He lets the audience hide his check, and if he can’t find it he forfeits his fee. Plus he offers $1,000,000.00 to anyone that can prove that he employs paid secret assistants or confederates to help him perform his mentalist “effects.”
Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson
Sunday, March 24th• 7:30 pm
We are honored to host two beautiful and talented singer-songwriters to the Infinity Stage. Both Lucy and Eliza are incredibly gifted musicians who inspire audiences across the nation. This may be your only chance to see both artists on one stage, so don’t miss out!
Voyage (Celebrating the music of Journey)
Friday, May 3rd• 8:00 pm
When Voyage was last here the applause was deafening and the standing ovations too numerous to count. If you’re a fan of the great rock band Journey you absolutely must see this group!
Let’s be honest: holiday songs tend to get a little repetitive year after year. Even new recordings usually stick to the same Christmas songs, and while no one is likely to rival Eartha Kitt’s version of “Santa Baby” or the Ray Charles/Betty Carter version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” that doesn’t people (namely, Rod Stewart) from trying.
JD McPherson took the bold step of writing his own Christmas song, “Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights),” capping a great year for the Oklahoma singer. His album, the throwback ’50s-style rocker “Signs and Signifiers,” was a blast of vintage excellence, and his holiday song is a rollicking number with a timeless feel. Add this one to the holiday canon (and, if we’get really lucky, Infinity will add him to the concert calendar!).
There’s no way around the horror and heartbreak of what happened Friday in Newtown, and the fact that it came amid what is supposed to be a time of peace and fellowship only adds insult to such ghastly injury. Let’s remember that it doesn’t have to be this way.
Tonight is the big “12-12-12” concert at Madison Square Garden to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy, and not only does the show boast a killer lineup to start with — including the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, the Who, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, etc. — even the collaborations that are leaking out are once-in-a-lifetime amazing.
For starters, Waters said last night that Vedder would join him to sing “Comfortably Numb,” pretty cool news that was almost immediately eclipsed by word that Paul McCartney would be singing with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear — the surviving members of Nirvana (Smear was the band’s second guitarist on the road), who haven’t played together in public since Kurt Cobain killed himself in 1994.
Whether or not that prompts anyone to dig deep for Sandy victims is anyone’s guess, but it’s made tonight telecast essential viewing for music nuts, so assumedly there will be some spillover. So the question is, given the performers — again, that’s the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, the Who, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, Dave Grohl, Kanye West, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Bon Jovi and Alicia Keys — what other collaborations would you like to see, and why?